Grateful Dead

Spring 1990, Volume One Box - SOLD OUT

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What's Inside:
60 page hardcover Smyth-Sewn book featuring essays by Dennis McNally, David Lemieux, and Blair Jackson and photos by Jim Anderson & Mike Laurentis
25th Anniversary Tour Program
Official Band Letters
6 Ticket Stubs
6 Cloth Sticker Backstage Passes
1 Tour Laminate
Official 1990 Band publicity shot
6 complete shows on 18 discs
       3/16/90 Capital Center, Landover, MD
       3/19/90 Civic Center, Hartford, CT
       3/22/90 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, ON, Canada
       3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
       3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
       4/2/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA

Box Dimensions: 12-1/8" x 3-1/8" x 12-1/8"
Recorded and Mixed Live by John Cutler
Mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD
Original art by Wes Lang
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 9,000

Introducing The Next Box: Spring 1990!

And now for something a little different. This year's box set - Grateful Dead: Spring 1990 - offers six complete shows from the epic spring '90 tour, one concert from each city the band played, personally selected by Dead vaultmeister and archival release producer David Lemieux. The sizzling six are: 3/16/90 Capital Centre (Landover , MD), 3/19/90 Hartford Civic Center, 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum (Hamilton, Ontario), 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY), 3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY) and 4/2/90 The Omni (Atlanta, GA).

In his "Producer's Note" in the beautiful book that is part of the box, Lemieux, who attended the first 10 shows on the tour, states, "To my ears this was the last tour that was consistently great, where every show is excellent, not a dud in the bunch." And Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally's comprehensive and informative insider's essay in the box is titled "The Last Great Dead Tour." These guys know what they're talking about.

Basically, the band had been on an upward trajectory since Garcia's return to the road in the spring of '87, following his near-death the previous summer. Of course, 1987 was a trip in itself, what with the unexpected mega-success of In the Dark and their first hit single, "Touch of Grey." But the momentum just kept building with each subsequent tour, as Garcia got back up to full speed (and then some!) and the group as a whole was as unified as they had ever been since Brent joined the band in the spring of '79. New original tunes were popping up and the old favorites were imbued with a freshness and spirit that was so uplifting and inspiring. The band was having fun again, and it was downright infectious.

The group's fall 1989 shows-as documented two years ago on the Formerly the Warlocks box (two shows from Hampton, VA, 10/8-9/89) and on the 2001 release Nightfall of Diamonds (a single night in NJ, 10/16/89)- kicked the energy level up another couple of notches, as the band reintroduced such loved classics as "Help on the Way" > "Slipknot!," "Attics of My Life," "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and "Dark Star."

And when the band hit the road in mid-March 1990, they had a bunch of other cool tunes to lay on their unsuspecting crowds, including the return of "Loose Lucy" (last played in 1974; it's not on this box), Brent's "Easy to Love You" (missing since 1980), a rollicking cover of the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time," The Band's "The Weight" (with all four singers taking a verse each) and a lyrically retooled "Black-Throated Wind" (absent since 1974), which elicited huge cheers every time it was played.

Over these six shows, most of the cornerstones of the Dead's repertoire from the era appear-splendid versions of "Scarlet Begonias" > "Fire on the Mountain," "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider," "Playing in the Band," "Uncle John's Band," "Eyes of the World," "Estimated Prophet," "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "The Other One," "Terrapin," "Stella Blue," "Feel Like a Stranger," "Bird Song," "Let It Grow," "China Doll," "Box of Rain," "Morning Dew"; you name it. From the fall '89 breakouts come "Help-Slip-Frank," "Attics of My Life" and "Death Don't Have No Mercy." Among the still newish tunes are "Picasso Moon," "Blow Away," "Foolish Heart," "Just a Little Light," "Victim or the Crime," "Standing on the Moon," "We Can Run" and a couple that would get their final plays from the Grateful Dead on this tour-"Built to Last" and "Believe It or Not." There are stirring renditions of "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Black Muddy River," rockin' takes on "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "Iko Iko" and the only version of the full "Hey Jude" the band attempted in the modern era. And the "Rhythm Devils" and "Space" jams at the heart of each second set are as noisy-beautiful-scary-funny-intense-mysterious-wild as you'd expect/hope for.

