Grateful Dead

RFK Stadium 1989 Box


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 #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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Mn Steve

Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll leave this release after all. I do like the October shows mentioned-and October 26th from 30 Trips-but overall, 1989 isn't a favourite year of mine. If these shows aren't even the highlight of the tour they were played on, maybe I'll leave them for someone else to get. Especially since I've been lucky enough to have bagged a subscription for Daves Picks this year. No doubt that this 1972 show is worth having!

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re: Thinking again

10/8 and 10/9 were truly epic. As was 10/16. They are in a league by themselves. The playing in RFK Summer 1989 is very solid and well done. But the (entire) rest of the 1989 Summer Tour was better--before AND after. If this is a strict comparison of the Hampton shows + Weir's birthday 10/16/89 vs. RFK, the October shows win in a landslide vs. RFK.

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mcmiah78 - RSD box @ Guestroom

I might be there waiting for them to open on a day I normally don't leave the house!

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Thinking again..

Having listened to 9th October 1989 and 16th October 1989, I am having second thoughts about buying this. Those two shows are truly epic...although I wasn't so keen on 8th October, with its godawful version of Eyes. I wonder how this new release compares to the shows in October?

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Listening Party #2

Love how that "Sugaree" just pops out of the speakers, and that's just on my laptop. This "Let It Grow" is truly epic. Worth getting this box just for that. Jerry and Brent are just ripping it up. The mix is phenomenal. Can't wait to hear it properly.

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OKC DeadHead

Very Nice indeed! save me one if you're down at GuestRoom please!

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OKC DeadHead

Very Nice indeed! save me one if you're down at GuestRoom please!

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Dennis Wilmot , yea in-store exclusive

i think its limited to 5,000 at first on Black Friday and then they may have an edition that is not limited. but the LE will most likely be long gone by then.

I am guessing it will be about $100 -120 in stores

Heck $65-75 would be about the right price in my opinion

Box Set of the Futuro haha

Fox 1972 !!!

Universal Amp 1973 !!!

Philly Spectrum 1989 !!!

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RSD box set

I must be missing how and where to order this. Will this only be available in local record stores?

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RSD box set cover art

http://recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/9844

If this is the cover art for the slip case it will be even more tempting haha

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mbarilla-RSD release

Haven’t seen any info on price for LPs. Certainly is tempting though.

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OKCDeadHead ~ 7.5.81 ~ nice choice

That show is really special for me.

Any word on price for vinyl box set ?

I heard about that one a few days ago. I'm on the fence for that because I already have all three albums. The two studio I have are both the Mobile Fidelity pressings along with first pressings. Not sure it would be an upgrade over the MoFi copies I own ?

Also Rhino !!! What's up with the Merch for RFK Summer 1989 box set ? How about a cool patch or pin or something , please no print \ poster

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Next Dave's

More Bruce...there's got to be another good one

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Next Dave's Pick

I too have been on a 80/81 kick lately. I love the Stella Blue release from my hometown 7/5/81 Zoo Amphitheater show that was on the Amazon exclusive version of the LST soundtrack. Would love to see that show released in full.

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RSD Black Friday

"5LP Box Set containing: Wake Of The Flood, From The Mars Hotel, Blues For Allah, Steal Your Face (2 LPs). Each album will be faithfully replicated, housed in a rigid slipcase, with a book containing liner notes and iconic photos of the band. Limited Edition of 5,000."

http://recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/9844

Very nice!

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RSD Black Friday Releases

Has anyone else seen this RSD balck friday list? Its showing a 5xLP Dead release called "Grateful Dead Records Collection" by Rhino... Just wondering if this is another studio collection release... I also saw a Jerry Garcia x Howard Wales "Side Trips, Volume One" 2LP release on the list.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/recordstoreday/2017/2017_BLACK_FRIDAY_PUBLIC.pdf

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Evilyn2003...

Yes, that 07/18/72 New Jersey show is a killer...i have a superb soundboard recording of that one and would love for it to be released...i may be wrong but it may be outside the realm of a DP selection as i recall it running to 4 discs...here's hoping though !.

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Next Dave's Pick....?

