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On August 27, 1972, fresh off their now-legendary European tour, the Grateful Dead traveled to Veneta, OR and reunited with the Merry Pranksters for a common cause – to throw a benefit concert for the Kesey family’s Springfield Creamery. A stage was erected under the hot Oregon sun at the Olde Renaissance Fairgrounds, tickets were printed on the fronts of the Creamery’s yogurt labels, and the rest is history…

  Sunshine Daydream Deluxe CD/Blu-ray (Exclusive) Sunshine Daydream Deluxe CD/DVD (Exclusive) Sunshine Daydream Vinyl (4LP 180 gram) Retail 3CD/DVD

Complete 8/27/72 Concert Audio

Sunshine Daydream Concert Film


Bonus Documentary


40 Page Book


Courtenay Pollock Tie-dye Slipcase


Individually Numbered/Limited Edition

Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 12,500

Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 12,500

Limited Edition of 5,000



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Joined: Sep 11 2007
Dick's 19 D1 inaccurately maligned here... unlistenable?

A tinny start to Promised Land, but it's all there by the time Sugaree cranks up.

Joined: Sep 25 2013
UPS Sure Post

This is not a good shipping option. See the following real exchange:

Initial Question: Weird Things Happening
Lucy G.: Hi, this is Lucy G.. I'll be happy to assist you.
Kell: Hi. Can you take a look at the tracking on this and tell me what is happening?
Lucy G.: What would you like to know about this package?
Kell: It has been in an infinite loop between USPS and UPS since last wednesday.
Lucy G.: Just a moment while I review your tracking information.
Lucy G.: Wow I can see that
Lucy G.: According to our tracking records, this shipment was sent using UPS SurePost service. These shipments are turned over to your local United States Postal Service (USPS) to make the final delivery.
Lucy G.: Unfortunately, based upon the type of service your shipper selected, I am unable to investigate or resolve this situation. Instead, the shipper has asked that you contact them directly about this shipment.

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Kell: I called the Shipper yesterday. They said to talk to UPS
Kell: Can I pay money to have it delivered by UPS?
Kell: Isn't there some option to have UPS make the final delivery if I pay money?
Kell: So we could take it out of the infinite loop
Lucy G.: Unfortunately that option is not available for you anymore since we received this on 09/16/13.
Kell: Ok. Thanks. I'll talk to you next week, maybe?
Kell: When the package is still in infinite loop...
Lucy G.: I really wish there was something else I could do for you.
Lucy G.: This is the first time I have see a package do that.
Kell: Me, too. Thanks. Couldn't you, like, send an email or something to the local office and ask them to deliver it? They're like a block away. Or I could go over and pick it up
Lucy G.: Let me check my system to check if I can do anything else to assist you.
Kell: I could walk.
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Joined: Jan 13 2010
Veneta 72 overrated? IMPOSSIBLE.

to paraphrase Macklemore's Thrift Shop:

"Veneta's f&#^ing awesome."

Veneta 72 forever and always.

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Joined: May 1 2009
Dick's Pick 19

I found the sound quality on Disc 1 of this set unlistenable,but the rest was fine,

Joined: Jan 18 2009
Sunshine Daydream

....received my limited edition of this last week--watched the dvd first---very cool--brings me back to when I really started goin to many shows--not in that type of setting--mostly E. coast shows--then moved to Cal. late 70's--listend to cd's --when I had time--B-B-Q coolin libations & enhancers to -as was said--close ya eye music--I called it Brain dancing---which what happened last weekend--NICE---I've seenmany shows since 70& on --on & off nites--to me mostly ON---cuz I went to have a GRATEFUL TIME---always did--I read some of these posts & it seems to me -too many critics instead of lettin loose---but there will always be someone who will complain--when they get hung by a gold rope!!!!,laugh,love ALOT--NO WHINERS!!

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Joined: Aug 8 2013
I think the Veneta event is not overrated, but 72'

Has better shows. The location, cause, and filming is all part of the lure and mysticism of this date. The Sing Me Back Home is almost incomparable. The other highlights are great Bird Song, China > Rider, PITB. I think he (Dick) was just talking about the amount of requests compared to other shows from that same era. 8-25-72 only has a small portion of 1st set that I know about and I would rate that as piece (plus Berkeley shows from same week) almost in the same category as Veneta. Not much change can occur stylistically in 36 hours. The other Berkeley shows have a Dark > Morning Dew and Dark Star > El Paso > Dark Star. I don't know why the spike in requests were so much higher because all the set lists from that week are basically the same. My opinion is the lure of the event and more people were exposed to that show from the bootlegs and film. I think some of the reasons for a lack of other late summer or early fall shows is because of tape cuts. I know u rider has a cut in 9-24-72. And in regard, to 9-17-72 the soundboard is missing a piece of Uncle Johns band but the AUD is in optimal sound. The other shows 9-21 and 9-27 are complete. That is a huge reason for any show to be released if it is complete. With that being said the 9-27 show is 1 one of my favorite releases and the theater venue had great sound

Joined: Dec 31 2008

Thanks for those links to Dick's comments. They provide a window into his thinking-- the man really liked 1972-73! He was clearly listening to GD music on a different level, looking for nuances in jams that could elevate a show from ordinary (in his eyes) to extraordinary. We are all doing that to an extent, but he was on a higher level.

I cannot agree with him on Veneta being so overrated. This is a really fine show with great jams. Without the extreme heat, who knows what the band might have done. I have a sneaking suspicion that Dick liked to stay out of mainstream thought. If 9/24/72 was as widely praised and Veneta forgotten, he may very well have been extolling the virtues of 8/27 instead. I had a cassette of 9/24 and this show(8/27) holds up just fine, thank you. Just my opinion.

I wrote on the DVD thread my opinion of this release-- stellar. Great sound, great music, amazing clarity in the film (too much while Pole Man is hovering overhead, though). This release and Dick's comments make me feel silly for wanting the next Dave's pick to be from the 1980s when there is so much great 1972-73 to be heard. We do need some early to mid-1980s though, definitely a hole in the releases.

Joined: Sep 11 2007
dick or dave

I had email exchanges with Dick a few times, in some cases regarding shows that were released well after his death, e.g. 5/10/78. I wonder at times about whether Dick was the prime mover on this or that, pre and post mortem. I think of DP19 from OK City, such a monumental show and for me way preferable to most everything I have heard from that time, including the UCLA show (meh). As well, the sound on Dick's 19 is incredible; it remains one of the very, very best archival releases.

Joined: Feb 3 2012
The Lincoln and Baltimore

The Lincoln and Baltimore shows (DP 28 and 23, respectively) weren't picked by Dick, though -- they came out well after his death. I'm pretty sure Dave picked 'em.

Joined: Feb 2 2010
Dick's Picks

Antonjo was mentioning how Dick downplayed the worth of this show, and I had to chime in about some other interesting Dick revelations. I was reading some of Dick's show notes (per a link someone posted--thank you!), and in them he stated that 9/17/72 wasn't all that great. Funny thing is--it ended up as a Dick's Pick! And he also somewhat badmouthed the Lincoln show from February 1973, and yet that too ended up as a Dick's Pick. I don't know if he later re-listened to those shows in a different state of mind, or if really good source material helped him re-form his opinion or what.


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