Spring 1990, Volume One Box - SOLD OUT
• 60 page hardcover Smyth-Sewn book featuring essays by Dennis McNally, David Lemieux, and Blair Jackson and photos by Jim Anderson & Mike Laurentis
• 25th Anniversary Tour Program
• Official Band Letters
• 6 Ticket Stubs
• 6 Cloth Sticker Backstage Passes
• 1 Tour Laminate
• Official 1990 Band publicity shot
• 6 complete shows on 18 discs
• 3/16/90 Capital Center, Landover, MD
• 3/19/90 Civic Center, Hartford, CT
• 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, ON, Canada
• 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
• 3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
• 4/2/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
Box Dimensions: 12-1/8" x 3-1/8" x 12-1/8"
Recorded and Mixed Live by John Cutler
Mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD
Original art by Wes Lang
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 9,000
Introducing The Next Box: Spring 1990!
And now for something a little different. This year's box set - Grateful Dead: Spring 1990 - offers six complete shows from the epic spring '90 tour, one concert from each city the band played, personally selected by Dead vaultmeister and archival release producer David Lemieux. The sizzling six are: 3/16/90 Capital Centre (Landover , MD), 3/19/90 Hartford Civic Center, 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum (Hamilton, Ontario), 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY), 3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY) and 4/2/90 The Omni (Atlanta, GA).
In his "Producer's Note" in the beautiful book that is part of the box, Lemieux, who attended the first 10 shows on the tour, states, "To my ears this was the last tour that was consistently great, where every show is excellent, not a dud in the bunch." And Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally's comprehensive and informative insider's essay in the box is titled "The Last Great Dead Tour." These guys know what they're talking about.
Basically, the band had been on an upward trajectory since Garcia's return to the road in the spring of '87, following his near-death the previous summer. Of course, 1987 was a trip in itself, what with the unexpected mega-success of In the Dark and their first hit single, "Touch of Grey." But the momentum just kept building with each subsequent tour, as Garcia got back up to full speed (and then some!) and the group as a whole was as unified as they had ever been since Brent joined the band in the spring of '79. New original tunes were popping up and the old favorites were imbued with a freshness and spirit that was so uplifting and inspiring. The band was having fun again, and it was downright infectious.
The group's fall 1989 shows-as documented two years ago on the Formerly the Warlocks box (two shows from Hampton, VA, 10/8-9/89) and on the 2001 release Nightfall of Diamonds (a single night in NJ, 10/16/89)- kicked the energy level up another couple of notches, as the band reintroduced such loved classics as "Help on the Way" > "Slipknot!," "Attics of My Life," "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and "Dark Star."
And when the band hit the road in mid-March 1990, they had a bunch of other cool tunes to lay on their unsuspecting crowds, including the return of "Loose Lucy" (last played in 1974; it's not on this box), Brent's "Easy to Love You" (missing since 1980), a rollicking cover of the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time," The Band's "The Weight" (with all four singers taking a verse each) and a lyrically retooled "Black-Throated Wind" (absent since 1974), which elicited huge cheers every time it was played.
Over these six shows, most of the cornerstones of the Dead's repertoire from the era appear-splendid versions of "Scarlet Begonias" > "Fire on the Mountain," "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider," "Playing in the Band," "Uncle John's Band," "Eyes of the World," "Estimated Prophet," "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "The Other One," "Terrapin," "Stella Blue," "Feel Like a Stranger," "Bird Song," "Let It Grow," "China Doll," "Box of Rain," "Morning Dew"; you name it. From the fall '89 breakouts come "Help-Slip-Frank," "Attics of My Life" and "Death Don't Have No Mercy." Among the still newish tunes are "Picasso Moon," "Blow Away," "Foolish Heart," "Just a Little Light," "Victim or the Crime," "Standing on the Moon," "We Can Run" and a couple that would get their final plays from the Grateful Dead on this tour-"Built to Last" and "Believe It or Not." There are stirring renditions of "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Black Muddy River," rockin' takes on "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "Iko Iko" and the only version of the full "Hey Jude" the band attempted in the modern era. And the "Rhythm Devils" and "Space" jams at the heart of each second set are as noisy-beautiful-scary-funny-intense-mysterious-wild as you'd expect/hope for.
