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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....and Coco Wheats have been equally as awesome in the '60's, '70's '80's and '90's. I think Oat Meal supporters need to broaden their horizons, because they're missing out on the best stuff. If somebody offers me a choice between bland oatmeal and chocalate infused Coco Wheats, I'll choose chocalate everytime, thank you.
I started eating Oatmeal in the 60's. It was really good back then, although a bit more work to prepare than now. It was sure a nice change from boring Corn Flakes or Wheaties. The Oatmeal ingredients changed a bit through the 70's but it was still good. Many say it was the best Oatmeal ever and I wouldn't argue. But the new-fangled flavors they added in the 80's made me cringe. It just wasn't the same anymore. I hated it and anybody who said they liked it was gonna hear from me about how good it used to be because I'm old and really smart about Oatmeal.
Oh, and 90's Oatmeal ? Never gave it a chance...
'Cause I love what I love and I want it that way.
We will miss ya One Man.
11/29/79, funkkky Shakedown, at a beautiful venue (Cleveland Public Auditorium).
.... personally, I'm more of a cream of wheat guy. Release the hounds!!
Maybe I didn't make it clear. I share the same birthday as Jimi, but not the same birth year. I am now a mere 64 years young (cue Beatles song). I certainly have outlived Hendrix, but who knows if I will see 75!
Congratulations to your 75th.
Sorry but missed to post it yesterday.
I've made a walk to the Hendrix momument
we've built in the late '90s. It's situated
at the original 1970 festival site here at
the Isle of Fehmarn.
Keep on rockin' in a free world
I'm eating oatmeal right now. Everyone who hates oatmeal, please write about how much you hate oatmeal.
But seriously, if you don't like oatmeal, it's really really easy to not eat it.
Probably not a surprise, but I'm a big Brent fan (I'm also a Donna fan so maybe I just like polarizing figures).
On most nights he gave his all on stage. He helped revitalize a band about to enter a new decade and by all accounts was someone Jerry enjoyed playing with. Not everyone's cup of tea, and he for sure had his demons (who doesn't?), but he worked his ass off, was a member of the band for over ten years, and certainly doesn't deserve to be disparaged.
But not too old to rock n roll
Brent sucks and anyone that likes Brent shows is an idiot.
Every now and again, I get into the mood for 79/81, the early Brent years. I do have that download series show, it's been forever since I listened to it. They played the post space part of 11/26/1980 Pembroke Pines show today on TIGDH. Rockin.
Seriously folks.. doesn't anyone have any manners these days.. don't like Brent, say something at least halfway interesting on the 8/24/72 page or find something worth writing about on one of the other 2,318 shows. Good grief..
I am beginning to think Putin hated Brent and set up this lab of Brent hating bots to troll us.
Now back to my regularly scheduled 1968 mayhem, there's a great link on the non-brent hating 1972 page, also... :D
Ive been listening to the Springfield, MA 9.03.80 show released as part of the download series. Truly enjoyable show and very interesting interplay between Jerry and Brent. Brent using way more colorful synth tones and textures than he did in later years. I wonder why it stopped wish it hadnt, it sounded friggin' amazing. Blame it on the excess of drugs i guess...seems like most of us have a hard time livin' the good life, don't be that way. Yes there is plinky toy piano but the Feel Like a Stranger jam alone is worth the listen. Its available on Spotify too if you dont have the series...
I feel like I should take a bow.
Spot on, JJ. It is also my birthday today and unlike Jimi I am still alive! Now too old to die young.
....I've read a lot of obnoxious posts on these boards over the years, but that one takes the cake....
Got my copy today but paid additional taxes
of about EUR 12.
By the way: Jimi Hendrix would have been 75 today.
