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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Sunshine-daydream1951's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
26 october 1989

is an awesome show full stop

much better than Hampton

one of the few later year shows i play a lot


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enlightend rogue's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Well Ok?

I'm Happy for any new release!! I just bought it !! That being said i hope that maybe just maybe some of these show's do find there way complete release! I was @ the 10/31/79 show at Nassau and was second row center behind the stage. During the China Rider Jam me and all my friends were trying to get Steve Parish's attention as Bob was trying to flag him down because he broke a string during china cat and finally got Parish's attention by throwing a can of fingerease at him!! I see that is on the bonus disc but don't remember it being a very hot jam because Bob was changing his string for most of the jam. However I love that i will get a chance to relive that and many other moments with this new series of releases! I just saw Bobby and the Dog on Tuesday and got a copy of the show that same night! Once the vault is digitized maybe we'll be able to purchase whatever we want! Until then i'll take what i can get!!

Joined: Jun 7 2007

I have been wondering when we would get something new,and here we go.Thanks so much.Look forward to the new concept.How about runs from venues?That would make me smile before my birthday and Christmas.

ohioted's picture
Joined: Nov 4 2007
"greatest hits" Sorry if I seem a little disappointed.

(OHIO) travelinted

Confused. How many shows did the Dead play? 1300 or more I think! How bout a crispy recording of 7/18/76 Orpheum? Or 7/1/73 Universal City, Ca, which might be the most rockin' first set ever, along with a MEGA 2nd set Playin'? How bout 10/26/89, ultra sick Dark Star? Or if it's '79 everybody wants (not exactly), how bout 12/1/79 Pittsburgh? Or 10/27/79 Cape Cod?? Oh yeah, how about complete shows...

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
early 70's

tj crowley

i recall going thru my collection of tapes and limiting the amount on the wall..consideration was 1st; song selection and/or seque 2nd: quality of sound 3rd event's memory or meaningfulness..this took thinking (and this not always the best) is that when considering what gig to print/release they (the king rhino as well gd products) need to bear in mind the songs and copy-rights to song palyed other than band compositions..but hey..what do i know...

Joined: Oct 29 2007
I'll be buying it

I'll get it just to support the effort & hopefully keep things going.
The Greek 85 run would seem like a no brainer to me for a next release - I'll bet they stay out of the early 70s for awhile - been overdone with DPs

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
have's and have not's

tj crowley

if we focus on the things we don't have we can't enjoy what we do have...we get what we get

JeremyP's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Overseas charges again & downloads

Outrageous postal charges to Europe. So - why no downloads (Rhino do downloads already), and you could offer the bonus CD to the first N downloaders? Come on guys, download is basic these days, you used to do it - it's not rocket science - save us non-Statesiders some money.

Joined: Jun 15 2007

I got to admit I'm not excited at the prospect of compilations, we can record the Grateful Dead Hour or use the tapers section for that. I can make my own compilations. I own everything the Dead has officially released and one of the most problematic to listen to is So Many Roads. Its a very frustrating listen actually, and I'm not excited by a whole series of these chopped up feelings. To those who remind us about Europe 72, Dead Set etc., remember, we had no other choices for live Dead back then, and as soon as we could get into taping circles and amassed some collection of "bootlegs" those compilation albums fell by the wayside (especially Dead Set).

Steve-O's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Exciting News!!

I had better get this for Christmas!!! I'm on board, I myself love full shows especially DVD's, but usually, now this is a personal choice, I would skip over drums and space. So, that being said I think will I enjoy the compilations. I also love archives, I enjoy all the photos and stories about the Band and the fans over the years. GRATE IDEA THANKS!!!!!!!


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