Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Limited Edition Vinyl Coming For Record Store Day’s Black Friday Event

Rhino Readies Grateful Dead Double-LP Winterland 1971

Available November 23 At Select Independent Retailers

The Grateful Dead made Winterland its home for years until 1978, when the band closed Bill Graham’s legendary venue for good with a spectacular New Year’s Eve blow out. The friendly confines of the former ice-skating rink always seemed to bring out something special in the band. That’s certainly true of the group’s May 30, 1971 performance, which was the second night of a homestand during the era later immortalized on the 1971 live collection Skull and Roses.

For Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 23, Dead.net and Rhino will release a portion of that show (all that the band has in their vault) for the first time, offering it on 180-gram vinyl as a limited edition double-LP set of 7500 copies. WINTERLAND 5/30/71 will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers for a suggested price of $34.98. Visit www.recordstoreday.com for a list of participating stores.

Sourced from the original reels of ¼” tape, the music was mastered by Jeffrey Norman and the vinyl lacquers were cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and then pressed at RTI. Grammy®-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike evokes the Skull and Roses album cover for this set’s gorgeous gatefold.

It’s over one hour of Dead classics that covers nearly the entire second set, which was packed with crowd pleasers like “Sugar Magnolia,” “Truckin’” and “Deal.” One entire LP side is dedicated exclusively to “Turn On Your Lovelight,” a 15-minute-plus romp led by singer/organist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. For its encore, the band – Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and McKernan – capped the evening off with raucous “Johnny B. Goode.”

WINTERLAND 5/30/71
Side One
1. “Sugar Magnolia”
2. “Cumberland Blues”
3. “Big Boss Man”

Side Two
1. “Me And My Uncle”
2. “Deal”
3. “Truckin’”

Side Three
1. “Turn On Your Lovelight”

Side Four
2. “Uncle John’s Band”
3. “Casey Jones”
4. “Johnny B. Goode”

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pitch

I did not notice that. I do have the gatefold framed now and hanging on the wall. I also ripped the lp's to 320 kb mp3's for on the go listening. The lps are safely tucked in alternate cardboard cases in their original plastic. BTW, Audacity has a pitch correction feature so you can go to town if you use that. As for me, I'm happy with the work the folks did.

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Pitch issue??

Finally got my copy up here in Alaska and the first listen sounds a little slow to me. Maybe pitch isnt the right word but whatever its called it sounds slow to me.

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Really Sweet Record Set

Lucky enough to pick up a copy in NYC on afternoon of Black Friday. The store had plenty of copies, roughly 15.(It was good to be able to choose from so many cause most copies though sealed had little issues with the cardboard lining up correctly & slight bruises on corners). First off great artwork, cool liner notes from BJ, nice heavyweight album cover & vinyl. As silly as it sounds, it is just nice to hold it in your hands. Finally listened to last night, playing is excellent, sound is good though not great. The original Skull & roses album from same lineup sounds brighter & more vibrant to me. But overall I love it & hope we get something similar next year as well.

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You may want to check back with your record store. I was about 10th in line outside Earshot in Winston-Salem, nabbed one of two copies there and the other was gone by the time I rotated around the store one more time.

Yesterday the store put up a Facebook notice with 5 more copies in the racks...

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Bummed

Sadly, I missed this one. The record store I frequent in Catonsville, MD, is pretty small and doesn't get much love from RSD...at least not yet, anyway. I did manage to grab those sweet White Stripes 45s, though. Sill, this would have been a nice piece of 'Dead history to add to my growing collection.

Are there any Marylanders/Baltimoreans here that know if there are any more copies floating around in the ether?

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Newbury in Manchester!

Walked in today (Monday) and Newbury Comics in Manchester, NH had 2 copies! I got mine (one left!) and I agree with Kaiser Soda. Great fold out double LP packaging, but I expected a collage of photos instead of a large type essay, as interesting as it may be. Still, the sound is, to quote the essay, "crunchy" with philtastic bombasticness. Unbelievable! This version of Lovelight, on LP, is perhaps the best one I have ever heard. Yea!

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Picked mine up at Dusty

Picked mine up at Dusty Groove in Chicago at 9am and there were a half dozen or so in the rack.

Very high quality packaging (better than the Paris DS one), although I would have liked at least one band photo on the inside.

Vinyl quality was excellent, flat and clean. Sound quality is very good on my entry level rig with Phil extremely prominent (in a good way). The band is occasionally a little on the sloppy side but it's a fun and rockin' kind of sloppy. All in all a pretty nice little release.

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Gotta breath to live!

Segan, I wondered the same thing about my Dark Star LP, but did you buy it to re-sell it later for a profit, to keep to be buried with, or to listen to the best version of this show ever heard? It must breath! I will listen, and pass it on to my sons...

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Gotta breath to live!

Segan, I wondered the same thing about my Dark Star LP, but did you buy it to re-sell it later for a profit, to keep to be buried with, or to listen to the best version of this show ever heard? It must breath! I will listen, and pass it on to my sons...

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my store had 2 extra as of this evening...

...but I was there at open in case a bunch of dead freaks came out of the woodwork here in boonieville. The art is fantastic on this release, I'm going to frame it.

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