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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Joined: Aug 7 2007


Got mine in. Really loaoking forward to it. Saw the Atlanta shows, and thought they were terrific. My favorite show of the year though was the return to Kentucky (How bout it Colonel Dave L!). Really, really nice Box, love the new art . . . not as goofy as the E72 box thankfully. One question for Lang though is what is with the Native AMerican iconography with an east coast tour?

One other note - we now have Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench (and Rose de facto) in the Hall of Fame. IT IS TIME FOR DAVEY!

The Cyclone of Woodford County, KY

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Listening Party

Where did it go? I was so excited for that thing! I probably listened to it too many times in the last 24 hours and it imploded. Sorry.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

love this box set i think its the best release ever bought it right away just wish they would have put dvds in this one

Joined: Mar 16 2012
1990 set

Why not DVD?

rrot's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2009
garcia live volume 1

at $25 for 3 discs -- if they get to 6 volumes that'll be $150. Bargain-town!!!

If you're crazy enough to think that, by comparison this Dead release is at least 33% more valuable... well, I probably agree with you!!

But I'll have to have the Jerry too -- thanks for the info, Mr. Badger.

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
hope you have some $$$ left over
Joined: Feb 29 2012
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, March 29, 1990, Uniondale, NY

I'm sad to see that this concert is not one of those included in the box set, because I absolutely love the Bird Song with Branford Marsalis included from it on So Many Roads. Can someone please tell me if the whole show is available elsewhere?

Joined: Aug 27 2008
Another good box of music!

Thanks! It's NOT the whole tour, but I really don't want that all at once. This looks interesting, a great selection of shows. I wasn't at any of these shows, nor have I ever had any them as audience recordings or unofficial soundboards.

Joined: Oct 11 2008

Its unbelievable. Really is. This stuff is top notch quality. No other band put beautiful stuff out like this Spring 90 box. Rhino has always been mark of quality. That's why the boys went with Rhino. These boxes are real treasures to be enjoyed as we grow old. Yeah Europe 72 box shipping went bit crazy but so what. They worked hard to fix it and ultimately everyone got their box. If u don't like it listen on archive for free but it's worth every cent of 200 bucks.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Some happy, some sad...

Of course. With such a library to choose from, and so many different opinions and tastes, there are bound to be a million different thoughts on this, but seriously, I can't wait. I was so happy that you could now host a listening party for one on an Ipad! That alone made this well worth it.

Personally, I love spring of 1990 and this was awesome. Thank you, friends.

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Joined: Nov 1 2010

It says these were recorded by John Cutler, so read between the lines... Weren't all these other releases also recorded by John Cutler? Without A Net, Dozin At The Knick, Terrapin Limited, Nightfall of Diamonds, Truckin Up To Buffalo, and Crimson White and Indigo. This box set is contemporary to all those, so it makes sense that these will be multi-track, at least they better be at this price point.

Joined: Jul 9 2007
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

I really want a Lear jet but I can't afford one. If I complain to the Learjet corporation, maybe they will make me one that is in my price range.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

Joined: Mar 8 2009
Super pumped

I'm really geeked for this release. Yes, it comes at a time when I probably shouldn't buy it, but I did. I was hoping that it would be the ENTIRE spring run, even if 3/15 was a repeat, but I'm more than pleased with the shows on offer here. Couple that with the fact that there's still potential to release the rest of the tour at a later date and I find very little to complain about here. (For those clamoring for 3/29, there might be royalty issues dealing with Branford's label, etc. I know the discussion about guests has been hashed many times before.) I've had these shows in great SBD/MTX for years and listen to them frequently. I actually just listened to the entire tour in the past month because I knew this might be a possibility and it hasn't disappointed.

I am kind of surprised that they didn't offer free domestic shipping on this one like they did for the E72 set. That would have been nice, especially since my state charged tax as well (not sure if every state does that for internet transactions). Is the price per disc a bit high? Yes, but I'll pay it. As a Deadhead and a collector it will be worthwhile for me. It's easy to justify the upfront expense now rather than the price gauging later. ($100 for the 1 CD Rare Cuts and Oddities? I need it for my collection, but please....) Buying this just means there will be fewer non-Dead related purchases for the remainder of the year. I'm fine with that.

I applaud David, Mark Pinkus, and the GD/Rhino crews for their work on this and other sets they have put together. While others seem to have a constant struggle with Rhino I, for one, haven't had any insurmountable issues thus far (knock on wood). The ordering process for this was very smooth/easy so it's all good in my opinion.

