Spring 1990 (The Other One) Box
•144-page paperback book with essays by Nicholas G. Meriwether and Blair Jackson
•A portfolio with three art prints by Jessica Dessner
• Replica ticket stubs and backstage passes for all eight shows
•8 complete shows on 23 discs
•3/14/90 Capital Centre, Landover, MD
•3/18/90 Civic Center, Hartford, CT
•3/21/90 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario
•3/25/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
•3/28/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
•3/29/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (featuring Branford Marsalis)
•4/1/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
•4/3/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
Recorded by long-time Grateful Dead audio engineer John Cutler
Mixed from the master 24-track analog tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir's TRI Studios
Mastered to HDCD specs by David Glasser
Original Art by Jessica Dessner
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 9,000
Announcing Spring 1990 (The Other One)
"If every concert tells a tale, then every tour writes an epic. Spring 1990 felt that way: an epic with more than its share of genius and drama, brilliance and tension. And that is why the rest of the music of that tour deserves this release, why the rest of those stories need to be heard." - Nicholas G. Meriwether
Some consider Spring 1990 the last great Grateful Dead tour. That it may be. In spite of outside difficulties and downsides, nothing could deter the Grateful Dead from crafting lightness from darkness. They were overwhelmingly triumphant in doing what they came to do, what they did best — forging powerful explorations in music. Yes, it was the music that would propel their legacy further, young fans joining the ranks with veteran Dead Heads, Jerry wondering "where do they keep coming from?" — a sentiment that still rings true today, a sentiment that offers up another opportunity for an exceptional release from a tour that serves as transcendental chapter in the Grateful Dead masterpiece.
With Spring 1990 (The Other One), you'll have the chance to explore another eight complete shows from this chapter, the band elevating their game to deliver inspired performances of concert staples (“Tennessee Jed” and “Sugar Magnolia”), exceptional covers (Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and the band’s last performance of the Beatles’ “Revolution”) and rare gems (the first “Loose Lucy” in 16 years) as well as many songs from Built To Last, which had been released the previous fall and would become the Dead’s final studio album. Also among the eight is one of the most sought-after shows in the Dead canon: the March, 29, 1990 show at Nassau Coliseum, where Grammy®-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis sat in with the group. The entire second set is one continuous highlight, especially the breathtaking version of “Dark Star.”
For those of you who are keeping track, this release also marks a significant milestone as now, across the two Spring 1990 boxed sets, Dozin At The Knick, and Terrapin Limited, the entire spring tour of 1990 has been officially released, making it only the second Grateful Dead tour, after Europe 1972, to have that honor.
Now shipping, you'll want to order your copy soon as these beautiful boxes are going, going, gone...
Listening Party: 3/29/90, Nassau Coliseum With Branford Marsalis, Set 2
Enjoy the 2nd set of 3/29/90!
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And, keep in mind that if you prefer flac but don't believe you gain anything with the HD option, you can download the 16 bit apple lossless files and convert to 16 bit flac lossless with zero change in quality. There are lots of tools to do this, many free. If the ones you have or find don't have a direct conversion, you can convert the apple lossless to wav and then from wav to flac. You could also burn the apple files to cd, and then rip the cd's directly to flac, or to wav and then convert to flac. Anyway, in the end, the resulting flac files should be just as perfect as the original apple downloads. Also, keep in mind that the 16 bit downloads should be exact duplicates of the CD's in the box set. The HDCD encoding should be there because that encoding protocol uses an algorithm that allows 20 bit recording to be encoded into the 16 bit format. I'm not 100% sure that the HDCD code will make it through the conversion process to wav and/or flac. That probably depends on the conversion tool used and would need to be tested.
Someone on this forum asked if you can now get a download of the first Spring 90 box. Dead.net are not flagging this option up too well but the answer is yes. Go to the Digital option on the store bar at the top of this page, click on it then click on the Spring 90 box option - ignoring the scary $200 price tag. This will take you to the correct page. Again ignore the Sold Out sign - that only applies to the physical version - and look down for the download options. At present you can get the Apple Lossless version for $120 with a Flac HD choice coming later. There is a help page, set up for the May 77 box, if more info is needed.
