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 4 2007
About time. Passing on the

About time. Passing on the road trips 1st round since i've got all the shows but looking forward to what's to come ie winterland 73 and hopefully some uncirculated stuff or serious upgrades to stuff. Again, about time and thanks. Sorry for all the harsh remarks but we take our Dead serious and you pretty much cut us off cold turkey. That was brutal. Waiting on the "wave".

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Road trip ??

Sounds like an interesting idea....Maybe there will be a possibility of more Europe ' 72
released. Like the Paris run for example..Or from the Strand Lyceum..How 'bout the whole
month of May ' 72 ? Hmmmmm ?

mulla's picture
Joined: Nov 3 2007
rhino blows

rhino blew it!
the 1st release and its not a whole show?!?
somebody should get fired over there
of course i'll buy it
but give us WHOLE shows already!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
road trip(s) intrepid Trips (IT)

tj crowley


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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Waiting for the flood

I for one appreciated Blair's communications - please keep them coming.

The idea of tour compilations is pretty cool too. Stepping Out is a good example of how well this can work. My only suggestion would be to add a few more discs. Full shows (runs) are my preference but I'm willing to see how this pans out. Nice start.


Joined: Nov 3 2007
What I wish

Hey Deadicated....

They are asking for opinions... :-)

If I were trying to sell a product which I do... I would value any input from my customers and the market place...

In all Dead heads became accustomed to the way things were... Asking anybody to change ain't easy. It doesn't mean that things could not be better if they were different. In the digital age where the competition is high for mind share, it is epically important to let people shape there experience or they will go elsewhere. That is not harsh, just economic and market reality...

The lessees of this vault should know what the consumers want and how to shape there experience to better facilitate more purchases...

It could be said that the one Starbucks release will eclipse and out sell all other releases 100 fold or more... Why should they release anything else but christmas records!

How do record labels or any e-tailor maximize mind share, retention and face time.... They do it by delivering value beyond the actual product. The loyalty to the branded value is the key... I for one believe that the communal experience and content with the ability to interact with others and the content at the same time is key to success.. Others might disagree.

As for the 'Complaints,' shipping cost is a valid point if it causes someone to not buy from the site and go elsewhere... Profit margin goes down...

In the end forums are for just this, discourse and debate, not solely for ass kissing or positive I'll eat anything vibes.

In the end if an ass deserves to get kissed it should ROFL...

I think to a poster on this thread we all appreciate the work effort and releases of anything but we know what we want, what we don't and what we will not buy ... These discussions serve as a plea to get it... Its mutually beneficial.

Love always


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Joined: Jun 5 2007
A lot of potential

I agree that this format offers an opportunity to both include complete shows while allowing everyone to contribute different ideas and unique memories from the era. From an earlier post, some of the albums that really got me on the bus in the first place were compilation albums like Europe '72, Reckoning and Live Dead. I hope Rhino will include submissions of goodies by Deadheads from in the packaging.
As far as preserving my memories through different eras, when I purchased The Grateful Dead Family Album (book), I found myself stuffing different touring artifacts from different eras among sections of pages which corresponded with the topic in that section. This included tickets, setlists, photos, newspaper articles, Leaves from my favorite pot plant, etc.
The ’79 era is a good choice. I seem to recall a seriously jamming set from Cape Cod Coliseum on 10-27-79 which included the return of the Caution Jam. I also remember a smoking set from the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh on 12-01-79 with an awesome Jack Straw > Sugaree (I don’t know if this compilation will extend into winter) Either way, Its all good !

Peace :-) ))))

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
Nice, not thrilling, but nice...

I have not posted here in a while but I felt complelled to put my 2 cents worth in. I personally don't see the point in releasing bits and pieces of shows when the whole thing exists. If sound source is damaged in some way and only parts of the show exist well then I get it. I believe that each Dead show should be savored like wine- meaning it should be listened to from begining to end it its entirety. But, hey I am a passionate guy about a lot of things and this is one of them. However, I have leanred over the years that the Grateful Dead meet the needs of everybody because there are wide varieties of interests. I know this because on the semi-old message boards (Groupee) I posted a question about "favorite Dead year". There were some fascinating responses to this.

So what I am saying is that although I will not buy this release it is good that it meets the needs of some fans and it is nice to see a new release even it doesn't appeal to me. All that I ask (beg if necessary) is that can there please be a future releases that comprise whole shows. Heck, start a poll now and let us vote on a few shows or give us list of choices and let us vote on them.
Do or do not; there is no try.

Deadicated's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
You know what I wish?

I wish people would stop complaining. On this web site and everywhere else! We are so lucky to have people who care about disseminating the Dead ethos and here we are again getting some more fantastic music but "I don't like this and I don't like that." Why don't you all take a moment to read what Alpine7784 has to say about the 11/06 show. We are being heard. The group of shows from which this compilation is comprised is a scorching stretch. I think the 11/06/79 is just a killer, as is the 11/08. I'm more than curious to hear how the transition is handled from Terrapin>Playin' to the NFA>Morning Dew - aren't you? The very guitar Jerry's playing is new, Brent is only six months into his tenure. Please, try to see the good in this stuff. Do note that there was nothing culled from the 11/05 - maybe that'll be the show in its entirety that we see/hear. What evs - I'm rushing now that I know the ball's rollin'


"From day to day, just lettin' it ride,
You get so far away from how it feels inside,
You can't let go, 'cause you're afraid to fall,
But the day may come when you can't feel at all."

Joined: Jun 11 2007

Very nice time of The Dead's career to choose from (1979) It is also right around the time I began attending their shows. I liked Brent's style at this time. Phil was rip-roarious, too! More of Road Trip releaeses to come I hope.


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