30 Trips Around The Sun Box & Digital USB
"When we began discussing audio projects to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead back in 2012, we knew we wanted to do something completely unprecedented. We could think of nothing more exciting or ambitious than a career-spanning overview of the band's live legacy focused on what best tells the story: complete concerts. Our first criterion was the very best live music to represent any given year in the band’s history. We wanted to make sure that there were not only the tent-pole shows that fans have been demanding for decades but also ones that are slightly more under the radar, but equally excellent. For those who listen to the entire box straight through, chronologically, the narrative of the Grateful Dead's live legacy will be seen as second to none in the pantheon of music history." - David Lemieux
We are more than pleased to announce the Grateful Dead's most ambitious release ever: 30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN. Available as both an 80-disc boxed set and a custom lightning-bolt USB drive, the collection includes 30 unreleased live shows, one for each year the band was together from 1966 to 1995, along with one track from their earliest recording sessions in 1965. Packed with over 73 hours of music, both the boxed set and the USB drive will be individually numbered limited editions.
The 80-disc boxed set is individually numbered and limited to 6,500 copies, a nod to the band’s formation in 1965. Along with the CDs, it also includes a gold-colored 7-inch vinyl single which bookends the band’s career. The A-side is “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” from the band’s earliest recording session in 1965 with the B-side of the last song the band ever performed together live, “Box Of Rain” recorded during their final encore at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9, 1995.
The box also comes with a 288-page book that features an extensive, career-spanning essay written by Nick Meriwether, who oversees the Dead archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz, along with special remembrances of the band submitted by fans. Also included is a scroll that offers a visual representation of how the band’s live repertoire has evolved through the years.
The USB drive version* will be shaped like a gold lightning bolt with the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary logo engraved on the side. The drive includes all of the music from the collection in both FLAC (96/24) and MP3 formats and is an individually numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies. Digital version of the book also included on USB.
Shows will NOT be sold individually on CD. This release is sure to sell out quickly so pre-order your copy today and stick around as we will be revealing a mighty fine selection of music, art, and much, much more right here. FREE STANDARD U.S. SHIPPING ON PRE–ORDERS ONLY.
(Looking for a smaller 50th Anniversary commemorative keepsake? September 18th will see the release of a four-CD version of the collection titled 30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN: THE DEFINITIVE LIVE STORY 1965-1995. More on that here.)
ROLLINGSTONE.COM SONG PREMIERE AND EXCLUSIVE DAVID LEMIEUX INTERVIEW
Head on over to Rollingstone.com for the very first listen of "Morning Dew" 9/18/87 Madison Square Garden, David Fricke's exclusive interview with archivist David Lemieux, and the reveal of 30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN's '69 and '84 shows.
*Helpful hints for using your USB:
Running the 30 Trips Player / Reader program:
On Windows – Navigate to the USB drive and double click the PCStart.exe file to run.
On MacOS – Open the GD 30 Trips drive, and double click the MacStart to run.
Viewing the digital book:
You can either view it within the program that comes on the drive, or by opening the PDF directly.
To view the PDF, open the PDF folder on the drive and the USB_bk_spreads_08-31 file within. Selecting the option within your PDF reading application to view as a “single page” might be preferable to viewing as a continuous document.
Importing music into iTunes and other library programs:
When you import the songs from the USB into your library, the information used to identify the track will likely leave them sorted incorrectly. Please use the song list found here to re-number the songs for each show so that they playback in the correct order.
73+ hours of music
30 unreleased live shows, one for each year from 1966 to 1995
1 Gold-colored 7-inch featuring "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" 1965/"Box Of Rain" Soldier Field, Chicago, 7/9/95
288-page book with an extensive, career-spanning essay by Nicholas Meriwether and special remembrances submitted by fans
A scroll featuring a visual representation of the band's evolution
USB Specs: 3.0, 128 GB Flash Drive
Oh boy! We intended to add announce all 30 shows throughout the pre-order period, but we got scooped! So now you have it, but you should stay tuned as we will be revealing tons of great music, artwork, and more.
