Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead 7" Singles Collection 2017 Subscription


In honor of 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's first single, we're excited to announce a brand new highly-collectible 7” vinyl series and a subscription to that series, to boot. 2017 will bring pressings of the first four of the band’s 27 singles on 7-inch colored vinyl, each limited to 10,000 copies and available exclusively at dead.net. The remaining 23 singles will be released over the next few years.

The first release, arriving March 1, is the band’s 1966 debut: “Stealin’” b/w “Don’t Ease Me In.” When Gene Estribou produced “Stealin’” and its B-side, “Don’t Ease Me In” in his San Francisco studio, the songs were already staples of the band’s early live shows. Fewer than 250 copies of the single ever saw the light of day. This limited-edition reissue is the single’s first pressing in 50 years and features remastered audio, edited by David Glasser to reflect the original single edits.

How do we make our brand new highly-collectible 7" vinyl series even more collectible? We enlist a few of our favorite artistes to design the packaging for each single and its B-side. This will mark the first time all of the band's commercial singles have been officially illustrated!

Our first release will feature illustrations by longtime Grateful Dead collaborator Tim Truman. Stay tuned as we'll be revealing more artists throughout the year.

We strongly encourage you to subscribe to the series, not only to ensure the very best deal, but to ensure you receive all four releases issued this year. (This one also makes a great gift under $50!)

GRATEFUL DEAD 7” SINGLES SUBSCRIPTION BENEFITS

• Four Limited Edition Releases
• Free Domestic Shipping
• Delivered Throughout The Year (Shipped March 1, June 1, Sept 1, Dec 1)
• Digital delivery of each of the tracks featured on each 7”, delivered on or around release date
• Subscriber Pricing - $44.98
• A savings of $15.00 over purchasing a la carte

Product Details

Grateful Dead 7” Singles Collection Vol: 1
“Stealin’”
“Don’t Ease Me In”

Grateful Dead 7” Singles Collection Vol: 2
“The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)”
“Cream Puff War”

Grateful Dead 7” Singles Collection Vol: 3
“Darkstar”
“Born Cross-Eyed”

Grateful Dead 7” Singles Collection Vol: 4
“Dupree’s Diamond Blues”
“Cosmic Charley”

Give it as a gift

Download a Dave's Picks 2017 Gift Certificate. Right-click-save-as on a PC, or ctrl-click-save-as on a MAC. You can then print it out on an 8x11 1/2 piece of paper or email to the lucky recipient.

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BioDtL

Thanks for the info BioDtL, I enjoy those kinds of posts.

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panties in a bunch, WTF is going on here

"2017 will bring pressings of the first four of the band’s 27 singles on 7-inch colored vinyl, each limited to 10,000 copies and available exclusively at dead.net."

product page info stated above

http://www.bullmoose.com/p/24086386/grateful-dead-stealin-dont-ease-me-i...

so, what is this ? I thought it was exclusive to dead.net, it certainly is on colored vinyl.

lol even has the clear sleeve with Stealie type sticker, pretty sure that was one of my questions/concerns mentioned in a previous post

my other concern is are these numbered ? If not, there is really no way to say how many units are out there..? The Dave's Picks series are numbered, but also there are promo copies with no LE on them, so what is it really limited to ?

it would go a long way to put the LE number on each one of the 10,000. Foil Stamp or something

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Biodtl-17

Since you seem to have your underwear all in a bunch and are splitting hairs, a promo is short for a "promotional single." A promotional single is intended for limited distribution to radio stations and media sources ahead a coming commercial single. So ya there's the fact they are both still singles.

So I guess if we really want to be specific they are releasing us the singles in order regardless of commercial availability at that specific time of release.

Cheers!

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BioDtL-17 , interesting observations

still have not ordered. Waiting for a revision of details

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4th single

It's also worth pointing out that the true 4th single was Uncle John's, as Dupree's was only pressed as promos and never released.

