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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Joined: Jun 7 2007
GRTUD From the sounds of it,


From the sounds of it, "Disappointed" has a few more discs for you to pifer. Hey, if the ransom doesn't come quickly, you can rest assured that Fido would be willing to play frisbee catch with the discs, or you could possibly do some skeet shooting with them.

Greg SC

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
New Ransom Demands

Now that I have all of your attention, I want you to know that I have each and every one of your missing CD's safe and sound in my underground lair. I will "release" these discs when I receive my ransom demand of... 100 million billion dollars! (or Vanessa Kensington's cell phone number, whichever you can produce quickest - I'd kinda' like to see Vanessa again but if the money is easier to print then so be it - I'm easy to please)
If I do not receive the money (or phone number), within 5 working daze, I will burn your precious CD's in my newly constructed gasification device which is fed by a painfully slow moving conveyor.
(From some distance, a voice yells, "They won't fit in the gasification machine! I keep telling you that same thing, over and over again, you lazy eyed psycho!)
Yes, well then, if that won't work, I'll run them over with a steam roller, instead. Oh, and I do accept British pounds. So for you guys on the other side of the pond (with the currency exhange rate at present), I'll need about $3.50. Toodleloo.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Dr. Rhino

Well, we all hope to at some point get our discs. It is kind of amazing that USPS continues to up the cost of postage, but seems to take longer and longer to get packages. I find it amazing how with the advent of the Internet, less and less mail is being used, but more and more problems occur. For me ... I'm pushing 20 days now to deliver my package.

I guess that puts the exclamation point on the call for "downloads for these new releases." Enough said.

Greg SC

Joined: Nov 23 2007
Awful AWFUL service at dead net

I ordered Road Trips Vol. 1 the first day it was available on the dead store ... before the mass email even went out. I got my package about 2 weeks later and no bonus disc. After many phone calls, I finally spoke with someone who promised to send a replacement including the bonus disc.

I've received nothing. My emails go unanswered! Phone calls go unanswered and unreturned! My email to Dr. Rhino went unanswered! I can't overemphasize how disappointed I am with gladly shelling out my money for this release and then getting STIFFED!

BUYER BEWARE - if you think you're going to be getting the bonus disc, you probably are NOT! This is not the first screwup at dead net (there have been pressing snafus, etc.) but this is the first one where they REFUSED to make good. They have my money and I don't have what I paid for!!!

Disappointed Dead Fan.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Thanks Marye

Thanks Marye.

I have just sent another email off to Drrhino. Fingers crossed that I get that Disc Two soon. I need that Terrapin> Playing and NFA> Dew!!!!!

And, for the record, I've really enjoyed what I've heard of this release so far - Disc One and half of the bonus Disc.

It works for me that it's not a complete show - I don't feel so aggrieved if I am interrupted or have to do something for half an hour. Plus the music is great so I can't really see any reason for complaining (except that I only got half the set!)


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Joined: May 26 2007
Little Ben

send email to and he should be able to straighten out the disc snafu pretty quickly. So sorry!

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Two disc ones, no disc two!

So I was just getting ready to listen to disc two (I listed to disc one this afternoon). I was expecting some Shakedown goodness but instead got more Alabama Getaway. Huh?

Turns out I got two disc ones but no disc two (although I did receive the bonus disc). I've just emailed customer service so we'll see how it goes.

And I was really looking forward to that NFA> Morning Dew.

Oh well, the bonus disc will have to do.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007

i am not a great fan of 79 in all, i have quite a few shows but don't think i have played many more than once and that includes DP5

But i like this release, a bit Disco Dead for my liking but it will get played , a lot of the jams have the same Clavinet sound from Brent, but i guess that is what the others wanted from him.

Phil's playing is different also.

I will play DP5 after this

This is worth having perhaps the same can be done for some of the 80's stuff .

Mid 80's Ventura/Greek shows would be good, but possibly set out to sound like a show as in "Dozin'"


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Spanish Jam

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
just load up my shotgun

lol....well you have to hand it to gdeadmh, he says what he thinks and he's loaded for bear!

Original and unconventional we like ;-)

Worry not Blair Jackson, as our wise (and sadly now infrequent) correspondent Sixstringsmoreorlesh would say

'If you have to take it personally don't take it seriously; if you have to take it seriously don't take it personally'

My powder is still dry as I have not heard Road Trips yet, either because

a. It is stuck on a train in a siding somewhere,as most of France is on strike right now; or

b. RICHER DONORS Inc have activated a secret self destruct mechanism in revenge for all the sh*t I've been giving them about postage charges to Europe

Joined: Jun 6 2007

Well, there's an original and unconventional opinion...

Yeah, we'll be sure to listen next time and not just pull it off the shelf in hopes of spoiling your day. Sheesh!


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