Grateful Dead

Sunshine Daydream Deluxe CD/DVD (Exclusive)

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• Previously unreleased Sunshine Daydream concert film featuring gloriously remastered picture and all new stereo and 5.1 audio mixes done by Jeffrey Norman at TRI Studios
• DVD Mastered by Grammy® winning engineer David Glasser at Air Show Mastering
• The complete 8/27/72 concert CD mixed and mastered to HDCD from the original 16 track tapes by Jeffrey Norman
• Audio tapes transferred and restored by Plangent Processes
• Bonus documentary “Grateful Days” featuring brand new interviews with Mountain Girl, Sam Cutler, Wavy Gravy, Ken Babbs, and more
• 40-page book featuring original essays by Nicholas G. Meriwether, Ken Babbs, Sam Field, Johnny Dwork, and David Lemieux
• Original tie-dye slipcase by Courtenay Pollock
• Illustrations by Grammy-winning artist and designer Steve Vance

• Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 12,500

"The rock music group Grateful Dead is scheduled to perform at a 'potluck picnic' Sunday, sponsored by the Springfield Creamery." Eugene Register-Guard

A "rock picnic." The Field Trip. Kesey's Creamery. August 27, 1972. The Springfield Creamery Benefit. Call it what you will, the sun was beating down hard and bright on that fateful day in Veneta, Oregon when the Grateful Dead heeded Ken Kesey's call to help save the family Creamery. The 100-degree and rising temperatures did not deter the band who were still riding high from their adventures across the pond. It did not discourage filmmakers John Norris, Phil DeGuere, and Sam Field who gained entry into the Dead's tight-knit world with their promise to capture the culture and integrity of the scene. And it certainly didn't inhibit the estimated 20,000 Dead Heads who could not believe their, well, pot...luck.

In fact, this blistering day turned out to be a near-perfect little piece of the Grateful Dead experience and it is with great pleasure, that 41 years later we can present Sunshine Daydream to you the way it was meant to be seen and heard. As Prankster Ken Babbs puts it in the liner notes, this previously unreleased concert film "is a time capsule, a vessel full of exuberant free spirit as exhibited by the enraptured, edified, and satisfied concertgoers, a spirit that can still resound, that can still fill our hearts with joy, with compassion, with that sense and knowledge of our oneness, our open sharing and caring and the belief that the goodness inherent in all of us will continue to shine just as it did in Veneta, Oregon, in 1972. And will prevail." And prevail it does, with its pristine sound and beautiful visuals, the band transporting the audience to other-worldly planes with definitive versions of their beloved songs like "Bertha," "China>Rider," "Playing In The Band,""Greatest Story Ever Told,""Dark Star," and "Sing Me Back Home" and the Dead Heads in their wild and, quite literally, naked glory.

A exclusive, this "most requested" and "most revered" show is limited to 12,500 individually numbered copies on DVD. Presented in an original tie-dye slipcase by Courtenay Pollock, the set also includes 40-page book with in-depth essays by David Lemieux, Sam Field, Johnny Dwork, Ken Babbs, and Nicholas G. Meriwether.

With out unwrapping, how do I tell the DVD and Blu-ray apart?

Product Details

This DVD is All-Region.

Listening Party



"He's Gone"
"Jack Straw"
"Bird Song"
"Greatest Story Ever Told"

Who's Who in Sunshine Daydream

"Bertha" Tie-Dye Show

What's Inside Sunshine Daydream

Look and listen - "China Cat Sunflower":




Disc 1  
1. Introduction [4:01] 
2. Promised Land [3:24]
3. Sugaree [7:30]
4. Me And My Uncle [3:16]
5. Deal [4:55]
6. Black-Throated Wind [7:01]
7. China Cat Sunflower> [7:58]
8. I Know You Rider [7:03]
9. Mexicali Blues [3:49]
10. Bertha [5:59]

Disc 2
1. Playing In The Band [19:57]
2. He's Gone [9:32]
3. Jack Straw [5:06]
4. Bird Song [13:17]
5. Greatest Story Ever Told [5:36]

Disc 3
1. Dark Star [31:28]
2. El Paso [5:04]
3. Sing Me Back Home [10:51]
4. Sugar Magnolia [8:45]
5. Casey Jones [6:25]
6. One More Saturday Night [5:03]



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unkle sam's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2008
50 bucks, really?

