Grateful Dead

Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4

The Dead Conquer Philly on First 1982 Road Trips Release

It’s hard to believe that a year like 1982, which included so many excellent shows, has only been represented once on an authorized Grateful Dead release — Dick’s Picks 32 from the 8/7/82 Alpine Valley show. What gives? Who the hell knows? All we know is, that’s wrong and it’s time to make it right! Which brings us to the latest Road Trips selection — an indisputably fine show from that underrated year: the complete Philly Spectrum 4/6/82 concert, with a heapin’ helpin’ of the 4/5/82 Spectrum show to fill out this awesome three-disc set.

What, you may rightfully ask, is the big deal about this particular show? Oh, you’re full of questions, aren’t you? Well, let’s start with a rock-solid first set in which both Bob and Jerry are “on” from the get-go, singin’ their hearts out on a wide range of mostly uptempo tunes—“Cold Rain and Snow” > “Promised Land” is the pumped-up opening, and the set also contains sparkling versions of “Big Railroad Blues, “Jack-A-Roe,” “Might As Well,” “Mama Tried” > “Mexicali Blues,” “It’s All Over Now” and others. There’s barely time to take a breather. Those Philly fans always expected big things out of the boys when they came to town, so most Spectrum shows have some extra zip to them. Or maybe it’s because the band was fueled by cheesesteaks.

As is so often the case, however, the real fireworks come in the second set. It starts with a massively funky “Shakedown” that’s one of the best of this era, eases into a superb “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance” (that combo was always a little richer in the second set), and then into an elegant “Terrapin” before the Rhythm Devils take over. Mickey and Bill have quite a duel, too, eventually ceding the stage for “space” and a rollicking “Truckin’” to start the back half of the set. A short but fiery “Other One” follows, and then that crashes into another stupendous “Morning Dew,” which totally lives up to the intense energy of the earlier proceedings. “Sugar Magnolia” is the joyous romp you always hope it will be, but then ol’ Jer leaves us on a note of dark mystery, with an inspired “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

Completing the discs are a few tunes from the previous night’s first set, including the rarely played “Deep Elem Blues” and Bob’s still-newish cover of “Man Smart, Woman Smarter,” plus a beautifully played chunk of the pre-“drums” second set from 4/5 that has “Bertha” rolling into “Playing in the Band,” which detours at “Ship of Fools,” before heading back to “Playing” territory; a very well done medley indeed.

All in all, it’s a lively and powerful dose of Dead from one of the band’s all-time favorite venues. So order your copy of the 3-CD Road Trips Vol. 4, No. 4 today! Needless to say, the sound is pristine, and mastered to HDCD specs. A colorful booklet with an essay and photos is part of the deal, too. But you already knew that. To check out what’s on each disc and to order, click here.

Blair Jackson

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Different situation - same lack of success

I recently queried whether I would be able to change my shipping address for the Europe 72 box and the Road Trips subscription. The Europe 72 change of address feature appeared on the website and I got some helpful replies both in the forum and by PM re: the Road Trips subscription.

As directed I contacted customer service about three weeks ago and requested to change the address. I received no reply and discovered this week that RT4.4 has been sent to my old address. Urgh. On the bright side, at least now have two or three months to get excited about it as it slowly finds it way through various mail systems throughout the world to my letter box.

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gotta say...

this release has opened me back up to GD82. If you have the 82 Greeks, listen to those while you wait for the new RT to arrive. awesome stuff.

superdeeduper, baby.

the next RT should be Oxford 88 (both nights). seriously.

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I received RT 4.4 today as well -- much earlier than expected...Sounds great >< But no track information...Anyone else having this issue...?

The surprise is oddly novel when listening, but track info would be helpful -- especially when trying to rip-it.

Seems like a phone call to dead.net req'd

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fat sound

this sounds so much better than i thought it would loud clear the vocals are very bright so much better than that dicks picks from 82 this means they can release all the 80s stuff lets have the whole 85 summer tour i mean this sounds great how come.Fat sound the Fat man rocks im back on tour with this one dont even think about it just get this one.I need to get a big fat cheese stake.Send more 80s how about the hult center 83 gainsville 80 merriweather 85 saratoga box set i can go on and on.Why does this sound so good.

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But no track information...Anyone else having this issue...?

The surprise is oddly novel when listening, but track info would be helpful -- especially when trying to rip-it.

I ripped it to Itunes and it had track info just now (Aug 6th 2pm est)

If I am correct, I believe these track names are generated by users entering them when using an ipod type device and the first one that enters them it is located in a central database. I received a Dead release once and when I tried putting on the Ipod there no tracks. However being the first to enter my naming convention appears to have become the de-facto standard for that one release.My buddy said he subsequently put his discs on Itunes and he got my track titles. I used a few abreviations so I know it was mine. I have found errors on some of these track entries also. Can someone comment on this to make sure this is correct? Thanks

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wow

Just received my copy. Sounds amazing. This might rank as one of the best and I'm not a big fan of the 80's or 90's Dead. I agree with Grateful Don and don't drag your feet on this one. Also, thanks to the store, shipping was flawless.

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Got mine today

and it is a great show. One of Bob Weir's spontanious lyrical moments had me cracking up.

Is it just me, or is the sight experiencing some weird technical glitches? When I click on some pages, the layout is scewed up. ????

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I get that too.

i think there is some big modification in progress.

3/23/72

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Just got mine today

Just got mine today. And I think that this is the worst sounding Road Trip yet. In fact, in my opinion this is unlistenable. The performance is quite good, especially the vocals. Both Bob and Jerry seem to be paying careful attention to the songs that they are singing. But I only made it as far as Shakedown Street before I gave up in frustration. I like a good Shakedown, but when the sound is this poor -- that song is not one of those songs that can survive a poor sound system. Shakedown, as well as most of the GD catalog, has a visceral feel to it. I have to be able to feel the sound on my body, not just hear it. Robert Johnson may actually sound better on a primitive recording, because that was the medium in which he worked when he created his music. But the Grateful Dead? No. Maybe they could pull off Ripple without a full sound spectrum within which to work their magic, but for Shakedown they need a full sound canvas onto which they can paint their auditory scribblings.

Interestingly, I see that this is the first Road Trip mastered by David Glasser, rather than Jeffery Norman. Perhaps Mr. Norman is still occupied with the Europe '72 box set. At any rate, Mr. Glasser does a fine job of adding some solid bottom end to the recording, and he makes the high end sparkle. But with source material this poor it is a waste of talent and technology. There is only so much that can be done with this audio wreckage. I don't understand it. There is so much better sounding material available. I hear it frequently on the Professor's podcasts. I don't know why Lemieux et al. are choosing shows for release that have such poor sound quality. All of the Road Trip series has been poor. Oddly, the '69 Big Pow Wow was one of the better sounding ones, and it is an older source. I suspect that it might have been multi-track. But I digress. I think that when my subscription runs out I will stop getting these. I like the packaging, artwork and essays. But the sound just ain't good enough. I'm basicly paying for graphics and essays instead of music.

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clean the wax

Are you crazy, i dont want to be mean but you need to clean the wax out of your ears this is one of the best soundingg shows i have ever heard or if im wrong i must be living on a different planet.

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