Joined: Aug 2 2012
Are these from the multi-track recordings?

Can we get a confirmation that the Spring 1990 Box Set is culled from the multi-track recordings (a la Without a Net, Nightfall, Terrapin Station, Formerly Warlocks) or not?? I'm assuming they would have stated it, if so. I sure hope they did, but i'm skeptical. Come on Rhino.

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Joined: Oct 3 2008
got them all, plus the ones they left out, why bother

all the so called "extras" aren't real, they are copies, so worthless, they have overpriced this to the point that the ebayers won't even touch it, there is no room for profit, all the meat has been cleaned off the bone by rhino, first, the e72 ripoff, promises not kept, crappy product, no customer service, now this, copies of copies of extras that were all given out for free at the shows, the 1990 spring experience, how can they call it this? there was no feeling of being ripped off in spring of 1990, so the "experience" here is flawed. They got everyone on board with this, interviews with living band members trying to remember what happened back then, even Mcnally commenting about this being the best of the last, if that is so and the band members have a say in what else gets released, then this will be the only release we will see from the 90's. You know, after 35 plus years of being a deadhead I just won't do this, rhino is not to be trusted and if you think they care about the dead experience, you really haven't read all these posts, or the e72 thread, or experienced what it is like to be ripped off by these people. It's heartbreaking and will make you bitter towards any future releases by rhino, so to quote annarrxia, you can't fool me again.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
what would St. Jerry think?

I think he'd be ok with this release. He wanted to quit touring, according to a late-in-life RS interview, but kept going for the others in the organization who relied on the GD for $$$.

some posters' (posers?) probable response to finding out they get to travel back in time to hear the GD at Ventura:
"sand's too hot
water's too cold
guys too young
girls too old
waves too big and gnarly for me"
(thanks to the ancient band the Surf Punks...wish I had kept that album)

GD and Rhino ptb, please forgive the whiners. Keep the smorgasbord of GD coming!!!

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Joined: Dec 25 2009

yup, no qualms there. rhino has snookered me in the past and I think it is extremely poor taste to use somebody's birthday as a promotional gimmick, especially somebody who is dead.

Joined: Jun 29 2012

Jesus just remembered REDDOOG (Run Every Drug Dealer Out Of Georgia) at the Omni shows. Scary stuff!

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Bob and Mickey interview on Spring 1990 from Rolling Stone
Joined: Jun 29 2012
PS limited quantities

PS limited quantities encourage sales and if the product sells out it removes the need for storage. A sellout of 9K boxes at $200 a pop is nothing to shake a stick at.

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Joined: Oct 3 2009
Anna rRxia

Oh Anna! First you promise you'll steal these shows rather than buy them, then you tell us what Jerry would think?

For a lady, you've got some big cojones!

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Joined: Nov 20 2011
Looks Good

I'm looking forward to this box set very much. I was at some of these shows, my first show was 3/19/90( I was a late bloomer!) and I've been patiently waiting for its release all this time! I was a little taken aback by the price at first but what the hell, I missed out on the other box sets ( except the Winterland ones) and I'm not missing out on another! Just make payments on your credit card like I will and it will be paid for in a couple of months,no problem! If you dont like it, dont buy it! As far as Brent is concerned: Great keyboard player,adequate vocalist but his songs I could do without.which leads to the subject: How about some more Pigpen material ! We could certainly use some more 60's Dead! DP 4 maybe?! Anyway, waiting for DP 3 to pass my time until the Box set arrives! Happy Birthday Jerry!! I had a great tribute to you on your B day and we will never forget you!!! Rock on people and take care!!! ;)

Joined: Jun 29 2012
Really happy about this box

Really happy about this box and I hope there are more tours released like this (full tours would be better). Have a question, why the indian?

Joined: Sep 23 2008
why is everything limited numbered releases

I've noticed this new trend towards limiting the number of albums pressed of these shows. The only reason I can figure for this is to preserve the $ value. Once they sell out the prices can get pushed up. I'm not a fan of this. Wish I could afford all these releases the minute they pop up but I can't. Is the GD machine so desperate for money right now that they force us to hop on these packages as soon as they are pushed out? Whats wrong with just making these box sets avail, you're still going to sell an insane amount of them. After all, they are vaults of Grateful Dead shows

Joined: Jul 25 2007

Love this show! Love that it's being released. Pretty much changed my life... I would add to David Lemieux's comments that the Stella Blue from this show is an all time favorite! Happy Birthday Jerry!

