Spring 1990, Volume One Box - SOLD OUT
• 60 page hardcover Smyth-Sewn book featuring essays by Dennis McNally, David Lemieux, and Blair Jackson and photos by Jim Anderson & Mike Laurentis
• 25th Anniversary Tour Program
• Official Band Letters
• 6 Ticket Stubs
• 6 Cloth Sticker Backstage Passes
• 1 Tour Laminate
• Official 1990 Band publicity shot
• 6 complete shows on 18 discs
• 3/16/90 Capital Center, Landover, MD
• 3/19/90 Civic Center, Hartford, CT
• 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, ON, Canada
• 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
• 3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
• 4/2/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
Box Dimensions: 12-1/8" x 3-1/8" x 12-1/8"
Recorded and Mixed Live by John Cutler
Mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD
Original art by Wes Lang
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 9,000
Introducing The Next Box: Spring 1990!
And now for something a little different. This year's box set - Grateful Dead: Spring 1990 - offers six complete shows from the epic spring '90 tour, one concert from each city the band played, personally selected by Dead vaultmeister and archival release producer David Lemieux. The sizzling six are: 3/16/90 Capital Centre (Landover , MD), 3/19/90 Hartford Civic Center, 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum (Hamilton, Ontario), 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY), 3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY) and 4/2/90 The Omni (Atlanta, GA).
In his "Producer's Note" in the beautiful book that is part of the box, Lemieux, who attended the first 10 shows on the tour, states, "To my ears this was the last tour that was consistently great, where every show is excellent, not a dud in the bunch." And Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally's comprehensive and informative insider's essay in the box is titled "The Last Great Dead Tour." These guys know what they're talking about.
Basically, the band had been on an upward trajectory since Garcia's return to the road in the spring of '87, following his near-death the previous summer. Of course, 1987 was a trip in itself, what with the unexpected mega-success of In the Dark and their first hit single, "Touch of Grey." But the momentum just kept building with each subsequent tour, as Garcia got back up to full speed (and then some!) and the group as a whole was as unified as they had ever been since Brent joined the band in the spring of '79. New original tunes were popping up and the old favorites were imbued with a freshness and spirit that was so uplifting and inspiring. The band was having fun again, and it was downright infectious.
The group's fall 1989 shows-as documented two years ago on the Formerly the Warlocks box (two shows from Hampton, VA, 10/8-9/89) and on the 2001 release Nightfall of Diamonds (a single night in NJ, 10/16/89)- kicked the energy level up another couple of notches, as the band reintroduced such loved classics as "Help on the Way" > "Slipknot!," "Attics of My Life," "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and "Dark Star."
And when the band hit the road in mid-March 1990, they had a bunch of other cool tunes to lay on their unsuspecting crowds, including the return of "Loose Lucy" (last played in 1974; it's not on this box), Brent's "Easy to Love You" (missing since 1980), a rollicking cover of the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time," The Band's "The Weight" (with all four singers taking a verse each) and a lyrically retooled "Black-Throated Wind" (absent since 1974), which elicited huge cheers every time it was played.
Over these six shows, most of the cornerstones of the Dead's repertoire from the era appear-splendid versions of "Scarlet Begonias" > "Fire on the Mountain," "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider," "Playing in the Band," "Uncle John's Band," "Eyes of the World," "Estimated Prophet," "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "The Other One," "Terrapin," "Stella Blue," "Feel Like a Stranger," "Bird Song," "Let It Grow," "China Doll," "Box of Rain," "Morning Dew"; you name it. From the fall '89 breakouts come "Help-Slip-Frank," "Attics of My Life" and "Death Don't Have No Mercy." Among the still newish tunes are "Picasso Moon," "Blow Away," "Foolish Heart," "Just a Little Light," "Victim or the Crime," "Standing on the Moon," "We Can Run" and a couple that would get their final plays from the Grateful Dead on this tour-"Built to Last" and "Believe It or Not." There are stirring renditions of "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Black Muddy River," rockin' takes on "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "Iko Iko" and the only version of the full "Hey Jude" the band attempted in the modern era. And the "Rhythm Devils" and "Space" jams at the heart of each second set are as noisy-beautiful-scary-funny-intense-mysterious-wild as you'd expect/hope for.
