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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"I'm going to Wichita"
Bolo, I'm very curious about the future hall of famer clue: was it Craig Biggio (songs that start with the letter b) or Tony LaRussa, who played minor league ball in Wichita?
I'm thrilled about this pick, really, really thrilled. Star Dark's mischief was just enough to keep us from being sure and now that it's official it feels really good.
Fall of '72, the Spring '90 box, the Branford show for those who can' afford the box and a new Pure Jerry, all following the fantastic Thelma show. There's something for everyone! Except, unfortunately, those looking for a mid 80s release. But I'd wager that the next DaP will be from the early to mid 80s...then again, we still haven't seen anything more from the returned tapes, so, maybe not.
RIP Johnny Winter 1944-2014
Just to pile on, I have a tape from 12-26-81 which just rips from start to finish. Told a friend. He looked at the setlist. "Oh, that doesn't look like much." Which made the point for me (this is 1995 and we were gathered for a Jer memorial) that setlists only amount to so much. An old standard played with verve can make you gaga again over a song you thought had become ordinary. And when verve and execution align, the actual setlist becomes secondary. And songs that I look for -- a Hard to Handle, perhaps, a Me and Bobby Magee or a Wheel -- don't resonate if they don't hit a groove. In that sense, though they're such different aspects of the experience, tapes and actual performances could be tepid or they might leap from the speakers. Me likes the leapers....
With all due respect, there'd be no legitimate reason for consternation about an '84 release on top of a '90. They're six years apart. We do have three Fall '72 Dicks already (though they're Sept), and last year's near-Fall classic. All masterpieces that I love, but just putting it in perspective. There's now at least one Dave's for every Keith year in the '70's. But only one of Brent's 11 years in the band. Nothing between '80 & '90, even with the box.
If there WAS consternation, and if you closed your eyes and concentrated, you could hear the world's smallest violin playing in my living room........
Again, though, DP11 is sure to rock : )
thanks for posting the whole setlist.
the first 8 songs were missing at 'the setlist program'.
Supposedly this is what Dick Latvala had to say about this show:
In Wichita (11/17), one of the best shows, of this period occurred. Garcia is playing with gusto and originality thru-out the show. :"Bird Song" and "Sugar Magnolia" are the highpoints outside of the real goods delivered in the jam: "Truckin->jam->The Other One->jam->The Other One->Brokedown Palace". (the "jam" segments contain lengthy and very unique playing.)
I should also add that the Cumberland smokes and the sound quality is very good to my ears.
I friend of mine attended this show and as a tour veteran, ranks it as the best he's ever seen. There were only about 500 people in attendance and the scene was very cool because it started to snow as they waited outside the venue. Later after the show the Dead showed up at the rotating bar at the top of the hotel across the street for a few drinks. Wish I was there.
7/4/87... I vividly remember stating loudly as the boys stumbled from Althea into UJB, "I think the second set just started!" Very strange day and one of the lamest shows I saw for sure.
Some of the published setlists for this concert are incomplete. Here's the show:
The Promised Land
Me And My Uncle
Black Throated Wind
Box Of Rain
Don't Ease Me In
Beat It On Down The Line
Brown Eyed Women
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Around And Around
The Other One ->
Brokedown Palace ->
Uncle John's Band
Johnny B. Goode
This is one of those shows where you should pretty much ignore the setlist. It tells you very little about the tight and focused playing within. Songs that I might normally skip (MAMU!) are so kick-ass in this show. I'm getting all worked up.
I haven't listened to my copy for a long time, because of the sound quality, and there is so much better sounding stuff now, so... I mean, wow. What an upgrade this will be. Isn't that one of the things we want from a subscription series like this? Great, underrated, little heard, poor sounding show gets upgrade. Hell yeah.
Sorry to be so crazy enthused about this one, can't help it. Those of you who haven't heard it, just wait until you do. If you haven't got a subscription, order this one... you will kick yourself later if you don't.
If the sound quality is what I expect it to be, this will knock DaP 8 (1980) aside as my favorite of the series, no doubt about that.
EDIT - Kate, thanks for sharing those quotes from the review in the TC - I'll have to read that review again. But it's pretty spot on if I recall (well, maybe except for the "raw" part).
. . .. This will be a very enjoyable Dave's!
Can't wait to compare the 11/17/72 He's Gone to the 9/17/72 Dick's #23 version (my most of the time favorite version) :)
Exactly one month before I first saw the Dead. 12/15/72 Long Beach Arena. To this day one of my favorite concert memories ever. Began a love affair with the Dead that had me catch every show I could within reason. Last show was 12/19/94 Los Angeles Sports Arena. Back in the day we cherished every recorded note we could get our hands on. Now people complain. It's a great time to be alive.