come on, 50 bucks for 1 show? Boy, are the powers that be really getting greedy or what. I would pay fifty bucks to see the good old grateful dead, if that were possible, but come on. 50 bucks, really? I'll just stick with what I have and wait for the download. 50 bucks, I just can't get over it, so I'll say it again, 50 bucks, really?

guit30's picture
Joined: May 1 2009

The sample here of "China Cat Sunflower" is just incredible, like perfect, If people are having trouble ordering, it is probably cause there is so much traffic in the shop. Wish I could get the 3 CDs, don't care for the video, except for watching Jerry, Phil and Bob. If you listen closely, you can here a delay , sort of like on the GDM. You put that into a huge hall and it will be more noticeable. This will sell out quick. Looks like "May-77" is at a stall with around 2,500 copies left, the trouble with doing 5 shows in a row, is the sound and setlists are very similar. Bartrum Hall from the 8th should be in there instead of one of the Chicago Shows, other than that, The May,77 has a near audiophile production.

Joined: Feb 24 2009
Movie - some GREAT; too much audience

Gee, come on concert camera guys and editors! Show more of Jerry's fingers and less of the t&a in the audience! I just want to see the Dead, and especially Jerry's finger work. Scan the audience once in awhile but OMG don't make HALF the movie of sweaty dirty naked bodies when we could be watching Jerry!

That being said, GREAT Bird Song and Dark Star. Jerry: second to God!

Joined: Jun 20 2007
Did not disappoint

The best songs were there, the mix was spot-on, Keith was audible (and laudable...and possibly laudanum), great performance from him, the mix really favored Bill too. Fantastic job all around. Sing Me Back Home was the highlight of the film, can't wait to crank it up at home in the dark on one of our few remaining warm nights!

Joined: Jun 20 2007
Did not disappoint

The best songs were there, the mix was spot-on, Keith was audible (and laudable...and possibly laudanum), great performance from him, the mix really favored Bill too. Fantastic job all around. Sing Me Back Home was the highlight of the film, can't wait to crank it up at home in the dark on one of our few remaining warm nights!

Joined: Aug 31 2011

Thanks for the correct info; makes sense now when considering how old the film is, what costs/quality and all that were back then.

One of the things I always loved about this SSDD boot when I had a fuzzy VHS of it was that the long jams they DID show were uninterrupted, musically at least, and that really made all the difference. It was kind of like a Dead "movie", as opposed to all that straight concert footage from '89-'91 era, similar to GD movie from Winterland '74, but they played the audio straight thru, the whole (smokin') China>Rider, the WHOLE (unbelievable) DStar>El Paso, the whole 12-13 min. Birdsong, Sing Me Back home, and so forth. Still love the GD movie, but used to get annoyed sometimes when the jams cut away to interviews. Not that that wasn't understandable...cause Jerry and Gutierrez and whomever weren't putting out straight viddy from those 5 shows, but were trying to present a chronicle of the group (and did so amazingly successfully). Jerry had I think hundreds of hours to edit with the footage of ALL cameras and all the nights to edit down, as well as other backstage/outside stuff. What is on SSDD is almost a perfect combination of both-a kind of movie, but also some great uninterrupted jams.

Seeing it in theaters was some great memories. Phil's bass was GREAT in our theater, and it was plenty loud enough, unlike that Alpine '89 last year, where we had to keep asking mgmt to turn up until second set. It's weird how they had no stage lights at Veneta, and were playing basically in dark by Sing me back home! Film is grainier after sun sets, but still way way better than shitty copy I used to have.

Joined: Jun 24 2013
Saw the revised movie last nite

Missed the first 10 mins or so but from when they were building the stage. Picture/sound quality vastly improved from previous version you can see on YouTube. Slight re-editing of images for China Cat-Rider (I'm not sure why)- it actually seems to have more boob shots then the previous version. But I hadnt' realized they were going to be adding more songs so I about fell over when "Bird Song" started! And then later, they added "Sing Me Back Home". Someone else could comment on whether they added anything before when I began watching. I did notice they seemed to have mixed in more shots of Phil and some with Keith which weren't in the previous version circulating. But in any case- no, the film is not the entire concert. But it's got SO much juicy stuff, you definitely want it anyway!

old hippie's picture
Joined: Oct 9 2007
Ordered it

I knew that there was no more film than on the SSDD copy that I have. I would have been very surprised if there was more.
I am glad that nothing was edited out. I agree, what we see is how everyone was at that moment. Totally free and having very much fun. This captures the real spirit of that era.

