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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No. i-Tunes release is mp3 for $25. Your cd's are lossless 16/44.1. I'll take lossless every time. I ordered the box and will get the 192/24 download as well. Fuck mp3 forever.
HDtracks has all formats.
It's there. Sneaky.. doesn't come up under Grateful Dead.. doesn't come up under R.F.K. Does come up when you type R.F.K. Stadium.
But only mp3 (I think). I listened to the SiriusXM promo a month or so ago.. as good as it sounded then - on the compressed satellite signal.. I want it lossless. Compressed just won't do. Too much trouble went into the recording and the mastering process.
Still weird.. what's their strategy, Lossless or CD - dead.net, MP3, ITunes? Amazon doesn't even have this listed.
Weird and sneaky.
really. open iTunes if you don't see it in new music just do a search for " r.f.k. stadium" not sure if I'm paying the extra 40$ for the extra wait for its arrival, getting it in an outdated format (cd) or to be assigned a random number between 1 and 15000 lol. I was planning on buying july 1978 but maybe i'll wait.
I was harsh about the tempos at the Fare Thee Well shows. And, IMO I was right, still - that bunch never really caught fire. Little rehearsal, I know, and hell, if it wasn't for that we might not have the & Co. out there right now.
Point being, I watched the show tonight. Whenever I've seen the Co. live, I've been blown away, but it's been in Boulder all four times and my mood was elevated.
From a distance, the Dead & Co. lack a certain punchiness, an urgency... to finish the song and duck back behind the drum riser for a line? Ha ha, yeah, but you know what? The Dead were all about doing fucking blow constantly including during shows, and this bunch is comparatively sober.
I mean, no one's sneaking off and horking a big, fat gagger during someone's solo or shit break.
So - it might do well for this band to click into a slightly more uptempo groove now and again. John's leads tonight just kind of seemed to go on and on without any real passionate clicking with the rest of the group. Like, the icing was fine, but where was the cake?
I love this, will pay to see and hear it, want it to go forever, but I wouldn't mind a half-beat faster band groove overall.
Man If I knew this was getting released on iTunes for $24.99 I wouldn't have shelled out 65$ for the exact same release. Thought this was a limited release of 15000. Instead of listening to it right now for a fraction of the cost I'm stuck waiting for it to arrive in the mail.
It looks we are getting a scarlet fire..
Man.. you really have to crank this up to get it to sound good.
Bob is prominent in the mix.. but I really do miss his Gibson days.
Who dosed Bob?
Pretty sure Sixtus was involved.
....sorry for the confusion.
....Dead & Co play in 30 minutes
I’ll subscribe to that!
I could deal with that. It would be easier on the psyche and wallet than getting 30 shows in the same day..
...then again, new release trolling would happen once every four weeks. argh.
....can't say I disagree with him. Ok Rhino/GDP. Set up a system where I can put a certain amount of money a year into an account, then send out releases with no notice or info. Just feed my mailbox randomly. Those are my kind of surprises....
Looking forward to this.
I need a delivery for December. How about a stealth release? Announce a show on sale and it ships that day.
I remember the old beer ad for Special Export, "You can travel the world over, and never find a better beer." "Heileman's Special Export."
Yeah, imported alright - from Milwaukee.
Back to music, the finest Fenders are made in the Corona, CA factory. I got a beautiful American Standard Strat. I also have Japanese, Indonesian, Mexican, and Chinese Fenders. Some of those are marketed as Squiers, of course.
They're all decent. The American one, costing at least three times as much, plays and feels like it. From the polish on the frets to the sanding job on the neck, the fit of the heel into the body joint, the nut, the electronics, the finish... you can just tell you're holding a superior instrument vs. the foreign made ones.
That is strictly however because Fender farms out it's mid-tier and lower end lines to give the buyer more value for their buck. I have some Ibanez and Paul Reed Smith guitars that were manufactured in China, Korea, and the build quality is excellent. Just fantastic sounding, beautifully made electrics for well under $1,000. Couldn't be happier.
Gibson is the same. While all Gibsons are made in the USA, the lower ones are way more sloppily assembled out of cheaper parts than their higher end models.
