If my vote counts for anything, then please, please, please limit the size of releases to one show or a two or three disc compilation of an era.
One of the things that always separated the Grateful Dead from other bands was the egalitarian way they treated all of their fans. By coming out with these multi-disc releases that retail for hundreds of dollars, they are creating two classes of Deadheads--those that can afford the music and those that can't--and that is not what the Grateful Dead was, or is, about. The music should be there for as many people as possible.
I bought the Europe '72 box (even though I really could not afford it). And even though I felt personally burned when they finally released them as individual shows, I was encouraged by what appeared to be a return to the good old Grateful Dead egalitarianism of yester-year.
For something that supplied so much spiritual juice for so many of us for so many years, it is saddening to see the music become the property of only those who have hundreds of surplus dollars laying around.
I believe that the model that began with the much beloved Dick's Picks series is the one that should take precedence. The vast majority of Heads can afford a release that's $20 to $30, and we're damn glad to have them.
While there is a lot in the new 1990 box set that I'd love to hear, I just can't justify dropping $200 for it all; whereas if these shows were released individually over a period of time, there is a chance I might get them all.
I also have a lot of trouble with the idea of limited releases. If this is something the Dead and its affiliates have to do for economic reasons, I can accept that. But again, it seems it is creating two sets of Deadheads--those with, and those without.
I think I can speak for the great majority of us here when I say that the music the Grateful Dead created transcends mere entertainment. In many respects, experiencing the Grateful Dead held certain spiritual dimensions. To deprive a fair amount of the Deadhead community our musical mana just does not seem right to me. And I'm not one of those "music should be free" fools that were so well captured in the "Festival Express" movie--I am more than willing to pay for my proverbial ticket so I can take the ride. I just feel that there is a Middle Way here that the Dead did a great job of holding to for many, many years (and should be commended for it). All I am asking is that they should stay true to the principles that guided them so well for so many years.
I've bought a great deal of amazing music from the Dead organization for many years (going back to the early 90s), and I hope to continue to do so. But there may come a time when I can't afford to, depending on how things go with the releases. Please Grateful Dead family, "let there be songs to fill the air!"
Spring tour 1990 the whole thing as a box set.
I have asked for all the "new" songs in the past and the idea doesn't seem to meet with much enthusiasm. I understand why. Still, I believe there is enough interest from the late bloomers and others like myself who dropped away from the scene in a major way after 91 to hear the Boys at their best in the latter years.
So here is yet another idea to showcase that: A box set of the complete two best shows from strong sources with best possible playing. I have some ideas. Three Rivers in 95, Chapel Hill in 93 but I don't know what the sources available are so whatever suits me just fine.
I'm sure there are strong shows out there from these years that deserve to be highlighted. I hope they are and I think it would be a welcome addition to round out a lot of collections.
Yes this makes too much sense a complete every note box set of the Fillmore boxset 1971...2nd which i heard it's not all available source wise is the complete 1980 Fall tour with the acoustic sets...either the Madison Square run or the San Francisco Warfield run...beyond that i can't think of something where every note of is mandatory of a run...i could think some more and probably come up with a few more...i like the idea of the acid test box set.
that's a notion that would get a lot of support... It was really a stunner!
How about 7-18-89 on DVD for those who missed it in the theater. Hell, do it for us that saw it too!
Anything from '67 - '69........Anthem of the Sun material.......Please.
Any word on whether All the Years Combine will be released on Blu Ray?
....we all need a bit of time to recover from the experiences of selling and buying the Europe 72 set. I am not sure I can take all that stress for a while,
Europe 81, both legs - Spring and Autumn.
Thanks to all who have rallied thru the years for the "Europe 72: The Complete Recordings" big box set.