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Archives Browse Vol 1, No 1 Archives Shows New Haven, CT - 10/25/79
Uniondale, NY - 10/31/79
Philadelphia, PA - 11/6/79
Landover,MD - 11/8/79
Buffalo, NY - 11/9/79
Ann Arbor, MI - 11/10/79

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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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
pursuant to which

Casson really does seem to want to take care of biz, and I'm very pleased with this result. If you're still having Issues (sigh), PM me and I'll pass on the contacts also.

Badger, thanks much for this good news. And Blair, thanks for your insights.

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Roadtrips breakthrough

After intervention from Marye, I am now being mailed replacements for the missing discs.

The Customer Service guy said I could pass on his contact details for others in the same situation. These are now up on Eurotraders.....PM me if you want the contacts.

Big thanks to Marye and Casson at Iventa


Not-so-insulted-and-injured badger (I remembered my meds today too!)

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Blair ...

My bad - I wasn't blaming you or the other folk who put the set together. I know it's not your faultses.

Personally, I'd rather have an explanation than more meaningless apologies. I'm not holding my breath.

And, yes, the listening party and the Jack-A-Roe download could be perceived as yet more insult to injury. If I was in that frame of mind. Which today I'm not.

Kiwi Ken - Early days BAM's long ago NZ subscriber.

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
absolutely right Len

it doesn't make sense and its not the first time

- On the disappearance of the downloadable DPs (way back and eventually corrected, but the downloadable artwork issue has never been corrected)
- On the policy change on the MP3s
- On this mailing fiasco

The only communication we receive on this site is via nice folks who are not actually responsible: our mods, David G,Blair J and David L. who are being used by all sides as voluntary gobetweens.

The 'caring' people in charge are conspicuous in their continued refusal to communicate with us on this site (apart from the recent Christmas present of a downloadable Jack-a-Roe, which even if well meant, adds insult to injury for many)

We may be a bit hasty at times to criticise, but most people would (IMO) respond positively to some direct communication (viz Blair's recent post)

I have almost experience of the music business, I do not work in the commercial world, but if Rhino is really struggling to find the right format to market the Vault effectively, then pissing off the hard core fans and driving them back to trading and bootlegging seems a very strange way to solve the problem.

Anyway the world's drowning in Carbon Dioxide, thousands are dying in a pointless war provoked by our lying leaders and I can buy strawberries flown in from Ethiopia in my local supermarket........insane, myopic incompetence is where it's at it seems

Happy Midwinter festival everyone, may the new year bring peace, sanity, global harmony......... and my fucking Road Trips ;-)

Len's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Understood Blair, but....

Good to hear some words of sympathy and empathy. But if the "fulfillment" folks are really trying to do a great job, why don't they at least admit they screwed up, offer an apology, and simply post replacement copies by air mail to all those, like me, in Europe, Australia and Canada who have waited in vain for nearly two months since our money was taken and we were told our CDs were on their way?

Joined: Jun 6 2007
The buck stops elsewhere...

Kenny, this isn't the answer you want to hear, but I really am just a lowly servant involved with the creative side of this venture--putting discs together and writing articles for the website. I know literally nothing about "fulfillment" (as they say in the biz), shipping and all that stuff, though through this space I've certainly become aware of all the problems some of you are experiencing--both mailing SNAFUs for some and what seems to be a rather unfair postage structure for others--and my heart goes out to you, honestly. I wish I had the power to pick up the phone and talk to someone and do right by you, but I'm really just not involved on that level. I feel all the worse for it because I DO know that everyone's intentions--from the top Rhino guys on down to the folks in the mailroom--is to do a great job and give all you Deadheads what you order at a reasonable price. The fact that it hasn't worked out that way for a sizable number of people, is completely mortifying to me and to others. I don't know what to say other than hopefully it will come together better next time 'round. I certainly understand and share your frustration...Having run a magazine--The Golden Road--for nine years, I experienced just about everything that could possibly go wrong with either printing or mailing, so I've seen it from both sides...

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Blair ...

Like, I suspect, many others I am happy to go with the flow as regards the specific releases and how they are put together.

What I am not prepared to cop is the ridiculous delivery situation. Shipping confirmed? BS!

It simply shouldn't be possible for something to be shipped to Australia - let alone Canada or the US - and for it to take upwards of two months. And counting. And counting the $15 I paid for the privilege.

Something's going on here, but we aren't being told what is, are we Mr Jackson? :)

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007

thanks for sharing that with us Blair....happy to stand corrected and even happier to hear for the first time a bit of rational background to some of what's been happening this last year or two. Transparency counts for a lot :-)

So its a vicious circle then say that downloading killed Dicks Picks, but IMHO frustration at the lack of official releases has stimulated the vineyard not so far from here and encouraged a lot of people to start trading again and replacing their worn out tapes.

I sort of imagined that if you could get the material out there as fast as possible through purchased downloads then you would mop up the market before the bootleggers got organised.

Radiohead tried offering their latest as a download where the buyer chooses the price, with the packaged CD issued later. Very daring, but I'm not sure how that has gone.

Surely the edge that Rhino has is a) they can make at least some of the stuff from the vault sound far better than almost anything traded (that's what interests me most) and b) all the video that's apparently still there.

nice talking!

Hal R's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
thanks for the explanation Blair

In your above note about why there are no longer Dick's Picks. You guys do a great job , it amazing the amount of shit that is flung your way. The karmic consequences of those types of behavior will come back to haunt the givers of that energy. I am not talking about constructive criticism here. Keep up the good work on the site and the releases.

Happy holidays.

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

Joined: Jun 6 2007
It's the system...

It's the other way around, CB...this is the reason the system is so screwed up. This is why Dick's Picks stopped being successful its last two years...It's really that simple. If you want to know why that series is no longer happening, you need look no further than the massive proliferation of full-show SBDs on when that was rampant. Totally undercut the series. The "market" now expects and wants everything to be free...Maybe not you, CB, but many...And who can blame them?


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