Grateful Dead

7" Singles Collection Vol 3: Dark Star/Born Cross-Eyed


Vol. 3 in our highly-collectible 7" vinyl series.
Each edition will be issued on colored vinyl and limited to 10,000 copies.
Available exclusively at dead.net.

Vol: 3 - “Dark Star”/“Born Cross-Eyed” features original artwork by Penabranca aka Bruno Borges. Learn more about his work here. Newly mastered from the analog master tapes, using Plangent Processes for tape restoration. These are mono mixes.

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Digital Download

When can we expect the Download link to be sent out?

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zally

send me a PM with the details and I'll see if we can figure this out.

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missing dark star 45

its been 17 days since i got my FIRST copy.where is the 2ND copy i ordered? where is the customer service on this problem? not here here helping with this problem.

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a suggestion

So far I have enjoyed the singles, but I have one suggestion for the folks who are doing the disc mastering- the lead-in grooves are extremely narrow! There is plenty of dead space at the end of the tracks to allow for a little more room on the lead-in. The narrowness of the lead-in coupled with the colored vinyl makes it a difficult for those of us with manual tables (or at least for me :>) to cue them accurately. Nothing like an expensive stylus skating off the vinyl surface to ruin your day!

Jim

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Jim & Digital Downloads

The only one I ever saw posted was the first. The second one supposely were the cuts of some album and I used them. I have not heard or seen a link for the third one. If anyone has copies of these guys post a link,,,,, please.

Dennis

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dead 45s

this whole series has problems. very very dissapointed at the lack of customer service.

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digital downloads

Is anyone else having difficulty with the downloads for the singles series? The shipment confirmation emails for the discs are supposed to have links for downloading the mp3 versions but for whatever reason the emails that I have received so far do not. I have had to contact customer support for each of the 3 volumes, and they eventually send a follow-up email with the link, but this should be automatic?? Anyone else having issues with this, or is it just me :>)
Jim

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2nd dark star 45 missing

well its been a week since the first copy arrived, where is my other order?

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#1604 has landed

i love the artwork , really eye catching and pulls me in

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missing dark star 45,

how do i contact customer service bout my missing dark star 45?

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digital download

anyone know where you can get the digital download?

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Zally re: archive 45s comment

I agree about the paper sleeve, they did serve an important function way-back-then. However, you did get a vinyl 45 in 2017, didn't you? How cool is that?
As far as contacting GD customer service goes. Why not? Most customer service calls do suck but their hold music always makes me sorry when it's my turn!

I don't get your thinking about period band pics instead of psychedelic artwork being included. Isn't that pretty much what The Dead, and every other recording artist has always done? There's been a plethora of band pictures produced, and no doubt, many more to come. Hang in there Zally; Terrapin Nation wasn't built in a day!

It's your turn of phrase, "Useless Artwork" that I'm struggling with. Shouldn't, wouldn't, or at least, couldn't those words used together be considered an oxymoron?

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Zally re: archive 45s comment

I agree about the paper sleeve, they did serve an important function way-back-then. However, you did get a vinyl 45 in 2017, didn't you? How cool is that?
As far as contacting GD customer service goes. Why not? Most customer service calls do suck but their hold music always makes me sorry when it's my turn!

I don't get your thinking about period band pics instead of psychedelic artwork being included. Isn't that pretty much what The Dead, and every other recording artist has always done? There's been a plethora of band pictures produced, and no doubt, many more to come. Hang in there Zally; Terrapin Nation wasn't built in a day!

It's your turn of phrase, "Useless Artwork" that I'm struggling with. Shouldn't, wouldn't, or at least, couldn't those words used together be considered an oxymoron?

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archive 45s

they really missed the point on these releases. first of the golden road 45 is not MONO but the lp version in STEREO. as for the covers they should have a photo of the band from the time period not this useless artwork. the singles should of also had a paper sleeve not just he 45 put in to a cardboard one. also my 2nd copy of dark star did not arrive today.can i or will i get any responce toward this problem?

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Agree....

Agree with your comments. Being a fan of 45's, I gravitate to them for the unique mixes. I was hoping this series would mimic the original releases. Instead we get titles only pressed on 7 inch. The stereo mix of Golden Road is inexcusable. The presentation leaves a little to be desired. Sleeves are so big they won't fit into standard '45 plastic covers. I would have prefered paper sleeves or period appropriate sleeves on all of these.

