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
A Dead.net Exclusive
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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I wish Betty had been working 83-86. That era reminds me of 60s shows where, sometimes, it was a little rough but when it was good it was gold. The mid 80s had some of that too. Granted there were some train wrecks but when they were on, they were ON. Too bad the tapes are sub-par. I'm just grateful for the outstanding work of Saint Charlie Miller who made this era shine.
Looking forward to this as I am with most Dead releases. 89-91 was magical Dead IMHO. Glad to see this one isn't limited. That act is getting old. Peace.
......I'm glad the 80's crowd is getting a release. I'm listening to 74.
Garcia didn't really have his electric guitar chops in 1966. He got so much better. As for something being wrong when "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" is the highlight of a show, well, it's just personally a song and arrangement by the band I've always loved. The Bo-Diddley beat they use on that song is one of my favorites, same as Not Fade Away and Iko Iko.
How dare you post such an honest (yet absolutely correct) assessment of the band. Aren't you at all concerned about provoking the wrath of a handful of people on this board?
space - what kind of speakers y'all got over there? I gotta get me a pair of those bad boys. They turn mediocre music into Manna from Heaven and allow you to hear facial expressions. Cool stuff. Sounds like something that Wonka might have been working on before his untimely demise.
I was thinking about how seeing the band in any given year impacts on our subsequent enjoyment of listening to shows from that year on cd etc. I think seeing the band in any of the later years may give us a warped impression of their artistic merit during the year in question. I had a great time at shows in 1981 and 1990...but sitting at home listening to those shows, in comparison to ones from 1968-1974, and its quite clear that they were in decline when I saw them.
The same with the very early days. Listening to a recording of an acid test from 1966, at home, with nothing stronger inside me than a cup of tea, and it becomes blindingly obvious that you had to be there to get anything out of what was going on. Historically interesting-but you really did have to be there for those events. With a show from 1968-1972 the quality of the performance shines through.
and opening the 2nd set with Sugaree was good.
again...I didn't get to any shows in 89, which is probably why I have sour-grapes face when it comes to the subject.
there...I just unclenched my balloon knot...
y'all be cool, Spacebrother.
There are so many more highlights in these shows than "Women Are Smarter", which itself is quite awesome.
From the first show you have a Mississippi Half-Step that's amazing. Far From Me may be the best version performed (check out Jerry's over-the-top solo!), Cassidy soars, Friend of the Devil grooves nicely. Ship of Fools is picture perfect. Estimated > Eye's transcends. Great Mr fantasy. Black Peter is primo plus Bruce sitting in on a couple. Top notch Dead right there.
The second night is even better. The rockin' double opener of Hell In A Bucket and Cold Rain and Snow get get the party started in style. Tennessee Jed is one of the all time versions. The "then" rare To Lay Me Down is awesome. Truly epic versions of Let It Grow, Terrapin, The Other One > Wharf Rat take this show over the top. Even the Throwing Stones is epic.
These shows may have been average for Summer '89, yet the bar was so high on this tour that every note is like Manna from Heaven. You can hear Jerry's enthusiasm and smile through your speakers.
Call me stoltzfus. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me at home, I thought I would go with a friend a little and see the Grateful part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily seeing images of Donald Trump, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off, or "Women Are Smarter" is cited as a concert highlight - then, I account it "high time" to get to my 60s and 70s GD as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the first half of the GD's history. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the GD with me.
please enjoy GD89. it's just that when "women are smarter" is the highlight, there is something amiss.
my triptych of wishes.
I am not jumping in for this release ... but hope all of you that do enjoy it!
Someone posted a few days ago saying they are saturated on Dead CD's and not a completist and in their view this isn't a "must have". I feel the same way so i'm not jumping in here.
Funny, I started buying the releases in mid 90's when they started to come out. At the time I wanted them so that when I was an old man i'd have some high quality Dead music available to me better than the my old bootlegs tapes. I remember getting Hundred Years Hall, Dozin and the early Dick Picks. At the time I was guessing they'd release a new CD or two ever 3 or 4 years so I wanted to get them. I NEVER guessed they would start releasing in such large quantities. Wow, we really are lucky! DaP alone is 4 cd's a year ... sh!t ... I would have never predicted that in early days.
Although not a completist, I have been buying most stuff since the mid 90's and have a boat load of Dead CD's so i'm at the point where I sit back buy what I think are the must haves.
