Grateful Dead

Spring 1990 (The Other One) Box

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What's Inside:
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!

Listening Party, Part 2

Enjoy a track from each show!

Listening Party, Part 1

Enjoy a track from each show!

Seaside Chat: David Lemieux On The Branford Show

Unveiling Spring 1990 (TOO)

Talkin' Spring 1990 Too With Bob Weir, Jeffrey Norman And Branford Marsalis

David Lemieux on What’s Inside Spring 1990 (The Other One)

Product Details

Show #1
Capital Center, Landover, MD (3/14/90)


Disc 1
1. COLD RAIN AND SNOW [6:56]
2. FEEL LIKE A STRANGER [7:44]
3. NEVER TRUST A WOMAN [6:27]
4. MAMA TRIED> [2:31]
5. BIG RIVER [5:21]
6. LOOSE LUCY [6:56]
7. STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN [8:50]
8. ROW JIMMY [10:17]
9. LET IT GROW [11:54]

Disc 2
1. CRAZY FINGERS> [8:12]
2. PLAYING IN THE BAND> [10:27]
3. UNCLE JOHN'S BAND> [8:05]
4. JAM> [7:12]
5. DRUMS> [7:38]
6. SPACE> [6:34]
7. DEAR MR. FANTASY> [5:53]
8. I NEED A MIRACLE> [4:07]
9. BLACK PETER> [7:53]
10. TURN ON YOUR LOVELIGHT [6:01]
11. BLACK MUDDY RIVER [6:00]

Show #2
Civic Center, Hartford, CT (3/18/90)


Disc 1
1. SHAKEDOWN STREET> [12:45]
2. LITTLE RED ROOSTER [9:28]
3. STAGGER LEE [5:29]
4. ME AND MY UNCLE> [3:08]
5. MEXICALI BLUES [5:22]
6. FRIEND OF THE DEVIL [8:44]
7. JUST A LITTLE LIGHT [5:55]
8. WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE [5:32]
9. RAMBLE ON ROSE [8:02]
10. THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED [7:38]

Disc 2
1. IKO IKO [8:08]
2. LOOKS LIKE RAIN [8:27]
3. HE'S GONE> [8:56]
4. TRUCKIN'> [8:54]
5. SPOONFUL> [7:19]
6. DRUMS [6:52]

Disc 3
1. SPACE> [11:23]
2. THE WHEEL> [5:49]
3. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER> [6:06]
4. MORNING DEW [11:32]
5. U.S. BLUES [5:31]

Show #3
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (3/21/90)


Disc 1
1. MISSISSIPPI HALF-STEP UPTOWN TOODELOO [8:33]
2. NEW MINGLEWOOD BLUES [7:36]
3. FAR FROM ME [5:05]
4. QUEEN JANE APPROXIMATELY [6:29]
5. LOOSE LUCY [7:27]
6. VICTIM OR THE CRIME> [8:07]
7. STANDING ON THE MOON> [8:00]
8. PROMISED LAND [4:53]

Disc 2
1. HEY POCKY WAY [7:10]
2. CRAZY FINGERS> [07:38]
3. CUMBERLAND BLUES [5:30]
4. ESTIMATED PROPHET> [11:51]
5. HE'S GONE> [12:42]
6. DRUMS> [9:37]

Disc 3
1. SPACE> [7:39]
2. I NEED A MIRACLE> [4:16]
3. WHARF RAT> [8:41]
4. THROWING STONES> [8:59]
5. TURN ON YOUR LOVELIGHT [6:51]
6. KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR [7:10]

Show #4
Knickerbocker Arena, Albany NY (3/25/90)


Disc 1
1. GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD> [4:06]
2. TOUCH OF GREY [6:42]
3. WANG DANG DOODLE [7:22]
4. NEVER TRUST A WOMAN [7:36]
5. JACK-A-ROE [4:36]
6. WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE [5:27]
7. BIRD SONG [13:08]
8. LET IT GROW [11:36]

Disc 2
1. EYES OF THE WORLD> [13:26]
2. SAMSON AND DELILAH [7:47]
3. CRAZY FINGERS> [7:21]
4. TRUCKIN'> [7:43]
5. SPOONFUL> [5:37]
6. DRUMS [9:59]

