Welcome to the Sunshine Daydream Boutique.
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…
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So now a flood of "Veneta Kids" will force Furthur, Phil & Friends, etc. to start playing stadium shows? ;-)
Congratulations to everyone in the GD organization and their afiliates who busted tail to finally give us the legendary show from August 27,1972. A week later in Boulder I saw an amazing 3 set show: still hoping for a better recording of that long, strange show.
In regard to the previous posts re Oklahoma City in 1973, some shows from that year seem to have inferior sound quality, notably from February (tape deterioration?). I think the best of 1973 is still to come: February through October all offer great performances.
I love the November releases from California and Colorado, and enjoy the December shows from Cincinnati, Cleveland and Tampa.
1. If there ever was a t-shirt that should be printed and put up for sale (unless it is already somewhere?) it would be the blue Jerry tee that Steve Parrish was sporting at Veneta. I'd buy two immediately.
2. How funny that after all these years, SSDD actually gets not just billboard placement, but top 20! It's interesting from a social aspect how long it takes the rest of the world to find interest in what we've known for so many years.......that GD is THE band. Jerry absolutely has to be laughing his ass off over this recognition. :)))))
3. I just have to say, again, a great big THANK YOU to all involved who made the cds and the dvd restoration a reality. Spectacular!
Re: Dick's Picks 19, disc one
This is internet BS 101, incorrect and extreme/ugly opinion post without factual basis. Unlistenable might imply that someone at Rhino or GDM didn't do their job right, or that you have something wrong with your auditory sense, not sure in this case. I think we more than most rock fans know what an unlistenable tape/CD sounds like, is this ain't it. In fact, it sounds REALLY QUITE GOOD. And the performance? OK, got that part. I like it, disc one is good enough, for me anyway, to set the stage for discs two and three. DP19 was a great release, and by '73 standards or any other I am pretty sure this dog hunts.
If any of us were with ten knowledgeable, reasonable and experienced Deadheads in a room and we cranked up disc one, would there even be a second guy who says, "Ugh, this is unlistenable."
There would not be. And kudos to Dave Lemeiux also for DP19 AND for serving up the great Road Trips 4.3 before UCLA.
I know we are off-topic here, but I have to agree with a previous poster that the first disc of DP19 is pretty much unlistenable. It's too hissy, and the performances are weak. Things finally heat up on disc two in the Playing jam, and certainly disc three holds some big moments. Mine has the 9-9 misprint on the back. Overall, this is my least favorite 1973 release, and it made me doubt the supposed powers of this year. Things are better now!
My copy has that too. Ordered my copy when it first became available *gasp* 13 years ago. I haven't listened to that one in a while.
Possibly my favorite '73 release is DP 14 from Boston Music Hall. The second disc is what I have listened to the most from this set.
Pulling this one out for the first time in years, here are my thoughts on the first few songs of the first set on disc one...
Like many live recordings mixed in real time, it takes a few minutes to get the sound dialed in. It starts out with a little hiss and guitars are absent in the mix and the keyboards clip. By the end of the song, the mix is mostly on. By the second song, the sound gets dialed in, though oddly enough, ,one or both guitars sound a little out of tune and flat, but that too improves by the end of the song. Mexicali has a little mixing weirdness as well. Jerry's guitar and Bobs vocal levels drop in and out a little bit. By Tennessee Jed, for the most part, all auditory issues seem to be ironed out. By Looks Like Rain, the mix is spot on. A very listenable release imho.
This is mentioned on the cover:
Despite a rather skeevy ouverture, the sound quality of this release quickly settles into a nice, warm groove. Listen closely, however, for you may just find that your mind will be blown by the music contained herein,"
"Dick's Picks differs from our From The Vault series in that we simply did not have access to complete shows (nor the modern mixing capabilities afforded by multitrack tapes) But we think the historical value and musical quality of these tapes more than compensates for any technical anomalies... In other words what you hear is what you get. And what you get ain't bad!"
Personally, I'm all about the historical value of any of the recorded medium they used at any particular time, warts and all. Bring on the uncirculated soundboards from '84 - '87....all of them!!!!
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Back to Sunshine Daydream, I've listened to the CDs a few times now and like the fact that the time was taken to mix these from the 16 track tapes artfully. Tasteful use of modern processing to bring out the mix on certain individual elements. So far, any tape patches from the 2 track soundboard mix to fill in (if any) reel tape change overs have gone unnoticeable to my ears.
For checking. I always wondered about that printing error, the Row jimmy is very enjoyable. As is most of the others from that night
mine too, never noticed that...
Does anybody have this show and if they do? The setlist on the back of my copy from the original release has El Paso and Row Jimmy listed as Track 9 and Track 9. Even though it should be 9 and 10. Any body else have this listed on back of CD case?
From danc: "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."
That definitely falls into the annals of the unexpected!
I agree that Dick was a contrarian and his views on Veneta were thusly distorted. I only wish he were still around (maybe he is, if danc is right!) to hear what Jeffrey Norman and the Plangent Process have produced. This is great stuff that sounds crisp and clean on appropriate hardware/software.
Listening to the clarity of this show, I can hardly believe that it comes from a forty-plus year old live source in 100 degree Oregon heat oozing with Orange Sunshine.
It sounds more like studio perfection to me. I think Dick woulda dug it.