Grateful Dead

July 1978: The Complete Recordings

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What's Inside:

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

We’re pleased to announce JULY 1978: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS, five incredible unreleased shows and the first official release from the long-lost tapes, 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, on release day.

Listening Party: July 8, 1978

“Ramble On Rose"
“Wharf Rat"
“Werewolves of London"

Listening Party: July 7, 1978

“Tennessee Jed"
“Not Fade Away>Black Peter"

Listening Party: July 5, 1978

“It's All Over Now"
“Looks Like Rain"

Listening Party: July 3, 1978

"Dancing In The Street"

Listening Party: July 1, 1978

"Estimated Prophet>"
"The Other One>"
"Wharf Rat>"
"Around And Around"

Seaside Chat: David Lemieux On July 1978

First Listen: "Wharf Rat" 7/8/78

Head on over to for an exclusive sneak preview of "Wharf Rat" from the July 8th Red Rocks show.

Product Details

Show #1
Arrowhead Stadium: Kansas City, MO (7/1/78)

Disc 1
1. Bertha [7:02]
2. Good Lovin’ [6:30]
3. Tennessee Jed [8:49]
4. Jack Straw [6:03]
5. Friend Of The Devil [8:20]
6. Me And My Uncle [2:56]
7. Big River [5:16]

Disc 2
1. Terrapin Station> [11:01]
2. Playing In The Band> [8:56]
3. Rhythm Devils> [8:51]
4. Space> [3:51]
5. Estimated Prophet> [11:05]
6. The Other One>[5:13]
7. Wharf Rat> [10:01]
8. Around And Around [8:25]
9. Johnny B. Goode [4:15]

Show #2
St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN (7/3/78)

Disc 1
1. New Minglewood Blues [5:40]
2. Loser [7:35]
3. Looks Like Rain [7:51]
4. Ramble On Rose [7:25]
5. Mexicali Blues> [3:26]
6. Mama Tried> [3:24]
7. Peggy-O [8:09]
8. Cassidy [5:08]
9. Deal> [6:13]
10. The Music Never Stopped [8:20]

Disc 2
1. Scarlet Begonias> [10:16]
2. Fire On The Mountain[9:39]
3. Dancing In The Street> [13:32]
4. Rhythm Devils> [11:10]
5. Not Fade Away> [6:46]
6. Stella Blue> [10:51]

7. Sugar Magnolia [9:19]
8. Werewolves Of London [7:12]

Show #3
Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NE (7/5/78)

Disc 1
1. Sugaree [9:51]
2. Beat It On Down The Line [3:28]
3. They Love Each Other [7:12]
4. Looks Like Rain[7:59]
5. Dire Wolf [3:49]
6. It’s All Over Now[8:22]
7. Candyman [6:41]
8. Lazy Lightning> [3:27]
9. Supplication[5:27]
10. Deal[5:59]
11. Samson and Delilah [7:18]
12. Ship Of Fools[7:29]

Disc 2
1. Estimated Prophet> [12:42]
2. Eyes Of The World>[12:23]
3. Rhythm Devils>[7:56]
4. Space> [7:28]
5. Wharf Rat>[9:43]
6. Truckin’> [7:29]
7. Iko Iko> [7:23]
8. Around And Around [8:27]
9. Promised Land [4:13]

Show #4
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (7/7/78)

Disc 1
1. Jack Straw [5:49]
2. Candyman [6:40]
3. Me And My Uncle>[3:00]
4. Big River [5:53]
5. Friend Of The Devil [8:36]
6. Cassidy [5:06]
7. Tennessee Jed [9:11]
8. Passenger [5:31]
9. Peggy-O [9:10]
10. The Music Never Stopped [8:13]

Disc 2
1. Cold Rain And Snow [7:26]
2. Beat It On Down The Line [3:38]
3. Scarlet Begonias> [10:18]
4. Fire On The Mountain [8:10]

Disc 3
1. Dancing In The Street[8:57]
2. Rhythm Devils>[10:12]
3. Space> [6:09]
4. Not Fade Away> [11:04]
5. Black Peter>[10:29]
6. Around And Around [8:44]
7. U.S. Blues [5:55]
8. Johnny B. Goode [4:16]

Show #5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (7/8/78)

