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    FROM THE MARS HOTEL (50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION) features remastered audio by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer David Glaser, with Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction. Produced for release by Grateful Dead Legacy Manager and Audio Archivist, David Lemieux, the DELUXE EDITION also includes demos of “China Doll” and “Wave That Flag” – the song that became “U.S. Blues” – as well as a previously unreleased live performance of the Grateful Dead at University of Nevada-Reno on 5/12/1974. As the band filled an outdoor football stadium with epic highs like huge “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider,” Mars Hotel cuts including “U.S. Blues” and classics such as “Brown-Eyed Women,” “Tennessee Jed,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Truckin',” “Sugar Magnolia,” a massive wind storm was no match for the Wall of Sound. Designed to improve the listening and performance experience at what were becoming larger gigs and longer, more dynamic and varied sets, the Wall of Sound required 21 stage hands, and underlined the resounding effect the Grateful Dead were having on American audiences and culture at the time, even as the entire operation remained homespun and humble. 

    Recorded in San Francisco’s Coast Recorders studio, FROM THE MARS HOTEL finds Keith Godchaux particularly shining across a variety of keys, from the “China Doll” harpsichord to the pounding piano on Bob Weir’s “Money Money,” to the churchy organ that elevates “Ship Of Fools.” Lyricist Robert Hunter packs “U.S. Blues” with a barrage of imagery, pop-culture references and sardonic asides – as Canadian author Ray Robertson writes in the 50th Anniversary Edition’s liner notes, it “carries an undeniable whiff of late-capitalism ennui…it’s the most fun you’ll ever have dancing to the end of the American Empire.” Jerry Garcia’s jaunty lead guitar drives bouncing melodies across the LP, while guests include Ned Lagin’s unnerving synth effects on “Unbroken Chain,” Clover member John McFee’s country-rock pedal steel on “Pride Of Cucamonga,” and more.

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  • Vguy72
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    Checking out the Angel's Share....

    ....beautiful.
    I'll take Jerry on acoustic during China Doll as the day is long.
    And the days are getting longer.

  • Nick1234
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    RIP Dicky Betts

    That's all.

  • uncle_tripel
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    MONEY MONEY...

    ...jiminmd, yup takin' it to the house! rhino, owned by wmg, large us corporation; new ceo makes mark with successive year layoffs, yup public awareness profits up, . .impacting tech? wmg = warner music group . . can you squeeze some more...
    it's only bucks, you don't need no jack
    so won't you please relax and lay way back

  • daverock
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    1974

    It's a year where each and every show I have heard has held some interest. Even the ones that don't qualify as top banana. I have never heard 5/12/74 before - so I am looking forward to this release.

  • JimInMD
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    QED

    For example, how did I get that last post through when the 14 before that were actually about the GD got snuffed.

    As you were

  • JimInMD
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    Interesting

    Some of the more interesting posts on this thread are the deceptively clever criticisms regarding the posts that would not through to the heycow police

    yes, I'm pretty sure even
    he y n o w
    is a restricted word, or so it appears.

    The good people here trying to honestly comment on the music, culture, stories, shows etc. but were denied and ended up whimsically complaining about the system that snuffed their posts into oblivion. All that remains are comically interesting posts regarding the stupid rhino censorship system they probably spent as much money on as it would be to produce CDs that actually played without skipping, having glue smears, not playing at all after ten years etc. Ok rant over.

    So my suggestion to senor pinkus et al, take the money spent on your wordsmith gestapo crack web design team and us it to make better cds that play well.

    (how'd I do?)

    btw, Reno was ok, agree 74 established a high bar but even the sleepers sound better than the average bear. Even Roanake, Palis des Sports and some of the others deserve some listening love.

  • icecrmcnkd
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    5-12-74 subpar

    74 has a high bar.