Of course, we understand that some of you may have other favorite shows from this tour you wish were included on this box. Really, you can't go wrong with any of them. But at 18 discs, this is still the second largest Grateful Dead box (after Europe '72: The Complete Recordings) that's been released, and the non-inclusion of any other shows from the tour definitely does not preclude their future release! But this seemed like a more manageable way to go, while still giving a sense of the tour's amazing depth and breadth.
Besides the discs themselves, Grateful Dead: Spring 1990 has much to offer, including: a gorgeous 60-page hardcover book containing copious color photos by Jim Anderson and Michael Laurentus, unique artwork by Brooklyn-based fine artist Wes Lang, fascinating business letters and communications related to the tour, a detailed historical essay by Dennis McNally, a Producer's Note by David Lemieux and individual show descriptions by Blair Jackson; a reproduction of the Dead's 1990 tour program (printed and sold later in '90, for the fall and Europe '90 tours); tickets and backstage passes of all six shows; a band publicity photo from 1990 by Ken Friedman; Dennis McNally's tour laminate; and reproductions of the colored 8x10 sheets GDTS sent out with hotel, food and other information for each city on the tour.
With recordings made by longtime Grateful Dead recordist and producer John Cutler, mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD, you just know it's gonna sound great-and it does!
So, that's the skinny this time 'round. This box is limited to just 9,000 numbered copies - please note, this is the only time these shows will ever be officially available on CD. There will not be an All Music Edition and single shows will not be available physically. Due to ship out August 31st, we anticipate that this extraordinary set will sell-out, so order your copy today!
If you're looking for more of a bite-sized taste of the '90s, Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It, a 2-CD set featuring a handful of favorites, will be in stores on September 18th.
4/2/90, The Omni, Atlanta, GA
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The Last Time
David Lemieux on What’s Inside Spring 1990
David Lemieux on 4/2/90
Only compared to the bargain that was the E72 box.
Compared to other dead boxes, not overpriced.
Warlocks box? More expensive per disc than this. Beyond Description? More expensive -- and it's a re-release!
Basically same price structure as Winterland boxes, only this one now has a seemingly more lavish production -- so value for money has gone up, not down. Don't give a damn about the doodads? Me either, but the point remains: pricing same as Winterlands.
So, weren't the Warlocks and Winterland boxes overpriced? Not a chance, if you judge by the prices of archival boxes from other artists.
Here's a very typical (but awesome) example; Complete Arista Recordings of Anthony Braxton, released on Mosaic, 10 CDs, $136.
"I can't afford it" and "it's overpriced" are not the same thing.
Grate choice, David. Consistently entertaining late period run. The sound system and electronics were top notch and the Dead were having a blast with the technology available to them. A welcome addition to the collection, in my opinion. A healthy band with a smiling Jerry was always a good thing. Is a video release from these shows on the horizon? as no DVD is included in the box as an extra? BTW, the doodads will be fun-good response to those who felt that there weren't enough doodads in the Europe 72 box-I know i kept lookinh for "the hidden steamer trunk drawer on that one"-never did find that drawer though.
"...hope I d-d-die before I get old..."
Thank you David, GD.net & Rhino! Great work (again)...
will be the only source to buy this utterly overpriced box set than... I am out!
Anyone else notice the pauses between songs in the listening party? This raises a big red flag for me. Do the songs on this release have the same pauses in between? That would be a deal breaker for me. I"m not sure about this release anyway, but if there are pauses between each song, each transition and each jam then that devalues this release considerably. WTF?
First of all, there's no need to complain about "whining" or "bitching" about this release. People are just communicating their preferences.
This release looks great and it's from a really good year (although I'm among those who would have prefered more 70s).
The dilemma for me is the price. My first reaction was that it was overpriced but after giving it some thought it's not terribly overpriced. If eliminating the "goodies" would drive the price down I'd be all for that. I don't need a replica backstage pass, it won't do me any good now--I just want the shows. Mainly, though, for my wallet, this box is just too big. A three show box at half the price would be a no-brainer. And why does this tour get a six show box? Yes it was very good but certainly not in the same category as any tour from '73 or '77 and the two Winterland boxes were smaller and much more affordable.
