Spring 1990 (The Other One) Box
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•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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Sure, the Dead could be called pop music. Why not? I think it's just a way to distinguish it from full-on jazz, blues, classical or other (lame) "categories". We need some kinds of quick words to describe music even if the labels are not nearly descriptive enough. I still don't see that as a put-down. It did sound like he was worried that kids might latch onto simpler music (than jazz or classical) and not study harder, but that's just his wish that music students would take it as seriously as he does, not a knock on the GD. Anyway, Branford Marsalis certainly does not need me to defend him. I'm just not interpreting anything he said as negative toward the Dead.
....is so good, that when it ended, I hit the repeat button. Wonderful song selection if you ask me. Brilliant playing by the entire band. They were ON.....
And the mix is off the charts....
I know this sounds funny. But I just want to clear this up.
I heard this in my car, so it's definitely not a ghost in my house. I even stopped my car, for a few listens.
And you are correct 12-18-73 is awesome. I read an article from Dick Latvala and he said he would release 10 shows in a row from Fall 73' if he was allowed.
I hate to tell you this...but the voice is actually saying, "Get out...leave now" and it means you have a ghost in the house.
DP1 was 12/19, though I wish it had been 12/18. To be fair, 12/19 does have one of the best HCS ever, for which I'm certainly grateful. But 12/18 has one of my favorite segments, i.e. the WRS>DS>Eyes>Wharf Rat>Sugar Mag. Hope it's released someday.
I was listening to this in my car this morning. And kept hearing some voice. For a split second around the 20 second point it Sounded like Siri from iPhone.
I started the track over 4 times, I heard it every time. It sounds like the voice is saying "take out" or eject now". ??
Can anybody else confirm ??
Side note: it is a very nice Estimated > He's Gone
Eh, maybe for the sake of argument/discussion. I still can't help but think Branford's remarks about this release were condescending towards the Dead. I gave this opinion earlier, then recanted, and now I am re-asserting it. Jeez, I just don't feel he has much respect for the Dead's musicianship. In the various interviews for this release, he refers several times to the dead as "pop music" and how easy it is to play "pop music". This is a put down. Branford is way too smart for it to be anything else. I take exception to this. I don't consider the Dead "pop music". Were the Fillmore West 69 shows, the Europe 72 Dark Stars and Other Ones, the Watkins Glen soundcheck all "pop music"? Even post-hiatus Dead- the PITB jams and "space"- these are all a far cry from "pop music", in my opinion. Probably Branford has never bothered to listen to any of that music. I think "pop music" in the last few decades means more like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, etc. Yeah, Branford spoke warmly of the Dead: he was surprised at how much fun he had playing simple pop music! Hey, no big deal- I love Branford, but I think a lot of jazz musicians are condescending towards other music. In most cases, I don't blame them. I do admire Branford's honesty. He certainly speaks his mind. I remember him really trashing avant-garde jazz. I think it was in the Ken Burns Jazz documentary- he dismissed artists such as Cecil Taylor as "pretentious bullshit". Funny cuz Garcia idolized probably the greatest avant-garde jazz musician of all, Ornette Coleman. Honestly, I love Branford and think he is the greatest guest musician the Dead ever played with. But I can't resist a little jab- Branford could never fit in with pre-hiatus Dead. The dude plays waay, waay too many notes. Economy is essential in the best music. Even a 30-ish Branford couldn't play with pre-hiatus Dead. Post-hiatus, sure, beautiful! Hey, if Branford can dish it out he can take it.
mpace -- agreed.
as somebody who's done some academic writing, i get what Meriwether was trying to do. he's a historian, who was trying to tell a story of the tour through a particular filter of oral history. the oral history he chose was the stories being told in 1990 in the press and by city officials, which was the negative connotations (mistakenly) associated with the band. to the extent that he balanced that with sympathetic accounts, it was those that appeared quoted in the media, or came from enlightened journalists.
so, while it works from a pure oral history perspective, it fails as a complete history -- it purports to tell the story of the 1990 tour, but draws from a source that doesn't tell the whole story. he would've done far better to troll the postings on this thread after the set was announced to get better accounts from those that were there.
in other words, he should've left the ivory tower ...
Anyone hear Standing On The Moon on Sirius today around 2:45 PM PST?? Loved it. Anyone know what show it's from?? Again, it's a long shot. Thanks
I hate to be critical - hey some people may enjoy this essay that is in the book, but I found it disjointed and lacking clarity - what was the author trying to say?