A golden opportunity to do something right has gone horribly wrong. What would the public think if American Beauty was released with a different cover and digital remix? 45's deserve the same treatment.

And the quality of the record!!! Stealin' had the label peeling off. Dark Star was horribly warped due to the too tight shrink wrap.

How hard can it be to press a '45. I have 1600 of them and Dark Star is the only one I have to increase the weight to 2 grams in order for it to play.

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Viola lee blues

The reason VLB part 1&2 isn't part of this release is it was a Japanese only release

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Marketing strategy

I think they really misjudged the market on the 45 releases. The people,I believe, who wanted these were people like me who wanted pristine originals or younger heads who are part of the resurgence of vinyl movement who also wanted pristine originals. I realize that in the US picture sleeves were unusual Dark Star being the biggest exception but European and Japanese releases did have them. Even a release that didn't have one could've had a period appropriate new design. Add to that the fact that some aren't even the same issue...stereo etc. They have done so well over the years with releases it's a shame they missed the boat on this

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Wine Country

It was a pleasure meeting you in Dry Creek.
Colin

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dark star 45.

hi, i ordered 2 copies of this 45. only one showed up today. the same thing happened before with the golden road 45.. where is my 2nd 45? is it being sent out in a seperate package? im not very happy bout this at all.

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got the Dark Star :(

Ok - they really cut corners on this one. No paper inner sleeve. Shrink wrap so tight it warped the record and creased the cover. Audible surface noise on Dark Star. Born Cross Eyed skips every time it hits the warp.

Wondering if these things are returnable. Are they? Dead.net doesn't seem to want to guarantee I'll get another if I send it back.

And I have to pay for the return!!!!!

This was the one single I wanted out of the whole bunch.

Given the track record, I won't be re-upping.

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whatchutalkin'bout, Gary Coleman?

are you actually that old guy puppet Jeff Dunham has?

relax, cuz.

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This new sleeve

I prefer the original art from the original picture sleeve and the exact reissue that came with the vinyl "Warner Bros. Studio Albums Vinyl Box" over this new art.

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GD 45's

Thats surprising to me, that their first lp's were red...

I got a shipping notification email yesterday about the new 45 release, it should be delivered this tuesday.

Still wish they would release that viola 45... one of my favorites

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gd 45s

hi lightfoot, how do you know that it was shipped yesterday? that 45 was a japanese issue. same cover as 1st lp.red vinyl first press and reissue on black. what must they of thought of it? their first 3 lps were also red vinyl.

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Shipping...etc

Mine shipped yesterday. Hopefully it'll be here next week.

Also, I was just looking at a comprehensive list of all of the GD singles, and I see there was a 45 released with Viola Lee on both sides, but its being skipped on this go-round?

List goes:
1. Don't Ease Me In/ Stealin' ('66)
2. Golden Road/ Cream Puff ('67)
3. Viola Lee p.1/ Viola Lee p.2 ('67)
4. Dark Star/ Born Cross-eyed ('68)
5. Dupree's Diamond Blues/ Cosmis Charlie ('69)
etc.

Anyone know why they're skipping the Viola 45? JW since they stated these would be released in order...

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dark star 45.

when is this shipping?

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The Hippie Temptation

I watched it on TV August 22,1967. I was 13 and it made a major impression on me. That's when I can say definitively when I first heard of and saw (albeit on TV) the Dead.
Next real exposure was a year later when my brother Rick brought Anthem of the Sun home.
Then my first four Dead shows in 1970, all at the Fillmore East and one could say the dye (tie dye) was set.
There is no turning back.
Anthem is still one of my top five all time favorite albums, of any band or music.

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Anthem 50th!

Anthem 50th- Outpost, I hear you! I have an insane love for that album- I mean, Anthem of the Sun... it's a phenomenon... 'mix(ed) for the hallucinations' as Garcia put it. One of my top ten all-time favorite albums. Insanely great recording, and even the album art and name, everything about it is just out of this world- really the first true Dead album, the
Ur album for them. I've often thought, 'Gosh, wouldn't that be great to play at my funeral?' But I'm sure it ain't gonna happen, and just as well, it's probably not what you'd call a 'popularly accessible' sound, huh? It's simply its own absolutely perfectly offbeat ear-flavor of licorice.
Anyway, first mix, the later mix, love 'em both- such a quantum leap forward from the first album. I wish that the Dead had composed more albums like this, but don't get me wrong- I'm grateful for so much of the other paths they took in the studio. But Anthem just puts me in a space all its own.
Antonjo, a 5.1 mix of Anthem as a whole- could be mind-blowing. Unlikely to see it, but sign me up if it happens!

