The fourth and last 2012 release in the "Dave's Picks" series will
be released 1 November, presenting the complete show from 24th September
1976 at the "College of William and Mary" in Williamsburg, Virginia.
It is far from the first release from that year - actually a sequence
from this show (Playing in the Band> supplication> Playing reprise)was
included on the "Live at the Cow Palace" bonus CD. The entire show
has previously been available in less official versions, but it
has nevertheless been so highly esteemed that it is found worthy
of 'the full treatment' as Dave's
Picks Volume 4. Because of experience we have ordered
a few extra non-subscription copies; these can be pre.ordered already.
If all goes well the package will reach our subscribers by the middle
of November. Around that time, the subscription for next year's
Dave's Picks will probably be announced as well. Conditions and
prices are expected to be roughly the same as this year.
The series of
live releases by the Jerry Garcia Band in all its various constellations
have for various reasons been quiet for a few years, but now a new
series called "GarciaLive"
is on the way. The first album, released 16th November, is a 24-track
recording at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey 1 March 1980,
two full concerts (early + late shows) on three CDs. Robert Hunter
appears as a guest in 'the late show' on two songs from his solo
repertoire: 'Tiger Rose "and" Promontory Rider'. Pre-orders are
festival in 1969 continues to generate new releases. Most people
have probably seen the original movie in the theater and heard one
or more of the LP or CD sets, and over the years, the film has been
re-released in several extended versions and "Director's Cuts".
The most complete version, "Woodstock
Ultimate Collection" on 4 DVDs, or 2 Blu-Ray discs, includes
a 4-hour version of the film and just over 3 hours of bonus features
and extra music. Grateful Dead has been totally absent from the
previous versions, as their concert - which took place at night
in the middle of a rain and thunderstorm - was not particularly
successful. Nevertheless, a single number has been included, a 36-minute
version of 'Turn On Your Love Light', which can't be all bad. It
is of course also the reason why it is now for sale on Dancingbear.dk.
The preordered copies of the "Spring
1990" box set have been sent out, but we still have
a couple left in stock. There is a plethora of bonus material in
the box - from books to photos and backstage passes - as you can
see in a short video on www.dead.net showing the unpacking of the
box. But of course the music is the main thing, and the playing
and singing on this tour, often called "the last great tour",
has tremendous energy and drive. If you need further proof, just
listen to the previous releases "Without a Net", "Terrapin
Limited", and "Dozin' at the Knick", all from the
same period. There is also a 2-CD compilation albums of highlights
from the boxset just around the corner: "Spring
1990: So Glad You Made It". This favourably priced item
is (of course) not a "Limited Edition" release.
and Merl Saunders' stint at "The Keystone Club" in 1973
is documented on several CDs, not to mention the original "Live
at Keystone" double album which offered most of us the first
glimpse of Garcia as a solo artist. Now, the complete Keystone recordings
are being released as a 4-CD box set "Keystone
Companions", including several never before heard
alternate takes. For anyone not in possession of all the existing
Keystone CDs, this a very attractive offering. And the band, which
also features John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt, ranks among the best
of the many Jerry Garcia Bands.
Other new items:
The DVD documentary "Dawn
of the Dead" (not to be confused with the zombie
thriller bearing the same name!) maps the early years of the Grateful
Dead and the San Francisco scene, in recent interviews and rare
vintage film clips from a variety of sources. Very informative and
well put together.
Dead's Jukebox" can be viewed as a follow-up and
supplement to "The Music Never Stopped" from 1995, i.e.
original-artist versions of some of the numerous covers played by
the Grateful Dead throughout the years. Incredibly, only 3 cuts
are duplicated on the two - entirely independent - releases. There
are even a few examples of jazz and neo-classical music on the disc,
music that were never played by the Dead, but cited as inspiration
by band members.
Finally, a new
studio album by Little Feat: "Rooster
Rag". The Grateful Dead connection may be hard to
spot, but like many times before, the link is Robert Hunter. Working
with keyboardist Bill Payne, Hunter has penned 4 new songs for this
CD, which, taken as a whole, is a very pleasant offering with the
instantly recognisable Little Feat sound and style. Highly recommended!
This year's box set from Grateful Dead has just been announced:
1990", it contains 6 complete shows from as many East
cost cities. It will be a hefty item, so let me quote directly from
the promo material: What´s Inside: - 60 page hardcover Smyth-Sewn
book featuring essays by Dennis McNally, David Lemieux, and Blair
Jackson and photos by Jim Anderson & Mike Laurentis ? 25th Anniversary
Tour Program - Official Band Letters - Ticket Stubs - 6 Cloth Sticker
Backstage Passes - 1 Tour Laminate - Official 1990 Band publicity
shot - 6 complete shows on 18 discs - 3/16/90 Capital Center, Landover,
MD - 3/19/90 Civic Center, Hartford, CT - 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum,
Hamilton, ON, Canada - 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY -
3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY - 4/2/90 The Omni, Atlanta,
GA. Recorded by long-time Grateful Dead audio engineer John Cutler
Mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD Original art by Wes Lang Individually
Numbered, Limited Edition of 9,000 Yes you saw right: Only 9000
copies! "They" guarantee (or threaten) that there will be no later
download options or single-show releases from the box. The price
on the Dancing Bear website will be DKK 2068 (278 EUR) + shipping..
The unit price pr. CD comes very close to the earlier Winterland
box sets, even though "Spring 1990" contains a lot more extra stuff.
