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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Update

Today I recieved the replacement package in the mail. Postmarked on January 8, it only took six days to get to me this time around. And at a shipping cost of $12.00 instead of the $15.00 that was drawn from my account, one could of course come to the conclusion it pays of to fuck with the customers ... but I'm glad I finally got what I ordered 2,5 months ago ... :-)

Micke Östlund
Växjö, Sweden

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laptop issue

New HP/Compaq doesn't recognize the discs. Windows XP itunes 7

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hi prents...

Could you describe the problem you're having in more detail? E.g. Mac or Windows, what version of iTunes, etc.? The discs are NOT protected, many people have successfully burned them to iTunes problem-free and we'd just as soon you had the same experience. Thanks!

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Can't upload to itunes!

CD's have protection on them. Should make a download available if you purchase the discs.

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Mary

Thanks for the tip ...

I have now got an order replacement from the DeadStore and have sent them my adress as it is written in Sweden. On the other hand, the way it's written most of the time from other countries, has worked out fine for the past 25+ years, so I don't understand why it didn't worked out for the first volume of the Road Trips series.

In addition, I've written the DeadStore, telling them I hope the bonus-CD will be included in the replacement order.

Due to my original order I payed three more dollars for the shipping than for this new order. I do hope those three lesser dollars this time, doesn't mean the bonus-CD is excluded. That would be a funny way to act for the DeadStore in that case, i.e. to charge me $35 for a $32 package. I'm not the one who has made any mistakes ... so I shouldn't be the one to be "punished" so to speak. Instead THEY ought to send all dissatified European Road Trips customers an extra-extra bonus article, for fucking up ...

The new order was shipped yesterday, so now we will see ...

Micke Östlund

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MIke...

Like I say, there's not anything to be said in defense of all this, but email Casson and give her a chance to fix this. She'a an actual human, not a bot.

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I thought I was ripped off by my local mailman or something ...

A first complaint on December 10th, i.e. I sent a reply to the shipping notification I recieved on November 6th, didn't rise any action from the DeadStore-people. A second complaint the same way last Friday, was returned with the answer they can't find my adress in the system.

As a small town journalist I was going to make a PRE-CHRISTMAS "review" of the record in connection with a larger article on various live-cd series, bootlegs, early 1940's musical "bootleggers" and beyond ... but now the whole idea has been shelved ...

Micke Östlund
Växjö, Sweden

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Okay, folks...

I'll also send this to you in PMs individually, but:

If you're having Issues with the Store, and I expect that the ones who post here represent a fraction of those who do, we have an actual human with a strong commitment to making things right.

Her name is Casson Kauffman. She is a customer service representative at Iventa, the fulfillment company, and in my recent experience, since we just got acquainted, she really takes care of biz. Badger, I think, will bear this out. She's pretty horrified at some of the stuff I've been passing along and really wants to get it straightened out.

Her email: casson.kauffman@iventa.com

If something's not right, get in touch with her. And in the unlikely event that this does not solve the problem, get back to me. Thanks, and sorry for all the aggravation, in defense of which there's not a whole lot that can be said except that we're trying to fix it and avoid repeat performances.

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End of the Road Trips

Well, that's it for me and the dead.net store. From the old one, I bought all 36 Dick's Picks, and damn near every other release. All arrived, and a good 20 of them to my current address. The new store - well, the support people, say that cannot get my address recognised on the system, this DESPITE mailing me on November 6th to say Road Trips was in the post!

Anyway, a threat of legal action means I have got it refunded, and I'm done with the store here. Clearly, overseas customers are a nuisance so I'll help them out by ordering in the UK in future. No email or anything to tell me the order had been cancelled and refunded, I had to log in to customer support to find this out.

I have to say the support and service in general has been appalling, and really quite rude - in fact, a model lesson in how to piss off your customer base.

So long, it's been nice to know you.

Oh , and I just got a blank message from customer support; very professional. Don't know if anyone who reads this board has any contacts in customer support, but maybe you could let them know that the level of dissatisfaction amongst UK customers is very high, firstly about the rip-off postage, where people got charged lots of $$$$$s to find the actual postage used was far less (that is in fact commercial fraud), then lots of people didn't get theirs (including me), and now we find they can't even handle a standard UK address such as

5 Something Street
Locality
Town
Post Code (= uk ZIP code)
England

which frankly, in this day and age, is pathetic.

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bjorn

heed badger's wise words, and meanwhile I am passing your info to said person, even as my hair stands on end. Here's to things working a bit better in the new year. So sorry for the trouble.

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