Disc 3
1. SPACE> [8:58]
2. I WILL TAKE YOU HOME> [4:18]
3. GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD> [6:58]
4. BLACK PETER> [9:09]
5. AROUND AND AROUND [6:45]
6. THE MIGHTY QUINN (QUINN THE ESKIMO) [4:40]

Show #5 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (3/28/90)

Disc 1
1. COLD RAIN AND SNOW> [6:29]
2. NEW MINGLEWOOD BLUES [7:27]
3. EASY TO LOVE YOU [5:48]
4. HIGH TIME [6:14]
5. QUEEN JANE APPROXIMATELY [6:32]
6. LOOSE LUCY [6:11]
7. CASSIDY> [6:06]
8. DEAL [8:18]

Disc 2
1. FOOLISH HEART> [10:21]
2. LOOKS LIKE RAIN> [8:09]
3. CUMBERLAND BLUES> [5:50]
4. THE WEIGHT [5:46]
5. HEY POCKY WAY> [x:xx]
6. DRUMS [11:17]

Disc 3
1. SPACE> [9:22]
2. THE OTHER ONE> [6:52]
3. WHARF RAT> [10:35]
4. GOOD LOVIN' [7:52]
5. REVOLUTION [4:55]

Show #6
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (3/29/90)


Disc 1
1. JACK STRAW> [6:15]
2. BERTHA [6:59]
3. WE CAN RUN [6:04]
4. RAMBLE ON ROSE [8:08]
5. WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE [6:02]
6. BIRD SONG> [13:05]
7. PROMISED LAND [4:46]

Disc 2
1. EYES OF THE WORLD> [16:33]
2. ESTIMATED PROPHET> [14:47]
3. DARK STAR> [18:19]
4. DRUMS [10:22]

Disc 3
1. SPACE> [7:53]
2. DARK STAR> [2:46]
3. THE WHEEL> [4:23]
4. THROWING STONES> [9:25]
5. TURN ON YOUR LOVELIGHT [7:41]
6. KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR [8:24]

Show #7
The Omni, Atlanta, GA (4/1/90)


Disc 1
1. TOUCH OF GREY [6:41]
2. WALKIN' BLUES [6:27]
3. JUST A LITTLE LIGHT [6:12]
4. CANDYMAN [7:20]
5. ME AND MY UNCLE> [3:05]
6. BIG RIVER [5:28]
7. ALTHEA [8:09]
8. VICTIM OR THE CRIME> [9:55]
9. TO LAY ME DOWN> [9:24]
10. THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED [7:55]

Disc 2
1. CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER> [5:33]
2. I KNOW YOU RIDER [4:51]
3. SHIP OF FOOLS> [7:50]
4. MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER> [7:54]
5. DRUMS [7:30]

Disc 3
1. SPACE> [11:48]
2. DEAR MR. FANTASY> [5:42]
3. HEY JUDE> [2:37]
4. TRUCKIN'> [7:00]
5. STELLA BLUE> [10:21]
6. SUGAR MAGNOLIA [9:15]
7. IT'S ALL OVER NOW BABY BLUE [7:40]

Show #8
The Omni, Atlanta, GA (4/3/90)


Disc 1
1. SHAKEDOWN STREET [12:15]
2. HELL IN A BUCKET> [6:17]
3. SUGAREE [11:24]
4. WE CAN RUN [6:55]
5. WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE [5:17]
6. ROW JIMMY [10:11]
7. PICASSO MOON [7:14]
8. TENNESSEE JED> [7:39]
9. PROMISED LAND [4:42]

Disc 2
1. ESTIMATED PROPHET> [14:03]
2. SCARLET BEGONIAS> [6:57]
3. CRAZY FINGERS> [8:06]
4. PLAYING IN THE BAND> [11:40]
5. DRUMS [8:17]

Disc 3
1. SPACE> [6:56]
2. I WILL TAKE YOU HOME> [4:17]
3. GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD> [6:14]
4. THROWING STONES> [8:42]
5. NOT FADE AWAY [7:27]
6. WE BID YOU GOODNIGHT [3:14]

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speaking of 77...

speaking of 77, I'd like them to put out the Swing Auditorium 2/26 show...

