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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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77 Row Jimmy's

This one?

Yes.. indeed. I was remiss to not include 1977.
Wilfred.. you've never made the naughty list here.

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Re: Row Jimmy

I was surprised to learn this was one of Billy's favorite songs to play as well. I tend toward the 1977 versions...4-27-77 is a one really good version I remember. That tape sounded so good back in the day. Both sets!

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Re: Row Jimmy

ah.. the often maligned Row Jimmy.

Nice Row Jimmy reference daverock. It's always been a favorite of mine and apparently Garcia's as well. He is quoted as saying he loved to play that song. I get out in my boat on a good year perhaps 100 times.. we use the word paddle here, not row but it resonates for me nonetheless. Row Jimmy always had a familiar ring.. a humble little song, grass shack nailed to a pine wood floor.. almost like it was written about me, Row JimmyInMD? :D

It's one of those songs where the jams just flow almost without effort from the words and melody and melt into the theme of the song. I especially like some of the 73/74 slide renditions. My mom calls me Jimmy.. except when she's pissed.. then it's James (loudly, insert middle name for added emphasis) and out comes the singular, pointing index finger.. and wham.. I'm in deep shit trouble and written completely out of the will, yet again. :D

The oft maligned Row Jimmy..

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re: Drifter

Yes! Your assessment is one of the reasons I also really enjoy the later era - so many songs available, so many ways the sets could go. Admittedly certain songs seemed to be more or less locked into their relative slots, but when they ventured outside of that and also changed up the song selection in general, it was usually a treat. Not to mention, the GD are like, also the greatest cover band of all time. So many covers, especially in later years - for better or worse, but I pretty much enjoyed them all, till the end. Keeps me on my toes.

Glad to see the love.
Sixtus

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Repeats....

....can't recall one in any of the Vegas runs. Hit every show. Man, that's starting to feel like a long time ago.

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that's true. I didn't get a

that's true. I didn't get a repeat in the '92 Omni run or in '95

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90’s song selection

Generally, you could do a 3-night run and not get a repeat.

The 3-night run at Omni ‘93 only repeated Lazy River Road which was a new song and needed to be broken in.

Happy Holidays (and pending polar vortex for those east of the Rockies).

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StellaPeterRat... no complaints

Thinking back to 78-79-80 Jerry played comparatively few tunes after the drums, but he consistently performed at knockout level in that stretch. Four or five shows into '79, I can remember eventually not caring that there might be no more Morning Dew. In Spring '80, I was overjoyed to hear the Dew (Nassau), but most nights for the next 15 years I was expecting to be slayed in the home stretch by Wharf Rat or Stella Blue or Black Peter. No problem.

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Those 90's shows

The attraction for me in listening to those 90's shows is the ridiculously large repertoire. My spreadsheet counts (your mileage may vary) 58 different songs performed during Europe '72, 64 during spring '77, and 125 during spring '90. 125!!! Pick two back-to-back shows from '72 and you pretty much heard everything they had and many songs twice. Pick two from '90 and it's "darn I wanted to hear such-and-such" with zero repeats.
Granted, pick any one song from '72 and it's somewhat 'better' than any one song from '90. But that's not why I still listen after all these decades.

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oh man, there's so many gems

oh man, there's so many gems one can find in the fall '94 shows if one wishes to look. the whole Boston Garden run is a great listen. and the Madison Square Garden run of fall 94 as well. 3/3/92 as a whole is a pretty good show and is a '90's show i'd like to see released.

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90s shows

I agree that the band played a lot of great music in the 90s. But for me, its not necessarily in the places you would expect. When I saw them in 1990, one of the best moments-and I can still remember it clearly - was Jerry singing "Black Peter". I was quite close to him, and I could see, as well as hear, the passion and commitment of his delivery. It was very moving-not exactly party music, but so deep and emotional. I can't imagine he would have been able to perform this song so effectively during the 1970s. Another great song that night-29th October 1990, was "Row Jimmy"-hardly one of my favourite songs, but this version, this night, was really involving. The jams were okay-but the slower songs seemed truer somehow.

Anyway-happy holidays to one and all.

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re: Kyle & 90's Shows

Kyle you give me hope that there are others who still mine and enjoy shows across the 90's era; I've picked up on a few of your references myself and fell down some rabbit holes...

Understanding that Jerry was on the downswing vocally and perhaps other ways, these were all still GD shows, and I feel there is something to offer in there for the majority of them (at least that I have heard). Case in point - I revisited the 30 Trips show from 10/1/94, and man, that has some fantastic moments and the playing is inspired. The Help>Slip>Franklin's opener is H - O - T; a tight Althea, and perhaps the best song of the show in So Many Roads - listening to that one last night LITERALLY brought a tear to my eye at the end/refrain - Jerry just lets is all out in the vocals and the place goes absolutely nuts. Second set Scarlet>Fire, Saint>Terrapin?? Then another fantastic energized ballad in Stella Blue. What a show. And, I really enjoy Jerry's tone at that point in time.

