Spring 1990 (The Other One) Box
•144-page paperback book with essays by Nicholas G. Meriwether and Blair Jackson
•A portfolio with three art prints by Jessica Dessner
• Replica ticket stubs and backstage passes for all eight shows
•8 complete shows on 23 discs
•3/14/90 Capital Centre, Landover, MD
•3/18/90 Civic Center, Hartford, CT
•3/21/90 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario
•3/25/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
•3/28/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
•3/29/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (featuring Branford Marsalis)
•4/1/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
•4/3/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
Recorded by long-time Grateful Dead audio engineer John Cutler
Mixed from the master 24-track analog tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir's TRI Studios
Mastered to HDCD specs by David Glasser
Original Art by Jessica Dessner
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 9,000
Announcing Spring 1990 (The Other One)
"If every concert tells a tale, then every tour writes an epic. Spring 1990 felt that way: an epic with more than its share of genius and drama, brilliance and tension. And that is why the rest of the music of that tour deserves this release, why the rest of those stories need to be heard." - Nicholas G. Meriwether
Some consider Spring 1990 the last great Grateful Dead tour. That it may be. In spite of outside difficulties and downsides, nothing could deter the Grateful Dead from crafting lightness from darkness. They were overwhelmingly triumphant in doing what they came to do, what they did best — forging powerful explorations in music. Yes, it was the music that would propel their legacy further, young fans joining the ranks with veteran Dead Heads, Jerry wondering "where do they keep coming from?" — a sentiment that still rings true today, a sentiment that offers up another opportunity for an exceptional release from a tour that serves as transcendental chapter in the Grateful Dead masterpiece.
With Spring 1990 (The Other One), you'll have the chance to explore another eight complete shows from this chapter, the band elevating their game to deliver inspired performances of concert staples (“Tennessee Jed” and “Sugar Magnolia”), exceptional covers (Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and the band’s last performance of the Beatles’ “Revolution”) and rare gems (the first “Loose Lucy” in 16 years) as well as many songs from Built To Last, which had been released the previous fall and would become the Dead’s final studio album. Also among the eight is one of the most sought-after shows in the Dead canon: the March, 29, 1990 show at Nassau Coliseum, where Grammy®-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis sat in with the group. The entire second set is one continuous highlight, especially the breathtaking version of “Dark Star.”
For those of you who are keeping track, this release also marks a significant milestone as now, across the two Spring 1990 boxed sets, Dozin At The Knick, and Terrapin Limited, the entire spring tour of 1990 has been officially released, making it only the second Grateful Dead tour, after Europe 1972, to have that honor.
Now shipping, you'll want to order your copy soon as these beautiful boxes are going, going, gone...
Listening Party: 3/29/90, Nassau Coliseum With Branford Marsalis, Set 2
Enjoy the 2nd set of 3/29/90!
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Perhaps holders of the "miracle" coins will soon gain entrance to DL's legendary vault. For the fortunate few: whilst inside there, for God's sake, don't sneeze on the tapes!
for me, that's May and August>
two of the most famous Dead shows took place in May (Cornell) and August (Springfield Creamery>
8/27/72 recently released>
therefor it's 5/8/77!
Of course, if your allergies hit at different times, your show will be different. Either way, the next release will be nothing to sneeze at.
Received number 5000 last night. Has a few dings and a page in the book is extra long and folded in but the whole set is intact. But I like the round number 5000 so it's a keeper. Only got through 3/29. I'm hoping that we can see a release of 9/10/91 from MSG with Branford at some pont. I was fortunate to attend and that was my penultimate show.
*Quick shout out for Pete Hanson and his wife Sue Kim and daughter Christine, being yesterday was 9/11. We'll miss you always, never forget you and, Pete you were a Classic Head,and A Great Guy!
Perhaps holders of the "miracle" coins will soon gain entrance to DL's legendary vault.
For the fortunate few: whilst inside there, for God's sake, don't sneeze on the tapes!
Still listening to 3/14 and it sounds great! A big Thank You to all who made this possible!
Nice to see some folks on here getting some really low numbers.
I am intrigued by lundyw1's coin with no number, just 'miracle'.... I am dying to know the story behind that.... but I think I can put two and two together... lundy, did you ever get billed? Check your CC statements!
