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RFK Stadium 1989 Box


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The Grateful Dead battled the elements in July 1989, enduring drenching rains and stifling humidity during back-to-back shows at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in the nation’s capital. In spite of the bleak weather, the band thrilled the massive crowds both nights with triumphant performances that rank among the very best of a busy year that included 74 shows and the release of the group’s final studio album, BUILT TO LAST.

ROBERT F. KENNEDY STADIUM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 12 & 13, 1989 includes two previously unreleased concerts taken from the band’s master 24-track analog recordings, which have been mixed by Jeffrey Norman at TRI Studios and mastered in HDCD by David Glasser. The collection’s colorful slip case features original artwork by Justin Helton and a perfect-bound book with in-depth liner notes written by Dean Budnick, editor-in-chief of Relix magazine. The set will also be available as a digital download in Apple Lossless and FLAC 192/24.

When Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland, and Bob Weir rolled into D.C. in July 1989 for the Dead’s two-night stand at RFK, the band hit the stage running with a stellar rendition of “Touch Of Grey,” the group’s biggest hit from its only Top 10 album In The Dark, which was released in 1987. The following night, the band returned to its double-platinum commercial breakthrough when it opened the show with a fiery version of “Hell In A Bucket.”

“RFK Stadium '89 fell right in the middle of one of the best tours of the last 15 years of Grateful Dead performances, with these shows being the sixth and seventh of an 11-show tour. This tour is widely considered the start of a nine month period of sustained excellence, which ran from Summer '89 through Spring '90. The RFK shows are as good as any of the more famous shows from this period, including July 4 in Buffalo, July 7 in Philadelphia, and the Alpine run,” says David Lemieux, Grateful Dead archivist and the set’s producer. “When Bob Weir has asked me to provide copies of Grateful Dead songs to give to his bandmates to learn and rehearse, he almost always requests Summer '89, and I've often drawn upon the RFK shows for this purpose. It's really that good!”

Both shows feature standout moments, but the July 12 show is notable for a few reasons. Perhaps the biggest is that the first set featured at least one song sung by each of the band’s four lead singers – Garcia, Weir, Lesh and Mydland – something that rarely happened. Another surprise came when the band opened the second set with “Sugaree,” a song that almost always appeared during the first set.

Pianist Bruce Hornsby — who briefly joined the band between 1990 and 1992 — is featured on both shows. He played accordion during “Sugaree” and “Man Smart (Woman Smarter),” with a touch of keyboard-tinkling, on July 12, and then played more accordion the following night for “Tennessee Jed” and “Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again.”

For fans of Mydland’s tenure with the Dead – which began in 1979 and ended in 1990 with the keyboardist’s tragic death – these stellar shows capture that incarnation in peak form. Among the long list of highlights are performances of live staples such as “Eyes Of The World,” “Wharf Rat” and “I Need A Miracle,” along with rarities like “To Lay Me Down,” which was played only a few times in 1989. The July 13 show also features the band road-testing “I Will Take You Home,” a track Mydland wrote with Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow that would appear later that fall on Built To Last.

Product Details

6-CD
Release Date: 11/10/17
Limited Edition of 15,000
Individually Numbered
A Dead.net Exclusive

Listening Party: THE BIG ONE


7/12
Far From Me
Black Peter
7/13
To Lay Me Down
Looks Like Rain
Wharf Rat

Listening Party #1


"Wharf Rat"
"Cassidy"

Listening Party #2


"Sugaree"
"Let It Grow"

Seaside Chat: RFK Stadium

Product Details

R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/12/89)

1. Touch Of Grey
2. New Minglewood Blues
3. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
4. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
5. Far From Me
6. Cassidy
7. Friend Of The Devil
8. Promised Land
9. Sugaree>
10. Man Smart, Woman Smarter
11. Ship Of Fools>
12. Estimated Prophet>
13. Eyes Of The World>
14. Drums>
15. Space>
16. I Need A Miracle>
17. Dear Mr. Fantasy>
18. Black Peter>
19. Turn On Your Lovelight>
20. Black Muddy River

