Denver '73 is outstanding, as mentioned by cbs73. Do check the release anthology, above, to read info on a bunch of music. DP's 1, 14, 19 and 28 give you a good taste of 1973.
From '72, DP's 11, 23, 30 & 36 are very good. Steppin' Out, Rockin' the Rhein and Hundred Year Hall all feature terrific music from the Europe '72 tour.
DP's 7, 12, 31 and RT 2.3 feature great shows from 1974.
The differences from 1972 into 1973 and 1974 are amazing, following the new tunes released on Wake of the Flood and Mars Hotel.
I'll go out on a limb and say Denver 73 is the best RT release so far. It's a great recording of a great performance. Disc 2 is pretty awesome all by itself.
I'd like to know opinions about this Road Trip, Denver '73...don't know if it's worth buying it (or if I'd better choose another one: I bought - in the Road Trips series, Austin '71, April Fool's '88, Rock Pow Wow '69, Fillmore East '70).
My favourite Dead's year it's 72 (and maybe I'll buy DP Jersey City '72 together with it..), don't know anything about '73..
Would you like to help me, please?
I saw they sold out on the site. I found an inexpensive copy on cd from a competitor. Still filling in blanks in the collection but I'm not interested in downloading official releases. I want the real deal hard copy. Downloading Further and Ratdog boards is something altogether and I'm willing to pay for good Flacs on these. Official releases I want the package delivered with care and with all the covers and liners that belong to the release. If they force the whole download thing I'm done. I already have tons of terra bytes of legal music but
I'd I'm buying something I want that extra care. Remember, the long walk is part of the gift. In this case I am paying for the gift.
RE: DP # 1: it is still available for download. The price for FLAC is $19.49, which seems pretty high for a 2-disc set. Compare that to the 3-disc DP # 18, whose price for a FLAC download is $15.99. What is even weirder is that the MP3 price for DP # 18 is $23.99, $8 MORE than the FLAC price. That doesn't make any sense. Needless to say, spending 1/2 hr and learning how to use Trader's Little Helper is a great investment and will save you $8 on a DP # 18 download (buy the FLAC, convert to WAV using TLH, copy to I-Tunes).
I'd like to say that they are trying to be like netflix and encouraging us to buy downloads rather than physical products, but I don't think that is it. The current series, Road Trips, is not even available for download. I don't know what is going on or what the plan is.
Dicks Picks Vol. 1 CD is gone from Dead.net store...
Dicks Picks Vol. 1 is gone from Dead.net store...
Why isn't all of them available on Dead.net? I guess Phish have passed you guys in the media dept. too!!! ever been to livephish.com. it makes this place look like aol mail. what a joke!
My opinion is that DP's are a legacy and should be made available - cd version. But of course that is easy for me to say.
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.