And I'm halfway through that excellent essay by Mr. Meriwether... good reading.
Listened to the first show. The energy is just super high, everyone sounds like they're having a blast, and every band member is clear in the mix. And Phil. Phil. What is it about his playing that makes the bass sound like fun turned into sound? Thanks again all involved. And Jeffrey Norman - thank you, thank you thank you.
To the 1st show-Wonderful playing in great sound. Can't wait to hear all of these in order. After hearing the Landover show all I can think is what a huge sound improvement in these 24 tracks. Big bass, Jerry is as loud as he should be and the interplay is all there with out the excessive brightness that sometimes marred the sound quality on the first box. Ok how can we get 24 track replacement discs for box one from Rhino? Revolution or ballot box? (Ha). Thanks for putting this box out in the high quality sound that this music deserves.
Just gave 3/29/90 a good listen. Sound quality is as good as everyone hoped and everyone is now reporting. And of course Branford really makes this a special show. My only complaint is the sound of Brent's keyboards. A classical music critic once said that a harpsichord sounds like "two skeletons making love on a tin roof" and while that's an interesting concept for a Grateful Dead album cover it's a terrible sound for a rock band. Brent's keyboards sound like a harpsichord. Hey, there's a reason they invented the piano. All that technology used to mimic a harpsichord?
If you're on the fence for the Spring'90 TOO boxset based purely on the sound quality of the first Spring'90 boxset, step up before they go. It's like a veil was lifted off the soundstage compared to the first one. For me, the first 90 boxset did not meet the sound quality of Without a Net. This boxset surpasses it.
@muleskinner_blues - Welcome to deadheaddom. I love that Dylan quote from his eulogy for Jerry.
There's an almost endless trove of musical treasure to be discovered (at least a lifetime, which is enough). I have always loved how the Dead's music crosses paths with so many other musical streams - pointing even well versed music lovers in some new directions.
Enjoy the ride.
Just got my box today and noticed that the box that holds the book as well as the cd dividers have come unglued and damaged. Does anyone else have this problem? I'll try Dead.net tomorrow.
Also noticed that my coin does not have a number on it - has the word "Miracle" instead. What's up with that?
At least until I get the box situation figured out, I have some awesome music to keep me company. Listening to the two Atlanta shows. Was at both and was surprised to find them just as good as I remembered!
That lid is heavy and is made to last a long time. The box number is on the coin under the lid.
I got #343 here.
Here's how I see it then.
High quality 16 and 24 multi-track recordings would transfer at 24/192 for mastering then dithered to 24/96 for the listening source.
2-track reels, cassettes, dat would transfer at 24/96 for mastering then dithered to 16/44 for the listening source.
That box has magnetic personality - surprises abound
Roll the Dice - you might be found
You've just entered The Other One underground
BOLO's involvement is gettin' around
But we get to listen to that amazing sound
my lid to the boxset is very heavy, but not sure if it is meant to come apart. Also where is the number on the box?
I really don't understand why Dead.net/Rhino/TPTB/whoever don't have the art available right here on the site.
As a recent lurker, just wanted to say hello and glad to be the recipient of #7012 today.
I'm a Dylan guy / certified nut (however you prefer) but got into the Dead slowly and have found it is an addictive, heady brew. My tastes spin out from Dylan, the Band, old folk, blues, early country, jazz, Western swing, everything in between. The Dead seem to fit right in the mushy haze. Still absorbing, so won't pretend to be an expert...Europe '72 got me hooked and since I've taken advantage of archive.org, the XM Dead channel and these archival releases to make up for lost time. I still find '72 to be a peak, but have certainly appreciated other eras and I'm open to the merits of all of them.
I got in moderately last year and started to get up to speed, mining the archives while concurrently picking up May '77, Sunshine Daydream and some of the Dave's Picks. Things have escalated this year and I've been preparing for this box set with the first one, as well as Terrapin Limited and Dozin' at the Knick. I guess I don't know the 'down' years (subjective) as well as people here, but I can tell this is a tight band at this time.
Terrapin Station (the song) has been my Dead glue holding everything together since I first heard it a few months ago. It never seems to leave my head. I probably couldn't articulate it, but somehow it seems to sum everything about them up.
