Grateful Dead

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.

Product Details

6-CD
Release Date: 11/10/17
Limited Edition of 15,000
Individually Numbered
A Dead.net Exclusive

Listening Party: THE BIG ONE


7/12
Far From Me
Black Peter
7/13
To Lay Me Down
Looks Like Rain
Wharf Rat

Listening Party #1


"Wharf Rat"
"Cassidy"

Listening Party #2


"Sugaree"
"Let It Grow"

Seaside Chat: RFK Stadium

Product Details

R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/12/89)

1. Touch Of Grey
2. New Minglewood Blues
3. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
4. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
5. Far From Me
6. Cassidy
7. Friend Of The Devil
8. Promised Land
9. Sugaree>
10. Man Smart, Woman Smarter
11. Ship Of Fools>
12. Estimated Prophet>
13. Eyes Of The World>
14. Drums>
15. Space>
16. I Need A Miracle>
17. Dear Mr. Fantasy>
18. Black Peter>
19. Turn On Your Lovelight>
20. Black Muddy River

R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/13/89)

1. Hell In A Bucket
2. Cold Rain And Snow
3. Little Red Rooster
4. Tennessee Jed
5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
6. To Lay Me Down
7. Let It Grow
8. He's Gone
9. Looks Like Rain
10. Terrapin Station
11. Drums
12. Space
13. I Will Take You Home
14. The Other One
15. Wharf Rat
16. Throwing Stones
17. Good Lovin'
18. U.S. Blues

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Funny you mentioned that 1978 box set because a buddy and me just bought up that one and May 1977 Get Shown The Light. I agree the sound is clear as a bell on the 1978 shows, but what I found odd was that the mix feels different than the 1977 shows. I can't explain it well I just tried articulating it for 10 minutes, and kept erasing what I wrote. It's like the vocals frequently don't blend in smoothly with the music, they lay on top of it somehow. Weird right? I don't get this out of the '77 set or the Dave's Picks 23 show from January of '78. Anyone else get this out of that box?

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Shipping

Since I get my notifications a week after the item arrives, I am hoping for UPS also because with UPS My Choice, I would be notified when the package is a couple of days out.

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simonrob

USPS or UPS? just wondering... while refreshing my inbox

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shipping for this release

My fingers are crossed that this is being shipped via UPS and not the usual UPS -> USPS process.

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Mmmmm...

Shipping notice received!

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Once again a different subject....

Just got the new Dylan Bootleg Series (deluxe edition). The packaging was very nice, the cds were held in firmly but removable without fear of breakage of cd or holder. Both books were nicely bound with very nice covers. Even the box has a nice feel to it. I'm still ripping and labeling all the cuts, but very nice. The intro piece written by Penn Gillette was very nice. Glad I got the box.

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Any day now!

Can't wait, but I agree with Jim - why is this not being promoted as the date approaches? Unwrapping video, Facebook/email promotions....

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Whoops.

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The Wake Up Box

Weird.. isn't it. It seems they could have tried a bit more to wow us. I enjoy Dave's seaside distractions, updated listening parties and the listening specials they sometimes do on SiriusXM.

I also like the occasional Dr. Rhino's box unveilings and whatever hype on the product, restoration and mastering process they can give.

This box and the July 78 box seem to have gotten the oh, whatever.. go team try. I thought the recordings for both this and July 78 were spectacular.. I thought the box layout and concept for July 78 was great and I have no idea what this one will look and feel like.

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Kind request

As far as I am aware, I have the same number of holes as most other guys
I’m luckily not yet lame (but my back gives me trouble sometimes)
I have a lovingly compiled GD collection with some deliberate gaps in the 80s and 90s department
I feel I am just too old to start over with this Kid Rock character (whoever he is).
But the Grateful Dead changed my life in 1972 and that seems to have worked out for me so far

Can I have a pass please.

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Waking up!....

....all this talk of Dave's Damn Picks made me forget there's a couple of '89 shows heading our way. Seeing as how '89 was the year I saw them the most (11?), let's get that banner flying high! Like kayakguy said, "wow me Rhino!"....

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Should be mailing this week

I hope it's UPS and UPS My Choice lets me know its on the way.

Let's get Dr Rhino to do the unboxing.

Wow me Rhino.

Is there anyone home at Rhino headquarters, like Jim Morrison said
"WAKE UP"

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11 Officially

but I think you really have to count Bruce to make it a dozen. Technically, Dana Morgan Jr (Warlocks only) should count as well for a baker's dozen.

Hunter & Barlow should be considered as well. I like to think of it as 15 members. A fine fifteen.

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Interesting find, Vguy72

I done filled it in! I guess it has some value to someone, somewhere. They took the trouble to set it up, so I took the trouble to give them some data.