"Brent was a brilliant keyboardist with a great voice"
I disagree. His singing voice was very annoying and ruined most of the classics. It got worse as the 80s drew on. He was okay on keyboards, but nothing special. The Fisher Price keyboard did not mesh with the tone of the rest of the band, and had no balls. His B3 was good most of the time, but Pigpen's sounded better for being quieter and less dominant. Too much cowbell Brent. I just call it like I hear it.
language is a virus from outer space
old bill burroughs
You say you want to try again
Wear it down between the lines
Well I have a better end in mind
It doesn't seem you really have to close your eyes to see
Though I know you don't mean to be
You are so far from me
There was something I had caught inside
Screaming hard to make it known
In time it died alone
It doesn't seem you really have to close your eyes to see
You have been all you'll be to me
It's just too late; and we can't relate at all
It doesn't seem you really have to close your eyes to see
Though I know you don't mean to be
You are so far from me
This time's the last time I want to say so long
This song's my last song for you
There's nothing here to hold on to
Nothing to hold on to
They should resign. ..and so ends their run for Senate.
I don't think Pig or Brent are misogynistic, misogyny being a hatred or deep disrespect of women. Pig's raps are like a raunchy street blues poetry extolling the virtues of women, often in very creative and sexual wordplay, but never hateful. Brent's rants seem to be anger directed at an individual, which is why Brent's rants can be so off-putting to some. They are crude, profane, and juvenile to the point of being downright embarrassing. I'm sorry if my opinion differs from a lot of yours but, like Spacebrother, I've got to call them like I see them.
well....they could just only put out Post Brent lol. wouldn't break my heart I listen to post Brent all the time. I think Brent saying what he did on RKF box pales in comparison to other things. its not exactly like Brian Jones being a woman beater.
Apparently, those dishing on and dissing Brent for cussing haven't listened to a lot of Pigpen's racier spontanious dialogue, much of which was far more mysoginistic, particularly on a some of those Lovelights and Good Lovin's. I'm sure he was keeping it nice and clean at those Hell's Angels parties.....not. I know there's at least a couple of doozies in a coupe of the '69 and '70 Dave's Picks releases.
Brent was a brilliant keyboardist with a great voice. His emotions, as projected through his music, is what makes it real and authentic. He brought energy that nobody else who filled that slot could, or did.
"Brent gave us music for a lifetime"
Uh no. More like "Brent ruined a lifetime of music"
I'm sorry, the man was a charity case.
Wait, what's the problem with what Brent said during "Far From Me"? I highly doubt it was directed towards all women. You can hear the emotion in his voice when he sings it. What part of it is misogynistic?
Agree. With language like that, looks like we risk losing one or both woman that post here. yikes.
Brent said "Bitch" everyone cover their ears lol
That’s not the only show, happened many times.
Apparently he wasn’t happy about his divorce.
May have contributed to his drug use.....
Brent's unnecessary mysogenistic rant is simply offensive and unacceptable on every level. I would hope that the rest of the band put him straight on that one. Whatever was he thinking? I trust no one will use the argument that he was "troubled" to try and justify his behaviour.
Good deals on the Phish site..I know nothing of them, any recommendations for a show to start with? Remember, this is five dollars on the line. I just want to tell you both good luck, we're all counting on you.
I have heard the 'Tahoe Tweezer', due to Holly Bowling's (apparently, I can't verify) faithful rendition on grand piano. She is crazy. In a good way.
Dead & Company in Columbus last night...much better than the only other show I've caught (Fenway night 1 this summer). Cumberland was probably the highlight. Althea, Saturday Night, St. Stephen, He's Gone, China Rider with their debut of If I Had The World To Give with Oteil on vocals in between. Stella Blue..Watchtower, Sugar Magnolia..acoustic Ripple. Jeez.
I felt this Fall tour started a bit slow, but they picked up after about 3 shows. Really entertaining stuff.
Always offensive. It always seems worse after it has been recorded and played back. What might have been a moment of foolishness is preserved for eternity. Or at least a for long time.
Are you serious?
My friend,you are the circus monkey.
Brent gave us music for a lifetime.
You? I'm a ladies man...