My favorite years are 69-76 but I do like all Dead and will buy any years if its a solid show. I do really like 89/90 Dead and though some don't like midi I do and don't mind the "different" sound it gives. I like all dead in any year as long as they had their "A" game. I really like Buffalo, CWI and warlocks. I am not familiar with these RFK shows and but the consensus from this board are that these aren't top shelf shows ... so i'll pass.
Plus, my wife subscribes to a family iTunes plan so her and the kids can listen to music. Its like $12 a month and sort of over priced to me but since we have the family plan, i'm on it too and they have a ton of Dead options (road trips, dicks picks, veneta, etc) so RFK will probably be on there at some point and I can hear it then.
A huge thanks to Dave and Rhino and anyone else who keep cranking out the releases. I don't know of any other fan base that has what we have ... it really is fabulous.
I wasn't going to buy this set - since it has so many slow songs I don't particularly like (or am sick of)- but on the other hand, maybe better "dead-heads" than mine seem to be enthusiastic about it. I did like the version of "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" with Bruce Hornsby. I'd hate to wait until it sells out, then regret not having it. So I put my order in just now.
jeez. This stuff is getting expensive. did I miss something? What do we know about packaging and what's included?
I keep most of my higher resolution music as uncompressed AIFF files. I do not use WAV, because it does not store metadata (AIFF does). I keep all of my CD or DAT quality files as lossless ALAC. By higher res I mean 24/88.2 kHz or better.
Modern hardware decodes lossless files up to 24/48kHz perfectly. I have noticed some very slight loss of quality when playing back ALAC high res (especially 192k) files. I have had some (very few) 24/192kHz files that would not play back from a lossless compressed format.
As a rule, I keep higher res as uncompressed AIFF (or could be WAV, but the files do not store metadata or cover art).
I do not believe that FLAC was intended to be a playback format, just storage, although that is one of those subjects that audio enthusiasts debate endlessly.
By the way, the Garcia 9 (1974 Keystone) is available as an 88.2 kHz download, it is a lovely analog Betty board, full of warmth. One of those joyful, relaxed recordings, close your eyes and you are there. And yes, I decompressed to AIFF.
Great to see you back in your old treads. That pic suites you.
Hey.. since nobody's listening, and its late. Any heads up on the next release? I hear its another 4 track remastered spring 1968. Or did I hear that in a dream.
Speaking of dreams.. epic times in the mountains East. Holy Moly.. Times are good. Which brings me to the real reason I am writing.. Ooops.. who's that knocking at my door at this hour?
Cleaning up.. the woman that shares my house had friends over this afternoon for lunch. I was working upstairs.. Just came home from my own night out and found three bottles of wine that they drank.. one (which I said no go) was ..well.. I'm too sad to even mention the name or how much it cost me. argh... they probably would have been happier with a $6 rose.
I'll raise your Sister Rosetta Tharpe by a Big Mama Thorton.
My dad turned me on to this one.
Right on mhammond. I swear that video has been posted here before.. but years ago.
Apple lossless is fine but you will notice an improvement if you convert a lossless file to WAV format. I store everything as Apple lossless but when I want to listen to something, I convert to WAV, listen, then delete WAV files when I'm done because those files will be bigger... Essentially it is like unzipping a zip file? Not an expert but I can tell there is a difference there
Lossless files contain all the information you need in really small packages... Not the best way to hear things though
Trying to expand files that were not meant to be expanded (anything but lossless) will not improve sound quality
Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong, but I encourage you all to compare file types for yourselves... We are getting somewhere
'Twas foretold - 5/9/2017 GSTL
Thanks to everyone who answered the format question :) I have been using Apple Lossless for the last few years. I got into high res FLAC for a while, but I converted them down to 16 bit ALAC...I honestly can't tell the difference...maybe I am getting old...LOL. Everything lives on an external HD and goes through iTunes.
I mainly use iPod touch with Sony wired headphones. I used to really like the portable CD players, but haven't seen them in a long time. I pretty much rip CDs as soon as I get them and put them up. I have to sit through 12 hours of dialysis every week so I don't know what I would do without the music
P.S. What does everyone think about the Long Strange Trip film? It has really opened my eyes...