They're both well known shows that most serious Dead fans have, but I'd LOVE to have a remastered/restored version of 7/18/1972 at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ or 9/28/1972 from the Stanley Theatre in Jersey City, NJ. Then again 8/24/1972 from Berkeley Community Theatre, 10/25/1973 at Dane County Coliseum in Madison, WI, 6/23/1974-Jai Alai Fonton in Miami or the complete 9/11/1974 Alexandra Palace gig (of which a small portion is featured on Dick's Picks 7) would all be supreme as well. Hell, I'll be happy with whatever shows up at my door in November or in 2018.

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Next Dave's Picks release.

Well, i don't see any harm in having fun wondering what the next treat to come our way is. Coming from a different angle here...i really hope it's NOT one of the Berkeley shows from October/November '84 as I'd love the whole run to be released as a box set sometime.

I've been on a 1980/81 kick recently and have been pretty impressed with what I've heard...05/09/81 up next.

Let's hear the announcement Dave !.

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Happy 70th Bobby Happy 40th John Mayer

In their honor are these gems from around the world
http://gratefulseconds.blogspot.com/2017/10/one-million-magazine-covers-...

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WI Dead 74

It’s like trying to guess the lottery numbers, but doesn't cost $1, or $2 if you prefer powerball.

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Okay, I'll Try This

I'm gonna guess it's a show that they played between the years 1965 and 1995 and hasn't been released yet to the public. Wow, that was less fun than I thought it would be.

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Why?

Why must everyone always try and guess and debate what the next Dave's Picks or box set is gonna be? Who cares? We'll all know when it's actually announced. Am I an asshole for asking this? YES, but I'm an asshole that likes surprises and thinks that speculating is a waste of time.

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Ephemera

I wonder if this will be similar to the "Formerly The Warlocks" and Spring '90 boxes, including ticket stubs, backstage passes and the tour info handbill for this venue stop? Those were nice additions to include with the CDs. The mail order tickets had the Eye of Rah for one show and a rose for the other.

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November One

Isn't it time to start debating Dave's Latest? Last one for 2017.

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tapes

Hoping this surprises me. I was only at first day, and it was fun and there were moments, but wasn't one of "those" shows, didn't stick to my ribs. But then the Terrapin Limited show, for me, was the weak night of that Landover '90 run, and that release not only sounded great sonically but revealed more was going on musically than I'd been able to receive from our less than optimum seats that night. (Cool view of Brent, though.)

Well, and, famously, the off show Jerry pushed Phil over turned out to be an Anthem-worthy tape....

I'm not sayin' RFK '89 is going to be Valentine's Day '68 ~ and I still prefer those other two nights of Landover '90 ~ but it's a classic GD dynamic that some tapes shine when liberated from their subjective immediate circumstances....

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I can't wait , anyone of 30,000. At these Shows , Knows

We went to these shows . When I heard the interplay of Bruce and Jerry at meet up at the movies
A flashback of Jerry smiling ear to ear , the whole band dropping it into Overdrive I can't wait to hear the second night through my home stereo at the highest volume allowable .
I guess the only way to understand how lucky we are to get Killer board mixes of shows.
Brake out a third generation audience TAPE ,from 1989 , Then you will gladly pay to own the superb clarity of the perfect assembly of the band . We are so spoiled , We are so lucky
Its all about your perspective ,how much you appreciate the music that is unavailable .
THIS IS WHAT I KNOW I WILL HERE ,, AND I CANT WAIT ! Though , I can't wait to find out what's in Daves bag of tricks for # 24. Chris K

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SiriusXM Special

I caught the show this morning. You're right on the money Frankie Lee, They nailed the mix.

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Nice review Frankie

Those words will make Spacebro drool.
Looking forward to receiving my copy.

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David L. put up a new SiriusXM show bout this release today!

Just heard the new, second SiriusXM special by David today regarding this release. I am even more excited than before! Even though the listening was in the car, over SiriusXM (not exactly audiophile quality) the mix and the mastering is stunning! If you are a fan of the 89'-90' era..this one is a monster. The Other One into Warf Rat is just bone rattling. Phil was not taking prisoners. This specimen of Jerry's tone is the answer to why we all put him up so high on that great player pedestal...just listen to the last 2 min of Warf Rat if you need an example.

This will go down as a great release. In years to come, it will fetch the kind of silly money that the Road Trips series now gets (if you have a question of its value).

I can not wait for the 89' Cal Expo box...sign me up! (hint for David!)

