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, 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 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.”

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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Joined: Nov 20 2010
Great news but..

To me it is fantastic news - but really hope the prices differential isn't as great as April's "Dark Star" which was c $17 in the US and £45 ($70) in the UK which was really annoying and still feels like a massive rip off.

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Not US only !

This (and all other Record Store Day releases) will be also be available in Europe and other places outside the US. To find participating stores in your country, go here:

mattb1's picture
Joined: Sep 2 2012
US only?

Does anyone know if this will be available in Europe?

Joined: Jun 4 2007
mp3 link?

I wonder if the LP purchase comes with a one-use link for mp3 download. Both my record-store-day vinyl purchases last year (Richard Thompson & Buck Owens) did. They were only 3 songs each, not a double album.....but it's nice to have that alternate media, as well.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
I HATE to say this, but i will anyway

5/29/71 would have been the preferred choice.

this is like 12/19/73 being selected over 12/18/73 (I was slack-jawed over that)
9/25/91 being selected over 9/26/91 (I still don't get that)


I have 5/29 and 30/71 on disc, and know that the 30th is a soundboard, and the 29th is not.

This isn't the complete show.

But I really really really LOVE the idea of it, and the cover art is some of the best I have ever seen. It caught my attention immediately, as did the date.

I'd spend $25 on a t-shirt of the cover.

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Joined: May 17 2011

Do NOT worry about rushing out and obtaining this. The lucky few will get the fine packaging, etc. The rest of us will go to RIGHT NOW and hear the SBD. It's not all that great, believe me. It has its moments but I cannot see spending the dough to have some large cardboard sleeve and some heavy platters. The performance does not warrant all of that. There is a good Cumberland, sure. Maybe there are a couple of other intense moments. But overall, this does not warrant all of the fuss. There is no way this would have been released back in the day. Don't take my word for it. You can listen to it tonight.

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Joined: Feb 16 2010
Winterland 05-30-1971 -Please release on CD

Grateful Dead Live at Winterland 05-30-1971 for Record Store Day 11-23-2012. This looks very nice, but at $35.00++ the price is a little on the steep side. Stopped into a CD-Record store on Sunday and inquired about reserving a copy. I was told they couldn't reserve these and I'd have to show up early on 11-23 and get on line in front of the store. Also was told that the price might be as much as $50.00, because of supply and demand.

Please, Rhino / Dead Net release this show on CD for the fateful Dead Heads with out a turntable after Black Friday. Sure as shit this 7,500 LPs will sell out on Record Store Day and we'll all be S O L !
Thanks (~):E


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