Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings
Boxed and Ready to Go!
Sound the imperial trumpets! Bang the drum! Pop that champagne! Another Grateful Dead box set is comin’ your way! Yes, in the grand tradition of the beloved Fillmore West 1969 and Winterland 1973 boxes, comes Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings, a 9-CD box set that is sure to knock your tie-dyed socks off.
At this point, we probably don’t need to hype you on the glories of ’77 Dead. It was a magical time for the band, which was reinvigorated by a plethora of great new material—“Terrapin,” “Estimated Prophet,” “Passenger,” “Fire on the Mountain”—and really hitting its stride again following the October ’74 to June ’76 performing hiatus. The group spent much of the first three months of 1977 recording their Terrapin Station album with producer Keith Olsen, and Garcia also managed to find time to complete the much-anticipated Grateful Dead movie (which opened June 1, 1977). The third week of April, the band embarked on what most Dead Heads agree was one of the greatest tours ever: 26 concerts in the East and Midwest in a little over a month—an awesome stretch that produced so many great shows, a few of them already released in the Dick’s Picks series and subsequently (and more, no doubt, destined to come out down the road.)
So when the Dead returned to San Francisco’s Winterland for shows on June 7, 8, 9, they were pumped up and feeling good! They treated their hometown fans to three superb concerts that included excellent versions of much of their current repertoire, from the new combo of “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain,” to a truly colossal, more than 30-minute “Help on the Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower,” “Saint Stephen,” “Terrapin,” “Good Lovin’,” “Not Fade Away,” “The Other One”… too many favorites to mention (you can see the complete song lists here). Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings contains every note recorded from the three shows, more than nine hours of prime Dead, all taken from the master analog tapes, restored using the Plangent Processes, and mastered in HDCD by that inimitable sonic tweakster, Jeffrey Norman.
The nine discs are packaged in a beautifully designed box that includes artwork by Emek (you loved his crazy Winterland ’73 phantasmagoria); a 28-page booklet featuring a wonderful and illuminating new essay by Rolling Stone senior music editor David Fricke (who dubs this a “box of paradise and circus… six complete sets of inspired risk and collective explosion”); lots of great Winterland action shots by noted GD shutterbugs Ed Perlstein and Bruce Polonsky; and a couple of little pieces of period memorabilia we won’t reveal here.
The outrageous selling practices on eBay is one of the reasons I wish that dead.net would consider modifying their cheap “bonus” disc marketing ploy and begin to shutdown the individuals who continue to buy up releases early, for the sole purpose of attempting to reap outrageous profits.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the Grateful Dead have a very dedicated fan base which translates into a solid consumer base for the products offered by the dead.net store.
The “bonus” disc should be a permanent part of each release. Initiate each release by offering a special price for a limited time, and then increase the price by $5 or so. I wouldn’t mind if the initial price was $19.95 and then went to $24.95 as long as I had the option to buy the “full” package. Not everyone can always afford to buy each release out of the gate, but many would love to have the option to buy the complete release when the timing is right.
I challenge the powers to be at dead.net to give my suggested strategy a try with one of the upcoming releases and see how it works out financially compared to your current strategy. I know that it would be a win for the Grateful Dead consumers, but my guess is it would also be a win-win situation for both dead.net, as well as the Grateful Dead consumers.
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... is a heck of a lot of money. It's pretty tempting no matter what.
But I agree that making a limited edition was just plain stupid. I really think they were afraid it wouldn't sell.
The Fillmore West box set isn't selling for $1000 on ebay...that was just one jerk's BIN price. No one used it.
The first bid price, which was ignored by all as well, was $700.
As someone who called to pre-order only to hear they JUST sold the last one, I feel pissed at some money-grubbing prick trying to rip off a Deadhead...that should have been my box set, 'cause I'd NEVER sell it on ebay, no matter the price. I even called them back and begged them to make a list with my name on it...'cause they said they didn't have one...for when some of the credit card orders weren't approved.... which always happens....so I could get one then. They wouldn't do it, then a week or so later released an email saying call them, there were a few left. Of course people who aren't online every minute due to work or having a family had no chance then, and yes I phoned when I got home only to be told they were sold out again...that was like kicking someone when they're down, considering I'd begged them to start a list encompassing the people who called immediately after it sold out....timing wise, they deserved to get the extra ones that came available. As you can tell, years later I'm still pissed about the whole thing.
I miracled tickets at shows when I had extra cash, and sold them for face or slightly less when I needed cash, even desperately...but I guess those days of Deadheads trying to be fair with each other has gone out the window?
I guess it doesn't help when you have everyone in the band but Lesh whining about losing money to people downloading soundboards, and yet, they release a "crown jewel" box set as a limited edition, ensuring some of us can't have it either way.
Sorry for the rant, but maybe I'm not the only one who feels this way?
First show: July 4th 1986, Rich Stadium.
Last show: July 6th 1995, Riverport Amphitheatre
thanks for your immediate answer, really!
but trying to order the newest double release I found only two options: standard $ 12,74 and rush $ 22,50, so I voted for standard and just hoping now for the best.
by the way: no free shipping, nothing at all for overseaers????
I think the UPS charges fiasco started when the store - for some time after the initial release of the box - listed the shipping prices (to Europe) as $22.50 for "Rush" shipping and something over $100 for "Normal" shipping. Of course, the "Normal" shipping charge had (as Marye said at the time) nothing to do with any known reality. Naturally, everyone chose "Rush". Subsequently I think the store tried to do the decent thing and issued a refund ($10.50) for the difference between "Rush" and the real "Normal" shipping charge ($12) but sent the orders "Rush" (= UPS) so that everyone got it as quickly as possible and those who really wanted "Rush" shipping would have no reason to complain. Unfortunately this backfired somewhat as nobody seemed to realise that UPS are a bunch of thieves. How can anyone justify charging twice for the same delivery - and not state that at the time of ordering. They seem to justify this by claiming to to present the package to customs who then levy import duty on top of that. Customs duty is common on packages of this sort of price and all packages pass through customs. Sometimes they levy the charge, sometimes they don't - it depends on the country and the value of the package. I have the idea that the store are innocent here - and UPS are guilty as hell. Still, now we all know what will happen in the future if we choose "Rush" shipping to get our desired goods a few days earlier. UPS = U Poor Sucker.
whew, and thanks for letting us know.
alas, UPS does seem to be doing this and if you choose UPS as your delivery method this will happen and we can't do anything about it. Therefore, in the future, it's better to go with USPS.
Got the box meanwhile, everything sounds great - though nothing really new - thanks a lot for this release anyway and please keep them coming - whole runs, single shows, road trips, dvds and - yeah! - downloads.
By the way: what ever happened to that road trips-full show-downloads-concept you started last year with two shows from 1979????
Another very, very annoying topic: had to pay for the box $126,76 incl. shipping and tax.
And then more than 45 Euro over here in Germany, nearly $70 more for postal fees and customs.
So asking you urgently to alter your delivery method!!!
Disc 6 in mine is the right one, or so it seems when I ripped it in iTunes. So that's another good point. Listening to the bonus disc first - that's a 5-star Not Fade Away for sure!
Well, finally got my box today. So for so good. Now I just need to listen and make sure all the discs work. Bonus disc was included in the sealed box, so I guess there's no rarity for that.
Thanks Marye for all our help. I'll be doing some rocking today!