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Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings Boxed Set
6 Complete Shows On 19 Discs
• 6/22/73 P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C.
• 6/24/73 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
• 6/26/73 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA
• 5/17/74 P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C.
• 5/19/74 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
• 5/21/74 Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Mastered in HDCD from the original master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Mockingbird Mastering
Masters transferred and restored by Plangent Processes
Original Art by First Nations Artist Roy Henry Vickers
Photos by Richie Pechner
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 15,000
Includes an immediate digital download of "Eyes Of The World (P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada 5/17/74)"
"We were in the Pacific Northwest...between somewhere in Washington and some other where in Oregon. The road took us to the lip on a ridge, from where we could see around us for many miles in all directions … It was breathtaking to behold, but as we watched, we had a firm realization that we were witnessing something even more beautiful than our eyes could ever take in … Life causes life. Heaven and Earth dance in this way endlessly, and their child is the forest. And so there we were, epiphanously watching that grandest and most glorious dance of life—of which we are just a tiny part—awed by a magnificence without beginning, without end..."
Bob Weir, “Sell Headwaters—Everyone Wins,” San Francisco Chronicle
The Pacific Northwest offers up a rich feast of land, sky, and water. It is ripe with influences, abundant with symbols, deep and spirited. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that the Grateful Dead played some of their most inspired shows on these fertile grounds. It does, however, sometimes take a breath for the elements to re-align years later. It seems for us, they finally have and we are able to present not just a glimpse of the band's extraordinary exploratory tour through the region, but a two-tour bounty as the PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-’74: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS.
For PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-’74: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS, we've paired two short runs made up of six previously unreleased shows - P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73); Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (6/24/73); Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA (6/26/73); P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74); Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74); and Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74). Each show has been mastered in HDCD from the original master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Mockingbird Mastering. The transfers from the masters were transferred and restored by Plangent Processes, further ensuring that this is the best, most authentic that these shows have ever sounded.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-’74: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS comes in an ornate box created by Canada’s preeminent First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers (more on this tremendous artist soon). To complement the music, the set also includes a 64-page book with an in-depth essay by Grateful Dead scholar Nicholas G. Meriwether and photos by Richie Pechner.
Due September 7th, this release is limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies and available exclusively from dead.net. You'll want to grab a copy while you can and sit back, relax, and enjoy all the exclusive content we'll be rolling out over the next few weeks.
Looking for something a little more byte-sized? The collection will also be available for HD digital download in FLAC and ALAC, exclusively at dead.net, on release day. You can pre-order it now too.
Get it while you can.
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Thanks, and back to PNW...
GFY. Trolling is not only all f$%^*d it's juvenile. How old are you? 12? My answer to you is the same don't let the door hit you.
I had the same Disc 1 issue with Wharf Rat. If you look closely you may see a large crescent scuff mark on the outside of that disc. I contacted Customer Service via email with my order number - in fact forwarded my confirmation email when sending and they sent me a form to fill out. I also contacted: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Rhino responded as well and says it was being taken care of so now I am waiting. I have to say they seem on the ball with making this right so for now giving credit where credit is due.
In regards to the vocals cutting out, I think it helps to put it in perspective of how old these tapes are and actually with all things considered how great everything sounds. Many many bands would not put out these performance because of some of the flubs, tape issues, rawness etc... but they do, and when I listen to it all together it puts the brilliance of these shows into another because of the realness of the performance as a whole.
I have been most impressed by the overall quality the dead put into their equipment during this time. I am only on Portland '73, but that Bass sound is so good. Being a bassist myself I can certainly appreciate the tone that I am sure took long hours and expert/costly equipment (sometimes built on demand from Alembic) to achieve. Deep but very bright - that's not even talking about the skill it took to mix live, record, and years later remaster. I actually believe the sound of the bass and other overall sounds declined after this period even with new technology. Certainly it can be debated that the quality of performances never returned to this level after the hiatus. So we get some of the Deads best recordings, performances, with their best equipment with this box. Awesome!
that list is mine. i made it in 1999 and was the contents of the KNOWN Betty's that were in circulation at that time.
They are only a portion of the returned Reels, as many never made it into circulation by 1999.
there are other hand written lists, of the scum bags stash that wanted $1,000,000 for his mud covered reels, they are not included in the version that ended up on that Relix page.
its a waste to release any of the returned tapes without Plangent processing, you might as well get the WBOTB versions that were digitized in the 1980's when the tapes hadn't starting to deteriorate like they are now.
