By request, a topic for fans and collectors of vinyl recordings, Grateful Dead and otherwise, to talk about it all.
Vinyl and more vinyl
Hey Now! 1st thing I have to say is I'm not the most computer literate person around but Marye was nice enough to set this thread up for those of us that never left our love of vinyl or as in my case have returned. I 1st got the idea when the Dead started re-issuing their catalog. They are so beautiful and of such high quality I wanted to talk to other like minded fans. While this is a Grateful Dead site I don't see anything wrong with spreading our wings. Vinyl is a bit controversial in that digital people think it's old and in the way (sorry couldn't help it) while vinyl fanatics trash talk the digital realm. Me I don't think W W III should start and there is a place for both. When I'm at home sitting in the living room in front of my stereo It's 80% vinyl. Moving around the house I don't think it matters since the music is secondary or in the other room etc. I (along with Neil Young to mention 1) feel the vinyl experience is noticeable. But it's a big world with room enough for everyone. The 1 thing I do feel is MP3 files exist only for convenience. To me the only thing they're good for is when I'm going to S.E. Asia and want lots of music to wile away the hours. One more thing about me. I am (like many of us) a collector. I have an almost 100% vinyl collection of the Dead with each different pressing (green label, Burbank, Shield etc). My pride is the very limited pressing of Vault 1 from Europe. I've heard they only pressed a 1000. So while I know it's the holidays if you have a few minutes chip in. Maybe we collectors can let each other in on some unknown morsel of info
Relic Found In My Collection
I have recently restored my turntable to working order and decided to go find my old records. I was suprised to see that I had saved a selection of Lute music from Germany, when I pulled out the disc I found, to my disapointment and joy, that the label read 'Grateful Dead'. Other than the name TROJAN in techno font across the top and the Side 1 and Side 2 on each side, there was nothing else printied on the label. I had discovered a long lost bootleg that I had no memory of acquriing. I was kind of wanting to hear what that Lute music sounded like too; I must have tossed the original resident ot that cover to have a place to hide the pirate platter. Well I played it. The recording was not very good, but it was obviously the Grateful Dead. Here is a list of the songs that are on the recording. I am not inclined to think that the order that they are presented represents the order in which they were performed, let alone from a single particular show. However, there may be clues in the way the songs are performed and somewhat in the group of songs that were included that will help me put a date not only to the recordings, but also to the manufacture of this particular vinyl copy. Side 1: Cold Rain & Snow/Loser/Deal/? Side 2: Truckin'/?/Casey Jones I have done a search of the TROJAN label on a Dead bootled and have not yet seen anyone else on the network clame to have another one like it. BTW, I have a copy of 'Farewell To Winterland' that has been flatlined due to so much past use. So, now that I have put it out there that I have one of these, maybe someone out there will see this and confirm for me that I don't have the only one. And, maybe has some interesting information of its background and inception. Lapp. ...more to come, pics and clips.
i remember seeing that at a used store and passing on it. i recently thought of that and kicked myself, and i now just did after reading your post!!! i do have a vinyl JG Acoustic Band, which i've rarely seen (it has less cuts than the cd). other cool dead things...compliments of garcia, with the compliments of in black just above garcia, and the white cover version of anthem of the sun...
Can't say for sure w/o listening, but would bet 71-73 era. Bootlegs are nice, but they are kind of controversial in that somebody other than the band profits from their performance in good old capitalistic fashion. That said, I treasure the bootlegs I have, some of which were sold in regional chain department stores.
Jewels in the Crown
None of these are exactly 'Dead-related, but here are a few of the gems in my vinyl collection:- Bad Brains 'Live at CBGB' (limited edition) - Captain Beefheart 'Safe as Milk' and 'Trout Mask Replica' (180 gram re-issues) - Chris Robinson Brotherhood live 10" single (limited edition) - Daniel Higgs 'Say God' (limited edition) - Eric Burdon ''Til Your River Runs Dry' - complete Fugazi collection - King Crimson 'In the Court of the Crimson King', 'In the Wake of Poseidon', and 'Lizard' (200 gram re-issues) - live compilation of the original Mothers of Invention on clear vinyl (limited edition--1 of 500) - Soundgarden 'Telephantasm' 3LP (180 gram) - Suicide 'Ghost Riders' - Useless Eaters 'Hypertension' (limited edition red vinyl--1 of 100) Some of these I consider gems because they're extraodinarily rare, others because I find myself unable to not play them whenever I'm sitting down in front of my turntable.
Anybody go to the record store this past Saturday for Record Store Day? I sure did, and I made out with quite the haul! Gotta go through my pile of goodies and post what I got. Sadly, the store I frequent only got one copy of the 'Dead's release, and I missed out on it.
I went as well
And got most everything that I wanted except the "Rare Cuts"...I'm counting on there being a copy next week at the store. That may be wishful thinking, but it worked for the Black Friday RSD Dead release. Biggest head-scratcher of the day (aside from wondering why I was waiting in line to get in the store 2 hrs after it opened -- I didn't wait 2 hrs, more like 20 minutes, but I got there at 10 am and the store opened at 8 am. Too many people, apparently, for the one cash register) was the Richard Thompson "Salford Sunday" single -- it truly is a single, as side 2 is blank. Huh?
RE: I went as well
You might be out of luck on late deliveries of "Rare Cuts & Oddities"; the RSD folks didn't have the distribution problems they had with last year's Black Friday releases. As for singles with only one playable side, I have a few of those. One is Jack White's "Fly Farm Blues," which has an etching of the Third Man Records logo on the back; another is MGMT's "Metanoia," which has an etching of a referee's whistle on side B; and the third is MGMT's "Siberian Breaks" single from RSD '10. Don't think there's an etching on that last one, but it is on black and blue marble vinyl so it looks like waves on the ocean.
No etching on this one
Just a blank black back, not even a label. There were supposed to be randomly distributed autographed copies, but not the one I got... Last year? Maybe the year before there was a Black Keys 12" single that played from the inside out. That's my favorite RSD "special" that I've picked up, at least so far...
My RSD Haul
My bank account is still bleeding from the massive bite I took out of it, but here's what I walked out of the record store with last Saturday:- The Animals - "The Animals Is Here" - The Animals - "The Animals Are Back" - Syd Barrett - "The Madcap Cries" * - David Bowie - "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" - Grateful Dead - "Aoxomoxoa" * - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - "Album" - Thurston Moore & Loren Connors - "The Only Way to Go Is Straight Through" - Public Image Ltd. - "Public Image b/w The Cowboy Song" - The Sword - "Age of Winters" * - The Sword - "Gods of the Earth" * - Them Crooked Vultures - S/T * - The White Stripes - "Elephant (10th Anniversary)" * non-RSD releases
Truckin' Up To Buffalo Vinyl Box Set!
This classic performance is now receiving its first ever vinyl release, set for January 2015 and available for pre-order now. Spread out over tens sides of audiophile-grade 180gram vinyl, the 157 minute concert has never sounded so good. David Glasser at Airshow Mastering meticulously remastered the audio for vinyl, and lacquers were cut by Grammy Award-winner Bernie Grundman at his Hollywood studio. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, this deluxe release is housed in a unique, hardbound vinyl folio-book. Each copy is individually numbered with a gold-foil stamp. It’s a must-have for any Deadhead audiophile, or any serious Grateful Dead collector. Pre-orders are available now at www.truckinuptobuffalo.com
Mispressed vinyl From the Mars Hotel
Anyone come across an original Grateful Dead Records release From The Mars Hotel with side 1 pressed on both sides. Just wondering if this is a rare occurrence or are there lots of these out there. Thanks!