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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Richard Starlight's picture
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This new release format

The tour format might favor some of the best 90s material where too many forgotten lyrics or lackluster moments mixed in with the gems might make complete shows unreleasable.

Bring on smoking versions of Days Between, Eternity, Corrina, Broken Arrow!

And in all seriousness, there ought to be a disc that closes with "I Fought the Law"! Certain dimensions of GD humor never get enough attention, and that unbelievable choice of encore is one!

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Swing and Miss

Sorry, not interested in Compilations. Give us full shows please.

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Actually

I can see how this idea developed from the success of the Taper section and all the hubub at the subsequent changes (no download, etc), BUT I would like to echo the sentiment of the eloquent prior post (and Hunter & CC Joe et. al) about releases of complete shows. Having the entire show does feel right and as you listen to it, you can feel part of what the Dead were like that night, and what the audience at that time might have felt. This is not a concept that the uninitiated nor any marketing person might know about. As a taper and trader from way back (70's), I can tell you that a 'compilation' would be one of the last offerings that I would be interested in. But that doesn't mean that I won't try this '79 or others, it is just that the lure of the 'complete' show, reving up the 'time machine' and transporting to that venue on that night for that show, is imminently more compeling and sadisfying. I am very excited to see that you are working on releases, I know there are issues at play that I have no knowledge or understanding of, but please consider making sure that the spirit of Dick lives on. And that complete shows are part of the menu would be very edifying!
Take care, tim

PS Man alive, that IMINCHARGE has some great ideas on many aspects of what would be fun, interesting, and attractive with the both the process & product. Give that guy the 'Tour' disc as a 'thank you'. Or consider hiring him on as a consultant. Great concepts and thought process and angles that this technogezzer never could imagine!

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one more thing

The packaging for the stuff I talked about above is not critical. They can come in a CD sleeve or sleeve pages...with printed out notes for a binder. You can sell the binder as well (3ring). And everyone populates the binders as the shows and releases come out with the notes.

It would create a whole library to reference. Less cost in packaging and art work... You can sell accessories to it like the little things people put on there crocks alla tabs for organization.

A data base plug in to track the collection. Download capability for shows controlled by the plug in to verify and guarantee copy write. Through the plug in have community connection through chat so everyone who has the interface and shows can swap ideas all through your interface... That is marketing control. That is building community. Thats the way to maximize sales and loyalty... You would be creating and controlling the 'Digital Parking Lot of tour'... Have weekly listening parties that all heads and vault people can chat over

INCLUDE US!

Sell Inserts for art on the site for people to buy and slide in to customize there collecting experience...

I could go on and on...

You have such a great opportunity. If you track the sites out there today you have a lot of bridges to re build but you will and can as in the end WE LOVE YOU!

Love
IMINCHARGE

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Trick or Treat

...I'm holdin my breath, but hopin for the best! ...as long as its new stuff. How bout throwin a hit of blotter in with each release?

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Whole Shows

Hey

Bought all the dicks picks! would continue to buy.... But alas snip its and partials are uninteresting to me and most every head I know... Shows and tours and runs have a flow. We were heads because of the personal interaction between us the heads and them the band.

Sometime the divide in reality was large as they lived there own lives and were separate from us but at the show we were part of the Geshtault ( sorry spelling) .... Part of the band.... Not having the end to end experience really kills it for me and many many others...

This is all said with the utmost respect and love.

Your vault sounds better than everything that circs and if it get released it will sell and the circ sources will fall away... I'm not saying that it has to be Dicks Picks... I'm sure Dave knows what we want...

How about the whole tour of Europe '72... The Acadamy Run.... Classic Winterland Runs... Spotlight on MSG... Go to University (great 70's university Gym shows.. Ala every time they played Cornell), May '77, Spotlight on the wall of sound., comparison boxes of 73 vs 74 set lists and playing styles ( take shows or runs form the consecutive years at the same venue release all the shows and write white papers on the development of the music and playing. Include comments form great tape traders and tapers). We love to read that stuff the book alone is worth the price of admission.

If you involve us the community in your plans and releases and we will beat a path to the store!

We don't care if they circ in SBD form or not... They will sell non the less we all always want the best quality and we know its in the vault.... Non circ sources are always a treat but don't let it stop you form creating master classes in the bands development over time...

How about High res 24bit show releases!

Any way... I love the band have supported you for years and will continue to This is not a rant and was written with love so take it that way

Love
IMINCHARGE

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I'll wait, thanks

Glad to see some new releases, even if they have zero appeal to me. Compilations have a very limited appeal to the vast deadhead community. However, if you intend to market the releases in mainstream record stores, book stores, and other outlets, compilations will work, and can be a good way to make sales.

For those of us who actually visit this site (how many hits a day is that?) I firmly maintain that, in terms of live music, only COMPLETE SHOWS will make us part with our money. Having read the article above, I am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a steady flow of complete shows for me to buy. If you release them, I will buy them. Thanks!

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GD Are Timeless

Love the archive.
http://www.dead.net/archives/bands-musicians/road-trips-vol-1

For the record, I like whole shows and compiled highlights.
Basically at this stage..I really only listen to the best bits.

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it's a start...

thanks for the words from the abyss!!! i HAD thought you'd forgotten about us. i too like full shows, but i am glad to get what we're getting. the words are at least optimistic, and late '79 has always been my second favorite time.(after '76) YEAH BRENT!!!
thanks for starting to make an effort (rhino?), and please keep david's limeux's job intact (if he wants it) and God bless us, one and all!

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fair enough kennyw

well maybe not ALL, but you know what I mean.

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