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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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 !
I think the duck is a Canadian Goose(Oh Canada!),the lobster is actualy a crawfish(BRANFORD!!! NOLA!),the bee maybe for clover honey,the last 2....your guess is as good as mine.No idea.
#122 Lands in Oakland, CA. Cover art is clever (paint by number morning sky, wolf from Cassidy, 20 hounds etc.) Stumped on the following: Duck on 3/21; Lobsters on 3/29; Bee on 4/1; Turtle and Tambourine on 4/3) Think everything else is explainable and clever....
Thank you for taking care of the artwork!
Anyone else think the banner on the website would make a great bumper sticker or wide rear window decal? I haven't had a dead sticker on my vehicle in years but would definitely sport this one!
Chilly1214. Muchas gracias! Your method worked like a charm. Now, does anyone know where I can find the art work for the first Spring 1990 box?
...that the track listing font on the discs are eerily similar to my handwriting....Wonderful!!!
....is posed nicely with number 4183 in an alcove off the mantle. They look good together. I haven't even spun a track yet, but I'm already impressed. The box is beautiful. I'm assuming a tiger is on everyone else's coin....it's on mine. We heads are a spoiled bunch.....you have to admit it.....
Here's how I do it. Right click on the first song of the album. Get Info>Artwork>Add>Browse. Find the artwork file and select it. Hit OK, and the art should ride along with all songs on the album from that point on.
One thing that can be very screwy is the album titling. Before importing, I select each song and in Get Info type in one consistent title for each album (e.g. Spring 1990 TOO 3/21/90). That way, they all come in with similar titles and will sort accordingly.
Incidentally, I rolled the DEAD dice and they do not seem to be loaded! I was really hoping they were.
What I do is right click on the album title then select get info. A box that says multiple item info, opens. Then just drag your artwork file to the artwork box and bob's your uncle. There could be an easier way, but that's how I do it.
Listening to Spring 90 TOO and it does sound fantastic! I am presently assembling the 3-24-90 show from my archives as I rock out to the 3/21/90 gig.
Have any of you creative Deadheads made some artwork for this show?
Can we expect Rhino to piece it together for RSD with artwork?
Can TPTB provide some cool downloadable artwork?
Great times listening to these shows
Just lovin opening this up. I was bummed about the first box artwork being folded and a doodle pagework. I'm gonna get these framed up and on a proper place on the music room wall. Kids trashed the corners on my first box cover. I need to take better care of this one. The whole thing is a piece of art! 6896 coin. I wonder if it will pay passage to the ferryman?
Thank you for the scans! Gonna try to rip with CDex for the first time? Has anyone used that before?
So glad that i sold some of my mineral collection to buy this album. Good bye huge tourmaline, Hellllllo 8 awesome shows. Enjoying reading the book and listening to the shows, killer sound quality. Love everything that Dave L has been doing for releases. Now just listening to 1990 till its time for caves picks volume 12!
Ok. I will admit it to you all, I am an old fart who has some computer knowledge, but since it is all self taught, it is limited. (My friends think I am the computer wiz so that shows how things are relative!) I uploaded all of the TOO discs into my iTunes. Clihar was nice enough to give us all of the album art. Now how do I get that into my iTunes albums?
And while I am confessing to my short comings here, I have downloaded numerous shows from Archive.org in to my iTunes. Now I have forgotten how to do it! Please someone help out an old Head here. It sure is tough to get old. Lol!
Things I love about this box (#3452 of 9000): Jessica Dessner art, coin, magnetism, dice, song selection, performance quality, audio quality, backstage passes, context by Blair Jackson, Portlandia reference! That's a lot to love, especially for a 70s snob like me.
And, keep in mind that if you prefer flac but don't believe you gain anything with the HD option, you can download the 16 bit apple lossless files and convert to 16 bit flac lossless with zero change in quality. There are lots of tools to do this, many free. If the ones you have or find don't have a direct conversion, you can convert the apple lossless to wav and then from wav to flac. You could also burn the apple files to cd, and then rip the cd's directly to flac, or to wav and then convert to flac. Anyway, in the end, the resulting flac files should be just as perfect as the original apple downloads. Also, keep in mind that the 16 bit downloads should be exact duplicates of the CD's in the box set. The HDCD encoding should be there because that encoding protocol uses an algorithm that allows 20 bit recording to be encoded into the 16 bit format. I'm not 100% sure that the HDCD code will make it through the conversion process to wav and/or flac. That probably depends on the conversion tool used and would need to be tested.