Later in September
follows the release of a 2-CD set: "Spring
1990: So Glad You Made It" with highlights from the big
box. This set is NOT a Limited Edition and will sell at a very attractive
Summer is almost
over, so it's near the time for the next Dave's Picks release, where
we turn our attention to 1971. The complete concert from 22 October
in the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago occupies the first two CDs,
while the third contains the best from the night before, same place.
It was Keith's first tour with the Dead, which you will not guess
when you hear his close interaction with the new colleagues (also
check DP 2 and RT 3.2). We get to hear many of the new songs that
unfolded in earnest on the European tour six months later. Should
anyone of you regret that he/she did not subscribe back in December,
be advised that there is actually a single subscription still available. The
lucky winner will be supplied with 3-CD package + bonus CD at once.
In addition, there will be a single copy of volume 3 sold without
a subscription (and without the bonus CD).
summer NRPS (The New Rides of the Purple Sage) released their new
CD "17 Pine Avenue" which includes 7 new songs written by David
Nelson and Robert Hunter. The current version of NRPS includes the
former Hot Tuna guitarist Michael Falzarano; pedal steel-veteran
Buddy Cage ensures that the characteristic NRPS sound is still recognizable.
Mickey Hart shows
no signs of wanting to retire: His newest constellation, The Mickey
Hart Band, has just released the CD "Mystery Tremendum". If you
listen to the free audio clips on his website (www.mickeyhart.net/download/) you
will discover that the band is not primarily a percussion ensemble,
like some of Hart's former bands, but actually sounds more like
the "official" Dead-successors Furthur, The Other Ones, etc.. However,
there is no Dead cover songs on their new CD.
entitled "The Music Never Stopped", based on real events, is about
a 40-something man who sustained a brain injury that causes him
to believe that he is still in 1968 as a teenager, where he was
hooked om the music of that time: The Beatles, Dylan, CSN & Y, and
- not least - The Grateful Dead. To get in touch with his son, his
father, who used to listen only to jazz, must learn to appreciate
his son's taste in music, culminating when they go to a Grateful Dead
concert together, faithfully reconstructed with actors (though not
particularly lifelike!) lip-synching to "Touch of Grey" and others.
It is a good and quite touching film with first-rate actors in the
central parts, including Julia Ormond in the role of a music therapist.
The film is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The first of 2012’s live releases in the ”Dave’s Picks” series,
recorded at The
Mosque, Richmond, Virginia 5/25/77, has been sent to
our subscribers. It is still possible to buy this set separately
and we even have a few subscription packages available still. But
time is runnning out, and when all 12.000 sets are gone, they’re
gone for good. The next ”Dave’s Picks” release, out in May, will
be Dillon Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, 7/31/74. It comes with
a “subscribers only” bonus CD featuring a choice selection from
Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, 7/29/74.
2009 we announced the release of the "Grateful Dead Scrapbook" thus:
The "Grateful Dead Scrapbook" is not just a book,
it is also a sprawling collection of souvenirs from the Grateful
Dead archives: Backstage passes, hand-written setlists (yes, they
do exist!), fold-out posters, photos, and much more. Plus a CD of
previously unreleased David Gans interviews with Jerry Garcia. The
whole bunch of memorabilia is interspersed with a chronological
64-page essay by Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, presented
in a hard-cover cassette. You want more, you say? OK, here's more:
The Deluxe Edition is delivered in it's own red velvet-lined box.
Books are individually numbered and contain, on top of all the stuff
mentioned above, an ORIGINAL concert ticked (elapsed, alas!), and
a DVD with rare live recordings, even one from our own back yard:
"It Hurts Me Too" from the Tivoli, 17 April 1972. I guess we have
to mention the price too? It's about three times as much as the
Standard Edition. Sorry, but that's the way it is.
it isn’t! Right now the Deluxe Edition is on sale at 70 Euro, that’s
30% off. Again, we can’t guarantee how long the offer will hold,
so don’t deliberate too long.
years, the Grateful Dead video catalogue has been steadily dwindling
before our very eyes. Last year we finally had a glimpse of hope
with the re-release of the Grateful Dead Movie, this time in the
Blu-ray format. And in a month’s time – April 17th to be precise
– we get the whole goodie-bag all at once! The DVD box set "All
The Years Combine" contains alle the Grateful Dead’s
video releases from the GDMovie to "Truckin' Up To Buffalo". Two
sets are released on DVD for the first time ever in Europe, namely
"So Far" (on VHS+laserdisc in 1987), and "Ticket To New Year's"
(the 1987/88 New Year’s show). The box also contains a bonus DVD
with five yet-to-be-named live songs from the vault, the 1992 documentary
"Backstage Pass", plus a recent interview with vault keeper and
producer David Lemieux. The price tag, about 132 Euro, roughly equals
the price of 5 regular DVDs – if you could get them, that is. So
even if you own several of the DVDs already, this offer might make
sense to you. It’s still not Blu-ray, but we wouldn’t be surprised
if more titles emerge over the coming years in that format. We have
the box in stock by the end of April, but pre-orders are accepted
four years and 16 releases in the Road Trips series, we hereby reveal
the 17th - and final - instalment, ingeniously named Vol
4 No. 5. The venue is Boston Music Hall, 9 June of the
"reunion year" 1976, only the third show of the tour following a
18 months break from touring. The break, as we all know, was mainly
spent in recording studios doing solo albums and - in the case of
Jerry Garcia - numerous guest appearances on other artists' albums.