Anyways, that was long-winded and disjointed, so in short, hello world! ;)
"There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school."
Yes! 23 disks of Good Ol' Grateful Dead has come home. Now, what can I procrastinate doing for the next few days? Thank you to all the folks in DeadLand that made this happen. Here's to many more!! I feel like a 10 year old who just got the Christmas present he's been anticipating with barely contained excitement.
I was excited that it was coming by UPS -- USPS won't trek up my 265 ft driveway (81 meters for those outside the U.S.) -- and was disappointed when I saw that UPS had passed the package off to the Postal Service. Got home today expecting a note from the carrier that I had to go pick it up at the post office, but my mailbox was just large enough to accommodate it.
Brought it inside, and opened it just like the woman in the "Unveiling Spring 1990 (TOO)" video.
I'm feeling under the weather, and was already planning to take tomorrow off as a sick day. The timing was fortuitous.
Beautiful box, amazing sound. Thanks to John, Jeffrey, David L., David G., Jessica, Nicholas, Blair, and everyone else.
I had same issue with one of the May77 discs - looked perfect, but skipped during estimated prophet in every player I used. Contacted Dead.net and they resolved quickly. I'm sure they'll make it right - if you don't hear from anyone give MaryE a heads up...
#119 has hit the ground runnin' out here in Wyo!
Sounds amazing! Thank you!
Consider this another plea for individual show cover art images. It'd be great to have consistent, quality images for everything in the set along the lines of the overall box cover already available.
Haven't received my box (supposed to show up by 8 PM Saturday), but earlier this year I ordered a bunch of the Road Trips series. Got one bad disc with a visible ring from silver to dark, about a half inch from the edge all the way around the CD, a defect in the reflective metallic coating. Would not play on any player past a certain point. dead.net send me another one right away with a prepaid return label. Then more recently I ordered a remastered Shakedown Street, received TWO defectives so far, both factory sealed with no CD inside! Empty! I've learned that I should probably open and check all CDs for playback, and make sure they are all there, present and accounted for. Never really had a defective CD or packaging (buying them since '83) until recently, this year, made by Rhino.
I ordered 2, as I usually do, one for a sealed vault/archive. So, also bought the Branford show, Although the top of the case was cracked, chipped a bit.......opened it, anyway, as it's no bigs and hadda pop 'em in right away! I'll mull the box choice, as I want a really 'neato' number and lots of music to enjoy before I delve into the full set. ;)
So I decided when I placed my pre-order to have the box set sent to my parents in South Carolina. Normally anything takes at least three weeks to get here in South Australia, and I'm flying back to the States for holiday end of the month.(27th) That way it wouldn't arrive after I left. Little did I know International orders would be shipped so early. I will be in SF for three days or so, back to Ohio for my 25 year high school reunion, and won't get to my parents until the 10th of October. So it looks like i'll be waiting another twenty-nine days before I get my first listen. Sigh..... The only good thing is after we leave my parents we fly over to Wales then back to New Orleans, then back here to Adelaide so on those long plane rides I'll be a happy, grooving, deadhead.
5017 is in the house and sounding fantastic! Cheers to the powers that be for putting this together.
I got my box today and visually inspected all discs for issues, and noticed a blotch/watermark/defect pressed into Disc 3 of the 4/3/90 Omni show. UGHHH. Played the disc on a few CD players, and just as I feared, the disc skipped/sputtered and wouldn't play past the 5:22 mark in Not Fade Away.
Anyone else check their discs and find Disc 3 of 4/3/90 to have some type of blemish pressed into the disc? or find their disc to skip during Not Fade Away?
Suffice to say I called Dead.net, emailed Dead.net as well, and emailed Dr. Rhino of Rhino Records hoping that this one disc can be replaced.
Since I just got the box, I didn't listen to anything but that one disc (since the flaw was obvious and visible). Regardless, everything else looked great and was packed nicely. Can't wait to dig into the whole thing (listening in order), and hoping I can get a replacement Disc 3 of the 4/3/90 show before getting to that show.
Anyone else notice the unfinished "paint by numbers morning sky" on the cover of 3/25/90?
# 1318 just landed in rainy S Florida. Halfway through 3/28/90 (looks like rain!) sounds REALLY GOOD!
Thanks for this one!
