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.
Release Date: 11/10/17
Limited Edition of 15,000
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Listening Party: THE BIG ONE
Far From Me
To Lay Me Down
Looks Like Rain
R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/12/89)
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No, I don't hate Brent, I've only just gotten to know him. Just critically speaking about the music is all. He has pitch issues in all of the 1989 recordings I've listened to, including the samples here. I teach chorus, so believe me, I know when a singer is off-key. There's nothing wrong with it if it doesn't bother you, so enjoy! But trust me, it's there, and the only reason I brought it up is because it suprised me that an established band like the Grateful Dead could have someone as consistently off-key as Brent. But it's cute that you came running to his defense little fella, asking if I have tinnitus and all. You got a lotta spunk tiger, keep that fire in your belly ;-)
Making space: giving away box and contents from 1990 The Other One, *MINUS* the CD's. You get the Dice, book, tickets, backstage passes, medal and drawings.
Catch: you come pick it up in South San Francisco. PM if interested...
Sometimes the challenge to the listener is when Brent's harmony is higher in the mix than Jerry's vocals are, which can grate a bit. Brent is laying down harmony, but for some reason the volume of his vocals over power Jerry's. I have heard this in some audience recordings as well as soundboard.
I will have to listen to this again to the Listening 'tease' they provided for these shows.
I heard an example this a couple years ago at one of the Meet up at the Movies during Mississippi Uptown Toodoloo. Jerry's vocals were almost buried due to Brent's harmony's being so prominent to the point it was difficult to hear Jerry at all. Actually, I blame that on Healy's mix. I would also state I don't recall that in the early days of Brent's stint. I am going to have to listen again to my first Brent show at the Portland Raceway in 1979.
And I would offer, especially these days, so many want to hear Jerry's voice clearly. We miss him so much. It isn't always the "hate Brent" sentiment, sometimes it is the mix, which was more problematic in those Healy daze, it seems.
My two cents worth.
Believe it if you need it, if you don't just pass it on.
"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself"
Been off exploring new vistas.
But I’m back.........and dove deep into 73: fresh ears can help to hear things one might have overlooked.
Hearing the tone of Jerry much clearer now. And the sweet delicacies of his touch.
Sometimes being away can make you stay!
Butch, there have been discussions about Donna previously around here. Apparently, she couldn't hear herself very well on stage and didn't know how bad it sounded. Also, apparently she is louder on the recordings than she was at the show.
She sounds great with the Jerry Garcia Band. Check out the album 'Don't Let Go' from 5-21-76.
Also, the person that told you it was Mickey was screwing with you. Mickey is one of the drummers and doesn't sing with the Dead. He does sing Fire On The Mountain in The Mickey Hart Band.
How much people's tastes can differ and how some are more critical than others.
This Wharf Rat rocks and the vocals are excellent. Tinnitus perhaps?....or you just hate Brent?
Sorry I wrote Mickey below when I meant Brent. Someone told me Mickey was the scratchy voice guy earlier and now I'm mixing them up.
I know!!! Does she think she's Janis?? But I've found a couple Playin' in the Bands w/out her, 4/16/72, 3/22/72, 11/30/73, & 12/2/73. She seems to have it down by '76. She sings well most of the time, however, where Mickey sounds awful / offkey almost every time he opens his mouth. His range is so limited he can't support the lyric he's singing. He actually sounds better singing lead (Blown Away 7/7/89) than backup, I assume because he wrote the song in a key he can cover.
I kind of disagree with you when you say the first rule with the Dead is that there are no harmonies. They're all over the place and damn good on most of the 60s and 70s shows I've heard. Check out High Time 7/16/76 on Dave's Picks 18 (which I just paid through the nose for on eBay), and there's a song called The Eleven on Two From The Vault 8/24/68 which is an excellent example, and I would also recommend if you have it, Candyman from 4/15/70. There are plenty more, but honestly, I don't know half the song names or albums yet. Uncle Johns Band is another good one, during the "like the morning sun" vocal, someone is in there providing some rich in-tune harmonies (Bob Weir?).
I sense the knee jerk reaction of y'all in Mr. Brent's defense, so let's just call it love and move on. I thought I was commenting on a forum where musical quality was the theme, and this Wharf Rat lost its right when the backing vocals kicked in. Things like pitch and key are not subjective concepts, they're tangibles in which "spot-on" does not apply in this case.
7-19-74 Playing in the Band, and with a perfectly placed Donna scream to cap it off!
We're about the same age.
White-haired grandpa/Santa Claus Jerry is the only Jerry I know.
Gotta take the good with the bad.
As you said, he was shy. But he was forced onto a pedestal by the fans and it took a heavy toll on him.
I am soooo thankful that I got to see grandpa Jerry play, as well as uncle Brent.
....is that there are no Dead harmonies.
We're here for the Playing of the instruments, which is why we love long jams with few vocals. But when we get vocals, they're usually well-written lyrical journeys. Which is why most of us can tolerate off key singing.
