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    heatherlew
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    2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's eponymous debut studio album. What better way to celebrate than with a special album reissue series that will include two-disc deluxe editions and limited edition vinyl picture disc versions of all the group’s studio and live albums! These two-disc deluxe editions will include the original album with newly remastered sound, plus a bonus disc of unreleased recordings.

    THE GRATEFUL DEAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION contains the original album — newly remastered from the original tapes by David Glasser, and restored by Plangent Processes — along with a bonus disc that features the complete unreleased concert from July 29th, 1966 and select cuts from July 30th, 1966 at the P.N.E. Garden Auditorium in British Columbia, mastered by Jeffrey Norman. Only a few recordings from the Dead’s first two years exist, but each one reveals corners of the band’s repertoire not captured anywhere else. That’s especially true here, with three songs making their last appearance on any surviving Dead recording: “Standing On The Corner,” “You Don’t Have To Ask Me,” and “Cardboard Cowboy.”

    SHIPS 1/20/2017

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    So...its that time of year...why the mystery?
    March 2017 the kick off of the Anniversary Series, and it was pretty depressing to hear at the time that the releases were not going to be spaced a few a year, but is Anthem coming out? https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7717115/grateful-dead-50th-anni… Outlined Rhino's grand plan and one would have thought there would be an announcement of some kind by now. Also around this time is the announcement for the year's big box so we can all get annoyed on how we can bot get our orders through on the first day or two. How about simply acknowledging these are happening, even if one can't get into to many details. Its kinnda like working somewhere were management does not let you know someone gave notice to quit until that person's last day. Bad for morale. And in this world, at this time, we all could use a little sunshine. What gives? And by the way...speed up the releases for the 50th Anniversary series (if it is going to continue).
  • March 3, 2018 - 3:43am
    John Bonham
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    Anthem bonus disc
    Either one of the Jan '68 Seattle shows, or 8-21-68 Fillmore West
  • January 9, 2018 - 11:42am
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    Elevators
    I haven't heard that about the Elevators influencing the Dead. I don't think its true. There's an interview out there from 66 where Garcia mentions them as a band that sounds like the GD, he gets their name wrong though. Garcia wasn't shy about naming his influences, and knew a lot about many other local bands (in the same interview IIRC they inform the DJ that a certain band is no longer together.) It's at the Grateful Dead sources blog if you want to check it out - they are organized by year.
  • November 22, 2017 - 8:37am
    dobrodoom777
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    What? Elevators cover!!!?
    Can you pm me or let me know where to score this. I have heard that when the Elevators reached California that the Dead really dug them and that's when they started to improvise more. Not saying it's true, just something I read.But now I find out that they cover an Elevators tune???! This has me foaming at the mouth to hear it. Anu help would be gratefully appreciated!
  • November 22, 2017 - 8:29am
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    I think that it could/should have been a 3 disc set
    I love the release, don't get me wrong.However like others have stated, the Mono mix would have fit onto the first disc,easy peasy. As for a second disc, I think it would have been nice to get the bonus tracks from the reissue from awhile back. Then I believe they could have filled the rest with other out-takes, maybe the other track from the Fire In The City single, and I'm going to guess there are enough demos and whatnot to fill the rest of my "dreamer version" Then the 3rd disc I have zero complaints about! Just my 2¢ E-Dub
  • November 22, 2017 - 8:12am
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    Psychedelic 13th Floor Elevators
    I am a big fan of the Elevators too! So thankful that I got to see Roky Erickson a fee months back in Asheville NC. He sat down but hot-diggity-damn he played and sang his SOUL out. Very thankful I finally got to see that Legend. If anyone gets the chance, do not hesitate!!!!Peace, E-Dub
  • September 17, 2017 - 7:15am
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    A Must Have
    I have many versions now of this - but it's a must have. Why? It was this Viola Lee Blues that turned me on to the Dead. I'm curios to see if this remastering fixed some of the known issues with the original, like it being too fast. I love the early Dead so the 66 show is a sweet bonus.
  • June 16, 2017 - 2:54pm
    craigeyler
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    Byrds Baby Blue
    There's a great studio version of Baby Blue on the expanded CD version of 'Never Before', if you can still find it.
  • June 16, 2017 - 2:47pm
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    Vintage & Historic
    Vintage is great all the way through, sound quality-wise. Half of Historic is good quality too, but half is pretty much unreleasable. I'd settle for Vintage plus the two good quality songs from Historic as a release. That version of Baby Blue remains my favorite version ever.
  • June 16, 2017 - 2:43pm
    craigeyler
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    Anthem live disc
    A lot of material from Seattle '68 came with the Road Trips Carousel '68 set, so it would be great if Portland was the second disc with Anthem. Eureka or Ashland would be good too, if there is enough material to fill the second disc. I'd love to hear Clementine too. Great song, not played nearly enough at the time. I'm sure they had something specific in mind for those early years when they announced the 50th anniversary re-master project. It'd be a little embarrassing to have to say "Oh shit...we got nothin'."
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2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's eponymous debut studio album. What better way to celebrate than with a special album reissue series that will include two-disc deluxe editions and limited edition vinyl picture disc versions of all the group’s studio and live albums! These two-disc deluxe editions will include the original album with newly remastered sound, plus a bonus disc of unreleased recordings.

