Howdy GD folks,
I'm old school. I remember the days before the internet, before digital recording and I'm not even 40 years old yet, but some days I feel like I"m 60. I don't care for downloading becuase the loss of the human element, that's was the sentiment of Latvala as well. The old days you had to take out a ad in Relix or Golden Rd.; I actually traded with all the heavy's back in the early 90's. About 85% of my collection (of which many e-tree "unknown transfers" were from me) came directly from DAT>CDR without loss less compression. I like to go into a good record store and purchase music. As for folks who rip off musicians with illegal downloads, there is a place in purgatroy for you.
Don't expect dead heads to be organized for customer service, most of us; are very un-organized people. Don't pre-order stuff either, I never have and never will. I will never say to the seller "it's already sold before it's in my hand". Sure, I waited in many lines for tickets for Deer Creek during the 90's, I actually saw all Deer Creek shows except 89 and 92. I don't think the GD cultrue was really ready for the 21st century, anybody who went to Deer Creek 95 will attest to that statement. The "scene" was changing and not for the better, too many folks were coming to the shows without the music being the primary function. I knew that ticket prices were going to skyrocket in price for GD, and future venues were going to be hard to obtain.
I would like to hear the quality of the latest Dick's Picks; I bet it's very good compared to the original source. I was pleased with the 4 disc set fillmore east 71, but like I wrote to Dupree's Diamond back in the mid 90's. WE WANT COMPLETE SHOWS!!!! I think that comment had been said after "dancin in the streets" was omitted on the Harpur College 70.
You know I would probably like the download scene , but why should I work that hard to obtain great music; I certainly didn't have to work that hard when I traded. In fact, some of the best sources you'll ever hear for Grateful Dead come from the audience tapes. So look for those recordings as well! I mean the GD didn't have the best sound system for nothing.
I wish that for just one time, You could stand inside my shoes, and for just that one moment, I could be you - Bob Dylan, Positively 4th St.
I just checked the store and Download Series seems to be back, with all the format options available.
I bought 'em all as they came out, but it's nice to see 'em back!
Thanks for helping to get the word to the powers that be for the download series. Maybe that will encourage some new additions there as well. Theres a few I still need to get.
Now that I have had a chance to listen to this release in full, and especially because I'm pretty busy with pther things this summer, I can say that it's a nice sounding release from a popularly traded run of shows. I like hearing the songs as they progressed into real staples in later shows. This is one I'll listen to on occasion but not nearly as often as 1-2 FTVs, Dozin' At The Nick, Nightfall Of Diamonds, Terrapin Limited, Truckin' Up To Buffalo, VFTV I-IV or the vast majority of Dicks Picks and Downloads.
Being somewhat of a completionist I'll by them all (except f-ing up and not getting the 10 disc Fillmore box and not having the extra $400+ dollars on hand to get it on EBAY - still bummed about that - maybe someday it'll be reissued in it's entirety).
hoping to have official news for you all soon!
thanks for the hopeful news on the downloads. I am sure everyone appreciates your efforts.
As for why people have chosen to sound off in these forums...well isn't it the point that they can share their feelings here and find that many others feel the same way. If that has has created a snowball effect and accelerated changes then this site has proved its worth........and the flipside of having had to deal with all this crap is that you get to make a lot of people very happy!!!
Thanks for Billy's drum solo on disc 2 of 3FTV ... it was awesome!
"From day to day, just lettin' it ride,
You get so far away from how it feels inside,
You can't let go, 'cause you're afraid to fall,
But the day may come when you can't feel at all."
We'll keep you posted! Honest!
Of course then it'll be "The download server's overloaded!" But we will get by!
thanks for the good news - sorry to come off sounding so... er un-Grateful. to many hard core GD music collectors (u know the ones who have > 5 terabytes of lossless files archived on HD with SBD, schoeps, beyers, naks, akgs from multiple shows), this move smacked of the ongoing downward spiral of bitrate/sound quality that is permeating the music "industry". the GD have always embraced improvements in sound and on the leading edge using HDCD encoding and DVD-A releases and it was disheartening to have the lossless files yanked and then seeing that the only option is lossy AAC. seemed like more of the same. i've got a couple of hundred bucks itching to blow on some GD downloads and i don't even own an ipod.
Friends and neighbors, while it would be premature to say that your prayers and entreaties have been answered, it's certainly safe to say that they've inspired urgent prioritization and help is on the way.
In response to this morning's batch of pleas, the word from our pals at the Store is, essentially, this:
1. The Download Series will return to the Store real soon now.
2. It was never the intention for it to go away; it just sort of slipped down the list due to the bazillion other issues involved in launching the new site.
3. Thanks to your many comments, there is now no doubt in anyone's mind that this is an urgently desired offering, and it's risen to the top of the priority sort.
We will have more definite news shortly, but we thought you'd like to know this now!