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.
Release Date: 11/10/17
Limited Edition of 15,000
A Dead.net Exclusive
R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/12/89)
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Try enabling cookies, if only for the duration of the ordering process. Others have had the same problem (see earlier posts) and this seemed to be the solution.
I don't know about the US of A, but here in Europe cassettes are making something of a comeback, something which I find to be totally bizarre. The obvious first question is "Why?".
Is anyone else having problems ordering online? I select add to my cart, but when I go to my shopping cart, it says there is nothing in it. Tried on a couple of different computers, same thing. I'm logged in so I'm not sure what could be causing the problem??
Guess that confirms what Thin was saying. DVD's sold out, Blu Rays still available. People don't want to upgrade to Blu Ray.
I bought the DVD upon release because I didn't have a Blu Ray player at the time. A few weeks ago I decided that I would buy the Blu Ray to see if it was better quality than the DVD. Not sure if there can be a difference for a movie from 1972 (there is an amazing difference with the FTW Blu Rays which are 1080p and the live stream recordings which are 720p). But I never got around to ordering it. I better do that before it sells out.
As for Blu Ray being a dying format? Isn't that what people said about vinyl? Same for CD's.
Taylor Swift sets records for downloads, Dead-net sells CD's to people who gobble them up and bitch if they miss out.
Have to know your clientele and the format they want.
Probably safe to say that 8-track and cassettes aren't coming back.
Streaming is not the solution, it's slow, especially when a lot of people in the area are playing video games. Sometimes it doesn't work at all. A few days ago I didn't have cable or internet because Comcast was having and outage. But my CD player and Blu Ray player worked flawlessly.
I think that they put a "hold" on your charge account, but bill for real at the time of realece.
If you use a credit card you get charged now. Don't know how a debit card works.
How does the presale work? Do they charge at time of order or when it ships?
Now that we know it is limited and numbered, and that there are around or between 4k to 5k left, that means sales have been more brisk than some here have eluded to. I'm glad to see that because even an average show from '89 is at a high bar.
There are even Sunshine Daydream 8/27/72 CD/blu-ray sets still available out of 12,500, and that's THEE holy grail release, and that one came out 4 years ago. Don't know if anybodies checked the cart to see how many of those are still available.
Numbering them might mean something if they made any effort whatsoever to put numbers with when you bought them. But as any experienced buyer knows you can buy the Dave sub 30 min from going up for sale and still end up with # 14356. I guess I shouldn't complain. I just received my 3 framed lithos ltd to 500 fron Jerry. They were unnumbered wtf?.
Came across this today. Loved as a kid, bought Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 when I was about 18/19 based on memory of this cartoon.
Just got the e-mail that these shows will now be numbered, at 15,000. Numbered = smart. $65 +shipping ain't cheap, but the limited sets maintain their value which helps justify the cost, especially to spouses. (Will probably be available for download cheaper, but the downloads have zero residual value). It's not about trying to flip it for profit - it's about knowing they will maintain their value. Again, my wife used to complain when I'd spend $ on these releases until she saw they maintain their value, and might even appreciate. Now she doesn't even look at me twice when they arrive on the doorstep.
15,000 count may be aggressive, but what do I know? The important thing is that they are FINALLY releasing more of these awesome '89 shows - can't wait to get it in my hands and give it a good listen. Bring more HQ Summer/Fall 89's! A nice complement to the Spring '90 boxes.
Blu-ray is dieing because people stream movies and tv series but it's an excellent format for music. I don't mind streaming movies and tv series (don't watch much anyway) but for music played through high end systems I prefer physical product.
Somewhere between 4 and 5 thousand of the set. I could add 4k to the cart, but not 5k. So, we shall see.
The comments regarding these shows have been rather underwhelming, and I felt no particular reason to pull the trigger. But now they got my money!
Mr Morgul, the CDs will be limited and numbered.
It's official! ROBERT F. KENNEDY STADIUM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 12 & 13, 1989 will be individually numbered and limited to 15,000 copies. The set features 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.
Slow sales- me thinks?