Of course, we understand that some of you may have other favorite shows from this tour you wish were included on this box. Really, you can't go wrong with any of them. But at 18 discs, this is still the second largest Grateful Dead box (after Europe '72: The Complete Recordings) that's been released, and the non-inclusion of any other shows from the tour definitely does not preclude their future release! But this seemed like a more manageable way to go, while still giving a sense of the tour's amazing depth and breadth.

Besides the discs themselves, Grateful Dead: Spring 1990 has much to offer, including: a gorgeous 60-page hardcover book containing copious color photos by Jim Anderson and Michael Laurentus, unique artwork by Brooklyn-based fine artist Wes Lang, fascinating business letters and communications related to the tour, a detailed historical essay by Dennis McNally, a Producer's Note by David Lemieux and individual show descriptions by Blair Jackson; a reproduction of the Dead's 1990 tour program (printed and sold later in '90, for the fall and Europe '90 tours); tickets and backstage passes of all six shows; a band publicity photo from 1990 by Ken Friedman; Dennis McNally's tour laminate; and reproductions of the colored 8x10 sheets GDTS sent out with hotel, food and other information for each city on the tour.

With recordings made by longtime Grateful Dead recordist and producer John Cutler, mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD, you just know it's gonna sound great-and it does!

So, that's the skinny this time 'round. This box is limited to just 9,000 numbered copies - please note, this is the only time these shows will ever be officially available on CD. There will not be an All Music Edition and single shows will not be available physically. Due to ship out August 31st, we anticipate that this extraordinary set will sell-out, so order your copy today!

If you're looking for more of a bite-sized taste of the '90s, Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It, a 2-CD set featuring a handful of favorites, will be in stores on September 18th.

-Blair Jackson

Listening Party

4/2/90, The Omni, Atlanta, GA

Foolish Heart>
Looks Like Rain>
He's Gone>
The Last Time

Click here for an archive of past Spring 1990 Listening Parties.

Spring 1990: A Look Inside The Box

Bob Remembers Spring 1990

David Lemieux on What’s Inside Spring 1990


Show #1
Capital Center, Landover, Md (3/16/90)

Disc 1
1. Let The Good Times Roll> [4:11]
2. Touch Of Grey [6:28]
3. New Minglewood Blues [7:44]
4. Peggy-O [6:34]
5. Queen Jane Approximately [6:15]
6. Loser [7:22]
7. Black-Throated Wind [6:03]
8. Bird Song [14:23]
9. Blow Away [12:02]

Disc 2
1. Scarlet Begonias> [11:21]
2. Estimated Prophet> [11:04]
3. Ship Of Fools> [7:39]
4. Man Smart, Woman Smarter> [6:55]
5. Jam> [5:24]
6. Rhythm Devils [9:37]

Disc 3
1. Space> [10:42]
2. The Other One> [6:55]
3. Stella Blue> [8:49]
4. Sugar Magnolia [9:16]
5. The Last Time [5:19]

Show #2
Civic Center, Hartford, Ct (3/19/90)

Disc 1
1. Hell In A Bucket> [6:43]
2. Bertha [7:10]
3. We Can Run [7:05]
4. Jack-A-Roe [5:13]
5. Picasso Moon [7:41]
6. Brown-Eyed Women [5:59]
7. It's All Over Now> [7:25]
8. Deal [8:41]

Disc 2
1. Box Of Rain [5:27]
2. Foolish Heart> [11:35]
3. Playing In The Band> [8:32]
4. Eyes Of The World> [14:41]
5. Rhythm Devils [10:26]

Disc 3
1. Space> [10:52]
2. China Doll> [6:13]
3. Gimme Some Lovin'> [4:31]
4. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad> [6:55]
5. Around And Around [6:36]
6. Brokedown Palace [5:48]

Show #3
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (3/22/90)

Disc 1
1. Feel Like A Stranger [8:12]
2. West L. A. Fadeaway [7:41]
3. Easy To Love You [6:14]
4. Beat It On Down The Line [3:34]
5. It Must Have Been The Roses [6:29]
6. The Last Time [5:40]
7. Picasso Moon [7:07]
8. Don't Ease Me In [3:30]

Disc 2
1. Scarlet Begonias> [8:30]
2. Fire On The Mountain [11:44]
3. Samson And Delilah [6:51]
4. Believe It Or Not [6:32]
5. Truckin'> [11:04]
6. Rhythm Devils [11:36]

Disc 3
1. Space> [8:14]
2. The Other One> [6:42]
3. Hey Jude> [4:53]
4. Dear Mr. Fantasy> [3:58]
5. Hey Jude> [4:31]
6. Sugar Magnolia [8:45]
7. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [7:10]