THE GRATEFUL DEAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION contains the original album — newly remastered from the original tapes by David Glasser, and restored by Plangent Processes — along with a bonus disc that features the complete unreleased concert from July 29th, 1966 and select cuts from July 30th, 1966 at the P.N.E. Garden Auditorium in British Columbia, mastered by Jeffrey Norman. Only a few recordings from the Dead’s first two years exist, but each one reveals corners of the band’s repertoire not captured anywhere else. That’s especially true here, with three songs making their last appearance on any surviving Dead recording: “Standing On The Corner,” “You Don’t Have To Ask Me,” and “Cardboard Cowboy.”

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Vintage is great all the way through, sound quality-wise. Half of Historic is good quality too, but half is pretty much unreleasable. I'd settle for Vintage plus the two good quality songs from Historic as a release. That version of Baby Blue remains my favorite version ever.
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There's a great studio version of Baby Blue on the expanded CD version of 'Never Before', if you can still find it.
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I have many versions now of this - but it's a must have. Why? It was this Viola Lee Blues that turned me on to the Dead. I'm curios to see if this remastering fixed some of the known issues with the original, like it being too fast. I love the early Dead so the 66 show is a sweet bonus.
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I am a big fan of the Elevators too! So thankful that I got to see Roky Erickson a fee months back in Asheville NC. He sat down but hot-diggity-damn he played and sang his SOUL out. Very thankful I finally got to see that Legend. If anyone gets the chance, do not hesitate!!!!Peace, E-Dub
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I love the release, don't get me wrong.However like others have stated, the Mono mix would have fit onto the first disc,easy peasy. As for a second disc, I think it would have been nice to get the bonus tracks from the reissue from awhile back. Then I believe they could have filled the rest with other out-takes, maybe the other track from the Fire In The City single, and I'm going to guess there are enough demos and whatnot to fill the rest of my "dreamer version" Then the 3rd disc I have zero complaints about! Just my 2¢ E-Dub
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Can you pm me or let me know where to score this. I have heard that when the Elevators reached California that the Dead really dug them and that's when they started to improvise more. Not saying it's true, just something I read.But now I find out that they cover an Elevators tune???! This has me foaming at the mouth to hear it. Anu help would be gratefully appreciated!
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I haven't heard that about the Elevators influencing the Dead. I don't think its true. There's an interview out there from 66 where Garcia mentions them as a band that sounds like the GD, he gets their name wrong though. Garcia wasn't shy about naming his influences, and knew a lot about many other local bands (in the same interview IIRC they inform the DJ that a certain band is no longer together.) It's at the Grateful Dead sources blog if you want to check it out - they are organized by year.
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Either one of the Jan '68 Seattle shows, or 8-21-68 Fillmore West
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March 2017 the kick off of the Anniversary Series, and it was pretty depressing to hear at the time that the releases were not going to be spaced a few a year, but is Anthem coming out? https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7717115/grateful-dead-50th-anni… Outlined Rhino's grand plan and one would have thought there would be an announcement of some kind by now. Also around this time is the announcement for the year's big box so we can all get annoyed on how we can bot get our orders through on the first day or two. How about simply acknowledging these are happening, even if one can't get into to many details. Its kinnda like working somewhere were management does not let you know someone gave notice to quit until that person's last day. Bad for morale. And in this world, at this time, we all could use a little sunshine. What gives? And by the way...speed up the releases for the 50th Anniversary series (if it is going to continue).
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