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.
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 "