The new inspirations found their way into the Dead's repertoire
and this latest release contains several examples, like the selections
from the outstanding "Blues for Allah" studio album and from Bob
Weir's stint with Kingfish. On the other hand, the traditional jamming
vehicles and long continuous segments are largely absent, not surprising
when you consider the long pause since the bandmembers last played
live music together. The last half of CD no. 3 contains bonus tracks
from June 12th at the same venue. RT
4.5 will be released for sale on November 1st. In the
meantime you might want to warm up by listening to Dick's Picks
vol. 20 and 33 as well as "Live at the Cow Palace", the only previous
releases from that year.
years ago the vocal group The Persuasions released an album of "á
capella" treatments of the Grateful Dead songbook. Now, with the
original recordings as a starting point, a new and very different
double cd has seen the light of day. "Persuasions
of the Dead" features not only the original set list,
but also a number of tracks where the Persuasions are augmented
by a bevy of guest artists such as Vince Welnick, Peter Rowan, Country
Joe McDonald, Mark Karan (RatDog), Jackie LaBranch and Gloria Jones
(Jerry Garcia Band). We don't know about you, but to us, á capella
renditions of "drums" og "space" sounds like a truly transcendent
new book is also on the menu: "Dead
Letters" presents about 500 hand-picked examples of the
imaginative, and sometimes highly artistic, illustrations with which
deadheads throughout the years have adorned the envelopes used for
ordering concert tickets from "Grateful Dead Ticket Service" in
the vain hope that it would improve their odds in the GD ticket
lottery. The ploy probably even worked in many instances! The GDTS
staff has faithfully preserved the envelopes and Paul Grushkin,
co-author of the classic work "The Official Book of the Deadheads",
has selected and annotated the envelope art. The book also presents
examples of fan correspondance as well as a number of rare historical
concludes the news - the coming weeks or months will reveal what
the wizards at Rhino and the Grateful Dead Vault have dreamt up
for the next series of live Grateful Dead recordings!
The next chapter in the saga of the Grateful Dead Europe '72 tour
is about to be written: Answering the pleas of countless fans, the
22 shows will soon be released chronologically as individual CD-sets.
The first six sets (England and Denmark) can be ordered now, the
German and French legs of the tour will follow next month, and so
on until the end of the year. Full flextibility is thus ensured
for customers who might wish to complement their collections of
existing - official and/or unofficial - releases, or are interested
in only certain shows.
of news of special interest to nostalgics and analog-fanatics: The
original studio albums are being reissued in remastered audiophile
editions pressed on extra-heavy (180 grammes) vinyl. The five Warner
Brothers studio albums were relases as a set last year, now they
are available individually together with a couple of the more recent
studio efforts. If sales go well, the live albums may also make
an appearance. Rumour has it that the many out-of-print Dick's Picks
- not to mention most of the video catalog - will soon be reissued.
From what we have gathered, the videos will only be reissued in
the Blu-Ray format.
'72 box set is now being delivered – at least in the USA – and has
been very well received by the buyers. The bonus material, somewhat
reduced from the grandiose annoucement back in January, consists
of two books, and a 'Rainbow Foot' sticker. A few people are miffed
because the serial number and the personalized text has not been
engraved in the box but is on a printed sticker, but that’s a trifle.
We Euroheads have to exercise patience for a while yet. Please bear
in mind that it is still possible to order the ‘bare bones’ set
"Europe '72 - All The Music".
of you, for whom a smaller helping will do the trick, can look forward
to the 20th September, where "Europe
'72 Vol. 2" is
released. A double CD, it complements the original E’72 triple album,
but – it goes without saying – in the brand-new remixed/remastered
quality. ‘Vault-meister’ David Lemieux has selected the tracks with
the pretext to avoid any repetition of tracks on Volume 1. Nevertheless,
the result is a very satisfactory setlist that features no less
than three tracks from the Tivoli 14 April show (we always knew
it was special!!). The price, by the way, is very reasonable.
all this 1972 hoopla, let us not forget Road
Trips Vol.4 No.4, released
in early August. It was recorded 5 – 6 April 1982 in The Spectrum,
Philadelphia, which explains the large portrait of Benjamin Franklin
on the front cover. Not very Grateful Dead, but we can’t have all
skeletons every time, it seems. The triple CD features fine and
spirited performances of the early eighties repertoire, which we
don’t hear all too often, but there are also great versions of 'Terrapin',
‘Playing in the Band' and 'Morning Dew'.
Now it is time for another Road Trip! The 1973 fall tour has previously
yielded 3 Dick's Picks (1, 14, and 19) not to mention the Winterland
'73 box set. Road
Trips Vol.4 No.3 features the entire show at the Denver
Coliseum, 21 November, plus the closing sequence from the night
The tour came
right after the release of "Wake of the Flood", so the setlists
includes several songs from that album."Here Comes Sunshine", "Mississippi
Half-Step", "Weather Report Suite" og "Stella Blue" were quick to
develop in the live performances and remained in rotation for a
good many years. We are also treated to an hour-long medley centered
around "Playing in the Band", concluding with a memorable reading
of "Morning Dew". The release date is 3 May, pre-orders are taken
on the subject I would like to return to Road
Trips 3.4. for a spell. This release has sold only half
of what was expected - suffering, perhaps, from being squashed between
two distinctive bos sets in the September newsletter. This fate
is undeserved, since the two May 1980 shows at the Penn State and
Cornell universities are both first rate. The setlists are typical
for the period, this being Brent Mydlands first year with the Grateful
Dead, with contributions from the "Go To Heaven" album. Why not
give it a chance?
Here at Dancing
Bear, we strive to offer you the broadest selection possible of
Grateful Dead-related music, including all the myriad contexts Jerry
Garcia played in. This may sound like a hopeless task, but recently
we have made headways in closing the gap. We have located hidden
stocks of CDs that have been unavailable for years at www.dead.net,
and we have even been at the auctions to find second-hand - but
well-kept - copies of releases that are unavailable anywhere else.