I might still go for this, there is a lot of great music here but I'm on the fence because it's a lot of money to shell out at one time. And quite honestly, I don't reach for 80s/90s Dead all that often when deciding what to listen to.
I hope future boxes fall into the $100 and under price range.
Also, very interesting choice to choose six shows from six different cities. My first thought was to prefer full runs of cities but this might work out pretty well.
its been a long time since i thought about these shows or even that year.cant remember how many times before this show i seen the dead or should i say expericed the parking lot.i was 18 years old and had only started to experiment w/lsd. so i bought 2 sheets of lsd and shortly after met a cute girl and we were in the process of dosing when this long haired wanna be hippie comes up to me and asks to buy some of what he seen us eating.i said no that i dont sell.after hassling me to buy some cause he said he wanted to head in and didnt have time to look for his own.long story short-i gave,not sold,5 hits to him.next thing i know,he puts 20 bucks in my flannel shirt pocket and pulls a badge and says your under arrest.they were calling me the rabbit after what happned next.i jumped and ran through the lot, in and out of cars while people were watching all this and urging me to keep running!LOL.you all might not believe this,but suddenly all the hippies that were undercover cops came out of nowhere and they tackled my ass.they(pigs)were all laughing afterwards saying nice try and calling me a rabbit, that i just up and tried to get gone.this is funny reliving this now.they busted so many people at this show we were put in school buses and taken to jail.i seen at least 2 buses that night filled.another thing that sucked for me that night was i just turned 18 a few months earlier,so when they came on the bus,they said anyone under 18 off the bus,calling your parents,the rest of us went to jail.did 5 days then made bail.had to fake a rehab stint and then 3yrs probation.one more thing,when i was cuffed with my hands behind my back and just waiting with all these hippies around me,which were all cops,(cops dressed like us,heads)but if you had just showed up from another part of the lot and did not just see what happened you would think we were a bunch of heads just hanging out,anyway this dude comes up to us and he is like,whats up everybody whats going on.just bullshitting.but i know he is swinging and (so do the pigs) and before he incriminates himself,i swing my back around to show him that i'm cuffed.we look at each other,i say nothing,he says,right on,man.and walks away.they did try to pursue him but he said nothing incriminating and he just kept walking.i felt great to save a fellow headhead,if only this nite. watching the olympics now,playing shine on you crazy diamond for the balance beam,awesome!! -- the bus came by and i got on,thats when it all began,for the next 22years for me and still going. i love you so much grateful dead,thank you.you all helped me to change my life for the better. 420- i say pigs but i do have respect,don't kid yourself.
This is sweet. Thank you! David Lemieux for choosing the 3/30 show; all my deadhead friends always disagreed with me, but I always thought this show was the killer of that run, (if not the whole tour) even better than the great Branford show. I remember taping it live off WNEW FM in NYC at Manhattan College all those years ago and just being blown away at how HOT and TIGHT Jerry sounded in the slipknot and the dire wolf. We were having a raging kegger in our dorm and I had a tape running off a cheapo boom box playing the radio broadcast, but the tape came out great. Those were glorious times! The 3/28 show which I went to turned out to be my last Brent show, was awesome (and awesomely psychedelicized), AND was STILL probably the weakest of the three at Nassau. That tour was KILLER. Maybe not Europe '72, but still friggin' great!
Also, cool that they're including the Help>Slip>franks and Loser from Albany; I remeber endlessly bitchin when Dozin' didn't have those.
BTW, Messr. Lemieux, you mention the calaypso jam after Women r smarter in the Landover show; another show that has a cool post WrS jam from that era is the previous fall Meadowlands show from 10/14/89, which is a really good to great show that has always been overshadowed by the legendary 10/16 show. Not to mention being overshadowed by the goonish brendan byrne security that run, that night which a guy from my high school died at that show. Those east coast tours were getting crazy by '89-'90, but damn the music was sick!
This looks like an amazing release to follow on the other release from this Tour (which came with a great tee shirt). I was at the two Lisner shows in Washington (GWU's campus theater). Rather interesting to see Jerry without Keith and Donna. THis was pre-Internet, cell phone and immediacy of information so we had no clue what the band would look like other than the Godchaux' were no longer in the Dead (and were replaced with some weird guy who looked like he was somewhere in space with those weird eyes - though he came to be a critical part of the Band, and a damn fine one at that).