R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/13/89)

1. Hell In A Bucket
2. Cold Rain And Snow
3. Little Red Rooster
4. Tennessee Jed
5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
6. To Lay Me Down
7. Let It Grow
8. He's Gone
9. Looks Like Rain
10. Terrapin Station
11. Drums
12. Space
13. I Will Take You Home
14. The Other One
15. Wharf Rat
16. Throwing Stones
17. Good Lovin'
18. U.S. Blues

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Weir / Lesh

I don't think we should be surprised by this mini tour. Sorry they seem to be circling around you West Coasters.

I like the idea, less fanfare and marketing, small venues with good acoustics, no need to bring the big band and just a tiny little tour (which could be all they can handle).

I could be wrong.. but when Furthur was formed, I thought Phil made a point to say that he wanted to play with Bobby again (which knowing Phil's post GD history was a little unexpected).

If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Tiny little one-off's and a way to connect with each other, if for only just a moment. Gives their families a mini free excursion to break up the winter time blues. We might not see many more of these events.. and its a great balance to D&C.

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Dreded

Double post

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Bob Weir Announces First Ever

Bob Weir Announces First Ever Duo Tour with Phil Lesh : News : Relix
https://www.relix.com/news/detail/bob_weir_and_phil_lesh_announce_first_...

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Icecreamconekid

I could almost write a catchy bad pop song about that number

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This is cool news and all...

https://livemusicblog.com/2017/12/10/bob-weir-and-phil-lesh-announce-201...
....but, once again, the west coast gets no love. Funny that, seeing as how they're from San Francisco. Have fun New York, again....

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Minas

mhammond’s phone # is
619-867-5309

Edit
Ask for Jenny

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Re: MinasMorgul

1965 Shakedown Street
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mhammond

That's quite a collection you have there mhammond....say, I lost your address, what is it again?

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Melted CDs

Bury em.. four feet down, wrapped by a tarp in a wooden box. (like you'll have time for that!). Don't forget to write a map and put an X where you buried them.

The other scenario where you pack the trunk w/ all your CD's but there's not room for the wedding pictures and family heirlooms is a tough one to swallow. (..and I loved that dog!) tough choices. :D

Wishing all in Calinferno the best. Scary fires to be sure.. hoping for minimal carnage and some rain and much less wind. Be safe, we'll gofund you a steamer trunk if need be.

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Fire On The Mountain

I live in San Diego and the conditions here are so dry and windy it almost screams "There is going to be a fire!" Our house is surrounded by extensive green belt areas (actually brown belt is more descriptive) so we share our backyard with skunks, possums, and coyotes, and there has been numerous credible mountain lion sightings in the neighborhood. We've had to evacuate twice before years ago but our neighborhood has always been spared. But my wife and I thought it wise to run through our plan should the need arise. After all the most obvious gets I said "My Grateful Dead CD collection." She said "But you've got that backed up on itunes and our external hard drive." I couldn't explain...the steamer trunk...the FW 69 box...the two May 77 boxes...Winterland 73 and 77...July 78...complete Dick's Picks collection...complete Road Trips...complete Dave's Picks...If San Diego has a devastating fire and you see a picture of a grinning skeleton sitting amidst a pool of melted cds that'll be me. No regrets.

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off topic...album covers
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Bela

Had tickets for Bela and Abigail last new year's eve but did not get to go. Rats.

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You want off topic?....

....how about this. What's up with this Bitcoin news lately. I googled and Wikipedia'd it to death, and I still don't get it. Am I dumb? I don't understand.

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I wish I could pony up for Dead vinyl....

....but I'm not made of Money, Honey. Eighty bucks is not ridiculous, but I would counter with sixty, because I like to barter. Speaking of bartering, the price tag of the "lost" Dead show with the Buffalo Philharmonic show from '70 has mushroomed to 2K. If there's a GoFundMe account for that diamond in the rough, I'll pitch in fifty bucks easy....
http://buffalonews.com/2017/12/05/reward-for-elusive-bpo-grateful-dead-t...
....all in for Bela. You have grate taste....