VGuy, you had me at Red Dead. But you knew this already. You dropped some crumbs right into Sixtus' path.
Greatest game of all time - almost. I cherish that game.
Get on my horse and ride the wild west, at whim.
It is so effing liberating on the 70" screen (since I'm stuck on my couch on the East Coast...and no horse).
Funny, we also have one of those TVs with a DVD built-in, in the bedroom. Have used it all about....once. Maybe. With the DVR, it almost becomes redundant.
But the XBOX One indeed serves for all things audio/video in our house, so it's a nice little unit.
Dirty sleeping bag - funny. I like the "how many lead singers does it take to change a bulb?" "One - the lead singer just holds the bulb still and the world revolves around him/her"
re: Blu-ray - I found a more recent source that says 44% of homes have a Blu-ray player, and that number does include video game consoles. DVD and Blu-ray disc sales fell 11% in 2014, 12% in 2015 (sales shrinkage ACCELERATING double-digits = death spiral) while digital/streaming sales grew 18% in 2015. http://fortune.com/2016/01/08/blu-ray-struggles-in-the-streaming-age/
No way would the GD start a new release series into a small and rapidly collapsing market like that. I think their best bet would be to release a shiny CD box with a simultaneous "Meet Up at the Movies", or one-week only hi-def streaming release to create buzz and boost sales of the CD box. Of course costs would be high given the video AND CD production costs... There's just no clean commercial solution for video releases yet... Wait for it - they just need the streaming business models to mature.
(I also found an article that is a comical industry-planted cheerleader for Blu-ray - a bar chart trumpets Blu-ray ADDRESSABLE MARKET growing 13% but NO mention of the imploding unit sales despite that addressable-market growth! Duh, Yes the addressable market is growing - "Streaming" is growing 18%/year and crushing Blu-ray! This wordplay trickery is akin to T-Mobile/Sprint saying their "reliability is now within 1% of Verizon", while the main thing people care about is the COVERAGE MAP, where the competition is still laughable compared to Verizon. As Churchill said, there are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned lies, and Statistics. https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/reports/blu-ray-players-market-3850)
....which has a blu-ray player built in. Plus, it plays Red Dead Redemption and every Halo game ever made. Good enough for me! I also have a tv in the bedroom with a built in DVD player. Do they still make those?
37 guitars? DAMN. nice collection. Ive gently added a pair of mandolins to my stable. If I had more guitars I think my wife might have some unpleasant statements for me. But hey we have no basements in Fla!!!!!!!!!
I kinda feel guilty with the ones I have thou cause I don't play each one nearly as much as they all deserve.
Currently grooving big time to Dick's Picks 20, 9/25 & 9/28, Crapital Centre Landover MD. Though much maligned, I love this set.
To go against the grain, I want the next release to be from 1976 as well. A good year, IMHO. And not too much (officially) released to show for it.
We have one blu-ray player, three dvd players, and a VCR stashed down in the basement for very rare late-night viewing of grainy old porn tapes. Hey, it's about content, not quality.
And around 37 guitars, two basses, a ukelele, a drum set, various percussion, countless effects pedals and around a dozen amps. That's about it. No video game consoles. The kids aren't old enough; their kindles provide all the gaming they need.
Thin, does that 40% include video game consoles (which play Blu Rays), or just stand alone players?
My house has 2 Blu Ray players, 4 BD-R burners, and no video game consoles. Yeah, I'm not your typical American household. Nor am I the typical American music listener: I don't stream and I listen to Grateful Dead about 99% of the time.
Fortunately, Dead-net doesn't concern themselves with the typical American household but instead focuses on us freaks.
Bring on the Blu Rays.....
Yes, people felt the same way about letting go of their VCR's in the '90's because DVD was too expensive.
How many Deadheads does it take to screw in a light bulb?
It takes at least two, but Deadheads don't screw in a lightbulb, they screw in a dirty sleeping bag.
the longest Dead song played is actually Wave to the Wind. I used to think it was Samba in the Rain, but it's definitely Wave to the Wind. I know there are 45 minute PITB"s and Dark Stars, but those aren't long enough.