Someone on this forum asked if you can now get a download of the first Spring 90 box. Dead.net are not flagging this option up too well but the answer is yes. Go to the Digital option on the store bar at the top of this page, click on it then click on the Spring 90 box option - ignoring the scary $200 price tag. This will take you to the correct page. Again ignore the Sold Out sign - that only applies to the physical version - and look down for the download options. At present you can get the Apple Lossless version for $120 with a Flac HD choice coming later. There is a help page, set up for the May 77 box, if more info is needed.
I just noticed Boblope's little poem, where he says "This box has magnetic personality -surprises abound".
I tried placing the dice around the magnetized parts of the box lid, thinking that maybe they're made to roll to the DEAD sides, and I tried them against other magnets, but the dice do not appear to be magnetic.
Anyone know any other surprises?
Finally! Got to my town (Dallas) 3 days ago and has gone from UPS to a couple of different USPS stops before it finally got to it's final destination. Glad it made it!
Fantastic release, worth every penny! I was fortunate enough to attend the March 28 and March 29 concerts. Looking back, as a former New Yorker now living in Northern California, I really appreciate that I got to experience these two significant shows along with the other Upstate New York concerts held during my Syracuse University years along with the many Madison Square Garden, Meadowlands, and 1979 Nassau Coliseum shows... Thanks!
@Walt- Desolation Row from 3-24 was released on Postcards From The Hanging, and One More Saturday Night was released on Without A net. So, between that, Dozin', and the bonus tracks from the 3/26 show on the first spring 90 box, 3-24 has been released in its entirety.
If I'm not mistaken aren't Desolation Row and One More Saturday Night from the Knick (3/24/90) still unaccounted for?
... for doing that work for us, I was able to download your scans easily.
We and our 2-year-old(#3088)would like to welcome into our home #3655. It's so cute and I'm about to change its first disc.
I have scanned all the album art and uploaded to share. Please feel free to use until dead.net release the high res images. You can find the images in the link below.
Hopefully this share works. Let me know if anyone has trouble accessing.
There are MAGNETS in that there heavy cover. I noticed that the square piece that comes out to reveal the coin has two little pieces of metal embedded in opposing sides, cause one of mine fell out. I reinserted and went to put the square piece back in place, and noticed it pushing back. When turned 90 degrees, the square seems just practically pops itself back in. You still gotta push it to get it all the way in. Try taking it out and putting back rotated by one side. It feels like a pretty strong magnet.
That's gotta account for some of The Weight.
Anyone dare tear it open yet?? Maybe the dice are loaded to play on top? Like bolo hinted at?
Almost the halfway mark for mine. Speaking of halfway, I am just finishing loading the forth show into iTunes. I have an early morning meeting, but I will have it on my iPod in the car for the ride. Can't wait! I've had the 3/14/90 Loose Lucy for years. Remember when you could download the tracks that were posted to dead.net? I am so looking forward to hearing it! Goodnight brothers and sisters :-)
On the first show of the 1990 Spring Tour now - sound is great. And really enjoying the start of the tour energy- there was a rip in one of my cases (3/21) but I think it just adds a little character.
Any ideas for some good Dice games?
I actually like the goodies for this one and cannot wait to have a library/music room so I can frame the prints I have received from this box and others. This is a great time to be into the dead- so much quality coming out consistently each year - IMO Dave's Picks has blown away the RT series and the boxes have been awesome.
Anyway, back to listening-
Dead.net, please post some high quality pics of the individual show covers for those of us who are importing.
I think I've finally been accepted into "The Low Number Club," not that it matters! As long as it's one of the existing copies! :) But the copy I received of the most recent Dave's Picks was #94! Just sayin'.
Anyway, the set is beautiful! I especially like the little (but many-paged) book! So cute, and nicely designed.
Anyway, time to climb into bed and listen to as much of 3/14/90 as I can stay awake for. Not that it won't be stellar, it's just been a long week!
Party on, Dead fans! And thanks for all the hard work, Dead.net folk!
Blown Away, that's what I am right now over this box.
I am familiar with these shows, inside and out. Have been for roughly 24 years now, after the rough auds came out immediately after tour and before the Carson May shows, then to the better FOBs, then to the early SBDs, the DSBDs and well, you know the progression. This tour is and will always be on my short list of best ever. While that is more accepted a theory now, my friends and I felt that way 20 years ago when it wasn't as much of a consensus opinion to say the least.
