July 1978: The Complete Recordings
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• Five Complete Shows on 12 discs
• 7/1/78 Arrowhead Stadium: Kansas City, MO
• 7/3/78 St. Paul Civic Center Arena: St. Paul, MN
• 7/5/78 Omaha Civic Auditorium: Omaha, NE
• 7/7/78 Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Morrison, CO
• 7/8/78 Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Morrison, CO
Mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman
Artwork by esteemed cartoonist Paul Pope
Intro and show-by-show liner notes by Nicholas Meriwether
Producer's Note by David Lemieux
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 15,000
Release Date: May 13, 2016
Announcing July 1978: The Complete Recordings
Are you ready for "Betty"? If you just said it's about time, we couldn't agree more! We’re pleased to announce JULY 1978: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS, five incredible unreleased shows and the first official release from the long-lost “Betty Boards,” recently returned to the Grateful Dead’s vault. Follow the Dead on a sonic journey through a superb selection of settings, an often epic adventure that finds them winning over Willie and Waylon fans in Kansas City, conjuring charisma in Omaha, and elevating the Red Rocks beyond their already spiritual planes. With five distinct performances painting the masterpiece of 1978, Betty Cantor-Jackson's always-pristine soundboard recordings, and the "hall-of-fame pedigree" of the Dead's first-ever shows at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, this is one release that far exceeds excellence in music, sound quality, and rarity.
Limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies, JULY 1978: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS includes Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO (7/1/78), St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN (7/3/78), Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NE (7/5/78), and Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO (7/7/78 and 7/8/78) - all of the performances in this collection are drawn from the band’s master soundboard recordings, each newly mastered by Jeffrey Norman. The set also features original artwork by esteemed cartoonist Paul Pope (D.C. and Marvel comics) and in-depth liner notes written by Nick Meriwether (Grateful Dead Archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz), as well as a producer’s note from producer David Lemieux.
Due May 13th, we anticipate that this extraordinary box will sell out. Your best bet is to pre-order it now, then sit back, relax, and enjoy all the exclusive content we'll be rolling out over the next few weeks right here.
Looking for something a little more byte-sized? The collection will also be available for HD digital download in FLAC and ALAC, exclusively at dead.net, on release day.
Listening Party: July 1, 1978
"The Other One>"
"Around And Around"
First Listen: "Wharf Rat" 7/8/78
Head on over to Rollingstone.com for an exclusive sneak preview of "Wharf Rat" from the July 8th Red Rocks show.
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Smokin' Scarlet/Fire and that's just to get things started.
And complete video.
Yep.. Finally took the plunge on this one and got it about a week and a half ago. There are high points here for sure, but... For example, I like pretty much every moment of every show from the May '77 box. This one... hit or miss for me. Glad I got it though. I think Omaha was the one mind-blower in this set for me.
After listening to this July 1978 box several times, I dove into "The Closing Of Winterland"
4CD/2DVD set 2 times recently. WOW! I REALLY got it right this time around! Is this the best show of 1978? NO! no way, but this July 1978 box really admitted me to this show, these shows were a ticket into this show.
However, May 10 & 11, 1978, better known as Dick's Picks 25 aren't as powerful as the Red Rocks shows in this box, and currently don't do too much for me. Maybe sometime later ;-)
I really do like the artwork and packaging of this release.
A should have box.
I can't get enough of it either. I revisited St. Paul and Omaha today. I still can't believe they got the tapes back. But we're happy campers, aren't we?
My friend came over to load my 78 box on to his laptop. He loves the band and is getting into them more and more. I told him when I brought out this killer box...be careful man, this set will ruin your ass as far as wanting to listen to any other year/tour!! :)
..anyone home? The lights are on, any beer is in the fridge?
Excellent Box Set.
As for the spammers, I traded my FW 69 Box for a bridge from one of them, a great deal.. I expect my deposit check returned any day now. A polite chap, his uncle is the recently deceased king of Nigeria. The other one is trying to hook me up with his hot Russian sister. Oh, happy day.
I'm glad there are some still in stock to be available to those who might want to purchase later. I hope enough were sold to justify continuing to release small and medium size boxes. Perhaps between the 30 trips crate and the Dave's subscriptions, folks didn't feel the need to pick this one up. I like mine, but am still digesting the 30 trips as well. I am a bit surprised that this hasn't sold out yet though.
as far as threads, it seems that the most busy conversations take place on the most recent product's page, so Dave's Picks usually.
