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!
The good news: my order included the bonus disc.
The bad news: Road Trips is not worth buying.
I should have gone with my first impression and not ordered this. But I was jonesing for more Dead and I let my habit get the best of me. Like others have expressed here, I would rather have full concerts, blemishes and all, than tunes selected for me. But I will admit that this compilation contains a great list of songs. But the quality is definitely lacking. While the audio quality is good, the playing and singing is below par. Out of tune in places, out of sync with each other, missed notes...all things you come to expect in full concerts, knowing it's worth it for the gems included. But these are selections from an entire tour. Does that mean the whole fall tour was mediocre at best?
If this is any indication of what's to follow then I guess I'll start putting my money into Dark Star Orchestra, Widespread Panic and Railroad Earth.
"i hope this means a change of policy for Rhino."
I hope some other of their policy changes includes sending us the discs that we paid for and responding to emails and phone calls rather than just ignoring the problem in hopes that we go away.
Still waiting for my replacement set here.....
I have just written to customer services complaining about the levels of P&P to Europe, I know other people have done this and have been fobbed off by customer services, but it would appear a couple of people are being refunded some of their postage costs, i hope this means a change of policy for Rhino.
I will have towait and see what reaction i get from Customer Services
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got my RT volume 1, #1, and bought one for my bro, as well. Good stuff!
It was very thoughtful of you to anticipate our questions...and I'm excited about
>>"what we promise will be a tidal wave of releases..."<<
So are we in for some good news on December 4th?
as you might have heard...ONE good TRIP deserves another...or is it more like "have a good trip, see ya next fall"?
so give us some clues, lay down some teaser notes, now's not the time to make us...1,2,3...TAKE A STEP BACK!
You are very helpful and I fully appreciate your efforts.
Cheers and one mo' Thank you!!!!!!
glad to hear it. Fingers crossed for extra fast delivery.
A big thank you to Marye for directing me to DrRhino. It sounds like others have not had great experiences with customer service but (so far) I have. I contacted both Customer Service and DrRhino a few days ago and had a response waiting for me this morning (it's currently 9:30am in Australia) ensuring me that a disc two was on its way.
I haven't been listening to disc one after the initial listen last week. I thought I should just check out the bonus disc and leave the proper release for when I have the whole thing. It's not amazing but it has some great moments. China> Rider is nice, the pre Drums jam out of Saint Of Circumstance is strange and enjoyable and Estimated> He's Gone> Gloria Jam has some cool moments. I'm a sucker for a nice and slow He's Gone.
So, once again, thanks Marye for pointing me in the right direction. It'll be a long couple of weeks waiting for this disc but I think I can handle it!
I placed my order for this over three weeks ago and started contacting customer service about a week ago. I have received nothing except order confirmation and automatic replies that don't say anything. Don't bother to pull your heads out, I'm done. After buying virtually everything the band ever released I'm being driven off by Rhino. You guys are morons.
I do not like the cardboard sleeve for RT but the So Many Roads box set has cardboard sleeves as has The Golden Road box set and nobody has complained about them.
The card on RT does seem rougher though
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make that "A den of shizzle heads."