Joined: Jul 12 2008
best run of the 90s

pricey? yes. as a collector of all releases, ordered it. caught all the Albany shows and one from Nassau. great, great shows. the boys got pretty sloppy the rest of their tenure. especially after Brent's saddening demise. it's a beautiful thing to look at my collection of the many, many releases of box sets, dicks's picks, road trips and now dave's picks on my shelf in the den. close my eyes and throw a "dart" at what to pull out and listen to what comes out. never a bad choice, gotta say, it's a beautiful collection. keep 'em coming boys. regardless of pricing, i can never get enough. as been said, you don't HAVE to buy 'em. as a hard core deadhead my options for whichever decade i want to listen to, i've got tons of choices. happy 70th my friend Jerry- you are very, very missed, it's nice to know that my grandfathers are in heaven getting guitar lesson from the best...stay happy, and, as is motto in life= HAVE A GOOD TIME- ALL THE TIME!!! my daily dose of the dead keeps me goin' and smiling....stay grateful all ya'll......funny story- as a flight attendant we would have these pre-made boarding tapes we would play for the whole boarding process. horrible "musak" that would drive me nuts. i would take the cassettes, bring them home and record the dead over them. so now people boarding the plane would stop a second, realize, hey! is that the dead i hear? far out, man! good, good times. made the flight a 1000% better. ahhh, good times..........

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Reply function

What's the point if it, given that using Reply does not link your post in any way to the post you are responding to?

JeremyP's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007

Not a glitch! Indeed, I got my receipt just before I got my mail telling me about this. Well done guys!

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
I *KNOW* Everyone is Going to Bitch About *Something*....

So, here's my own bitch....

Having an Atlanta Omni show acknowledged is amazing enough, but WHY oh WHY not go for the LAST night of the tour ???

The 1st and 2nd nights were OK, but that last "magic" night, with it's WTF set list and "everything but the kitchen sink" space, (Thanks, Dan...) was an *incredible end to an incredible tour".

WHY pretend it didn't exist ?

I'm happy to have the spring tour '90 finally represented properly, (so, well, my kids will eat cereal for a couple of weeks...) (I'm kidding)

But, there are some obvious magic moments that have been overlooked.



Color me, "218.00 lighter"


Joined: Sep 18 2007
shipping costs

Well this seems weird. Tried to pre-order the 2 CD version at $16.99 but the shipping cost came up as almost $35 - making it just under $52 for these two little discs to find their way to Australia. I don't get it - we have a military alliance with America and we gave President Obama the royal treatment when he came here ... plus we gave you Russel Crowe, Errol Flynn, AC/DC and Mel Gibson (we don't want him back by the way). So it doesn't seem fair!

I think the may be a problem with the shipping cost - anyone else have this issue?

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Joined: Feb 11 2009
Oh Brent.....:(

Love the Dead but the Dead with Brent Mydland singing, reminds me of Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers....

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
Jerry Is Spinning

WELL JERRY, I know you didn't think it would ever come to this. They are using your birthday to sell overproduced packages at inflated prices. The Grateful Dead were always a multi-tiered user experience. We all experienced it on different levels. 22 years after this music was played some of us will experience this music again in this form or another. BUT, JERRY, I know you'd not of approved of the way this was released, whatever form it has taken.

Bunch of hucksters. We now return to the eternal debate - rip those scraps apart!

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Joined: Jul 10 2012
brent ruled...

the cap center run was 3 of the first 15 shows i saw. if i didn't know any better, i woulda said it was mydland's band. christ, the energy-jerry fed offa him like a sponge. the interplay was unbelievable. march, 1990. if you were there, you know. if you weren't, well, buy this or find it on the net and listen to that transition between scarlet-fire from copps. mind melter. happy bday fatman.

Joined: Jun 18 2008

Europe '72 debacle? WTF? Is there nothing that people won't complain about?

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Yeah, my brother has always gushed about Copps, what a special scene it was......and I believe they actually drove their "goodies" right over the border, to boot. A carload of undisguised longhairs, go figure. Guess the vibes really were that special!
Looking forward to hearing a whole Hamilton show in superb quality......

(and just played David's videos ~ NOW I know why no other fillers...they're keeping the other shows on ice for very possible future release.)