I just noticed Boblope's little poem, where he says "This box has magnetic personality -surprises abound".
I tried placing the dice around the magnetized parts of the box lid, thinking that maybe they're made to roll to the DEAD sides, and I tried them against other magnets, but the dice do not appear to be magnetic.
Anyone know any other surprises?
Finally! Got to my town (Dallas) 3 days ago and has gone from UPS to a couple of different USPS stops before it finally got to it's final destination. Glad it made it!
Fantastic release, worth every penny! I was fortunate enough to attend the March 28 and March 29 concerts. Looking back, as a former New Yorker now living in Northern California, I really appreciate that I got to experience these two significant shows along with the other Upstate New York concerts held during my Syracuse University years along with the many Madison Square Garden, Meadowlands, and 1979 Nassau Coliseum shows... Thanks!
@Walt- Desolation Row from 3-24 was released on Postcards From The Hanging, and One More Saturday Night was released on Without A net. So, between that, Dozin', and the bonus tracks from the 3/26 show on the first spring 90 box, 3-24 has been released in its entirety.
If I'm not mistaken aren't Desolation Row and One More Saturday Night from the Knick (3/24/90) still unaccounted for?
... for doing that work for us, I was able to download your scans easily.
We and our 2-year-old(#3088)would like to welcome into our home #3655. It's so cute and I'm about to change its first disc.
I have scanned all the album art and uploaded to share. Please feel free to use until dead.net release the high res images. You can find the images in the link below.
Hopefully this share works. Let me know if anyone has trouble accessing.
There are MAGNETS in that there heavy cover. I noticed that the square piece that comes out to reveal the coin has two little pieces of metal embedded in opposing sides, cause one of mine fell out. I reinserted and went to put the square piece back in place, and noticed it pushing back. When turned 90 degrees, the square seems just practically pops itself back in. You still gotta push it to get it all the way in. Try taking it out and putting back rotated by one side. It feels like a pretty strong magnet.
That's gotta account for some of The Weight.
Anyone dare tear it open yet?? Maybe the dice are loaded to play on top? Like bolo hinted at?
Almost the halfway mark for mine. Speaking of halfway, I am just finishing loading the forth show into iTunes. I have an early morning meeting, but I will have it on my iPod in the car for the ride. Can't wait! I've had the 3/14/90 Loose Lucy for years. Remember when you could download the tracks that were posted to dead.net? I am so looking forward to hearing it! Goodnight brothers and sisters :-)
On the first show of the 1990 Spring Tour now - sound is great. And really enjoying the start of the tour energy- there was a rip in one of my cases (3/21) but I think it just adds a little character.
Any ideas for some good Dice games?
I actually like the goodies for this one and cannot wait to have a library/music room so I can frame the prints I have received from this box and others. This is a great time to be into the dead- so much quality coming out consistently each year - IMO Dave's Picks has blown away the RT series and the boxes have been awesome.
Anyway, back to listening-
Dead.net, please post some high quality pics of the individual show covers for those of us who are importing.
I think I've finally been accepted into "The Low Number Club," not that it matters! As long as it's one of the existing copies! :) But the copy I received of the most recent Dave's Picks was #94! Just sayin'.
Anyway, the set is beautiful! I especially like the little (but many-paged) book! So cute, and nicely designed.
Anyway, time to climb into bed and listen to as much of 3/14/90 as I can stay awake for. Not that it won't be stellar, it's just been a long week!
Party on, Dead fans! And thanks for all the hard work, Dead.net folk!
Blown Away, that's what I am right now over this box.
I am familiar with these shows, inside and out. Have been for roughly 24 years now, after the rough auds came out immediately after tour and before the Carson May shows, then to the better FOBs, then to the early SBDs, the DSBDs and well, you know the progression. This tour is and will always be on my short list of best ever. While that is more accepted a theory now, my friends and I felt that way 20 years ago when it wasn't as much of a consensus opinion to say the least.