1966 - 7/3, Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
1967 - 11/10, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
1968 - 10/20, Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA
1969 - 2/22, The Dream Bowl, Vallejo, CA
1970 - 4/15, Winterland, San Francisco, CA
1971 - 3/18, Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO
1972 - 9/24, Palace Theater, Waterbury, CT
1973 - 11/14, San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
1974 - 9/18, Parc des Expositions, Dijon, France
1975 - 9/28, Lindley Meadows, Golden gate Park, San Francisco, CA
1976 - 10/3, Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
1977 - 4/25, Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
1978 - 5/14, Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
1979 - 10/27, Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, MA
1980 - 11/28, Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL
1981 - 5/16, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1982 - 7/31, Manor Downs, Austin, TX
1983 - 10/21, The Centrum, Worcester, MA
1984 - 10/12, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME
1985 - 6/24, River Bend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
1986 - 5/3, Cal Expo Amphitheater, Sacramento, CA
1987 - 9/18, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1988 - 7/3, Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, ME
1989 - 10/26, Miami Arena, Miami, FL
1990 - 10/27, Zenith, Paris, France
1991 - 9/10, Madison Square Garden, NY, NY
1992 - 3/20, Copps Coliseum, Ontario, Canada
1993 - 3/27, Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
1994 - 10/1, Boston Garden, Boston, MA
1995 - 2/21, Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Listening Party: 30 Trips Around The Sun, Part 7
1975 "Stronger Than Dirt"
1984 "Cumberland Blues"
1989 "Blow Away"
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Interesting and very likely insight mayor Marion.... Didn't think about the microphone problems that the wall of sound created.... Does anyone know when the last one was? If it was a clunker, that could have sealed its fate..... Vguy72.... Any chance you know when they played the last one?
It is 9:13 PM here in Philly, for the last hour or so the Mrs. & I engaged in a discussion regarding, 30 Trips, the gist of the conversation is I'm trying every which way to acquire one for 2 reasons;
1) I'm a completest
2) I want it
Now I have a Michael Jordan 86-87 Fleer rookie card graded PSA 8 that I could sell for at least 800 dollars the wife says to me if I am successful in obtaining "30 Trips BEFORE it sells out when will it ship, I tell her September 18th she says okay so it doesn't interfere with any "plans".
The reason she wants to know is because when I ordered the E72 box set it was supposed to ship AFTER Labor Day however mine arrived the Friday BEFORE Labor Day, that weekend the wife's boss offered her FREE use of a beach front summer home in Margate, N.J., for the entire week from the Friday before until the following Sunday. Well we get everything done as far as our jobs are concerned I only stayed until Monday the wife & the kid stayed until Wednesday after Labor Day, we leave a key with our neighbor just so she can "check" on the house, collect the mail etc., etc. Well we leave Philly at around 11 AM we arrive in Margate at around 2 or so, just as we unload the car the neighbor calls & tells the wife a "big heavy" packaged arrived I ask the wife to ask the neighbor who sent it she says dead.net I say I am on my way. I took our daughter with me back to Philly to get my E72 box set, we get to Margate around 6:30 or so the wife was absolutely livid, I told her "listen dear I've waited since January for this box set there is no way I'm going to be able to sleep knowing that it's at the house & I'm here in New Jersey". So to this day she asks when is the shipping date on anything I order from dead.net, so she doesn't make any vacation plans lest the plans interfere with a coveted GD release. She puts up with my madness & she allows me to obsess over this thing that she claims is "bigger" than the both of us. Needless to say the love I have for my wife is BIGGER than the whole world. WE LOVE EACH OTHER!!!!
Only ONE Samba in the Rain?????
THIS IS A TRAVESTY!!!
I want my money back
As Brad Pitt asked in Se7en, "What's in the box?!?!?!"
What we have here, any way you slice it, is an embarrassment of riches! I've ordered 30 Trips, and I'm already excited for DaP 15. Like a kid on Christmas Eve!
The cart thing,, i thought they did away with that awhile ago. I know people were buying in bulk to sell the last copies of certain Road trips cause they knew it had less than 100,,
For those interested in the the trip to Hawaii June 1970,, 6.12.70 was featured today,, Thats It For The Other One.. Vault Master Dave, states the first part of the show does not sound great,, and Bobby can be heard giving the local soundman some grief. Bear was not allowed out of CA and this began in March of 1970.