At first it tells of the persecution of deadheads at every concert with notes concerning the overall atmosphere and in the end it tries to compare the whole dead movement from 1966 onward to a "seminal" study from the New Left (Democratic Society)… whaaa? That the deadhead movement is a minority meant to create a generational legend -
Before that he states that the scene had become a drag to the cities, band, and management- so what is it? Is the dead scene a democratic utopia as describe by the New Left (I just threw up in my mouth) or a drag?
Am I reading this wrong?
Why does the essay need to have a prophetic vibe especially at the end? Sorry this is a sore spot because not every deadhead can be classified as blue, red - conservative or liberal. To me its simply Americana at its truest.
I got mine, the highest number I've seen posted yet 8177. And whats up with miracle coin? crown tab? Is that all for real? oh yeah and unfortunately no coin? whats going on? I wonder?
Started listening to this today I got it on Tuesday the 9th however I've been so wrapped up with DP 11 (Fall'72) I pretty much forgot about this, plus the wife & kids are away in Hershey, PA. for the weekend, just the girls no guys allowed, so I have the house ALL to myself which gives me plenty of opportunity to give this a real listen. I can describe it with one word, SPECTACULAR!! Not only is it pleasing to the eye it's eargasmic. Other than the obvious (3/29) my favorite show so far is the 1st one (3/14), 1st Loose Lucy in 979 shows plus a raging Let It Grow & a 2nd set that opens with Crazy Fingers>Playin. Overall the mix is superb, the sound quality is amazing. This is my 2nd favorite box set after Europe '72. A GREAT job by TPTB. If you don't have it yet, ORDER YOURS TODAY!!!!! HAPPY FRIDAY, DEADLAND
After buying the first box and selling it after a few listens, that won't happen here. As noted, the sound is incredible! Really great separation and clarity. I usually gravitate to 73-77, but this offers too much in great song selection and first rate performance to resist. This is a class release all around. What other band puts this kind of thought and care into 24 year old concert releases? It brings me back to my youth, staring at the album cover, reading the sleeve notes, but
I think the art is wonderful on this box. So varied and beautiful, colorful and pretty. I love it.
than the Branford show. I've always loved the show and had a decent (by the standards of the day) tape that I played a lot, but this is off the chart. However, if you are planning to listen to it and get any work done at the same time, forget it.
I'll get to some of the other shows in a bit, but I think I need to play this one a few more times.
You guys are very persuasive. From the glowing reviews, to the sparkling and plentiful samples, I finally got off the fence and ordered the box. I really had to wait, to see if our finances could stabilize after some unexpected things came up, and lo! I feel like I can afford it, and it isn't sold out yet (barely). Anyway, it's an investment - if we're ever that hard up, I think I can always sell it for at least what I paid. (Unlike the downloads, I will never never understand the appeal of that).
But I hope that never happens - damn this sounds good. I still don't care for the MIDI, or the occasional rinky-dink Brent piano sounds (but the organ, as Spacebro eloquently points out, sounds perfect) - or the Miami Vice drum sounds that crop up at times, but what the heck. And no doubt they are playing at a peak.
So, I'm in. Looking forward to getting this one...
Kev you made me laugh out loud. I am with you. My philosophy is that there are two ways to listen to music, loud & louder! If it is too loud, you are too old!
I've been jamming a show from this set each night over the past three days. Well, I guess I was cranking up the 3/21/90 show a little too loudly last night. I'm sitting there, watching the baseball game, listening to the show and a see a flicker of light. I thought that I was going to blow a fuse or something. Then I look behind me, in my den, and this guy yells "POLICE". There was a cop looking in the window in my den. It was just his face and he was pressed up against the screen. He scared the crap out of me. He told me I had to turn it down. I guess a neighbor complained. It was during "Throwing Stones". It was about 10:15pm. Man o life, it scared the hell out of me. I politely obliged, but I guess I need to close my windows when I listen to these releases. I live in a detached house. The music on this set just begs to be cranked up; it sounds that good.
The sound quality and mix of this box set is simply Beautiful !
The next best thing to being there.
Being able to hear the separation of the drummers in the soundstage / mix is amazing. As Spacebrother mentioned, The B-3, sounds deep, warm, and clear. Worlds apart from Dozin' and Without a Net. IMHO... Vocal blends are wonderful. Phil's Bass is powerful without over coloring the rest of the mix.
