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.
But are people bidding for it or buying it at that price? I may be tempted to take out a special insurance policy on mine...
Wow, I just checked, and it's going for $800-$1000!!! I may be tempted to sell mine...
i placed an order online nearly two weeks ago. paid for overnight shipping, and have yet to be charged. called the folks in India about a week ago and they told me that every single item in my order, most importantly the '77 boxed set, was out of stock. is this true?? when can i expect shipment on this?? (don't want to post the email address i placed the order under in this forum...)
there are currently 98 available downloads in the Store.They're here. Click the Download tab.
These are for the most part download versions of commercial releases, e.g. the Dick's Picks, but also the spring Dead tour etc. As I understand it the list will keep growing.
Would kinda be a breach of contract, and trust with customers.I was lucky enough to get it, but lotsa people were left out.Maybe a download version would be the way to go to get this out...
The prices of Fillmore West 69 on ebay is just crazy, but then again..lotsa things are crazy there.
I think we are gonna see another Jerry release before Yuletide, as well as a new Road Trips.
I am drooling for a Autumn 73 one, but we will see...all good things comes to those who wait..;-))
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While a new boxset would probably more exciting (and I'm expecting a boxset release in early 2011 if the current rate continues) it would be pretty fantastic to re-release the Fillmore West 1969 boxset somehow:
1. Downloads (with cover art - and by the way, where have the Download Series releases in the store gone?)
2. In the packaging of the 73 and 77 Winterland sets (i.e. the less "deluxe" packaging than the original release).
3. Individual show releases over the course of a few years.
I don't know. It wouldn't hurt. It's a pretty spectacular release - 16-track recording, 4 full shows at the Fillmore West in Feb and Mar 1969. I'd say you'd sell plenty of you re-released it.
It's odd about that set - they released it as a limited edition, 10,000 copies, because they probably didn't think it would sell well. Technically, they can't re-release it, because if they said it was limited, a reissue would be a breach of contract with purchasers. I think that's why the subsequent releases (73 and 77 Winterland) are not limited; because they realize they're selling more than expected.
I got my Fillmore box, though, and I'm stunned to see the prices it goes for!
.........and of course PERSIAN SOUNDZ!
Those of us that missed that offering the first time around would love a chance to remedy our error.
The Truth is realized in an instant, the act is practiced step by step.
Veneta 72 on DVD or a 1972 boxset would be most heavenly! 1970 or 1971 would be nice as well, and while your at it, please re-release the "Fillmore West 1969: Complete Recordings" for all of us who missed it the first time around.