If you think that '72 is better, well, find yourself an epic Playing in the Band that gets blown to pieces at the end by Donna.
Spacebrother, that's some set of tuners you have on you there, if you think the gentleman who has been identified for me as Brent is providing properly pitched vocal harmonies. I'm not sure why they gave that man a microphone, but I teach chorus, and I assure you that no producer would ever let that Wharf Rat bridge on a studio album, it's THAT off. But it's apparent to me by the responses from multiple people that critical analysis has left the building, and all that's left is love for this version of the band, which is not a bad thing, but love is blind (and deaf in this case).
The Chain. Fleetwood Mac. Brilliant.
I felt like shit all day today about calling out shirdeep for that unflattering photo of Jer. I still don't know where he/she? got it, but I'd like to burn it. You later posted pics, esp. of Jer hanging with a fan in the VW - ! - have redeemed you a thousand times over my friend. It is I who must earn it back.
I Maintain, (pun intended, freaks who can relate) an elegantly framed photograph of Jerry and Owsley in San Diego International Airport, 1968 (the year of my birth), Jerry Garcia at the height of his Powers in all of his glory standing, Defiant and Strong, with the solar wind of a thousand suns blowing out from his center, cigarette askew, black leather jacket. Our guy and the sincere Champion of fucking all of this was, shy, but capable of projecting himself as a Bad Ass only now and then. This was once. In a lovely frame in my home office, the center of my power. For now.
Few can harness this. It has it's price.
long time since I have heard this show, sounds even better now
Sorry for everyone doing cleanup right now. Also sorry about my question on the boxset construction. Everbody is right it's the music that matters. I asked that because this boxset costs more than Warlocks box which in my opinion is the coolest well priced well worth boxsets ever made. Because it's been quiet how about we start a current 5? list. With this set and the Dave's coming I decided for the first time before the release it's all non dead.
1. Prophets of Rage
2. Dazed and Confused 1&2
3. The very best of Curtis Mayfield. He is such a bad man. I've been lost in his encyclopedia.
4. All the Light Above it Too. Jack Johnson
5. Dom & Roland:Through the Looking Glass
Everybody be well. dAve
Anyone else notice Bobby playing some of Wilson Pickett's Land of a Thousand Dances after the last pre jam verse of Cassidy?? Must of been a groovy crowd at RFK that night!
These sound awesome. The mix is spot on, and that's just the low resolution sample.
couple points here...
1. The Wharf Rat vocal harmonies are spot on.
2. Mickey and Bill sound awesome together on this mix.
3. These two shows are phenomenal.
o9 29 94 boston garden
Hell in a Bucket
Wang Dang Doodle
Ramble On Rose
Let It Grow
Playing in the Band ->
Eyes of the World ->
Estimated Prophet ->
He's Gone ->
Spanish Jam ->
Other One ->
Wharf Rat ->
I Fought the Law
Someone said it was Mickey. I'm just getting into these guys, thanks for the correction mtnhead and icecrmcnkd.
Some great Jerry Garcia pictures, thanks to the posters.
Some people like the raspy voice of Brent, to others it's like finger nails on a chalkboard.
Personally, finger nails on a chalkboard never bothered me. And I like Brent too. I also like '72 Dead. In fact, I listen to everything from 65-95, and toss in a litttle video of FTW and D&C too.
LedDed, toughen up buttercup.
I've seen shows at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Remember seeing Joe Walsh for free there in 1983 or so. He was a bit ragged in those days but still good and FREE!
That's Brent doing the backup vocals and yes, some nights were better than others. That's what makes us keep on coming back. There is something to love about most shows.
I've just recently gotten into the Grateful Dead, so I'm listening from a clean slate with no concert memories or anything like that. Coming from that direcrion and speaking objectively, this Wharf Rat is not in the same ball park as the ones I've been enjoying from the Europe 72 releases and Ladies & Gentlemen. Like I said, Jerry sounds good enough, just older, but Mickey's backing vocals are just horrible (ruins the song). I listened to other stuff from 89 on youtube, and it's all pretty much the same. Hard to imagine people calling 89 in the same ballpark as 71/72, it's just not. I would encourage you to check out the 71/72 Dead to really catch these guys in top form.
Both Wharf Rat and Cassidy sound incredibly strong with some great jamming in them. The mix also sounds quite good even though my computer speakers aren't the best. Can't wait!
The old cliché, you all know it. "A picture is worth..."
Someone on the other happening thread posted an Amazing pho of the band in Boulder, 1980 if memory serves. Just a beautiful snapshot.
And there are a recent couple here... cool '83 photo of Jer if a bit ragged.
But then that one below. The elephant in the room. What the band dealt with. What killed him.