Of course, we understand that some of you may have other favorite shows from this tour you wish were included on this box. Really, you can't go wrong with any of them. But at 18 discs, this is still the second largest Grateful Dead box (after Europe '72: The Complete Recordings) that's been released, and the non-inclusion of any other shows from the tour definitely does not preclude their future release! But this seemed like a more manageable way to go, while still giving a sense of the tour's amazing depth and breadth.
Besides the discs themselves, Grateful Dead: Spring 1990 has much to offer, including: a gorgeous 60-page hardcover book containing copious color photos by Jim Anderson and Michael Laurentus, unique artwork by Brooklyn-based fine artist Wes Lang, fascinating business letters and communications related to the tour, a detailed historical essay by Dennis McNally, a Producer's Note by David Lemieux and individual show descriptions by Blair Jackson; a reproduction of the Dead's 1990 tour program (printed and sold later in '90, for the fall and Europe '90 tours); tickets and backstage passes of all six shows; a band publicity photo from 1990 by Ken Friedman; Dennis McNally's tour laminate; and reproductions of the colored 8x10 sheets GDTS sent out with hotel, food and other information for each city on the tour.
With recordings made by longtime Grateful Dead recordist and producer John Cutler, mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD, you just know it's gonna sound great-and it does!
So, that's the skinny this time 'round. This box is limited to just 9,000 numbered copies - please note, this is the only time these shows will ever be officially available on CD. There will not be an All Music Edition and single shows will not be available physically. Due to ship out August 31st, we anticipate that this extraordinary set will sell-out, so order your copy today!
If you're looking for more of a bite-sized taste of the '90s, Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It, a 2-CD set featuring a handful of favorites, will be in stores on September 18th.
4/2/90, The Omni, Atlanta, GA
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The Last Time
David Lemieux on What’s Inside Spring 1990
David Lemieux on 4/2/90
Wow, what fantastically lame customer service! I pay $200 for the Spring 1990 Boxset, a disc is missing from one of the shows, and 20 days later I'm not even getting replies to my email checking back after another week of waiting and wondering what's going on. So then I call, only to be told that they have no idea when replacement discs will be made and sent out. Really?
Seems possible to me they suspended orders of the remaining unsold box sets, used those to replace cracked/missing discs, and when replacement discs arrive will reload and sell the remainding boxes. A relatively efficient way to satisfy incomplete/damaged orders if that is the case. Just a (perhaps obvious) thought.
With so many people having issues with 1990, Europe and DaveP, as well as my own issues receiving DaveP, I'm reluctant to purchase this 1990 set. Someone convince me otherwise, seems like a crap shoot whether I'll receive it and receive it in perfect playable condition.
Got my Spring 90 Box last week for my birthday and it's very cool. Only through 3 of the shows thus far and the sound is excellent. The Cap Centre show is excellent. Just started Atlanta. Very much worth it.
So a limited edition of 12,000 is reprinted due to 'lost' product in the shipping phase and yet
there a numerous copies (more then 20 on ebay and 7 on Amazon) for sale at this time
September 18, 2012 11:15am pdt
If there are still people waiting for product and yet this many are already for sale at steeply inflated prices
There needs to be a total reworking of the shipping process.
Maybe this is why no word on DaP Vol 4 due November 1.
the Shipping issue is one of criminal proportion.
Why wouldn't some enterprising young mail worker suppliment his income
when the product is so easily lifted and replaced for the customer.
And so easily sold on the internet with no authorites to question the legitimacy of the product.
