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: Jul 20 2007

We can't have it both ways ...

Either this is free-flowing forum about all things GD related, INCLUDING not infrequent merchandising debacles and resultant customer grumbles.


It's a forum at which all negativity must airbrushed.

My last three or so posts have been deleted. There was nothing obscene or personally vindictive in there. Hell, I was even trying to have some fun with it all. But they're gone.

If any of us are concerned about service - or lack thereof - are we allowed to raise the issue on this forum? At all?

Does this forum belong, in a metaphorical sense, to the GD family? Or is our involvement allowed on the basis that we don't let rip when ripped off?

Kenny - the one with empty mail box.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007

I seem to be one of the lucky ones, my copy arrived in about a week and with the bonus disc.

i know people who ordered before me and still have not got a copy.


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Spanish Jam

Joined: Jul 20 2007

Quote: "You couldn't design a worse service."

Len's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
unbelievably bad service

The total absence of any kind of conciliatory emails from GD Store Customer Services or Rhino, the exhorbitant shipping costs, the unneccessary delays (what should have been a week's delivery now looks like being 2 months!). And from others' experience the distinct possibility that after waiting the 2 months my box set will be incomplete and/or faulty when it arrives (which will then presumably entail another 2 months' wait, plus whatever time it takes from GD Store to sort out the problem). Aaaagh... You couldn't design a worse service

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
still waiting

Promised by phone bonus disc...still waiting. What is the deal? Certain things in this day and age are just expected. Really...would like a message that whoever was responsible for this last CD debacle is no longer responsible.

Joined: Jul 20 2007
My understanding is ...

... that there's no longer any such thing as surface mail. Just different kinds of air mail.

I reckon this very bad look for the band might be caused by packages/goods being parked somewhere for weeks on end AFTER they have left the GD agents' hands. How else to explain it?

By contrast, last week I ordered two copies of the Grayfolded double CD from And for $4 postage I know I'll have my stuff in 7-8 days guaranteed.

If this is a procedural problem, it's a bad one.

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Joined: May 26 2007

Really sorry so many folks are having such a bad experience with all this. It was NOT the plan.

Joined: Jun 7 2007

Thanks for the help. Customer service has decided to send another Road Trips out to me. I hope I get that one, and I hope it has all of the discs and bonus disc. I'm crossing my fingers.

Greg SC

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
road trip vol 1

tj crowley

tho listening to an occassional 'big river' or such, i wasn't always spinning the complete cd(s) from previous releases..this is a good idea with particular gems that most agree on. the clarity and seperation is unbelievable....thnakyou 'six strings..more or Lesh
fried-days 6pm - midnite (e.s.t.) 90.3fm w e s s pocono mts n.e.Pa.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Postage to Australia

I got my Road Trips disc over here in Australia (albeit without a disc two) really quickly so I suppose the $15 was worth it, in principle, although it'll be a few weeks until I get my disc two so perhaps it hasn't been worth it.

That's not my complaint - what I don't understand is that postage was $15 but very clearly, on the package there is a USA postal sticker thing saying postage was $6. Perhaps we Australia dead fans should "campaign" like the Euro heads????

I guess though, as long as one receives the bonus disc, it's misguided to view it as a double disc set - it's a triple disc set. Hence why people are furious that their bonus disc didn't arrive.


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