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zxtttxz

Awesome, thanks for the great info! I will do some shopping around, appreciate the leads. For some reason it seemed like a good day to listen to '79, and that made me think of that release. I hadn't even thought of the LST soundtrack, that would be very cool as well.

Off topic - Bela Fleck and his wife Abigail Washburn are currently on Prairie Home Companion. Killing it. He's playing a baritone banjo with a slide, wild.

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Hampton '79 records

Hi Muleskinner - I got the Hampton '79 records. I think they sound good. The cover is great. You are aware it's not the full show? The first few songs from the first set are excluded due to time constraints I suppose. That didn't bother me. Also drums was edited out. Also not too important to me. You should check on discogs. I'm seeing several for sale on there for $45-50, plus shipping from Europe. That was how I got my copy - shipped from someone in Europe.

The Long Strange Trip anthology on vinyl is really great. The 6-disc set on Amazon. It has the Dark Star from 02/14/70 on one side and it's worth the price of the box.

Good luck with your decision-making!

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Hampton '79

Anyone partake in the vinyl Hampton '79 for RSD a few years ago?

Stupid question. What are folks opinions on that one? Worth ~$80 bucks on Ebay?

I don't have any live Dead on vinyl. Would be cool, though that's very expensive for one show and would get alot more plays with a digital copy.

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It's a Dave's anniversary!....

....of the DaP Boulder show. I know a lot of you didn't like the pick. I like it though, so good for me I guess....

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Daves Picks and RFK Boxset

It's my annual CD sale. All of these are excellent condition and are either duplicates or cd sets where I have most or all of the songs. Some have been played once. I'll combine shipping and if you buy a bunch I'll make some deals. I can also send pictures if needed. USA only. They include:

Grateful Dead- Daves Picks- limited releases-
Volume 20 12/9/81 University of Colorado (2 copies, one opened $20 and one sealed $30).
Volume 22 12/7/71 Felt Forum ($20) with Bonus disk 12/6/71 Felt Forum ($25) or $45 for both.
Volume 24 8/25/72 Berkeley Theatre ($20).

Grateful Dead-2 Show RFK Boxset-$40-includes 7/12/89 RFK Wash DC and 7/13/89 RFK Wash DC.

Led Zeppelin- $8 each- all of these are the recent reissue/remastered deluxe editions with extra bonus disks: for sale is: Presence, Physical Graffiti, Coda, In Through the Out Door, Led Zep II, Led Zep III. $8 each.

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Dancin' Sandwich!
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DP 25, Garcia Chia!

Garcia Chia, makes a great gift!

Re: DP 25 count me among the proponents. Listen closely, I hear levity and soul. I often go to that pick when I need my Phil phix!! It's not the best of the discofied versions however, I suggest you try 5-15-77. 5-15-77, almost the perfect show...I wish they had finished off the St. Stephen!

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Almost forgot....

....RIP John Lennon. I remember that night vividly. Time to spin Plastic Ono Band....

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Garcia

They were sold in the lot. Surprised you never saw them.

7-13-89 Cold Rain and Snow was playing today as I drove in the cold rain and snow to the beer store. Perfect timing.
Shoveled my driveway tonight for the first time in several years.

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I must say....

....Jack and Jorma look and sound grate. Kimock just came on stage. Hesitation Blues? Sweet....

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I'm just here....

....to keep my constituents happy. That's what I was elected for. Enjoy!

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Re: VGuy

VGuy.. you're the man. A free stream of Jorma's 76th birthday soiree (I think). Every year he celebrates in NYC and drags in all kinds of special guests.

I tried to make it every year.. but it's a ton of driving for me and NYC can take a chunk out of your wallet.

Apparently it's at the Capitol this year.. rockin!

Thanks Senator! Made my night, put me in charge of your re-election effort.