It just is what it is. You get what you pay for. The Japanese have been making beautiful instruments for decades now. The important thing is just to tune up, hold a guitar in your hands and bond with the thing. Play, and play often. I have a Gibson 1960s tribute goldtop darkback with P-90s on my lap as I type this.
Guitars are like cigarettes, or a blanky. As long as I have one in my hands, everything is right with the world. Almost.
You're right about the electronics; by the way the best Strat I ever had was a not a Fender, but a Vinetto, made by Vince Cunetto who actually worked for Fender CS in the 90's. Not sure if he's still building but if you're ever looking for a Strat or a Tele with a vintage sound and feel, these are worth looking for.
Yes, there have been some dubious American teles over the years. I wasn't to keen on the ones with contoured backs, like a strat, that came out a year or so ago. And as you say, the 1970s ones have a very poor reputation.
I agree, that the necks on a lot of Japanese and Mexican guitars are great, too. I have been told that what lets a lot of Japanese and Mexican fenders down is not the pickups or wood so much as the electronics inside the guitar-the capacitors, for example-although I am not exactly sure what they are, to be honest. I've got a Japanese paisley tele that is great, and I haven't modified it at all.
And I was hoping for an unboxing or DVD bonus announcement.
A bad precedent for such little information of what comes in the box or what the box looks like.
Want to see what a nice preorder for a box looks like?
He may be squatty and yellow, BUT HE SURE CAN FIGHT.
I've noticed that the in-fighting increases as the release date gets closer and then when the product arrives the conversation gets back to the music. Just an observation. Please resume the bickering.
If someone receives this release today can you post pictures please?
You're like the white guy who wonders why he can't say nigger because those people say it. Or like a certain leader of the free world who says Mexico sends us their rapist and murderers. Or even a clown who calls himself a deadhead then calls Mexico the laughing stock and doesn't get that puts him in the biggot category. As for buying American or going without hope you live in a warm climate because....dude you're naked. Maybe you know the old saying "if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck then it's a duck. Once again try knowing some people that don't look or sound like you it's fun. Well maybe not for you
I find the Mexican Fender necks are just as good as Americans. You can buy a Mexican Fender and upgrade the pickups, and you'd get a nice guitar for a decent price. Actually, instead of buying Fender US pickups, you'd be better off with boutique pickups like Lollar or Seymour Duncan.
Early 80's Japanese Fenders are great; not so much the made in Indonesia or Korea, but again that's by design.
Btw, 70s US Fenders were not that great...they couldn't even get the correct body shape for Teles!
I am not a nationalist-I'm not even an American-but I will say this. I have bought many Fender Telecasters over the last 20 years or so. The main countries of production are Mexico, Japan and America. Of these, the American ones are easily the best. This is not a slur on Mexico or Japan. The factories in those countries use inferior electronics, which cuts the cost of making them, and reduces the price for those who want to buy one. They are great budget instruments. But that's it-they are intentionally budget instruments. Occasionally you will find one that outplays an American one. But if you are going for a consistently better instrument you are better off going for an American one-it is the real thing.
I am not sure if this is relevant or not.
In case anyone missed it, they are live streaming the show tonight
I burn it once to my computer.....I can make as many disks as I want. Easy. If you don't like it. don't buy it. I'm here to talk about music.
Can't wait to hear this.
Kayak - See you Friday night at TD Garden! I'm the middle aged guy in jeans and a glazed smile saying "Hey".
24hours until I get my 6 disc x 24 track RFK package via UPS and tear open the plastic wrap. That's 144 total tracks! Some over 70 minutes long!!!!!!! Let me calculate the actual number of bytes.... gimme a minute.....
what if the discs had been made in the soviet union? or red china? NO, I don't buy Chinese crap, I do without, but I see that you just want to save some bucks even tho you really aren't, just buy the same thing two or three times cause the life expectancy of Chinese/Mexican/insert country of your choice, goods is about one third the life span of a good quality USA made product. You are fooled into thinking that you are saving dollars, when in fact, you are spending way more. It doesn't matter to some, just let me have it, all in the name of capitalism? Some here just don't know crap when they see it, listen, if it looks like a turd, it smells like a turd and for some of you, taste like a turd, it's a turd, doesn't matter who dropped it. And for all, I'm not talking about the music on these discs, just the discs themselves.