I ordered my copy today.
A happy Dead Head.

hbob1995's picture
Joined: Jun 26 2007

I've listened to the first disc so far and it is SMOKING! Great sound quality and the band is HOT!

Joined: Dec 31 2008
order it

I have ordered it and I am not expecting a full show DVD-- that seems unrealistic. The music in entirety will be sufficient. The notes above indicate it is the release many of us have seen in bootleg form over the years, with some extras. I think that movie is amazing-- they really picked out some gems for the movie 40 years ago.

Edit out Pole Man? Are you crazy? This movie is of a time and place and doesn't need to be whitewashed. That guy was in the moment and loving it. Looks odd today (maybe a little freaky), but it is what it is.

Completely different topic, but since the DaP7 page has been removed, where else to discuss it. Has anyone received it yet? How does it sound? I can't wait to get mine...

Joined: Aug 20 2009
The music

Hey, re-mixed, with modern technology, from the original 16 track master tapes, by Jeffrey Norman - that's all you have to say to me...

Joined: Aug 20 2009
Not a video

As has been mentioned elsewhere, they did not film the entire show. Film stock was very expensive, and the reels were only about 20 minutes long. Videotape was being used in television
studios at this time, but wasn't high quality, like it was later on. The film they shot is all they've got, and apparently, almost all of it was used in the current film. Be thankful that ANY of it was captured. I mean, to have footage of the Dark Star ALONE is a miracle!!

Joined: Mar 8 2009
The whole film

For those wondering Dave has says several different places (e.g., Tales from the Golden Road) that film of the entire show DOES NOT EXIST.

The cost of film in those days was such that they couldn't afford to film the entire thing. I believe it was Babbs (?) who was on the E72 tour and basically scouted the band so he knew which songs to film. The version released for the SSDD event is pretty much everything that exists from the show. Unless someone has a time machine and cash for more film this is as good as it gets. I can't remember the date of the Tales episode where Dave talks about this but it was right around the time they announced the meet up at the movies. Hope this helps clarify.

hbob1995's picture
Joined: Jun 26 2007
Sunshine Daydream did not disappoint

I was counting down the days until last nite for what seemed like an eternity and it turned out to be everything I could have hoped for. Waiting in the lobby, my Sunshine Daydream tee caught some attention and I had a real nice conversation with another Head about, cd releases, concerts, etc. Once inside the movie was great! I loved the beginning when they set the scene with some interviews and some Creamery back ground. I had never seen this movie before and there were some smoking version of Bird Song, Dark Star and China > Rider which is my personal fave of all of the GD tunes. The theatre was packed with lots of clapping and cheering. It was real nice to see the hand Ken Kesey & Bear received. All in all a great experience. I ordered this release the minute I got home. Anyone who waits on this, thinking there may be a different release down the road, is taking a big gamble. A bird in the hand, remember? We've been waiting for this one for 40 years, don't blow it now! My DaP 7 just arrived so I have to go listen to that one now. Certainly is a great time to be a Dead Head. rock on.

Olompali's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007

It seems likely that this Ltd Ed will have the bells and whistles. A nearer Christmas release may just be the dvd. No book, no slipcase etc

old hippie's picture
Joined: Oct 9 2007
We need more info!

I read several questions about how much of the complete show is in the movie and questions about the difference in sound quality.
Please let us know whether the complete show is in the movie or not.
If not, then the difference in sound quality is of little importance. The complete show will be on the CDs and that is as good as we will get.
If so, the sound may be better then on the CDs as it will be in 5.1 Dolby or DTS.
Has anyone information of how much of the original movie is used? Are the shots of the naked guy behind Jerry edited out?
Is the intro from the 68/69 show in this movie?

For me it would make a difference to be with a hundred happy Dead Heads in a theatre watching this show or sitting at home with one or two friends. Therefore I would only buy the CDs to listen to the music. But it is sold as a set.

It is a fantastic, but very late, addition to the few shows to be seen. And this is GD at its best!
Thank you.

Joined: Apr 23 2008
the whole shebang

sailbystars A number of new vinyl releases (Dylan ) give you a cd if you buy the vinyl. Once they pay the Royalties which would be covered by the vinyl the cost of the cd is minimal

MrHeartbreak's picture
Joined: Aug 2 2013
Missing/Subpar Footage

There's a good chance that the performance footage on SSDD is all that exists of the show, or that other footage from the show was subpar. I believe that is the reason the animation exists in The Grateful Dead Movie: not because someone thought it would be boring to watch the band for a whole show but because the video was lost or damaged. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

sailbystars's picture
Joined: Oct 27 2010
no DVD with the LP purchase?