Is this thing on?
This and many other threads deserve much more R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Unfortunately, it seems the spammers drive people away. That and the inclination of most to hover around where the action is, the DaP threads most times...
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It's very interesting information, actually just what I was looking for.
Like the idea of those 4/69 Ark shows and 5/5 through 5/9/77.
How about a Greek Theatre box set...1968 to 1989
throwing out ideas;
A box set of all the special guests, who have joined them. all though not a big fan of compilation releases.
How about more DVD's/Bluerays. 7/2/88, 6/23/88 6/28/88 6/17/91, sadly most video is from the screens at the bigger stadiums is all that is in the vault.
Just happy to get any releases.
went to Silver Platters (independent record stores)
on my way out saw a 2016 Rhino calendar for free
picked it up
took it home
some nice artwork
cover art for Ramones and Velvet Underground Loaded and Doors
some nice GD images
other cool things
why they chose 9/25/91 instead is beyond me.
Here's hoping that 1991 would be considered for a box set. I'd love to see Sandstone show released, the "Dark Starred" Meadowlands show, 9/26/91, something from MSG 91 etc.
I can't help but hope/pray/speculate that the next box set will celebrate the 40th anniversary of 1977 spring tour....possibly from the same batch of the 'return' tapes that Dave teased us with in the video. Cliché choice...but May 5-9, 1977!!
I love your ideas! Two consecutive shows from May '69 sound f'in awesome to me. I think you are correct, for no reason other than I think you are a terrific guy. Thanks again for sharing all the nice '71 GD with me/us. Excellent shit man.
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it is a tremendous release.
it demonstrates why older GD is preferred by so many. The (relative) formlessness.
Show opener: China>Rider>Black Peter, then Yellow Dog Story (yellowest dog story ever told), then HTH.
It arrived on Jerry's birthday. I heard disc 1; relistening as I write.
Thank you David Lemieux, and
God bless the Grateful Dead
Finally listened to most of it. Very nice collection. The first three shows sound MUCH, MUCH better than what I had in stock from the archive, very glad to have these replacements.
Now release the balance of shows from 1975 and I can cross 75 off the list,,, that be a nice little box set to finish out the year :-)
is smokin. It might be my favorite 2 disc show and my favorite set 1. For when you dont have all day to get lost in Space chasing the Dark Star with cowboy Neal at the wheel.
If anyone out there is still on the fence about this box, go for it. IMHO four out of the five shows are great. Omaha is a perfectly fine show that is simply overshadowed by the awesomeness of the others. The sound is superb, the packaging and artwork are cool, and the booklet recounting the story of that summer tour, in the context of what was going on in the country as a whole was really interesting. I was but a tyke then, more into Sesame Street than the Dead, alas.
That's what I love about this box, none of the shows are fillers. Each one has so much to get excited about. I keep coming back to Arrowhead, maybe because its only one set (clocking in under 2 hours) they don't need to pace themselves and it just has that extra bit of energy, especially MAMU > Big river and PITB. But I agree 3/7 is a fantastic show as well. I think because all the hype surrounded Red Rocks, the other shows have been pleasantly surprising! Certainly wouldn't complain if there was another box set this year if it maintains this standard.
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Blasphemy, I tell you!!! But, agree 7-3 is the sleeper of the set. We'll see if it stands the test of time. Have to give you entire props for your name though.
I totally agree with Deadheadbrewer that 7-3-78 is the sleeper of the boxed set. I have seldom heard a better 1st set from any era. Jerry was ON and very innovative that night. He sounds relaxed and having one of those technically perfect nights. Even the 2nd set is up to the level of any show in the box. I was biased towards 7-8-78 because it was my first show but the sound was SO loud and distorted that it took away from the quality. There is no doubt that the energy was there at Red Rocks, especially 7-7 1st set, and 7-8 has possibly the best Other One ever, but St. Paul is my favorite of the box. Thanks Dave; now how about a release of the Dead's follow up to Red Rocks (after recording Shakedown) of more Red Rocks! 8-30-78 and 8-31-78 are worth a listen with lots of new songs and new arrangements and flawless performances. Not as loose and energetic as July '78 but both are great bookends to two tours.