You won't find these deals on the front page of the Dancingbear
site, since they are not new releases, but they can be found in
the "Solo and side projects" and "Other artists"
categories. Here follows an overview - the CDs are new and factory
sealed unless otherwise stated:
- CD013 Jerry
Garcia & Howard Wales: Hooteroll? (Douglas, 1971)
- CD019 Jerry
Garcia Band:Jerry Garcia Band (Arista 2-CD, 1991) Second
hand - one copy.
- CD193 Merl
Saunders: Fire Up Plus - with Jerry Garcia, Tom Fogerty,
and others (Fantasy, 1992)
- 4051 Jerry
Garcia Band: How Sweet It Is (Arista, 1997) Second
hand - one copy.
- CD188 Various
artists: Zabriskie Point soundtrack - Pink Floyd, Jerry
Garcia, others. Includes bonus CD w. outtakes (MGM, 1970/1997)
- CD158 Old
& In The Way; Breakdown (Acoustic Disc, 1998)
- CD186 The
Pizza Tapes - Jerry Garcia, David Grisman og Tony Rice
- CD185 Sanjay
Mishra w. Jerry Garcia: Blue Incantation (Akar Music
Inc., 1994/2002) Second hand - one copy.
We have just laid our hands on an unique item: A collection of live
CDs from the Phil
Lesh & Friends tour of 2006. The CD-set and DVD "Phil
Lesh and Friends Live at the Warfield" (which is still available)
were recorded during the same tour which found Phil in the company
of guitarists John Scofield and Larry Carlton, and vocalist Joan
Osborne. We are talking about the official "Instant Live" 3-CD sets
that were mixed and printed during the actual show and sold to the
audience on their way out. The collection comprises 17 shows, 51
discs in all. They are sold as one item.
player Rob Barraco was also in PL&F on the tour mentioned above.
He has played in numerous bands, Dark Star Orchestra, The Other
Ones, The Dead, Gov't Mule, just to mention a few of them. Now we
can deliver his solo outing from 2007: "When
We All Come Home". 8 of the 12 cuts have lyrics by Robert
Hunter and one has Phil Lesh as co-composer.
This is the
time where you should check www.dead.net often - there are news
about the Europe
'72 box set almost daily. We know now that there will
be exactly 72 CDs, after it has been decided not to move songs around
or split song sequences. The producers say this final number is
entirely accidental. You may also find free downloads of selected
songs from each show as the appropriate date arrives. It is still
possible to order the "All the Music" edition of the box
very happy New Year to all! And 2011 will surely be a good, new
year in Dead Land. The first good omen is that Road
Trips Vol.4 No.2 has been announced for release on 1
February. It will be the first ever official release from 1988,
April 1st, to be precise. The title, of course, is "April Fools
'88". The 3-CD album also contains the better part of the previous
night's show, including the entire second set.
On the whole, 1988 is a noble vintage - it was the year when Jerry
Garcia felt for the first time that his facilities as a guitarist
was back at the level it was prior to his diabetic coma in '86.
We have seen numerous releases from 1989 but none from '88. This
is due to the fact, that the band decided to take video and multitrack
sound equipment along on several tours in '89.
Read Blair Jackson's enthusiastic review here,
and the way to the 'Buy' button in the Dancing Bear shop will be
very short indeed!
We also offer
a few additions to your bookshelf:
of a Dead Head" is a slim volume (88 pages), authored
by a typical deadhead who goes by the name of 'The Starburst Commander'.
The quite logical reason for that moniker is revealed, along with
many entertaining, highly personal and well-written anecdotes about
the Grateful Dead, their music and lyrics and life in the traveling
carnival that used to follow the Dead tours. Even though 'the scene'
is - was - much larger there than here, I feel certain that every
reader of this book will experience a sense of Deja-vu. The price
is a modest 12.90 Euros.
Brian Halligan and David Meerman Scott are corporate branding and
internet marketing experts. One runs a website for entrepreneurs,
the other is a lecturer and author of several books on those subjects.
Underneath the business suits they are also avid deadheads who together
have recently released "Marketing
Lessons from the Grateful Dead". This is another concise
book (163 pages and 18.28 Euros) that offers sound advice and inspiration
about alternative ways of running a commercial enterprise, based
on the Grateful Dead's unique business model, with examples from
How, for instance, do you build a following of fanatically loyal
customers? (fans, that is). Well, you could try giving some of your
product away for free, thereby inspiring your customers to spread
the word to all their friends, which is equal to free advertising
worth a fortune. You could also start pampering your most loyal
customers, for instance by sending them free newsletters about your
business and first pick at the best seats in the house for your
concerts. This contrasts sharply with the usual route taken by e.g.
newspapers and magazines, who offer large discounts to new subscribers
while letting the longtime customers pay full price. The book offers
many good points of inspiration and probably a few surprises to
most business professionals, and many knowing nods of recognition
to the rest of us. The concise chapters are interspersed with vignettes
by veteran Dead illustrator Richard Biffle and photos by Jay Blakesberg.
In 1969 the Grateful Dead traveled the length and breadth of the
USA, playing a total of 146 shows, a record number they never surpassed
since. The Seminole reservation near the town of Hollywood, Florida,
hosted a small music festival on May 23 – 25th. named ’Big Rock
Pow-Wow’. The Dead played two 90 minute shows on the first and second
days of the festival, and now Bear's complete recordings have been
converted into yet another 3-CD set, to wit: Road
Trips Vol.4 Nr.1. Not surprisingly for the era,
we are treated to the classic 'Dark Star-St.Stephen-The Eleven-Lovelight'
From the second show emerges a second – but quite different – Lovelight
and there are a couple more repeats. But as always, the tempo, feeling,
and not least Pigpen's saucy blues raps, can be twisted and turned
countless ways. So, if you appreciate the early psychedelic era
with Pigpen as the undisputed front man, this set answers your prayers.