This is truly a labor of love. Time Well Spent !
Thank you John Cutler, Jeffrey Norman, and Crew !!! Especially you Jeffrey ! WOW.
Anybody reading this needs to do the following:
When you go to bed make sure you put your ear phones in and listen to Shakedown Street>Little Red Rooster from 3/18
Music always sounds best just before going to sleep.
Do this and feel free to thank me later. However, the most thanks has to go to those who worked on this release.
I've been taking my time and listening to each show in the tour - some quick observations: Does anyone else feel that the shows on the TOO box have more aggressive playing than the others? It just seems that they have a little more energy - not that the other shows are not as good but they seem to not reach that frenzy level.
For instance Hartford - Shakedown to Red Rooster out of the gate is insane. I was hesitant about the RR but they kill it in the number two slot and there you have two big jams right at the start of the show.
The other thing that's pretty obvious is Brent- man he is just going off and lighting fires under everyone! It's like he thought that his job was in jeopardy because of the recent issues and was like screw it, I'm going out with a bang!
Lastly, since becoming a father I have a new appreciation for "I will take you home" - before the tune really didn't resonate and now I look at it totally different - all in all I think this era of shows is really special because you have 90% of the GD catalog (minus some songs here and there and the tunes that would be dev after) being played at such a high level and in many different places in the set list. Also, I am digging some of the Midi - never thought I'd say that but again its a nice change of pace.
I though it would be good, but not this good!
And I'm only on the first show, but some of the appeal certainly comes from the amazing box itself.
I wonder how many are left now? 1200? 800? It is a fun game to watch the "less than n" note change.
Listening to TOO,I don't think now that I ever got on the bus completly of my own volition.
I think I got RAN OVER between fall '89 & spring '90. Pow!
Of course everyone already on board gave me a hand and got me there but this shit bowled me over in a big way......for life.
P.S.-Cowboy Neil had to swerve,but he got me.......
"but really, what other tour is left that would command such attention... and sales? "
'89 or "Dylan and the Dead"
The fact the Robert Zimmerman is involved would insure sales that dwarf '72 or '90. Dylan disciples and Deadheads would both buy it. It could possibly get Rolling Stone cover status, depending on Jenn Werner's mood. And would probably get blurbs in main stream media outlets. I'm sure it will be released at some point, either through the Dylan bootleg series or dead.net. And since it's more Dead than Dylan, I'm betting on dead.net. Musically it may not be as "jazzy" as '72 or as important to the Dead's career/longevity/commercial viability as '90 was, but it's a gold mine for Rhino and Mr. Zimmerman's children. "Any day now. Any day now, I[t] shall be released." -- even though it got some bad reviews at the time it was going down.
I just realized the cardboard flap is magnetized. So, no need to damage the flap by over-squeezing it back into its slot. Too late for me, I'm afraid I already damaged mine. :/
...when I was first getting into the Dead, I saw a lot of Nassau tapes. The only Nassau I knew back then was the capital of the Bahamas. I thought to myself, "man, they sure like playing that little island a lot". Seriously....I did....
The 3/24 set can be cobbled together in the following order and from the indicated sources:
1)Let The Good Times Roll -Spring 1990
2)Help on The Way -Spring 1990
3)Slipknot -Spring 1990
4)Franklin's Tower -Spring 1990
5)Walkin' Blues -Dozin' At The Knick
6)Loser -Spring 1990
7)Desolation Row -Postcards Of The Hanging
8)Tennessee Jed -Spring 1990
9)One More Saturday Night -Without A Net
1)Playin' In The Band -Dozin' At The Knick
2)Uncle John's Band -Dozin' At The Knick
3)Lady With A Fan -Dozin' At The Knick
4)Terrapin Station -Dozin' At The Knick
5)Mud Love Buddy Jam -Dozin' At The Knick
6)Drums -Dozin' At The Knick
7)Space -Dozin' At The Knick
1)Space -Dozin' At The Knick
2)The Wheel -Dozin' At The Knick
3)All Along The Watchtower -Dozin' At The Knick
4)Stella Blue -Dozin' At The Knick
5)Not Fade Away -Dozin' At The Knick
6)And We Bid You Goodnight -Dozin' At The Knick
I put the first disc together with a little bit of editing, fading in and out, and volume adjustment. I also appended Bobby's "We'll be back in a little bit," from one of the Spring 1990 [The Other One] sets after One More Saturday Night, since the track from Without A Net ends rather abruptly. The disc flows together pretty good. The second and third discs can be directly copied from Dozin' At The Knick.
