Grateful Dead

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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: 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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Joined: Nov 25 2009

Yep, 15 night run. Acoustic set followed by 2 electric sets. Fun and tiring!

I postponed a business trip so I could go to 12 of the shows. Someone told my boss what I did, and he got pretty ticked off. So I took him to what turned out to be a great show. He was cool with everything after that!

Joined: Apr 30 2012

And I thought the Closing of Winterland was good. This is as good as good can get, I love it.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
The Next Big Thing

So somehow before I have even absorbed GDSD in HDCD, I feel compelled to speculate on the next big thing. While testing new speakers I landed on the bonus material from Reckoning. Heaven Help the Fool / Sage and Spirit / Little Sadie....this is beautiful, rare, acoustic nirvana. 1980 sits comfortably at the midway peak between 1965 and 1995.

I seem to recall reading that the Radio City Music Shows are missing from the Vault, having been sacrificed to the production gods that dropped the original Reckoning LP. (Please do not quote me on this.)

But tonight's personal revelation (for me) looking at the liner notes on the Reckoning re-release is that there appears to be a string of similar shows at the Warfield Theatre just prior to the Radio City Music Hall shows.

Is this true? Were they acoustic?

What a great run ALL OF these shows would be!

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Nancy's Bluegrass Veneta

Mary - Yes, you can get Nancy's products all the way out here in western Massachusetts (at natural food stores and CO-OPS). Funny though, now we buy that stuff from local farmers as much as possible. Now Nancy's is the big national corporation, lol.

Speaking of Western Massachusetts, I'm still glowing from the amazing Fresh Grass Bluegrass Festival this past weekend at Mass MoCA (same place that hosts the Wilco fest). The lineup was just freakishly great, and what a time... so even though I got Veneta on Friday, ironically a live music festival has kept me from delving in much yet. (My festival faves: Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters, Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, Dan Zanes/Elizabeth Mitchell, Lake Street Dive, Gibson Brothers... oh man too many to mention)

But to echo others: Glad I got the deluxe set. Love the booklet - starting with Dave's hilarious "About F-cking Time" essay, Dworks' always welcome perspective, and best of all the historical essay from Nick M. As a historian (okay, well, actually, community college history professor) myself I really admire the way he's contextualizing those archival sources.

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Joined: May 26 2007
I dunno if it's in stores where you live

but we can get Nancy's products here in the bay area. I particularly recommend the cream cheese, as it's the only one I've found that doesn't have emulsifiers and other extraneous stuff in it.

A little bit of continuity!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
all that indeed

Very happy that I got the exclusive version. The book, the slipcase that keeps everything safe (and feels great to the touch--weird, right? but it does), and especially the "Grateful Days" documentary, all feel like essential pieces of a complete presentation & appreciation of this event. I thought the docu was great, telling the story of why & how this show came about, which I really didn't know. It's as much a documentary on the Springfield Creamery as anything, which is very true to the vision originally pitched to Jerry by the filmmakers--and which he pointedly stressed in his affirmative response to their endeavor--in showcasing the overall cultural landscape rather than just the band. And it sets up viewing of the main event really endearingly.
(Quite the distinguished cast of oral historians. Is Nancy adorable, or what?)

I've had some barely-legal edit of Sunshine Daydream for a few years, only watched it once, and didn't file it under any special impression in my memory banks. My thought after watching the restored version last night is, what's not to love? Of course, Bird Song wasn't on my old version! But I really enjoyed everything about it this time.

Per the link someone posted below, I've gotta differ with Dick on this one. I not only don't agree this show is overrated; I'm not even sure it ever COULD be overrated. This was clearly a magical day for all in attendance, a historical one in the Dead's & Pranksters' confluent stories, and the tapes & visuals don't lie--the band is in great spirits, and the music is inspired & hot. Nothing too rare in the setlist, probably less intensely focused than most of Europe 72, and a less heat-challenged afternoon might've even yielded more songs played. But there couldn't be a more quintessential demonstration of what the Dead was about and what made them great, musically and culturally. Maybe it took 40 years for confirmation, but the filmmakers did succeed in putting time--a beautiful moment of time--in a bottle on this day.

(Ha! I'm not sure why Pole Guy finally put his shorts on, either. But I must confess I'm glad he finally did.)


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