Show #4
Knickerbocker Arena, Albany Ny (3/26/90)

Disc 1
1. Hell In A Bucket [6:53]
2. Dupree's Diamond Blues [6:08]
3. Just A Little Light [5:15]
4. Black-Throated Wind [6:32]
5. Big Railroad Blues [4:40]
6. Picasso Moon [7:17]
7. Row Jimmy [10:53]
8. Blow Away [11:31]

Disc 2
1. Built To Last [5:29]
2. Victim Or The Crime> [9:56]
3. China Cat Sunflower> [5:45]
4. I Know You Rider> [5:24]
5. Man Smart, Woman Smarter> [6:14]
6. Rhythm Devils [11:21]

Disc 3
1. Space> [8:29]
2. I Need A Miracle> [4:03]
3. Dear Mr. Fantasy> [5:20]
4. Gimme Some Lovin'> [5:09]
5. Morning Dew [11:57]
6. Brokedown Palace [5:37]

Bonus Tracks From 3/24/90 Albany
7. Let The Good Times Roll> [4:01]
8. Help On The Way> [4:05]
9. Slipknot!> [3:50]
10. Franklin's Tower [8:04]
11. Loser [7:30]
12. Tennessee Jed [7:53]

Show #5
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Ny (3/30/90)

Disc 1
1. Help On The Way> [4:12]
2. Slipknot!> [5:49]
3. Franklin's Tower [9:39]
4. Little Red Rooster [9:13]
5. Dire Wolf [3:28]
6. It's All Over Now [7:18]
7. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues [6:12]
8. Picasso Moon [7:56]
9. Don't Ease Me In [3:26]

Disc 2
1. Iko Iko [7:07]
2. Playing In The Band> [9:19]
3. China Doll> [5:41]
4. Uncle John's Band> [8:16]
5. Terrapin Station> [12:59]
6. Rhythm Devils [9:48]

Disc 3
1. Space> [11:30]
2. I Need A Miracle> [4:02]
3. Gimme Some Lovin> [4:55]
4. Standing On The Moon> [8:56]
5. Not Fade Away [7:40]
6. Attics Of My Life [5:12]

Show #6
The Omni, Atlanta, Ga (4/2/90)

Disc 1
1. Feel Like A Stranger [8:44]
2. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo> [7:02]
3. The Weight [6:34]
4. Queen Jane Approximately [6:13]
5. Easy To Love You [5:37]
6. Brown-Eyed Women [5:46]
7. Let It Grow [12:21]

Disc 2
1. Foolish Heart> [9:20]
2. Looks Like Rain> [8:26]
3. He's Gone> [8:59]
4. The Last Time> [5:43]
5. Rhythm Devils [10:42]

Disc 3
1. Space> [9:04]
2. The Other One> [6:24]
3. Death Don't Have No Mercy> [7:37]
4. Around And Around> [3:41]
5. Good Lovin' [7:12]
6. Black Muddy River [6:28]

Wes Lang Talks Grateful Dead


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ironman88's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
This is really getting to be a drag....

...waiting for my Spring 1990 Box Set to finally be delivered to me in Melbourne, Australia - only 11 hours flying time from down-town Los Angeles.

It appears that some packages bound for Australia were shipped to Germany for distribution along with European orders. Go figure the logistical thought process behind that move.

I have a friend in Sydney who received his Spring 90 Box about 2 weeks after getting the shipment advice and who recieved his DaP#3 at about the same time. Meanwhile, another firend in rural South Australia finally recevied his Spring 1990 box - albeit severely damaged - this week. It was shipped via Germany!

I take comfort in the fact that clearly I am not the only person left still wondering where the hell my box set is but, really, this is getting beyond a joke.

Joined: Sep 11 2012
I have seen it - It does exist.....

Parcelforce did not let me down - Spring 90 arrived in South of England today! Six weeks after the shipping email - which I guess is about right. Looks like it landed in the UK on Sept 27th....which means its taken a couple of weeks to get through customs and to me!

But all that aside - this is as good as people say - it is a thing of beauty - from the outer box that holds the actual box - to all the contents inside. Fantastic work, and all at Rhino should be pleased with the production values on this - definitely keep them coming if they are going to be at this level.

Now DP3 and S90 are safely gathered in - I have some listening to do now the autumn nights are drawing in!

I hope the other missing boxes land soon.

Joined: Feb 24 2010
Still no show in North Yorkshire either!!!

