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Dead News Round-Up: Of Road Trips and Blu-Rays

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It’s been a good year to be dead – well, The Grateful Dead, anyway – thanks to a handful of deep catalogue projects catered to the most undying of Deadheads. In the coming weeks, there are a trove of projects around and beyond Rhino’s enormous Europe ’72 box set, some of which indicate a bit of transition for longtime fans and collectors while still keeping an eye toward the future of preserving the band’s legacy.

First of all, for those who might want less than the dozens of discs in Europe ’72 (still available as a music-only edition, the mega-swag-filled sets having long sold out), the first six shows in the band’s European run are now available exclusively through Dead.net on their own. All of them are at least three discs long (the Copenhagen show from April 14, 1972 clocks in at four), meaning you’ve got about 19 discs to pore through on their own if you wish. All of them boast their own unique Kelly/Mouse artwork in the tradition of the Europe ’72 LP.

There’s another live show available for purchase, as well: the latest entry in the Road Trips series, featuring three discs taken from two shows on the band’s 1976 tour, their first after an 18-month hiatus (and the first to feature Mickey Hart on drums since 1971). This set actually marks the end of the long-running Road Trips series after 17 releases over four years, but rest easy, Deadheads: Dead.net promises “there is definitely going to be another release program dedicated to putting out the best material in the vault,” with details to be announced soon.

Finally, November 1 brings a fun Dead title for HD buffs out there: the debut of 1977 film The Grateful Dead Movie on Blu-Ray Disc from Shout! Factory. This classic collection of performances from five Winterland shows in San Francisco in 1974 comes with a bonus DVD of hours of bonus material and extra performances, most of which is mixed in 5.1 audio.

Check out all the releases coming your way after the jump!

Europe ’72: Wembley Empire Pool, London – 4/7/1972 (Dead.net/Rhino, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Greatest Story Ever Told
  2. Sugaree
  3. Chinatown Shuffle
  4. Me and My Uncle
  5. China Cat Sunflower>
  6. I Know You Rider
  7. Big Boss Man
  8. Black-Throated Wind
  9. Loser
  10. Mr. Charlie
  11. Beat It On Down the Line
  12. Tennessee Jed

Disc 2

  1. Playing in the Band
  2. Truckin’>
  3. Drums>
  4. The Other One>
  5. El Paso>
  6. The Other One>
  7. Wharf Rat

Disc 3

  1. Ramble On Rose
  2. Sugar Magnolia
  3. Not Fade Away>
  4. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad>
  5. Not Fade Away
  6. One More Saturday Night

Europe ’72: Wembley Empire Pool, London – 4/8/1972 (Dead.net/Rhino, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Bertha
  2. Me and My Uncle
  3. Mr. Charlie
  4. Deal
  5. Black-Throated Wind
  6. Next Time You See Me
  7. Cumberland Blues
  8. The Yellow Dog Story
  9. Brown-Eyed Women
  10. Beat It On Down the Line
  11. Tennessee Jed

Disc 2

  1. Playing in the Band
  2. Good Lovin’
  3. Looks Like Rain
  4. Casey Jones
  5. Truckin’
  6. Big Railroad Blues
  7. Hurts Me Too

Disc 3

  1. Dark Star>
  2. Sugar Magnolia>
  3. Caution (Do Not Step on Tracks)
  4. One More Saturday Night

Europe ’72: City Hall, Newcastle, England – 4/11/1972 (Dead.net/Rhino, 2011)

  1. Greatest Story Ever Told
  2. Deal
  3. Mr. Charlie
  4. Black-Throated Wind
  5. Tennessee Jed
  6. Big Boss Man
  7. Beat it on Down the Line
  8. Sugaree
  9. Jack Straw
  10. Chinatown Shuffle
  11. China Cat Sunflower>
  12. I Know You Rider

Disc 2

  1. Playing in the Band
  2. Next Time You See Me
  3. Brown-Eyed Women
  4. Looks Like Rain
  5. Big Railroad Blues
  6. Casey Jones
  7. Good Lovin’
  8. Ramble On Rose

Disc 3

  1. Truckin’>
  2. Drums>
  3. The Other One>
  4. Comes a Time
  5. Sugar Magnolia
  6. Brokedown Palace
  7. One More Saturday Night

Europe ’72: Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark – 4/14/1972 (Dead.net/Rhino, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Bertha
  2. Me and My Uncle
  3. Mr. Charlie
  4. You Win Again
  5. Black-Throated Wind
  6. Chinatown Shuffle
  7. Loser
  8. Me and Bobby McGee
  9. Cumberland Blues
  10. Playing in the Band

Disc 2

  1. Tennessee Jed
  2. El Paso
  3. Big Boss Man
  4. Beat It On Down the Line
  5. Casey Jones
  6. Truckin’
  7. Hurts Me Too
  8. Brown-Eyed Women
  9. Looks Like Rain

Disc 3

  1. Dark Star>
  2. Sugar Magnolia>
  3. Good Lovin’>
  4. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)>
  5. Good Lovin’

Disc 4

  1. Ramble On Rose
  2. Not Fade Away>
  3. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad>
  4. Not Fade Away
  5. One More Saturday Night

Europe ’72: Stakladen, Aarhus University, Denmark – 4/16/1972 (Dead.net/Rhino, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Greatest Story Ever Told
  2. Sugaree
  3. Chinatown Shuffle
  4. Black-Throated Wind
  5. Tennessee Jed
  6. Mr. Charlie
  7. Beat It On Down the Line
  8. China Cat Sunflower>
  9. I Know You Rider
  10. Mexicali Blues
  11. Loser
  12. Next Time You See Me

