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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Bertha problems

If you're having them, send email to Casson. PM me if you need her email address. She'll get things straighted out fast, if history is any indicator.

So far this is the only technical issue we're hearing about, but if you hear about others speak up as Greg suggests. Thanks!

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as some of us know it. Delicious candy...how about that Jack Straw...wow...or that moment early on in the Looks Like Rain...how about the Bobby McGee from 11/11...there's moments in there too...delicious Garcia candy....but there are few moments even above and beyond that...the band was on...Garcia was on...Gorgeous stuff...and ahhh...well what else can ya say? : )

thank you Jerry

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This will be mostly appreciated by the elder wizards. Thank you Jerry. Magical moments are everywhere...Garcia in his youthful peak...11/10 Jack Straw...magical...what about that moment within the Looks Like Rain...absolutely gorgeous...there's Garcia magic all throughout...it's gonna take some time to digest...years of appreciation and enjoyment...carrying on in all aspects of life. Thank you Jerry.

And thank you, the GD organization, for releasing this.

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Y'know, I love records too, I certainly think they do sound better than digital (infinite sound range) and all that - in fact I work at a crusty ol' record shop - but let's be realistic here people; if they put this thing on wax, it'd be like a 25 LP set. Not to mention all the sequences that'd get split up. Plus, ever shipped 25 records? Then we'd REALLY get some complaints on the shipping charges...

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Hey I agree I would LOVE to see more VINYL records.. I know they are not an Ipod or digital.. But, THERE IS NOTHING, TRULY NOTHING that captures the essencse of a classic like a good record.... For some reason I think MOST music sounds MUCH better on records, Thats why I collect them (Have over 2,000 last time I checked..) ALL the gratfeul dead records are so sweet, I mean, no tape or cd EVER gives you all the cool stuff u get in a record (Posters, more lyrics/pics, cool liners and they are classic!. I love my cds and ipod like everyone else.. but there is nothing like having the record in your hand (NO DOWNLOAD CAN DO THAT) and there was ALWAYS extra stuff in the record jackets that NEVER made it into tape or cds EVER... Plus every once in a while, I run into a record at some tag sale for like 10 cents that ends up being worth $500.00 !!! I would rather listen to the BEATLES white album on record ANYDAY over ANY OTHER MEANS OF SOUND DEVICE. SAME W/ LIVE DEAD!!! PLUS I recently got a copy of WAKE OF THE FLOOD on record, THE ORIGINAL GD RECORDS(First ever release on GD records) THE ONE WITH THE CROW ON THE RECORD!!! THAT IS FRIGGN SWEET!!! worth a bit too!!! Not that I would ever sell it- lol... PEACE
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Yes I have the same problem. When you convert 11/9/73 Bertha to MP3 it just keeps on skipping. The interesting thing is that apparently most everyone has the same or similar problem. I would just try to get all of the problems that people are reporting, and put them together into a fix-it package. And if someone reports one problem, or another, just send them the whole repair kit. Because it could take me a week or more to carefully listen to every track on the 10 cd's. I'm reporting one here, but there could be many more.

Please give us the download option. This type of headache I do not need from a $100. set.

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BTW. God, man, STOP FRIGGN complaining so damn much people, You should be happy that they are releasing a full run from winterland.. If you don't have 100 Buks then don't buy it or go earn more money if you can (Thats what I had to do).. Is it just me or is everyone going insane(More then normal) lately? Everyone is ALWAYS unhappy no matter what you do, so the way I look at it is who even cares lol.... I mean no matter what you do these days, someone is ALWAYS going to bitch and whine either it isn't good enough or it costs to much, damn.. there is no pleasing some people.. Its like this whole damn world is going crazy!!! not good crazy either.. instant gratifacation and the internet are BOTH HUGE DOUBLE EDGED SWORDS as far as I am concerned and I am starting to see it get worse... SAD.. I just want to hear my Grateful dead for belive me, I AM GRATEFUL!!! :-) Just be happy you are alive and the dead is still here in our hearts and our cd players!!! I feel some of you, the price may be a bit hefty, i agree, but who really cares? no one wants to hear whining and complaining. Thats when i say "TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT"!!!! . LOL PEACE TO ALL...
"The Heat came round and busted me for smiling on a cloudy day....."
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SWEET, SWEET, Good ol Grateful Dead

WHOOO HAAAH!!!! SWEET!!! Bout TIME!!! :-) I gotta say I LOVE 73-74 dead, what a couple of great years! out of ALL the TONS of dead shows I have in my collection, I MUST SAY, 68-74 and 1977(a bit of 78) and 1987-1990 where in MY opinion the Deads TRUE PEAK years.. ALL of those years.. Don't get me wrong, They put on some great shows in the other years, but as far as PEAKS go, I personaly love the 69-74 years the BEST.. Followed by 77 then 87-89 And a few great 1990 shows too- (More for the memories then anything).. but THANK GOD for this realease!!! My darn mailman can't get here FAST ENOUGH today, to bring me this incredible 10 disk set (9 @ winterland) and I am gonna have to turn off my phones and lock thy doors cause I'm not coming out again until I have heard the WHOLE 10 disks!! And thank you for not releasing another COMPILATION for once RHINO! LOL!!! PEACE TO ALL THE DEADHEAD NATION!!!
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For reals!

This is truly one of the most gorgeous box sets that own, and I own TONS of them, by a myriad of artists in a myriad of styles. The sound is amazing, the performances are stellar, and the value for the dollar is phenomenal. THANK YOU!

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What is your recommendation for portable headphones?

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