Joined: Aug 1 2012
Well sh*t

I just had my entire post erased, awesome. Anyway, I was at 2 of these shows, this was the last of the golden era. Copps was magical, the essence of those shows in canada never made it to tape, from what I have heard of them. This was truly a special event, people were crying and embracing like I'd never seen anywhere at a show. The band was possessed. It was an experience I'll never forget.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
multi-tracks, multi-shows, multi-smiles

Yeah, when Terrapin Limited came out, I thought it was about the best sounding release I'd ever heard ~ and we'd always considered that the weak night of the three! It cleaned up very nice (and our seats weren't the best for sound.) Very psyched that one of the "other" nights ~ my favorite of the stand ~ is being released. "Black Throated" was a particular joy, as Bob never resurrected his classics once he put them away, and my friend Dean and I had just debated before the lights went down whether we'd rather see him bring out "Lazy Lightning" or "Black Throated Wind." Then, of course, the church version of "Blow Away," where Jerry himself enticed us to clap along, even he was that moved.

Earlier that same evening in the parking lot, Dean had the bright idea to trade our extras for 3rd night Nassau (hated to lose the chance to "miracle" someone, but it sounded like a good train to catch). Our boss graciously supported the idea, so up we went. I still remember Dean's crestfallen face when he saw what they'd played already, the previous two nights. He needn't have worried. I, for one, am utterly psyched that David chose 3/30, much less heralded than the Branford-flavored previous night but what a gem. First set could've been louder from the rafters, but opened with my first Help On the Way (finally!); Dire Wolf was always a treat; and another was Phil singing "going back to New York City" in NYC : ) We scored VIP seats for the second set, with the Playin -> China Doll -> Uncle John's and a fully realized Standing On the Moon (complete with guitar solo unlike '89 versions, Jerry bestowing it with the mark of his classic ballads).....sweetness indeed. And the sweetest sugar was to come ~ the Attics encore left us speechless. The harmonies, and music, were impossibly tight. The last time I'd see Brent, as it happened : (

Can't wait to tell my brother ~ who made the Hamilton trek ~ that one of "his" Copps shows is finally being released!

Maybe these aren't the sickest shows ever, but they were solid, the energy couldn't be beat, and in my own personal trajectory this was the last tour I dropped everything for ~ kind of the last bloom of my "golden" show-going years, where the band mattered to me more than anything else going on. I'd never do a Dead road-trip again (well, not till New Year's 2003).

Anyway, sorry for the novella. I LOVE this box format of a show from each stop ~ I think it's just the right amount to document such a tour. Wish they'd have squeezed 3/14's Crazy Fingers -> Playin' set opener onto disc 3 of 3/16 (a la the Albany bonus filler), but hey we could always wish for more and I think it's great that there's bonus filler on one of them.

(For the piece-mealers, Estimated from 3/21 Copps is released on Weir Here, hadn't heard that mentioned below.)

Thanks, people. Fun release, and I love those 60-page hardbound coffee table books.....

Joined: Aug 1 2012
Should be fun

This was the last of the great tours of this era. The summer tour was good and had some great spots in it, but to me the highlight of my dead experience was at copps. That shit was pure magic, when that show ended, people were crying everywhere. The experience was never captured on tape to my knowledge. The albany shows were good, but the real shit happened in canada. It was kinda ironic because there was a huge drought of "fun supplies" because of the widespread fear and rumors on crossing the border. Haha!

Joined: Mar 18 2010
Sonic Paradise

To the best of my knowledge, the Spring of 1990, along with the latter half of 1989, was recorded on multi-track tapes. This is a new mix, with every effort to make it sound as great as possible. Listening to The Warlocks Box, the sonic glory of multi-track material reveals itself like a flash of audio lightning.

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Joined: Oct 25 2011
2 points

1. i'm not really sure why people are assuming the sound quality will be lackluster.

2. many people claim to be audiophiles, but most can't tell the difference between the various degrees of high end audio production.

its quite hilarious when you think about it. you don't ever encounter people claiming to have better than 20/20 vision just to impress upon others.

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Joined: May 17 2011

If this release was the product of a new, multi-track mixing effort, I'm sure that information would be included in the description. So what we have here are some live to 2-track tapes, spruced up in a hurry by Jeff Norman and offered at a premium price. The trend is to put as little effort into the production as the Heads will tolerate (E 72 box for example, with its rushed and flawed mix) and see what the market will bear. This is a test. The retail cost per audio value goes up and up. Where do you (where do I) draw the line? I'll buy this one because I have all the rest and I appreciate the packaging and the fact that we even have the opportunity. At the same time I am REALLY burned that more effort is not made to ensure that the best possible audio product reaches the loyal consumers. Shame! I have no qualms with the good, old American free market but the rip-off increases with every release. And this from supposed hippies! Greed. Get used to it. It's only going to get worse.