EAC - Exact Audio Copy - is a program that allows one to make exact audio copies of audio files on audio CDs. It is a versatile program which also allows users to check the integrity of CDs amongst many other possibilities. An invaluable tool in anyone's toolkit.
EAC allows you to check the integrity of a disc to see if there are any digital flaws. It's great for checking large sets such as the 73 cd Europe box when time is the weighing factor if racing against the clock to make sure your CDs are not flawed before a warranty Or return period is up. It just scans the discs, and is freeware. Lots of people on some other Dead and audiophile sites swear by it and they turned me onto it. Now I check all my sets right away and don't have to worry about listening to them all at once if time is tight. It takes the pressure off, IMO. At least better than finding a defective disc several months after purchase date.
Unlike what seems to be the practice in the EU and other places, the tax is charged separately from the price of the item in the US. There is no federal sales tax or VAT; there is sales tax in most of the states, and the law has recently been rejiggered in many states to force out of state Internet sellers to collect the sales tax regardless.
In short, we pay less shipping here, but we get taxed too, and we pay the same for the items.
From everything I have read, and I have read just about every book out there on Jerry and / or the GD, Jerry never did drugs by intravenous injection. He was afraid of needles. He smoked it. In fact, when he first started, he did not know he was doing heroin. He thought it was high grade Persian opium. He smoked it on tin foil. It is called chasing the dragon. Jerry's health problems were a combination of his drug use, smoking 3 packs of cigs a day, his obestiy & diet, and lack of exercise. This led to diabetes and heart issues. No surpirse really. It is unfortunate that he could not over come these issues. But he was only human. When you were as famous as he was, everybody wanted to give him everything and to party with him. It makes for a very tough envinroment to get sober & to stay that way. Jerry never wanted to tell anyone how to live their life and he certainly didn''t want anyone telling him how to live his. He felt a lot of pressure to keep the GD going since they employed many people and he didn't want to let anyone down. If he would have gone out on his own with less pressure, things may have turned out differently. But let's not put all of the blame on others. Jerry was an adult and he was responsible for himself. It is what it is. Who can predict what "might have been"?
"Checked the disc with EAC and it tested fine"
I looked it up here:
But I still don't quite get it.
after one year and some I still have not received replacement discs from the europe 72 fiascio. Got an email in June from Mr. Dunlop saying that he would personally send the replacements, still nothing. At first, I was hesitant to persue this, I did not want any more bad feelings toward rhino or deadnet, but as this continues, it is obvious that they are not going to send these discs. Still nothing, have sent several emails to rhino and dead net, still nothing, they won't even answer the mails. This is why I won't persue this any more or give rhino one more cent of my hard earned money, they lie, they make promises that they never intend to keep, they just want your cash and don't care if you get your product or not.
so, in retrospect, I was right, they will not address concerns, they will not answer emails, or return phone calls, or nothing, just give them your cash and bend over. Once again, Rhino, you suck.
As far as the S90 box, too bad too sad for all who purchased this washed out ripoff from the 2 track cutter mixes. The Grateful Dead was all about Jerry and if he can't be heard, why bother? Shame on you, shame on your anscestors, shame on your shit business practices, shame on your shit customer service, how do you sleep at nite?
The payment of taxes raises a moot point. As exports from the US are not liable to US tax, surely the price to those outside the US should be lower. It is bad enough that we have had to pay excessive costs for posting. Some years ago, when I made a large order, the difference between the cost of postage and the posting charge was close to $200. This is a double whammy as the import taxes payable are based on the combined costs of the product and the postage. If we are effectively paying US taxes also, this is a tripe whammy.
Just got a letter from Parcelforce they've had my box since Friday but want £27.08 ($41) before delivering it. Have to pay it no correspondence will be entered into. One wonders why some have to pay this charge (not getting at Dead.net this is out of their hands) and others get theirs left with neighbours, looks like the good intention of sending the European batch to Germany for distribution didn't work in my case, but it did probably minimise the charge. Thanks for trying Dead.net, at least it will be here tomorrow
Neither have arrived in New Brighton (Wirral) in the U.K. as of yet despite having received despatch confirmations for both weeks ago.