In a couple of days, more from Hawaii will be featured. Probably 6.13.70, but tomorrow's choice will be some June 1976, which coincidently enough was the era I had been listening to right before I switched the radio CD player to Sirius this morning, (6.10.76) Jerry is a little low in the mix, the venue was so small, its a shame the guitar is not any louder, still a great recording
Not impressed with the new formatting here.
Also noticed we can no longer put more than 99 items in our cart. Interesting, that's totally my fault. I posted there were 1795 copies of 30 Trips left yesterday by seeing how many I could add to my cart, and strangely enough, I can no longer do that.
DAVE, RHINO, WHOMEVER - WE KNOW YOU READ THESE NOW - PLEASE GET ME A COPY OF DAVE'S PICKS VOLUME 1
Howdy all. I have two floor tickets (standing, aka dancing room only) for Saturday night, June 27 that I hope to trade for two floor tickets for Sunday night, June 28. If you can make this happen for me -- and you! -- PM me. Looking forward. -- Adam
Nice score brokedowndude,, was it inside the box ?
I bought W77box at at mall music store a few years after release and it had bonus disc. I am guessing if it came from dead.net purchase it had the disc and shops that bought early would have gotten.
I just scored a sealed copy of Winterland73, if any wants to trade for FW69 complete set, I can sweeten the deal by adding another sealed item, the Warlocks89 box.
I would also have a Winterland 77 sealed from my ex-,, but either Dr. Rhino never sent the darn thing out or it was lost in transit.. Hebron the "Black Hole".. During 30 Days of Dead 2012.. I think she won for the track Passenger (5.26.77), a fitting song for her to be picked that day. And also fitting that the prize was supposed to be a killer set from 10 days later. I may take one last stab at contacting the Dr. and ask for tracking info this time.. I have an email that says it was sent, dang ittttt
for the name check. Still lurking from time to time and following the show from the fringes...it's been nearly a year. Been restoring my parents' old Quad 33/303 amplifier set up from 1972. Of course I had to use the Europe 72 box set to test it today, and it sounds ...sumptuous. What do I think about 30 Trips? Well .... oops, time's up. Take care.
The Bonus Disc is just like the Prego marinara sauce Grandma used to make- "It's in there."
profit makes the world go round, capitalism, what a concept. In the business I'm involved with making the customer happy is number 1 priority, period. Profit is not everything, unless that's what you're all about. We find that if you give a little, you get a lot in return.
One of the things that drew me to the Grateful Dead was this band had a heart. Rhino, not so much.
If time is money, and money is the root of all evil.............my head hurts. :)
....us 'heads are a fanatical bunch. No wonder some non-fans think were are crazy. If I didn't love this band, I would call for straight-jackets for all of us. What are we doing with our lives!!....
....edit. I agree. Here Comes Sunshine was shelved waaaay too soon. The '90's versions can't really hold a candle to the '73-'74 versions. Still cool they broke it out though....
All I came up with for the possible missing and returned reel(s) from a late 69'/early 70 is 1/2/70/ and 12/30/69 which contains within everything but Dew. These shows seem fairly complete, so unlikely just Morning Dew would be missing. The missing reel(s) could come from shows which we have seen select songs be released like 11/7/69 or 2/8/70; maybe even the 12/10/69 Thelma show. And Todd you might be right, the bonus disc was the 4th show. All I know is I am done sleuthing (at least in this case) and will wait patiently for Dave's 15 to be announced and the arrival of the 30 box. Good things come to those who wait.
SMILE, SMILE, SMILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HCS probably was dropped from rotation because it was too hard to sing the high harmonies, and with the microphone setup in 1974, the high notes would not have carried over well. It came back because Vince could hit those high notes.
First there were the show dates
Then there was the set lists
Now there is the Count for each song on the box.
