I have a feeling that the next box set we see will be another three run cycle at Winterland, just like '73 and '77. This could very well be 12/10 -> 12/12/72 or maybe even 02/22 -> 02/24/74. I'm really leaning towards the latter since the band seemed much tighter on that occassion.
Having said that, I really hope this isn't the case. Four box sets from Winterland - '73, '77, GD Movie Soundtrack, and the hypothetical '72 or '74? That's just too much. No matter how great the music was, no matter how classic the arena, another box set from the 1970s at Winterland would really pigeonhole the band further as only being heard/experienced via recordings from this particular era and this particular arena. I already feel like the catalog is top heavy in terms of this exact categorization.
I'm with the other posters who strongly advise Rhino to release a run of shows (ANYTHING!) from the 1980s or even early 1990s. Sure, I'd like to see a box set from a run of shows in '93 or '94, but that's not going to happens because the veterans get depressed when they hear this material compared to the hey-day even though the younger generation, like me, knew nothing but this! Like others here, Without a Net, Dozin', Truckin', and the soon-to-be released Crimson resonate most strongly with me and often spend weeks at a time in my CD Changer.
The 3 Hampton, VA shows from 3/22,23,24.1987 would be awesome. The band is on fire here. It could make for a nice box set.
I've always thought those shows were the moment Jerry blossomed as a lead guitar player. And there was all sorts of fun stuff. It seems like they were brainstorming for the "Live Dead" shows. That would make a killer release. Check Out My Orignal Music at myspace.com/salaversano
1/24 - 26/69 Avalon
2/22 - 24/74 Winterland
3/18 - 19/77 Winterland
4/09 - 12/70 Fillmore West
5/23 - 26/72 Lyceum
6/09 - 12/76 Boston Music Hall
7/12 - 18/76 Orpheum Theatre
8/20 - 22/68 Fillmore West
9/17 - 20/70 Fillmore East
10/11 - 13/68 Avalon
11/17 - 19/72 Wichita/Houston
12/04 - 07/71 Felt Forum
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how about everything from the acid tests!? i dont even care if most of that stuff wasn't recorded. just fucking make it happen. somehow find recordings of everything the dead played at the acid tests and i swear i'll buy it!!
also i'd like to see a dark star box set. every dark star. including segues in and out of it. that would be sick.
OR.... a box set of all the absolute worst performances of everybody's favorite songs. full of flubbed lyrics, directionless solos. all the stuff where the whole band is off. we've had a lot of box sets where "the music plays the band". now it's time for one where the band can't even play music!!! that would be pretty funny.
ok one more: The Dead's first run at Red Rocks (7/7/78 and 7/8/78). I'd love to hear that one in crystal clear sound. it's one of my favorites, for sure. it's also pretty cool because right after those two shows they take a month and a half off from touring and then the first show of the next tour is red rocks again. so maybe the box set would have the next two shows too (8/30 and 8/31). whatever. what do i know? i'm just a doctor...
...the two September '72 Boston Music Hall shows (9/15 and 9/16) PLUS the roosevelt Stadium show (9/19). Why? These shows are from a peak month and year, most of the music does NOT circulate on a quality SBD, and what does circulate is hot.
I agree with the earlier poster who was taking some flack for requesting later GD shows in a box set. I too discovered the GD in the mid eighties (Hershey Park, PA 6/28/85, when I was a teenager). I can never forget the sound of the bass and drums that night. While waiting in line to get in, I swear Phil was making the entire stadium shake with the most incredible bass lines possible this side of the other world. It was a Siren song played on the bass. Incredible. How my naked ears were tortured! But I digress. Is anyone still with me in the Phil Zone? One of the things that kept me interested in the GD during my teens years in the Big Hair era of pop was the quality of their recordings. I love "Without a Net" and "Dylan and the Dead." Mock me; I don't care. While it is indesputeable that 1977 was a peak year of the GD (especially for Jerry) and that I greatly prefer Keith to Brent, I still love the sound of Phil and Billy and Mickey on the later recordings. On a monster sound system that rythm section sends chills down my spine. As Jerry faded the rest of the band seemed to grow stronger. Perhaps the ebb and flow of the music was replaced by a more constant forward propulsion, but there's no denying the power of it. So take it easy on us younger fans. I save Dozin at the Knick, Truckin to Buffalo, and Going to Nassau for special occasions.
Why not make the box sets optional. i.e. Make the individual 80/90s shows available separately -- or boxed in their entirety by venue or date or whim? That would avoid making the expensive box sets the only way to get the music. By the by, I think the "crayon" box packageing is excellent.
The poor sound quality on the Road Trip releases has been a constant frustration for me. Bring on the state of the art multi-track recordings from the 80s/90s. Perhaps at some point some of the higher quality recordings buried in the forest of Dick's Picks releases will be revisited.
Cal Expo 89' Would be great! 8-4-89 8-5-89 8-6-89 !!!
Basically the West Coast Version of Alpine Valley 89' 2 weeks earlier!
Another Great choice would be
Nassau 90' 3-28-90 3-29-90 3-30-90 !!!
What do you guys think!?
The Radio City 1980 shows would make for a great box set.
just wanted to say that so far out of all my Grateful Dead purchases...the one that i keep coming back to is the historic late April 1971 concert run documented by Ladies and Gentlemen: The Grateful Dead. I would love to see the 5 shows in complete form in an upcoming box set.