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@Star Dark

Again, I heartfelt agree with you about Jerry. I couldn't go to another show after Louisville in spring 93. This was the Bataan Death March begun. Who knew it would last 2 years? It's hard to conceive of right now. But like I said, Jerry belted out the ballads when he couldn't let his fingers do the talking.

It was sad, but if you were attentive then you saw a musician go to the limit. Liberty... the right to choose. What could you have done, what could you have said?

* 2 of the "new" GD songs I missed: Lone Way To Go Home & Childhood's End. Childhood's end - what an apt title for those still on tour.

~ How much we'll never know ~

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@ Anna

Yeah, there were a few good moments in those later years... but to do what you're suggesting, David would need to find well-played versions of those particular tunes with good sound quality. And the "complete show" purists would howl! :o) I'd rather see the same sorta thing done with '85.

Sadly, the throngs of tone-deaf and/or oblivious folk at those later, doosier gigs - happily spinning away, unaware of what was happening on stage - would make quite a healthy market for releases from '91-'95. But those of us who left those gigs early, with tears in our eyes, probably ain't biting.

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@Star Dark

I more or less agree with you about the 4 last years of the Dead. Still, there are shows sprinkled throughout 92 & 93 that are worth release. I do agree with RB, though, that for completeness sake they should release a show or two or three (no more than) that encompasses the best renditions of Days Between, So Many Roads, Broken Arrow, Liberty, Eternity, Corrina, Lazy River Road, Samba In The Rain & Easy Answers. I don't include Wave To The Wind here because Phil has already vetoed any release. I don't see Rhino releasing cover tunes unless it is a compilation of the Dead's best covers. Lucy In The Sky,Tomorrow Never Knows, Baba O'Reilly, Day Tripper, Gimme Some Lovin', Gloria and so on (personally, I would leave off IFTL). The Dylan covers already have their own release. Similarly, they could release a Blues covers that could include almost the whole set played with Boz Scaggs at the Moscone Center in SF in 82.

Of course, that is my humble opinion without the benefit of knowing how many units they have to sell to make it worthwhile. If it just even pays for itself, for God's sake, do it!

Now, I have heard Lemieux say there are shows into 94 with some damn fine playing (presumably that would include Jerry) so I think the numbness thing in his hands and fingers could come and go, at least through 94. After listening intently to a good sampling of shows in 95, I find nothing there. Others would disagree. Certainly there were heartfelt vocals on many ballads.

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Why so little '90s

Roland -

You answered your own question - there's a very good reason so little post-1990 Dead has been released. The band spent its last four years propping up (at best) or covering for (at worst) the musician at the very core of its sound. Bad Garcia = bad Dead, period. Were there brief flashes of competent lead guitar from '91-'95? Sure. But they were simply fleeting glimpses of what used to be - and quite depressing for those of us with still-functioning synapses. It doesn't take perfect pitch to hear how badly G. struggled during that period. (There's only so much one can do on the six-string with numb fingers... while nodding off.) Best leave 99.9% of it in the vault and focus on happier times.

That said, I own all the RT releases ('cept the two from the 90's) and can't recommend the Summer '71 set strongly enough. Wasn't expecting much, but GOOD GRIEF. And possibly the best sound (all things considered) of the series.

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Jackstraw7 re: marketing

By Volume 4, full shows is what was marketed. It wasn't the approach taken at the beginning that's for sure (quite the opposite). Would track timings have anything to do with mixing up the flow? I bet they wanted to keep the sets intact.

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Road Trips Track Sequence

I recently bought two Road Trips, April Fools 88 and Big Rock Pow Wow and in spite of containing complete shows, the tracks bounce around from disc to disc and the complete show is thus played out of order. Does anyone know why this is so. It seems odd top say the least especially when you consider the complete show aspect was part of the marketing. Great show with great sound but puzzling nonetheless.

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Road Trips Track Sequence

I recently bought two Road Trips, April Fools 88 and Big Rock Pow Wow and in spite of containing complete shows, the tracks bounce around from disc to disc and the complete show is thus played out of order. Does anyone know why this is so. It seems odd top say the least especially when you consider the complete show aspect was part of the marketing. Great show with great sound but puzzling nonetheless.

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Road Trips

imho, this was the best produced series of releases that has come from Rhino/Dead.net, however much you want to argue about what exactly was released. At least it was environmentally friendly yet ruggedly (sort of) packaged and the discs were good quality. That is something you can't count on here, although I'm told it is only an issue with Grateful Dead releases and not the myriad other output of this company.

Not hearing any complaints about the vinyl. Quite the reverse. DP's in vinyl sounds like color compared to black and white (sound engineers opinion)? Almost makes me want to go out and buy a turntable.

And $58 on Amazon for a 4 disc DP? Sorry, I shell out that kind of money only for the Holy Grail of Dead music and I already have it.

Relax BJ, they will sell out....

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Sorry...

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All of Dick's Picks...

are being reissued, in reverse chronological order, through Real Gone Music, available from them or from Amazon. Perhaps this is already known, though in case it isn't, they are fairly expensive (compared to the original price). For instance, a four cd set is around $58. Unsure of any plans for Dead.net to restock Dick's Picks, it seems unlikely.

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