And someone recently commented about a show where Vince was too high in the mix, and I kinda chuckled. That was every single 90's show I attended. Never got used to the shreaky voice or the tone he got out of his keys.
Regarding the '78 box and this '89 box.... totally disagree that these aren't worthy of release, and glad to see Mr. Happy recanted his previous shaded comments. The '78 box has a some REALLY great moments throughout, and the Betty mix IS glorious. No, it doesn't come close to the sonic splendor and musical precision of May '77, but only E'72 and Fillmore '69 do. Ya can't eat filet mignon EVERY night, and you can't throw shade at every woman who ain't quite Michelle Pfeiffer...
And yes Alpine is a great run, but they already released the best show from that run. These RFK's are damn good shows - at least wait till you HEAR the Norman-ized SBD recordings before dumping on them.... Precious few '89 have been released - let 'em out in peace. I continue to think they will release video once they decide on an optimal, ubiquitous medium (DVD is too low-def for today's hi-def screens, and BlueRay players exist in only 40% of U.S. homes, and that number is shrinking, not growing).
WOW! Am I in an East-Coast pissy mood or what? That's 4 snarky, sarcastic, or dissenting comments in a row. I'll stop. Somebody tell a joke....
suns out bayous goin down
Aladdin Theater, Las Vegas, NV (8/31/81)
Feel Like a Stranger
Little Red Rooster
Let it Grow
Saint of Circumstance
Fire on the Mountain
Playin' in the Band
Good Time Blues
Playin' in the Band
Around and Around
Johnny B. Goode
In memory of a good MD I see too rarely here these days
Spinning From the Vault 3 today...........1971.
On 8-2-17 marye posted the following:
DVD, the official word
Not now. Maybe in the future.
The 30th anniversary is part of the future, so maybe.......?
I sure hope you're right Midway. I sure hope you're right !!!
I am gonna chime in here on this and we will see next year if I am right. I was on this tour. The only show I missed was Buffalo. Sold grilled cheese sandwiches to get by. Toured in a VW bus. Was the last official camping and vending tour. So we were allowed for the last time to show up the night before and sell grilled cheese sandwiches after the show and leave the next morning. Except for Deer Creek. It was fantastic. Now I always thought and still maybe do today that I was the guy who jumped up on his seat after Stranger in the video Downhill From Here. I bought the DVD recently to take a better look and I cant tell for sure. Anyway, My favorite show of the tour was the Giants Stadium show with the Shakedown Opener it was a fantastic show all around. During the Brokedown Encore it was crazy to see such a large crowd enjoying such a wonderful night and a intimate closer. Now Lucas Film did all the work on this tour. When I watched the DVD from Alpine the other day the resolution and technology was not up to today's level. But when remastered it can be. Now as we all know they have been playing these at some of the meet up at the movies. So they are been remastered. My prediction on the DVD's is that they are maybe gonna release the tour on DVD as a box set the summer of 30th anniversary of the 1989 tour. Much of the work is done and it would be another historic release for The Dead. A whole tour filmed be the best company in film remastered.
I was perhaps a little too critical in my analysis of Summer 1978.
Red Rocks 7/8/78 does indeed rock. It rocks big time. But if 7/8/78 is the only show you listen to or purchase, you're nicely covered for this time frame.
The July 1978 shows may have been a great find for the vault fairly recently, and be important to the overall Grateful Dead catalog, but it still did not warrant a boxed set release. Agree strongly with other comments that suggest they prefer performance over sound quality. Couldn't agree more. I'll even take a total screw up in a release, as long as the overall spirit and performance is strong.
Agree wholeheartedly with Annalee's comments...How does RFK get released but Alpine sits ? Alpine was a monster...and should definitely include a DVD release of each show.
If any of you have ordered the Dead & Co. Summer cd box set I was curious "exactly" what is the poster booklet which is included. Is it small copies of all the posters that were put out during the tour?
Thanks for your insight(s).
I think this release is a good one for the 1st year of a new 10 year deal with Rhino. By getting it out of the way, they are testing the waters. it makes the releases of other summer 1989 multitracks by popular demand in the future more likely and satisfying to the customers.