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Found this on Reddit....
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Austin

Love Austin, TX been there several times. Best line ever, from a cabbie, he says, "the only thing wrong with Austin is it's surrounded by Texas!"

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Shipping?

Same here. Maybe somebody hit the wrong button.

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shipping

Just got the same thing, I was really hoping it was a super early shipping notice for the RFK box... No dice jim rice!

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LMAO

Just got a shipping confirmation, but it was for DaP 24 which arrived a week ago........Lolololol

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Somebody from Wash D.C. can’t handle bickering

and passive aggressive political comments?
What is happening???

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Actually, it’s the Caps that suck.....

....and the Lightning, and the Penguins, and the Senators, and......every team in the Eastern Conference, wait, make that the whole NHL, except the Red Wings.
Let’s go Red Wings!!!

:)
:)
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This place sucks

Bickering and passive aggressive political comments. Goodbye.

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Chaseo8-getting it

My brother always preferred the studio albums to the live concerts-particularly "Working Mans Dead", "American Beauty", and "Wake of the Flood". He just never saw them in the same light that people who are really into them see them through. I didn't at first.

I wouldn't worry too much about not knowing any Deadheads-I have been into them since 1976, and I have only ever known one other person who was what you could call a "Deadhead". Never bothered me-if you find something that speaks to you, Id stay with it...doesn't matter what everyone else is into. Although it would have been nice if my ex had liked them a little more!

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Led or Ded

Don't send them to Texas, we are already over our allotted number of assholes here.

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Kid Rock

Kid Rock has been taking a lot of shit here, and he should.

He's no dummy. There's a lot of clever stuff on his records.
I've seen him live. He boogies... good band. When they went
into the chorus of the immortal Grand Funk tune and sang, "We're
an American band... we're coming to your town, we'll pull your
panties down, we're an American band!" I thought, shit, this
IS rock and roll. It didn't last long for me, though.

His first was the best. Since, he's been hanging out with Hank,
Jr. and pandering to a real Southern racist Trump voter audience,
dumbing everything down, hanging a Confederate flag as a backdrop
behind his Airstream trailer at his live shows and just generally
being kind of a prick...

He's got some cool in him, but so does Ted Nugent. That's it!

Bobby Ritchie (that's his name) and the Nuge should get together.
They could call it "Ted Rock," or "Kid Nugent" and tour Texas
nonstop. In fact, they should both move to Texxas permanently,
stay there forever, and shut the fuck up.

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Maintenance vs. Binge Listening

ah.. never mind.. Bring on the hard stuff.. an April 69 Ark box?

If this ships soon, I guess I can last for a few weeks.. but a two show box will not hold me over for very long.

I do get what you are saying Chase.. as much as people complain about this era or those recordings.. there is no band in the land with the amount of music available as we have here. ..and each show is different. And then there are the recordings.. back to 68. It's impossible not to get lost in the archive. We all need more shows.

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"I can quit anytime"

I've loved bands before. I've had periods of time where all I listen to is one specific band and they soon fall out of interest. I thought at first the Grateful Dead would be the same, but I was wrong. It grabbed me by the ears and pulled my life down(or rather, up), with it. I was reintroduced(when I was 2 my mom played a documentary on the dead on tv and when it was over apparently I said "I want to hear more of the beautiful music"), to the Dead in 2015 after a visit to my Uncle who was recording the Fare Thee Well shows. After leaving, I immediately started listening. I started with the studio stuff and loved it. At first, I mistakenly thought, from what I had heard, that they sucked at playing live and couldn't play outside the studio. But, as I read more and more online, I saw how much people put the emphasis on the live shows. I wanted to understand, so, I basically "made" myself listen. Entire shows from start to finish. My entire perspective was soon turned upside down. I've been stuck ever since. I may go for periods of time when I don't listen to the Dead at all, and I think "maybe this is it, maybe it's over", but then I find myself listening to 35 minute Dark Stars again and unconsciously tap my feet. I think the Grateful Dead are in my life to stay, and I don't think going deaf will be able to change anything.I only wish there were more deadheads my age, it tends to set me apart from those I'd try to be friends with, and that gets a little hard to overcome at times. I feel it's almost a blessing and a curse.

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Disease

Fever roll up to a hundred and five
Roll on up
Gonna roll back down
One more day
I find myself alive
Tomorrow
And a boxed set in the mail

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Recursively putting it back..

I was hoping someone would notice...
Years of therapy, down the drain...

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Did you just retract an '83 Santa Fe mini box text?....

....you're not helping my cause Jimbo.

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Don't be a quitter Jim!

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Disease?

Not true. I can quit anytime.

We need a new release. Where's Norman? We are due for another summer '85. Or an 88 Greek, sweet sounding boards. Jeffrey? Any spring or fall 71 would do. Just a little '83 Santa Fe Mini Box would carry me through. 68 would put me over the top. David?? Bruce 91 anyone?

