Grateful Dead

The Wait Is Over… The Winterland 1973 Box Has Arrived!

Sherman, set the Wayback machine for the second week of November, 1973. The Grateful Dead are on a roll…yes, again! The summer had seen the band playing triumphant mega-shows with the Allman Brothers at RFK Stadium in D.C. and at Watkins Glenn in upstate New York. With their popularity seemingly still escalating by the month, fall tours took them to various East Coast haunts and all over the Midwest. On October 15, they released Wake of the Flood, their first album on their own independent record label, and copies were flying out of stores coast to coast. So the mood in the band was WAY UP when their incredibly busy schedule brought them home for three shows at Winterland in San Francisco November 9, 10 and 11—before they set off again for points East.

Winterland always brought out the best—and the beast—in the band. Located across Geary Boulevard from the Fillmore Auditorium, the one-time home of the Ice Follies had hosted dozens of amazing rock shows since Bill Graham started putting on shows there in the late ’60s. It’s where the top tier of Bay Area bands would get together occasionally for marathon shows, and it’s where the most popular out-of-town acts—from The Doors, to Hendrix, to The Who, to the Rolling Stones—would play in the era before faceless sports arenas became an unfortunate fact of concert-going life. But nobody played Winterland as often as the Dead. By the time they’d trucked their ever-expanding sound system to the venue for their November ’73 shows, they’d already logged 31 concerts there—and there would be another 28 eventful Dead nights at Winterland before the old place was closed after the Dead’s New Year’s Eve show in 1978, and eventually reduced to rubble to make way for condos. Sure, the 5,000-capacity hall was acoustically challenging and a little frayed on the edges. But with its narrow open floor, shallow lower balcony that encircled the entire venue, its deeper back balcony chill zone, and serpentine walkways between floors, it was a tremendously fun and entertaining place to see a show—especially a Dead show.

Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings captures the Dead during one of their peak years and absolutely at the top of their game. Spread over nine discs, it includes every note of three complete consecutive shows (save for the encore of November 9, which was not recorded), so there’s plenty here to satisfy every fan: magnificent jams on “Dark Star” (which sprawls to 35 completely compelling minutes!), “Playing in the Band,” “Eyes of the World,” the still-new “Weather Report Suite” and more; kick-ass rockers of every variety (“Sugar Magnolia,” “Casey Jones,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Truckin’,” et al); haunting ballads including “China Doll,” “Stella Blue” and “To Lay Me Down”; a truly spectacular “China Cat”; and the first of just three versions ever of the dazzling sequence of “Playing in the Band” > “Uncle John’s Band” > “Morning Dew” > “Uncle John’s” reprise > “Playing” reprise. (For a complete listing of the contents of the nine discs, go here.)

All the music here was drawn from Grateful Dead crew member Kidd Candelario’s crystal clear and wonderfully present 2-track soundboard reels of the shows, and enhanced by the mastering work of the always reliable sonic wizard Jeffrey Norman, who used all sorts of arcane processes to bring it all into the glorious world of HDCD sound. This stuff will rattle your bones! The beautifully designed box also comes with a colorful booklet containing scads of great photos and a fine essay by Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally.

We like to think of Winterland 1973 as being part of the noble tradition established by the ecstatically received Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings, and as a precursor for other complete-run boxes to come. So clear out a chunk of space in the ol’ CD case, ’cause this mutha’ is a BIG ONE!

Don’t delay! You can order Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings right now by clicking here !

(To help get you in the mood, you can preview some of the music on the Winterland 1973 box by clicking here. And to give you a little glimpse of what Winterland was like, check out this video montage with audio from the ’73 shows and visuals from The Grateful Dead Movie, shot at Winterland a year later!)

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I just noticed as I'm putting this box on my itunes, the GDTRFB on disc three comes up as "GDTRF OK" ... oh, you guys

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gypsy blue

I think I met you in the back of a vw bus on the lot back in the day, holding court... I think we all did, actually...

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Great set that has fantastic

Great set that has fantastic sound. Even though I was one of those who had skips on my set (kudos to c.s. for their fast response) I'm extremely happy with the quality and care that went into this box set. The “Dark Star” >“Eyes Of The World” is the highlight for me; it's just cooler than ice cubes.