Of course, the prior release was Kean College, 2/28/80, and the Bonus disk (with a killer WIPMM) was from 2/29 and had one tune from 3/1.
What a treasure trove this month!
YIPEE FOR BEIN A HIPEE!
Got mine in. Really loaoking forward to it. Saw the Atlanta shows, and thought they were terrific. My favorite show of the year though was the return to Kentucky (How bout it Colonel Dave L!). Really, really nice Box, love the new art . . . not as goofy as the E72 box thankfully. One question for Lang though is what is with the Native AMerican iconography with an east coast tour?
One other note - we now have Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench (and Rose de facto) in the Hall of Fame. IT IS TIME FOR DAVEY!
The Cyclone of Woodford County, KY
Where did it go? I was so excited for that thing! I probably listened to it too many times in the last 24 hours and it imploded. Sorry.
love this box set i think its the best release ever bought it right away just wish they would have put dvds in this one
Why not DVD?
at $25 for 3 discs -- if they get to 6 volumes that'll be $150. Bargain-town!!!
If you're crazy enough to think that, by comparison this Dead release is at least 33% more valuable... well, I probably agree with you!!
But I'll have to have the Jerry too -- thanks for the info, Mr. Badger.
because Jerry is back!!!!
I'm sad to see that this concert is not one of those included in the box set, because I absolutely love the Bird Song with Branford Marsalis included from it on So Many Roads. Can someone please tell me if the whole show is available elsewhere?
Thanks! It's NOT the whole tour, but I really don't want that all at once. This looks interesting, a great selection of shows. I wasn't at any of these shows, nor have I ever had any them as audience recordings or unofficial soundboards.
Its unbelievable. Really is. This stuff is top notch quality. No other band put beautiful stuff out like this Spring 90 box. Rhino has always been mark of quality. That's why the boys went with Rhino. These boxes are real treasures to be enjoyed as we grow old. Yeah Europe 72 box shipping went bit crazy but so what. They worked hard to fix it and ultimately everyone got their box. If u don't like it listen on archive for free but it's worth every cent of 200 bucks.
Of course. With such a library to choose from, and so many different opinions and tastes, there are bound to be a million different thoughts on this, but seriously, I can't wait. I was so happy that you could now host a listening party for one on an Ipad! That alone made this well worth it.
Personally, I love spring of 1990 and this was awesome. Thank you, friends.
It says these were recorded by John Cutler, so read between the lines... Weren't all these other releases also recorded by John Cutler? Without A Net, Dozin At The Knick, Terrapin Limited, Nightfall of Diamonds, Truckin Up To Buffalo, and Crimson White and Indigo. This box set is contemporary to all those, so it makes sense that these will be multi-track, at least they better be at this price point.
I really want a Lear jet but I can't afford one. If I complain to the Learjet corporation, maybe they will make me one that is in my price range.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
I'm really geeked for this release. Yes, it comes at a time when I probably shouldn't buy it, but I did. I was hoping that it would be the ENTIRE spring run, even if 3/15 was a repeat, but I'm more than pleased with the shows on offer here. Couple that with the fact that there's still potential to release the rest of the tour at a later date and I find very little to complain about here. (For those clamoring for 3/29, there might be royalty issues dealing with Branford's label, etc. I know the discussion about guests has been hashed many times before.) I've had these shows in great SBD/MTX for years and listen to them frequently. I actually just listened to the entire tour in the past month because I knew this might be a possibility and it hasn't disappointed.
I am kind of surprised that they didn't offer free domestic shipping on this one like they did for the E72 set. That would have been nice, especially since my state charged tax as well (not sure if every state does that for internet transactions). Is the price per disc a bit high? Yes, but I'll pay it. As a Deadhead and a collector it will be worthwhile for me. It's easy to justify the upfront expense now rather than the price gauging later. ($100 for the 1 CD Rare Cuts and Oddities? I need it for my collection, but please....) Buying this just means there will be fewer non-Dead related purchases for the remainder of the year. I'm fine with that.