I am simply out of my skull over the quality of the mix on these, it is stellar and second to none in terms of prior releases. While there is something jaw dropping over what Jeffrey and the gang do with a 1969 or 1970 show when releasing it some 40+ years later, this is a different impressive. A more hi-fidelity experience for the faithful indeed.
I have read a lot about the shame of the first box mix being subpar to this since that contained better shows. That last part is horseshit. This batch contains the secret shows, the glue if you will, that binds and elevates this tour. Night one Cap. Night one Hartford. Night one Copps. Night One Nassau. Atlanta bookends. These are the shows that may not look great "on paper" as the saying goes, but which deliver in what makes this tour special.
O.K., on to the 2nd show. I was at the next night and I remember listening to this on the radio as it was simulcast. I think this show is just as good,wish I could've went to both. The two shows on this tour I went to are on the first box and I wish they sounded like this. I've listened to this box set(2shows) on all my devices and it sounds great on everything! Especially my home 5.1 system, its like the Dead are in my living room! "When I paint My Masterpiece"is one of my favorite Dead covers. Bobby sings Bobby great! Yes, if you are still on the fence, get this set, you wont regret it! So far the music is fantastic!!! Take care folks!!!
Wow all I have to say not to be mean but if you pass on this one your a fool this is by far the best release yet please release more 24 track shows I don't care if they are 90-95 if they sound like this I will buy everything
...Here on Long Island! YES! Haven't listened to anything, yet, but the box itself is a thing of beauty. I really enjoyed opening it up and looking at all the little details. My 2-and-1/2-year-old son got a kick out of it, too! "Open" and "Knock, knock," he said, tapping on the blue shipping box. "D," he said when he saw the dice.. "E"... "A"... "D"... Can't wait to listen and play some of this for him. When he was just a few months old he would lay on his back and dance to "Shakedown Street," even vocalizing to the "Well, well, well..." Can you tell I'm a proud, happy dad? That is a GRATEFUL DAD!
Started at the beginning... up to 3/25 Knickerbocker....
THIS THING IS A WINNER.
Brent on Hey Pocky Way at an earlier show... uh... 3/21? was AMAZING!
Box showed up Thursday but didn't have time to start with class, but damn, this is great. The sound is fantastic and the first show, like the first piece in the book says, is amazing already. I've made it through the first box twice...I think this one will get more play...even without a Box of Rain :/
Just started listening to the 1st show. Quality is awesome as in most of the releases. The packaging is wonderful.
#1350 arrived here in Metuchen, NJ yesterday.
Music to one side, just for a moment: This thing is lovely! It's all very attractively designed. I am enjoying Jessica Dessner's beautiful drawings, trying to relate each image to the appropriate venue or song (why a tortoise on the final Omni show?). The included paperback book contains a serious, readable -- if somewhat "scholarly" -- treatment of the tour experience, synthesizing the viewpoints of band, management, press, "locals" (including police & government) and Deadheads. I decided to digest the whole thing before digging into the shows. Nick Meriwether has really done a great job with this! It's something genuinely deeper than any other set of liner notes I've seen & it makes a great companion to the (more typical and expected) glossy photo books & Dennis McNally's notes in the first box set.
The construction of the box interior itself is somewhat flimsier than the first set & like some others, I have found that the heavy cardboard separators between some of the discs have already gotten a bit smooshed, probably just from the force of the CD cases wanting to shift around in transit. Oh well. The other geegaws (coin, dice, repro tix & passes and the "art prints") are fine novelties, but not much more than that.
I did finish reading the Meriwether essay this afternoon and so, skipping (for now) Blair's individual show blow-by-blow accounts, I dug into the Capital Center tour opener. Everyone has been saying the same thing: the sound and mix are fantastic. Everyone is correct: the sound and mix are fantastic! I found listening to the previous Spring 1990 box to be a little wearing -- everything seemed washed together, harsh. This has got beautiful separation of every instrument and voice. All the timbres sound clear and full. This simply sounds good as anything released from any era & far better than many, and I have heard all of them (except that elusive Beyond Description bonus disc -- Hello!).
Also, and most important of all, the band are just playing with fire. The brief, intense jam in Feel Like A Stranger, just the second song of the tour, conveys everything. This is essential Grateful Dead.