Terrapin Station - First Play and starts the show - people in the crowd must have been blown away...

Wonder what the people at the show called Estimated Prophet as they were writing down the set list - "California"???

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Gushes of praise and prognostications

I am in utter awe of this box set. Not only is it from one of my top 3 favorite tours (spring 77 and E72 being my other 2 faves), the sound is truly unparalleled in the embarrassment of riches of releases that we've enjoyed. I've only been through the first show, and despite what I'd normally chalk up as a pretty pedestrian set list, I'm FLOORED! I picked up moments that would normally be passed over with only mild interest - Brent oozing blues with his perfect Hammond/voice scatting on Never Trust a Woman. You can feel Brent's spit coming through the speakers - Phil's astonishing Bass lines in Crazy Fingers is among the best documents of his abilities I've heard - Jerry's poignancy in both Black Peter and Black Muddy River, heartfelt and heartbreaking - the interplay during the Jam... The mix is so damn IMMEDIATE and accessible, it makes the listening of the music a much more emotional experience for me. I feel like I'm on the stage with them, watching their eyes and intuiting their non-verbal communications. Really a whole new way to listen to the band. Anyone else having such a profound listening epiphany?

That being said, I'm a greedy (but grateful) completist and having predicted this release on these boards a while back, I'm wondering if anyone else feels like spring '77 (or at least May '77) is next in line for the "fill in the gaps" box set treatment. I have this sneaky suspicion that TPTB finally negotiated for the missing Betty Boards, including Barton Hall, and will give them their due in 2015. After all, they need to dazzle us with something stunning for the 50th anniversary, and they're running out of high demand classics that all the masses want. Sure, they will continue to release surprising one off gems that none of us have heard before as DaP's, but really, what other tour is left that would command such attention... and sales? If they want to complete the May shows, that would be 9 full shows to release, which is pretty much in line with recent box sets. If they want to complete the spring tour (and wouldn't we all love it), it would be 15 more shows to release.

So, if I were a Vegas odds-maker, I'd say the next box set will be the remaining 9 shows from May '77. It's within reach and it's high time. That would be 5/1-4 Palladium, 5/5 - New Haven, 5/7 - Boston, 5/8 - Barton f'in Hall, 5/9 - Buffalo, 5/18 Atlanta and 5/26 - Baltimore.

In the meantime, bring on something REALLY rare for DaP 12, like from 79-81.

Spring '77
4/22 - philly
4/23 - springfield
4/25 - passaic
4/26 - passaic
4/27 - passaic
4/29 - palladium - 3 songs, download series 1
4/30 - palladium - whole show, download series 1
5/1 - palladium
5/3 - palladium
5/4 - palladium
5/5 - new haven
5/7 - boston
5/8 - barton
5/9 - buffalo
5/11 - st. paul - '77 box set
5/12 - chicago - '77 box set
5/13 - chicago - '77 box set
5/15 - st. louis - '77 box set
5/17 - tuscaloosa - '77 box set
5/18 - atlanta
5/19 - atlanta - dp 29
5/21 - lakeland - dp 29
5/22 - pembroke - dp 3
5/25 - richmond - DaP 1
5/26 - baltimore
5/28 - hartford - To Terrapin

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Amazing Box Set

I have to put my 2 cents in as I have been reading this forum for a month and could not agree more with what people are saying.

I am more of a 70s fan but my first show was not until Buckeye Lake on 6/25/88. This box set speaks to me as this is the Grateful Dead I saw in concert. It brought tears to my eyes listening to these shows. Damn how I miss seeing these guys! These were some of the best times in my life, hands down.

This box sounds amazing and I echo what others have said, Brent is the man! The rest of the guys are in fine form as well, to say the least. What a sound.

Please keep them coming.

