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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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.
Haven't ordered yet but of course I'm going to.
On the XM Show, where DL2 talked about this release and played tracks, at the VERY VERY end of the show, he says "order now, this will sell out".
I don't see anywhere that this is a limited run... I mean, everything except time and space is limited. But is this like a 10K unit run, or is it 25K? I don't see any mention of this being a "numbered" edition...
so yeah it may sell out but it may be in 2 years
anyone know the scoop?
After 2015 and the release of Boxilla, it's been proven that even a set full of '80's and '90's shows will sell out for a premium cost, so the demand angle has been confirmed in spades.
Fast forward to this year and not only do we get Cornell '77, but also Buffalo '77 plus the two other May '77 shows, four nice Dave's Picks releases and as the cherry on top of the psychedelic sundae RFK '89 as an unexpected bonus. It's been a perfect year and there's still another Dave's Pick, another Record Store Day release and the subscription for 2018.
I'm hoping for a '91 show to close out Dave's Picks this year. A year with something released from nearly every era.....not that I would mind another Brent show though....wink wink....
I was just watching the 07/12/89 Touch of Grey video on Rolling Stone's website.
At the last run-around of the choruses when they switch from I will survive to We will survive and Brent joins in the harmonies and totally lifts up the vocals from Jerry and Bob, look at the huge smile that breaks on Jerry's face, and if there is any doubt that is the reason Jerry is smiling, re-watch and see how he then looks over at Brent and encourages him on.
I have seen that same thing happen almost every 89 show for which there is video.
It's clear that Jerry loved Brent, his musicianship and his vocals.
So for those of you who choose to bash or criticise Brent's contributions to the band, well I think there is someone in the band who wouldn't agree.
The Dead are what they are because of all the contributions bigger and smaller that evolved over time from the players and the crew that kept it fresh and that includes TC, Donna and Keith, Brent, Vince and Bruce.
I'm excited to hear 7/12/89 and 7/13/89 in full. Coming on the heels of a great year so far of Daves Picks and the 77 box set, it has been a great great year of releases.
How could you tell.. was it the nervous tic or the prison stripes under the overalls? Pretty funny... the next night we were close to where this guy is.
Please, please release the Cal Expo run 2 weeks after Alpine.....The music was so loud and on fire the whole run. 11 song first set one of the nights. Saturday night they did a mind blowing Hey Pocky Way>Playin'>Rider>Terrapin to open the second set.....The place went absolutely fucking nuts.......It was right after Jerrys BD and I seem to remember them passing a huge HB card up to the stage.......There are good FM broadcast recordings out there.
Bean Town '17..get some
Pssst...I think Jim is the dude in the overalls with the crooked hat in the opening seconds that's obviously hittin' the bowl in the top of said overalls. Just joshin'...Love ya Jim
Mayer~doin' some heavy lifting there if ya ask me.
Otiel as well.
Have 10/8 & 9/1989 for possible trade.
....that's easy. Europe '72. Hooked me!!
I have only one suggestion for Mr. Melon- and it's divided into 97 parts. But really, here's my two cents- If not already a subscriber, check out the free trial to Spotify or iTunes...Their GD release catalog is quite impressive, and could help steer your ship closer to inspired waters. (How about being able to hear every Dick's Picks, all the Road Trips and Europe '72 for free...Try before you buy I guess...And there's a bunch more than those on the above streaming services.) My second cent is a trip to the Archive...Here's a link if needed to get started:
And please do remember the name Charlie Miller, because we love him, that's why
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mhammond12 - great choices.
Butch - I'd also suggest signing up for a Dave's Pick yearly subscription. Get four limited release shows for a little over $100. If you don't like them you can easily recoup your money.
....what's the first rule of judging shows again? I try, and I try....you know what is impressive? Phish has 10 shows of their 13 MSG run under their belt, and has not repeated a single shitty song yet. They are really gonna do it! That, is impressive, no matter which band you like....
This release may be followed at some point with a box of the rest of the 89 summer tour. I agree the set list is less impressive than the rest of the tour but this is most likely a set up for a future box.
Ladies And Gentlemen 1971
Steppin Out 1972
Sunshine Daydream 1972
Movie Soundtrack 1974
Wake Up To Find Out 1990
All commercially available.
Butch-a million places and choices to begin, but get Dick's picks 2 (not Dave's) if it is still available, though it may not be. Just one disc from Halloween '71. (Last night was NOT a particularly good example of exceptional '89 late era Dead. the Hampton box set or the Nightfall of Diamonds release is much better.)
Any of the individual shows from the Europe '72 tour is the closest to sound of Eugene '72. A lotta choices :)
Stepping out with the Dead, from 6 or 7 London shows '72 also is great...
I had a lot of fun at this last night and am glad others are psyched for this; I'm just surprised Lemieux went with these two shows. Have never heard the second night, and hadn't heard the first before last night, but I think both Giants shows are better. Am I unbiased? No. But I used to listen to mediocre to medium good audience tapes of the 9th and 10th years ago over and over again and loved both of them. The first night at Alpine Valley of course blows all the stadium shows away and that's why they released it. The second set is as well played as anything else that year, including the more exciting and jammy Hampton and 10/16 Byrne. Never bought JFK and don't know it well but also think Buffalo on the 4th is better than the first night of RFK. But, whatever....I'm glad this is NOT limited edition and can check it out later if I feel like it. Just hope the Giants shows are considered for movie nights or releases in future. (The second night in Giants '91 is also better than last night IMO, and that's with the concession that Brent Dead is better than post-Brent Dead 9 out of 10 times usually.) The truth is EVERY show in '89 was well played by comparison to '94-'95, but not every one was magical like 7/17, 10/9, 10/16, etc. I'm glad these are multitrack and will be released in all their pristine crispiness.
Totally agree with pwfurther who said RFK '90 was superior to '89. Never went to any of them, but just the pre-drums filler of 7/12/90 on the RFK '91 View from the Vault release is FANTASTIC-a AWESOME Dark Star-I like it better than the 6-14 '91 show in fact. (RFK '91 is cool, but 6-17 Giants is better played than that too, save for the better set list at RFK.)
Liked Black Peter the best last night at RFK. Great version.
Never saw the Dead or got into them until this year. I'm more of a Sabbath guy, but I literally stumbled into the theater, baked on 420 and saw the Grateful Dead Movie on 4/20. Lots of cool dudes there. I guess I'm into the Dead now, because I went back last night. Before that I bought Sunshine Daydream and have been listening to it for months and the soundtrack from the movie. I gotta say it was a pretty cool concert,last night but they sounded a lot better on the two 70s movies. Kind of like the Stones I guess - always great because it's the Stones and they're consume professionals, but the recent live recordings don't really hold up to their heyday. Don't get me wrong, I liked last night's show, but I wouldn't show somebody that period if I wanted to turn them on to the Dead. I would show them that Promised Land and China Cat Sunflower from Sunshine Daydream movie.
It did motivate me to buy more Grateful Dead, so I came to the website here. I'll pass on this '89 show, but who has a recommendation closer to Sunshine Daydream and Grateful Dead movie? That period seems to be when they thrived. It looks like a lot of CDs are sold out on this site. Do they restock quickly or do you have to wait awhile?
Well nice reading all your posts, quite a large number of opinions about the new set.
I enjoyed the MUATM, though I agree that the show was kinda slow and started putting me to sleep. Man smart, Cassidy, fantasy and Half step are the tunes that stood out for me. I'd want this more if it was the video recordings, but I probably won't get this cd set. Atleast it's there for the people that really wanted more 80s.