Joined: Jun 11 2007
It's all about the music

I have mixed feelings about this release. For one, after the Europe '72 debacle about what was promised in the initial press about what it would be and what it would contain, I am hesitant to buy again. Fool me once, shame on you mindset. But this one looks a little better prepared than that one, so that looks promising. I remember missing out on the first Fillmore West 10 disc set, and how much those are selling for now. Since then I've scrimped and saved to get all the official releases. Not that I like all of them, but it's about the music. The band shares so much of what they have with us, allowing taping and all, I feel that it is the least that I can do to repay them by purchasing their official releases. Yeah, I know the suits and lawyers at Rhino are screwing us all over, but that's life in corporate America. My only regret is that I wish the band members were a little more involved in the releases, in all aspects, including the cost. I'm sure they would do us all right.

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Joined: Oct 25 2007
Looking forward to this release

As far as I am concerned people can find the shows in soundboard format very easily online so complaining about the price tag is a moot point.

If you are like me and are a bit of an audiophile then getting these shows in multi-track remastered awesomeness atroughly $12 bucks a disk is hardly a burden. Yes CD's should be cheaper. Yes they should offer a downloadable option like Phish and other bands do. However I am of the opinion that the guys who do the work like Lemieux etc.. are very aware of the criticism and are trying to find creative ways to "add value" with these box sets.

Enjoy the music.

Joined: Sep 18 2007
American Indian Cover Art

I echo the comments of whoever (Dred something? I can't find the post on a second scan of the thread) asked about the problems associated with portraying a skeleton in a seemingly Cherokee-style headdress. For the Big Pow Wow RT release, I understood T.C.'s liner notes about the sympatico vibe between the heads and Seminole land and traditions, but I think we have to be cautious in coopting native imagery, lest we end up profiting from an imaginary relationship with indigenous people, a la Jim Morrison and many others. In the best of cases, I suppose the communal and spiritual ways of heads owes something to indigenous nations, but Dred raises some important questions.

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Joined: Oct 25 2011
be careful what you wish for...

to be honest this box was way more than i wanted to spend, but after constantly bitching about there being too many '70s dead releases, i felt i owed it to them. i really am happy with the shows selected. however, it would have been nice to get at least one 'shakedown street'.

i ordered within the first 30 minutes. hopefully, the limited edition number reflects this. not the shipping method chosen.

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Joined: Nov 23 2011
Source Info?

Are these from multitracks? If so, it will be a nice upgrade from what already circulates.

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Joined: Dec 9 2008
let them eat downloads...

Yes, actually there were. A "good friend of mine" was able to find and download the Complete Fillmore West '69 box set (the rarest box of them all), the Complete Europe '72 box (all 73 CDs!), the 1990 Warlocks box, the Beyond Description box, the entire Road Trips series, the entire Dick's Picks series, the So Many Roads box set, both Dave's Picks releases, etc.

He already had the Winterland '73 and '77 boxes, but those are out there as well.

By next week, one will be able to find a download for Dave's Picks 3, and by September I have no doubt that the entire 18 CDs from this set will be available somewhere. There is no practical way to control it. The digital genie is out of the bottle and he ain't going back in.

So this is for the memorabilia-fetishists and die-hard collectors. And Rhino only has to push 9,000 of them, which is nothing, grossing them a cool $1.8 million dollars from just this one release.

Those of us who can live without the replica Dennis McNally laminate and beer coasters already have these shows, or can easily acquire them.

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Joined: Sep 25 2008
A mighty release

I only saw the two Hartford shows on this tour but the 3/19/90 is one of the best shows they played. It would be in my top 10 for sure. It has the definative version of Foolish Heart, much better than the RFK from later in the summer. I always loved the Atlanta run as well. It looks like they have added lots of goodies to sweeten the pot. I am jumping for this one for sure.
Dave we love you but you need cue cards brother :) Post cards of the edge featuring Desolation Row, not Masterpiece..gasp!!!!

Joined: Jul 9 2007
Nice product

Nice boxed set ... product. I don't much care for all the "stuff" that came with the E72 set but I have to remember that this is a product and not just "the music". I'm glad some complete shows from this era is being officially released. It's good music and it's overdue. I'm looking forward to hearing this.

Joined: Jul 22 2007
Is this release a new mix from the multitrack?

Do we know if these are new mixes from the multis?