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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But it is as much as you're likely to get - for the time being at least.
That's not an unboxing video
I was fortunate to work at 94. Still to this day unbelevable.
We were assigned to the original site for first couple days, located up the hill near the big peace sign.
Breifly at Liberty fest also, then only because we sold out of a uhual worth of merch were we able to hit the Big commercial Saugerties venue. By the time we drove up there and checked in etc, we hit the site around midnight on Saturday night. Saw the last acts of Saturday, which ended close to dawn.
Sunday I was given the day off, so got to see Allmans brothers band with a very young Dereck Trucks on Same Thing, Santana, Traffic and Jimmy Cliff amount others.
Being on site the next day was surreal, Hell the whole experience was!
I won’t tell the whole tale unless all y’all ask for it....
Check this out sports fans!
Beautiful, tiny Ford Amphitheater, 8/17+18/18
Can’t find a set list yet and a let’s just say a good time was had by all, ahem, it all rolls into one, so I’ll wait on the review....
Can you imagine if this “band” was actually a real, rehearsing, touring unit!
Recollection was first night seemed a bit more tight? Smoking out of the gate, couple lulls in the second set, but overall hot night.
Second night started out slower, but eventauly were able to hit the sonic blaster now and again.
First night good UJB and great Shakedown to close first set (I think? Hey I’m old so STFU ; ) )
Second night surprisingly more dead; Great Scarlet, Stela Blue, Crazy Fingers, and a good, high energy St. Stephen, didn’t see that coming!
I’m sure much of my opinion is experientally biased and by the awesome venue etc, but what they occasionally lacked in tightness or what not musically, they more than made up for with energy, vibe, love? .....they just had this incredible vibe physically pouring out of them, not counting $ per drumbeat in a stadium.....
Friday, as Friday shows will be, the energy was amazing, the crowd, the band, the music. Saturday seemed to be a tad more laid back, and as I say, started a little slower. Friday seemed a bit more consistent, rehearsed? Hard to find right words to describe (fucking words!). Perhaps it’s because they were stepping out of the comfort zone on Saturday?
But considering, I mean how much do these folks even play together?
Oteil, what can I say, I love this guy. He has so much soul and love radiating from his body, it is still making me smile just thinking about it. He truly took this band to the next level. Melvin! Good ole Melvin, and who knew he could sing so well. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard him sing, but what an amazing version of Heavans Door he did, and of course with the Jerretts, very soulful. And a Trucks on drums, definetly felt this great ABB vibe in some jams, these guys could I’m sure easily bust out some Allman’s proper!
THIS folks is what it’s all supposed to be about, the love, the music, the vibe. D&C was great, the Boulder Terrapin>St Steven>the 11 I got to see was awesome, and they have some great peaks, and there is some vibe, but something about the last 2 nights just seemed imho, to blow that all away.
Nugs had it up, and would imagine just like the RR show last year will eventually be up for free?
Check the clips out for a taste. Of course these stupid, dry, dierect audio feeds miss what the sound was really like but hey, it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye!
So I'm listening to the radio the other week, and The Tedeschi Trucks Band comes on. I'm saying to myself, "This is GOOD stuff!" So my questions is, What are some performance CD's that I could buy?
Have a grateful day.
Can't wait for the box set.
At this point I'm just assuming we won't be getting an unboxing video for this set.
Oh well. Guess I'll be unboxing my own copy here in just a few weeks. Countdown has begun!
Haha. John Mayer wasn't even born when Woodstock happened. Possibly his parents hadn't even met each other then.
Not saying Dead & Co. shouldn't play at an anniversary event, just considering the irony.
Wonder if there will be a 50th Anniversary Woodstock event.
Dead & Co, Roger Waters, Who, Stones, Dylan, Steve Miller, Eric Burdon.
That would be a good line up.
Looks like there may be a Woodstock 2019.
....I would in a hartbeat.