Is there some reason why the link on this dead.net page that reads, "Looking for the digital cover art? You can download it here" does not contain the art for each show? Seems like a pretty logical place to hide it rather than have a bunch of folks searching the 'net for it.
Maybe MaryE could suggest this to the nice folks behind this web site?
Awesome news man! Glad you got it!!! Mine coming tomorrow!! Taking it on vacation! Good to see you posting. Saw your guilty pleasure post about friends being into metal bands like priest, dio, ozzy, etc. Mine too. Every so often I pop in one of those cds. I doubt my old buddies pop in a Dead tape very often but they all made to a show at least once (even if it was only the lot)! You rock man! Enjoy
The link I posted above has the album cover art for all of the "May '77 Box" shows as well as all of the bonus discs.
Here's the link again...
Has arrived! Thank you everybody who made this happen for me! Can't wait to dig in!
Looks great !!
Wow!...all I can say is WOW! Great first set from 3/14 and its only the first CD out of 23! Great version of "Big River",very unique. "Loose Lucy" ,"Row Jimmy" and "Let It Grow" also kick ass!I love these box sets! I dont care what year it is(though I have my favorites!), I LOVE the DEAD!!!!!!!!We certainly are a spoiled lot aren't we?! No other group is doing what this band and co. is doing and I love every minute of it!!! Take the dog out, trip to the cellar, back to the tunes!!! Later folks!!!! Did I mention its a great day off?
#3960 arrived at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Northern Germany.
Got a shipping note on 9/5, box landed in Germany on 9/6 and first note of UPS
in my postbox on 9/8. Was on Holiday in Danmark for a couple of days so I wasn't
surprised when on 9/10 the UPS guy appeared on my working place and handled out
the box. UPS charged me for taxes EUR 50,45 and an additional UPS charge of EUR 12.
All together I've paid about EUR 280.
First at all thanx to dead.net for more than fast delivery. And for the first time
you could see the tracking online, fantastic.
I've just had the pleasure to listen to 3/14 Landover. The sound is fine and I really
like it. But what I'm missing a bit is the audience in the mix.
One of my favorite tapes is a first gen aud tape of 3/27/93 Knickerbocker Albany and
especially the end of the first set. During "Cassidy" and "Casey Jones" as closer the
singing of the audience reaches the same level as the music. So this in my opinion
is a fine thing of getting a concert at home.
What about the release of the Europe 90 shows as the next big box? Anyone remembers
the scream "Dunkelstern" during the first notes of "Dark Star" in Berlin 10/20/90?
Greeting fron the sunny island and gar-see-ya
Try searching with Google Images. This worked well for me for most GD boxes, individual art for the May 77 box being the exception (probably available now, but weren't back when I ripped the set upon receiving). Have not tried it yet with this release because my box is still in transit.
They haven't updated their sight yet, but this usually will have the individual show art work. They seem to currently be updated through Dave's picks Volume 10, but not Volume 11 yet. I would check the following link periodically...
Received this on Sept. 8 after just receiving shipping confirmation from Dead.net !!! I can't believe it arrived so fast as I waited 2 weeks for DP 11 to come. At 46 years of age, I have just recently been introduced to the Grateful Dead and I have completely jumped in to their work with both feet. This box set is absolutely glorious and tHe sound is impeccable. I'm sorry it took so long for me to appreciate this band as I would have loved to have had their previous large box sets (Europe '72 most of all). The past being the past, I cannot change that, going forward I will not miss another set like this that gets put out. It has been a great 3 days diving into this so far and I can't believe the differences between shows !!! Please don't let this end...
Nice posts. I've had the same discussion here before about how 44.1/16 is as high-def as the human ear can possibly hear. I appreciate that you are just trying to help people out and save them from spending extra on something that is essentially unnecessary.
One of the links you posted (Xith.org) is also from the same folks who are the developers and maintainers of the FLAC file format. Seems to me they might know a little bit (pun intended) what they're talking about on this issue.
fourwindsblow: "Could it be that you would want those frequencies in there even though the ear can't hear them as to provide separation between the instruments to give it more detail and a wider sound-stage."
