Grateful Dead

Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It (Best Of)


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The Pacific Northwest offers up a rich feast of land, sky, and water. It is ripe with influences, abundant with symbols, deep and spirited. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that the Grateful Dead played some of their most inspired shows on these fertile grounds. Dip your toe in the transformative waters with PACIFIC NORTHWEST '73-'74: BELIEVE IT IF YOU NEED IT, a compilation that highlights performances from our COMPLETE boxed set.

Includes an immediate digital download of "Eyes Of The World (P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada 5/17/74)"

Product Details

3 Disc Set
Release Date: September 7th, 2018

Product Details

Disc 1
1. China Cat Sunflower>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74) [8:38]
2. I Know You Rider, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74) [5:30]
3. Bird Song, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C.(6/22/73)[14:21]
4. Box Of Rain, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR(6/24/73)[5:19]
5. Brown-Eyed Women, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74)[5:02]
6. Truckin’>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[10:43]
7. Jam>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[9:58]
8. Not Fade Away>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[6:56]
9. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[7:01]
10. One More Saturday Night, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[4:51]

Disc 2
1. Here Comes Sunshine, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [12:11]
2. Eyes Of The World>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74) [13:24]
3. China Doll>, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74) [5:33]
4. Playing In The Band, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74) [46:32]

Disc 3
1. Sugaree, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74) [7:37]
2. He's Gone>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [11:30]
3. Truckin'>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73)[26:06]
4. The Other One, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [15:43]
5. Wharf Rat>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [7:58]
6. Sugar Magnolia, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [9:53]


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boblopes's picture
Joined: Jan 13 2009
Longest tune

Dave did mention the Darkstar from E72, but said there was a drum solo in the middle of that song...

Either way I can't wait till September...

Joined: Jun 18 2008
Longest Dead song

I'm not so sure Dave is correct about this Playin' being the longest Dead song ever. IIRC, one of the Europe '72 shows has a 51-minute Dark Star.

Joined: Oct 27 2015
46 Mins Playing in the Band

That's not a typo! It really is 46+ mins. Dave mentioned in the box video that it's the longest single song performance Dead ever did. I think he briefly mentioned this in one of the recent dave pick's video as well.

I already bought the big box but this compilation looks too nice to pass up! Great compliment for DP 12 and RT 2.3

chesmo69's picture
Joined: Feb 24 2012
Playing in the Band Typo??

Hola! I've seen the song length for Playing in the Band (Disc 2 in the Best Of) listed as 46 minutes plus. Is that a typo or for Real!! It's listed as that time length too in the complete box set. Thanks Ya'll!

JonJll's picture
Joined: Jun 22 2007

Anybody know why the 3cd set is 5 bucks cheaper on Amazon? It's a rhino product, nest ce pas?

greatnorthern's picture
Joined: Oct 2 2016
Gotta have more Kieth!

I just listened to “bird song” and “he’s gone” on this site and was compelled to buy the complete box set. Call me crazy but I loved how Keith played on the bird song and with Phil’s ending vocals on He’s Gone.

Joined: Jun 20 2007
More early Brent...

I'm guessing he's suggesting that more early Brent shows ought to be released rather than suggesting that this box HAS early Brent shows. I agree too, I'd love to hear more shows from 1979! This 1973-74 box is another one I didn't see coming. I speculated / suggested that all three May 1973 shows ought to be released as this year's boxed set. Still don't have Des Moines '73 in great quality, but do have Goleta 05-20 and Kezar 05-26. Des Moines 1973 would make a GREAT Dave's Pick!

kevjones's picture
Joined: Apr 28 2009
One more disc

One more disc would have been perfect.

Disc 1 could have been a healthy sampling of the best first set songs from the 6 shows, laid out in a similar format to a typical first set of the time.

Still, this looks like a great set, and will be more than satisfactory if the box sells out too quickly

Seth Hollander's picture
Joined: Aug 27 2009

I adapted the "song count" list posted on the main box thread (by Mustin21) to show some more data.
Along the right I noted the songs on the compilation.
Two things I noticed:
Having done seperate 73 and 74 3CD comps would have pretty much meant making the only Dark Star in the box available outside the box. Right now DS completists HAVE TO buy the box. From a marketing perspective, a 73-only comp would therefore hurt the Box's sales.
Having done seperate comps would have also meant including a lot of the new-for-74 songs on a comp. Note how none of them made this combination comp. The only one I miss, personally, is Scarlet...