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For the love of Brent Batman

As I listen to #2229 here in Mass. I have to Marvel at how Brent Mydland played and the justice that is done by the mix of this Box Set, to him. He simply is amazing on this set..the hot hand indeed. I even balanced the stereo far right just to hear more of him. His Hammond sounds beefy,and right in your face, even nuanced. What a player, they should have kissed his ass for being in the band. Overall this is the best box I have and I own most. Please do more like theis...AMEN

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easier to get CDs out of 2nd box set

I thought the ribbons were a pain in the butt on the first set. Liked how they cutout a slot to slide them up with a finger. Ribbon was good so you don't bend the prints on the second box...

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Unbelievable sound, great design, cool booklet...

This box is great. If only as much care had gone into the Europe '72 box (not complaining too much given how unbelievable the music is.) Yes, the mix is better than the first Spring 1990 box but it's like two sides of the same coin. I'm much more of a 60's/70's head but this box has made me appreciate later Dead a lot more. I will be coming back to these shows often in the coming years.

Can you believe all the great shows released in the last 5 years alone? And never did I think I would own the FW '69 shows, E '72 complete tour, SSDD and Spring '90 tour all in outstanding fidelity. GRATE time to be a Deadhead!

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That is a mighty fine ribbon!...

....and it came together like a thunderclap....ohhh, it lifts the cardboard inserts!!....(palm of hand smacking forehead motion). Disregard my last two posts. The set IS perfect!!

Blue Ribbon Redux would be a cool name for a band...

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Ribbon Redux

Not to belabor this, but the first box had one ribbon for each of the two disc wells. This box has only one ribbon for the cardboard stuff ABOVE the disc wells.

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Blue Ribbon redux....

.....I thought that too one man, but in the first box, each compartment for the cases had their own ribbon to help pull them out, but TOO only has one ribbon for all four. Not practical, at least to me....so what is the blue ribbon for? Oh yeah, first place...Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner.......

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Blue Ribbon

Mine is attached at one end. It's to help pull the cardboard sleeves out of the box. Maybe yours came loose. That happened to mine on the first box.

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Spring TOO quibbles......

....it's minor, but I'm going to throw it out there. What is the blue ribbon/bookmark for? That's all.....otherwise, absolutely perfect...

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Fence Sitters Might "Need More Shows" Here

If you purchased the last box set and experienced some serious "wow" factor there, this release has the same amount and more that is indeed worth the additional price of admission. These two volumes are like yin and yang together, with TOO being more like the yang - laced with some ultra-pure White Lightning! All of these shows are just as good as the first Spring 1990 collection performance-wise. Major pluses of TOO have already been noted here:

*Utterly fantastic 24-track mix by Jeffrey Norman
*Two additional shows in the box, which includes the epic Branford Marsalis show on 3/29
*Very beautiful artwork and design that complements the other box well, with an individually numbered Tiger Coin! (#4501 here)

If there have been any comments regarding what the box needs more of - as if there was not enough already - they have been around the sound not being as ambient or spacious as the first box. That being said, the mix is significantly better produced and sounds a lot nicer; there is much more clarity and separation between the instruments, with a very nice warmth to it. The results are stunning. Saying this is one of the best sounding GD releases ever is hardly an understatement, so there's nothing to be unhappy with or any reason to have buyer's remorse.

My only quibble, if I had to have one, would be with the CD cases. Why not put the whole set list on one panel and use the extra panel for a great photo from the show itself or some other archived material? That little, flipping-over motion to read the whole set list is...wholly inconvenient. Unwholly.

One All-TOO Satisfied Buyer

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S90 TOO Audio

I had the luxury of working from home today and my soundtrack was 3 complete shows from this new box. I am a GD 70s snob AND an audio nut, and I still was bowled over by these shows. Granted, I may not listen to these as much as my 70s collection, but I will certainly re-visit them pretty regularly. There is something about having the songs in context that helps the appreciation of them. The sets vary widely. And Jeff Norman hit it out of the park this time. I am critical of the E72 box (mixed by JN in a rush) and Formerly the Warlocks (mixed by some other guy at TRI), but this one is about perfect.