Perhaps that relix list pertains only to tapes returned to the vault. It does not necessarily mean that there are not Betty’s already in the vault...
It's good to know there are still hidden gems in the vault. I agree for 78...
Thumbs up for all the cool jazz posts!
As Alain says below, the faults in the mix lie with the original recording, not the cd. A few shows start off with dodgy mixes, but they come right soon enough. The 1974 mixes sound better to me, on the whole-but-word of warning-the voices all but disappear for a few songs on 5/19/74. The quality of the music still shines through, though.
LedDed: You described my own experience connecting jazz to the Dead, although I'm guessing I got there a while before you did. Reminds me of a conversation I stumbled into in a beer line at the Dead & Co. show at CitiField this summer with a 20-something guy and his girlfriend. We were talking about the Dead's jazz-like approach to improvisation for a while, with the young woman speaking just a little, when he lets it be known that she is the daughter of a prominent jazz musician and grew up listening to his jazz and Dead records. Note that Dead & Co. have been playing Coltrane and Miles Davis during "Space," occasionally, for a couple of years now. As for live vs. studio jazz recordings, all of my favorite studio recordings were made without any kind of overdubs, so you really get the live experience with a very high level of sound quality. And, yes, there's lots and lots of it out there to be discovered.
That Relix list is incomplete.
It’s missing 7-1,3,5-78 which are reported to be Bettys on the 78 Box site.
“With five distinct performances painting the masterpiece of 1978, Betty Cantor-Jackson's always-pristine soundboard recordings”
Unless Dave has released a list of what was obtained, we will just have to wait for release announcements.
I’m still onboard with Kayak Guy’s suggestion of Plangentizing all the Bettys.
I see, US.
It's Marshall, like the amps... he was born Johnny Allen
no worries, letters missing....
Coltrane's Mr. PC was written for bassist Paul Chambers, not Mr. Paul Caruso of radio station EXP.
We know there really are flying saucers because a rounder one was on DaP 23
you guys have no sense of humor, I trash the box badly and you all believed me, except a few of you and of course snafu who is all f***ed up. There are some problems yes, but it is an excellent box that I'm glad to have. Here's another one, I just heard that the earth is flat, we didn't go to the moon and that Jerry is still alive, comments? You guys really need to lighten up. If you all had read any of my posts in the past My coda is, any Dead is good Dead. Maybe the way I worded it thru you all? Here's a clue, you can't believe everything you see and hear can you? now if you excuse me, I must be on my way. James Marshal Hendrix
The sound is terrible on my Disc 1. At first the keyboard is not heard at all. Jerry's voice is faint, at best. The drum/cymabls also don't come in good until later.
Does Anyone else have this problem with specificallyy this disc (or others)?
may anybody confirm Vancouver 73 is a betty Board?
I found a list of tapes returned to the vault.
If Bear was the king, She was the Princess of shows recording. This list does not include Dave 28 !
Disc 9 Seattle 73 : One of the best of shorter versions oF PITB and incredible up tempo LoveEOther. This music is so Good.
Jazz is what finally flipped me full-on into Dead worship. I just had enough of all of it - Beatles, Stones, Van Halen, U2... the verse/chorus/verse/bridge middle-eight fucking whatever, then ride out one more time and kick up the maracas and tambo. Jumpin' Jack Flash, etc.
Kind Of Blue was my teenage introduction to jazz music, and it remains the penultimate recording of it's type. Dave Brubeck, Cal Tjader, Jimmy Smith, Paris Combo. I love it all. Stan Getz and Art Pepper... holy fuck. Thelonious Monk.
Jazz is fresh and you never know what's coming. The Grateful Dead pulled that off in a pop/rock context. Only because of the live recordings. Owsley turned on the world in more ways than one.
What a genius... and the term is way overused.
No two takes the same. Thousands and thousands of songs endlessly streaming, the soundtrack to my life. I am so lucky.
Great words to live by. My mother in law sees live jazz 3 nights a week and hits the LA Jazz Convention twice a year (May & Oct). She probably hit more shows a week when my father-in-law was still alive (RIP) and she puts out a weekly email to the Boston Jazz community. Got to see some good music with them (Maynard Ferguson a couple of times including his 75th Bday at Ryles in Cambridge.
I'm bummed I don't get to see as much live music as I used to.
At least we get these wonderful releases from the Dead...