I certainly like the idea of more releases. Especially if they are pristinely remastered. I say, grease the wheels and feed the beast. Call it Rhino's Choice. Then with a tip of the cap, tell us you'll release 2.11.70, 2.13.70 and 2.14.70 in complete Plangent Process remastered form. This sets the precedent for an openness to remastering both previously released (could lead to re-release of FW 69 and others) and unreleased shows as well as setting a standard for performance quality. I'd sign up for that...
Now I don't know that I need everything with Plangent Process. Would I say, no? Probably not. I'm just wondering if I would enjoy 4.2.73 any more if it was Plangent Processed--that show is probably the high water mark for sound quality with DaP (several others come to mind too like 1.22.78, 11.17.71, 12.6/7.71 and 8.25.72). I think 4.2.73 is a very good good show, but maybe not the best of 73, which admittedly is a high bar.
It's on the Duane Allman Anthology.
....I had no clue. Duane Allman on slide. You tell em sister!!
as Woody Allen said, no, thank you, my brain is my second favorite organ. Leave my synapses alone. In the future soon, there will be need for a helmet that blocks all transmissions to the brain, we do not need big brother in our heads, do we? Hey, if they can put the dead in your head, what else can they put in there? or take out? I went from deadhead to headdead. Could be the basis for a good sci-fi book.
we call the new Plangent processed Betty Board series Bolo's Picks and we have a person inside the system to bring it up to Mr Pinkus and claim the idea as his ;)
This 11/14/71 Fort Worth bonus disc from Road Trips 3/2 makes my ear-sockets melt...
Remember when we were all constantly blown away by vault releases and we didn't know any better?
Just listened to Cryptical>Other One>Cryptical>New Potatoe from Two From The Vault and it's something else.
A new series using the Bolo process. It's similar to Plangent except that the sound is delivered via high-tech miniature receivers hard-wired directly into the listener's auditory cortex. A bit cumbersome while in the shower or when getting a haircut, but worth it.
The series will be called "Betty's Beauties" and will consist of one release per month until the vault is empty. No CDs, no shipping issues, no downloads. Music will be beamed directly to subscribers via geosynchronous satellites.
The year when mind bending music got a toe hold.
Greatest rock n roll band in the universe for all of eternity!!!!!
And speaking of the birth of rock n roll, as discussed a few weeks ago, turns out it wasn’t the Beatles or Stones.
Nor can I say who it was.
But, on 3-25-72 Bo Didley says “1958, the year when rock n roll got a toe hold”....
New, old. Plangent all of it and take it out of my paycheck.
I've always dug this 30 Trips '71 show from March 18. Truckin' The Other One Wharf Rat. Pig's organ just swirls around and around my head on Wharf Rat. These guys are great.
...new LP coming this October 2018, I love this album!!!
“A breakout from the Grateful Dead Records Collection. The live double-album, which was released in 1976 was actually recorded in October 1974 in San Francisco at the Winterland Ballroom. The show was initially part of a “Farewell Run” before the band went on hiatus.”
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Release Date: 10/2/2018
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wake of the flood LP
blues for allah LP
Mars hotel LP
Is 1 per month too much to ask?
Warner needs to buy several Plangent devices. They can afford it, and I’m sure they have a lot of reels they could use them for after they are done with the GD vault.
it's not about redoing the old CDs, though the ABB Fillmore East 1970 sonic journals would make a good case for a redo of Bear's Choice and the Dick's Picks compilations.
this is about a new series with the returned Betty reels and not allowing them to be used for Dave's Picks which doesn't get Plangent processing.
old reels and cassettes are fine for Dave's Picks as nice Rhino handmade bootlegs without having the Plangent processing in the budget or time frame.
the recently returned Betty's, as they have shown in the recent boxes, are significantly improved by the Plangent process. it's a waste to use them for Dave's and makes me wonder how 1/22/78 might have sounded with the Plangent processing.
stop making Dave choose which Betty reels get the regular process, when they all deserve the Plangent process.
12,000 CD runs then digital download for ever as flac or alac to cover the added processing costs.
generic tape box labels like the original Dick's Picks for the cover art in the same digipaks as Dave's Picks, every 4 months delivered to your mailbox for say $99 a year or $35 as a single show.
they could call it Däve's Choice Cuts or Däve's Premium.