"Wait, can you say 3/29/90 complete for Black Friday RSD?"
An 80s installment on top of a 2nd 90 release would've been cause for consternation; however, this is an absolutely fantastic selection which, as Claney recognized, taps a magnificent Fall 72 season that has been understandably overshadowed by the nearly unprecedented, sustained excellence of the overseas Spring tour (i.e., "nearly" because April - June 77 is equally impeccable - though of a different stripe - night-in, night-out).
A few notes from The Tome (Taper's Compendium): "a raw and exceptional Grateful Dead performance"; "The M&MU, TN Jed, China>Rider and A&A stand out because of the band's uncharacteristically massive jams"; "This TOO is atypical for its lack of structured theme...[it] is a pure and demented improvisational drift".
Wow. And with Englishtown on the re-release horizon from Real Gone.
Thank you, David./kate :))
i don't know if its that bad. its sort of hot & cold. some great songs. some lousy songs.
for the record let me just say two of my favorite releases are from 1972: dick's picks 30 academy of music & sunshine daydream veneta oregon
you're right nanno-1974. sometimes its how they play, but sometimes i'd rather hear a song i like even if the band is a little off.
Remember what determines a great show: It's not necessarily what they play, it's how they play it.
Regardless, the set list from 11/17/72 looks terrific, in my opinion. I've heard amazing things about the He's Gone - Truckin - Other One - Brokedown Palace - Sugar Mag.
...man, I missed your uplifting posts.....
want to see a bummer setlist? Try 7/4/87...yuck...
i don't think they could have picked a show with a worse setlist.
the only songs i like are:
china cat sunflower
i know you rider
the other one
this show has too many covers the grateful dead could never pull off. hopefully, there is some quality filler added to this release.
Gotta admit, this looks great. Hey, at least it's a different MONTH in '72 then has ever been released ;) And it's great to see one of the '72 Box of Rains on a release...to my ear, they're ever so slightly closer to American Beauty than the '73 ones. I've never heard this show, but all the Archive comments are pretty ecstatic, sounds like a really small venue and looking forward to this reportedly standout He's Gone. And as Mustin says, was Bird Song ever not good?
Still hoping for a mid-80's release for DP12 (no, Spring '90 is not the same thing). Or a '68. This is likely my last subscription (I'm ready to say I have enough)(with option to buy one-offs) so I really hope it's an under-represented year for the finale.
And still have my finger on the trigger for this box...one more big splurge?
A favorite show of mine since around 2002, when I first heard it. Given that some of the more well known shows (Hofheinz!) from this period are not in the Vault, this was a GREAT pick. Especially since the circulating versions (that I know of) have splices and somewhat murky sound - this is going to be a massive sonic upgrade.
Have I mentioned (several times) that my VERY favoritist, top, bestist era for the Dead is October-November 72? And we finally have our first release from that period! (Yes, I think it is very different from September - more skronk, more jazzy jamming -
I mean, check out the Other One in this Wichita show - perhaps Keith's finest moment in jazz mode...
Or, the Box of Rain. Their best song, IMO - but not always enjoyable for me to hear them play live (the vocals can be, uh, problematic on this one). But they NAIL the harmonies on this version.... (and on Brokedown)
I am a happy camper.
When was Bird Song never good?
Honorable mention for 11/17/72 here:
check PM RE: DaP #8
....just what Dave's Picks needed, a 72 show! Looks good, I'm ready to rock! Last night's movie was awesome! Wish they would release the DVD but you cant have everything I guess. This and the new JGB(which is excellent!) should kill time nicely until Spring 90 TOO arrives! Later folks!!
From what I see, about 1/3 of this show has not circulated, so this show is longer than most setlists show. In that 1/3, there's a Bird Song. This was a great era for Bird Song.
I agree that 4/24/78 was the weakest DaP so far, but I wouldn't say I regret purchasing it. The Scarlet-Fire is top 10 and the Good Lovin' is my favorite post-Pig. The first set is pretty solid and high energy. Disc three is pretty underwhelming though.
I would wait to see if they supplement 11/17/72 with some 11/18 filler. Otherwise it looks pretty short. If that Playin' from 11/18 makes it on there, purchase right away.
Cool Wichita late 72,should be some good jams can't wait. anyone know when it goes on sale?...
Here is about all I will say about this one. If I didn't have a subscription, Dave would really have to sell this one on me. I hope to be surprised and find some interesting new nuggets of gold in this concert, but I am a bit saturated with 1972 right now.
