Is it just me? Man Oh Man would I like nothing more than a good long drink of that era! Something that you can really sink your teeth into. I just can't get enough of it! I gotta believe that I'm not alone on this. To me, this is a no brainer! I just don't hear much chatter at all about a box set from this period. Does anybody else feel the way I do???
I wish they'd re-release the 3 RSD lp releases on cd - Dark Star, Winterland May 30, 1971 and Live At Hampton Coliseum. The one coming out on 11-28 might make this happen. I HOPE !!!
Please Please release 5/4/79 on CD!!!!!!!
What would be really good would be a box set of Europe 90 - nearly 25 years and nothing so far. Presumably the powers that be don't believe it would shift enough units Stateside to justify the effort.
How about a box set of complete shows with Multi-track masters. One from each year of the 70s. That would be phenomenal, as we love the sound to be just exactly perfect. There has to be something from '74 that sounds as good as the GD Movie Soundtrack. And are any of the other 3 shows from '75 available on multi-track? And anything with Keith and Donna from '79?
There were four shows, two dark stars, and you could add the San Jose show 8/20 as filler.
These were some of my first shows, and this was the run where I got it - these guys were playing great stuff, and were doing different sets each night. After this run, I started going to every show in a run. Soon I started traveling to see shows in other parts of the country. Never regretted it.
Gotta be something big for the 50th, yes?
And while I do love the big box sets (Fillmore '69, Winterland '73 & '77, Europe '72, Both Spring '90s) I have to say that I couldn't afford 2 of them at the time (Europe '72 and Fillmore '69). I hope if they do something big for the 50th they at least release the individual shows later.
How about picking the best show from each year that hasn't been fully released and round out the set with Wildcards. Break it up.
Release #1: '65-'72
Release #2: '73-'78
Release #3: '79-'86
Release #4: '87-'95
Release #5: Wildcards
Include Rio Nido '67 and some of the '87 east coast stuff: Greatest > Devil with a Blue Dress > Good Golly Miss Molly > Blue Dress & the Good Lovin' > La Bamba stuff. That was sweet. Or the Santana '87 shows.
Anyway, just thought I'd put my ear to the ground on the 50th.
Now this IS a good idea too. If you have a SBD of the San Antonio show in the vault, please do release it! Or even just SBDs of the ones you do have. Or hell, release all the Texas shows you have in a box set. Or two box sets, early and later.
Now, about the California box set . . . .
How about a box set of all the "bonus discs" that have been released so far????? I have talked to a bunch of people and everyone agrees: It is great to give the bonus discs, and we always love getting them, e.g., the one with the newest Dave's Picks was great. But, we all also agree it is infuriating not to be able to get them after that. I have some, I've missed some. I want them all. I was just on Amazon a few minutes ago and a bonus disc from a Road Trips was being offered for $140 bucks. Ouch. I don't know about everybody else, but I would much rather the Band get a chunk of my money than it all going to a reseller.
So, how about putting out a box set with all the bonus discs issued to this point? You could charge a fair amount for it and it would still be worth it. Plus, you already have the CDs worked up -- it would be cheap to produce.
Then, in the future, you could put out another box set-- Bonus Disc Box Set Vol. 2 -- with the bonus discs issued from this point forward. Now you need to release more stuff faster so that it is not too long a wait for the future bonus discs. Or you could do with the future bonus discs what I am suggesting below for the future releases: Cheaper by subscription to begin with, then the price cranks up to a lot after that.
And the Fillmore 1969 box set . . . . I missed it-- I was getting married and moving during that time and didn't even know it was being released until they were all gone. But holy cow, who WOULDN'T want that? If you are going to want one thing . . . . New ones sell for $750 on Amazon now, used ones like $440. Frankly, I already have all the shows, but that doesn't mean I don't want the box set. Not only do I want it just because, but I want to buy one so the band can get some money for their incredible music.
When you do these limited releases, all you are doing is diverting money to resellers rather than the money going to the band. Generally, I try to buy everything you all put out . . . . so you will put out more. Rather than making things unavailable after limited runs, wouldn't it make a whole lot more sense to instead jack the price up? For example, you could do the Dave's Picks subscription for $150 for the year (charge at least that much--they are worth it--whole shows, great shows, great packaging and information,etc., keep up the great work!). Then, if you don't get a subscription, make the individual Dave's Picks available a couple of months after the subscription release them but sell them for something like $60 bucks each.
Everyone is happy if you do it the way I suggest. Right now all you are doing is putting money in the pockets of resellers that would otherwise be going to the band. I don't like that and I don't like not being able to buy everything that has already been released, particularly in these days of CDs, when they can be easily produced again.
Thanks for your consideration.
The Texas shows would be just exactly perfect...
11/18/72 through 11/26/72
5 shows in all...
Bird Song from that period!