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King Crimson

I saw King Crimson twice in 1995 during the double trio line-up with Mastelotto and Bruford on drums, Adrian Belew and Fripp on guitars, and Trey Gunn and Tony Levin on bass and stick. Man! The Cincinatti show at Taft (Belew's home town) was one of the best shows I've ever attended. I was 2nd row in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre. Had tix for Columbus, and realized when I was getting ready to leave, the show had been the night before. I was devastated. I was going to try to see them at the Vic in Chi Town, but the tix are steep and I haven't got the scratch. I would love to see Bill Rieflin (Ministry) with KC!

Fripp says no dice on a studio release. High hopes for live downloads on the Discipline Global Mobile website.

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re: David Murray

David Murray of course has a world of non-Dead-related jazz worth checking out: "Home" -- an older one by his Octet -- is wonderful.

But...

If you haven't heard his disk "Dark Star" you have missed out; rectify that ASAP!!!

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Fence sitting

The sound is phenomenal, period. Worth every penny. I too would say I am primarily a '70's guy, but I love all Dead, and this is just pristine and amazing. Not to be missed.

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Fence sitting

...Yes it is really that good. I enjoy the older stuff too but it is definitely worth having in your collection. If you want the box id buy now but get the download you will be happy you did.

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i'm a fence-sitter...

not because of the money (though it is a factor) but because i'm afraid i wont listen to it as much as i would all the 60's/70's stuff i have.

y'all are making it hard to resist however.
is the sound really that good?

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Branford's Birdsong

After listening to this, is it any wonder that they wanted him to play the second set - I am surprised they didn't offer him every penny they had to stay in the band - wonderful.

Can we have David Murray and Ornette Coleman collaborations next?

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random musings re: topics in this thread...

sound quality-maybe the best job to date? King Crimson-yes looks like something important is happening again with Fripp and new configuration-I am hoping some studio release or live release of this band ( studio may be out of question given Fripp's recent comments)-also The "lost" spring 90 show-release on vinyl for back to Black Friday record event? Out of thread-for those classical fans out there-big box coming out in a couple of months commemorating Vienna Philharmonic on Decca-this one to be done right unlike the previous DG box

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Fence-sitters, get off!

#494 in Saint Paul is wow.
Just wow.
What a treasure for the eyes, ears, and hands. I have realized just how special this tour was, even if it has made my 23 shows from 1991-1993 much less interesting.

p.s. I thought that the first 1990 box set sounded great, too; that one is very warm and analog-sounding, and how it might have sounded in the auditoriums. The new one is crystal clear and sounds wonderful in a different way.

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Thank you for a real good time! and King Crimson

This box sounds great! That first Loose Lucy is awesome. Just finished getting through all of it for the first time round, and I am happy with this release. It does make one wonder how the first box might have sounded, though I enjoy that ones mix also.

Tried to order tickets to King CRimson in Seattle but was too late, sold out. Oh well the King Crimson I listen to the most was only together for like 2 years back in the 60s hahaha. Fripp is awesome though.

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way OT - go see King Crimson 2014 tour

Just got back from the show, three drummers with full kits at the front of the stage and the rest of the band on risers behind - nice!

Latest Crimson lineup (Mark VIII) – Fripp, bassist Tony Levin, singer-guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, saxophonist Mel Collins and drummers Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Bill Rieflin.

Here's the dates:

Thu 18 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Fri 19 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Sat 20 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Tue 23 Sep Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
Thu 25 Sep Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
Fri 26 Sep Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
Tue 30 Sep Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Wed 01 Oct Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Fri 03 Oct San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Sat 04 Oct San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Mon 06 Oct Seattle, WA Moore Theater

For the limited shows I've seen this year -> Better than Ratdog show 2nd nite in Boston (very good show) and the Jerry Garcia Symphonic also 2nd nite in Boston. And a lot of the music was first listens for me.

Very good show - check out the RS review (set list spoiler alert)...

(sorry for the duplicate post - posted on DaL11 page)...

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Norman's latest triumph

It's been said before, though still not enough. This Box is one of Norman's greatest achievements- A brillant illustration of his mastery. The sound quality achieved here sets the standard- the high water mark of live concert recordings. Thanks for all the efforts- Just exactly perfect is an understatement.

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Number 1910 Arrives Safely!