I don't know if it's my mind wandering during "the drift" but I swear I hear some of the riffs from FOTM during that awesome jamming during the '73 PNE Playing in the Band. Makes sense to test drive new riffs in their embryonic stages during awesome periods of musical tangents during jams. I love finding these tasty musical nugs from this band!
T’is ironic. They’ve been running both “Goldmember” and “The Spy Who Shagged Me” a lot lately. Fine by me though. I never get tired of the Austin Powers trilogy. They make me laugh every time.
Psyched about Dave’s 28 as well. I dig the Dead’s 76 vibe, and the Road Trips Boston release gets a lot of play in these parts.
Hey thanks for that. I do believe the versions I've heard do not do that, but I'll go back and listen. So before I threw a fit I'd figure I'd poll the community. Such a killer box set though. It's a snapshot and study of a very special era in history and I'm pleased with the perspective it brings. Happy listening and keep on truckin'.
Less annoyed in Deadland
Concerning voices that "disappear", this comes from the original recording. It can not be helped.
So I'm listening to the fifth show from Portland, and somewhere during Sugaree -- which I was really getting into, the vocals just sort of fade out. I'm currently into El Paso, and the vocals are still far off somewhere. It's pretty much unlistenable. Does anyone else have this issue with this?? Also, on disk one, Wharf Rat sort of skips and cuts out in the end. If this is widespread I'd say that they never should have released it this way. If it's just mine, how can I get replacements?
Annoyed in Deadland
I give this Box
6 MDJim Steely Dan Stars
And 7, yes count them,
7 grumpy unkle Sam poop stains.
And you didn’t even have to subscribe to get it.
SK - My wife and I typically watch Big Bang or Young Sheldon at dinner with my daughter and after the dvr of YS was done the channel was playing Goldmember and we watched that scene - how ironic.
Looking forward to that DaP28 show - always loved that Boston show from the Road Trip series from that same tour...
Before everybody shuffles off to the Daves Picks page, I'd like to endorse FiveBranch's recommendation to go see live jazz. I have always been more of a rock n' roll type of guy, but I can't think of a single jazz concert I have attended and come away from disappointed. The last one I saw was earlier this year-the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen-a fantastic show on so many different levels, from the propulsive rhythms to the soloing to the extraordinary presentation. And all this in a Unitarian Church.
I seem to enjoy jazz more live than on record/cd-maybe because there is a sense that you are witnessing music that is, to a large extent, being created there and then, as it is being performed. A bit Dead like, in that respect. I always sense that jazz musicians have a greater musical vocabulary than most rock musicians.
Excited for this one. Capitol Theater. Woo Hoo
Apparently......I know I love it!!!
Work day is over....spinning Portland 74 vinyl while I wait for the DP 28 announcement.....what will it be?
I am thinking '69.....
Edit....1976 it is...10 minutes before 10am Pacific...Got mine,Hurry!
"Would you like a shmoke and a pancake?"
"A flapjack and a cigarette?"
"All right -- a cigar and a waffle?"
"Pipe and a crepe?"
"Bong and a blintz?"
"Oh, well -- then there is no pleasing you."
Personally, I think this box is pure gold. But, hey -- what do I know?
Do I like shit too? I think it's a great box, with great sound for great music.
The box came to me just two days ago, and I am far from having listened to everything. If there are any defective discs, I will ask for their replacement.
But, what a beautiful box! What a beautiful sound! What a beautiful music!
Always been a Tigger fan myself.
I like poo too!
Vancouver might be your kinda town...
Oops, no, what I meant to say was:
Infinite seating on the internet. Your seat will still be here after you're gone. I imagine you love GOGD music more than you hate the elements of the commercial activities that have been bothering you for a while now. Hope you come back here in the future after some healing.
Take care of yourself.
....ummmmm. What? Guess I like poo.
Don't let the door hit you
this NW box is gold. it is as far away from a "turd" as one can get.
if this box _is_ a turd, then I am one happy pig rolling away the poo.
ultimate box E72
next best box TTATS
then comes NW box
in my opinion.
Love this box... and have one more show to go. It hits all the sweet spots for me, no issues with the random missing parts. Two discs had minor issues but do play. It's all about the music.
Fourth row center last night for Jack and Jorma. Five star all the way, perfect small gorgeous antique venue, minimal PA system. First set had new material and an emotional depth no doubt due to recent passing of Marty. Jack really cut loose on their blues infused second set on that new bass, it sounds fantastic. Good Shepherd was especially outstanding, as was Know You Rider. Pure Bliss.
