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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bolo24's picture
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!

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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 (Please do not quote me on this.)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!

claney's picture
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.

marye's picture
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!

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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Joined: May 17 2011
It's All That

I have always loved the film, even though I only saw sub-par bootleg versions in the years prior to the 2013 "Meet up at the Movies" event. Now I can finally indulge in the real deal whenever I want. It's amazing in every way -- the relentless sun, the naked hippies, the obvious lysergic fortification. I even love the animation during Dark Star. And the Pole Guy is hilarious. Why does he finally put some shorts on? The way the movie winds down into Sing Me Back Home in the failing light is sublime. Jerry and Donna's vocals are so intensely emotional.

The CDs sound pretty good, considering the age of the tapes. There is certainly more attention paid to the mix than there was on the Europe '72 box (don't get me started). I'm not convinced the A-to-D transfer is ideal, although I know the Plangent Process ostensibly corrects pitch, wow and flutter issues. Does it degrade the sound while it does its magic? I hope not.

I really love the packaging. The slipcase is silky smooth and the heavy partitions hold the discs like precious gems. It's kind of overkill if you ask me, but it is very classy. The book is fantastic. Nicholas Meriwether does his job proud as researcher and archivist. This is my fave of all the official releases thus far. I can't imagine anything ever beating it.

Joined: Jun 17 2007
Many thanks for the tunes and views! 8/27/72

Just received my copy of Sunshine Daydream on Friday and have immersed myself in the music and images! After seeing the film at August's Meet Up At The Movies, I was sold on hearing this one mixed so beautifully. Since first hearing this show (Dark Star> El Paso) in '87 (a la a hiss-filled, multi-gen tape), it is a treat now to hear and see the subtleties in Bird Song, Dark Star.....Sugar Mag and the amazing work from everyone.

Thank you Jeffrey, David and the whole crew for a fabulous job on this release!

Joined: Jun 7 2007
So true. Phil was completely

So true. Phil was completely on for this whole experience. This show is like one extended education in bass form and function. From Bach to rock and roll.

Joined: Sep 22 2013
Hey. Is it just me, or is

Hey. Is it just me, or is anyone else having trouble removing the discs from the tie-dye box? Almost as if it's glued inside.


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