Starting right.... now.

Edit: Here's the link. A living legend.. check it out folks, and be sure to thank the good Senator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGgc6N8zj9A

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Re: Can You Smoke It

Apparently so...

(Same photo, five minutes later)

Edit: I'm so thankful it's just a head shot. Just say no to the full chia.

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The sogan

Was something crazy like "keep Jerry alive in your windowcille "

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Oooooooo....

....can you smoke it?

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You're right...

Garcia Chia. Too weird, I never would have guessed.

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Another free show tonight....

....Hot Tuna w/ Steve Kimock at the Capitol Theater on Relix YouTube channel. See you there!!

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Re: sixtus

The Garcia Chia is real. I remember the comercial from the 90s.

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Chia Garcia

I'd buy this.

I mean, just this morning I saw a 'Chia Bob Ross' commercial. Anything should be possible!

Also, tossing my hat in the ring for some '79 love; especially later in that year.

Sixtus

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More 79

Don't forget the two Download Only shows from 5 and 6 November 79, released back in 2008. Hard to find them now as they disappeared from the store very quickly.

Plus the vinyl only record store day release of 5/4/79, from Hampton Colisseum.

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Thin-1979

Thanks for your comments. I agree, the word "respect" could replace "power" in my post, and still convey the same meaning. In fact, it might do it better.

I also would say that I prefer 1977 and 1978 to 1979, the little I have heard of it. In fact I have listened to so little 1979 over the last year or so, compared to the amount of 1977 and 78, that I have tended to overlook it a bit. Consequently, when I listened to that Road Trips from Fall 1979, it came as something of a surprise, how good it was. Also 27th October from 30 Trips and 26th and 28th December. I don't think there have been any other official releases from this year, which is quite slim pickings compared to the amount of 77-78 shows released. Maybe less has been released because they had less to say!

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daverock = Capt. Efficiency, Jim re '79, "Chia Garcia"

You wrote: "Its always nice to read of situations where someone with little power brings someone down who has too much of it." Again, well put. The award for "Efficiency" or "Saying the Most in the Fewest Words" is yours. It occurred to me that one could rewrite it replacing "power" with "respect" and it would have similar meaning: "Its always nice to read of situations where someone treated with too little RESPECT brings someone down who gets too much of it."

1979: High energy shows, but they don't have the warmth of '78 and especially '77, to my ears. Maybe it's the cassette masters, maybe it's just the overall mix/sound palate adjustment as Brent joined. Maybe it's just that Betty wasn't there anymore, so back to house mix....

Jim, interesting that you think the Fall '79 recording fell off a bit considering they have only released 2H '79 if my memory serves.... But I just got hooked up with a slug of '79 from a super-swell dude and look forward to digging in - I don't think I've EVER listened to 1H '79... should be interesting.

LOL: "Garcia Chia"... or "Chia Garcia". I think that would sell big.....

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Oh Yeah

Listened to the 79 Road Trips last night. Forgot how good that one is.

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Have a Cigar

btw, which one is Bear?

I'm Lost

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Re: Which one is Bear?

I think Bear recorded 5/10/78 - New Haven CT and Betty recorded 5/11/78, Springfield CT.

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DP 25

Never had much luck with this one. I recall a lot of loose vocals and slide guitar on top of some great Jerry stuff. Maybe i'll listen today. Which one is Bear?

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Like some CRB?....

....free live stream from the Relix YouTube channel happing now.
https://youtu.be/UXSDOItNjrY
Vegas Brooklyn Bowl. I love that venue....

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Garcia Chia?

What an idea.

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Dead Xmas

Don't get me started on Dick's 25, Jim. I'm one of the maligners, and I like lots of '78.

Most importantly, why can't I find a Chia Garcia on Dead.net for a Xmas gift to myself??