I applaud David, Mark Pinkus, and the GD/Rhino crews for their work on this and other sets they have put together. While others seem to have a constant struggle with Rhino I, for one, haven't had any insurmountable issues thus far (knock on wood). The ordering process for this was very smooth/easy so it's all good in my opinion.
Can we get a confirmation that the Spring 1990 Box Set is culled from the multi-track recordings (a la Without a Net, Nightfall, Terrapin Station, Formerly Warlocks) or not?? I'm assuming they would have stated it, if so. I sure hope they did, but i'm skeptical. Come on Rhino.
all the so called "extras" aren't real, they are copies, so worthless, they have overpriced this to the point that the ebayers won't even touch it, there is no room for profit, all the meat has been cleaned off the bone by rhino, first, the e72 ripoff, promises not kept, crappy product, no customer service, now this, copies of copies of extras that were all given out for free at the shows, the 1990 spring experience, how can they call it this? there was no feeling of being ripped off in spring of 1990, so the "experience" here is flawed. They got everyone on board with this, interviews with living band members trying to remember what happened back then, even Mcnally commenting about this being the best of the last, if that is so and the band members have a say in what else gets released, then this will be the only release we will see from the 90's. You know, after 35 plus years of being a deadhead I just won't do this, rhino is not to be trusted and if you think they care about the dead experience, you really haven't read all these posts, or the e72 thread, or experienced what it is like to be ripped off by these people. It's heartbreaking and will make you bitter towards any future releases by rhino, so to quote annarrxia, you can't fool me again.
I think he'd be ok with this release. He wanted to quit touring, according to a late-in-life RS interview, but kept going for the others in the organization who relied on the GD for $$$.
some posters' (posers?) probable response to finding out they get to travel back in time to hear the GD at Ventura:
"sand's too hot
water's too cold
guys too young
girls too old
waves too big and gnarly for me"
(thanks to the ancient band the Surf Punks...wish I had kept that album)
GD and Rhino ptb, please forgive the whiners. Keep the smorgasbord of GD coming!!!
yup, no qualms there. rhino has snookered me in the past and I think it is extremely poor taste to use somebody's birthday as a promotional gimmick, especially somebody who is dead.
Jesus just remembered REDDOOG (Run Every Drug Dealer Out Of Georgia) at the Omni shows. Scary stuff!
PS limited quantities encourage sales and if the product sells out it removes the need for storage. A sellout of 9K boxes at $200 a pop is nothing to shake a stick at.
Oh Anna! First you promise you'll steal these shows rather than buy them, then you tell us what Jerry would think?
For a lady, you've got some big cojones!
I'm looking forward to this box set very much. I was at some of these shows, my first show was 3/19/90( I was a late bloomer!) and I've been patiently waiting for its release all this time! I was a little taken aback by the price at first but what the hell, I missed out on the other box sets ( except the Winterland ones) and I'm not missing out on another! Just make payments on your credit card like I will and it will be paid for in a couple of months,no problem! If you dont like it, dont buy it! As far as Brent is concerned: Great keyboard player,adequate vocalist but his songs I could do without.which leads to the subject: How about some more Pigpen material ! We could certainly use some more 60's Dead! DP 4 maybe?! Anyway, waiting for DP 3 to pass my time until the Box set arrives! Happy Birthday Jerry!! I had a great tribute to you on your B day and we will never forget you!!! Rock on people and take care!!! ;)
Really happy about this box and I hope there are more tours released like this (full tours would be better). Have a question, why the indian?
I've noticed this new trend towards limiting the number of albums pressed of these shows. The only reason I can figure for this is to preserve the $ value. Once they sell out the prices can get pushed up. I'm not a fan of this. Wish I could afford all these releases the minute they pop up but I can't. Is the GD machine so desperate for money right now that they force us to hop on these packages as soon as they are pushed out? Whats wrong with just making these box sets avail, you're still going to sell an insane amount of them. After all, they are vaults of Grateful Dead shows
Love this show! Love that it's being released. Pretty much changed my life... I would add to David Lemieux's comments that the Stella Blue from this show is an all time favorite! Happy Birthday Jerry!
