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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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Great mastering!

Kudos to David Glasser who did a great job of mastering this release. It sounds wonderful! The cassette format did not have a very good dynamic range, but this Road Trips sounds much better than Jeffery Norman's mastering of Dick's Picks 32. That sounds like the Dolby B was on - it sounds dull and a bit too much at the bottom end and dirty at that.
This Road Trips sounds like a great old cassette, it is well balanced. If I recall correctly, Healy used TDK tapes and I'm not too sure what brand & model the recording deck was. I would have to say that the small blip could not be cleaned up without sacrificing some of the music.
The bottom line here is this is a great show and David Glasser did a fine job bringing it to us. Of course David Lemieux & Blair Jackson must be greatly thanked also, for they did a very fine job selecting this show for release, despite the small glitches in the source. Probably the whole of April 5, 1982 recording could not be used due to some glitches or something like that, for whatever reason.

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promised land

this song could have been fixed. If you listen to an aud. copy there is no blip. That is annoying and it sounds awful.

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The Road Trips "warning"

Yes, I do agree that glitch sounds terrible, but I never heard another soundboard recording of this show from general circulation. This is my 1st (and probably my only) one. I have had two audience recordings of this show, and neither had this glitch.

This Road Trips clearly states on the back cover:
"The compact discs herein are historical snapshots, not modern professional recordings, and may therefore exhibit occasional technical anomalies and unavoidable ravages of time."

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The Road Trips "warning"

Yes, I do agree that glitch sounds terrible, but I never heard another soundboard recording of this show from general circulation. This is my 1st (and probably my only) one. I have had two audience recordings of this show, and neither had this glitch.

This Road Trips clearly states on the back cover:
"The compact discs herein are historical snapshots, not modern professional recordings, and may therefore exhibit occasional technical anomalies and unavoidable ravages of time."

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Love this release.

I'm digging this RT release a lot, not to worried about the glitch now and then, this is historical jam, I'm very happy with it. We owe so much to the folks that managed the recording equipment all through the years, I'm glad they were doing there thing. RIP Jerry, closing out the Days In between with Vol. 4 # 4, keep jamming, next release is Europe 72, the mother ship arrives.

Coconut Phil, living Free.

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4/5 material

I'm sure we'd wind up paying more for the privilege of having it on a separate disc; filler goes on the end of CDs just like it did on tapes.

The 2nd part of Playing in the Band is pretty interesting; too bad the recording has some problems in the last 70 seconds.

Incidentally, I've noticed that this particular page/thread does not show up in the Recent Posts feed (http://www.dead.net/tracker). Same for the Europe 72 Vol. 2 page/thread.

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as a short-term fix for this issue

if you stick with the Recent Posts link in the My Dead.net section on the left and avoid the All Recent Posts link in the Dead Community section, all will be well. Meanwhile, I've reported this.

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Record time

Got my RT 4/4 on Tuesday, great service! Having listened to it a couple of times I am blown away by the whole thing what a great show. However I have to agree with GottaPokeAround, why the bonus stuff over the two discs? It is a small point but when you hear the whistle sound off at the end of Space only for the music to fade and then return at the start of the next disc, one can only wonder why the set could not nave been allowed to flow until the end of Morning Dew, then faded out disc and fading back in at the start of disc three, which could have then contained Sugar Magnolia, It's all over, and all the bonus material (basically exchanging 20 minutes of music on each disc). As I said a minor point but may have created a better flow.

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Remastering, iTunes

I've given this a second listen, the re-mastering possibly could have been better. There is some slight weirdness, background type noise, the definite glitch, etc. But, I'll give the crew the benefit of the doubt and say the did the best they could with the source they had.

As an iTunes users, I'm not bothered by the filler being on Disc 2 and 3. After you download the songs to iTunes (by the way, use WAV, NOT MP3 or AAC), select the filler songs, and mark them as being Disc 4. This will automatically put all of the filler songs at the end of the show for you. Also, select the entire show, click Get Info, then mark them as part of a "Gapless Album" so that you don't get a 2 second pause between tracks.

Hope that helps some......

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What I do is separate the release into three parts:

Set 1
Set 2
bonus

And I also adjust the end of space and the beginning of Truckin' so that the fade out and fade in don't play. That way you have a seamless second set without fades and overlap.

(Highlight song. (Command I>Options>adjust start or stop time)

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