1 Ain’t It Crazy (The Rub)
1 And We Bid You Goodnight
1 Black-Throated Wind (Weir Acoustic)
1 Blow Away
1 Cardboard Cowboy
1 China Doll
1 Crazy Fingers
1 Cream Puff War
1 Days Between
1 Dear Mr. Fantasy
1 Death Don’t Have No Mercy
1 Deep Elem Blues
1 Dire Wolf
1 Doin’ That Rag
1 Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing
1 Don’t Need Love
1 Drums (Sage & Spirit Jam)
1 Drums (Theme From ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’)
1 Dupree’s Diamond Blues
1 Easy to Love You
1 Gangster Of Love
1 Hard To Handle
1 He Was A Friend Of Mine
1 Here Comes Sunshine
1 Hey Jude Reprise
1 Hey Pocky Way
1 I Fought the Law
1 I Just Want To Make Love To You
1 I Will Take You Home
1 Iko Iko
1 It Hurts Me Too
1 It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
1 It's A Man’s World
1 Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
1 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
1 La Bamba
1 Last Time, The
1 Lazy Lightnin’
1 Long Way Home
1 Maggie’s Farm
1 Me And Bobby McGee
1 Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
1 Mountains Of The Moon
1 Next Time You See Me
1 Nobody’s Jam
1 On The Road Again
1 Saint Of Circumstance
1 Saint Stephen
1 Salt Lake City
1 Samba in the Rain
1 Sitting On Top Of The World
1 Smokestack Lightnin’
1 Spanish Jam
1 St. Stephen
1 Stronger Than Dirt
1 That Would Be Something
1 Throwing Stones
1 Tomorrow Is Forever
1 Unknown Title
1 Victim Or The Crime
1 Visions Of Johanna
1 Wang Dang Doodle
2 Alabama Getaway
2 Big Boss Man
2 Black Peter
2 Broken Arrow
2 Casey Jones
2 Caution Jam
2 Foolish Heart
2 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
2 Loose Lucy
2 Mama Tried
2 My Brother Esau
2 Queen Jane Approximately
2 Row Jimmy
2 Same Thing, The
2 So Many Roads
2 Stagger Lee
2 Standing On The Moon
2 To Lay Me Down
2 Touch Of Grey
2 Viola Lee Blues
2 When I Paint My Masterpiece
3 All Along the Watchtower
3 Big Railroad Blues
3 Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
3 Don’t Ease Me In
3 Eleven, The
3 Feel Like A Stranger
3 Greatest Story Ever Told
3 He’s Gone
3 Help On The Way
3 High Time
3 I Need A Miracle
3 It’s All Over Now
3 Johnny B. Goode
3 Little Red Rooster
3 Lost Sailor
3 Man Smart, Woman Smarter
3 Race Is On, The
3 Ship Of Fools
3 Walkin’ Blues
3 Wheel, The
4 C. C. Rider
4 Cold Rain And Snow
4 Comes A Time
4 Franklin’s Tower
4 Friend Of The Devil
4 It Must Have Been The Roses
4 Let It Grow
4 Mexicali Blues
4 Morning Dew
4 Ramble on Rose
4 Saint Of Circumstance
4 Samson And Delilah
4 Shakedown Street
4 Stella Blue
4 Terrapin Station
5 Around And Around
5 Black-Throated Wind
5 China Cat Sunflower
5 Cumberland Blues
5 Dancing In The Street
5 El Paso
5 Fire On The Mountain
5 Good Lovin’
5 Hell In A Bucket
5 Jack Straw
5 Looks Like Rain
5 Sugar Magnolia
5 They Love Each Other
5 Wharf Rat
6 Bird Song
6 Cryptical Envelopment
6 Dark Star
6 Estimated Prophet
6 Eyes Of The World
6 I Know You Rider
6 New Minglewood Blues
6 Tennessee Jed
6 Turn On Your Lovelight
6 U.S. Blues
7 Beat It On Down The Line
7 Music Never Stopped, The
7 Promised Land, The
7 Scarlet Begonias
7 Uncle John’s Band
8 Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
9 Big River
9 Brown-Eyed Woman
9 Me And My Uncle
9 One More Saturday Night
9 Playing In The Band
10 Not Fade Away
10 Other One, The
I ordered the 73 box set without even knowing it would sell out very soon after.....and mine came with the bonus disc...it has it's own green sleeve and is from Cincinnati I believe early December...