I love this box set. I think its the best one they put out in a long time and I pretty much have them all cept for two of them. I was listening to estimated prophet at arrow head. thinking what was goin on in those country fans heads. at least they were respectful not throwing shit at the band and booing them as some country music fans are sometimes not open to any other type of music. I just imagine them hearing terrapin station and estimated prophet thinking "what..the..fuck is this??"
I'm finally getting some time to dig into the box, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the KC show, the Saint Paul show is absolutely flooring me. It's like a sports car careening down the highway: occasionally it flies across the shoulder and almost into the ditch, but then suddenly, it corrects and just BLASTS straight down the center line.
SpaceBro, that's quite a week! I just saw the Phish tour opener in Saint Paul, at the behest of my friends, who have followed them the past fifteen years or so. It was my first Phish show since Red Rocks 1995 (which was my fifteenth Phish show from 1991-1995). I very much enjoyed the really old songs that they pulled out.
Hard to bitch about 6 bucks a disc. When I think back to the late 60's, early 70's a current release lp was 3.79 and was only 30 minutes long! At 6 bucks (with inflation, for at least an hour of music), what's that in adjusted dollars .25 cents??? What kills the best Amazon deals is shipping. I buy a fair number of disc (used) under a buck, but then 4 to ship. Which I don't mind if they ship it first class, but some send it via UPS Mail Innovations :-).
wow.. we are all wrong!
I used a gift certificate from my daughter and took advantage of the deals on Amazon today to fill some holes in my obsession. I picked up Dick's Picks 29, 2-11-69, and the 3-CD comp of FW69 plus the Queen Live at the Rainbow set. I was breaking down the amount spent and found that I got all the stuff for about $6 a CD! I groove on good deals on the Grateful Dead!
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Some seriously greasy primal Dead for DaP19. Love it already!
Ladies and Gentlemen was, for me, one of the first GD box sets I purchased. If it was Vinyl I would have worn it out by now. Perhaps one of the most influential box sets of my early listening, covering everything from Folky Americana to Psychedelic Bliss.
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Wow! Out of nowhere...what a great pick. Can't wait to listen.
Thank you Dave, this is a good one. TC on board for his last shows.
1/23/70. Just awesome!!! A fantastic show. And love the next nite filler. Beautiful. Dave, thank you so much for my birthday present. Guess it took a couple of days for the show to be FedExed from Hawaii!!!!! Ha!
I can't believe it. Awesome!
DAVE’S PICKS VOLUME 19: HONOLULU CIVIC AUDITORIUM, HI 1/23/70
Fun week of shows for me. Saw Phish in Chicago on the second night at Wrigley, Dweezil Zappa in Detroit last Tuesday and Dead and Co. at DTE.
It was my first Phish show since 1996. They sounded more polished than I remembered. Nice show. Does it always rain "glow sticks" during Tweezer these days?
DZ and his band always turn in a tight performance in tribute to his fathers music. It's too bad he's no longer allowed to sell Frank Zappa merch at shows anymore. Not being legally allowed to honor one owns father, name a tour for him or sell related merch is as low as it gets. Greedy. Show was great though.
Like many others have expressed, John Mayer was very impressive to me and was pleasantly surprised how well he fit in. He seemed to push the band to play tempos closer to what they should be. Saw night two of both Boulder and most of Alpine. All great shows. From reports by friends and online, it sounds like Cinci, DTE and the first night of Alpine are the best of the tour so far. John Mayer may be the best fit yet in my opinion.
Yeah, Disc 2 just ended with Lovelight. I love the doot doot dooh section at around 16:30 (it goes on for 2 and half minutes or so).
And now I'm on to the much anticipated Disc 3, which features China Cat as the "warming up" tune (you know you're in for a treat when things BEGIN with China cat). I can hear the buzz of the tube amp and its vibration off the snare; '71 is great - you can almost smell the fuzz.
T.C. guests on the Dark Star, I love it. St. Stephen is great too, probably the best non-William-Tell version (the guitar finale at the end is fantastic). Back in the old days, I used to program Two From The Vault's "The Eleven" right after this St. Stephen; they blend together almost perfectly.
I also know I have that killer Jam and Cold Rain & Snow on the horizon (not to mention the Morning Dew and Midnight Hour).