All in all, good stuff and my hope is that there remains steadfast respect and enjoyment of these years for those willing to give them a chance.

Happy Holidays, All.
Sixtus

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3/2/92

has a pretty nice Stella Blue

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Cassidy - Bob 7-12-89

Jusr realized I posted this on the wrong board...anyway:

Not sure if anyone brought this up before, but right at the beginning of the jam in Cassidy, Bob plays the riff from Land of a 1,000 Dances. Does it twice in unison with the melody, then once more but harmonized. Nice stuff!

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Dr. Rhino

Much appreciated. I had a terrible time with the 30 Trips box (months to rectify). GSTL had two messed up discs and got replaced fairly quickly. This is another CS disaster from Rhino/Dead.

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nice

johnny361 found myself singing along to DaP20! today in the car. Just seemed like an '81 type day to me I guess...

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Also

Having a few cold ones and playing the 5/16/81 Cornell show from 30 Trips. Smoking stuff, wow!

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Hi gang!

Johnny here! It's been awhile since I've posted and I hope all you Dead.Net folks are doing well and having a wonderful holiday season! This RFK Box is typical summer 89 which is to say pretty damn good. The only week moment for me is the Throwing Stones I love this song and the band usually delivers, but they don't seem to really smoke the jam on this one. It's not terrible, but it's not killer either. Anyhow, happy holidays gang!

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3/27/91 Nassau

containing a serious Fire On the Mountain and one of the few Reuben & Cherise's makes for a interesting and unique tape.

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The Good Doc

Also came through for me on a May 1977: GSTL New Haven Folio. Mine came smushed.

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Jason Wilder - results

drrhino@wmgcustomerservice.com

Don’t waste your time with customer service, go directly to Dr. Rhino.

Keep in mind that it took 5 months for replacement 5-5-77 CD2’s from GSTL even though the AME was available.

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Customer Service #

I ordered the RFK box w/this #, so hopefully it's still valid:

1-800-440-8025

I hope this helps resolve your issue(s).

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No customer serivice

No, I am sorry, I don't know how to go about contacting someone to talk to about an issue. I tried unsuccessfully myself earlier in the year. It seems to be one of the downsides of technological advances that contact between humans has been downgraded. There have been a number of instances this year where I have tried to contact someone by phone-only to find that it is no longer possible. Or that it takes forever to get through.

Music wise I have just finished listening to The Allman Brothers live at A&R Studios 26th August 1971. What an incredible show! It starts off with a number of shorter but perfectly played blues numbers, before stretching out more on Elizabeth Reed and the Soul Serenade jam at the end. My copy is unofficial, and I am seriously contemplating getting the remastered version as an upgrade.

Dead wise I am listening to the farewell box from Winterland October 1974. All 5 cds are superb, but it feels a bit as though the shows suffered from an earlier releasing policy. Should these shows be released now, they would surely be done so in their entirety in a suitably expansive (and expensive) box set. There's still time!

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Customer Service #/PM

Can someone PM me an actual Customer Service #, to talk to someone, if such a thing actually exists?

I am over a month out waiting for a replacement disc on an item that is not sold out. Seriously, WTF? So sad how customer service is basically dead here now, despite the real good efforts of a few.

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nevermind! I fixed it! just

nevermind! I fixed it! just click and drag the image to a new folder from ITunes. didn't think you could do that.

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would anyone be able to do me

would anyone be able to do me a big favor and pm me the individual artwork for this box set? the Lincoln and Washington artwork? I had it something went wrong and lost it. apparently on ITunes you have to add the artwork after the whole cd is done ripping. that's how I lost it.

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Presale

Got in for the 2nd night at the Wang! (Shut out for the 1st night).

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Anyone Here Into Gamelan?

Fans of "The Beast" will love Jegog.

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vguy no love for the west coast

Really......
Phil and Bob, just played Mill Valley on 9/9.
Sorry about all the Phil and Friends or the Family Band at Terrapin Crossroads. The Fare Thee Well, shows.
Some Dead and Company shows, as well.
And for no love.......How about all the JGB shows at the Warfield through 1995.
The only shows here: Dead and Co. have been cancelled due to Mayer illness.
Sorry living in Florida, not seeing the love lost on the Bay Area.

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Re: Woo Hoo

Did he blow your speakers? I'll send you the link for the class action..

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Woo hoo

Was not moving in my car and Phil was making my car vibrate and rock during Terrapin.

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Lesh/Weir and Dead & Co.

These guys have given us so much music over the last 52 years, and continue to do so. So many great memories. Somebody, quick clone these guys and give us another 52 years.

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Lesh/Weir

I pre-registered for tickets (or at least the chance to get tickets) for Radio City. Here's to hoping tickets are reasonably priced this time around. Should be a fun time....

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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
Golden Road CA 91995

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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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