I pre-ordered, of course. It's been a long time coming; there used to be quite an excess of 1989 releases; Nightfall of Diamonds in 2001, Truckin' Up To Buffalo in 2005, Crimson White and Indigo AND the Hampton Box in 2010. However, that's been thinned out of the last 7 years, with nothing beyond the 10/26/89 show from TTATS. I'd say we're due.
I'm by no means an expert in 1989, but I figured that if we were going to touch Summer '89 again it would be Alpine Valley, which are universally acclaimed. If not, I remember the Giant's Stadium shows both being superior to 7/12/89 (which is still a good show). I do not have fond listening experiences of 7/13/89, but admit it has been a while.
10/19/89 may be the best remaining unreleased show of the year, and the only MUST-HAVE from 1989 for me (aside from the already released 10/16/89, which is the best of the year).
I love to hike while listening to the Dead, and I prefer CDs with my portable CD player. The players only last about 3 years, and I'm on my 10'th one or so. However, they don't make good Walkman-style CD players any more. You can't buy them. I ordered a few unsold new ones made years ago for sale online from a store in, believe it or not, Turkey. These should last me another decade - then I don't know what I'll do.
Tuned in after the release of the Cornell box to add to the glee, but the mood was so ugly that I stayed away from these boards for months. I can't stand the moaning that accompanies EVERY release, and that includes the moaning about a tiny corner of page 78 of the liner notes being creased.
Loved the movie the other night! What amazing energy! Can't wait to hear the 24-track rendition.
It's probably been previously hypothesized, but I'm guessing that we'll see a Summer '89 DVD box next year, from the Solstice show through Alpine, minus the previous releases.
Like Mickey implored at the end of Fare Thee Well--"Be kind." :)
Seems like an eternity to wait for delivery. I'm becoming increasingly excited for this new release.
It took me years to get the system streamlined after chaotic slog of tapes, CD's, CD-R's, iPods, PC's, laptops, car stereos, etc. Everything is organized and easily accessible with at least one version of each show the played (along with thousands of other shows from other artists) on one drive. CD's on another.
All my music is now ripped into FLAC and ALAC formats. My home stereo plays all the FLACs and my phone drives the ALACs for the car, at work, etc.
My CD's only leave their case once for about 15 minutes-enough time to read the liner notes and admire the artwork. After that, everything is on a hard drive or a portable device.
When the prison doors are opened, the real dragon will fly out………….
My oh my, you know what day it is:
Do people break out so they can break in and hear the Dead? Should Bob Weir try to tell jokes? How did Phil get so phunky? This is no frills, no jams, straightforward hard rocking Grateful Dead. Oh and hey! there’s a good dose of Pigpen. Can’t go wrong with all that………..
For those of you with lots of free time, check out this most excellent essay on Doc’s favorite Dead cover tune:
You know where to find me………………….
I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind………….
I have a blu-ray player, but waited awhile to get one. I have, personally, never cared about the medium - the devices - as long as the content is good. I'll listen to the Dead on anything decent.
Or, given the situation, on something indecent. Like a crappy battery-operated speaker while camping. As long as those tunes keep coming, that's enough for me.
I still watch old Humphrey Bogart and Hitchcock movies in B & W. Doesn't bother me, kind of adds to the charm.
Thats right the woman are smarter
Thats right the woman are smarter
The woman are smarter , Thats right Thats right ...
little boy sit on the corner and cry
big man come and he asked him why
he says, "i can't do what the big boys do"
the man sat down and he cried too ...
I download all GD releases to Itunes then manage my Ipod 80 gb classic to cater to whatever I want at the moment. Sometimes it's all GD, sometimes not. My concern is Apple is closing out Ipods as an option. When my best friend (Ipod 80 gb classic) dies what should I replace it with to continue to give me great sound and storage in a portable music playing device?
CD's/CD-R's in my living room using an Onkyo 6-disc changer.
Separate HD's containing AIFF, AAC-320 Kbps, ALAC, FLAC. Need to cover all my bases.
Recently got a car with a USB port so I use flash drives with AAC-320 Kbps files (lossy and brief gaps between tracks but I figure leaving flash drives in my car is better than an expensive music player).
Have an iPod classic 60 GB that I just use on airplanes.
Will buy a portable player in the future when there is one available that takes dual 512 GB (or larger) cards. Don't need it now so I can wait.
Pre-order probably gives them an idea how many to manufacture - pre-orders plus expected later sales.
