It's unfortunate that so many of these titles are going by the wayside. I understand that keeping the entire Dead catalog in print isn't an inexpensive proposition, but if in fact they did not or do not now have the intentention of keeping titles in print , then it would be nice for the powers at be to at least clarify their policy somewhere on this site, preferably in some sort of disclaimer. As a long time jazz collector I queried Michael Cuscana and Tom Everett from The Blue Note division of EMI and they were not secretive when when they told me that a title has to sell at least 500 copies a year for them to be able to keep said title in print. I also know first hand that when enough of us rallied for an unreleased session to be be put out, many times they would re-examine the session with fresh ears and a few times even put the session out.
Again I'm not knocking the fact that it costs money to warehouse all these titles but as a loyal consumer I'd like to have the information to make informed choices. I've already missed out on a few Dick's Picks from the last batch when they were released because I ordered them, they got backordered and eventually canceled after I think thirty days. By the time I even thought to reorder them they weren't listed. Sure, I could have been more diligent as a consumer, but I didn't always have time to keep checking back, especially pre-smartphone era. Knowing the intention of the company would go far in ensuring that the Dead's loyal fan base can avoid a painful flogging from the eBay and now amazon profiteers.
Anyway that e-mail from Dr. Rhino is still worded vague ...
But yeah, right now it seem like the Flacs are still available. Get your DP 20, it is quite good.
Just ordered DP 20 before it is gone. I can see a rush of orders after Lond Dead's update. Thank you Long Dead for alerting everyone.
I was just getting ready to order 20 and 33.
33 is now gone and per Long Dead's message will not be available again (CD).
Really sucks! Why would you let a legacy like this disappear?
I don't want to get jaded but this really is depressing.
I better hurry and order some DP's before they are gone.
I recieved a email today from Dr. Rhino:
Does Rhino plan on re producing any of the Dicks Picks that are currently out of stock?
Thank you for your email. We do not have current plans to reissue the following volumes:
I do not have any information as to when/if any of the other out-of-stock volumes will be reissued.
I will forward your message to our suggestion box.
Seems to me that the current trend is once it's out of stock then it's gone for good. I'll just settle for the downloadable Dicks Picks in FLAC.
If I may speak for GTed, the sound on each is awesome - the coolest thing is that they are different venues entirely and each has its own sound world. It's a matter of taste which you prefer.
" Steal Your Jazz "
I think I will break down and order both. With DP selections missing, I could regret not getting both.
How is the sound on these two DP's?
I wonder why all the DP's are not kept fully stocked or if some are gone for good? That would be a true shame.
Anyone know where the edits are on the official releases and which have edits? For example, stuff that's removed entirely or where AUD sources have been patched in. I know there's a patch on several releases like the Summer '71 Road Trip (Dark Star I think) and the Valentine's '68 Road Trip (Alligator?). Is there one on Dick's Picks 1? I thought that pick was heavily edited. I wish they'd be more forthright about these things. Inquiring minds want to know. Maybe they think the sales volume would go down if this type of detail were known.
I agree with GTed about the Oct. shows - and they were more or less at home. But you need them both - the cover art is a trip on DP 20 and the Sugar Magnolia to end the 2nd of the four discs is positively ecstatic! Before DP 20 was released the Sugar mags was cut - now and forever we can hear it in all its glory. Do it!!!
" Steal Your Jazz "
I really like the strong performances from the 2 day October '76 run in Oakland. The Who were also on the bill, as part of Bill Graham's Day on the Green concert series.
I've noticed more DP's are missing from the store and I would like to order a DP from 76 before it is not in stock. What would be recommended, DP 20 or DP 33?