I e-mailed Customer Support who advised me to give the box set until 23rd September.
The matter of the DP Volume 3 is more cloudy....i was told that hundreds of copies went missing in the mail and the item is being re-pressed...a copy will be despatched mid-October ???.
Plainly and simply...there is no logical reason why there should be such a foul-up sending parcels from country to country.
I just feel highly embarassed for Rhino and GDM....they just look like a right old laughing stock !.
I am now told that a "replacement" box will be sent. As the website indicates that a final delivery of the product is awaited, who knows when this will be? If something does eventually come it will quite possibly be when I am out of the country; sorry I cannot arrange my life around the failures of deadnet. It is difficult to credit the incompetence of the system. One person in Leeds gets a delivery, another person does not. In my case, there appears to be a fear of crossing the border into Wales. My long experience of both Parcelforce and Deutsche Post tells me that the failure has nothing to do with them but whatever half arsed system deadnet chose to use.
This may be nitpicking but as far as Jerry's vices are concerned I'm pretty sure "shooting" H was not one of them. Maybe I'm looking back at out-dated material but from what I read he didn't like needles and rather smoked the shit (correct me if I'm wrong, anyone). AND (this really does fall into the nitpicking category) it wasn't potato chips so much as the Hagendasz ice cream, at least from what I've read. Does anyone out there think that his diet played as big a role in his death as his heroin habit?
I just received the replacement of disc 3 of 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum. I also got the email today that the disc had shipped, so I kind of expected it would arrive today. Checked the disc with EAC and it tested fine. When I saw that wrong discs were sent out I did a quick listen to make sure the music matched the label. Everything seems fine on my end at this point, although I'll have to listen to it tomorrow.
Too bad some of you got the wrong replacements. Bummer, after the long wait. Hope it works out for you guys.
received a replacement disc for 3-19-90 Hartford today!!Everything is Ok.Thank you very much.
Yes, in fact I did receive the correct replacement disc 3 of 3/16/90 today,
and in fact do continue to enjoy the tunes.
Thanks dead.net, rhino, and Keep'em Comin'!
My replacement disc was waiting for me when I got home from work.....
Same thing right show wrong disc now have 3 disc 3 from 4/2/1990 no disc 2
Kindly check your replacement discs to see if they are actually what you needed.
Mine arrived today, except the wrong disc was sent.
Absolutely - he was a grown man, after all. But that doesn't mean we must embrace the choices, behavior, etc. of his long list of sycophants, hangers-on, and enablers(!) And no, the irony is not lost on me - I understand the role fandom played in his protracted demise.
I wonder if something was adjusted mid-production(?!?) JG's guitar is plenty loud (though not overly so) on my set.
Yes both Winterland box sets still have a bonus disc included in them. At least the two that I ordered years after the release date did. It was kind of a nice surprise to see them in there!
Yes both Winterland box sets still have a bonus disc included in them. At least the two that I ordered years after the release date did. It was kind of a nice surprise to see them in there!
In 2005, Sony BMG introduced new DRM technology which installed DRM software on users' computers without clearly notifying the user or requiring confirmation. Among other things, the installed software included a rootkit, which created a severe security vulnerability others could exploit. When the nature of the DRM involved was made public much later, Sony BMG initially minimized the significance of the vulnerabilities its software had created, but was eventually compelled to recall millions of CDs, and released several attempts to patch the surreptitiously included software to at least remove the rootkit. Several class action lawsuits were filed, which were ultimately settled by agreements to provide affected consumers with a cash payout or album downloads free of DRM.
