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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cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
shipping charges

agree with wazoo2u

Happy about the release as already mentioned, but the Shipping charge to Europe is a massive $15 for Road Trip; the real cost is, according to USPS $7.20

Mods when you next take a break from dancing pls ask Rhino why this is and let us know. Thank you kindly

izzie's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I was away for a little bit, and return to see this new set! I'm absolutely thrilled!! Compilations work just fine for me, thanks, and I can dance more non-stop this way. Thanks David, and all involved in the process! what a great surprise for me!

Joined: Nov 3 2007
Shipping charges are still way too high !

Continuing the release of Vault material is a great idea, and I agree that full shows would be much appreciated.

But the main point... Why are we paying over $8.00 to ship a 3 disc package that should cost less than $3.00 with delivery conformation ? I buy CD's from Amazon resellers who charge a flat $2.98 for shipping and they usually arrive bearing even less than $2.98 postage.

Adding an almost 50% surcharge to ship a CD is unconscionable, and I would think the ethos of the Grateful Dead should be brought to bear to mitigate these costs.

Can't something be done to be a bit more fair and reasonable on this issue ??

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Complete Shows vs Compilation From Shows

I think there is room for both. There are certainly plenty of shows that were awesome from start to finish and quite a few more where there were standout moments during nights with lots of train wrecks. The train wreck nights happened more frequently while Garcia was falling ill and especially from '91 on.

On the other side there are tours that were inspired nightly throughout (May '77, Fall '89-Summer'90, Summers '87-'88 and '89, '69-'70, '73-'74 ect ect ect).

Joined: Jun 4 2007

I was about to give up hope and this is exactly what I need. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Sorry, But I Love The Idea

There seem to be a lot of us here who dismiss compilations out of hand. But please. Europe '72 has always been a touchstone of mine, and if I'm not mistaken that was a compilation. Ditto Reckoning and Live Dead for that matter. So compilations do have a place in the mosaic. Everyone on this board has made a mix tape or CD of high points for a newcomer to show them what the Dead is about. And on all of our mp3 players right now, I know that we have highlight playlists. I do.

Sure whole shows are nice. I own more than a few Dick's Picks and haven't regretted purchasing any of them. But let's be honest. Whole shows, warts and all are fine, but sometimes I do skip the low points. I guess that makes me a poser. But every Dick's Picks has moments that burn brightly as well. Seems to me that picking these sublime moments and packaging them together in a good sounding package is a good idea. I've ordered Vol. 1. Looking forward to the next one, too.

Hal R's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
If you are listening

Hello Rhino I think that you may not be deaf but are often mute to our inquiries. But please listen to that guy imincharge. Great ideas. Hire him as a consultant.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Wiliam Blake

Joined: Jun 14 2007
Winterland 73


Joined: Jun 14 2007
OK, I'm In

OK, I can deal with this. I was beginning to wonder if Rhino had completely dropped the ball.

It would be really cool if the complete shows could also be available as (reasonably priced!) downloads.

I agree with Richard Starlight that the Vince years would be well suited to this format.

I, for one, miss the flood of releases circa. 2004-2005....those were the days.

More, please!

Psycle Sam's picture
Joined: Aug 13 2007
Road Trips,

Great idea. Sure hope to see/hear something from Buckeye Lake, Ohio (known locally as Legend Valley, you had to be a Legend to play there).


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