I am simply out of my skull over the quality of the mix on these, it is stellar and second to none in terms of prior releases. While there is something jaw dropping over what Jeffrey and the gang do with a 1969 or 1970 show when releasing it some 40+ years later, this is a different impressive. A more hi-fidelity experience for the faithful indeed.
I have read a lot about the shame of the first box mix being subpar to this since that contained better shows. That last part is horseshit. This batch contains the secret shows, the glue if you will, that binds and elevates this tour. Night one Cap. Night one Hartford. Night one Copps. Night One Nassau. Atlanta bookends. These are the shows that may not look great "on paper" as the saying goes, but which deliver in what makes this tour special.
O.K., on to the 2nd show. I was at the next night and I remember listening to this on the radio as it was simulcast. I think this show is just as good,wish I could've went to both. The two shows on this tour I went to are on the first box and I wish they sounded like this. I've listened to this box set(2shows) on all my devices and it sounds great on everything! Especially my home 5.1 system, its like the Dead are in my living room! "When I paint My Masterpiece"is one of my favorite Dead covers. Bobby sings Bobby great! Yes, if you are still on the fence, get this set, you wont regret it! So far the music is fantastic!!! Take care folks!!!
Wow all I have to say not to be mean but if you pass on this one your a fool this is by far the best release yet please release more 24 track shows I don't care if they are 90-95 if they sound like this I will buy everything
...Here on Long Island! YES! Haven't listened to anything, yet, but the box itself is a thing of beauty. I really enjoyed opening it up and looking at all the little details. My 2-and-1/2-year-old son got a kick out of it, too! "Open" and "Knock, knock," he said, tapping on the blue shipping box. "D," he said when he saw the dice.. "E"... "A"... "D"... Can't wait to listen and play some of this for him. When he was just a few months old he would lay on his back and dance to "Shakedown Street," even vocalizing to the "Well, well, well..." Can you tell I'm a proud, happy dad? That is a GRATEFUL DAD!
Started at the beginning... up to 3/25 Knickerbocker....
THIS THING IS A WINNER.
Brent on Hey Pocky Way at an earlier show... uh... 3/21? was AMAZING!
Box showed up Thursday but didn't have time to start with class, but damn, this is great. The sound is fantastic and the first show, like the first piece in the book says, is amazing already. I've made it through the first box twice...I think this one will get more play...even without a Box of Rain :/
Just started listening to the 1st show. Quality is awesome as in most of the releases. The packaging is wonderful.
#1350 arrived here in Metuchen, NJ yesterday.
Music to one side, just for a moment: This thing is lovely! It's all very attractively designed. I am enjoying Jessica Dessner's beautiful drawings, trying to relate each image to the appropriate venue or song (why a tortoise on the final Omni show?). The included paperback book contains a serious, readable -- if somewhat "scholarly" -- treatment of the tour experience, synthesizing the viewpoints of band, management, press, "locals" (including police & government) and Deadheads. I decided to digest the whole thing before digging into the shows. Nick Meriwether has really done a great job with this! It's something genuinely deeper than any other set of liner notes I've seen & it makes a great companion to the (more typical and expected) glossy photo books & Dennis McNally's notes in the first box set.
The construction of the box interior itself is somewhat flimsier than the first set & like some others, I have found that the heavy cardboard separators between some of the discs have already gotten a bit smooshed, probably just from the force of the CD cases wanting to shift around in transit. Oh well. The other geegaws (coin, dice, repro tix & passes and the "art prints") are fine novelties, but not much more than that.
I did finish reading the Meriwether essay this afternoon and so, skipping (for now) Blair's individual show blow-by-blow accounts, I dug into the Capital Center tour opener. Everyone has been saying the same thing: the sound and mix are fantastic. Everyone is correct: the sound and mix are fantastic! I found listening to the previous Spring 1990 box to be a little wearing -- everything seemed washed together, harsh. This has got beautiful separation of every instrument and voice. All the timbres sound clear and full. This simply sounds good as anything released from any era & far better than many, and I have heard all of them (except that elusive Beyond Description bonus disc -- Hello!).
Also, and most important of all, the band are just playing with fire. The brief, intense jam in Feel Like A Stranger, just the second song of the tour, conveys everything. This is essential Grateful Dead.
Maybe there is someone reading this still on the fence about plunking down big change for so many shows at one go, particularly if they felt disappointed by the first Spring 1990 box. If that's you, I implore you: Get This Set. It is the real deal. There is nothing "lesser" about the performances here & everything "greater" about the mix and mastering jobs by Messrs Norman and Glasser.
Hat off, rant over, stereo ON.