What the fuckever
I gave this thing the obligatory cursory listen, was actually impressed... a bit bummed by Brent's nasty negative ranting at his lady (the stage is no place to air your dirty laundry, loser) and then bagged it into my catalougue of nearly 300 albums and 5,000 songs.
This release was better than expected. Since all time is now, and Brent is still alive and dead along with Jer and the rest of us, here's a tip: present a unified front. I've been quite the ladies' man and now am married and I'll tell you, don't fucking fight with your girl in public.
When you go out with your lady, or gent, get along, or at least pretend to.
Let's not air our dirty laundry for the world to see, Brent. You are a circus monkey,
er, performer, after all. Get some advice from Jer now that you're both up there floating around on opium cloud pillows.
....that's like buying myself a Christmas present instead of my signif others. Guilt ensues....
you're welcome Dennis. they seem to do this every year. I myself grabbed a few of the '03 shows when I collecting '03. the sale lasts till midnite Monday the 27th. go to the site for more details if interested
Thanks for the heads up. I wanted the baker's dozen stand at Madison Square Garden and there they were for only 5 bucks a show. Grabbed all 13 shows for 65 bucks!!!! That's a deal you can't beat with a stick.
If you like Phish, this is the time to grab them up!!!
....y'all better be busy listening to some Grateful Dead!!
No extra taxes - this is because of Warner's policy of printing a value of $1 on the customs declaration sticker whatever the value of the contents. In this case it didn't cause a problem, just as it hasn't with the Dave's Picks, but the customs smelled a rat with the somewhat larger packaging of the Get Shown The Light box and demanded proof of value before imposing taxes and subsequently delivering the thing. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.
LivePhish.com currently has their downloads 50% off. get em while the sale lasts. some restrictions apply.
FYI - Lockn tixs for 2018 just went on early, early bird special 239 for 4 day pass, use GRATEFUL for promo code. Just got 3 tixs, now just need to live until August!
No extra taxes upon delivery, sounds great!
Check your PMs.
#432 has just been rescued from the local Post Office.
Very nice packaging and i'm really looking forward to hearing these 2 shows as i've not caught them before.
I'm loving every single release that comes our way and look forward to many more gems over the coming years.
'appy daze !.
Checking out my phone's 80's playlists, starting out with previous decade holdovers, I have: Grateful Dead (duh), Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Allman Bros, Bob Marley, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, AC/DC, Pretenders, John Mellencamp, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Earle, The Clash, X , Talking Heads, Meat Puppets, Camper van Beethoven, Beat Farmers, Los Lobos, The Call, Guns n Roses, R.E.M., World Party.
Towards the end of the decade some new kids I liked included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Roses, and Phish (although I didn't buy Phish stuff until the early 90's).
So, yeah, other than those (and whoever else I forgot), 80's music sucked.
I still listen to X frequently. John Doe coulda shoulda been a much bigger deal.
After getting caught up with the anniversary date listening to official releases, most recent being the Denver '73 Road Trips for Nov. 21st, and a week in between now and giving a listen to Nov. 28th 1980 Lakeland (from 30 Trips) and Nov 30th 1980 (Dave's Picks Vol. 8), I went back for my second round of RFK '89.
My thoughts the second time around, this is an awesome release. The sound, mix and performance are all top notch A++ Dead. I can see why the surving band members have such a fondness for their work in '89 and '90.
These two shows have had a reputation for not being the strongest of the tour, yet they are still awesome. Tight and inspired performances all around. I hope the rest of the '89 summer tour gets this treatment. This is why I keep coming back for more.
A short and simple answer: No.
I got a shipping confirmation mail on 6 November but it has not been delivered yet.
I have listened to the box a couple of times not and don't think Phil's bass has ever sounded better. Great lines, great tone, great taste. A real treat!
Well, let me ask a more specific question then: anyone had it arrive in the Netherlands?
* (runs to mail box)
Well, within five minutes of asking that question, and as if by magic, the postman arrived bearing one RFK box!
Anyone on the European side of the pond received their RFK box yet? Got a shipping notice 6 November, but that's about it...