Come Join Us For Road Trips!
Track listing for both CDs and
the bonus disc as well.
It’s time to put a little gas-gas-gas back into the ol’ Tour Bus and give it another spin, because Grateful Dead is very pleased to announce the debut of a new series of archival releases called Road Trips!
Here’s the deal: We all loved the Dicks Picks series. Over the course of 36 amazing releases between 1993 and 2005, GD archivists Dick Latvala (R.I.P.) and David Lemieux continually blew our little minds plucking one righteous show after another from the vaults, from classics like the February ’70 Fillmore East run (DP4) and Englishtown ’77 (DP 15), to overlooked masterpieces like 9/28/76 (DP 20) and 9/21/72 (DP 36), and shows not in general circulation among traders at the time, such as the February ’68 shows of DP 22 and the superb “Houseboat Tapes” from August 1971 that made up DP 35. Coupled with the many exceptional releases culled from multitrack tapes (the Fillmore West box, Steppin’ Out, The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack, Nightfall of Diamonds, et al) and the popular Download Series, there’s been a lot of musical territory covered over the years… but not all of it, of course—not even close!
With Road Trips we’re going to try something a little different. We want to plug in a few more pieces of the Grateful Dead puzzle by putting the spotlight on different tours and series of shows that have been neglected through the years. Take Road Trips Volume 1, Number 1, for instance. This two-disc set (plus a special Bonus Disc - now sold out) was culled from the Dead’s blazing fall 1979 East Coast swing, when the band was just hitting its stride with new keyboardist Brent Mydland. You’ll find killer versions of “Dancing in the Street” > “Franklin’s Tower,” long exploratory jams on “Playing in the Band” and “Terrapin,” a rattle-your-brain “Shakedown,” and lots more, all pulled from the master tapes in the vault and expertly mastered in HDCD for maximum power and clarity by Jeffrey Norman. The sold out Bonus Disc offers another hour-and-a-quarter of highlights from the tour. (You can find the complete track listings for all three discs here.)
Every Road Trips release will come with a beautifully designed booklet containing an essay about how the music on the discs fits into the Dead’s long history, plus many rare and never-before-seen photographs. We think you’ll agree it’s a pretty cool package. But wait, there’s more (as they say)! When each “edition” of Road Trips is announced on this site, we will also give you a link to an affiliated site devoted to the series which will include such goodies as articles and reviews from the tour (See one reviewer after another mess up Grateful Dead song titles! See the band savaged by cretinous critics!); additional photos; and any other weird/cool stuff we come across. Together we can paint a really rich and vibrant audio-visual picture of different stops along the Grateful Dead highway!
And this is just the BEGINNING of what we promise will be a tidal wave of releases, which will include more rarities from the deepest corners of the vault, multitrack releases, box sets (the patient will be rewarded; nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say no more), DVDs, downloads and who-knows-what-else. So keep your Third Eye tuned into this space for more in the coming weeks and months!
A Few AFAQ’s (Anticipated Frequently Asked Questions) About Road Trips
Sounds pretty interesting, but what took you guys so frickin’ long? We thought you’d forgotten us.
Naw, we never forgot you. It’s just taken a little longer than expected to get the ball rolling again and to figure out how to move forward in a way that will satisfy and hopefully also expand the fan base. As a certain sage known to all of us once wrote: “It takes time to pick a place to go…”
Is Dicks Picks over, done, kaput?
Yes, that series of releases ended with Volume 36. It will continue to be available, however. Road Trips will have a little more flexibility than Dicks Picks, in that we are not limited to full-show releases, or even 2-track tapes…or anything for that matter—we haven’t made any rules about what IT is. I guarantee we’ll surprise you from time to time.
But we want to hear full shows, too!
Don’t worry, there will definitely still be full-show releases. We’ll have more on that soon.
OK, I guess it might be pretty cool. I’ll check it out. In fact I’ve got a ton of ideas of shows and tours you guys should be releasing…
Well, let’s hear it. Of course we want your well-reasoned insights and input! The Dead have always looked to Dead Heads for inspiration and ideas, and you’re needed now more than ever!
Yes folks at the third time of trying my order finally arrived, bonus disc and all. Thanks go to Casson Kauffman who has obviously fixed whatever was not working and to Marye for her crucial interventions. I hope all will work fine now for the next release...Winterland 73 I hope!
One consequence of this good news is that I have now permanently shelved the epic and scurrilous short story I was composing about a bunch of demented LA teenage desperados and crackheads running the RICHER DONORS mailroom. :-)
have heard from Casson and have been mailed my order for the third time now!
It's hard to understand, we had something sent by mail from Amazon US in less than a week not long ago!
Ah well, back to the vines and torrents...
I hate to be a pest
Why not a "road Trip: for every year?
If you release one every 3 months by the time I retire in 12 years you can be finished!
And the road goes on forever....
I've forwarded this to Casson and if you don't hear from her shortly get back to me. This is SO not okay.
judging from recent posts on Eurotraders a few of the re-shipped Roadtrips have arrived in the UK the past few days. Mine of course has not :-(
I presume those dealing with disgruntled customers are limited in what they can say.
But despite a lot of apologies and wringing of hands and so on, there has been very little.
In fact, it's what I would call an information vacuum.
And with the problem so widespread, particularly in an international sense, I'm inclined to wonder eaxctly how little all those "shipping confirmation" notices actually meant - or if they meant anything at all.
Surely there are grounds to suspect that all those records were never shipped at all, but have been stolen, ditched or otherwise never sent on their way to the Paying Customers.
all other cd's I have work fine.
really silly like a missing driver would it? (Hey, I'm a Mac person...)
This discs sound great on my cd players! I'll check for other help too, thx
I'll pass this to the tech team and see if they've got any ideas. Are these the only commercial discs you're having the problem with? Meanwhile, you might go over to the Technical Discussions section in the Tape Traders forum and ask about this there, as someone may have a fix from their own experience.
Do the disks PLAY okay?