pricey? yes. as a collector of all releases, ordered it. caught all the Albany shows and one from Nassau. great, great shows. the boys got pretty sloppy the rest of their tenure. especially after Brent's saddening demise. it's a beautiful thing to look at my collection of the many, many releases of box sets, dicks's picks, road trips and now dave's picks on my shelf in the den. close my eyes and throw a "dart" at what to pull out and listen to what comes out. never a bad choice, gotta say, it's a beautiful collection. keep 'em coming boys. regardless of pricing, i can never get enough. as been said, you don't HAVE to buy 'em. as a hard core deadhead my options for whichever decade i want to listen to, i've got tons of choices. happy 70th my friend Jerry- you are very, very missed, it's nice to know that my grandfathers are in heaven getting guitar lesson from the best...stay happy, and, as is motto in life= HAVE A GOOD TIME- ALL THE TIME!!! my daily dose of the dead keeps me goin' and smiling....stay grateful all ya'll......funny story- as a flight attendant we would have these pre-made boarding tapes we would play for the whole boarding process. horrible "musak" that would drive me nuts. i would take the cassettes, bring them home and record the dead over them. so now people boarding the plane would stop a second, realize, hey! is that the dead i hear? far out, man! good, good times. made the flight a 1000% better. ahhh, good times..........
What's the point if it, given that using Reply does not link your post in any way to the post you are responding to?
Not a glitch! Indeed, I got my receipt just before I got my mail telling me about this. Well done guys!
So, here's my own bitch....
Having an Atlanta Omni show acknowledged is amazing enough, but WHY oh WHY not go for the LAST night of the tour ???
The 1st and 2nd nights were OK, but that last "magic" night, with it's WTF set list and "everything but the kitchen sink" space, (Thanks, Dan...) was an *incredible end to an incredible tour".
WHY pretend it didn't exist ?
I'm happy to have the spring tour '90 finally represented properly, (so, well, my kids will eat cereal for a couple of weeks...) (I'm kidding)
But, there are some obvious magic moments that have been overlooked.
GOOD JOB !
Color me, "218.00 lighter"
Well this seems weird. Tried to pre-order the 2 CD version at $16.99 but the shipping cost came up as almost $35 - making it just under $52 for these two little discs to find their way to Australia. I don't get it - we have a military alliance with America and we gave President Obama the royal treatment when he came here ... plus we gave you Russel Crowe, Errol Flynn, AC/DC and Mel Gibson (we don't want him back by the way). So it doesn't seem fair!
I think the may be a problem with the shipping cost - anyone else have this issue?
Love the Dead but the Dead with Brent Mydland singing, reminds me of Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers....
WELL JERRY, I know you didn't think it would ever come to this. They are using your birthday to sell overproduced packages at inflated prices. The Grateful Dead were always a multi-tiered user experience. We all experienced it on different levels. 22 years after this music was played some of us will experience this music again in this form or another. BUT, JERRY, I know you'd not of approved of the way this was released, whatever form it has taken.
Bunch of hucksters. We now return to the eternal debate - rip those scraps apart!
the cap center run was 3 of the first 15 shows i saw. if i didn't know any better, i woulda said it was mydland's band. christ, the energy-jerry fed offa him like a sponge. the interplay was unbelievable. march, 1990. if you were there, you know. if you weren't, well, buy this or find it on the net and listen to that transition between scarlet-fire from copps. mind melter. happy bday fatman.
Europe '72 debacle? WTF? Is there nothing that people won't complain about?
Yeah, my brother has always gushed about Copps, what a special scene it was......and I believe they actually drove their "goodies" right over the border, to boot. A carload of undisguised longhairs, go figure. Guess the vibes really were that special!
Looking forward to hearing a whole Hamilton show in superb quality......
(and just played David's videos ~ NOW I know why no other fillers...they're keeping the other shows on ice for very possible future release.)
I just had my entire post erased, awesome. Anyway, I was at 2 of these shows, this was the last of the golden era. Copps was magical, the essence of those shows in canada never made it to tape, from what I have heard of them. This was truly a special event, people were crying and embracing like I'd never seen anywhere at a show. The band was possessed. It was an experience I'll never forget.