You're new so you don't know. Even when they are numbered/preorder that has nothing to do with what you get. This year I orded Dave's sub within an hour of it going up. My latest-23- was 13000. They make no effort to match early purchasers and the number they got.
ALAC's, Wav's.. CD copies, not too much flac, but I can work with it. tin can at the end of a string, Vinyl, cassette, 8 track... I can get just about anything to work in a bind.
HDs filled with flacs or wavs, depending on player, from EAC rips of CDs on a 7.1 home theater system.
CDs, but the HDs sound just as good so...
portable would be a Sony Walkman HD which plays flac files and over the ear Sony headphones.
are these discs numbered? if not whats the point of pre-order?
CDs on a old-school stereo (also vinyl & cassettes).
FLAC downloads burned to CD.
Portable - none (I need some peace sometimes).
Flac files. At home I have two "Bluesound Node 2" units that plug into old amps. Files are stored on a NAS attached to a router. Portable, android phone.
I'm just curious which audio format that people are using now. Also, what kind of portable audio player do you like best? I have been using Apple Lossless and iPod Touch as well as an Onkyo digital player the last few years. What is your favorite and why? Over the ear headphones or in ear? Be good :)
DaL mentioned in one of the video that 2018 will be even better than 2017. So.....something that are better than the May '77 shows, Close Encounters, Felt Forum, March '73, and Summer '89. What would that be??? Any thoughts?
have way too much backlog already can hardly keep up with the supply!
Not yet listened to much of GSTL other than Buffalo.
Listened to DaP 23 first CD twice, due to time constraints.
Did listen to ttats 77 show which was actually pretty good, and Amsterdam europe 72 finally, while waiting for DaP 23.
In the mood for some long-unlistened-to Dick's Picks next, after completing DaP23 this weekend.
3cd Amazon movie soundtrack also still in shrink wrap, but this announcement has put me in the mood to dip into that Warlocks cigar box again.
And you gotta have hope for the future since Dave in the DaP 23 seas side chat he is looking forward to/feels 2018 will be even a better year.
that was also released this year with the nice 7/29-30/66 cherry added on the top.
1) GD 50th Ann + 7/29-30/66
2) Dave's 21 (4/2/73)
3) Long Strange Trip (Movie + 3 CD Set)
4) Dave's 22 (12/7/71)
5) May 1977 Get Shown The Light (5/5, 5/7, 5/8, 5/9)
5a) Cornell 5/8/77
6) Dave's 23 (1/22/78)
7) Meet-up at Movies 7/12/89
8) RFK '89 Box (7/12&13/89)
9) All the Singles releases
10) Dave's 24 ???
That's a nice year. Most important thing is the Betty's are back & the releases will likely relfect it. If there is '73-'78 stuff they have been missing for a while & it's back, I'd say now is the time. My bet for Dave's 24 is something from '74 or '76.
so many good shows.
so many many good shows.
so many many many good shows.
I happened upon the double album Steal Your Face. very odd.
11/25/82. had a speedy cassette for years. now on youtube at normal speed.
4/16/78 first set. WOW.
Grate suggestions by all. I will also suggest Two From The Vault.
A lot of the shows sold on this website are limited edition and sell out quickly. The 'non-limited' ones hang around for a while but eventually are gone.
there are some europe 72 shows still for sale here in the shop surprisingly. You won't regret buying any of them, but I'd snap up 5/26/72 first.
Stepping Out is a great compilation of (the England only I believe) Europe 72 shows.
Ladies and Gentleman 71 is a very great place to start.
You probably like the sound from this era as Jerry was on his strat.
The cornell 3cd you may as well get also, or even the entire Get Shown the Light Box set.
It kind of amazes me...the amount of comments on this site from people stating they don't like the DVD's...I know its just a preference thing, but I wish every show came with a video. I mean, who doesn't like watching what Jerry does with his fingers? And Bob Weirs style is so odd and subtle at times, I find really fascinating to see exactly what he adds to the mix...of course you can hear it but sometimes it can be elusive. Also, its great to see the crowds dancing and having a good time. Just one guys opinion here...YMMV.
Maybe it's the new Rhino marketing strategy. Instead of waiting to announce the music only version after the limited version sells out, they are announcing the music only version first and will come out with the limited version box with the DVDs in September?
July 78 box is limited and still not sold out. Anything with a digital version available technically will never sellout, just the packaging and Dave's Picks are limited now.