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Not the original singles

Seems these are NOT the original singles, so unfortunately I had to cancel the order (which requires a call-back from India - we'll see if it works).

With the confirmation e-mail came a digital of the supposed 1st single. But it was, instead, the versions from Birth of the Dead (I compared it to the original single & btw the matrix has Don't Ease as the A-side). One would presume they are just going to press edits of album versions and NOT the original singles, some of which have remixes and reverb - for example The Golden Road 7", which was not the album version (and the reason I ordered as I assumed it would be the first re-issue). Not sure why the lazy shortcut. Presumably the audience are Deadheads - the one group that can tell the difference.

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Another novel Idea from the accounting office.

4 Singles for $11.00 each is another robbery from the Dead. It's getting ridiculous all these "special editions" I wish they would just select great shows that don't include the 90s.

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Tim Truman, wise choice

this just made my decision a lot easier.

his cover art work for Dave's Picks Volume 5-8 is top notch

i missed on the Dave's Vol 6 tee shirt featuring bonus disc cover art , if any one can help with Size Large or XL, I would be very interested

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Picture sleeves!

Yeah, that email about the picture sleeves got me convinced. Thanks to all involved, I think that was a great idea and very wise decision.

Cheers

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RE: Picture Sleeves

From GD email

How do we make our brand new highly-collectible 7" vinyl series even more collectible? In addition to limiting each release to 10k and issuing them on colored vinyl, we've enlisted a few of our favorite artistes to design the packaging for each single and its B-side. This will mark the first time all of the band's commercial singles have been officially illustrated!

Our first release, the 1966 debut "Stealin'" b/w "Don't Ease Me In," will feature illustrations by longtime Grateful Dead collaborator Tim Truman. Stay tuned as we'll be revealing more artists throughout the year.

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My solution

I got back into vinyl collecting 7-8 years ago. New 180 gram reissues and anal retentive Dead, Zappa and Stones collecting all versions. For example I have 13 copies of Zappa's We're Only In It For The Money. That includes my original 1st edition to promo to Brit variations etc.etc. I have the complete 1st issue British Stones Decca Collection non lp singles eps and lps. So I have maybe 250 singles. I have no desire to get up every 2.5 - 3 minutes so I bought one of the small portable record players. I bought a 20 ft. rca cable and when the feeling strikes (not very often) to play a bunch of singles I put it next to me hooked to my stereo open a Sam and go back to 1965

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Two bit piece don't buy no more half as much as it done before

I remember when a buck bought you a single in a plain white wrapper. But it sounded pretty much the same.

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new age fans

It's a shame that many new fans arent buying the records/ cd's that are out there nowadays... I'd consider myself a newer fan (within the last 12 or so years) but im collecting everything a can find. Especially vinyl and CD's. Theres just too much good stuff already out there to ignore. I understand that the streaming is way more convenient and a hell of a lot cheaper (especially for the Road Trips series, holy shit) but collecting is half the fun for me.

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the new generation

Oh man I always hear the same digs on the young-uns but damn, weren't the baby boomers the first Deadheads in the 60's complaining about "why are the shows not free anymore!? Strike and boycott, protest, give us free shows again!"

I bet the wax roll music recorders produced by Edison were the big complaint then! How come no one buys those anymore?

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Cool

Glad you like it--I hope they make some available outside the subscriptions, there are some I'd like to get.

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You think that is trashing?

I offered my opinion, what I would consider fairly mild criticism. If you think that's harsh, I don't know what to tell you. You must lead a sheltered life.

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packaging? picture sleeves?

Dear folks at dead.net,

I'm sure you're all very busy at this time of the year. But it seems to me that the question of how these are packaged is one quite a few fans on this forum are wondering about. Will the singles come in unique paper picture sleeves? For me, that would definitely be a reason to subscribe. However, if in the end I have a bunch of singles in red, white, blue or green, the next series in purple, pink, brown and yellow, and then more of the same the other way round, all living in clear plastic sleeves, I'm out. If you could provide some insight, we would all very much appreciate it.