....back in the day, I had a great source of tapes from a brother who has since passed on. (RIP Tom). There was a cool little clique of heads at UNLV back then, and good quality tapes abounded. This was before the Sam Boyd shows arrived. Anyway, 3/28 was a show that we all treasured. I remember playing that in my deck over and over. Especially the pre-drumz. That show got somewhat lost in my gray matter over time. But, now, in my relishing of the box, it rears it's majestic head. In all it's 24-track glory nonetheless. Bravo!! Atlanta is around the corner. Of all the Spring 90 shows, I never had any of the Omni. They look great on paper. I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Grate, grate box. As far as the coin, mine was there, has a tiger on one side, and the Golden Road quote w/ crown is on my cardboard flap as well...
edit....The Atlanta Falcons are whipping Tampa Bay tonight. Ergo, bring on some ass-kicking Omni....
The music is awesome and the box is great, but I have no coin. Anyone else missing a coin? I'm assuming it would be under the crown tab in the cover.
I have the same cardboard message.
The cover is very heavy - was wondering if there was hidden secret... I tried the dice on the cover, but all the rolls were random, so my thought that the cover would show the dice were loaded was wrong.
Musically this release is awesome.
We have one report so far of a "Miracle" coin - any others?
Also, I'm wondering if the little cardboard square covering the coin has variations. Mine has a jewelled (and diced) crown with "The Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion" inscription.
Any different ones?
On second thought, no, they reduced the handwriting size for under the CD's and on them, so they were not adhering to "real-life" size standards for the CD cases. They really could have done something a little extra visually on one full panel that would have also taken care of the out-of-order setlist reading problem I have had. This is minus points in my book, but that does not mean it is no longer the best box set the GD have released.
Meh. Lots of DP shows were missing tunes.
DP3 of 5/22/77 is really one of the least troubling examples -- that would be a mighty big disappointment to me as a bonus disc: no songs with any real jamming to them at all. We already got the cream from that show, without any question.
The very first pick, 12/18/73 is missing much more material, but even a dyed-in-the-wool Fall-73-o-phile such as me would think that there are many, MANY, better things to do than revisit that pick to get the missing pieces, which are mostly first-set material that honestly differed quite little from one performance to another in that era.
I really hope Barton Hall (and Buffalo, which is astounding in its own right) can get official release. It did almost sound as though something was cooking on those Bettys, sub rosa, so it would be great to get them for the band anniversary. My fingers are definitely crossed for luck. But at the risk of heresy, aren't we getting our fill of Spring '77 yet??? The fall of that year is relatively neglected in comparison -- in spite of gems like Colgate U. that just beg for release.
And then there's everything that isn't 1977, too...
...its been said that putting together the first spring 90' box, dozin, and without a net the entire 3/24 show has been released with OMSN from whithout a net and Desolation row from Postcards of the Hanging. What about Walkin Blues? was the version on Without a net taken from 3/24 too? Thanks all. lovin the box. I had to take a 90's break and im listing to Dave's 11 again, its good to be a HEAD!
So the band releases a 24-year old, 8 show box set that is mixed impeccably and sounds better than anything that could be recorded today, by any band, and, well to paraphrase Allen Iverson we're talking ribbons? Ribbons? We talkin Ribbons?? Ribbons?? Ribbons??!?!? Not even the shows, but Ribbons?!?!?!
An odd lot are we Deadheads. And I love it!
Good call / prediction on 50th anniversary. Nice list. I checked DP 3, because I knew there was something missing. That 'something' is:
New Minglewood blues
Ramble on Rose
There's a bonus disc for you, and the same problem as with 3/24/90...
I see, the CD cases are meant to be experienced fully opened, so it reads that way. The box is perfect. I suppose they broke up the setlists to different panels in the cases to accommodate the "hand-writing" size. It's just that every time I want to read the setlist on a case, I get faked out by reading only set two first on the back, which is taxing.
...on this set sounds amazing. I can't think of enough adjectives to describe the sound, so I'll just stick with "sexy". Possibly the best Organ sound mix I've ever heard on any recording by any band, and I've heard many for many years. Dialed in perfectly. Just amazing!
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"???
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.
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
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.
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
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...
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!
....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...
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.
.....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.......
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.
....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...
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.
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