Seriously, I can quit anytime. I don't even miss it. (that much). Sometimes I wake up in a cold sweat because I can't remember where my old cassettes are. When I come to, I realize my cassette deck has not worked in ten years. Perhaps it's just a phase I am going through.

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True, but....

....it cannot be established enough. The world needs to know!!!

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Welcome aboard Chase and narutlee

My recommendation is almost all releases are great. Don't be fooled that the more expensive releases on the aftermarket markets are significantly better, just more difficult to acquire due to their limited numbers. In fact, some of the general releases are usually better music quality (multitrack). If you ask 100 deadheads for what release to buy you will get 100 answers and they're all right!!!

Basically this video clip explains the disease you just acquired:

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3 is a magic number

We established that before

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Chaseo8 was born around six years after....

....that means you were born in 2001ish. That's when my son was born. Now I feel old. It's just a number, it's just a number, it's just a number....I like the number 3. Shit. Every Dave's is a 3 disc release. Coincidence? Where's my tin foil hat....

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Deaf

I like the way you think.. As for going deaf, they make amplifiers that go to 11 for just such an emergency.

Speaking of going deaf.. back to that Other One from Berkeley. Ooops.. wrong thread..

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Age is just a number Chaseo8....

....I love hearing about younger people "getting It". Be warned though, once you get It, it will be part of your life forever. (Unless you go deaf, God forbid)....
....edit. Kid Rock. I've heard a lot worse. I even listen to Eminem at times. Sacrilege?....

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Spacebrother owes apologies

Comments don't get any more "deader than thou" than what you wrote Spacebrother. Let me refresh your memory. You wrote:

"If so-called fans listen to that Let It Grow from the Listening Party, and still pass on this, they might as well quit listening to the Dead all together and sell or trade their collections for Kid Rock albums. That's about as lame as they are."

Your words here convey the very attitude you condemned as "deader than thou". You are saying here that in order to be a real fan and not a "so called" fan, one must purchase this 1989 cd set. You go on to say we may as well stop listening to all Dead if we're not going to get this '89 set. Sounds "deader than thou" to me. You're saying here that we're not worthy enough to listen to any Grateful Dead music whatsoever simply because we don't want to buy this '89 set. And then in your conclusion, you call us all lame.

Your comments that I kindy copy and pasted verbatim are about as Trumpian as can be. You even sound like him. Oh the irony.

You owe us all an apology. You owe the non buyers of the '89 RFK set an apology for your deader than thou comments, and you owe the entire room an apology for your incendiary remarks that have disturbed the peace (again). And I think it goes without saying you owe all the Kid Rock fans an apology.

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Chaseo8

That’s great that you dragged your step dad along. Now drag him to a D&C show, or better yet, go without parental supervision if you can (don’t blame me if you get in trouble).

It’s great that you caught the virus......there’s no going back.

My advice is learn to do torrents and collect everything, starting with anything that has the name Charlie Miller associated with it.

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Total price on this?

My total in USA is $75.03

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Thin...you're awesome!

Maybe you are right. I'm thankful to have as much Grateful Dead as I do. I remember the old days when we got like 1 show a year released on CD. It just seems (to me anyways) that lately it's been A LOT of 70's. In the big picture it probably does balance out. Thanks for the "warning" about Dave. It made me laugh, but then I thought how messed up it would be to come home one day and find 5/7/77 or 3/16/90 missing from my laptop. I would be DEVASTATED!!! Nowadays, we all must remember...big brother very well could be watching. Peace out dogg!!!

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Total price on this?

This is for the folks that have pre-ordered - what is the total cost including tax and shipping?

Thanks...

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Never Gets Old

...you need to call the bank!

Thanks Guss.

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Chase of the Muse

I'm too young to have seen Jerry play, either.
Welcome aboard Chase, let me know when you need "more shows".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfy3uJrfVWo

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Haven't checked in for a long

Haven't checked in for a long while, and immediately had the Talking Heads playing in my mind, "Same as it ever was." lol

Hope there has been some fun and nice chatter between the inevitable Decade Wars!

FWIW, I am a wee bit disappointed, as much as the '70s are VERY well represented in official releases, that a two show box of RFK is for sale and it isn't the June '73 shows with ABB. Oh well. Wouldn't be surprised if that has a lot to do with getting premission, and sharing profits.

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born too late as well

Chase - we're on the same boat, i was born in Thailand a couple of days before the 'warlock' shows in Hampton and finally got the bug in 2015. I welcome any release and so thankful for them (though i'd love a few more '79-'85!). Go see Dark Star Orchestra if you can and don't forget to say a word of thanks to Rob Eaton! or even better Dead & Company!!!

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Getting It All...

Tony: I just want what's coming to me.
Manny: What's coming to you, man?
Tony: The world, chico, and everything in it.

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