Marye is on the case, Doctor Rhino also (hopefully), and customer service said 'give it a week', which is up tomorrow. The new Jerry box arrived from this morning which just puts the non arrival of S'90 into perspective. This saga just goes on .and on - as do I, so apologies to all that the complaints just continue.

Joined: Sep 11 2012
Deadboss in the UK.....


Not got it yet - but I am expecting delivery of what I assume is it Parcelforce - not sure that brings me much confidence - but I have paid my customs fees, and its on the perhaps the wait is almost over!

Joined: Aug 21 2011
very pleased with everything

very pleased with everything about my spring 1990 box set.recieved my jerry garcia/merl saunders keystone companions box set on 28th september.isn't this the way box sets should be-small,affordable and packed with information.

deadboss's picture
Joined: Apr 24 2008
Still no show in New Brighton (UK).

.......although Marye is currently on the case for me.....thanks Marye !.

Anyone else in the U.K. still waiting arrival of the box ?.


deadboss's picture
Joined: Apr 24 2008
Still no show in New Brighton (UK).

.......although Marye is currently on the case for me.....thanks Marye !.

Anyone else in the U.K. still waiting arrival of the box ?.


Joined: Jan 14 2009
Received my Knickerbocker Arena replacement disc

Thanks, Dr Rhino. My set is complete.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Replacement CDs Arrived!

After a second attempt. The correct replacement CD has been received.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Replacement CDs Arrived!

After a second attempt. The correct replacement CD has been received.


Joined: Nov 2 2010
The Eagle Has Landed...

Box # 3737 finally arrived here in Tuscany. Yes,it took more than a month,but as many others have said,it is well worth the wait,starting from the external packaging,with original Wes Lang artwork. No extra VAT was to be paid,which was nice. And,yes,all discs look to be safe and sound. The box was sent on August 31st,and was received on Oct. 4th. To all the international Heads who are still anxiously awaiting:good things are coming your way. It is all a matter of time. Now,seen that S&H to Tuscany for the new DP4 was less than 4 bucks,I'm bracing myself for more of the same,ie a very lengthy wait. The question is,what is better,to pay astronomical shipping costs for DHL or similar(plus added VAT) to have the discs delivered in days or cheap,unexpensive shipping- and probably no VAT-,but a very long wait? The jury's still out,but I might be leaning towards the latter...Peace Out...

Joined: Apr 8 2012
Hamilton is Cream of the Box

IMO Hamilton is the Cream of this Boxed Set. The whole band is fired up and are all over everything throughout. This is power dead played with unbridled energy and confidence. A grate combination of polish and improvisational creativity. The only show from this tour that comes close is 2/28/90 from Nassau. Would have loved to see that included in the set.

- Instant transport to funky psychedelic Music Magic Land from the first note of Stranger.
- The only West LA Fade away of the tour. Garcia struts build to crescendos of power guitar, driving keyboards and crashing drums.
- Can't add much to what's already been said about what would be hard to deny is the best Scarlet Fire of the he 90s.
- Mind bending Other One dropped down into into full Hey Jude Mr. Fantasy soup, taking us on an emotional roller coaster of passion, beauty, and screaming manic release of sorrow and burden.

Outstanding use of synthesizer by Jerry in Scarlet Fire and The Other One. Extra points for number of rarely heard songs.

ironman88's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
And the race is on....

Taking Rhino at their word that my visa account will be credited $20 as recompense for the delay in delivery of my Spring 1990 Box, I've chosen to put that money towards the Spring 1990 compilation "So Glad You Made It" which I've ordered from Amazon.

Now I'm waiting to see which delivery turns up first! Even with Rhino's 5 week head start, my money is on Amazon - but at this point I'd be happy to lose that bet..

You know, Rhino could actually save themselves a whole lot of grief if they under-promised and over-delivered. If their shipping advice just advised delivery in 6 - 8 weeks and people started receiving it after 3 weeks then there would be a lot less angst going around.

Joined: Feb 24 2010
Spring '90 Box Set - Still not received (Order Number - 8815230)

Ditto for order 8819004. I have asked the question 'At what point will it be decided that this is lost if indeed it was ever sent' and am awaiting a reply from the good doctor. I am concerned that if we are now waiting for the next batch to be pressed (and it has been awfully quiet on that front recently), it could be Christmas before it hits the UK.

Joined: Sep 20 2012
@ Outpost - Not Going to Happen

I got the same promise after my 5th (or was it 6th) call to customer service about my order.