Disc 1
1. Bertha> [6:43]
2. Good Lovin’ [6:40]
3. Dire Wolf [4:07]
4. El Paso [4:25]
5. It Must Have Been The Roses [7:16]
6. New Minglewood Blues [6:09]
7. Ramble On Rose [8:34]
8. Promised Land [4:37]
9. Deal [6:26]
10. Samson and Delilah [7:44]
11. Ship Of Fools [7:29]

Disc 2
1. Estimated Prophet> [13:08]
2. The Other One> [8:51]
3. Eyes Of The World> [10:34]
4. Rhythm Devils> [10:29]
5. Space> [5:03]
6. Wharf Rat> [8:43]
7. Franklin’s Tower [10:39]
8. Sugar Magnolia [9:31]

Disc 3
1. Terrapin Station> [10:54]
2. One More Saturday Night [5:13]
3. Werewolves Of London [6:44]


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Jan 1 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
Jan 6 The forerunner of Morse code, the telegraph system, is first demonstrated by Alfred Vail
Jan 8 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
Jan 11 First public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail
Jan 26 Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
Feb 16 Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
Feb 16 Weenen Massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulu warriors
Feb 25 London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
Feb 28 Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec)
Mar 3 Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada
Mar 6 Franz Grillparzer's "Weh dem, der Lugt" premieres in Vienna
Mar 8 US mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes)
Apr 8 Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol, England, to NYC)
Apr 9 UK National Gallery re-opens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square, London
Apr 22 English steamship "Sirius" docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service
Apr 23 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
Apr 27 Fire destroys half of Charleston
Apr 30 Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation
Jun 10 Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered.
Jun 11 Iowa Territory is organized
Jun 12 Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass
Jun 12 Iowa Territory forms with Burlington as its capital
Jun 28 Coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey, London
Jul 4 Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 'Mines and Collieries Act' bans women and children working underground
Jul 7 Central American federation is dissolved
Jul 8 Arabs attack Jewish community of Safed
Aug 1 Apprenticeship system abolished in most of the British Empire. Former slaves no longer indentured to former owners.
Aug 18 United States Exploring Expedition headed by Charles Wilkes departs for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica
Sep 3 Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor
Sep 5 Central Museum opens in Utrecht Netherlands
Sep 10 Hector Berlioz' opera "Benvenuto Cellini" premieres in Paris
Sep 18 Anti-Corn Law League established by Richard Cobden
Sep 19 Ephraim Morris patents railroad brake
Sep 24 Anti-Corn-Law League forms to repeal English Corn Law
Oct 1 Civil Code enforced (- Jan 1, 1992)
Oct 27 Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
Nov 3 The Times of India, world's largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce
Nov 5 Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation
Nov 8 Victor Hugo's "Ruy Blas" premieres in Paris
Nov 30 Mexico declares war on France
Dec 16 Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa
Dec 16 Battle of Blood River: Zulu impis defeated by Voortrekkers in South Africa (Great Trek)

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Digital Downloads?

Any news on when digital downloads will be up and running again?

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pvcnova , take A hike

And come back with some magic mushrooms. Or complaints are going to start rolling your way. Hahahahah

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The answer is A.

Less cool: some b.s., or calling out some b.s.?