The official release date is November 16th, but pre-orders are accepted
saw Jerry Garcia doing a series of shows with his old bluegrass
partner Sandy Rothman and other stalwarts from the various Jerry
Garcia Bands. The double live album "Almost
Acoustic" was released the following year. The
CD edition has been absent from the catalogues for some years, but
is now re-released at a very attractive price. Yet another CD: "Ragged
But Right" is released simultaneously featuring
more material culled from the same series of shows. Order both and
get a sizeable discount – for a limited period. These CDs are also
released on November 16th.
is working with a new band, 7
Walkers, who are just about to embark an a U.S.
tour, having released their first CD. The music has been described
as a mixture of Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk. Country legend
Willie Nelson has a guest spot on one of the cuts.
and singer, Jesse McReynolds, is a country- and bluegrass legend
in his own right, having toured and recorded for more than 40 years,
most of them in the duo ’Jim and Jesse’ with his now deceased brother.
David Grisman, Jerry Garcia and David Nelson are (or were) great
fans of Jesse, who recently released the CD "Jesse
McReynolds & Friends Tribute to Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter"
The friends in question include the aforementioned David Nelson
and the CD contains 12 classic Garcia/Hunter songs, plus the brand-new
"Day By Day" by Jesse with lyrics by Hunter.
What can a hugely popular rock band possibly do to keep the fans
away? To be more specific: How can you prevent ticketless fans in
their tens of thousands from descending upon a quiet town, turning
it into a cross between a traveling circus and a major music festival
without the music?
If you're the Grateful Dead, the solution might be to announce the
shows no more than a week in advance, only announce them locally,
and perform under an alias known only to the truly initiated. Well,
they did just that. The two "Formerly
The Warlocks" Hampton Coliseum shows were
probably sold out, and probably only a few thousand ticketless turned
up. The clever/lucky deadheads inside were treated to a plethora
of well-played, career-spanning songs, from the then-new "Built
To Last" album to several unearthed gems from the past such as "Dark
Star" og "Attics of my Life", unheard in concert for 5 and 17 years,
The two shows
are now released by Rhino as a Box
Set in the true meaning of the word; the six CDs come
in a sturdy plywood cigarbox-like contraption. As with the previous
box sets, we are promised various souvenir items, the precise nature
of which can't be revealed at the present time. The U.S. release
date is September 7th, but pre-orders are taken as of now.
But there is
more to come, not least for fans of Brent Mydland: Road
Trips Vol. 3.4 enters the eighties with
the salvageable parts of two consecutive college shows: Penn State
5/6/80 and Cornell (Barton Hall) 5/7/80. Blair Jackson's informative
notes can be perused on the dancingbear.dk website, as usual. Like
the previous Road Trips release this is a 3 CD set, but without
a bonus disc. Some will regret this decision while others will breathe
easier, since they won't miss anything by waiting a week or two
before ordering. The release date is the same as above.
The third new
release in this rich batch is a true collector's item: A
vinyl box set! The five studio albums released by Warner
Bros. are now released collectively in a lavish packaging, as evidenced
by the illustration. The 8" single version of "Dark Star" / "Born
Cross-eyed" plus a reprinted promotion poster for the first album
comprise the bonus offerings.
It should be noted that "Anthem of the Sun" and "Aoxomoxoa" are
included in their rarely heard original mixes. The remixed edition
of "Aoxomoxoa" was a great improvement, in the opinion of this observer,
obliterating most of the "psychedelic" effects that tended to clutter
up the soundscape. In the case of "Anthem", on the other hand, the
two mixes are musically similar but still manage to sound quite
different. The original mix sounds immediate, even unpolished, even
though everyone knows how much work went into it, with it's intricate
mix of studio and live recordings. The remix (available on CD) is
more polished, sonically speaking, with a more pronounced bass.
I happen to like both versions for each their merits. The release
date is set to September 21st.
1970 was the year where two of the Grateful Dead’s best-loved studio
albums saw the lights of day: Workingman's Dead and American Beauty.
This was also one of the very few years where Grateful Dead shows
featured an acoustic set. In the spring of 1970 the acoustic set
was often augmented by members of NRPS, since that group had joined
the tour as a support act, still featuring Jerry Garcia on pedal
The two shows
on May 15th at Bill Graham's Fillmore East was a high point of the
tour, The mainstay of the shows was still the psychedelic and energetic
1969 style of playing, but the band also played several of the ”new”
country-tinged songs from the aforementioned – still unreleased
Now, 40 years
later, we are given the opportunity to hear a near-complete compilation
of the two shows – when we include the bonus disc – in the shape
Trips Vol. 3 No. 3, the first 3-CD set in the ”Road Trips”
from the supplementary songs from the 15th, the bonus disc gives
us the concluding – and ultra-hot – part of the previous night’s
show at Meramec College, Kirkwood, Missouri.
The aural quality
of these recordings is top notch, a fact which you can confirm by
going to the "Listening party" at this address: http://www.dead.net/listeningparty-v3n3
this time around – the discs will be in stock in a matter of days.
And if you want to make sure you get the bonus disc, don’t hesitate
After a long wait, Road
Trips Vol. 3 No. 2 has finally
hit the street (or road). Again, we are treated to a complete show
- November 15th 1971 in Austin, Texas. The year 1971 is fairly well
represented in the G.D. live catalog and this show, which was recorded
during on of the band's rare visits to Texas, upholds the high standard.