At every stage of this process I've begged for some explanation, some transparency into the problems and resolution. I've begged for the opportunity to share with any member of Rhino how royally screwed up this system appears to a customer. Nothing.

It's insulting to common sense that so many of these things got "lost in the mail." Yet nobody is willing to offer explanations. It defies logic that a large company like Rhino doesn't track their shipped orders, yet that's what we've been told. And it's utterly bizarre that a company would not have excess inventory to send out should items get lost in the mail to fulfill orders. All make no sense whatsoever.

Yet here we are.

At least I got my refund. I wish you the same luck.

outpost's picture
Joined: Jun 11 2007
No improvement .....

You'd think that after all the criticism, somebody at would be trying to make an effort, but it would appear to not be the case.
I rang Last Wednesday 26th to make them aware that my Spring '90 had still not arrived (in the UK), and was told that my problem would be passed up the chain, and I would receive a reply within 72 hours ....... well, yes, you guessed it - I have still heard nothing from them. Absolutely hopeless.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I'll see what I can do.

Joined: Sep 11 2012
Spring Has Sprung in South East.....

Glad to hear that the Spring Box set is arriving in the UK - Scotland and the North East......Still waiting for it to land in the South East of England....its coming up to six weeks since the shipment notice so has to be soon!

My DP3 finally arrived so at least I have something new to be getting on with.

deadboss's picture
Joined: Apr 24 2008
Spring '90 Box Set - Still not received (Order Number - 8815232)

Hi Marye,

I wonder if you are able to help me out in my quest to find out what is happening regarding my order.

I ordered the product the day it was announced and received the above order number on 2nd August.

However, i have never received a shipping confirmation to this date although the money for the product was debited from my account on the same date or thereabouts.

I contacted Dr Rhino about 2 weeks ago and never received a that point, i e-mailed Customer Service who advised me that the order should be delivered within a's been 8 days now ans still nothing.

Also, i was promised a 20% refund to my account which has still (after about a week) not been credited to my account.

I'd be most grateful if you could look into the matter for me.

Many thanks for the offer of help.

Take care,


Joined: Nov 12 2010

This probably wont go down well with those who haven't unfortunately received their boxes yet but I emailed drrhino Saturday 22nd Sept to say I had a cracked disc. Received an email Monday 24th stating replacement in the post. The disc arrived here in Dundee, Scotland today,(2nd) pretty impressive turnaround!
As I say this won't help those still waiting but credit were credit is due someone is getting it right.

Joined: Nov 12 2010

This probably wont go down well with those who haven't unfortunately received their boxes yet but I emailed drrhino Saturday 22nd Sept to say I had a cracked disc. Received an email Monday 24th stating replacement in the post. The disc arrived here in Dundee, Scotland today,(2nd) pretty impressive turnaround!
As I say this won't help those still waiting but credit were credit is due someone is getting it right.

Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008
@ carolina boy

I stand (happily) corrected!

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
For the vinyl junkies amongst you...

"Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It" will be released as a 4 LP set on 180g vinyl by Friday Music on November 27.

Less good news is that the "Dick's Picks" vinyl reissues are mastered from the 16-bit CDs as the master tapes are not available to Brookvale Records.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

if the problem persists, lemme know.

carolina boy's picture
Joined: Feb 1 2010
Roland - re: The Knick, 3/24

"1. I had March 24 already, but I believe that, with DitN plus the bonus tracks on this set, we now officially have the complete March 24 concert, except for Desolation row (a pity, see below) and OMSN."

Desolation Row actually appears on "Postcards." Therefore, the full 3/24 show has been released...just in bits and chunks.

Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008

A few points I would like to make after listening for a week:

1. I had March 24 already, but I believe that, with DitN plus the bonus tracks on this set, we now officially have the complete March 24 concert, except for Desolation row (a pity, see below) and OMSN.

2. I always thought that I was a 60's/70's Deadhead, but I listened to the whole box (and parts more than once), and I still have not listened to every E72 release that I have for a year. This is confusing, and slightly worrying. They are playing SO well, SO obviously having fun and sounding SO great, it's easy to see that this period is considered a late 'hurrah'. Although I liked the Marsalis bit, I never cared that much for WaN, Dozing, Nightfall, DP9 and even DL 9, Crimson and Truckin'. I never even ordered Terrapin Limited and Formerly the Warlocks. RT2.1 had me start reconsidering, but amazingly I feel slightly ashamed that there really is so much good music here that I kind of ignored.