It would be better with A Dead.net Exclusive bonus DVD of the Meet Up At The Movie mix ;)
Meanwhile here they are on their way to Egypt after 2 months recording Shakedown St album with Lowell George.
Grateful Dead Live at Red Rocks Ampitheatre on 1978-08-31
Mississippi Half Step-> El Paso, Peggy-O, Minglewood Blues, Candyman, From The Heart Of Me, Jack Straw
Shakedown Street-> Good Lovin', Ship of Fools, Samson & Delilah, Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Nobody's Fault But Mine-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Johnny B. Goode
Grateful Dead Live at Giants Stadium on 1978-09-02
Friend Of The Devil
New Minglewood Blues
Looks Like Rain
I Need A Miracle
Lazy Lightnin' ->
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet ->
Eyes Of The World ->
One More Saturday Night
Hey Now - don't post a lot, but try to keep up with all that goes on here. Thanks for entertaining me everyone!!
What a great year of releases. Love daves 21 especially. The latest daves is very good, disc 3 is obviously smokin!
I find this RFK box a little dissapointing. Decent shows I suppose,but a classic case of milking the vault. How can those Alpine shows waste away in the vault while these very average shows get released? I attended every show from Foxboro thru Alpine and the RFK shows were probably the weakest of the tour. I know they release this tour because the sound quality is there, if we have to have 80s released, Iwould much rather have a rippin early 80s show with inferior sound, but that's just my opinion.
Have been spending my nights this week with two from the vault, amazing stuff. Would love 68 - 70 or fall 72 for the next release.
hope this arrives on time , so i can hit the road and check out Dead and Company Fall Tour 2017 !!!!! i think Dead net has got this one just exactly perfect
BRING ON THE AUGUST 1980 SKULL SPILTTER SHOWS !!!!!
JimInMD , that is a nice list of shows with the Passenger ; Sugaree , i was really hoping for a back to back performance , a good portion of those shows are or will be official releases. 12.30.78 would be a nice compliment to some of the other recent releases
along with this night years ago RED ROCKS 1978 !!!!! 8.30.78 included in Jeebs Stash , what a show with super rare performance "If I Had the World To Give" my favorite of the few
I don't think the "content" is what slows down the sale of the box sets. July '78 is SMOKIN' and look at the Spring '90 TOO box. Great quality there.
What slows down the sales is the fact that these are all available as downloads. Some folks just don't want cds any longer for a variety of reasons. I am in the cd crowd, but I realize that some prefer downloads. I bet that if these boxes were only available physically, they would have sold out a whole lot quicker
Ha.. I will forever remember you as my good friend Ying. I have yet to meet your significant other, but I hope.. for the sake of a humanity.. that I will comfortably refer to her as my good friend Yang.
On a related note.. my main show buddy (shoutout to Pitts Mike) is a Phil guy (as am I). I did a series of shows with him perhaps 8 or nine years ago with his ex wife.. we all shared a suite.. he's basically a wharf rat, but man she could twist some fatties.. so we all got along nicely.
..but she's a big Bobby fan.
After the weekend I expressed my admiration for a great time and clearly understood why they divorced. Now.. everytime I meet his new GF.. my first question is, where are we standing, Phil side or Bobby side. (btw, Oteil side = Phil side). His last gf had no idea what I was talking about and we wandered over to the Bobby side of things at her discretion. I told them both.. I give this relationship two weeks, tops.. without any explanation. He laughed.. she was appalled. I just smiled. Two weeks later I got this telling text. :D
I hope that story didn't offend anyone.. I guess that makes me a Ying too. Anyone know any cool Yangs? Nevermind.. a Phil side ying would be just fine with me.
I finally got to the Cornell '77 hardcover that came with "Light." I must say, this book smells amazing. I've been smelling books (ok, only clean-looking, newish well-made ones) since the 70's. From the ink to the wonderful paper, the binding and the glue, this is one of the best-smelling books I've read in ages.