Cheers from Germany
Romas

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Also Half Correct

I'm a 35 y/o fan and have been into the band for 20+ years. As recently as 10 years ago, while living in NYC, the Dead were still not considered cool, save a few notables like Greg Davis and Radar and Arthur Magazines. I frequently had to defend the group against those who had no basis for their antagonistic opinions.

Fast forward 10 years, I no longer live in Brooklyn, but I was there recently, visiting a hip record store where a friend works and I couldn't believe how many people were browsing the Dead bin and bringing their records up to the register. My friend said it's very common now. Music fans of all ages finally seem to better appreciate the band's free-form musical expression and democratic process, probably the result of tastemakers, like all the bands who contributed to the Day of the Dead tribute album, signing off on the Dead as cool.

So it's definitely true many people want it free or close to it, but those who buy music are buying the music.

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BigTunes , half correct

"the dead have a whole new generation of fans" , correct

and

"it is my understanding that the new generation has brought the vinyl market back to life" , correct , however the new generation buying a good amount of vinyl are not buying a lot Grateful Dead vinyl.

if you want to know where the new fans are listening to GD , it is not from record shops, its from streaming services, apps, satelite radio, downloads, or passed down cassette tapes.

Grateful Dead has some official release vinyl and bootlegs that can be found in store/online, but i am sure the new age fans will just go to spotify or the new "re-listen app" LOL , the new fans are not shelling out money for recordings , they will throw a fat chunk of change to attend a festival and things associated with festival, but not many new fans are actually paying for a specific GD release. Most of the new fans are thinking its all about the "miracle" , they dont want to pay for stuff

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They may not have been a singles band...

They may not have been a singles band, but they are one now. Hence the subscription. Whether we like it or not, the dead have a whole new generation of fans and it is my understanding that the new generation has brought the vinyl market back to life. If the dead doesn't satisfy that demand, someone else will. I think it's a fun idea, so I'm subscribing.

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re: Overkill

So...
I take it you're NOT going to subscribe?
You could just say that.
OR just not say anything, no need to trash the project.

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Overkill

They weren't a singles band. The Who, the Stones, Otis Redding, folks like that--those singles collections are more interesting; they did things that were only initially released on singles, they made EPs, etc. The only really unique singles here are the first and the third, and the second is sort of historically interesting and actually a good 45 pairing. But the fourth is of no interest to me, and reissues of most of their 70's and 80's singles don't have a lot of appeal, IMO. I would buy Stealin' in a minute as a stand alone, I would consider Dark Star and I'd probably buy a one time set of the first three or even all four if I had to. But the subscription model and the whole enterprise seems like overkill.

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mbarilla

I am in total agreement with all of your points. Definitely way too high of a run for 45's. 5,000 is more than adequate & they would still have inventory to sell being that $15 per record is a lot.

I have bought a few RSD 45's in the past. Hendrix Foxey Lady/Fire at Miami, Deep Purple Black Night & the Peanuts theme Vince Guraldi Trio. They were priced from $8 to $11 in store & had really cool sleeves. So to ask someone to pay $15 plus tax, plus $7 shipping on this site is pushing it. I hope they sell them in stores, otherwise $24 for one 45 single is crazy. I am on the fence as well....

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Saintfiliberto , I agree with most

only difference is RSD are produced in way fewer units, most rsd 7 inch are 1000 to 3000 units , a good amount priced at $10

for rsd there was a 7 inch priced at $15 and even shop owner said it was high for a 7 inch , only 1500 units total

now if these were in fewer units , say 5,000 each or even like random number with hidden significance 6595 , than i would say maybe its priced accordingly but 10000 units per 7 inch is a lot.