3. Setlists are setlists, but what I would like from this period (please?) is more Dylan, an Althea, TLEO and more Eyes (and I could do with less Victims and Easy to love you's, two really awful songs, but that's me).


Joined: Jul 23 2012
Spring has Sprung

It's just arrived up here in the darkest corner of North-East England, and, looking at the stickers on the outside of the package, it was sent from Germany "premium" (no date) and received and assessed for additional charges in the UK on 13 September.
Whilst it's a little steep to incur $35.95 postage for an untracked package, at least the bulk of the delay was not down to Dead.Net.
Got stung for £19.77 value added tax (just a little contribution to the cost of David Cameron appearing on "Letterman") and £13.50 "handling charge". There was no sign of the value of the set on the outside of the parcel and the VAT charge is less than it should have been so things are finally looking up!
Beautiful beast of a box...just about to write off the rest of October in a darkened room turned up to 11!

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Repalcement CD's.............Still Keeping the Faith

Well After 2 weeks still no replacement CD's as promised. This after the incorrect replacement CD was sent to me.
I keep the faith that they will get it right.....
Positive Focus!

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Repalcement CD's.............Still Keeping the Faith

Well After 2 weeks still no replacement CD's as promised. This after the incorrect replacement CD was sent to me.

I keep the faith that they will get it right.....


Positive Focus!

carolina boy's picture
Joined: Feb 1 2010
Speaking of delays...

There's still no announcement for DP4.

Joined: Jul 13 2011
Spring 90 delays

The delay on my receipt of the product was certainly nothing to do with the postal service.
Deadnet would also appear to have caused confusion by not putting a value of the product on the packaging. Without this, customs authorities cannot levy the appropriate IVA/VAT. It is still completely unclear as to how the goods were brought into the EU; they clearly were not sent directly to the home countries of the purchasers. The goods were liable to IVA and so either some of us have not paid IVA and should have, or others have paid IVA twice.
The simple thing is for Deadnet to actually explain how the goods were sent to the EU (and to avoid using the same system).

rrot's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2009

"you state that the fault lies with the US post office"

No. I didn't say the US post office. But several international posters have given the specific information about the travels of their packages. That information shows pretty clearly that delays approaching 2 weeks have been due to postal authorities.

(Interesting that this calls for "evidence" -- but assumptions about GD/Rhino holding back copies, not having any allowance for bad discs, etc. are all stated with authority and no evidence is ever given or asked!)


"the pre-haitus version of the band is more represented release-wise than any other era" vs "no pre-hiatus era of the band has been treated so well release-wise!"

What that means, obviously, is that no era has ever seen such a lavish, beautifully polished set. Yes, there have been better, more attentive mixes (sadly, we may never again see something as careful and detailed as "Two from the Vault"), and there have been releases in greater quantity (1977 and 1972 have probably seen the most shows released, I'd guess).

But nothing, not even the Europe '72 box, has really touched the overall treatment of this single release. In. My. Opinion.

(And, though I love it, I could never agree that there is much from the '89-'90 band that puts in the shade everything else the band has ever done. Frankly that sounds crazy to me -- or just overstated for dramatic effect. I feel just the opposite is true: There are vast amounts of fabulous, compelling material from 1969 to 1977, full-band interplay that shows clearly how hard they were listening to each other, that can't even be touched by almost anything that was done in the Brent/Vince days. But again, just an opinion.)

Joined: Feb 24 2010
Out of their hands (2)

Not only have been tight lipped about the cause of the postage issues, but given the problems with cracked & duplicated discs (which I fear I might still have to face should S'90 ever actually materialise), and the fact that the tracking simply doesn't work, the majority of the issues appear to lie closer to home.
The important thing is surely to learn from this release - but I seem to recall that we said exactly the same thing about Europe '72!!!

rdevil's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2007
out of their hands??

Very curious here what the cause of the shipping problems have been with DaP3 and the 90 box. Rrot, you state that the fault lies with the US post office. Is there any evidence to support that claim or are you just guessing? I find that very doubtful but would be interested to know what really happened. has been fairly tight lipped about it.

Joined: Jul 9 2007
from KarlJr5 found on a different forum - DICK'S PICKS ON VINYL

DICK'S PICKS ON VINYL - Just Announced

Brookvale Records just announced the release of the Dick's Picks Series on VINYL for the first time.

These releases are an official release between Brookvale Records and The Dead.

