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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Future video releases

Does anyone want to rally to get some of those 80's acoustic sets on video? I know there's a few songs on the Dead Ahead video, but I'd like to see more of those acoustic sets. Perhaps the Reckoning album on video.

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silent majority

good point Hal.It was dwindling to around 100 before the new announcements. Also If you click on the word 'Members' in the side bar you will see that there are 589 pages of 'users' each with 20 entries. That makes ..um...err....eleven thousand eight hundred members! Amazing. It seems only a tiny percentage of us are posting on the site. Read what you like into that! Actually it would be interesting to see some more stats. Any chance d'y think.

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something is happening here

Right now, Monday morning there are 423 guests online and 27 users. I have never seen that many guests, so someone besides us consistent "users" is checking out the new release. A reminder to me that it is about more than just us hardcore and that Rhino is reaching out beyond this base.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
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Great idea!! It is nice to have some compilations.

I am excited about this series.

I have tons and tons of complete shows, but it is nice to have a compilations of highlights from shows or segments of shows that have gone overlooked.

The first release looks very well chosen (and they left off some of the more obvious shows that everyone has). Keep it up!

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Not a good idea!

Complete shows is the only way to go...
I won't buy this. I can make my own compilations from the stuff I already have.
Thanks anyway...

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New Series

I am very excited to have new releases!! As for the comment about this being a compilation - Isn't that what Rhino does?

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Hey, I'm down with new

Hey, I'm down with new music, but how about more from the days before Jerry was strung out? My favorite era is pre '77 and maybe some of the beginning of 77. I'll be glad to hear all of that stuff !

Sorry to see the legacy of Dick end, great stuff I still listen to regularly.

Thanks for keeping the good stuff comin!!

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Hmmm...

Nice to be nice but sometimes better to be honest. It seems most are not that interested in this product. It is better to put the energy into releasing whole shows. Especially high quality stuff while representing all eras of the Dead. This compilation is perhaps a nice mix but the Grateful Dead Hour does that so why bother putting out a cd with the same idea? Sure there have been other compilations in the past but no one puts on Fallout from the Phil Zone when they want to rock the party. This will make a stocking stuffer for someone who u are trying to get into the Dead but it is not so interesting to many hardcore heads. One point is that if a track is on such a disc does it mean the show the track is from will not be released as a whole show so as not to detract from sales of said compilation? At least a photo from 79 on the cover might have added more authenticity instead of a Touch of Grey promo shot.

More dvd releases are a sure winner! The website with extra stuff including reviews is brilliant!

The extra disc thing is not so great. Why not include the extra disc with all sales. No one likes to miss out!

Much love, Jody

Are you kind?

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Are you kind?

Are you kind?

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right track, wrong train

Perhaps the owners of the vault are excellent economists and are driving up demand by limiting supply? I can't help but think the best model is already out here-- the Fillmore West box came in two versions, the hefty box in a limited edition that some of us were ecstatic to buy at any price (and that sold out in days if not hours), and the three volume greatest hits at a cheaper price for those who prefer lighter fare. Why won't Rhino take my money and give me the whole tour? Perhaps they know the new postal charges for us out-of-towners is so ludicrously high they don't want to tempt us?

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