Come Join Us For Road Trips!
Track listing for both CDs and
the bonus disc as well.
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!
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!
further to my last, it just took me 2 minutes to find Road Trips plus Bonus Disk to download for free and losslessly from the web ! No I have not downloaded it and no I will not tell you where it is....
But it just goes to show....market forces Mr Rhino, market forces, you should have been there first!
thanks for the updates and the feedback
For sure you will never please all the people all the time with these releases, but please encourage TPTB to make an extra big effort in 08 to make sure people at least get the chance to find out if they like 'em or not. Just go straight to download with basic artwork and make the CDs with all the fancy packaging premium collectors' items for those prepared to wait for 3 months!
Another holiday miracle! That's good news, srumble!
Don't know how many people are still scrolling down here at this point, but I do want to say that we've heard everything you've said, loud and clear, the good and the really mean, and we've filed it away in the few brain cells we have remaining. Look, we knew from the outset not everyone was going to dig either this approach or this specific set--that's ALWAYS been true with just about everything the Dead have put out. One person's "Dark Star" is another person's "Little Red Rooster," if you know what I mean.
Anyway, we hope you'll enjoy future offerings both in this series and outside the world of Road Trips. And if not...well, it's certainly not for lack of thought or trying, I assure you.
It´s the same situation with my order too.
Order Number: 0011622
This is just damn ridiculous. Normally my orders from the USA arrive in two weeks (or faster), but this one is going to take... "a lifetime". It´s also possible that I don´t get my bonus disc with the regular package, so it will probably be winter 2011 when I get all my cds. Like the people who have posted earlier about this, I will have one loooooooong discussion with myself before I order from here, unless there is a reasonable explanation for this stupid farce.
Hey what do you know it arrived this afternoon...!!!!
I like the packaging and the liner notes are great.
The discs sound excellent as well.
Someone from customer service got back to me about my order (places on Nov. 3rd).
They informed me (on Dec. 8th) that a replacement would be sent promptly. So here I am up in Canada with 30cm of snow and my fingers crossed. If by some miracle I recieve my package by Christmas I will be truly grateful - but I'm not holding my breath.
How about 30 days or free...?
Seriously, how can I feel comfortable ordering from the store in the future?
my Road Trips CDs for Christmas in ... 2008. Fingers crossed!
not much fun for you I know but its not just for me....lots of really disappointed people out here
and will report back.