How is the bonus disc packaged with this release ? Is it Inside the sealed box ? I know it has its own sleeve
I remember for Winterland 77, was inside the box under all the discs or on top.. And it was a pleasant surprise when I found it..
Approximately how many sets of these were made of Winterland 1973 ? Over 10,000 ? Bonus only came with early orders, how many of those are there ?
You are correct Todd. My thinking is if they got back a reel or reels to complete a show, they would release it in it's entirety. Now Dick might have released bits or chunks of shows that suited his tastes; however, I do not think that is the case now, and I am glad. To me, it would be a travesty not to release a fully intact show with high quality sound from 45 years ago. And I think the boys and girls running this ship agree.
Now, back to some sleuthing!
from start to finish. Wife is at work, and I'm off today.
Got a bottle of merlot, and nowhere else to go. Morning Dew opener is killer, and we're off to a great start...
Is a tent-pole show one that 'holds up' an entire era, or one that gets us excited? (think morning wood) I'm not sure the metaphor he is going for there, but I probably wouldn't have used it. As you were...
Thanks for the links, got the answer and more...
Love the Download series!
Samthardman, 12/11/69 has all four songs, and 3 of the 4 were on the DaP 2014 bonus disc (with DaP 10). True, the Dew was not on the CD, but it was played at the show, so I think this is the mysterious "4th show", though not released in its entirety.
This site is good, too...
This site should answer your question.
Date of show is 7/21/72.
There are 8 extra songs, without a date:
GDTRFB, NFA, You Win Again, Bird Song, Playing, Morning Dew, UJB, One More Saturday.
Anybody know the date? Thanks
Regarding Duke, for the 20s & 30s I prefer the Columbia recordings over RCA's, in general.
When RCA first issued "The Blanton-Webster Years" on CD, the mastering was horrible compared to the vinyl issue(still thinking the best way to hear it is on the original 78s...)
Can we switch it back? I kinda liked it.
We think things are back to their proper illumination levels. Let us know if you're still in the dark. Thanks!
claney, thanks for the 2001 reference. Kubrick lives on.
Dantian - great PC fix. I tried it and my pc is screaming fast now. I did notice one unintended side-effect though, it keeps bouncing me out of Dead.Net and drops me into the Metallica site. Oh well, I will get used to it.
The counter no longer works! So any one on the fence has to be careful now since you can no longer see how many are left until the sell out, which you know is coming.
Everyone who ever talked about Jerry spoke of his force... He was funny and witty, sharp and incredibly well read and traveled. My favorite instance of this is in Festival Express. Rick Danko, a pretty charismatic guy in his own right literally fawns over Jerry. I love how Jerry ends up jamming with each genre in their own cars on the train. The guy loved to play and jam, no doubt. He fought the boredom of the road by refusing to play anything the same way twice. He obviously loved guests on stage- a new sound, new angles to explore. He loved giving up the lead role (at times, it seemed to me that he had more fun singing back-up on Promised Land or Samson than many of his own tunes). Things got really rough when Jerry wasn't having fun anymore.
I might try that sandpaper trick.
First I'm going to make sure there's nothing wrong inside the computer, though. Here's a quick and easy check you can do yourself:
What you do is take the cover off, and look for any loose parts inside. Like those funny little cylinder shaped doodads sticking up out of the big board? Using pliers, wiggle them back and forth, and if they're loose, take a small hammer and gently tap them back in.
Computer maintenance 101.
yearning for summer break.
pranksters at play!
Dear Jerry . ... It works!
My favorite HCS was done by Furthur (Saw GD many times). Futhur opened with HCS on a what was a gloomy, rainy, humid Summer evening at PNC Arts Center N.J.. PNC is an ampitheater built into the earth with a round cement top roof but with open air-sides. As already noted, it was a gray rainy day but just before Furthur took the stage the weather started clearing up and the sun was burning through the clouds from the west and shining down between the cement roof and built-into-ground amphitheater. It was moive-like perfetc.
I think that they probably decided to open with an un-setlisted HCS due to the perfect setting.
This was a very, very, enthusiastically loud crowd which prompted Phil to comment on on that enthusiasm.