I would buy the LP box in a heartbeat, if it came with the DVD. Does the LP box NOT include the movie?? If not, why not? I'm in purgatory - can't get any one thing, can't get both.

My point is - there should be a DVD that comes with all options.

Joined: Aug 31 2011
whole show/blu-ray

I don't see how the blu-ray could be that much better considering the source, but what do I know. Easy decision for me, since i don't even own blu-ray player yet.

Only thing that will annoy me in future is if this viddy is the sunshine daydream movie we all know, (which IS great, don't get me wrong) and they end up releasing video OF THE WHOLE 3 SETS in chronological order in future....I'd have to get that too! (HAVE TO. IT's Veneta '72!) Because the whole show must exist in its original unedited chronological order on video as well too, right, or am I cluelessly missing something here?

Joined: Aug 2 2013
RE: Blu Ray vs DVD

Pardon my ignorance, however, why would the sound be better on Blu-Ray? Both are 5.1 and both use HDMI.

Joined: Nov 1 2010
RE: Blu Ray vs DVD

Last night was amazing. Having seen it on the big screen I don't believe that there will be any difference in picture quality between the DVD and Blu Ray. Clearly there are some issues with the original masters of the video, and unlike a Dr Who DVD, they haven't spent a couple years going frame by frame cleaning up the picture to the way it "should have looked" but never actually did. The reason you should want the Blu Ray is that the sound quality should be better and a little more like what we heard last night than the DVD.

Also regarding someone else's comment about Phil being a little low in the mix I have to disagree.I love Phil which is why I was happy that it seems to me that he was more prominent then in most commercial releases. Obviously he was still less prominent than at a live show, but it was closer than normal to that experience. Also I recall from the Grateful Dead movie DVD that they had two soundtracks, Jerry's original mix and a new mix with the base turned down a bit to account for the difference between a movie theater sound system and home surround sound. Sunshine Daydream was probably mixed for our home viewing pleasure not for this one night in the theater.

Joined: Aug 2 2013

What a show. Jerry on a strat in 1972. Band was totally on point. Bobby killed it as usual - NOT your average 'rhythm' guitarist. Bass mix was low in the theatre, hope its turned up on the CD/Vinyl. Bird Song and Dark Star was some of the best Jerry playing I've ever seen. Sing Me Back Home at sunset - what can you say? This is a show for the ages.

Deadhead's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Nice Sounds

I have a good stereo, but, I do not have one as good as the theater. In Dublin,CA they had it cranked-up and it was sweet. There were ~100 in attendance and all agreed the sound system with the Dead rocked. The concert footage was fun, the Monty Python style cartoons... not great. We agreed the the tie-dyed light show from the first short movie would have been better... Killer movie sound-track! A must-have CD set!

Joined: Aug 2 2013
Blu-Ray vs DVD

Is there any difference in quality between the Blu-Ray version and the DVD version? Other than the disc being Blu-Ray, are there any other differences between the two versions?

Joined: Jun 4 2007

it was very very hard to complete the order form
tried hard seven times before my order was accepted
1: security number missing (I put it in)
2: Oregon shirt not in stock...
3: blue ray not in the card *4
7: finally order ok

speak about patience...

Joined: Feb 24 2010
Order Probs

There are still problems which only apply to Sunshine Daydream.
In the end I added the Warlocks box to my order and removed it at the latest possible point which just left the new box in the cart. Maybe worth a try if you are still having problems - it worked for me.

Joined: Jul 20 2007
I had trouble and...

I had the same thing last night - I found that, for some reason, if I clicked the red "continue to checkout" button that is on the bottom of the screen , instead of the top one, it worked. Of course, even then, it got stuck several more places. On my fourth attempt I was able to complete the order. Hilarious!

I tell you what I don't think is so hilarious - releasing this as a limited edition. I gotta believe that this "deluxe" version is the limited thing, and that the show will be released in some other way for general release. Frankly, the PTB are being cagey about it and I don't like it. I ordered the damn thing so as not to miss out, but I'm pretty sure I'd be happy with the 34 dollar "non deluxe" version vs the 58 dollar version (that is what it ended up costing with taxes and shipping). For example, it would be nice to know what the "non-deluxe" version entails, or even if there will be one.

I was so excited by this release, but this whole thing is leaving a bitter tang in my mouth. But I had no choice, I lined up like a good junkie and bought it.