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1852 in History

January 1
1st U.S. public bath opens, in New York City
Netherlands begins issuing postage stamps
January 3
1st Chinese arrive in Hawaii
January 17
British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
February 2
1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet St. London)
Alexandre Dumas Jr's "Le Dame aux Camelias," premieres in Paris
February 11
1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street London)
February 15
Great Ormond St. Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits 1st patient
February 26
British frigate Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die
March 7
Dutch telegraph traffic regulated by law
March 13
Uncle Sam cartoon figure made its debut in the New York Lantern weekly
March 20
Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)
March 25
Friedrich Hebbel's "Agnes Bernauer," premieres in Munich
March 29
Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 and women to work more than 10 hours a day
April 19
California Historical Society forms
April 29
1st edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus published
April 30
Anton Rubinsteins opera "Dmitri Donskoi," premieres in St. Petersburg
May 18
Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school
July 3
Congress authorizes U.S.'s 2nd mint (San Francisco, California)
July 9
Fire destroys 1,100 construction sites in Montreal Canada and no one die
July 23
1st interment in U.S. National Cemetery at Presidio
July 31
Hottest July in Netherlands since at least 1783 (68.4 degrees F (20.2 degrees C) avg)
August 1
San Francisco Methodists establish 1st black church, Zion Methodist
August 3
1st intercollegiate rowing race, Harvard beats Yale by 4 lengths
August 20
Steamer "Atlantic" collided with fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard
September 3
Anti Jewish riots break out in Stockholm
September 11
Olympia Columbian is 1st newspaper published north of Columbia R
September 14
18th Postmaster General: Samuel D Hubbard of Connecticut takes office
September 24
Henri Giffard, a French engineer, makes 1st dirigible flight
September 27
George L Aiken's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," premieres in Troy, New York
October 16
Dutch Government recognize Catholics right to organize
November 2
Franklin Pierce elected as president of U.S.
November 18
State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
November 20
Charles Reade/Tom Taylor's "Masks and Faces," premieres in London
November 21
Duke U, founded in 1838 as Union Institute chartered as Normal College
November 23
Just past midnight, a sharp jolt causes Lake Merced to drop 30' (9m)
December 1
Telegraph company opens throughout Netherlands
December 2
2nd French empire established; Louis Napoleon becomes emperor
December 8
Gustav Freytag's "Die Journalisten," premieres in Breslau
December 17
1st Hawaiian cavalry organized
December 23
1st Chinese theater in U.S., Celestial John, opens in San Francisco
December 29
Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
December 31
Future president and Mrs. Rutherford B Hayes marry

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Number of dwelling house, by order of visitation from enumerator
Number of family, by order of visitation from enumerator
Color - Enumerators could mark "W" for White, "B" for Black, "M" for Mulatto, "C" for Chinese [a category which included all east Asians], or "I" for American Indian.
Profession, occupation, or trade
Value of real estate
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Place of birth - State or territory of the United States or foreign country
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If the person was born within the last year, which month?
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Can the person not read?
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not cool

marye doesn't need me to defend her, but not cool, pvcnova.

marye is a blessing to these boards. She has gone way above and beyond the call of duty to help those with problems here. In my book if she says something, it's true.

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Uhhhhhhh huh.

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per the above

the tech folks are working on some issues and the downloads will return when said issues are resolved.

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Ralphie set up these digital downloads

"Me fail English? That's unpossible!"

Where are the downloads? Or did Rhino realize no one wants to shell out $140 for, basically, three shows?

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October 28: Statue of Liberty dedicated.
February 14 – The first train load of oranges leaves Los Angeles via the transcontinental railroad.
March – Anti-Chinese sentiments result in riots in Seattle, USA.
March 17 – Carrollton Massacre: 20 African Americans are killed in Mississippi.
May 1 – A general strike begins in the United States, which escalates into the Haymarket Riot and eventually wins the eight-hour workday in the U.S.
May 8 – Pharmacist Dr. John Stith Pemberton invents a carbonated beverage that would be named Coca-Cola.
May 17 – Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that corporations have the same rights as living persons.
May 29 – Pharmacist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola (advertisement in the Atlanta Journal).
June 2 – U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion. She is 28 years his junior.
June 9 – The centennial of the Stoughton Musical Society is celebrated.
July 23 – Steve Brodie fakes a jump from the Brooklyn Bridge.
August 20 – A massive hurricane demolishes the town of Indianola, Texas.
August 31 – The 6.9–7.3 Mw Charleston earthquake affects southeastern South Carolina with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). Sixty people were killed and damage is estimated at $5–6 million.
September 4 – Indian Wars: After almost 30 years of fighting, Apache leader Geronimo surrenders with his last band of warriors to General Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
October 28 – In New York Harbor, U.S. President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty.
Undated – Father Augustine Tolton, the first Roman Catholic priest from the United States to proclaim himself African American, is ordained in Rome.


Gilded Age (1869–c. 1896)

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...let's do this, and then I'll get back to killing you with beer."

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"Lisa, do want a donut?"

"Do you have any fruit?"
"This one has purple. Purple's a fruit."

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Bart: "Dad, have you been licking toads?"

Homer: "I have not not been licking toads."

