The Grateful Dead
On January 25, Real Gone will reissue Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 4: Penn State/Cornell ’80. Road Trips was a long-running CD series that featured hand-picked concerts from The Grateful Dead’s extensive live archive. Originally only available on The Grateful Dead’s website, Real Gone will now bring this 3-CD volume to retail shops for the first time ever. And what a collection to choose. Featuring the better part of two shows–Penn State Recreation Hall on May 6, 1980 and Cornell’s Barton Hall the following night–these recordings capture the group promoting Go To Heaven with strong performances throughout. Highlights include the Penn State versions of “Wharf Rat” and “He’s Gone,” as well as “Jack Straw” and “Cassidy” from Barton Hall. Disc One includes a reconstructed “first set” featuring songs from both nights, while Disc Two includes the complete second set from May 6 and Disc Three presents a very-nearly complete second set from May 7 (a few minutes of “Rhythm Devils” and “Space” were lost.) All 32 tracks were recorded by Dan Healy and were mastered for release by Jeffrey Norman. Bringing the set together are original liner notes from Blair Jackson that provide historical context to these concert tapes.