Purchase remastered Plangent Dick's Picks. I'm not sure how much improvement 1978 July would get, but Dick's Picks would be incredible.
Jim you're right! Once it is released it seems that any opportunity to improve quality with mastering techniques is lost. If it just didn't exist at the time of release (FW69) then c'est la vie, but skipping it because it is not in the budget, well that just hurts. Charge us more, we will pay it I am sure; I will at least! Advertise that the cost is $1 more per disc because of remastering costs. I bet you get more praise and additional sales because of that than gripes!
Spring 90 comes to mind on this issue. The fact that they didn't utilize the multi-track tapes just kills me. The proof is in the pudding when comparing to the follow up Spring 90 TOO release. Lost opportunity indeed - no multi-track master should ever be released without full remastering!!
....I totally recall watching that at my babysitters when I was sevenish. She was a sweet older lady named Lettie. She had pomegranate trees in her backyard and a very pink bathroom that smelled like lilacs. She also had Donohue and the Price Is Right timed to the second. She also made the best toast. The mind is an incredible force....little did I know that the Dead were coming off their hiatus. Stupid seven year old me. I bet I could still find her house if I tried.
Lets hope it ends before that. :D
But thanks for bringing in some much needed good spirit.
Ha! the gloves are off. i actually enjoyed "Muskrat" and Paper Roses", Jim! You forgot Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun" and Bay City Rollers "Saturday Night"
....the July '78 box could sound even better? Guess it's time to upgrade my q-tips.
And I like KISS. Frehley was the most talented for sure. Vinnie Vincent wasn't too shabby either.
good to have you back ;)
my copy is in the storage room and just went from the online data.
July 1978 is a great box and deserved to be Plangented.
now what about 4/2/73?
I concur.. please spare no expense to bring these master reels to life. You might just get only one chance, so make it count.
I would add, I believe Jeffrey Norman has gotten better at his job, so the sonic upgrade likely has two components.
Spare no expense, this is the stuff of history.
My info comes from page 48 of the booklet included in the box.
because the returned tapes were not in the vault when Dave's Picks was set up those reels in the vault were considered fair game.
the Betty's are different and only returned recently and being mined for box sets and Dave's, but the Dave's don't get Plangented because it isn't in the budget.
the difference in the ABB reels is amazing compared to the old GDM copy.
downloads are for anyone that wants to get them on Itunes or Amazon to cover the added processing costs.
no cover art, just a generic reel cover with the date and info.
they could call it Dave's Private Stock or Dave's Premium...
I would definitely invest in that series. I don't think they would ever make it download only or even as an option. Too much of a piracy risk. They would be sure to lose out on money and it costs more to put it through Plangent. I was looking at July 1978 sales page, and it's had the message that the download option is being fixed for a year I think. I don't think they're fixing it, I think they're waiting to sell it out first. Once the physical stuff that they invested in is gone, then a little piracy isn't going to hurt them as much. For my part, I buy everything.
I could handle a release a month! What about the Kidd Candelaria tapes though? And Bear. I would pretty much take anything from the 60s and 70s, regardless of who recorded it.
Kiss, largely theater. Their first double LP live album is pure hard rock, on par with bands like VH, AC/DC, and Aerosmith. I think one would need to enjoy that record to go any deeper into their catalog. Frehley is the only guy in the band with any real talent. He carried the band through the 70s in my opinion. Even with the unique theater aspect, I don't think they would have made it out of New York without him.
....this guy Dead's.
If anyone is unfamiliar with Steve Goodman and is interested I recommend checking out this extra piece from his Austin City Limits dvd
I like the way you think.
But only the 7/8/78 show has that listed. the box info doesn't mention it.
The ABB CD was good enough proof for my ears. it's a waste to release the Betty reels without the Plangent process.
give the returned tapes their own series, make it downloadable, 3 times a year every 4 months.
with Dave's Picks every 3 months and a box it's almost a release a month.
Glad to see the rumors of your demise were greatly exaggerated.
Hope all is well.