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mhammond

I responded

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Ice Cream Kid

Sent you PM

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Video

Including the video would have been ideal.

Perhaps....

1. the videos will still be released as part of a larger '89 box.

2. maybe they're planning some kind of paid streaming service like for Dead & Co.

3. holding off to see how well the audio release sells before committing to a video release (Dave mentioned video sales overall weren't particularly lucrative)

4. ?

I haven't really listened to these two shows a lot. Not often enough to rate them as compared to others from this particular tour. From what I saw at this years "Meet Up at the Movies" and the sample provided, I'll probably get a lot of mileage out of this one.

The Alpine '89 run on the other hand is the big one. Still bugs me that they cannibalized the first sets from the first and third nights for the DVD.

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Worth it ?

To each their own. I'll preface my comments by saying I'm a huge fan of the Brent era, and particularly the time frame of Summer 1989 through Spring 1990. That said, I believe the RFK shows were the worst two shows of the 1989 Summer tour. I still would have been in (even at an increased cost) had they included video. Sadly that is missing, so I see this boxed set as a lost opportunity. Is it worth it ? To me, no. But I can't speak for others.

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Where you in jail?

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This Box

Hey folks! I live. This box... I'm on the fence. Worth it?

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Reverberations

On the subject of Texas music, I was happily surprised to see a photo of the great Roky Erikson on here a few weeks ago. The 13th Floor Elevators are one of the all time greats when it comes to psychedelic rock music. Going off the few live recordings I have heard from 1966, they were the best live band in the world playing this type of music at that time. Sadly their time was not long, but those first two albums "Psychedelic Sounds Of.." and "Easter Everywhere" are amazing listens-even today.

I actually saw the man himself live about 10 years ago when he came to London for a one off gig. Everyone wondered what sort of condition he would be in...but he seemed fine. He still had the most blood curdling scream I have ever heard. For the most part he steered clear of Elevators music, concentrating on his subsequent horror rock songs, like "I Walked With A Zombie" and "Night Of The Vampire". He encored with "You're Gonna Miss Me". A truly memorable night.

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Packaging & Shipping

I’m also wondering about the packaging. I’m hoping that sizewise, it’s similar to the Warlocks release. Also wondering about shipping. Will they use UPS like they did with GSTL or regular USPS? The release date of 11/10 is a USPS holiday but not a UPS holiday.

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Packaging

I'm wondering when and if there will be some sort of video reveal/unveiling? The packaging has been visually impressive as of late. I would expect this one to look pretty cool as well, but hopefully jewel cases instead of those slip sleeves (GSTL, May '77, July '78) where discs can come loose in transit, or those abrasive cardboard slipcases that scratch up discs.

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wharfrat vox

i finally checked out the listening party sampler, actually i have been somewhat familiar with the 7/13/89 show for a while having attended it, and i do have a downloaded copy, but with all the hoopla about brent's vox i had a listen this past weekend (for the first time since this release was announced), sometimes i'm in the mood for brent's vox and sometimes i'm not but i have always considered him a strong vocalist with probably better pitch than bob or even jerry, i thought most of the "but i'll get back on my feet" bridge section harmonies were about as strong as bob/jerry/brent get (which is pretty dern good), however during the i'll get up and fly away section it sounded a little funny, sounded to me like brent may have chose an unusual harmony note rather than he was missing the note he was going for

i remember having a great time in the pouring rain at the show and i would love to own this release but its priced a wee bit too high for my comfort level, i passed on the warlocks set for the same reason although i attended the dark star nite of that little run also

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mhammond and fire proof slacks

Ok, I could probably live without Bob Wills, but would you want to? :-) I never heard of the guy until I moved to Texas, but now have a decent chunk of him. They were good (if you like texas/cowboy swing).

This is one of the things I like most about this forum and group of people, is the wide array of music listened to. Yeah you can go anywhere and hear of the big names, stones, who, and others. But Bob maybe not much.

Anyone for Al Jolson?

I'm Alabamy bound
They'll be no heebie-jeebies hanging 'round
Just gave the meanest ticket man on earth, all I'm worth,
Just to put my tootsies in an upper berth

They don't write them like that anyone.