Disc 2

 

  1. Playing in the Band
  2. Dire Wolf
  3. Good Lovin’
  4. Cumberland Blues
  5. El Paso
  6. Deal

Disc 3

  1. Truckin’>
  2. Jam>
  3. The Other One>
  4. Me and My Uncle>
  5. The Other One>
  6. Not Fade Away>
  7. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad>
  8. Not Fade Away

Europe ’72: Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark – 4/17/1972 (Dead.net/Rhino, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Cold Rain and Snow
  2. Me and Bobby McGee
  3. Chinatown Shuffle
  4. China Cat Sunflower>
  5. I Know You Rider
  6. Jack Straw
  7. He’s Gone
  8. Next Time You See Me
  9. Black-Throated Wind
  10. Casey Jones
  11. Mr. Charlie

Disc 2

  1. Playing in the Band
  2. Sugaree
  3. One More Saturday Night
  4. Hurts Me Too
  5. Ramble On Rose
  6. El Paso
  7. Big Railroad Blues
  8. Truckin’

Disc 3

  1. Dark Star>
  2. Sugar Magnolia>
  3. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)>
  4. Johnny B. Goode

Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 5 (Dead.net, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Cold Rain and Snow
  2. Cassidy
  3. Scarlet Begonias
  4. The Music Never Stopped
  5. Crazy Fingers
  6. Big River
  7. They Love Each Other
  8. Looks Like Rain
  9. Ship of Fools
  10. Promised Land

Disc 2

  1. St. Stephen>
  2. Eyes of the World>
  3. Let It Grow
  4. Brown-Eyed Women
  5. Lazy Lightning>
  6. Supplication
  7. High Time
  8. Samson and Delilah
  9. It Must Have Been the Roses

Disc 3

  1. Dancing in the Street>
  2. Wharf Rat>
  3. Around and Around
  4. Franklin’s Tower
  5. Mission in the Rain *
  6. The Wheel *
  7. Comes a Time *
  8. Sugar Magnolia> *
  9. U.S. Blues> *
  10. Sunshine Daydream *

All tracks recorded at Boston Music Hall, 6/9/1976 except * recorded at Boston Music Hall 6/12/1976.

The Grateful Dead Movie (Shout! Factory, 2011 – original film released 1977)

Disc 1: Blu-ray

The Grateful Dead Movie in its entirety transferred from the original 35mm film negative in High Definition and presented in:

  • 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio
  • 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio presentation of the original theatrical audio mix
  • DTS 5.1 audio mix, mixed from the master multitrack tapes
  • LPCM 2.0 audio mix, mixed from the master multitrack tapes
  • Feature-length commentary with supervising editor Susan Crutcher and film editor John Nutt
  • English subtitles option on entire movie

Track list:

  1. Animation
  2. U.S. Blues
  3. One More Saturday Night
  4. Bill Graham’s Crew Introduction
  5. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad
  6. Soundcheck
  7. Truckin’
  8. Eyes of the World
  9. Ripped Off Fan
  10. Sugar Magnolia
  11. It’s Like a Continuous Trip
  12. Intermission
  13. Playing in the Band
  14. Levy Gets In
  15. Stella Blue
  16. Casey Jones
  17. The Om People
  18. Weirdness from He’s Gone
  19. Morning Dew
  20. Encore Break
  21. Johnny B. Goode
  22. It Must Have Been the Roses/End Credits

Disc 2: DVD

  • More than 95 minutes of bonus concert footage, including:
    — Uncle John’s Band
    — Sugaree
    — The Other One
    — Spanish Jam
    — Mind Left Body Jam
    — The Other One
    — Scarlet Begonias
    — China Cat Sunflower
    — I Know You Rider
    — Dark Star
    — Weather Report Suite
  • Bonus songs transferred from the 16mm camera-original film negative
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix on all bonus songs, mixed from the master multitrack tapes
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 audio mix on all bonus songs, mixed from the master multitrack tapes
  • Visible Lyrics Option on all bonus songs
  • “A Look Back” documentary film
  • “Making of the Animated Sequence” documentary film
  • “Making of the DVD” documentary film
  • Television commercial for Mars Hotel album from 1974
  • Multicamera and multitrack audio demonstration
  • Extensive photo gallery of production notes, photos, film stills and other historical items from the Movie’s production
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Written by Mike Duquette

October 24, 2011 at 10:43

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  1. Here’s the hoping the next GD “Vault” series will include high qualitydownloads, at a reasonable price, to go along with the physical CDs. Too many releases for me to keep up with at the prices the Dead/Rhino are charging, and for some reason the band that set the standard model for other jam bands seems well behind the times when it comes to offering fair-priced downloads to the fans.

    Shaun

    October 24, 2011 at 20:50

  2. Actually, the Dead have made their latest annoucement… It’s going to be called “Dave’s Picks,” (named after current Dead archivist David Lemieux) which seems a rather uninspired name (at least the “Dick’s Picks” name rhymed).

    Worse still, no downloads and apparently each release (four per year) will be limited to just12,000 copies. So if there’s a release you’d like but you can’t justify cost right away, or perhaps you change your mind on later, you may be out of luck. You can guarantee getting each release by getting an annual subscrption to the series, but of course aside from the first release the other three are being kept under wraps. So, you’d need to spend almost $100 and not know what else you’re getting.

    The Dead was always known for being good their fans, but it seems the suits at Rhino have pretty much killed that goodwill. They will not be getting much, if any, business from me with this new series.

    Shaun

    October 24, 2011 at 21:34


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