I ask anyone, anyone to look at that sad photograph of Jerry Garcia completely destroyed, posted by shirdeep (where did you find it?), of our guy, gone, stinking, 100 lbs. overweight, Persian stains all over his fingers, clothes and lips. Doing Eddie Van Halen lines "I'll just dump out a gram and cut it with my hand," to stay awake and stumble onto the stage.
Fat and filthy and reeking in days-worn rumpled bum clothing, just the epitome of self-indulgence. Disgusting. Is everyone blind? Does no one cast a critical eye upon this? It destroyed this band. It's why 1972 remains a high point. It couldn't be reached any more.
I'm not saying drugs are fundamentally bad. Most of the great art of the last 200 years is the result of such inspirations. But, when folks can smell you coming, it's time. It's time. This is what a man of such talents and gifts did to himself, and, oh yeah, the coma.
Sad, just fucking sad. The Stones are still going - strong. So could be the Real Dead, not the Co., had Jerry not succumbed.
I love Jerry Garcia, and I choose not to remember him stinking and bloated. At least the music remains.
Why did you post this ungodly picture?
Is it me or that one of the strongest versions of Wharf Rat available? Jerry's solos (esp. the first one) are simply astounding!
Must be Mickey.
I listened to the Wharf Rat from this RFK show. Jerry Garcia sounds real good, but who is the backup vocalist at the fly away bridge? Phil Lesh? Very strained and out of tune. I hope there's not a lot of him featured!
Nice, nice :) Looking forward to receiving this a couple months down the line!
Very cool Jerry pix shirdeep. Made my day. Thanks for posting.
I haven't ordered the Uncle Frank release yet. I'm a little paranoid about the USB drive. I seem to recall some problems with the USB for a box set on this site and the chaos. Not sure how a defective USB and/or files would be handled through the ZFT (broken USB's are for a-holes).
I might just stick with the 3 CD set.
Thanks for the heads up, I've ordered mine. I thought a pretty good deal, 100 bucks for 6 shows AND a Zappa Halloween costume!!
FRANK ZAPPA'S LEGENDARY HALLOWEEN NYC 1977 RESIDENCY TO BE RELEASED AS MASSIVE HALLOWEEN 77 COSTUME BOX SET.
FEATURING 158 TRACKS ON USB DRIVE IN 24-BIT AUDIO AND RETRO ZAPPA MASK AND COSTUME.
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09 24 83 santa cruz fairgrounds
They Love Each Other
Me and My Uncle
Hell in a Bucket
Deep Elem Blues
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Ship of Fools
Uncle John's Band
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night
10 15 88
Music Never Stopped
When Push Comes to Shove
Queen Jane Approximately
Let it Grow
One More Saturday Night
Playin' in the Band
Uncle John's Band
Turn on Your Love Light
10 16 88
Good Time Blues
Feel Like a Stranger
Friend of the Devil
Stuck Inside of Mobile
To Lay Me Down
Don't Ease Me In
Box of Rain
Victim or the Crime
Looks Like Rain
Gimme Some Lovin'
All Along the Watchtower
Another fun pair of late 1980's shows http://gratefulseconds.blogspot.com/2017/09/telluride-1987.html
yes this release will shine
just like warlocks box
People generally hang out on one board, just makes it easier.
People hung out on the AME board, but that doesn't detract from GSTL.
This board will light up as soon as people start receiving their shipping notices.
This is a weird release thread, but don't blame the material. Even though it is not a "tent pole" release, it is part of a tour that due to it's multitrack recordings will be released almost in its entirety over the next 10 years.
Part of the issue is many people on the site just don't like the post Keith years and don't participate in the thread.
Another part is the lack of any promotion on the side of Rhino, like listening parties, or a better description of whats inside the "slip case". It's like Rhino took the summer off and haven't gotten back to this yet or maybe they are still dealing with the Barton Box CD replacements and July 78 download issues.
The thread will pick up when Rhino gives us something to comment on, until then it's still almost 2 months before delivery and all the people that want or don't want the box have already commented.
Grateful Dead Live at RFK Stadium on 1989-07-13
Hell In A Bucket
Cold Rain And Snow
Little Red Rooster
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
To Lay Me Down
Let It Grow
Set 2 (Missing)
Not completely, but seriously, all of the dynamic interplay is still over there, at the other table.
With the cool kids. Dave's Picks 23. Nobody, deep down, really gives a shit about this box.
We know what it is - and it's good, maybe really decent, but With A Qualifier.
Like, "Jer was maybe mostly kinda sober for these shows."
Or, "I was in college and it was my first Dead tour and I saw three dates."
Dear Mr. Peabody, take me and Sherman back to 1972.
BTW, I did buy this thing. I will never throw shade on anything - Anything the Dead did, but I don't feel a collective surge for this release.
Thanks for that clip Dave - hilarious! I also love that you made it the background!
Thanks for the link, made me check my copy of this show. I had a cut first set only, could hear the recording crew singing louder than the stage :-)
I did have a note to check Road Trip 1.2, had it.
Further checking of archive found "soundboard" copy of show, very good quality.