A friend is in town from New York for a few days. I got to spend a couple hours with him, and he was inexplicably traveling in a rental with a cd player - and no cds!
I hastily burned a brother a 13-song compilation on the spot to get him back on the road. As I go back now, for a listen, I'm pretty happy with it - from '69 to '81. What I didn't realize as I threw the thing together was there are 11 Jerry songs and two featuring Pigpen on lead vocals.
Sorry, Bob - I'll make a conscious effort to at least rip a cowboy song or two next time.
Man, this version SMOKES! Thanks for the heads up, bob t!
Here's a link for those too lazy to look it up themselves:
I'm all about an 80s release for the next Dave's pick, but I love me some Wall of Sound! I'll never complain about a 1974 release. Always good setlists and solid playing throughout.
That 1973 Seattle show also kicks ass! Thanks, mbarilla!
I don't think it's any secret at all on why sales are slow on the boxed sets for Summer 1978 and the RFK 1989 shows. Summer 1978 was slow because, well...it was Summer 1978. The highs were great but the overall playing wasn't nearly as good as 1977 or even the winter of 1978. I was at the St. Paul show and it was OK, nothing special. It had a few special moments but that was it.
With the RFK shows, I love love love Summer 1989. Combined with Spring 1990 I agree this was the greatest 9 months of the Brent era. And I enjoyed the Brent era a great deal. That said, they screwed up with two major decisions...1) They didn't include DVDs (in which case, I would buy even at an increased cost) and 2) They picked the RFK shows, the worst two shows of the Summer 1989 tour. Bad decision.
Better luck next time I guess.
6-6-69 lovelight clocks in at about the same 46-47 minutes. Depending on how you count the drum solo break 5-11-72 dark star is about a minute longer.
Interesting ABB parallel (in my mind): Ive been on a mtn jam binge and previously thought the 45 minute version on ludlow garage was among the longest but word on the hittin the note forum is that a 54 minute version has come into circulation. Ive not heard it yet. I think that likely includes a drums segment too as that is really a part of mtn jam.
So I am listening to 5/21/74 HEC Edmundson Pavilion and just got to Playing in the Band which clocks in at 46 minutes, and I remember tape trading days not being able to fit it on one side until the 100 minute cassette was launched. Anything else longer? I know the Dark Star from 12/6/73 clocks in close... Just curious
....check that out if you don't believe me. Pigger jumps in during the last verse, but Garcia took the reins....i love This Day In Dead History, because I get reminded of shows like this. Sounds really good for a 48 year old show to boot....
....waiting for this to arrive in November is excruciating. In a few years of exceptionally cool releases, I'm really looking forward to this one.
These are good shows, but probably not for everyone. 7.12 was my first show, so I am excited for this release, and it has never circulated as a SBD, I've had a HORRIBLE AUD copy for years. I had graduated high-school about 3 weeks earlier, and knew very little about the band. In fact, I only recognized two songs the entire show, the Touch operner and the Black Muddy River encore. I actually thought Women was a hallucination after the show! Regardless, I was hooked, and it was on to Spring of '90 and about 50 more shows until June of '95. Thanks Dave for mixing it up a bit, looking forward to this one...
RHINO Release some more 1980's performances !!!!!
"Got to Have Lovin'
"Got to Have Lovin' ...
A nice version of this show just hit the archive, with the full Charlie treatment. I've been listening to the 1st set at work to day and wow, this show absolutely smokes. I've been listening to a lot of 77-78 lately, for obvious reasons, and this one sounds like it could have slotted in with the July 78 box. Tons of energy and really heavy rock n roll. I dont remember listening to this show before. Does anyone know if this has been released as part of Road Trips or Dick's Picks? If not, this would make a great Dave's at some point. Especially notable is the Mexacali -> MAMU transition, and the opening Mississippi just smokes.
Lastly, I hope everyone in and around Houston has safely evacuated and is in higher ground. Its going to be a long couple of months, and even years til folks can get back to normal there.
Dave did not say it was limited or will sell out, in the seaside chat.
I heard him say it on the XM broadcast...
I think it may have been habit, but he did say it.