I recall Bob was said that the Philadelphia, N.J. through NYC-Long Island area as being Dead-Belt country where some of their largest followings could be found.
That Furhtur show holds fond memories. I scored two front row tickets for that one from GDSTOO( Thank You.).
God Bless Bobby. Heal, brother, heal.
Wilfred, me too. I have been trying for hours to get that dust off my screen.. Damp cloth (nothing), Windex (a little better), sandpaper seems to be doing the trick though...
Brokedown, yea.. I got a kick out of that too. I liked the his comments in general on songs they don't do anymore (Viola [wow, that would have been something] and others).
Dantian got me to re-listen to the fragment of 6/10/73 w/ Eyes>Stella Blue, Big River and Here Comes Sunshine. I've listened to that show no fewer than a dozen times over the last decade or two. What a loose, jazzy, funball of a show that is and that segment shines. Fun and creative.
Very cool.... Is there anything more fun than listening, watching a jerry Garcia interview??? Does anyone get the feeling that although he would NEVER say it, jerry always kinda knew he was magnetic? And usually the most intelligent person in the room..... I think so..... And I think he enjoyed it..... Love that guy..... Hey Jim, how funny that Garcia thought they only played HCS a "couple of times?" And that he said it didn't really work.....wtf?? Hilarious.....
I can see the dust on my computer screen now. I thought it was 'stars' at first!
-edit- oh, wait...glad I didn't revert to the sandpaper option. :-)
I'm freaking out man . . .. So is Captain Trips.
Yes, Houston this is Space Your Face, we're having a Font problem...Please engage the font Houston!
Please stop doing that - please?
Spoiler Alert - I wont say much for people reading the book.. but to answer your question..
He was talking about playing with the Allman Bros. He talked about Watkins Glenn (Great sound check, but the main show was not their best). Then he spoke fondly of 6/9/73 and 6/10/73 as a sort of redemption for that. He said they were playing well, played a bunch of their newer material that he was fond of in a way made up for the main Watkins Glenn show. Apparently somewhat of a rivalry existed.
They were good shows, were talking about them 42 years later after all.
Thanks for bringing that up. Made me re-listen.
We've got 30 shows and roughly 16 weeks of reveals. I'd like to hear a show by show chat about the merits of these shows from the vault master!!!
Like my idea of the chats from upcoming secure locations, but rather have the wind than no video at all...
Can't wait for the HCS from the 1973 offering. Glad to see it got promoted to the 4cd release... Great hook for someone tasting live Grateful Dead for the first time...
Thanks for the link to the vhs recording of the interview, will watch it tonight...
Love the spacey background...
2/19/71 has a nice one, and a great Easy Wind which has a "i can't do it no more rap" and seems to be one of the last Easy Winds.
Nice, mellow jazzy version, that's what I love about it. 6/30 is another in the same vein.
What did Kreutzmann say about this show?
Just re-listened to the Eyes played on Sirius (they buffer the last few hours on the Internet Version).
I did not notice any dropout, unless was super subtle.
Nice mellow jazzy version. Funny, I just read Kruetzmann's comments on this show today in his book.
For those who heard the 6/10/73 Eyes on Sirius (I don't have Sirius), how did it sound compared to the best SBD of that show you've heard? Was there a short drop out/patch right before the 3rd verse of lyrics, at about 6:55ish?
This is my favorite Eyes, one of my favorite shows (Allman flavored NFA, anyone?), one of my oldest friends, and I would be thrilled if/when it gets released.
There's some history on it in the comments section of the GD Blogspot (see link below). The reviewer also does a decent job of highlighting some of the better versions.
There's a link to a youtube video with Steven Marcus (GDTS) and David Gans doing the filming. At about 18:20 into it Garcia talks about HCS a bit.
Sounds like it was ever-evolving and just never got nailed down.
Its certainly likable as is most of '73.
Hope that helps.
One Edit: IGrateful - funny you should bring up Smokestack Lightin' in the same conversation, both were great songs where the Dead pulled off great performances.. but only a handful of times each. (actually, smokestack was played a good bit in the later years with Bobby on vocals, but that's not what your talking about).
Whats up with that?