Actually, it's the opposite. You don't want those frequencies, as some inaudible ultrasonics could cause distortion in the audible range, resulting in the "high-def" recording having poorer fidelity during playback than the CD standard.
has landed. Almost didn't make it-USPS truck burned right by the house-I got on the phone and made some calls trying to figure what went wrong-getting ready to saddle up and go chase the truck-when ding-dong went the bell-carrier out front holding the box and saying gee I forgot I had it in the back of the jeep. Ah well-tragedy narrowly averted! What a MAGNIFICENT box-no time yet to listen-had to get back to work-but the box as a collectible object is really desirable. I won't spoil for those still waiting and who have avoided the pre-views( as I had done). Suffice it to say that this is a fitting presentation for this great band. If you are on the fence-don't hesitate to pull the trigger. Thanks to all for realizing this product.
#2550 just arrived here in Western MA! All I can say is: Beautiful! Just beautiful! Great packaging all around, certainly worth the $ no doubt! The book, the prints, even the coin and dice are cool! Got a couple things to do on this glorious day off and then I will let the music play!! I'm going to go right in order, off to the Cap Centre it will be!! Take care folks! Hope everyone gets theirs soon!!!
Perhaps this has been addressed before, but could someone tell me where the album art for the individual shows from the Spring 1990 TOO box is located?
I live in colorado and got the late trailer delay message on the ups tracking page. must be out of Commerce City. hopefully there will be no damage to the box! can't wait! gonna be a midi drenched weekend!
6024 arrived in Philly today. Happy Thursday, Deadland!!!
A late UPS trailer arrival has caused a delay. We're adjusting plans to deliver your package as quickly as possible.
So close yet so far.
Checked my shipping status:
"A late UPS trailer arrival has caused a delay. We're adjusting plans to deliver your package as quickly as possible."
BOOOOO! Ah well, what's another day or two for one of my favorite tours. As long as all the contents and discs are correct this time (they were not on the first box) it sounds like I'll be one happy head the way everyone keeps raving about the sound quality. I cut my Dead teeth on this tour, this is where it all came together after seeing my first show in the summer of '89. This is like 80's Dead, but better for lovers of that era.
Hey there Volcano - Oops, I forgot to add one more obsession (really) - Wagner. I have both Furtwangler's complete cycles, the recently (sort of) released Keilberth from 1955 (first stereo recording of it ever made, not released for ages), the Solti, the Barenboim, the Karajan, and the decca Bohm set. Also have lots of versions of all the rest of the main canon (I especially like Kubelik's Die Meistersinger), as well as one copy of each of his first three, Die Feen, Das Liebesverbot, and Rienzi.
When I first started listening to opera, it was all Italian and French. I thought I couldn't stand Wagner. I kind of liked Flying Dutchman, and it kept growing on me, so I moved on to osome of his others. I found his music to be completely addictive, to the point that for a while I wasn't listening to anything else (obsession). It is literally a physical pleasure, very hedonistic. For such an asshole, he was without a doubt one of the most amazing geniuses to ever live.
the Furtwangler Ring Cycle avail on the big Membran box is amazing. To me the Ring cycle is another musical obsession comparable to seeking out contrasting GD performances.
2763 has been delivered by UPS - doing the $3.50 shipping upgrade was worth it to me.
For those trying to figure the numbering system, I ordered mine the day before Meet Up At The Movies, I picked the cheapest shipping option and my last name is in the middle of the alphabet...
Looking forward to listening to it!
Cool Musically, my other complete obsessions besides the Grateful Dead are Furtwangler and Callas. I have virtually every performance, offical and bootlegged, that can be found (I'm sure i'm missing a few).
I have told many people that Furwangler is like the Grateful Dead of classical music. He would rehearse the orchestra (at least his own Berlin and Vienna) over and over and over, takingn input from orchestra, playing the same piece in many different ways with different emotional content in different places. That way, when in performance, he could go with whatever he was feeling, changing what he was doing by how he felt at the moment and knowing that the band would be right there with him able to emotionally follow where he was going and play it that way. He could IMPROVISE the emotional content of the piece on the fly and sometimes magic would happen.
One of my absolute favorite recordings of all time is the December 1944 Beethoven Eroica Symphony with the Vienna. The peak moment about 2/3 of the way through the slow movement, is one of the most intense musical moments I've ever heard. Ever. Makes the hair on my neck stand up every time.
Anyway, gotta get back to work.