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Homer in the sensory deprivation tank

He sang The Witchdoctor song.


"Marge, if this is about laying off the insanity peppers I'm way ahead of you."

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Lisa while in the sensory deprivation tank: "How am I supposed to hallucinate with all these swirling colors distracting me?"

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More of Homer's Wisdom

"When a woman says nothing's wrong, it means everything's wrong. When a woman says everything's wrong, it means everything's wrong. And when a woman says that something isn't funny, you better not laugh your ass off."

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Homer's advice

To Bart & Lisa
"Trying is the first step to failure. "

So true...

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Marge Simpson:

"The only thing I'm high on is Love for my Son and Daughters. Yes, a little LSD is all I need."

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(Smoke wafting around) Bart: "smells like Otto's jacket"

(While watching Peter Frampton)
Otto's friend: "wow, that guy's guitar is talking".
Otto: "wow, my shoes are talking"

Billy Corgan to Homer: "Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins"
Homer in response: "Homer Simpson, smiling politely"

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This could go on for awhile!

Marge (to Homer): So you want to go on tour with a traveling freak show.
Homer: I don't think I have a choice, Marge.
Marge: Of course you have a choice.
Homer: How do you figure?
Marge: You don't have to join a freak show just because the opportunity came along.
Homer: You know, Marge, in some ways, you and I are very different people.

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Another Homer quote

"Paul McCartney was only in the greatest band ever......

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"The bong rattling bass of...."

.... Phil Lesh! (adapted from a Homer Simpson quote)

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"1913: The Year Before The Storm."

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"Strap yourself in and feel the G's"

(Homer Simpson)

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Boxes remaining

Love this box set! Shocked that it still hasn't sold out. Where are you guys seeing the amount remaining?

Joined: Feb 2 2010

This is one of the very-best things I have ever heard from the Dead, and I have them ALL. Seriously, just purchase this and strap yourself in. It's really that great.

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slow but steady sales

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my old buddy your moving much to sloooow-wo-o

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Buck tooth stealie


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1978 left

no kidding!

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What you waiting for?
Time to get it now
Time to let it in your life.

(apologies to Randy California)

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Does not compute.....

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re: boggles the mind

icecrmcnkd, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Or in this case, you can lead a Head to the Promised Land, get the picture.

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It boggles the mind....

This Box is a must have...

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Get 'em while they're hot.

Joined: Jul 9 2007
Foolish brain

My brain can't understand why this box hasn't sold out when others vanish in hours. This is really god sh*t. I need to consume it by the gram, it's that potent.

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2014 of these left

that is all

Joined: Jan 16 2014
Do yourself a favor

If you're on the fence, pick this one up. As mentioned, the artwork is fantastic, and probably the best artwork for a release, especially a box. Get Shown the Light is a little overwrought, and flimsy for something that you would reach for a lot. This set, on the other hand, is nicely housed and sits on my shelf proudly displayed, where GSTL sits in its shipping box closed up, and 30 Trips sits in my closet in its box (perhaps I need a better organized display in the music room). The thematic covers are top notch artwork. I'm not a comic book guy, liked them some when I was a pubescent, but the comic stylings married to the Dead themes and venues is fantastic. The best part may be the booklet cover being a nod to the rained out Summerfest show. The music is really good, too.

Like many have said, '78 isn't really my year, but I still ordered fairly close to the day it went onsale, thinking it would be a madhouse, which I did for May '77 as well, where I was likewise shocked at it taking over a year to sell out. Not sure Bob's slide is the killer for me for '78, but it doesn't help. The setlists are fairly varied, and my biggest problem with '69-74 is no Terrapin, no Scarlet> Fire, etc. Conversely, '77-78 lack Dark Star, 20 min Playings, and Other Ones that extend past the 10-15 min mark. But what is played in this set is very good stuff. Not as tight as May '77, not as exploratory as '72-74, '78 is a beast of its own, with fiery guitar work being the primary sonic signature. The Jack Straws, Music Never Stopped, and Wharf Rats have a great intensity. 7/1 is the revelation of the box to me. I prefer it to the legendary 7/8. 7/8 is the show I've listened to least in the box, less than 7/3. Hard to believe more fans haven't snagged these, especially given they were the first fruits of the return of the Bettys, and brought out 3 UNCIRCULATED tapes. 130 bucks plus shipping is a really good deal, and it has the best packaging and artwork of any box set I own (I don't have the Steam Trunk) as well as some really good Dead.