What's even more hilarious is that no one, not one of you offended posters (or should I say posers) answered my question, how long does a cheap, thin, pos disc last? No answer, just name calling, typical mindless follow the crowd right off the cliff.
I'm a bigot? only the uninformed would say that, I call them like I see them and you can take your politically correct crap and stuff it, a pos is a pos.
snafu, we have spoke before, and I must say, you have not changed, once a follower, always a follower. If you are a Mexican, sorry, but improve your standards and perhaps you wouldn't be the laughing stock of the hemisphere.
Spacebrother, I usually agree with you about a lot of things, but if you really care and look around, you can find most things that you really need made in the USA, of course not the things that you want, but need, the rest of the world has figured out that the ordinary citizen doesn't care where something is made, as long as they can get it for cheap. Kinda funny considering these are not reduced in price due to cheap discs, just more profit for Rhino. That's what makes capitalism, spend less to make more. Cut costs, reduce labor, lie, if needed.
I recommend some here drink the good kind of cool-aid.
I want to thank all who replied to my early morning post with grace and dignity, it was meant to be an opinion, my opinion. If you don't like it, fine, but in my Amerika, I'm allowed to say what I believe, not what I've been told to believe.
Tix still available for Samson Sunday, but friday is sold out. I'll be at both, you'll see me I have a beard and will be wearing a tiedye, you won't be able to miss me.
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Thank you for proving my point. You don't even recognize bigotry when you trip over it. Ad gor sensitive egos ha look in the mirror snowflake. As for negative vibes I will call out the true negative vibes of bigotry every day of the week. Btw where was you car made...thought so. Them dirty Mexicans them taking all our jobs. Maybe you should take a couple of economics classes then do the unthinkable work with a few people who don't look like you
Email received, by Friday end of day.
I found a youtube video of the unveiling. The box looks great. Bet the show is a face melting experience!
Jim - My buddy watched most of the last tour via stream, gave 2 thumbs and a half a middle finger up.
To the bickering out there, remember the words of Elwood P Dowd ----
Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.
The tracking on my shipping notification just finally went up. Looks like Friday is the day. This is going to be an awesome release.
I've recieved my share of bad discs, mainly with the Road Trips series. I had two discs in the GSTL box that had to be replaced, though it was because they came loose during shipping and were scratched up pretty bad. Like the other May '77 box, those slip sleeves are bad on the discs, even though visually they look cool.
I'm hoping these arrive in jewel cases, like Spring '90 and Dave's Picks.
I could write an essay but it would have to start at JFK a few days earlier. I skipped Giant's Stadium to see Dylan in Harrisburg (that was with the SNL band & Steve Earl opened).
Man, those were the days. I graduated from high school the month prior and was ready to see the world.
I CAN NOT WAIT TO HEAR THEESE DISKS! They are going to sound like summer.
Jenn & I have Dead & Co tickets for 11/17 :)
Thanks Bob! Dead and family has been there in so many ways for so many experiences, good and bad. And for that I'm blessed and eternally grateful.
Send one my way and guy dressed as The Joker from RFK July 1989 bring your finest selection of green to columbus dead and company show
Trying to couch stream these. Didn't have a good experience with the presale. No harm in that.
D&C on Colbert next Thu & Fri
Not sure how their going to pull that off since I'll be seeing them play at the Boston Garden around the time they tape on Friday unless it's a repeat or pre-recording... I think MSG is earlier in the week, so maybe they'll tape then???
D&C tour starts tomorrow.....
My 5-5-77 CD2 was defective and it took 5 months to get a replacement. A week later I got my DaP 24 and CD3 was defective.
Truth is these discs are crap. They are thin flimsy plastic with half-ass manufacturing and quality control. All so that Rhino/Warner can maximize profit while reducing costs.
Maybe they should focus on producing a quality product and increase production numbers. In the long run they will make more money. Having to mail out replacements cuts down on profits.
Globalization is a by-product of capitalism, regardless of opinion whether it's good or bad. I haven't taken sides here on this issue, one way or the other.