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13 minutes of Dancing bliss

For a 1970 (or any year/decade) Dancing in the Street, head over to the soundboard of 9/18/70 Fillmore East. Incredible great mix and recording, great vocals, extraordinary synergy, check out Garcia's slow burn solo backed by unearthly percussion/bass, organ ... Weir fills in the gaps, you know what I mean. Dancing informed by Dark Star ...

There are other great 1970 versions, some more experimental, but this is a stand out due to the fabulous recording and mix, and, of course, playing by the band. Check it out!

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JiminMD!!!

Just poked my head in, and the first post I see refers to Dick's Picks 25, which is comprised of the two shows immediately after my first show (5/9/78 Syracuse). And of course, 11/9/79 and that awesome Dancin'>Franklin's that opened the second set. I will briefly say that the Buffalo show (11/9/79) was probably the most electric, rockin', memorable show I ever saw, except for the one RCMH show I got to see (10/30/80). RCMH was most memorable for the venue and the acoustic set, as I don't really remember so much of the electric sets.

But the energy that the boys displayed in Buffalo was just out of this world, and that second set opener had to be the best I've ever seen.

Of course, I was too young to see a 1970 Dancin', so I can't really compare. But I like the rockin'-disco late '70s versions a LOT.

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11/9 Dancin'>Franklins & DP25

ah.. the often maligned (not by me) Dicks Picks 25. I always enjoyed that compilation for what it was.. two back to back, well recorded shows from the 'second phase' of Spring of 78. Plus we get a twofer in that Bear recorded one night and Ms. Cantor Jackson the other.

I believe a couple contributors here were at the 11/9/79 Buffalo show. Hbob or Syracuse perhaps?? Fall 79 has energy, some fine playing and an influx of new material. Althea, Lost Sailor/Saint anyone?

Lemieux has been playing the shit out of 1979 lately on TIGDH. This morning we got the beginning of the second set from 12/7/79. An interesting setlist.. China>Rider>Eyes>Lost Sailor>Saint. He made it a point to say most of this period is well represented in the vault.

I'm no expert on recordings, their history and such things.. but with the exception of the Oakland run in December, I seem to detect a drop-off in quality in a lot of these fall shows. I wonder who recorded the majority of the shows and how they were recorded. Anyone know?

Finally.. it was revealed today that a Saudi Prince bought the recently auctioned Da Vinci last month. mhammond, we know it was you.. Blues for Allah.

While we are on the topic of Southern California.. wow that's some inferno that has engulfed this part of the world.. Hoping for the best.. scary stuff, lets hope for a silver lining.

One edit: I am solidly in the 1970 Jammed out Dancin' in the Streets corner.. realizing I am also solidly in the minority. People like the mid to late 70's versions, which is great too.

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Dancing

I have always preferred the 1970 versions of Dancing in the Street, with 2nd May Binghampton being the absolute pinnacle.
But I listened to Road Trips Volume 1.Number 1. recently and there is a great one on there, from 9th November 1979. This is probably an example of what used to be called "Disco Dead". Whether or not it is a superb revision, with Brent helping to take the rhythm into another dimension from the heavier 1970 versions. For me, Brent was at his peak during the Fall shows of 1979. This Dancing goes into Franklins, which is complements it perfectly.

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Greatest Of All Time (GOAT)

I know Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) is a meaningless subjective proclamation but every once in a while it's fun to throw one out there so here goes..

GOAT Dancing In The Streets
05/11/78
Springfield MA
Dick's Picks 25

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deals

some nice deals on sale. Get the box set of from the vault for $48, nice. In November, I ran back through all three of the shows, they are so good. I now have 5 listens to this release and it is a tasty release. The fact that they could play through the weather shenanigans is amazing. Such a good release for a stadium show with horrible weather is a testament to their deadication to the show must go on.

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Ms. Keeler

It was not surprising that the shit hit the fan. Indeed one of her "customers" was a government minister, the secretary of state for war. Another of her "customers" was the assistant naval attaché at the Soviet Embassy. In the cold war early 1960's this unfortunate mix caused a major scandal and the government lost the following election, largely as a result of this scandal. Hee haw!

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