Maybe there is someone reading this still on the fence about plunking down big change for so many shows at one go, particularly if they felt disappointed by the first Spring 1990 box. If that's you, I implore you: Get This Set. It is the real deal. There is nothing "lesser" about the performances here & everything "greater" about the mix and mastering jobs by Messrs Norman and Glasser.
Hat off, rant over, stereo ON.
Checked the credit card statement - "Miracle" or not, the charge for the box was still there. Will let you guys know what's up as soon as I hear something from the Dead.net folks.
The plot thickens...
Not to distract from the box set, but wanted to see what people thought. As a rookie, I only first heard They Love Each Other on the May '77 box set, and then in various later live recordings. Never did anything for me, besides being a pleasant enough song.
I heard a version from 1973 on XM the other day and it was fantastic, like a completely different (and better) song, to me at least, at a little more upbeat tempo.
Any input for best TLEO?
I am not a tracking kind of guy. I received my shipping notice and left it at that. Had a planned short Friday at work and came home to the package. Nice way to start the weekend. Sounds so sweet. Show two up next. I think I need more beer. Cheers!
My favorite part of the artwork so far is the back of the book which has a bolt and the caption "Put a bolt on it" WHich has me grinning. Maybe some artists get told their art is great, but it needs to be Deadified! Certainly a wink to Portlandia, I would think.
This is a joyful day. My favorite Dead. I'm riding high. The first one to listen to is 4/1/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
"Just a little light" brought tears to my eyes and shivers throughout my body it's good.
....the online tracking shows by box was transferred from UPS to USPS at 11:15 AM. My mail usually arrives between 3:00 and 3:30 PM. Here's hoping it made it on the bus....I mean truck...
# 8489 arrived in Erie CO. I'm opting to listen in chronological order over the next few days, the whole tour, including previous releases.
Some have wondered how the nos. are decided. I am sure there is no rhyme or reason. It just is the luck of the draw as they pull your order off of the pallet in the warehouse. I always order the minute I get the email and I never get a low number. I don't really care, just saying.
It is all about the music and this music is unbelievable! The sound is probably about as good as you can get. I am about half way through 3/14, I would never listen out of order the first time, and it is sounding very pretty indeed.
Once I get through these 8 shows, I will cue up all 16 and go through the whole tour as if I was literally on the bus and not just mentally.
Get it now if you haven't already. You will not be disappointed
Wow,sold vol 1 to pay for this box and glad I did! Possibly the greatest quality live recordings I have ever heard. I played Without A Net to death for 20 years and was incredibly let down when vol 1 came out. This has now made up for that.Its been said here before;but if you are on the fence and haven't got it yet you had better act fast! I have the steamer 72 box also and feel this is an equal. If the 2 volumes would have been combined into a huge box with this quality..who knows the accolades it would be getting
Thanks! Been enjoying lurking, looking forward to contributing.
Haven't got into the new box yet's music yet, but it is a great collection and visual piece. I am wrapping up the shows from the first Spring 1990 set now, and then will start with the new ones later tonight maybe. Listening to 4/2/90 from the first now during these last few hours of work..
I'm sorry I missed the first one. Here's hoping the release it digitally!!!!.....it was done with da ROAD TRIPS so who knows.......nice sturdy box ....well thought out ....I will catch grief for this comment but I'm gonna throw out it ....plus most of stuff with it ..... It's the music that matters to me.....the rest unnessitary....the booklet will make good reading .....the sound great ....here's hoping like Europe 72 ( music only) there are more releases like that ....just 2cents from #8976
Listening to show #1 [03/14/90] it sounds sweet, and this box set is nice TOO ! I like the coin & dice, a lot of thought went into the design of this release. Nice work Dead Net / Rhino.
Thoughts on the "Miracle" coin(s).
Maybe these folks will see there CC statements credited back their purchase price. Now that would cool.
Happy listening !
I'm really enjoying this show. Only Friend of the Devil performed on the entire tour.
Listening to 3.29.90 first. Just put in 1st disc. Looking forward to killing some time with this.