    What’s being released from 5-12-74 fits on 2 CD’s, so it works for a 3-CD release. I had the show on cassette in the late 90’s, and have had several digital versions since. Got an upgrade last year. This release should be the best sounding version and is a good choice for the bonus discs because it doesn’t qualify to be a DaP or in a Box. But still needs to be released.

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    I've been listening to every show from 1974 this month. So far Reno 5/12 and Munich 9/14 are the only sub-par performances of the year. The band was a bit rusty after a long time off. No idea what went into the decision to select this date. Maybe no better alternatives for the 50th anniversary release.

  • hendrixfreak
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    Proudfoot is 'dead on'

    Why bother with our outrageously witty banter if we get stymied by HN?

    It's too bad, because many of us met up at shows, traded music, and hyped the releases amongst ourselves. That's got to be good for business. I think a clumsy coder must be doing 'security' for the site and can't write code to block fraudsters without turning everyone else away. HF

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    Caught our 50% worth in a parking lot to the tune of Estimated>Eyes>Drums>Space>NFA from Paris 10/17/81.

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FROM THE MARS HOTEL (50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION) features remastered audio by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer David Glaser, with Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction. Produced for release by Grateful Dead Legacy Manager and Audio Archivist, David Lemieux, the DELUXE EDITION also includes demos of “China Doll” and “Wave That Flag” – the song that became “U.S. Blues” – as well as a previously unreleased live performance of the Grateful Dead at University of Nevada-Reno on 5/12/1974. As the band filled an outdoor football stadium with epic highs like huge “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider,” Mars Hotel cuts including “U.S. Blues” and classics such as “Brown-Eyed Women,” “Tennessee Jed,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Truckin',” “Sugar Magnolia,” a massive wind storm was no match for the Wall of Sound. Designed to improve the listening and performance experience at what were becoming larger gigs and longer, more dynamic and varied sets, the Wall of Sound required 21 stage hands, and underlined the resounding effect the Grateful Dead were having on American audiences and culture at the time, even as the entire operation remained homespun and humble. 

Recorded in San Francisco’s Coast Recorders studio, FROM THE MARS HOTEL finds Keith Godchaux particularly shining across a variety of keys, from the “China Doll” harpsichord to the pounding piano on Bob Weir’s “Money Money,” to the churchy organ that elevates “Ship Of Fools.” Lyricist Robert Hunter packs “U.S. Blues” with a barrage of imagery, pop-culture references and sardonic asides – as Canadian author Ray Robertson writes in the 50th Anniversary Edition’s liner notes, it “carries an undeniable whiff of late-capitalism ennui…it’s the most fun you’ll ever have dancing to the end of the American Empire.” Jerry Garcia’s jaunty lead guitar drives bouncing melodies across the LP, while guests include Ned Lagin’s unnerving synth effects on “Unbroken Chain,” Clover member John McFee’s country-rock pedal steel on “Pride Of Cucamonga,” and more.

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Excited to see the addition of the '74 Reno show, this one is another two-fer.

Keep em coming.

Be Well People!
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Brief personal connection: September 1974, hitchhike to Mt. Tamalpais after accompanying my friend to the SF airport after hitchhiking across the country in search of ... thrills, I guess, at age 16. Turned 17 on the road. Camped on Mt. Tam overnight near the "No Camping" sign. Sat cross-legged watching the waves of the Pacific below, which appeared like grooves on a vinyl record. Had a couple beers with me. Wished I had some pot. Looked between my legs and found numerous half-burned joints, still toke-able. Very pleased. The next day went to the seedy part of San Fran to sell my watch to get a few dollars for food and begin hitchhiking home, via Denver. Walk right past the Mars Hotel. Two months earlier the album had been released and we were in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and bought it, so I knew what the "hotel" looked like. Seedy enough that I (on a mission) didn't enter it. Then it was torn down. Ah, being young and stupid on the road, 50 years ago this summer.
This release looks wonderful. More '74!
Cheers, HF

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This is how they should do ALL the anniversary releases: Remastered album + outtakes + live show from the era.