If people aren't buying Grateful Dead releases because they are manufactured outside of the USA, that's their preogative. They probably download everything for free anyways. I'm here for the music and do my best to support the cause, so we continue to get more of it, and have been since the very first Dicks Picks release in 1993, within my budget. I'm a consumer, and not complaining about where these are made, or even taking a political side. I'm correcting someones "alternative fact".
Actually not capitalism, by making everything outside the USA and then buying that stuff we are doing a great service to our fellow man by bringing jobs and prosperity to the less fortunate. Man, we’re good people.....
"Oh man.. don't hit with those negative waves so early in the morning..." I love early Donald Sutherland. Thanks for that moment of brevity, Bob.. You're a good soul.
I read through all these posts and I don't know.. I don't think we are suddenly enemies.. Perhaps what bonds is stronger than what divides? In this case the overreaction exceeds the initial action. Perhaps I am wrong, but that doesn't really matter anyway.
You can't stop people from being themselves and voicing their opinions here, so long as it's respectful. Even if a point of view is something we currently don't agree with.
Avoid letting things get ugly or personal.. What we see are words on a screen and sometimes what we mean to say gets lost and meanings slant and askew as they travel. I'm as guilty as anyone of that.. meaning one thing but not quite using the perfect combination of words and blammo. but I never mean any harm. I doubt if anyone meant any harm today in what they wrote. Be kind.
Just recieved the shipping notice email, though so far just the label ready, so no estimated time of delivery so far.
This is going to be an awesome release.
Somebody should remind those two people who are bashing these releases for not being made in the USA, that the computer they are using to bash these for "not being made in the USA", aren't made in the USA either. The componants, the chips, the wiring, the plastic, the screen....not made in the USA. Their smart phones also aren't made in the USA. The reason that these things aren't being made in the USA is because of capitalism and globalization....which go hand in hand. Just like everybody else, they are willing consumers. Very few everday household items are made in the USA anymore. Outsourcing those jobs was/is a product of capitalism....but don't tell them.
Hang in there and keep up the positivity! - the negative waves this thread keeps hitting reminds me of a quote from Oddball in Kelly's Heroes:
Have a little faith Baby, have a little faith!
I don't see what is so horrific about Unkle's post. Must be these fragile ego's I keep hearing about.
Unkle does not like the fact that these have been outsourced to Mexico. Neither do I. I would pay more for my GD gear if I knew they were made in the good old USA.
But not you racists, no, you want your Dead as cheap as they can possibly make it. USA kids are too busy getting their vaginas pierced, drinking lattes, and screaming "capitalism is rape"; Why can't we just have 8 year old Mexican kids make stuff for us? Who will pick our organic free range table grapes? Who will dust our canyon bungalow while we catch sick rights at 2' Malibu? Pathetic racist "liberals".
If TPTB already checked out, let's get it done!!!
Anyone out there go to these shows and have a great story to share? A little birdie told me Erik has a story!
Was looking at the archive and someone mentioned that there was a Dark Star tease in the first set on 7/13. Someone else commented that when LL Rain ended the Rain began.
I missed this tour - was in France visiting my Brother. I did get to go to RFK the following year. That show was my very first Dark Star. Hot sunny day hanging in the lot, but the moment we walked into the stadium, it was like entering a different world - the skies opened up and it just poured out, seems like for the whole show until it when we walked out. I had all the things that could get wrecked by rain in a nice dry baggie...
Anyone with a later edition Taping Compendium have a good write up? I did a quick google search, but no articles from local papers showed up. Search hits were more about the release than the actual shows...
I just got diagnosed with diverticulitis, going in for a cavity Friday, have to try and get my thesis corrections and revisions done by Monday, and have a sackfull of pretty bad American Lit essays to grade.
On the flip side I've got Dave's subscription, 30 Days, and a shipping notice for RFK.
Can that horrific post just be deleted? This is most definitely not the place for that kind of trash.
Received my shipping notice on Monday and to my complete shock the tracking number actually works! Apparently I'll have it in my hands on Friday. I for one am very excited to get something out of the usual 70s comfort zone. Variety, spice of life and all that.
I would have thought there me a mailing notice by now. Maybe that means it's on the way.