Life is good.
Thin, good to know you'll be around the house this weekend! I, too, have caught a few of the Dead & Co. webcasts/streams and similarly I have been pretty impressed with the overall package and delivery. What I am most anticipating though is the crowd/being there/immersed in it, as it has been far too long for Sixtus. I think the last big stadium show I went to was Phish at Fenway in '09, and they rocked it. I know, I am lacking....
KeithFan - you're enthusiasm has just prompted me to go put that Lovelight on from Ladies and Gents...which will eventually find its way through Hard to Handle and then that crazy Dark Star sequence. I still recall recording that exact sequence off of GD Hour with David Gans, it must have been back in '94, and I can't recall if it was him or the local radio DJ who shepherds the show locally, but one of them remarked how it was among their favorite Dark Stars and I can still lend my respects to that notion. There is a point in there after the second verse where it just takes off and its a doozy; the paint starts to seem to peel off the walls. For whatever reason I tend to skip over this release, but it is actually so friggin' amazing it's good to be reminded of this every now and then.
And thus, the benefits and offerings of This Board never cease.
Why you got a refrigerator? No, I was just asking...
I'm blasting Ladies and Gentlemen...the Grateful Dead in the family room. I love this release. This was my first Dead CD (along with three others). The sound is so good. God bless the multi-track. And I haven't even gotten to the Dark Star yet. The version of Uncle John's Band has always been my favorite, at least as far as the main song goes - unfortunately, there is no extended jam like they sometimes do. Anyone know if that's Phil or Bob singing harmony on the "like the morning sun you come, and like the wind you go" verse? I'm thinking Phil, but wanted to verify with someone who knows for sure.
Last year they announced Dave's Picks 15 on July 15th.
Morning commute syphoning your joy? May I suggest The Eleven, Vallejo 2/22/69!
Thanks for some "good news" out of Dallas.
And I loved Garcia Vol. 6 and looking forward to #7. I love that the '73 Lions Share show has no JG/GD songs... just a super loose jam session with neutral songs and a funk/R&B feel. Awesome.
I'll be at both nights in Boston - see you there Sixtus. I pay per-viewed Alpine and was very impressed. This guy John Mayer is blowing all my expectations out of the water, even grabbing the helm and steering the band around unplanned corners - impressive. And with a fluidity and cohesiveness with the band, and an ability to kind of sound like Jerry when necessary, and otherwise sounding completely unique.
They have equaled if not exceeded the thrills Further could produce. John Kadlecik was amazing with Furthur and I recommend seeing him in ANY formation if he comes to your town. John Mayer, by comparison, hits the same highs while sounding a bit more innovative with the music. That's not to say JK is a "Jerry clone" as he has been derisively labeled since Furthur, but he did build his style around Jerry and thus Jerry's DNA is all over JK - which I love. John Mayer, by comparison, learned these songs in the last 4 years so he naturally has a different background and vocabulary he brings to the table, and his ability to learn 100 songs this fluently is impressive.
But let's return to GarciaLive6, which starts off so whacky, yet the band reels it in just when you think they're too far gone... and end the first set with "The Night They Drove..." with some of Jer's California-twang-tinged white soul... and the rest of that set is pure joy. Jer picks his ass off. Very pleased.
So, fall 76 for the next one? I'm in. We caught a ton of Jer band shows in 75-77, when we were young and floating around open ballroom floors, snortin' and smokin'... those were the daze!
As for 6-10-73, I'm just rattling the cage, per the usual. But it would break the mold on the typical 3-disc show format, which is a bit of straight jacket for Dave, as I'm sure -- as the good Doc pointed out -- there are 'short' shows in the vault, and we know there are a few lonnggg ones.
Not to step on toes, but that "mythical show" business is kinda perilous -- too fraught with expectations, which can lead to anti-climactic conditions. Just based on the odds, and the evidence from releases like DaPs 6 & 10, that for every unreleased "mythical" show, there's at least one or two unappreciated but huge shows in the vault.
Okay, here's another idea for DaP 19 that they've never done before: another Betty board from the new stash or another recently returned tape from one of the several sources known to have made their way back to Vaultland.
I'm raisin' ya fiddy, Doc!
Thanks man.. I had to succumb to family duties.. I am catching Pitt tomorrow though.