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warlocks 10 o9 89

Feel Like a Stranger
Built to Last
Little Red Rooster
Ramble on Rose
We Can Run But We Can't Hide
Jack-a-Roe
Stuck Inside of Mobile
Row Jimmy
Music Never Stopped

Playin' in the Band
Uncle John's Band
Playin' Reprise
Dark Star
drums
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Hey Jude Reprise
Throwin' Stones
Good Lovin'

Attics of My Life

https://archive.org/details/gd89-10-09.sbd.serafin.7721.sbeok.shnf





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SOME BIG BIRTHDAY'S TODAY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. JOHN ALEC ENTWISTLE ....FOR YOU WHO FANS WOULD HAVE BEEN 73

AND MR JOHN LENNON WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN 77.....

A WONDERFUL BASS PLAYER AND AN INCREDIBLE SONG WRITER....

NOW BACK TO YOUR REGULAR SCHEDULE......BRING IT ON DAVE..WHAT IS YOUR NEXT PICK??

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Asbestos Pants

Dorm room SDSU 1973. Meeting my new friends in Toltec Male Housing Residence. In my new neighbor Steve Lightfoot's room thumbing through his LP collection I come across an LP entitled Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys Greatest Hits. I pull it out and ask Steve if this is a joke LP? He replies "No. I stole that from my Dad's record collection. I couldn't live without it." I said "WTF? The cover looks like a Zappa joke!" He said put it on and listen. "When you go out with that girl you got to wear asbestos pants." Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys. "Ahh Leon!"

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Seems that they ‘found’ more copies of E72 in the warehouse

They were sold out a few months ago

http://www.dead.net/store/music

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Done

Thanks 80sfan, keithfan, and icecrmcnkd. I went with Dead Set, To Terrapin, which I guess they got more of, because it's here on this website, and the Winterland 73 new off of eBay. That's great news about the Road Trips series, because they're priced pretty steeply on eBay. Keithfan was nice enough to PM and send a great sound board of Daves Picks 8 (you are right, great Feel Like a Stranger opening, and I'm to say, Brent is in tune)

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warlocks hampton 89

warlocks 10 o8 1989 hampton

Foolish Heart
Walkin' Blues
Candyman
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Stagger Lee
Queen Jane Approximately
Bird Song
Promised Land

Help on the Way
Slipknot!
Franklin's Tower
Victim or the Crime
Eyes of the World
drums
I Need a Miracle
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
Morning Dew

We Bid You Goodnight

https://archive.org/details/gd89-10-08.sbd.unknown.8365.sbeok.shnf





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Butch

Real Gone Music is starting to reissue Road Trips, starting with the last release and working back to the first.

https://shop.realgonemusic.com/products/grateful-dead-road-trips-vol-4-no-5

$150 for Winterland ‘73 is a good price if unopened. It was $99 or more when released.

Dead Set is a compilation and was available for decades as a single CD. You can probably find it in a brick and mortar CD store if such a thing exists. It now comes as 2 CD’s in the Beyond Description Box.

To Terrapin was not limited and is currently out of print, but that doesn’t mean that more wont be made in the future.

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Window shopping

Hey Butch, they are all great releases-the difference in price is due to the exclusivity of the release. Daves picks are limited releases so they carry a hefty price on the re-sale market.

Winterland 73 is the rare release that has sold out but can still be found for reasonable prices. It's amazing pick and if you feel comfortable with the price, I promise you won't regret it.

Dead set is a nice compilation album but if you're looking for something from the early 80s, you can find dicks picks 13 (5/6/81) for very reasonable prices on eBay. Same with dicks picks 5 (dec 79) and dicks picks 6 (oct 83).

Hope that helps-

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Stones eras

This is probably neither the time nor the place...but I would say The Stones had quite a few discreet eras in their career, too, with fairly clear beginnings and endings. There was the initial rhythm and blues years, followed by the pop/psychedelic era in the mid 60s, the great Beggars Banquet up to Goats Head Soup series of albums, the Ronnie Wood years in the 1970s the 1980s and then the 1990s up to the present day characterised by the mega shows.

Butch indicated 1978 was a good year-and although it yielded the Some Girls album and Miss You single, it was a time I didn't much care for. They always seemed to be trying to play too fast, to me, in order to keep abreast of the times. There's a video of a live show from 1978, where Mick Jagger is wearing a tee shirt with a swastika on it- a terrible gaff, presumably worn in an attempt to out do punk. The Dead had the best response to punk-they ignored it!

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