Sony BMG's DRM software actually had only a limited ability to prevent copying, as it affected only playback on Windows computers, not on other equipment. Even on the Windows platform, users regularly bypassed the restrictions. And, while the Sony BMG DRM technology created fundamental vulnerabilities in customers' computers, parts of it could be trivially bypassed by holding down the "shift" key while inserting the CD, or by disabling the autorun feature. In addition, audio tracks could simply be played and re-recorded, thus completely bypassing all of the DRM (this is known as the analog hole). Sony BMG's first two attempts at releasing a patch which would remove the DRM software from users' computers failed.
In January 2007, EMI stopped publishing audio CDs with DRM, stating that "the costs of DRM do not measure up to the results." Following EMI, Sony BMG was the last publisher to abolish DRM completely, and audio CDs containing DRM are no longer released by the four record labels.
Has anyone received any replacement discs for this set yet. I am missing disc 2 from 4/2. Called right after i opened the set and was told 10 days called back 2 weeks late told its on its way another week later still no discs.
Where is Jerry???????? I love Brent and the drummers but for god sakes Cutler........WTF.
I am enjoying this box set very much! Brings back a lot of memories as 3/19/90 was my first Dead show and its great having it on CD finally! I remember everything Dave talked about in the book as far as the weather(Bitter New England COLD!!), the ticket sales , tailgating in boring Hartford etc.... After listening to all the shows I'm glad I bought this! I think the Cap Center and the Knick(been there too) are my favorites! I also realized I didn't have the Winterland 77 box set, so I ordered that too! Let me ask, my copy came with a Bonus Disc, did they all come with that? Anyway, check out Scott McDougall's art website, Its awesome! There's a great painting of Pigpen which I hope will be the cover of DP 4! We need some more 60's Dead!! Take care folks and keep on Rockin'!!!!!
Yes Im still waiting for the box. I see other people in europe have also been waiting, and it appears it may be slower to take delivery as there is no customs charge.
I've had a regular rattle on about the extra charges for the first Daves Picks, so it would be great if thats to be no longer the case.
However, it may be the ultimate irony that by not paying the charge it means the delivery gets lost. Hypnocracy lives on it seems!
Anyway, I hope it does get through. Without a Net started it all for me and anything from 89-90 is welcome.
I wrote to them but haven't heard back. I suspect it's an article on their web site for some dumb reason but does not apply to the new Jerry music. If it doesn't apply, they should remove the article.
Man I hope not, that would be a really foolish way to kick off a new Jerry collection. I really hope this is just rumors. I remember Trey Anastasio put out a CD with DRM that was produced by SONY, he really got slammed. Go check the reviews on Amazon, I think it was "Shine." A lot of Ipods would not load the music. Music companies know folks will share, they also know that any JGB stuff put out will sale well. Trying to muzzle it would be really stupid, other readers here are right. A huge backlash would come along with it.
I was kinda pissed at Jerry for his stupidity that killed him. Don't get me wrong, I loved the guy, he contributed a great deal to my life, and he was the greatest musician I've ever listened to.
But even though he had diabetes he didn't exercise at all, lived on the couch, ate potato chips, and shot up H. Suicidal or what?
Jerry was capable of making his own decisions and the biggest bad one he made was to not break up the Dead by the end of the '70's. I'm convinced he would have lived if the GD broke up back then. From all the articles and interviews I've read and heard, he wanted to do a lot more off shoot smaller venue stuff but he was too nice of a guy and saw that the GD organization grew into a behemoth that needed his life blood to survive. If he quit, there would have been a lot of people out of work. He was supporting a huge weight on his shoulders and got relief from it from drugs.
Jerry would be alive today if the GD went away in the '70's and he just did his off-shoot smaller stuff, and I'd be very very happy with that.
I think the reference is to John Kahn (RIP) , who is believed by some for being responsible for leading Jerry astray during their collaborations.
I reckon JG was probably capable of making his own choices, however painful they might have been.
Today, we are pleased to announce the arrival of the
SPRING !990 BOX SET
It arrived on time at the precise location requested
with no additional additions or subtractions, multiplications or divisions (We're all together on this)
As the process unfolded there were squeals of joy from the new arrival.