To verify just how energized and experimental this show was, do
yourself a favor and check it out at the "Listening Party" on www.dead.net,
and read Blair Jackson's enthusiastic review on the Dancing Bear
website (click the cover illustration, as usual). The bonus-CD was
recorded the night before in Fort Worth.
is also a brand-new DVD release on the way: "Crimson,
White and Indigo", recorded
to 24-track and video on July 7th, 1989 in Philadelphia. The "Truckin'
Up To Buffalo" DVD was recorded just 3 days before this one, and
there's every reason to believe that "Crimson White and Indigo"
comes with the same outstanding visual and aural quality. And of
course 1989 is widely considered one of the top vintages of the
period following Garcia's illness. The distinguishing factor of
this release is the fact, that you also get the entire soundtrack
on 3 CDs in the same package. Or, to put it another way: You can't
choose just one option! Rhino has elected to do it like this from
obvious commercial reasons, and the price reflects this. There's
nothing we can do about it except wait and hope it proves to be
worth the price. The release date hasn't been announced yet, but
we expect it to be early April.
The Christmas catalogs are upon us already - and even the Dancing
Bear homepage is brimming with exciting news! The Road
Trips series has reached Vol.
3 No. 1 and, for once, we are getting a complete show:
28 December 1979 at Oakland Auditorium Arena, California. Coming
just two days after the show immortalized as Dick's Picks Vol.5,
this show needs no further recommendation; a monster show according
to those in the know. The customary warning about ordering early
is still apt - in the previous Road Trips release the bonus CDs
were gone two weeks after the official release date!
release is an early - and shortlived - incarnation of the Jerry
Garcia Band, with Nicky Hopkins at the keyboards"Let
it Rock - Jerry Garcia Collection Vol. 2" (Volume 1 was,
of course, "Legion of Mary", released 2005). Hopkins contributes
two songs to the setlist: "Lady Sleeps" and "Edward, the mad shirt
grinder", the latter a product of his work with Quicksilver on their
"Shady Grove" album.
fare is found on "Ultraviolet
Licorice", by avant-garde guitarist Henry Kaiser, and
Bob Bralove, former MIDI-tech for the Grateful Dead. The title hints
at its kinship with "Infrared Roses", Bralove's fascinating 1991
remix of selected Grateful Dead "Space" segments. The new CD finds
the two musicians improvising over hitherto unreleased (and unused)
synthesizer tracks composed by Bralove and recorded as basic tracks
to "Space". Everyone who owns "Infrared Roses" (and has listened
to it more than once) should readily embrace this release. All others
are advised to exercise caution!
Dead Scrapbook" is not just a book, it is also a sprawling
collection of souvenirs from the Grateful Dead archives: Backstage
passes, hand-written setlists (yes, they do exist!), fold-out posters,
photos, and much more. Plus a CD of previously unreleased David
Gans interviews with Jerry Garcia. The whole bunch of memorabilia
is interspersed with a chronological 64-page essay by Rolling Stone
editor Ben Fong-Torres, presented in a hard-cover cassette.
You want more,
you say? OK, here's more: The Deluxe
Edition is delivered in it's own red velvet-lined box.
Books are individually numbered and contain, on top of all the stuff
mentioned above, an ORIGINAL concert ticked (elapsed, alas!), and
a DVD with rare live recordings, even one from our own back yard:
"It Hurts Me Too" from the Tivoli, 17 April 1972. I guess we have
to mention the price too? It's about three times as much as the
Standard Edition. Sorry, but that's the way it is. And you are advised
to order soon, as numbers are limited.
that time of the year where the Grateful
Dead Wall Calendar hits the catalog, packed with photos
and lots of relevant dates, such as Grateful Dead record releases
and many, many musicians' birthdays. Merry Christmas shopping!
Of course, Jerry Garcia's birthday, August 1st, called for a celebration.
And celebrated it was, with a vengeance! The pre-announcement of
two new archival releases marked the day:
Trips Volume 2 No. 4 serves up the best and the most
of two shows at Cal Expo Amphitheatre, Sacramento, 26 and 27 May
1993. These are actually the most recent shows ever to be released
in the combined Dick’s Picks and Road Trips series, and for deadheads
with a taste for the band’s late period (yes, there are quite a
few out there!) this should be great news. And everybody should
welcome this rare opportunity to hear the recent additions to the
canon, some of which have never been released officially until now:
Corinna, Liberty og Broken Arrow.
have been asking for complete show releases, and this set does in
fact contain the complete show from 26 May – provided you order
in time to get the bonus CD – you just have to work a bit to hear
the songs in the correct sequence!
ninth release in the "Pure
Jerry" series is a compilation of 4 Jerry Garcia Band
shows performed around the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978. This
is the incarnation of the JGB that had Keith and Donna Godchaux
in the lineup, and with Maria Muldaur as the second female voice
it can hardly get any better or more soulful. The lineup is identical
to the earlier PJ release from the Warner
can be pre-ordered now; the official release date is at the end
incarnation of the New Riders of the Purple Sage has released an
brand-new studio CD, "Where
I Come From". Only David Nelson og pedal steel player
Buddy Cage are left from the original NRPS - John "Marmaduke" Dawson
sadly passed away on 21 July in his Mexico home after prolonged
illness. Seven of the twelve new songs were written by David Nelson
in collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. You
can read much more about the CD and the band i Blair Jackson’s interview
with David Nelson on www.dead.net.
series continues at undiminished speed, that is, a new release roughly
every 3 months. We have now reached Volume
2 no. 3,
a compilation of two shows from the ever-dependable 1974 vintage:
16 June in Des Moines, Iowa, and 18 June in Louisville, Kentucky.
As always the package includes a bonus CD, provided you don’t hesitate
too long before ordering. The bonus CD offers more tidbits from
the same shows, some of which can be heard for a limited period
of time as ”Listening Party” on www.dead.net.