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Just got the e-announcement from dead dot net. . . Onethebus: The guy on Hoffman was right. Looks like the first road show with the Wall of Sound has only two songs from Mars Hotel. Pretty nice show tho (and duly ordered w/ the green FTMH LP).

I think I finally figured out the Great and Powerful Hey Now: You have to humbly present the Wicked Witch of the West's broomstick on bended knee first. Onward.

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How you get that long post through HF?
Cheers

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What happened to promised land on the reno show?

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Sweet! Take my money.

Next, October 74.

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I found this show good, but not RJ…
But hey at least they didn’t cheese out with one disc this time!
And at least it wasn’t cut up tib bits, though kinda thought maybe rest of 6/26 or 6/22, but a nice surprise non the less!
More 74 is muy bien!

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Instant pre-order. Looking forward to the demo's and live show. Roll on summer solstice.

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1st show, maybe if one gets up a bit foggy (a little of this, a little of that last night, with Telecaster) and doesn't think -- my forte -- and just type a story it slides through, courtesy of The Grease??

Dunno. It worked. HF

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In the top 10 of all-time great Dead shows.

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But welcomed. I have a rather rough recording of 5/12/74 so this is definitely shelf worthy.

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Gonna guess there were problems with levels or the mix. edit/update - yep, I realized I have a copy of this show. The Promised Land was not worth keeping.

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I was at this show. I tried to share a few memories, but got HNd.

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Strange that Bear Family cds can stretch up to 87 minutes in length, and still sound great. Not that I'm bothered about the exclusion of Promised Land. It's my favourite of their Chuck covers, but I'm quite happy with however many versions I already have.
This looks like a great release.

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I listened to my vinyl copy of the album last night in anticipation of the 50th anniversary! So excited for the re-release!

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The fix is plug in code they can paste in 5 minutes if they wanted to. But the web team did update a few minutes ago when they corrected the misspelled logo on the home page, so they are around. Just unwilling, it seems. I still cant wait for Mars Hotel

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Just placed my order. The release date is the day after we see Dead and Co. in Vegas.

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A good, but not grate show.
Glad to see it released, had it on cassette years ago and have upgraded the digital version a couple of times. I expect the Normanized version to sound even better.
I heard or read before that because of the Wall of Sound the music could be heard in Sparks.
People complained…..

If you didn’t know the saying, “Reno is so close to hell you can see Sparks”

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Wait this is a thing? I didn't know that!

Nevermind, I went and looked this up.

Interesting, I also see reference to "overburning", something else I didn't know you could do. Darn! I wish I'd known this stuff earlier... I think of all of the CD-Rs I've burned that are missing one track because the total time would come to 80 : 31 or whatever... I had no idea one could go past that fabled 80 min mark

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May not work with CD-R’s, just commercially pressed CD’s?

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I have burnt 100s of cds with overburn. I was able to fit 82 minutes and 30 seconds which frequently came in handy when burning 2 slightly more than 40 minute lps. In addition with the very nonredbook 900mg discs I could put just over 92 minutes. For example the 2 cd boot of Neil’s complete Austin City Limits. Unfortunately that computer died last year after 20 years! Of heavy service and many 1000s of discs

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Well hot damn! I was just about to place my order and all of a sudden it's sold out. Oh well. Maybe those of us who waited a tad too long will get lucky and they'll find some more in stock. One can hope.

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Check out the Charlie Miller soundboard on the archive and you will find out why Promised Land was cut.
Even if it wasn't a spacing issue, the mix on that song is horrible compared to the rest of the show.
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I used to have a cassette (maybe still do somewhere) with instrumental versions of many of the tunes on Mars Hotel, including a great Unbroken Chain and a sublime take on Pride of Cucamonga, pre-pedal steel with Jerry bending notes where the pedal steel licks would eventually go. Also, a beautiful Ship of Fools.
I write all this because I’m surprised these alternate studio takes haven’t seen official release. They would make great bonus material and be well loved.