You can read the whole story at:

Coconut Phil's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
July 10,11 1973 Keystone

My copy of Keystone Companions arrived today. I'm listening to CD1 right now, the sound is prestine quality. I love this stuff, always have. My favorite Pure Jerry is this band. The packageing is really nice and well done. Highly recomended to all.

I bet we will find out about DP4 on Monday. Maybe we will get a 30 Days of Dead? I hope so, be a nice bonus. Sorry to read that folks are still having trouble with this release. I have not checked the DP3 thread in a while. They sure have had their share of problems this year. I'll keep on buying this stuff as I'm an addict and have to have it.

Keep jamming.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Yeah, what he said...Gawd I hate these accidental double posts...

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Well Observed?

"But it's a fact that no pre-hiatus era of the band has been treated so well release-wise! So we lovers of the '67-'74 band must have something amazing in store down the line, no?"

Between the FW'69 box, which I missed out on, the Winterland '73 box, two of the three "From The Vault" sets, 20 of the 36 Dick's Picks, more than a third of the Download Series, and especially the E'72 box, inculding the release of all 24 shows individually and the compilation CD, oh yeah, and more than a third of the Road Trips releases and two out of the three Dave's Picks, the pre-haitus version of the band is more represented release-wise than any other era.

As far as '89-'90 goes, there are so many nuggets from those two years alone, that, in my opinion, outshine everything else they did before or after. Jerry was healthy and sober, Brent was on fire and the rest of the band was killing it. Even the worst shows from this time excite me more than the vast majority of the Keith and Donna offerings. Fortunately, in '89-'90, bad shows were far and few between.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I'm glad you got this resolved, but in all honesty I had nothing do to with it, coming along after the fact!

Meanwhile, I hope other folks are also getting things resolved; if not, lemme know.

Joined: Nov 20 2011
"Well observed" echoed....

I whole heartedly agree that the '89-'90 era has certainly been treated well over the last few years. Don't get me wrong, I love '89 -90 but I would like to see some more '67-'72(late) released. DP3 is awesome, now keep going back in time!:) Fortunately, I have had good luck receiving my products on time here in MA but I have more CDs that skip from Rhino than anywhere else. I have also had good luck exchanging them with cust. service so my heart goes out to those who haven't because I've had that trouble with other companies and it's a real pisser! Anyway, lets hope they have learned from this and things will be better! You can announce DP4 anytime too!!

rrot's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2009
Well observed

Most of the delay and "lost" problems reported have been out of the hands of -- not their fault, though they take all the heat -- but rather the fault of postal carriers and/or customs authorities.

Most folks with individual disc problems are reporting that their discs are getting replaced.

I will be very surprised if do not do more limited edition releases.

They sell out -- and they are mostly very well received (in all senses of that word).

Well, the late Brent-era band has now seen the most lavish release set ever. I suppose that will put paid to the theory that there is an insider conspiracy to focus exclusively on "the 70s" and disrespect all the Touch-era fans. Or not.

But it's a fact that no pre-hiatus era of the band has been treated so well release-wise! So we lovers of the '67-'74 band must have something amazing in store down the line, no?

Avalon Ballroom box?

Avalon Ballroom box!

Joined: Nov 20 2010
i-tunes - suggestion

Hey folks at or Dead Community,

Wouldn't it be great to have i-tunes and whatever it uses to have the artwork, cd title and track titles in a common format for this and all other releases. it would really save a lot of hassle and get some order in the 340 plus Dead CD's I have.

Kind regards S

Joined: Nov 20 2010
It's arrived

At long last it has arrived and wow Deat.Net you must be pretty pissed with your postal contractors - from the tracking info it took my box over a week to Germany where it was holed up for 2 weeks and then another week in the UK and then I get stiffed for £13.50 PostOffice charges on top of VAT for speedy delivery - ho ho they have a sense of humour.

But the box seems to make up for it - well done - and makes me kick myself again - I was in New York at the the time of the concerts and had tried to find out some time before going if there were any in the area - it must have been before the tour was announced as the answer was no - it wasn't until Dozin' At .. came out i found out -- but I caught the Dead at Wembley in the Autumn to make up for it.

