Grateful Dead

Come Join Us For Road Trips!

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!

--Blair Jackson

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!

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BONE-US disc

I ordered Road Trips and got it...great music...but STILL no bonus disc. Emails have gone unanswered.

DO NOT BUY Road Trips until they get their heads out their collective arse and make good on the promise of a "bonus (bone-us) disc."

I love the Road Trips idea but WILL NOT be a victim of a scam. Who is running the show there? Some yutz with a copy of Barely Legal?

The Grateful Dead operation has become den of shizzle heads.

harry blotter

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Finally got it

My copy of Road Trips came today of coarse it comes on the day I mention in my tapers section comments that I had not recieved mine yet. I came home from work to find in the mail. I got my bonus disk which is great. I really like the whole set great song selections that I thought flowed pretty well. I think the sound is also great. The only thing I don't like a whole lot is the packaging. I really do not like the sleeve jewel case. I am scared of marking up the disks when taking them out or puting them in to the case. I would have been much more happy if the case was like three from the vault or cow palace. Anyway I dont need to complain I am happy with the release and am now just waiting for Road Trips No.2 to be released. A complete show from this tour would be cool I think. Maybe Cape Cod?

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Fill in the blanks

Perhaps you could fill in a few blanks from the existing live albums. For example, I've always wanted to hear the Wharf Rat that followed The Other One on the Skull&Roses album (as well as the Cryptical that preceded it) and The Other One that is between Truckin' and Morning Dew on the Europe '72 album.

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Spacebrother

thanks for the update and here's to an aggravation-free future in this regard.

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Replacement Discs

I received my replacement discs a couple hours after my last post yesterday. It took under 2 weeks from the time I emailed Dr Rhino about my bad discs through yesterday.

Yes, we need more '88 releases.How about both Oxford Plains, all three Greek and all three Laguna Seca shows in their entirety?!!!

Not much of the '90s overly appeals to me but I think the 3/9-11/93 Rosemont Horizon shows were mostly good. The Terrapin>Jam>Drums>Miracle>Stella Blue from 3/14/93 Richfield is definitely Road Trip material.

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R U KIND?

I know a lot has already been said but I just wanted to put in my two cents... forgive me if I repeat some stuff others have already said.

I think some are being a bit too picky about the compilation vs. full show thing. I enjoy listening to full shows like Dick's Picks, but I get almost equal listening pleasure from releases like Without a Net, Live/Dead, and the Fillmore West 1969 3-cd release, all of which were compilations. There are definitely shows out there that suffer from mediocre first sets but have a few tracks that are ungodly smokers. This could be a very good format for picking out little known gems from shows that are otherwise fairly unremarkable.

Also, compare this to the Three From the Vault release from earlier this year. I was a little dissapointed by this release, especially because I had heard there was great material from the whole week, especially the night before (2/18) I think a compilation of the "best of" this Port Chester run would've made for a much better release than what we got, which, except for a few cuts, bored me after repeated listens. Not only that, but the whole thing seemed like it took about a week to put together. Not sure if that's worth all the money, while the Road Trips release looks like it was very carefully sequenced and planned.

Overall, any Dead release is better than no Dead release, so I'm grateful for comps or full shows. I look forward to hearing this release. I've heard the Shakedown and the Dancin>Franklin's and both were very hot with some very funky keyboard from Brent. The one thing I would like is MORE releases. Also, I agree with what somy of my fellow heads are saying about video releases. The compilation format may be even better suited for video treatment, where I'm sure there are lots of fragments of good shows lying around (i.e. Valentine's Day 1970.) Maybe something like the Led Zeppeln DVD that came out a few years ago.

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Great

I m happy for the excellent planning on this Road trip series . 1979 is an excellent , and very well thought year [ fall ) tour to start . It s very attractive to draw material from certain tours , also and not just a specific night

Summer 1994 would be a request for you respectful folks in GD planning . Really . I have most of that tour on tape , audience tapes . a couple of Sbds . But it d be nice to hear such stuff , say , from 7 23 94 at soldier field . That was one of the most potent shows ever played i think. And the best form that tour , along with the last two nights in noblesville IN , and one of the RFK shows .

I d also recommend such neglected time spaces like Summer 1988 . And summer 1987 .

Thanks for the great music

From far away Arica , Chile

J G

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All three discs of Road Trips Vol. 1 are below concert pitch

Excuse me if this has been noted and discussed already, I didn't read through all the comments. I noticed as I was tuning my guitar and playing along with the bonus disc that the music is slightly below concert pitch. I compared all the tracks on all three Road Trips discs to studio versions and other commercial releases, which are normally spot on. Road Trips runs slow and/or below concert pitch. It's extremely unlikely that the Dead, with all of their technology, played an entire tour slightly out of pitch. This is really frustrating because it suggests to me a certain lack of care and attention that I normally associate with the Grateful Dead.

And on top of that, I got one of the defective discs.

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.......

....except for when In The Dark first came out thanks to Arista, MTV and daily television publicity.

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Missing/Bad Discs/Service/Corporate Distribution

I actually got a fairly quick response to my issue of bad discs resulting from manufactoring defects. Dr Rhino sent me a response within 48 hours and notified me again this past Tuesday (11/20) that he had just sent them out. I should recieve them sometime next week.

My issues were that there was a glitch on disc 2 at the 2:25 mark during Morning Dew where it skips and does'nt play the rest of the disc. They're also correcting a similar issue with my copy of Rockin on the Rhein where 0:25 into Playin' on disc one does the same thing. I bought that disc at a The Dead concert paying cash back in '04. I tried to get a replacement back then with no luck and finally gave up.

I'm glad that they are sending me replacements for both releases but hope that they can figure out for future releases how to avoid manufacturing defects and missing discs. Theres a lot to say about bands that are self sufficiant and independant from the big corporate music producers and distributors not too mention why the industry as a whole is in a major slump. I know big players like Warner Brothers (Rhino being a subsidiary) and Sony (Epic ect) put their priorities into the mega selling market (10 million or more units sold) over targeted audience demographics. Why people like Britney, Hannah Montana and Carrie Underwood outsell the Dead, Zappa and Primus is beyond me. Bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd seem to be the exception to this rule. Point being that the corporate machine puts top priority into the mega commercial acts over the independants hence oversight in manufactoring and order filling for the not-so-huge market sellers.

I'd be hard pressed to believe that Grateful Dead CDs are selling 1.5 million copies per release and likely much less, even for worldwide distribution.

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