PS - another minor annoyane - there appear to be four separate Sunshine Daydream threads - do we really need a separate one for the blu-ray, dvd, etc? Will be hard to have coherent discussion (because, you know, we are normally so coherent, heh)

ToddWCorey70's picture
Joined: Jul 30 2012
Working now

Things seem to be working now. Thanks, whoever! Now 8 weeks of waiting...

ToddWCorey70's picture
Joined: Jul 30 2012

Yeah, I'm stuck too. Is anyone out there in land awake yet?

Joined: Feb 24 2010
Pre Order

I can get as far as the posting details screen and then it sticks. I'll say one thing for Deadnet - they really do test our patience at times!

Joined: Aug 31 2011

Yeah, I can't do it either. Keeps emptying my cart automatically. Hope they fix it before it sells out somehow. (Can order on phone 24/7 I guess)

Sparechaynge's picture
Joined: Oct 1 2012

Is the pre-order function broken for anyone else? I get as far as the page that asks for my email, and then it just stops.

Joined: Aug 31 2011
dvd-the movie or all 3 sets?

I'm a little confused by this-is the dvd or blu-ray just what played in theaters last night-the original bootleg + the new 20 minutes or so that was on the beginning? Or is it a viddy of the whole 3 SETS on one dvd?!? If it's the latter, that's even cooler, but if it's the former, I'd also prefer to just have the audio cds, as cool as the movie is. Either way I'm down with this release, natch. (I had always wondered if there was multiple camera video of the WHOLE SHOW)

Joined: Jun 23 2007

Maybe I am alone here but I would prefer if the 3 discs of the show were made available just by themselves. I enjoyed the movie tonight but for me I would listen far more to the show than the video. I already have an excellent copy of the show so I will pass on this package but might consider a purchase if just the 3 cd's of the show was available.

rdevil's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2007

Ah, didn't notice that, Seth. I'll actually be a little pissed off if I spent an extra $10 or $15 for a book of essays and a special slipcase, not to mention the shipping cost that could be avoided by buying at a store.
But, don't want to gamble and end up missing out.
This has been an expensive year.

rdevil's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2007
limited edition?

Already placed my order, this one is as close to a must have as it gets but I'm disappointed it's a limited edition. Really didn't want to spend the money right now(would have made a great Christmas gift) but this won't last long.
Certainly this is more worthy of a mainstream release than say, To Terrapin. It makes me wonder if there will ever be another unlimited release.

Seth Hollander's picture
Joined: Aug 27 2009

I am guessing this is called Sunshine Daydream Deluxe because there will be a later general-market release of the 4 discs in a Crimson, White, And Indigo style package for less money.
But maybe that won't happen
AND IT IS 8/27/72!!!
I jumped on it 30 seconds after I got the announcement!!!!!
oooh that Creamery goodness!

deadmike's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Yes ....

Have it on an European bootleg DVD release and as good as it still is, this must be a zillion times better. I ordered the BluRay version.

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

Joined: May 4 2012
Nice chops Bob!

The video is rockin'. Too lazy and blown out from working for the man to track the film down in the theater but this looks like a pretty smokin' release. In my morning news scan, I saw some post or another suggesting that this is the best show ever. Is that correct? I'm diggin' Jerry's tone w/ the Strat from the video too. This is another release that appeals to me a lot. Is this what smoking crack is like? I guess it's cheaper...

Joined: Apr 23 2008

As much as I like ltd. editions I was quite surprised they offered this release ltd. Move fast

Joined: Apr 10 2008

"Exclusive" explains why this disappeared from Amazon; looks like those pre-orders will be cancelled. If you pre-ordered from Amazon, nothing is charged until item ships, so don't fool around; pre-order from lest you lose your opportunity to purchase this item.

Joined: Jan 13 2010


Joined: Aug 27 2008
I ordered the CD/DVD package

Actually I really did not, somebody else ordered it for me with my authorization. The DVD will replace a DVD-R created from 2nd (or 3rd) gen VHS copies of a work print of the film about 10 years ago. It was an upgrade from a previous DVD-R which was not all that great to watch or listen to. My CD-R is an excellent upgrade from a previous bootleg CD called, Field Trip: The Springfield Creamery Benefit. Silver Rarities SIRA 64/65/66. And that was an upgrade from unknown generation cassettes.
Finally this show has been released!

Bonnie for borncrosseyed56.
Oh, BTW, borncrosseyed is watching the film at a local theater.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
well alright


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