Carry on

Mon, 03.09.12 04:39 h
IPZ-Ffm, Germany
The shipment has arrived in the destination country
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Rodgau, Germany
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Köln, Germany
The international shipment has been processed in the export parcel center
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Köln, Germany
The shipment will be transported to the destination country and, from there, handed over to the delivery organization. (Homepage / online shipment tracking: )
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United Kingdom
The shipment has arrived in the destination country
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The shipment has been successfully delivered

Joined: Jan 14 2009
Some thoughts on the problem

The only reason they had to cancel is the quality control of the sets. On one hand people like myself are trying to get defective discs replaced and on the other hand by filling orders you are opening yourself up for more replacement discs. I truly believe the goal was to produce 9000 sets and no more. I use to buy box CD sets all the time when Tower Records was still in business. I never saw customers returning defective CD's. The process in making CD's is pretty seamless. There shouldn't be this many defective discs. The message posts don't tell the whole story. How many customers had problems who never posted a message and spoke directly with customer service. I think the issue is twofold. The discs were seated in so tight to the cases that it near impossible to remove them without some of them cracking. This is inexcusable as the cases could have been made with spring loaded releases. Many of discs were inherently weak in the manufacturing process and had small cracks at the center that expanded once they removed from the case. It would not surprise me if Grateful Dead never sold a limited edition again

Joined: Aug 29 2011
Here's two ideas

Maybe when you are advertising selling only 9000 you assume there will be a higher rate of lost merch or defectibve stuff and make an extra 500 sets or so. Then when you've sold 9000, you ship em all out, give people a few months to get everything straightened out, and if there are some left, you then sell them as non-nnumbered extras. This way nobody ends up without this set who wants it.

The other idea - release the rest of the shows as part 2 immediately.

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Joined: Jan 19 2011
Suggested reading for Rhino and "Customer Service":

"Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead" by David M. Scott & Brian Halligan.
NOT "The Trial" by Franz Kafka.

Joined: Sep 20 2012
Finally Sorted Out!

Thanks to Mary (marye) for getting my information to Sam at In less than two hours, they were able to accomplish what 8+ emails and 5+ phone calls were unable to do - get me refunded for the Spring 90 debacle.

I with there was more transparency with right now, I feel like there are significant issues that us customers with credit-card in hand should know about. Why were Spring 90 orders simply cancelled? What happened to the remaining inventory of product? Why were the tracking numbers all screwed up? And why were so many sets "lost in the mail"? None of this makes sense, and I wish someone would come and explain it to us, if simply for our own piece of mind.

I also was given a 25% off coupon should I decide to ever shop at again...that's yet to be determined.

Thanks to those who helped, thanks to those who've been following the story.

For those of you still waiting for your set, I hope it works out smoothly.

"If you get confused listen to the music play"

Joined: Jan 14 2009
Follow-up Defective disc Knickerbocker Arena Disc 1

I just got off the phone with customer service. I had called last weekend after first discovering the cracked disc. Apparently whoever I spoke to late Saturday night had never put the request in. When I called today I got worse news. They have no idea when the disc will be replaced as they would have to have the manufacturer which I guess would be Rhino press it. With the box sets backordered it's obvious there are no replacement discs lying around. The CS agent said I would be contacted in 48-72 hours with a more definitive answer. I asked about contacting DrRhino and CS said they are handling all box set problems. I said simply this if the disc can't be replaced in a reasonable time I would want to send the box set back for a complete refund. Discs cost near nothing to make, a couple of pennies if that. If your selling 9000 box sets there should be minimum of 90 duplicates for each disc should there be an issue. That is a 1% failure rate which is not unreasonable. The fact that they are having problems delivering the remaining sets
tells you that the pressing plant is having issues.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
pumpkin, dogfood, et al

if the problem persists, please send me your order details and I'll see if a better result can be produced. Thanks.

Joined: Sep 28 2012
Spring has arrived in Kent , UK

Well it took 28 days , but it's here.
I had to pay £28.00 in VAT & other charges , oh well some you win some you loose!
I've checked my discs are all correct , & bingo I've been lucky.
This box & contents look fabulous , it's been constructed with a great deal of thought & attention . It's really quite something , lovely.

I've not had chance to hear a note yet , but am looking forward to ploughing through.

I hope those who are still waiting get theirs too , this so called organisation , needs to learn a lot from this shockingly poor shipping system (lack of) that they operate . My previous order for Daves picks took a mind numbing 53 days to arrive!! Things have to get better , the whiff of the backlash from these posts can be smelt from the UK & it ain't nice. My emails have however all been answered , though no proper solutions or answers were in their contents.

I hope things are better next time around.

Good luck to all you other 'heads , hope it all works out for you all.....

I'll leave another post once I've listened to this beast of a box