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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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.
One All-TOO Satisfied Buyer
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.
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.
David Murray of course has a world of non-Dead-related jazz worth checking out: "Home" -- an older one by his Octet -- is wonderful.
If you haven't heard his disk "Dark Star" you have missed out; rectify that ASAP!!!
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.
...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.
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?
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?
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
#494 in Saint Paul is 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.
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.
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)...
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.
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!!
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).
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
There were at least two "Spoonful's"
this deep into it and I keep going back to 3-29.
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?!?
...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...
.....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
There's my 2 cents...feel free to reply...
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)
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.
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.
Desolation Row is on Postcards Of The Hanging
One More Saturday Might is on Without A Net.
"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?
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.
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.
Thanks dead.net team for the individual show artwork!
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.
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 :-)
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.
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! ;)
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...
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!!!
If you read Nick Meriwether's fine essay on the topic (starts on page 54 of the TOO booklet), you'll quickly discover that Brandon's attitude was the opposite of condescending. He pretty much gushed about his experience the night of 3/29, going so far as to tell the band, "I had the best time I've had in my entire life. "
By the way, that booklet is a terrific companion to the music. Huge kudos to Nick and Blair!
No condescension. Marsalis said he initially thought the Dead were one thing (that he thought he wouldn't dig), but that when he checked he found they were actually something else entirely (that he dug and respected).
That same thing happened to me!
What did Branford say that was condescending? I certainly didn't take anything he said that way. What I heard him say was that most pop bands are not flexible and anyone sitting in has to adapt to that rigidity, but the GD were the opposite -- they were so fluid that there was room for everyone to meld. I mean, I'm not trying to start an argument, but where is the put-down in what he said?
While I won't start bashing the sound of the first box - there is a different feel to that one and I thoroughly enjoy it as well - I will say that this new one sounds just amazing, and one huge advantage of that is that you can really clearly hear what all 6 guys in the band are doing all the time. And that's when it becomes even more obvious what a great tour this was - pretty much everything that everyone was doing was just spot on. It really is amazing how good they were playing during this 89-90 period. I think when Brent died it just crushed Jerry at least from a musical and professional standpoint. For them to have achieved this level and then lose a key guy, well, I guess he talked about it in Rolling Stone, and it lead to badness.
I'm lovin' this Spring 90 TOO set! But, am I the only one who finds Branford's comments about the Dead a little condescending? It seems he thinks the Dead were pretty much simple pop music. Hey,spring 90 is my least favorite era of Dead. I'm usually in the role of post-hiatus basher. But shit, when the Dead jammed in 1990 they were brilliant, especially PITB and Space. The Dead jamming in 1990 were every bit as brilliant and uncompromising as anything Branford has ever done in his entire career. I really don't get the condescension. And I love Branford. I saw his group a few years ago and it was one of the best concerts I've ever seen. The 3/29/90 show is probably the greatest post hiatus Dead show. But jeez Branford, show a little more respect! dang musicians egos!
Who can tell what is with the [D] letters of some sentences. do we copy them all and discover some sort of code or what??
This is easily my favorite release, especially since I've worn out several copies of Without a Net on tape, CD and vinyl. I like this mix better than Without a Net. It seems a bit more dry and with great separation. What I really want to say is if you want this better get it now!!! I bought one for my friends 40th birthday. For me this is the best release ever, although I am biased as this is my era!!!
Hello from beautiful Montana everyone!
I had a curious thought. It would be interesting to know where the 9000 box sets went by state. You know, a cool color coded map....I don't know, I was just thinking the other day, wondering how many of these boxes made it to Montana.
Thank you, for a real good time!
This lucky head unpacked # 5907, loaded 3/29 into the old Denon cd changer, set the controls on the Carver Sonic Hologram Generator to narrow listening aperture, and settled in to enjoy the ride.
Relax, turn off your mind , and float downstream.
Thank you , Jeffery Norman and TRI studios , for doing justice to these glorious 24 track live recordings.
Thank you, Rhino Records and David Lemieux, for giving us aging Deadheads the chance to take that ride again. This is as good as it gets, the real deal, shining brightly.
Those loaded dice are pretty cool too !