And I am happily listening to 3/14, pretty hot Stranger. OMG all the tunes I have to listen to in this box! Unlike many of you, I heard some of this tour when it first happened, and now it's discovery time cause I haven't heard these shows in a while, so I am totally psyched! The SOUND is incredible!!

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Mind Readers!

Y'all musta somehow read my mind today. When I got home from work I was all ready to compile 3/24/90 and insert it next to all the Spring '90 goodies in my iTunes. But then I realized how choppy it would be with so many fades and breaks. I do have the technology to knit it all back together, but it would be a ton of work and I'm not quite that obsessive. So, like you, I hope there is a full release of this show. I would buy it if reasonably priced (not like that Terrapin Limited b.s. that I paid way too much for, thinking the revenues were going toward a worthy cause).

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3-24-90

I agree on 3-24. They should re-do it as a stand alone release mixed from the multi-tracks. I would prefer buying it as a physical product, however it's hard to see them doing anything other than a download.

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#2237 safe and sound

This is a very classy release. I have to recommend it to anyone who might be on the fence. It is beautifully presented, and the music sounds unbelievable. The multi-track mixes added in my decision to purchase it! Sounds beautiful.

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dajokr & 3/24

YES! on 3-24. That is in most people's minds, one of the top five shows from this tour (I have it in the top 2), yet it has to be spliced together to enjoy. There was part of me hoping that it was going to be included as a secret part of this, or even a free download to those who purchased the box set. Alas. We have to go to the grass roots approach

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3-24

Really bummed that both 3-25 and 3-26 from Dozin' got full show releases between the two boxes, but 3-24 (one of my favorites) is still spread across 4 releases with different mixes/mastering. Can we start a campaign to have Jeffrey Norman rework 3-24 from the multis and release it as a digital only in HD Flac to really complete the Spring 1990 tour?

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Listening in order....

and up to 3/28/90....

SOUNDS AWESOME. Almost as good as being there... and I was AT this show. Granted now that I'm listening at work, I was in a bit different mental state, being 18 at the time of this show... and 42 now... and my BAC was different during New Minglewood (playing now) than it is here at 8:35am today... but oh well...

sounds great... what memories. This is STELLAR. and I stand by my statement that this may be the best box they've released. It' definitely comparable to the E72 trunk... personally I'm thinking I like it better.

Can't wait to hear 3/29/90 later on... was at that one too.

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Antonjo

There were at least two "Spoonful's"

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have to admit...

this deep into it and I keep going back to 3-29.
:0)

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Boy Oh Boy....

Only about 1/2 way through the set. Man does it bring vivid memories of days gone by.
Thanks to all that made this happen again.....
:)

Who says time machines aren't real?!?

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At the end of He's Gone....

...and into Drumz, Billy & Mickey break out those church bell samples that I remember so well...I refer to the Hamilton version of course....good times...

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Nerdy is good....

.....nice stats antonjo.....quite the tour indeed. Love that they only repeated an encore once. Getting ready to spin Copps 3/21, second set. So far, except for a flub during Ramble On in Hartford, I can't single out a sour note. So much music, so little time.
Nice intro into Pocky Way BTW...
Now, onto the artwork. Quite impressive Dressler. Top three covers...
Omni 4/3....Terrapin Tambourine, plus a slot machine...go Vegas!!!
Cap Center 3/14....love the yo-yo
Nassau 3/28.....regal....
There's my 2 cents...feel free to reply...

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nerd stats

LOVE the box. Nice Baltimore-centric art for Landover ; ) (Orioles are about to clinch the division, speaking of...) Being one who mostly loves the live feed sound on the first box, I can't argue that Jeffrey's mixes on this are just something to revel in as you listen. 3/14 never sounded so good--though I can't yet bring myself to listen to Memphis Blues. Quite the letdown song choice after Jerry busts out Loose Lucy (!) Jerry seemed to agree, and didn't sing many, if any, harmonies on the choruses (my favorite element) as I recall. All was forgiven two nights later with BTW, of course : )

The E72 box listed all the songs and how many times played, so since the new box doesn't have that, here it is, albeit horizontally so it fits on one post:

All Along the Watchtower (2), And We Bid You Goodnight (2), Althea (2), Around and Around (3), Attics of My Life (1), Beat It On Down the Line (1), Believe It Or Not (1), Bertha (2), Big Railroad Blues (1), Big River (2), Bird Song (3), Black Muddy River (2), Black Peter (2), Black Throated Wind (2), Blow Away (2), Box of Rain (1), Brokedown Palace (2), Brown-Eyed Women (2), Built To Last (1), Candyman (1), Cassidy (2), China Cat Sunflower (3), China Doll (2), Cold Rain and Snow (2), Crazy Fingers (4), Cumberland Blues (2), Dark Star (1), Deal (2), Dear Mr. Fantasy (4), Death Don't Have No Mercy (1), Desolation Row (1), Dire Wolf (1), Don't Ease Me In (3), Dupree's Diamond Blues (1), Easy to Love You (4), Estimated Prophet (4), Eyes of the World (3), Far From Me (1), Feel Like a Stranger (3), Fire On the Mountain (1), Foolish Heart (3), Franklin's Tower (2), Friend of the Devil (1), Gimme Some Lovin (3), Goin Down the Road Feeling Bad (3), Good Lovin (2), Greatest Story Ever Told (1), He's Gone (3), Hell In a Bucket (3), Help On the Way (2), Hey Jude/verses (1), Hey Jude/finale (2), Hey Pocky Way (2), High Time (1), I Know You Rider (3), I Need a Miracle (4), I Will Take You Home (3), Iko Iko (2), It's All Over Now (2), It's All Over Now Baby Blue (2), It Must Have Been the Roses (1), Jack Straw (2), Jack-a-Roe (2), Just a Little Light (2), Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (2), Knocking On Heaven's Door (2), The Last Time (3), Let It Grow (3), Let the Good Times Roll (2), Little Red Rooster (2), Looks Like Rain (3), Loose Lucy (3), Loser (2), Lovelight (3), Mama Tried (1), Man Smart Women Smarter (3), Me and My Uncle (2), Mexicali Blues (1), The Mighty Quinn (1), Mississippi Half-Step (2), Morning Dew (2), The Music Never Stopped (2), New Minglewood Blues (3), Never Trust a Woman (2), Not Fade Away (4), One More Saturday Night (1), The Other One (4), Peggy-O (1), Picasso Moon (5), Playing In the Band (5), The Promised Land (3), Queen Jane Approximately (4), Ramble On Rose (2), Revolution (2), Row Jimmy (3), Samson and Delilah (2), Scarlet Begonias (3), Shakedown Street (2), Ship Of Fools (2), Slipknot! (2), Spoonful (2), Stagger Lee (1), Stella Blue (3), Sugar Magnolia (3), Sugaree (2), Standing On the Moon (2), Stuck Inside of Mobile (1), Tennessee Jed (3), Terrapin Station (3), Throwing Stones (4), To Lay Me Down (1), Touch of Grey (3), Truckin' (4), Uncle John's Band (3), U.S. Blues (1), Victim Or the Crime (3), Walking Blues (3), Wang Dang Doodle (1), We Can Run (3), The Weight (2), West LA Fadeaway (1), Wharf Rat (3), The Wheel (3), When I Paint My Masterpiece (4)

16 shows
123 different songs (only counted Hey Jude once ; )
3 breakouts after 10+ year hiatuses
average 17 songs per show (+ jams, drums & spaces)

31 songs played just once each. 3 Scarlets, but only 1 Fire. 4 Crazy Fingers in one tour, previously unheard of. And 2 Jack-a-Roes! Just one US Blues and only 3 shows with Bob cowboy medleys--pretty surprising. All in all, quite a vast & tasty repertoire for one little tour.

Some songs not played: Alabama Getaway, CC Rider (Walkin kind of stole its slot), Comes a Time, El Paso, Johnny B. Goode, Might As Well, Saint of Circumstance, Smokestack Lightning, They Love Each Other, Tons of Steel, When Push Comes to Shove. Dancing In the Streets & Brother Esau, like a few of the preceding MIAs, were gone for good, though that wasn't certain just yet.