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Mono vs. Stereo

The Mono version of the 1st LP is the better mix, in my opinion; much more powerful.

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playing the 45s.

yes i have played them . the first single was played about 35x now . sound excellent, cover ,useless value A+++. as for golden road, they DID NOT use the original 45 mix. that 45 was in MONO and had a drum overdub on the song golden road. what they did was use the STEREO versons that are on the s/t first lp. sound ,excellent, cover, useless,value , none.

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dark star 45.

will this sent out sept 1 as listed?

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Anthem 50th

That's what I'm waiting for ! My all-time favourite album, in it's original mix. Remember the first time I heard it .... every note and sound is burned in my memory.

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Cactus

Hoping that's true. And hope they choose one of the Quick 'n Dead Pacific Northwest shows with prominent Pig organ...and Clementine.

Would definitely be cool if they included the Cross-Eyed LP remix ~ even as a hidden track, like the single mix on the previous remaster.

Has anyone played these reissue GD singles, and can comment on the quality? My Hendrix collector's Valleys of Neptune 45 skipped all over the place on first listen :(

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50th

I expect a re-release of anthem next year, with the re-mix version tacked on, as well as a live show from the era... Actually can't wait to buy that

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Cross-Eyed

Never can decide if I prefer the single mix of Born Cross-Eyed, with the live feedback outro...or the Anthem vinyl remix with the big chord at the end.

I know Phil gushes over the original Anthem mix ~ a "work of art," "mixed for the hallucinations" and reinstated for all cd releases ~ but this song, at least, suffers for the hallucinations.

Ooo...how about a 5.1 mix?

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Nothing Wrong With This Offering

They are celebrating important anniversaries of key albums and singles.. Some of these albums are of historical significance..

What do you expect from a record company.. to do nothing? Of course not...

Besides.. I feel no pressure to buy these. They are just studio singles, which I really never listen to unless they are on the radio. Still.. I think it's interesting if this is your thing. They hired artists and are creating a bit of hoopla on the anniversary dates. So if you like Anthem of the Sun a lot then cool.. you can get the single of Born Cross Eyed. Lasts longer than flowers and costs less too. Nothing wrong with this and nothing wrong with punting on it either.

Better to do then to do nothing.

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Agree wholeheartedly

Agree wholeheartedly

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Milkin it

How much collectors' shite are you lads and lassies prepared to punt?

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Collectibles

I find this Dark Star much easier to handle than the one they did that afternoon at the Creamery.
Nah, forget that- I'll take the one from the Creamery any day.
Now, Gary, chill out- first, you're just wrong- not everything from Dead.net is limited edition, and a lot of what is sells slowly, so it's hardly a big deal. Second, a lot of the limited edition focus is due to the challenges of selling this kind of stuff in today's consumer environment. Third, one person's crap is another's treasure, or at least collectible- and if you're on this site and on these particular item pages, you either have an interest in at least some of this 'crap' or you're just here to troll. Finally, if you want to make a bigger point about the ills of consumer culture, you kinda blew it with your blunt, wide-net dismissal of it- you might have come off as just a wee bit curmudgeonly...

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Cry, cry, cry

Every time i come here someone crying , its limited , oh my god its not limited, . Or wrong year , wrong comcert uggg. Growing up we had europe 72 for live . Thats it ! You have too much , you ungrateful dead people. Be thankful for what there is , except it for what it is. Buy it or don"t but my lord quit complaining.

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Collectible crap

I mean, theyre not taking your credit card from your wallet... if youre gonna hate, thats your problem.

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Collectible crap

Everything you attempt to sell us is self-proclaimed, highly collectible crap because you make a limited number of copies and give each piece it's own number. Beyond that, what is really "highly collectible" about owning more and more worthless crap?

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Solar Eclipse 8/21/2017

Back from eclipse seen from summit of Laramie Peak , Wyoming. Check in here to find this. Phil Zone Dark Star bass line please ....

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