Speaking of selling me on something, I have one regret re: DaP purchases and that is #7, 4/24/78. Dave really sold that one hard and it just does not hold up as a top shelf show, in my opinion. I just recently listened again and was again seriously underwhelmed by this show. I didn't pull the trigger on #8 because of that experience and truly regret not picking that one up.
On a vinyl release. Wait, can you say 3/29/90 complete for Black Friday RSD?
Does anyone know (or want to guess) if any vinyl will be pressed for for the "Too" series (or the 3/29 show)?
Looking forward to seeing the artwork.
I am psyched for another 1972 entry.
Just got the address verification email, it's 11/17/72!
Dave's Picks Volume 11: Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72
Dave's Picks Volume 11: Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72
Another 72 to the collection
Ain't no questions now.
So it is official...
Wichita Kansas 11/17/72. Congrats all of you Fall of 72 folks. This has been a good couple of days for the '72 devotees.
same email! Hot hot show!
....I just got the same email. "Oh Toto, there's no place like home." Bring on Wichita. Super-stoked for this one. After all, my name is Vguy"72"....
Just got the following e-mail. Read on....
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....so I missed Beat Club. Love reading the comments on it however. As far as the DaP 11 announcement, I think they should not announce it at all. Just make it a surprise in our mailboxes....
You either get the Grateful Dead or you don't. If you don't, stay away and keep the "wow they play song long time" comments to thyself.
Interesting juxtaposition: Sunshine Daydream and Beat Club. SD played outdoors, very public, very community. BC played in television studio, a few crew, very intimate; very community 42 years later (THANK GOODNESS).
SD is one of the top five shows ever. BC is pure GD fun.
More meet-ups, please. I don't need a tote bag or rubber stamps, just more music (and appropriate visuals.) At times, it looked like the GD were playing in Bikini Bottom, with those tie-dye images. That's an appropriate visual.
Couple things caught my eye during the Bremen show.
When you see the band close up enough to see their fingers on the fretboard AND the looks they exchange, you get a better feel for the 3-4 note signals they send each other to take it up or take it down.
The full band seemed to fully enjoy playing both Mr. Charlie (robust and funky) and One More Saturday Night, which is almost too much on the box set due to its incessant appearance on nearly every show (something that doesn't happen to Playing in the Band), but rocked big time last night.
In fact, my "insight" is that the longer, spacier Playing in the Band marked the first big, new jam vehicle to emerge as the band left behind Alligator, St. Stephen, etc. So they played it every chance they got, including twice last night, because it's seemingly a path to the future.
Keith appears benevolently bored most of the time, but comes alive in the brisker jams.
When Jer stops Sugaree and says "someone played the wrong changes" he has his back to Pigpen and is kinda joking with Phil about, obviously, Pigpen. It sounds like a kindly exasperation and it seems to reflect a level of tolerance born of compassion for Pigpen's obvious demise and the realization that Pigpen never made the transition to the band's somewhat newly acquired musical sophistication. Of course, Pigpen essentially was a bluesman and that fancy shit was beyond him and that's not a bad thing. Wish he'd lived to make his solo album.
My wife did the SAME thing through the jam... she actually was worried going to the movie she'd be bored. But she said "I get bored in movies with plots, but I really enjoyed that"...
but it's not just the dead, she doesn't enjoy the noodling from any band... in fact she really doesn't like the Allman's.
She does however enjoy the jamming of CRB and the Black Crowes...
Anyway... great night out here in Columbia, SC!
Before the Beat Club show started, they did speak with Bobby & Jeff Norman for a couple of minutes as they sat at the mixing board. Bobby said that during this tour the band was firing on all cylinders and that they were definitely at the top of their game. He said Jerry had fully recovered form his coma and was clean. Then he kind of laughed and said
"Well, as clean as he could be". Too funny. Jeff said he takes one song at a time and takes one band member at a time. He said that he has the most fun with Jerry and does him last. Branford was also on and he said the LOVED playing with them. He said "No sound check, no practice, no set list, no nothing. Just come out on stage and let it flow. I was like this is the SHIT"! Everyone in the theatre got a good laugh out of that. Before the movie they were playing Eyes of the World from 3/29/90 while they asked trivia questions.
But once again, my wife proved the old adage that is expressed many times here, the wives usually don't "get it". My wife loves the short snappy song like One More Sat. Night, Bertha, BIODTL, etc. But part way through the GREAT TOO jam, she leans over to me and says "Does it ever end"! I laughed out loud at that. Too funny indeed. A great night for sure and I cannot wait for next year's MUAM. I too was hoping for the DaP11 announcement, but no luck.
Loved the Meet Up at the Movies! An outstanding document of the band