Wooo Sparkle-y !
Now all that needs is to transfer the little discs of joy to a more secure
environment in which they may relax and recharge for the next performance.
Now that that is done.
Isn't it time for a video chat ?
Some new something about a Pick you got to Pick about a Pickin' and Grinnin' Good time.
But if the heat is too much just slip into that green wetsuit and shot under water.
Then we'll see what's goin' down.
To the time of life when the time of life is NOW
Does it say somewhere on the release info that the new Jerry release will be DRM? I didn't see anything that indicated that the new cd uses that technology. Is it noted on another page?
I remember around the time of this article in 2005, Sony was having some pissing contest with Apple because Apple was selling more music than Sony. I've never ran into this technology personally as collect mostly jazz pressed in small runs. Hardly a highly pirated market. I don't think it's going to help sales though if it were the case. Can you point me towards where the site is stating this is how they are releasing the New Jerry titles? I'm just not finding it. Thanks
I really do not want to defend the decision to NOT mix this box from the multi-tracks. But don't blame John Cutler for the dearth of Jerry's vocal on "Foolish Heart" (3/19). Listen carefully and you will hear that JG was mumbling like crazy. The words were barely escaping his mouth and although this could have been made louder on a more carefully-mixed song, do you really want to hear louder mumbling? I don't. This is why they make a "skip" button on CD players. It's just not a good performance.
"... as of 2005!"
What's your point? If it's true, it sucks! I've never bought a CD like that before. Dead.net doesn't do that. So are all the Jerry CD's going to have that crap?
... as of 2005!
What's this crap?
What a pain in the neck! What's the point of this exactly? How does this "protect" the CD contents?
This may change my mind on buying them. Ridiculous number of steps and bother to get them onto iTunes. And I don't get the point. Is the point simply that they don't want you copying the songs so they make it difficult to do so? Then why would they give you instructions?
Yeah, I just read it again. Major pain. I'm not buying this crap if they are making it that difficult to transfer the CD onto iTunes.
They lost a sale to me and I hope others will tell them so also. I wrote to them.
What are you talking about?
Thanks for the info ..... hopefully it'll come this week.
Hey star dark before you throw stones were not jerry and brent junkies as well as many great musicians. not that brent is
#8131 has arrived in France, with no additional customs charges! It looks wonderful and all the discs are correct. Many others are now appearing in the UK I hear, also without the customs charges. So the shipping arrangements do seem to be working, it appears they have shipped them in bulk to Germany and redistributed them from there. So well done Rhino/Deadnet for starting to get it right, all we need now is the addition of tracking capability. I really hope that everyone else gets theirs soon.
Many of us who reported non receipt of DaP3 have now received a futher notification of the reissue of this for us. So if you are still missing that, get in touch with Dr Rhino quickly so they know how many to press.
Now down to listening to those '90 shows
"Lost during shipping"... I think that the reasonable inference is, not sent and that deadnet has no idea what it has sent and to whom.
(Re my previous post - should have read Consumer Credit Act, which in an absence of a proper response, I will invoking at the end of next week. Then deadnet can ignore my bank rather than me.)
It arrived by Parcelforce and was left with a neighbour. It had previously travelled by Businesspaket through Deutscher Post.
Hope you get yours soon.
No customs charges.
To the guys plugging JGB below: Sporadically great music, but JG's junkie partner leaves a bad taste in many mouths.
...are the PTB giving attention to the upkeep of the website? There are myriad bugs, missing features and overall problems that are making the 'upgrade' more of a 'retrograde'. Actually, I believe the problems began sometime last year with the disappearance of most of the Taper's Section archive, September was it? *screaming into an empty cavern* What is going on? Is this some kind of joke or what? Please fix the clunky website!
Now back to regularly scheduled programming...
Anyone familiar with the GD Download Series shows?