Currently enjoying the Knick show. Yes, the Eyes is sublime (even with requisite beaches/seasons flubs), and the first set is WONDERFUL. Gotta love a Greatest Story opener.

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Cobbling together 3/24

It takes a little effort to pull together the 3/24 show, but you'll find Desolation Row on Postcards of the Hanging (I just purchased the track from iTunes) and the OMSN from Without a Net. Listening to it in its entirety, it sounds a bit odd, since you often hear cuts fade in/out awkwardly. Also, as we've heard here, the mixing is significantly different across these 4 different sources. Since I'm a bit of completist, I found it worth the effort, though. It's a marvelous show.

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3/24/90

Desolation Row is on Postcards Of The Hanging

One More Saturday Might is on Without A Net.

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Am I missing something?

"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"

Except that I don't see "Desolation Row" or "One More Saturday Night" from 03/24/90 at the Knick.

Am I missing something? Where are those tracks?

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Bad Vibes

UPS says they gave it to the Postal Service and the Postal Service says they never got it. No box in the mail and I have to wait another couple days before I can request a replacement. Hopefully I'll be listening to this box sooner than later...definitely leaning toward digital in the future.

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hi-res cover art

Available here: target=_blank>https://plus.google.com/photos/106465427611350658328/albums/5978461672006360945?banner=pwa

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Thank you for a real good time.

This is an exceptional box set. The mix and mastering are second to none. Thank you Jeffery Norman! In so many ways this was my tour. I turned 18 on 3/14/90 at the Cap center and went on to see another six shows including the 3 Nassau shows. What a fantastic document to remember and relive what was a truly defining moment in my life. And having lost all my ticket stubs years ago I have to say I got a little misty when I saw the reproduction mail order glitter tickets...just perfect.

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Thanks for the artwork

Thanks dead.net team for the individual show artwork!

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Branford

Thanks bolo, point taken. I guess I was thinking of when Branford said "The Dead have some incredibly tricky tunes, but for the most part, popular songs are quite simple. People don’t want to go to music school when they’re listening to their music." I guess I was over-reacting. In any case he sounds great with the band. I do remember an interview with Branford years ago when he was asked about what is was like to play rock and roll with the Dead and he said "those guys are beyond rock and roll". That was a cool compliment.

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Fall 89 Multitracks

Given the astounding SQ of this release, and knowing the have multi tracks of the Fall '89 tour in the vault... that would sure get my vote for a future box release... and sooner rather than later please :-)

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The duck isn't a duck... but

The duck isn't a duck... but is actually a Loon... common on the lakes of the muskoka region a couple of hours north of Hamilton / Toronto... and throughout most of Canada for that matter.

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Awesome!

I'm in the process of moving to a new residence and have been traveling a lot, and finally had a chance to delve into the first show from 3/14/90 Cap Center, and WOW!

I'm listened to many different sources from this show, the first time being while in Atlanta during the 4/1-3/90 run. My buddy and I took in a stray Deadhead who had lost his friends at these shows, and he also happened to be on tour and taping them at the time. The guys name was Jeff. He actually hooked us up with a bunch of tapes from this tour that we listened to on the drive back from the final show on 4/3/90.

Over the last 24 years, I've become well acquainted with many of the circulating sources of 3/14/90, but this new multi-track mix just blows me away. Jeffrey Norman has truly outdone himself!

The Playin' > Uncle John's > Playin' is trance inducing.

I've read the Landover and Hartford parts of Nick Meriwether's essay and it is one of the most thorough and well written pieces I've seen in a Grateful dead release.

Now about this coin, "Golden Ticket" to the vault business, I'll be in California from Sept 24th through the 29th traveling through San Francisco, Fresno, Santa Monica, San Diego and Tarzana. I would so love to hear the non-circulating source recordings of my first show from 7/1/84! ;)

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booklet cover

Anyone else notice the lightning bolt in the fur of the tiger? Was just reading bolo's post and looked down and it caught my eye - had not noticed it until now...

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I very rarely post, but I

I very rarely post, but I have to for this box set. I mean WOW, the quality is terrific. Band sounds great and the collective set is a pleasure to own. Thanks so much for this. Love it so far. Makes my ride to work a pleasure!!!