I don't even think there is a soundboard recording of this but if there is I would like to hear it.
A friend got tickets to this and the 10/24/72 shows with the idea of finding a date to go with him. He was unsuccessful. So he offered me a ticket. I declined saying The Dead weren't that good, they couldn't sing, etc. He kept pressuring me so I went. I was so stupid before the show. It was the best concert I ever saw, over four hours long. I was amazed. I was getting tired just watching the show and the band was still up there working their butts off. I've been a Dead fan ever since. This concert is my fondest memory from my youth.
I also saw them twice at the Coliseum in Madison, WI but didn't enjoy them so much there because it a lousy place for concerts. It was designed for sporting events.
I know that certain years get no respect, so here's a few respectable shows.
7.23.1994 Take out Samba in the Rain, and you have a confident, adventurous, well developed program. Add the pre-drums of the following night, and you've got magic. Really, this is surprisingly good for any era, in my opinion.
9.22.93 The band really took flight here. Vince had shows where he really understood. Had communication been better behind the scenes, I'm sure he would have understood a whole lot more.
12.30.89 Remove the flubbed Music, add first set highlights from 12.27.89, and the entire pre-drums as bonus.... some spectacular and unique music there. Don't forget the Iko with Clarence. Raw and off the hook!
Overall, 7.2.89 was the superior show for most of that summer. Tore that Wang Dang Doodle a new one. Purely original!
I like the choice for the new Road Trips, Denver'73. Very cool.
I know '69 has been represented well but I would LOVE to see this run get the HDCD treatment.
I have the shows but from an inferior source so unfortunately the sound is just not where it should be.
I also agree with BlackMuddyHiker - that song send shivers down the spine every time!
Don't think this warrants a box set, but def a double CD. As you know, there is a HUGE seg of the audience that are Brent-lovers and came up with that incarnation of the band. A release with best versions of the following would be killer:
Easy To Love You
Far From Me
Tons of Steel
Gentlemen Start Your Engines
Just A Little Light
Don't Need Love
Gimme Some Lovin
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Hey Pocky Way
Why Don't We Do It In The Road
Keep On Growin'
Throw in a Women, Rooster and Good Lovin' where he takes verse; maybe The Weight and Let The Good Times Roll, too.
People would love this!
This is a great thread! First thing I would like to see is the chance to purchase previous bonus discs- whether they are part of road trips or box sets. As a person that purchases a lot of music from this site, I am weary to purchase a road trip I missed without the bonus cd.
Next, can you bring back the bulk price for Dick's picks? I remember they were once put out at a lower price if you bought a series of them. Maybe you can repackage them to make that part cheaper for yourselves and then re launch. I for one have ones that I bought in that past that are worse for wear and would like to replace, and some that I just never got around to getting.
1. 10/18/72 Fox Theater
2.12/31/72 Winterland - New Years, special guest David Crosby
3. San Diego 1979, Cape Cod 1979 (complete shows - I realize parts of MA are on RT)
4. Nassua 1973
PS the RT subscription was a great idea!
I went to see the captain, strangest I could find...
Agree that 10/25/73 would make a fine release. GREAT show + does not circulate in pristine sound (SBD A-). I'm not so crazy about 10/30, though the Dark Star sequence would make great filler. I thought 10/27 was a better show than 10/30, and also not circulating in pristine sound. I am worried the next release is going to be 11/14/73. Another GREAT show, but circulating copy is a SBD A and doesn't need an upgrade.
I know a lot of shows from the Fall of 1973 have already been released, but I honestly think that 10/25 is better than most others. Better yet, pair it with 10/30 for an insanely good Road Trips release.
This one needs to see the light of day someday. Too much lore - some people prefer this 'shake' to the 6-30-85 one. The encore ought to be released as a video if it exists. I'd love to see it.
A crazy mindbending Scarlet>Fire.
The final Believe it or Not
The final Hey Jude
A fantastic Wharf Rat>Throwing Stones
and two great Dylan encores
are just a few highlights from this run. So please, powers that be. Make w/ the first release of Canadian shows.
Thanks for all you do.
...or a Warlocks box style release seeing as how they are recorded on multi-track. Heck, almost every run from Fall '89 - Spring '90 would make great box sets. I'd also push for Spectrum 10/18-20/89
Oakland 12/30/89 w/ Airto + maybe New Years Eve