....they have one of those zoetrope vinyl versions. Just sayin'.
I also see....that it shows the CD out of stock as well. And I hadn't ordered it yet. Oof. Sometimes life gets in the way or laziness rears it's head.
Then again. It's dead.net. We shall see.

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Just checked my emails (usually once or twice a day) and the CD offer is already sold out!? WOW. Day One, really? WTF??? Release more please.

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Don't worry Kenco. These are not limited. Not sure why they are currently unavailable, but they will be back. I have seen this happen before. You can always grab a copy on Amazon if they end up actually being sold out here.

This will be my fourth Mars Hotel CD purchase since the 80s. Looking forward to the Nevada show.

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Interesting how this now can't be preordered. No mention of being limited edition.

Yet the actual limited to 3000 units edition vinyl is actually still available.

Also notice the limited poster is still available.

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....this poster has it.
I have no idea what the hell it is but it sounds fancy. A hundred bucks worth of fancy I guess.
Then again, I Pre-ordered a UV type record of DSOTM, so I should probably be quiet and pick up my china doll.

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Didn’t want to risk it so I ended up ordering one from Jeff Bezos in case this was really sold out here (although yeah that would be surprising considering this isn’t even a limited release as others mentioned). No way am I passing up another 74 show! I’m still mad at myself for getting rid of my old Dick’s Picks 7 several years ago since I didn’t truly listen to it much. That was before realizing how great that year and general timeframe 72-74) is.

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* ‘Mars Hotel’ 50th Anniversary
…..’oh Boy’ I’m so excited for this celebration and release! One of my favorite albums from the Grateful Dead! The unreleased show included is ‘Primo’! Another 1974 performance is golden! The audio quality is ‘superb & truly high quality mastering. A “home run” IMHO! Have a grateful day everyone & peace be witch you all my brothers and sisters! Long live the Grateful Dead! Let the music fill the air everywhere! I’m so excited for this release.
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Hey SearchLight: is this maybe what you remember having a cassette of?:

archive dot org/details/gd74-12-xx.mars-hotel.12468.sbeok.shnf

After three full-tilt tracks, the rest is instrumental.

(The 3-CD remaster is back on sale.)

Set 1:
Promised Land, Sugaree, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Brown-Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider.
Set 2:
El Paso, U.S. Blues, Greatest Story Ever Told, It Must Have Been The Roses, Me And Bobby McGee, Deal, Around And Around, Mississippi Half-Step.
Set 3:
Truckin'> Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam> The Other One> Mind Left Body Jam> Row Jimmy, Big River, Ship Of Fools.
Encore:
Sugar Magnolia

This list is from "the Setlist Program" so I really can't be 100% accurate here. I have never streamed this show I only had it on a 90-minute tape of 5/12/74. The complete show may not exist in the Vault. I believe this is their 1000th show, more or less, if you include the Magoo's Pizza Parlor gigs.

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Available for pre-order again.
Step right up.
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It also now available on Amazon, which is a no brainer for me, since shipping charges are zero, and one day delivery.
Don't lend your hand to raise no flag
Atop no ship of fools

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so much HN

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Very tasty

I loves me Port Chester GD

I really x100 wish crisp soundboards of all the 1970 shows there existed

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Hey rockers!!!

Ordered it, no problem. Not a huge fan of Mars Hotel, but looking forward to Reno.........

Speaking of Nevada, it's March 29. Time to crank up the Ice Palace!!!!

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.....

Rock on,

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Proudfoot mentions SBDs, I just happened to be wondering the other day about multi-tracks. Three from the Vault is a multi-track recording correct? So are the Workingman's Dead and American Beauty bonus shows also multitracks? Did they record the entire run like that?

I thought about getting an FM bootleg of the 20th but I have not....

Ah boards of the 1970 shows, I see...

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