Wow, these tunes are great. Listened to 3/29 last night and have decided that I have a favorite Bird Song. Branford adds a lot to it (and we all know the song was perfect to begin with.) There's something about Branford and Jerry's playing (their solos=AMAZING) and Brent's harmonies that is magical. Such a moving listening experience for me.
The album art is genius. Probably the best art I've seen on a Dead release.
Happy listening, folks!
Perhaps holders of the "miracle" coins will soon gain entrance to DL's legendary vault. For the fortunate few: whilst inside there, for God's sake, don't sneeze on the tapes!
for me, that's May and August>
two of the most famous Dead shows took place in May (Cornell) and August (Springfield Creamery>
8/27/72 recently released>
therefor it's 5/8/77!
Of course, if your allergies hit at different times, your show will be different. Either way, the next release will be nothing to sneeze at.
Received number 5000 last night. Has a few dings and a page in the book is extra long and folded in but the whole set is intact. But I like the round number 5000 so it's a keeper. Only got through 3/29. I'm hoping that we can see a release of 9/10/91 from MSG with Branford at some pont. I was fortunate to attend and that was my penultimate show.
*Quick shout out for Pete Hanson and his wife Sue Kim and daughter Christine, being yesterday was 9/11. We'll miss you always, never forget you and, Pete you were a Classic Head,and A Great Guy!
Perhaps holders of the "miracle" coins will soon gain entrance to DL's legendary vault.
For the fortunate few: whilst inside there, for God's sake, don't sneeze on the tapes!
Still listening to 3/14 and it sounds great! A big Thank You to all who made this possible!
Nice to see some folks on here getting some really low numbers.
I am intrigued by lundyw1's coin with no number, just 'miracle'.... I am dying to know the story behind that.... but I think I can put two and two together... lundy, did you ever get billed? Check your CC statements!
And I'm halfway through that excellent essay by Mr. Meriwether... good reading.
Listened to the first show. The energy is just super high, everyone sounds like they're having a blast, and every band member is clear in the mix. And Phil. Phil. What is it about his playing that makes the bass sound like fun turned into sound? Thanks again all involved. And Jeffrey Norman - thank you, thank you thank you.
To the 1st show-Wonderful playing in great sound. Can't wait to hear all of these in order. After hearing the Landover show all I can think is what a huge sound improvement in these 24 tracks. Big bass, Jerry is as loud as he should be and the interplay is all there with out the excessive brightness that sometimes marred the sound quality on the first box. Ok how can we get 24 track replacement discs for box one from Rhino? Revolution or ballot box? (Ha). Thanks for putting this box out in the high quality sound that this music deserves.
Just gave 3/29/90 a good listen. Sound quality is as good as everyone hoped and everyone is now reporting. And of course Branford really makes this a special show. My only complaint is the sound of Brent's keyboards. A classical music critic once said that a harpsichord sounds like "two skeletons making love on a tin roof" and while that's an interesting concept for a Grateful Dead album cover it's a terrible sound for a rock band. Brent's keyboards sound like a harpsichord. Hey, there's a reason they invented the piano. All that technology used to mimic a harpsichord?
If you're on the fence for the Spring'90 TOO boxset based purely on the sound quality of the first Spring'90 boxset, step up before they go. It's like a veil was lifted off the soundstage compared to the first one. For me, the first 90 boxset did not meet the sound quality of Without a Net. This boxset surpasses it.
@muleskinner_blues - Welcome to deadheaddom. I love that Dylan quote from his eulogy for Jerry.
There's an almost endless trove of musical treasure to be discovered (at least a lifetime, which is enough). I have always loved how the Dead's music crosses paths with so many other musical streams - pointing even well versed music lovers in some new directions.
Enjoy the ride.
Just got my box today and noticed that the box that holds the book as well as the cd dividers have come unglued and damaged. Does anyone else have this problem? I'll try Dead.net tomorrow.
Also noticed that my coin does not have a number on it - has the word "Miracle" instead. What's up with that?
At least until I get the box situation figured out, I have some awesome music to keep me company. Listening to the two Atlanta shows. Was at both and was surprised to find them just as good as I remembered!