Previous visits to 1974 include Dick’s Picks Volumes 7, 12, 24,
and 31, plus – last but not least – The Grateful Dead Movie.
– the last days”
is out on DVD for the first time ever, after a thorough cleanup
– or makeover - of both picture and sound.
The movie, previously releases to theatres, follows the preparations
and production of the 5 farewell concerts marking the 1971 closing
of the original Fillmore auditorium, destined to rise from the ashes
a few months later (in another location) as Fillmore West. The proprietor
was, of course, Bill Graham, who is also the focal point of the
movie. The musical offerings include the entire Premier League of
the San Francisco sound, more or less.
It’s springtime and everything is growing here in Dead-land, where
we’re still counting down to the release of ”To Terrapin” on the
7. April. And suddenly, out of the blue, come two hot new items,
due out in a few days:
Trips Vol. 2. No. 2 will be the first Road Trips release
to feature a complete concert – plus bonus tracks. We are back in
1968, a semi-legendary show from the Carousel Ballroom, later re-named
Fillmore West. This is the very show that Garcia was talking about
in his mini-interview in The Grateful Dead Movie, the one where
he threw Phil Lesh down a flight of stairs in frustration, but later
found the tapes ”crackling with energy” and good enough to be included
in the live segments of ”That’s It For The Other One” on the ”Anthem
of the Sun” album. In short: ”Primal Dead” of the finest vintage.
a break of almost 3 years comes a new installment in the ”Pure
Jerry” series: an all-acoustic show, pairing Jerry Garcia
with his long-time musical sidekick John Kahn in the Veterans Memorial
Auditorium, San Rafael, 2/28/86. The setlist features the customary
mixture of folk, gospel, Motown, and Grateful Dead standards.
anyone sought to compile a list of the greatest live concerts of
all time, the Grateful Dead's East coast tour in May 1977 would
surely be represented. Three shows from May ’77 were picked for
the "Dick's Picks" series (released as Vol. 3 and 29), and if the
tapes from Barton Hall 5/8/77 hadn’t suffered from unsolvable technical
glitches, that show, without a doubt, would have been released as
With the announcement of "Grateful
Dead: To Terrapin", due to be released on April 7, we
have reached the final concert of the tour, Hartford Civic Center,
5/28/77. Most of us will know, more or less, what’s in store for
us. 1977 was a year lacking in surprising setlist combinations –
the May concerts are actually quite similar on paper – but the energy,
inventiveness, and the pure joy of playing together, was beyond
The financial crisis hasn’t gone unnoticed by Rhino Records and
Grateful Dead Productions, so, in lieu of the customary limited-time
bonus CD, they have set a very low retail price. "Grateful Dead:
To Terrapin" is a complete show on 3 CDs; still, the listed price
is identical to the 2-CD albums in the low-priced ”Road Trips" series.
On top of that there is a pre-order discount: For all Dancing Bear
orders recieved on or before April 7th, the price is further reduced
to DKK 193.
AND, as if that weren’t enough, a further reduction of DKK 19 is
possible, since there is a special low postage and handling charge
in the Dancing Bear shop for orders below DKK 200. So don’t hesitate
to pre-order – the shop is open at all hours.
our last newsletter we reported that Mickey Hart's "Global
Drum Project" had been nominated for a Grammy award.
Since then, the CD has actually won the award, in a repeat performance
Drum" 16 years previously. Our heartfelt congratulations
to mr. Hart!
A new series of Grateful Dead Road Trips
has been launched: For Vol.2.
No.1 the experts have once again pointed the spotlight
at Madison Square Garden in September 1990, just before the band,
with rookie Vince Welnick behind the keyboards, embarked on their
final European tour. ”Once again”, because the first show of the
6-night run was released as Dick’s
Picks no. 9.
David Lemieux and cohorts – no doubt spurred on by several deadheads
– have realized that the last 3 shows of the run also offered a
a great number of highlights.
R.T 2.1 is available for ordering now. U.S. customers may be fast
enought to get theirs before Christmas, but we Euro-heads must wait
a bit longer. Even so, we suggest you don’t postpone your order
for too long, since the bonus CD usually vanishes after a few months.
And why should one refuse 33% extra playing time?
The latest release
from Mickey Hart, ”Global
Drum Project” with Zakir Hussain and others, has just
been nominated for a Grammy in the ”Contemporary world music” category.
Hussain was also featured on ”Planet
Drum”, the 1993 Grammy winner. If you should wish to
take this opportunity to delve into mr. Hart’s oeuvre, we have ordered
extra copies of ”GDP” just in case.
Dear customer! In September 1978 the Grateful Dead went to Cairo,
Egypt, with upwards of 150 family and friends in tow, to play three
shows beneath the pyramids at Gizah, the last show co-inciding with
a total lunar eclipse! In all accounts of the trip, it was a major
– yes – trip for all involved on, behind, and in front of the stage.