A great small show with a meet and greet afterwards, local brews for sale out front that you could take into the show, what more could one ask.
Been meaning to say that I find the PNW Box to be a great release. Happy, happy, happy!!!! Was hoping for summer '73, and to get some '74 on top of that was fat city. Yeah there are some vocal anomalies but overall the sound is freaking excellent. I dig a mix from this era where I can hear Bobby's guitar - I find his playing fascinating. Thanks to Alvarhanso for explaining Bobby's use of the Foxx Foot Phaser - thinking OMFG on Bobby's tone during my initial listen of the first show (good Sennheisers help with the nuance.) Artwork is beautiful and happy to have digipaks. I agree with those that the Daves series should start using Plangent - gladly pay to cover the extra production cost. And in the rare instances that I've had quality issues, Dr. R has always taken care of it no hassle.
And Vguy, thanks for the jokes: Noah kept the bees in the "Archive" - I like that!!
I totally agree....size of stars matter. Some people must have very little or very few stars for themselves, and so therefore want to complain about the way somebody else uses their stars...so silly!
Sorry...couldn’t resist, carry on, happy Friday....
Play Dead Loud Today!
If you want nothing but five star shows, go see live Jazz. Last night went to an Arturo Sandoval show and he laid down a blazing 90 minute set of Afro-Cuban groove. On fire professionally, creatively, technically… had it all, in smiles ear to ear. Only problem, lots of tassel dress shoes that couldn’t even offer up a toe tap. Like being in a wax museum. Luckily I was in the front row so could blindly misbehave and enjoy the music the way I like to. I suppose the back row would have worked just as well. Either way, go see live jazz.
funny, people on this site trying to defend this box. A turd is a turd, put a bow on it, spray perfume on it, wrap it up in a nice package, still a turd. They can't afford to do quality control? that is so ridiculous it's funny. So Bob drives around in his 63 corvette, all the way to the bank, and people defend a crappy product. There is NO EXCUSE for shitty discs, crappy customer service or down right greed.
You will be able to pick this one up on ebay for 150.00 soon as people try and unload this slap in the face to the faithful. I would return the entire box to the shipper if they had included return postage, but they don't do that anymore, now I have to pay to return their shitty box. Let the buyer beware indeed. This is the last time for me that I will let these people rip me off. Bye bye, so long, farewell.
It's not like the Dead ever really left us.
I just plugged in recently arrived Bose Companion 20 system into my PC here in the late-night home office.
Highly recommemended. Most bang for the buck... and all that.
Good for all of you! God bless you all. Went drinking around Denver tonight with Hollywood friends. I am always pleased as plum when I can show them a good time, a good crowd, and good energy in this little cowtown.
I mean, compared to L.A. Nothing like rocking that town but less likely to die here.
No Doobie Brothers again?
I mean WTF!!!
They are much more deserving then most of this years nominees.
Both out of line.
Daniel is fairly new and likely just doesn't know any better.
Led, I had no idea that you were a business owner. Oh wait, yeah I did. You post it constantly.
And as one, you should understand that the customer comes first. Treat them accordingly. Unlike with your hotdog stand, folks here have no option to go elsewhere to purchase these releases. So when they receive damaged goods and encounter difficulty receiving replacements, they have every right to bitch.
I'm surprised they didn't announce it today... good luck tomorrow if you didn't subscribe. bob t
In the Vancouver '74 (5/17/74) show, an encore was not played. I have this show on tape and nothing beyond the Sugar Mags ending on my warbly B- cassette tapes. I have not seen any proof elsewhere (deadlists.com, DeadBase, setlists.net etc.) that there was an encore played that night.
could have been done with the Anthem of the Sun t-shirts
they are beautiful
but mine is off-center an entire 1 to 2 inches
first world problem, for sure
but $34 should result in a centered shirt
I console myself with the lyrics, "more or less in line"
it is a "complete recordings" release
a very fine release.
I always look at the box sets to see if they contain complete 'recordings' or complete 'shows'. The description says 'six complete shows', but Vancouver '74 looks like it might be missing the encore. Doesn't bother me in the slightest, just wondering. I've been thinking lately that if I had just the officially released shows, starting with the 'One From The Vault' in 1991, I'd be perfectly happy with those as a collection; I could do without the hundreds of other shows I've picked up over the last 30+ years. All the people involved with the releasing of the vault tapes have done an incredible job from start to finish and get a big 'Thank You' from me.