Yeah, when Terrapin Limited came out, I thought it was about the best sounding release I'd ever heard ~ and we'd always considered that the weak night of the three! It cleaned up very nice (and our seats weren't the best for sound.) Very psyched that one of the "other" nights ~ my favorite of the stand ~ is being released. "Black Throated" was a particular joy, as Bob never resurrected his classics once he put them away, and my friend Dean and I had just debated before the lights went down whether we'd rather see him bring out "Lazy Lightning" or "Black Throated Wind." Then, of course, the church version of "Blow Away," where Jerry himself enticed us to clap along, even he was that moved.
Earlier that same evening in the parking lot, Dean had the bright idea to trade our extras for 3rd night Nassau (hated to lose the chance to "miracle" someone, but it sounded like a good train to catch). Our boss graciously supported the idea, so up we went. I still remember Dean's crestfallen face when he saw what they'd played already, the previous two nights. He needn't have worried. I, for one, am utterly psyched that David chose 3/30, much less heralded than the Branford-flavored previous night but what a gem. First set could've been louder from the rafters, but opened with my first Help On the Way (finally!); Dire Wolf was always a treat; and another was Phil singing "going back to New York City" in NYC : ) We scored VIP seats for the second set, with the Playin -> China Doll -> Uncle John's and a fully realized Standing On the Moon (complete with guitar solo unlike '89 versions, Jerry bestowing it with the mark of his classic ballads).....sweetness indeed. And the sweetest sugar was to come ~ the Attics encore left us speechless. The harmonies, and music, were impossibly tight. The last time I'd see Brent, as it happened : (
Can't wait to tell my brother ~ who made the Hamilton trek ~ that one of "his" Copps shows is finally being released!
Maybe these aren't the sickest shows ever, but they were solid, the energy couldn't be beat, and in my own personal trajectory this was the last tour I dropped everything for ~ kind of the last bloom of my "golden" show-going years, where the band mattered to me more than anything else going on. I'd never do a Dead road-trip again (well, not till New Year's 2003).
Anyway, sorry for the novella. I LOVE this box format of a show from each stop ~ I think it's just the right amount to document such a tour. Wish they'd have squeezed 3/14's Crazy Fingers -> Playin' set opener onto disc 3 of 3/16 (a la the Albany bonus filler), but hey we could always wish for more and I think it's great that there's bonus filler on one of them.
(For the piece-mealers, Estimated from 3/21 Copps is released on Weir Here, hadn't heard that mentioned below.)
Thanks, people. Fun release, and I love those 60-page hardbound coffee table books.....
This was the last of the great tours of this era. The summer tour was good and had some great spots in it, but to me the highlight of my dead experience was at copps. That shit was pure magic, when that show ended, people were crying everywhere. The experience was never captured on tape to my knowledge. The albany shows were good, but the real shit happened in canada. It was kinda ironic because there was a huge drought of "fun supplies" because of the widespread fear and rumors on crossing the border. Haha!
To the best of my knowledge, the Spring of 1990, along with the latter half of 1989, was recorded on multi-track tapes. This is a new mix, with every effort to make it sound as great as possible. Listening to The Warlocks Box, the sonic glory of multi-track material reveals itself like a flash of audio lightning.
1. i'm not really sure why people are assuming the sound quality will be lackluster.
2. many people claim to be audiophiles, but most can't tell the difference between the various degrees of high end audio production.
its quite hilarious when you think about it. you don't ever encounter people claiming to have better than 20/20 vision just to impress upon others.
If this release was the product of a new, multi-track mixing effort, I'm sure that information would be included in the description. So what we have here are some live to 2-track tapes, spruced up in a hurry by Jeff Norman and offered at a premium price. The trend is to put as little effort into the production as the Heads will tolerate (E 72 box for example, with its rushed and flawed mix) and see what the market will bear. This is a test. The retail cost per audio value goes up and up. Where do you (where do I) draw the line? I'll buy this one because I have all the rest and I appreciate the packaging and the fact that we even have the opportunity. At the same time I am REALLY burned that more effort is not made to ensure that the best possible audio product reaches the loyal consumers. Shame! I have no qualms with the good, old American free market but the rip-off increases with every release. And this from supposed hippies! Greed. Get used to it. It's only going to get worse.