And, lucky for us, high-quality sound and video equipment was in
place. A local percussion ensemble, led by the Nubian (but California-based)
percussionist Hamza El-Din introduced one of the sets at all three
shows, which led to some very interesting jams.
album (LPs, remember?), that was supposed to cover the rather large
expenses, had to be shelved for several reasons, such as technical
difficulties with some of the recordings. But now, almost exactly
30 years later, the recordings have been restored and transformed
into the CD/DVD package "Rocking
the Cradle", due out by the end of September. The packaging
is as exotic as the venue; please check out the illustrations. There's
a full-length bonus CD with still more music and the DVD has some
of the music from the CD set, but also a few songs not on the CDs
The produceres even found room for a cavalcade of home movies from
the trip. We're not sure, but there may be a chance of seeing Jerry
Garcia on a camel (or is it a dromedary?)
the Cradle" set is ready for pre-ordering right now, separately
or as part of several attractive packages
with handsome savings. There is more Egypt stuff in the catalog:
A stylish, double-side printed T-shirt,
and a sticker
depicting the tour poster from a 1978 European tour that never came
Back home again,
the Grateful Dead celebrated the Egyptian adventure with a series
of five shows at Winterland. A compilation of these shows will be
released as Road
Trips Vol. 1. No. 4 at the same time as the abovementioned
offerings. Yes, there is a bonus CD if you don't wait too long (after
4 Road Trips, we still don't know how long that is!), and, yes,
you can pre-order now.
A sure sign
that Summer is finally over is the release of the The
Grateful Dead Calendar. The 2009 edition is ready to
remind you of all Grateful Dead-related and other musical dates
worth remembering – with the usual glaring exception!
The "Road Trips”
series of live Grateful Dead music is still going strong, ”Road
Trips Volume One, Number 3" having just been released.
This time, the 2CD+1 focuses on the summer tour of 1971, a somewhat
underrepresented vintage. Now, by a stroke of luck akin to the discovery
of ”The Houseboat Tapes” (”Dick’s
Picks Vol. 35”), we are treated to another 3 CD’s worth
of music, some of which (on the bonus CD) has only ever been heard
by a small and very select group, having been recorded in the Terminal
island correctional facility, San Pedro, CA. For once, security
was really, really tight, so that not a single tape recorder was
sneaked inside! The concert, by the way, was a benefit for Owsley
”Bear” Stanley, G.D. benefactor, soundman and LSD purveyor to the
stars, who was required to spend some time in the aforementioned
state institution. You can read much more about this release – as
well as the previous ”Road Trips” releases - on www.dancingbear.dk.
Bill Cutler must surely hold the world record for protracted record
production. The basic tapes of his recently released CD "Crossing
the Line" were recorded in 1975 and ’76 with significant
contributions from Jerry Garcia. The collaboration was terminated
when the Grateful Dead resumed touring, and the tapes were literally
hidden away in a closet for many years. In 2001 they were dusted
off and polished to perfection, with the aid of numerous friends
such as Jorma Kaukonen, Mark Karan, David Nelson, Bob Weir, Matthew
Kelly, Dave Torbert, Michael Falzarano, amongst others. Now followed
several years of legal haggling over intellectual rights vs. the
guest musicians’ record companies, but finally the CD was released
in March of this year. ”Crossing the Line” features many very listenable
songs, thanks to Bill Cutler’s compository skills and great singing
voice. And, oh yes, he really is the brother of GD producer John
Cutler. You can read the entire fantastic tale in Blair Jackson's
interview on www.dead.net.
Donna Jean Godchaux
McKay continues working with the New York based jamband ”Zen Tricksters”,
that we heard initially on the CD set from the benefit concert "Black
Tie-Dye Ball" in 2006. Their new CD is called simply "Donna
Jean & the Tricksters". There are no GD-covers on the
tracklist this time around – solely original material with and by
Bear wishes you a great summer!
coming at last - the Winterland
1973 box set. Three complete concerts (well, almost...),
72 tracks from the Grateful Dead in their strongest lineup and in
top form. 9 CDs in all, mastered with all sorts of clever tricks
promised to set new limits to what can be squeezed out of a 2-track
master tape. All pre-orders received by the end of April will also
get a bonus-CD featuring a sizeable chunk of the 4 December 1973
But there is
more in the box: A 28-page booklet with an essay by Dennis McNally,
most likely packed with timely photos. Plus a couple of surprise
items that we can’t divulge now, for the excellent reason that we
know nothing about them. The cover illustration brings the famous
"Sgt. Pepper" cover to mind. The Winterland floor is inscribed in
a gigantic eye with the band in the foreground and a crowd of spectators
that include numerous recognizable figures: In addition to several
skeletons and aliens we get Jimi Hendrix, Bill Graham, and Janis
Joplin, not to mention Jesus Christ, Mona Lisa, William Shakespeare,
and the King of Spades! Once we get to see it it full resolution,
more celebrities will probably be identified.
date is May 1, but we have already started taking pre-orders. And
if the waiting time gets too long, we heartily recommend the first
two installments in the "Road
Trips" series as a warm-up.
The latest installment
in the Road
Trips series, Vol. 1.2, has hit the street. It will be
a few weeks before it will surface on our shelves, but don’t hesitate
to order. For the fast movers, the set will once again include a
full-length bonus CD.
The year is 1977 and David Lemieux and cohorts have with their usual
competence picked and mixed a selection of highlights from four
mid-western October shows. Not exactly the boys’ home ground, but
little things like that never prevented them from playing their
collective butts off.
On the whole, it’s hard to find faults with the Dead’s 1977 performances,
but of course the deadnet forums abound with complaints that they
ought to have released a complete show instead of another compilation.
The complete shows will come, not to worry.
distant drums are already talking about a May release of the Winterland
’73 box set that was very close to seeing the light of day about
two years ago. It will be a whopper: 3 complete shows on 9 CDs.
For those who
like their drums up close and personal, we offer Global
Drum Project, the latest offering from Mickey Hart and
his international cast. Additional details will follow as soon as
we have the actual album in our hands.