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!


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
poor Bjorn

it just goes to show

however bad you think things are, there is always someone somewhere worse off than you!

Log and check your PMs Bjorn, I have sent details of someone who may be able to help's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
International postage

I fully agree with everything that's been said about the $15 overhead on a single CD set, but how do you like this whopper:

Back in June I ordered a sizeable batch of CDs and - just for the hell of it - added 6 stickers to the order. Whoops - $10 was slapped on top of each and every item, including the $3 stickers! Total shipping cost: $175. I hit the "Enter" key without thinking - my bad, of course.
Several e-mails to Customer service demanding a refund yielded only a short notice with the confident assurance, that shipping always reflected the actual cost (which was $38 in this case).

What can a lowly customer do? Not much, it seems. But if anyone would like to investigate further, the order # is 5185.

Bjorn Lindstrom, Denmark

JeremyP's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007

Yeah - me too. I just got a message from customer service to say they can't ship me the replacement as the system won't accept my address in the Uk, which is in the TOTALLY standard format of

Number & Street name

and is the same address they emailed me on November 6th to tell me Road Trips had been despatched. My opinion is that these guys couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery so I've told them to cancel my order as well. USELESS. Spin records gets my custom from now on.

Sunshine-daydream1951's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007



- - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Spanish Jam

Joined: Jul 20 2007

The most disappointing thing about the whole saga, for me, continues to be the complete absence of any sort of explanation.

In fact, I'm surprised a Rhino employee hasn't registered here anonymiously and spilled the beans.

Anyway, I've had enough and today asked for a complete refund.

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Number of shows since ...

a Winterland Dark Star ...

Whoops ...

I mean, number of days sice Road Trips supposedly "shipped":


JeremyP's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007

if so many overseas purchasers haven't received their Road Trips (as I haven't - emailed on November 6th to say it was on the way), why haven't we all been contacted - indeed, why weren't we contacted about the postage refunds? Nice to have it, sure, but we should be told these things.

As far as I am concerned, what we have here is an utterly disorganised organisation! The store was way ahead of this. Why do we all have to keep getting in touch with whomsoever to get the non-delivery of lots of orders sorted? It's Rhino's problem, not ours, but they've made it ours. We've been treated as a cash cow.

Enough. I won't be ordering through again. And I'm looking at 6 feet solid of purchased GD CDs on the shelf above me. Spin records gets my money now, and I'll beg copies of any bonus discs that look interesting.

Joined: Dec 26 2007
Road Trips

Another vote for whole show releases.
The reason the bumper sticker read There's Nothing Like a Grateful Dead Concert was because the journey through set 1 to the Far Away So Close realm of set 2 psychedelic heavenly hosts is a holistic spiritual healing affair with no peer or equal.
As mentioned by others, releases of whole shows from a single tour or run of nights would be great. Even the compilation format that mimicked the whole show form used for the Dicks Pick from Iowa (2/4/78 or something like that) where they compiled the two first sets and then included both second sets would be acceptable because when you throw on a disc your taking a whole journey. Please listen to the multiple fan responses that echo this sentiment.

While I'm at it, I'd love to see a release of the 84 greek theater show with the Scarlet/Touch/Fire and solitary Dark Star of the early eighties (is it 7/13 or 7/14, can't remember).
Thanks for keeping the music coming.
Sincerely, Ty Clement

Steve-O's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

Santa brought me a copy!!! The only thing I'd like to see is, when the higherups release this material, make it DVD'S if at all possible. Thanks!!!!

Joined: Jun 5 2007

I am definately excited by this series, We always get full show releases, sometimes it is splendid to get a "widescreen photo" from a certain tour/time period, We have Dicks Picks and tons of other great albums dedicated to complete shows, SO LET'S SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THIS NEW CONCEPT!!! i love the sound of the fall '79 music, very unique.
PS. put something out with "Days Between" on it (besides the So Many Roads box set), lots of people have not gotten to appreciate that great gem of a song!!!


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.