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!
I mentioned previously about having bad discs in my copies of Road Trips and Rockin' on the Rhein and requested/recieved replacements of the respective CDs.
So yesterday I get home from work and to my surprise recieved a package with brand new sealed copies of Road Trips (including bonus disc) and Rockin' On The Rhein. So now I have 2 copies of each of these releases. So now some of my Christmas shopping is done.
Have offered to refund the difference with the old and new postage costs, no quibbles.
Seems like Mike ( and Others) have prepared the ground
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this may or may not help
After one false start I have been communicating with the Rhino with some success by clicking on 'Customer Service' at the bottom of the page in the Store. This generates a little message box (but ONLY if you are logged on to the store) and I have normally received a reply via the same system within 24 hours, however rude I have been ;-)
It is a bit clunky you may have to log on the store again to check if you have received a reply, but their system does now seem to be generating emails telling you that your message has been replied to, and sometimes actually emailing you the reply. It would appear that the first reply you receive is from a junior person and not that helpful, but if you refuse to back down problems are passed up the line to a manager for review
... it's firstname.lastname@example.org
Order number: 0011521
Thanks for caring, but really the damage is done and won't be undone. Even if the album's in my mailbox when I get home from work tonight, that $15 is out there in the ether, as invisble as the service it was mean to buy.
Besides which, in my eagerness to snag the bonus disc, I didn't even think about the rates. $15 IS scandalous.
Please send me your email address and the particulars and I'll move this along. Slowly we're getting this stuff fixed, but I'm sorry this is dragging on so long.
Re: Road series vol 1.
Now well overdue.
$15 paid for postage.
Not for the first time my credit card payment for postage has, effectively, been stolen.
3 emails sent.
Get it: The GD and associated bands may never have played above the equator, in the southern hemisphere, up here, but the band has fans here. GD merchandising is disenfranchising us. I am not alone.
Couldn't disagree with you more, gratefuldaddy, but hey, everyone has favorite years and periods. Maybe other stuff up the road will be more to your liking...
send me a PM with the particulars and I'll follow up on this.
Bob and Badger, woo hoo! Good for the Euroheads and Rhino.
yes indeed..after a concerted campaign by EuroDeadHeads the folks at GD Customer Support have had the good grace to admit that the postage charges to here are 'extravagant' , to make peace offerings to complainants and to reduce the charges.
After dishing it out to the Store folks in spades for some time now on these pages, I am only too happy now to say thanks to the customer support team for listening and for taking positive remedial action. Sorry for those out there still trying to deal with unresolved issues, I hope this gives you some encouragement.
the postage price to Europe is now $9 instead of $15
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