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vinyl

Oh I don't even mean that they should release this on record (They NEVER would anyways) I just was responding to a way back comment about vinyl... I just love it... :-)
anyhow, Its been like 4 days now and still no cds :-( and I even ordered w/ the OVERNIGHT SHIPPING method.. I know a bit about mail ordewr (I run my own mail order biz) And I ordered on thursday EARLY AM.. I figured it would be here BY NOW as they do deliver on SAT for overnight mail... I just hope some neighbor of mine didn't Gank it off my steps or something.. lol.. That would be sad... I CAN'T WAIT to hear this! Everyone is making me drool waiting for this box set!!! Hope it is as good as I imagine it to be!!! Jerry at his TRUE YOUNG PEAK!!! And the TRUE CROWDS OF THE BEST FANS THE DEAD EVER HAD!!! (*From all I have heard) and ENERGY that NEVER was the same again after 74!!! NEVER!! They may have had OTHER peaks later, but nothing with the INTENSITY and energy they DID HAVE in the 69-74 period, in my opinion.. Those are of course my Fav. years, I try to get ANY and ALL shows from this era on cd, and so far I am doing pretty darn well at that mission! lol It just seems that WInterland brought out the best in each and every member of the grateful dead when they played there for some magical reason... Thank You Jerry, for even a 26 year old can still to this day experience and enjoy all of your wonderful, Beautiful, AMAZING, SPEECHLESS, LIFE CHANGING music and the generations to come will as well!! That kinda blows my mind just thinkn aboiut all the dif. generations that have been touched deeply by the Deads music in some way or another!!! And I am one of those "YOUNGENs"-(Although I'm 26 in THIS current lifetime, I am an OLD OLD OLD SOUL" still im every bit of a true diehard deadhead as the folks who where there in the early 70's.. and

P.S.(Have to say this-LOL)- 4 all the older folks who still think we don't get the same "STRONG" mind bending stuff, We still have the recipes!!! Its out there and believe me, Its every bit as INSANE AND MIND BENDING as what you all were eating like chicklets back in the 60's.. at least all my Older freinds said the same.. Truly!!!... It just keeps on rollin down the tracks gatherin MORE momentum and steam....2 this day still! And Not ALL of the Young ones are the Neo breed of "Know it all,(BURN YOU IN THE PARKN LOT) Wanna be, so called "Hippies".... All though I get just as anoyed at some of those KIDS as well.... I go to shows for ONE REASON: the MUSIC.... Anything else is ALL just a bonus! (Although I do enjoy meeting all the goergous dead head gals at the shows!) (One of those gals has GOT TO BE MY FUTURE WIFE,LOL-I couldn't marry someone who wasn't a deadhead as well, it would NEVER WORK 4 me!!! ) ;-) :-) ;-)
LOL.... PEACE!!!

Cosmic Travelers - Gypsy Blue
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CMG

I just use Sony MDR-V700 studio headphones. Their full size but have great bass and high end. Cost around $150. I'm not into spending $400-$500 on headphones. I also have the Bose Triports. Sound is decent, but I wouldn't recommend them. If I don't want to wear the studio headphones walking around a mall, I put in some $50 Sony ear canals.

By the way, there is so much sweetness coming out of Jerry's guitar on this box, I'm gonna tear up eventually. I'd give anything to hear it live just one more time.

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Disc Two

Just wanted to confirm, the problem everyone is reporting with Bertha on Disc Two isn't confined only to when trying to run/burn it on itunes. My disc itself skips. I e-mailed Casson for advice.

Thanks for any help or info.

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span bots

Okay, I guess erase it then...

Greg SC

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Me & Bobby McGee splice?

Because I feel a bit guilty about asking the question, I'm going to start by saying that I'm listening to the first disc of the run and am completely satisfied with the quality and feel of the music. The resulting sound from the mix is awesome and the band is tight!

Having said that, and because I've heard read (not yet heard, and hope I don't when I get there) the skips on Bertha and Greatest Story, has anybody else heard a cut (or splice, or something) on Me and Bobby McGee, about 1:20 into the song?

Is that something I should report in on or is that something that's not repairable?

Please, keep these coming. I'd buy two a year.

CMG
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dude

the point is not to actually write out the entire e-mail address in the forum for spambots to pick up. ;-)

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casson email

I used,

casson.kauffman@iventa.com

If that is wrong, let me know.

Greg SC

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