appearing in all shows:
Mexicali Blues
Beat It On Down The Line
Big River

both years:
Promised Land -- 5 (73: 3 74:2)
Jack Straw -- 5 (73: 3 74:2)
The Race is On -- 5 (73: 3 74:2)
Row Jimmy -- 5 (73: 3 74:2)
China Rider -- 5 (73: 3 74:2) comp:74
El Paso -- 5 (73: 3 74:2)
Greatest Story ever told -- 5 (73: 3 74:2)
Sugar Magnolia -- 5 (73: 3 74:2) comp:73
Sugaree -- 4 (73: 2 74:2) comp:74
Bertha -- 4 (73: 3 74:1)
Deal -- 4 (73: 2 74:2)
Playing in the Band -- 4 (73: 2 74:2) comp:74
Truckin -- 4 (2 each) comp:1 each
Big Railroad Blues -- 3 (73: 2 74:1)
Eyes of the World -- 3 (73: 1 74:2) comp:74
China Doll -- 3 (73: 1 74:2) comp:74
Brown Eyed Women -- 3 (73: 2 74:1) comp:74
Wharf Rat -- 3 (73: 1 74:2) comp:73
Johnny B Goode -- 3 (73: 2 74:1)
Me and my Uncle -- 3 (73: 1 74:2)
Around and Around -- 2 (1 each)
One More Saturday Night -- 2 (1 each) comp:74
Mississippi Half-Step uptown Toodeloo -- 2 (1 each)
Stella Blue -- 2 (1 each)
Tennessee Jed -- 2 (1 each)
Me and Bobby McGee -- 2 (1 each)

only 73:
Box of Rain -- 3 comp
Loser -- 2
They love Each Other -- 2
Looks Like Rain -- 2
You Ain't Woman ENough -- 2
Here Comes Sunshine -- 2 comp
Black Peter -- 2
He's Gone -- 2 comp
The Other One -- 2 comp
Casey Jones -- 2
Dark Star -- 1
Bird Song -- 1 comp

only 74:
It Must Have Been The Roses -- 3
US Blues -- 3
Ship of Fools -- 3
Money Money -- 3
Loose Lucy -- 2
Scarlet Begonias -- 2
Weather Report Suite -- 2
Ramble On Rose -- 1
Dire Wolf -- 1
Nobody's Fault But Mine -- 1
Black Throated Wind -- 1
Peggy-O -- 1
Not Fade Way -- 1 comp
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad -- 1 comp

Joined: Oct 27 2015
More Brent!

Punny2404 - oh gawd THAT GUY!...haha.

I meant to root for more early Brent ('79-'85) releases. Maybe not a boxset (would be great too), but sprinkle more of them in the Dave's Picks releases. I feel like that era is very underrepresented. I'm "that guy" who whines for more 80's releases.

I'm a new fan...3-4 years only and i got hooked on big time, and I hope that there are more releases from the early Brent era....will never be able to pay off my student loan or afford a house now.

Seth Hollander's picture
Joined: Aug 27 2009

The 2 3CD box plan is a great idea! (Would solve the problem I was thinking about last night: shelve this set in my '73 shows or my '74 shows? Chose '74 as 2 discs are '74 dominated. File under things that keep me from going to bed at night.)

Alas, some marketing directors at GDM/Rhino thought it wasn't a great idea. Probably because it would cut into the Box Set's sales speed. I don't think they feel too good about still having unsold copies of the 7/78 and 7/89 boxes in the store.

Joined: Aug 1 2012
19 discs is too many and 3 is too few

I'll be buying the 3-disc highlight set, but would have gladly sprung for two 3-disc sets, one from each year.

Seth Hollander's picture
Joined: Aug 27 2009
Enough for me

This compilation has the 3 big jam segments I want without all the stuff I sort-of-don't-want. Very much like DP12 and Rt2.3 or the 5CD GD Movie compilation.
And I will enjoy it so much, like those compilations, that I won't be able to keep from thinking "so great; wish I had the whole shows!". I have had the whole of some of these shows and know I don't really want them, but such is my Dead affliction...

Huge thanks to the GDM brainbank for coming up with this collection! Pretty much perfect for me!

Punny2404's picture
Joined: May 3 2017
Sweet! Wait, did you say Brent?

Early Brent? This would have been Keith my dear friend, Brent joined in '79. This is prime Keith if anything. Anyway, I apologize for being "that guy" lol.

This is going to be a neat compilation from that era though. I'm trying to figure out if I want the vinyl box, the art is cool but it's a shell of what the Cornell art was and what the main 19-CD set art is, anyway, I kniw beggars aren't choosers and it's still really cool, plus it's not about the box it's about the "rain" within it!

NFA (~);} 2404

Joined: Oct 27 2015
love this compilations

Already ordered the boxset but thinking about this one as well. It would have made a nice companion to Dick's Picks 12 or 31 or Road Trips 2.3 and I enjoy those immensely.

More early Brent!

boblopes's picture
Joined: Jan 13 2009
Nice tasty choices...

for this compilation but I went for the whole enchilada. I do like the artwork looking forward to the box set...

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