I think Rhino thought this was a good idea because there was / is a recent buzz about vinyl , probably not enough buzz with a huge group of deadheads , especially a lot of the new fans think its crazy to pay for music when they can download for free or go to Spotify app , which i dont do either of them , plus a lot of the new target audience probably does not own a record player

I will be very interested to see more details on packaging , sleeve , artwork , etc, and if it sells out , I am still on the fence

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45's aren't a dollar any more

I am pretty stoked with the single concept. $12 is actually the going rate for a record day release single. As a long time vinyl collector who has some 45's I realize I probally won't play these babies too often. Most high end turntables require you to change the plater band. So I tend to go on an occasional 45 binge before adjusting it back.
I do hope they will be in a sleeve with some art on it. Some Beatle and Rolling Stone 45's in original picture sleeve are worth well into the 100's $. Not for everyone but I have no doubt there are 10,000 of us crazies that will gobble these
up.

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how are these package ?

in a clear plastic sleeve ? please don't

more info would be appreciated , this is what I have so far..

1.) 7-inch colored vinyl,

2.) each limited to 10,000 copies

3.) available exclusively at dead.net.

4.) edited by David Glasser to reflect the original single edits.

* Question / note on number 4 , this seems to me as only the first 7 inch - ?

Grateful Dead 7” Singles Collection Vol: 1
“Stealin’”
“Don’t Ease Me In”

or is this refelctive for all in the 2017 subsciption series , To reflect the original edits ?

Is there any info on the other three ? Please highlight all the details for all 4 singles , this is the product page to buy all four 7 inch ?

From what I gather, I would guess 7 inch will be placed in a generic clear sleeve with some sort of slap / sticker (Stealie logo on product page) and with no limited edition number / foil stamp.

And yes it should be a price drop lol ,, $36-40 would be more accurate for a 7 inch , especially with 10,000 units a piece

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Did you ever get an answer on

Did you ever get an answer on if there is sleeve artwork? I'm interested to know th as the too

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Picture sleeves?

Would be interested if each one came in a different picture sleeve. Any information on that? In my opinion, that's the aspect that would make these things worth collecting. Would really appreciate a word from .net on this. Thanks.

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good question

I suppose so...Exciting to get a "surprise" every three months for years to come.

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Picture discs?

At the top of the page it states that these will be pressed on coloured vinyl. No mention of picture discs. Maybe that makes the decision to buy or not to buy just that little bit easier.

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I don't know what to do....

I want it...but do I need it....I have a turntable....but will I listen to them or just add them to my digital library. What to do....if it were $34.99 I may not feel like I'm throwing my money away. Picture discs are fun though. I don't know what to do....

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Wow...

This would be a great series if I owned a juke-box. But I don't.

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Lets see 50 divide by 4 carry 2 add 3, thats not right errr...

i tend to agree with you it seems awfully expensive for what it is. That said it may go for a lot more on the secondary market but then that isn't why i buy anyhow. It would have made a nice box set to have in one go. Plus the posty do like to fold the envelope in half!

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50.00 for 4 45's?

really? am I reading this right? 50.00 for 4 7" singles? really?

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Nice!

Subscribed. Will it go for 5-6 years?

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Really??

Looks like they corrected Dupree, but Charley's still there

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re: Record Store Day

No, that got cancelled.

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Record Store Day

I thought there was going to be a "Steelin'/Don't Ease" reissue for Record Store Day; is that still happening?

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These look great. I wonder

These look great. I wonder what the deadline for ordering the subscription is?

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Re: Really

They were spelled correctly on the original release...don't know why this alternate spelling shows up.

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Really?

Singles Release #4:
is that how "Duprey's' and 'Charley" were spelled on the release of the original single?

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Really?

Singles Release #4:
is that how "Duprey's' and 'Charley" were spelled on the release of the original single?

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I'll try it.....

I ordered a subscription for this, it's a unique item.

Now where is the GD Almanac?

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Hmmmm....

....this is VERY interesting. Christmas did come early....

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