Saturday, April 11, 2009



Out now are two new collections of vintage Grateful Dead gigs. The more expansive of the pair is the nine-disc box set Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings, which features all 72 songs the band performed during their three-night residency at the legendary San Francisco venue on November 9th, 10th, and 11th, 1973.

Highlights on Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings include: "Me & Bobby McGee," "Don't Ease Me In," "China Cat Sunflower," "I Know You Rider," "Here Comes Sunshine," "Greatest Story Ever Told," "Eyes Of The World," "China Doll," "Deal," "Mexicali Blues," "Tennessee Jed," "El Paso," "Uncle John's Band," "Stella Blue," "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Casey Jones," "Ramble On Rose," "Loose Lucy," "Weather Report Suite: Prelude/Part I/Part II (Let It Grow)" and "Dark Star."

Also released is To Terrapin: Hartford '77, recorded on May 28th, 1977 at the Hartford Civic Center and featuring the band's classic '70s lineup of Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Keith and Donna Godchaux. During the show the band previewed soon-to-be classic tracks from their Terrapin Station album, which was released the following July.

The complete tracklisting for To Terrapin: Hartford '77 is: "Bertha," "Good Lovin'," "Sugaree," "Jack Straw," "Row Jimmy," "New Minglewood Blues," "Candyman," "Passenger," "Brown-Eyed Woman," "Promised Land," "Samson And Delilah," "Tennessee Jed," "Estimated Prophet," "Playing In The Band," "Terrapin Station," "Drums," "Not Fade Away," "Wharf Rat," "Playing In The Band," "One More Saturday Night," and "U.S. Blues."

Mickey Hart takes delight in releasing the Dead's vault tapes and turning fans on to shows that have only existed on less-than-perfect sounding bootlegs: "Oh, it's very exciting because we can revisit all these marvelous moments, you know, and shine it all up, and let the people who have never really heard it really get a chance to savor this music, so it is quite exciting. There's been a lot of demand for it, and we'll keep releasing it as long as the people want it. You know, it just keeps on flowing. There's more demand now for it than ever."

The Dead, featuring Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, along with guitarist Warren Haynes and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, kick off their 22-date tour on April 12th in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Coliseum.