Grateful Dead

Road Trips Volume 3 Number 1

Oakland, 12/28/79

The latest installment in our Road Trips series, now entering its third big year (and ninth release overall) is bound to become a favorite. Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 1 is the complete show from December 28, 1979, part of the sparkling run that has already given us the excellent Dick’s Picks: Vol. 5 (from 12/26/79). You’ll recall that these year-end concerts, held at the Oakland Auditorium because Winterland had closed down for good the previous New Year’s Eve, were the first holiday shows featuring new keyboardist Brent Mydland, who joined the band in April 1979.

The new lineup had been gaining momentum with each passing tour since that spring, and by December was truly hitting its stride. It helped, too, that the band was in the midst of recording their Go To Heaven album, so they were really playing together a lot during this period. This 12/28/79 concert is a blast: a super high-energy rock and roll show that also has its share of spacey jams and exploratory passages. The first set includes standout versions of “Sugaree,” “High Time” (rare enough that it always felt like a treat!) and “The Music Never Stopped,” while the second set opens with the always potent pair of “Alabama Getaway” > “Greatest Story Ever Told,” turns deep and introspective with “Playing in the Band” and “Terrapin,” and then later turns into a non-stop party with “Uncle John’s Band,” “I Need A Miracle,” “Bertha” and Good Lovin’.” If you’re not wiped out after that, the double-encore will waste you—“Casey Jones” and “Saturday Night”!

The sound on both discs is spectacular (it’s hard to beat great reels as source tapes), and as always the CDs have been mastered to the exacting HDCD spec, because you would accept nothing less. The colorful accompanying booklet contains a number of excellent Jay Blakesberg photos from those Oakland Aud. shows, as well as a typically inspiring essay by the always poetic Dead scribe Steve Silberman.

So it’s a win-win. A slam-dunk. A no-brainer. For more info on all the goodness packed onto these discs, click here. And when you finally come to your senses and decide that you can longer live another day without Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 1, you can order it here.

—Blair Jackson

Track List

CD 1: Oakland Auditorium Arena, December 28, 1979

1. SUGAREE
2. MAMA TRIED>
3. MEXICALI BLUES
4. ROW JIMMY
5. IT’S ALL OVER NOW
6. HIGH TIME
7. THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
SET 2:
8. ALABAMA GETAWAY>
9. GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

CD 2: Oakland Auditorium Arena, December 28, 1979

1. TERRAPIN STATION>
2. PLAYING IN THE BAND>
3. RHYTHM DEVILS>
4. SPACE>
5. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND>
6. I NEED A MIRACLE>
7. BERTHA>
8. GOOD LOVIN’
9. CASEY JONES
10. ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT



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Still Waiting...

Ordered the day it came on pre-sale Oct. 22nd and I'm still waiting, emailed customer service and no response. I'm willing to be patient but in the immortal words of John Wayne "It's getting to be re-goddamn-diculous."

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disc 2

On the way home this evening, I noticed some 'chirping' during one of the jams on Playing probably related to the master tape, and not intentional from one of the band members. Right now, I'm of the opinion I can probably attribute it to wow and flutter (if I'm using the correct technical term) and not disc skipping. This is usually attributed to the 'ravages of time' somewhere in the notes, or in the announcement of the release. However, I saw no 'caveat emptor' at all this time. Maybe I missed it; anybody catch one? I'll listen more closely to the disc and let you know what I find. In the future, maybe we can hope some of these disclosures will resume to be made, i.e. audience or other tape splices (as in the Yale Bowl Road Trips) and other analog issues (see the 'Eyes of the World in Dick's Picks 3 for a very obvious example). By the way, the 'Terrapin' that starts disc 2 is sublime. Jerry is feeling it both in his vocals and playing. This is up there with my top versions of this tune, and it's one of my favorites. Happy Listening.

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I also have some problems

I also have some problems with the second disc of the RT set. It doesn't skip exactly, but seems to have blank spots. Anyone else experience this?

Happy Trails

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Comments & Complaints

I hate to but I have to agree with those that say the service HAS GONE TO HELL! My preorder arrived on time but all I got was the shipping envelope! NO CDs. After 3 phone conversations with "Customer Service" , all of them from somewhere on the other side of the world & 2 of those with someone on a cell-phone that kept breaking up, I got the replacement order but the 2nd disc of the Dead CD is unplayable. From what I've seen here I'm not alone by any means either. And I agree with the post that said that this kind of service is a far cry from what the Dead were & are about. Someone needs to wake-up & fast.
Ken

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Dedbutt

Both Dedbutt's name and avatar are priceless. Every time I see that it makes me laugh!

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good 4 you, mate!

ENJOY!

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italiandeadhead -The package has arrived.

Road Trips Volume 3 Number 1
Excellent performance with fantastic versions of Sugaree, High Time, Terrapin, Playing in the Band up to Bertha and Good Lovin anthology. Beautiful the medley Scarlet Begonias / Fire on the Mountain, which ends in surprise Let It Grow.
Spectacular
Let It Rock
Formidable concert, Garcia in great shape with a repertoire of the great gems like Edward The Mad Shirt Grinder, Roadrunner, Sitting in Limbo, Pig's Boogie and Lady Sleeps with a Hopkins only piano. Super audio.
Francesco Italy

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I got mine today

About 2 weeks after I ordered it. With all of the bad press that the store gets on this thread (and most sounds warranted), I'd like to add my words of encouragement. Maybe I'm just lucky maybe even extremely lucky but I have never had a problem (knocking on wood as we speak) and I think the store deserves a little credit in that they are not totally inept as many of the posts suggest. I avoid the special gimmicks like pre-ordering and no shipping cost etc. maybe that helps? Good luck to the folks who have had problems.

"I've stayed in every blue-light cheap hotel. Can't win for tryin. Dust off those rusty strings just one more time. Gonna make em shine."

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Bonus Disc

Am I mistaken or is there a cut on Let It Grow that's been spliced with an audience tape? It sounds pretty good, fairly seamless, but still pretty obvious.

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RT & Jerry

Got mine on Monday w/ the Bonus & no flaws. Listened to all the discs & am pleasantly surprised with the sound quality & the music. The GSET which I have heard a billion times sounded great. I agree w/ wharfrat1 in that I will not use standard / free shipping again as it creates too much stress in the long wait, especially to Hawaii. If customer service would tighten up there wouldn't be a bunch of complaining posts. The communication part seems to be the major problem. I have been a Dead Head since '81 & I'm sure that's for life, so keep em coming. Peace.

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