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Hot hot hot

If you're on the fence about whether to get this one let me help you out a bit. This box is smoking. On fire rock and roll from the good ol Gratefule Dead.

7-1-78, 7-7-78 and 7-8-78 are on fire.
Omaha is a great show that hasn't been heard before this box.
St. Paul has its moments.

Get it!

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Solid Release

Love this box set. Can only imagine why it has not sold out. The sound is so good and the shows are great. Set list with the exception of 7-8 2nd set are not all that unusual and the set is one of the best from '78. 7-8 1st set is fairly average and really a bit uneventful. Jerry breaks a string apparently on the 7-7 FOTM, preventing that version from being incredible. Overall still a great release. The overall packaging is far superior to the most previous May '77. I love the '78 sound it is loud and robust and my Klipsch speakers are just made for this stuff. Anyone looking to upgrade your amps? Consider Odyssey custom Khartago extreme plus. These mono blocks are relatively affordable and are crystal clear balanced power houses.

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Joined: Oct 20 2015
This Box is a must-have

Amazed it hasn't sold out yet.

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Joined: Nov 1 2010
One of the best boxes

I agree, get it now if you still can. This is one of the best boxes ever. I'm in my second round of listening to the box, half way through. I call this the Muscular dead. Jerry is playing with a little louder and a little tougher. The rest of the band is top notch. You can hear Kieth really well. Perhaps the drums are a little loud. I like this better than 77 boxes, although they are a good listen too. I just like the raw energy of this 78 box.

Joined: Jan 6 2013
Get it now

This 78 set is just a step over the wild edge from 77 and its a much better mix - Jerry's guitar isn't hidden underneath drums, bass and piano. The Peggy-Os are all great too. Downside is all those Rhythm Devils tracks.

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Was this show ever offered up digitally or do they have to sell out the boxset first? anybody know? Thx

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@ Amy RE: July 78 and Bobby's Slide

"Not every show can be 5/25/77 or 8/27/72, which makes me love and respect the band even more." Very well said, and I totally agree. (Also, I love that you name drop 5/25 in that comment :)

I also agree with LedDead's point that slide is hard as hell, and that Bobby deserves respect for being so fearless. I will always have MAD respect for Bobby - - but KayakGuy also has a good point that he never really got any better at it, and 78 seems to suffer the most from it. That slide work on Sugaree just makes my soul sad...

I am steadily working my way through July 78 and mixing it up with DaP 22 and GSTL - - It's a fun mix of different era Dead. (Oh, I've been throwing some of the 82 Greek shows in for good measure - Lordy, there is some tremendous playing there too!)

So far, my favorite 78 discs are Arrowhead disc 2, St. Paul disc 1, and disc 2 of the second Red Rocks show. All of them are worthy shows, and I am very happy to have this set.

Hope everyone has a grand week! Just found out my wife was offered a job as a principal of a K-8 school here in the city! Down side, I will be seeing a lot less of her :( Up side, I usually have to turn off the music when she gets home, so more listening for me :)


Joined: Oct 1 2016
Red Rocks 7/8

This is a great show that is mixing quite well with the mood I have going right now. These shows have wonderful energy. Nothing is ever going to come close to the feeling of outdoor Dead at Red Rocks. Cool breezes under the stars in a pristine-sounding natural amphitheater. The sound bounces off those rocks in a way to make the music surround you. All captured beautifully on this recording and production.
I was lucky to have made a few pilgrimages to this special place during the 80s. Many of the details are fuzzy, or invented, or altered somehow. But there are a number of clear ones that stand out, the first being Chief Hosa campground, hitching a ride there from the show with a motorcycle dude for the rush of it, and drinking from a jug of electric kool-aid (or something that resembled kool-aid).
I also listened to Springfield 5/11/78 last night. I might venture to say one of the greatest Fire on the Mountains I've heard, or at least in a while. And that goofy Dancin' in the Street.....
Also 1978 brought us Egypt stories and Hamza El-Din, new rhythms, and Jerry pig tails.

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