Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings
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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.
So why wait? Order your copy of the Box’n’Bonus today by clicking here. We know you’re gonna dig it! And rest assured, there’s plenty more where this came from: We know you love the box sets; well, we do, too!
Do you ever set up your equalizer for custom settings? I find that depending on how an analog is mixed digitally, will determine the equalizer settings. For this one, I had to change a few of the settings in my car stereo, and this mix now sounds excellent.
It is just a soundboard, though. I myself like the matrix mixes so to get the full acoustics in the sound. But I'm not complaining. I've been hoping for a 6/9/77 release for a long time now, and it is far better than I ever expected the sound to be.
That is, today I got an letter from the Swedish Customs who have my package and are now asking for the content and some proof of whats inside, since Rhino this time around have forgot to put a declaration stamp on the package.
I have forwarded my confirmation mail as of September 25th and hope they will accept that even though Rhino isn't mentioned in the actual mail. We'll have to see ... and if they don't accept my comfirmation mail, then I don't know what to do ...
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I have received the boxed set and while it is enjoyable I don't find that the sound quality is all that great. Some of the other recordings, such as The Closing of Winterland and some others are superior. I also find that a number of the songs drag rather than being exciting, which they can be and are on a number of other venues.
we're on the case.
I suggest you send it to them in a big box and write very large on the customs declaration that it is worth $5,000! That'll show them. hehehe.
MaryE - as ever so helpful - emailed me straight away when I reported to customer service my skipping scratched bonus disc (about a week ago) and assured me that a replacement was on its way. I hae not yet received it, but I have just got an email from customer service asking me to return the faulty disc. From the UK - with no suggestion as to how I should do this without incurring further costs....You're dead right, dealing with this lot (MaryE excluded) is indeed a drag.
Still no word. Called number last week, posted a message here, can I get a bonus disc that actually plays sent to me? For the price of this set, and the BS order early bonus disc scam, I should be able to enjoy this entire set without scratches and skips. Say a prayer and buyer beware???????
Its completely laughable to see people making suggestions for the next box set when they haven't received this one and the entire store is a complete mess. How bout not releasing anything until any kind of service can be provided to the customer? Instead of just preying off our insatiable need for more live music from The Grateful Dead. What a drag....
Once my basement/man cave is finished I'm gonna get some speakers with ALL consonants in the name!! I'll turn it up real loud so I can't hear my wife ask me why I need 50 versions of Dark Star. (lol, you know how it is sometimes...) I got all the Dead on vinyl plus several vinyl bootlegs, so that's the only feather in my cap. Thank you to all who added to the HiFi stream of posts. I will be stealing all of your stereo ideas!!!
It is raining, cold, and miserable here, but put disc 8 in the car CD player, and went for a ride. Whew! That Help Slip Franklin is just the best. I'll have to work my way through the rest, but that one is the centerpiece. Sounds great.
I would _love_ to see an acoustic box, maybe half from 1970 and half from 1980. There's a lot of good material in those acoustic sets. It's a shame they didn't do more of them.