Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings Boxed Set
6 Complete Shows On 19 Discs
• 6/22/73 P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C.
• 6/24/73 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
• 6/26/73 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA
• 5/17/74 P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C.
• 5/19/74 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
• 5/21/74 Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Mastered in HDCD from the original master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Mockingbird Mastering
Masters transferred and restored by Plangent Processes
Original Art by First Nations Artist Roy Henry Vickers
Photos by Richie Pechner
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 15,000
Includes an immediate digital download of "Eyes Of The World (P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada 5/17/74)"
"We were in the Pacific Northwest...between somewhere in Washington and some other where in Oregon. The road took us to the lip on a ridge, from where we could see around us for many miles in all directions … It was breathtaking to behold, but as we watched, we had a firm realization that we were witnessing something even more beautiful than our eyes could ever take in … Life causes life. Heaven and Earth dance in this way endlessly, and their child is the forest. And so there we were, epiphanously watching that grandest and most glorious dance of life—of which we are just a tiny part—awed by a magnificence without beginning, without end..."
Bob Weir, “Sell Headwaters—Everyone Wins,” San Francisco Chronicle
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. It does, however, sometimes take a breath for the elements to re-align years later. It seems for us, they finally have and we are able to present not just a glimpse of the band's extraordinary exploratory tour through the region, but a two-tour bounty as the PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-’74: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS.
For PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-’74: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS, we've paired two short runs made up of six previously unreleased shows - P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73); Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (6/24/73); Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA (6/26/73); P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74); Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74); and Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74). Each show has been mastered in HDCD from the original master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Mockingbird Mastering. The transfers from the masters were transferred and restored by Plangent Processes, further ensuring that this is the best, most authentic that these shows have ever sounded.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-’74: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS comes in an ornate box created by Canada’s preeminent First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers (more on this tremendous artist soon). To complement the music, the set also includes a 64-page book with an in-depth essay by Grateful Dead scholar Nicholas G. Meriwether and photos by Richie Pechner.
Due September 7th, this release is limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies and available exclusively from dead.net. You'll want to grab a copy while you can and sit back, relax, and enjoy all the exclusive content we'll be rolling out over the next few weeks.
Looking for something a little more byte-sized? The collection will also be available for HD digital download in FLAC and ALAC, exclusively at dead.net, on release day. You can pre-order it now too.
Get it while you can.
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Not saying Dead & Co. shouldn't play at an anniversary event, just considering the irony.
Wonder if there will be a 50th Anniversary Woodstock event.
Dead & Co, Roger Waters, Who, Stones, Dylan, Steve Miller, Eric Burdon.
That would be a good line up.
Looks like there may be a Woodstock 2019.
....I would in a hartbeat.
I certainly like the idea of more releases. Especially if they are pristinely remastered. I say, grease the wheels and feed the beast. Call it Rhino's Choice. Then with a tip of the cap, tell us you'll release 2.11.70, 2.13.70 and 2.14.70 in complete Plangent Process remastered form. This sets the precedent for an openness to remastering both previously released (could lead to re-release of FW 69 and others) and unreleased shows as well as setting a standard for performance quality. I'd sign up for that...
Now I don't know that I need everything with Plangent Process. Would I say, no? Probably not. I'm just wondering if I would enjoy 4.2.73 any more if it was Plangent Processed--that show is probably the high water mark for sound quality with DaP (several others come to mind too like 1.22.78, 11.17.71, 12.6/7.71 and 8.25.72). I think 4.2.73 is a very good good show, but maybe not the best of 73, which admittedly is a high bar.
It's on the Duane Allman Anthology.
....I had no clue. Duane Allman on slide. You tell em sister!!
as Woody Allen said, no, thank you, my brain is my second favorite organ. Leave my synapses alone. In the future soon, there will be need for a helmet that blocks all transmissions to the brain, we do not need big brother in our heads, do we? Hey, if they can put the dead in your head, what else can they put in there? or take out? I went from deadhead to headdead. Could be the basis for a good sci-fi book.
we call the new Plangent processed Betty Board series Bolo's Picks and we have a person inside the system to bring it up to Mr Pinkus and claim the idea as his ;)
This 11/14/71 Fort Worth bonus disc from Road Trips 3/2 makes my ear-sockets melt...
Remember when we were all constantly blown away by vault releases and we didn't know any better?
Just listened to Cryptical>Other One>Cryptical>New Potatoe from Two From The Vault and it's something else.
A new series using the Bolo process. It's similar to Plangent except that the sound is delivered via high-tech miniature receivers hard-wired directly into the listener's auditory cortex. A bit cumbersome while in the shower or when getting a haircut, but worth it.
The series will be called "Betty's Beauties" and will consist of one release per month until the vault is empty. No CDs, no shipping issues, no downloads. Music will be beamed directly to subscribers via geosynchronous satellites.
The year when mind bending music got a toe hold.
Greatest rock n roll band in the universe for all of eternity!!!!!
And speaking of the birth of rock n roll, as discussed a few weeks ago, turns out it wasn’t the Beatles or Stones.
Nor can I say who it was.
But, on 3-25-72 Bo Didley says “1958, the year when rock n roll got a toe hold”....
New, old. Plangent all of it and take it out of my paycheck.
I've always dug this 30 Trips '71 show from March 18. Truckin' The Other One Wharf Rat. Pig's organ just swirls around and around my head on Wharf Rat. These guys are great.
...new LP coming this October 2018, I love this album!!!
“A breakout from the Grateful Dead Records Collection. The live double-album, which was released in 1976 was actually recorded in October 1974 in San Francisco at the Winterland Ballroom. The show was initially part of a “Farewell Run” before the band went on hiatus.”
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wake of the flood LP
blues for allah LP
Mars hotel LP
Is 1 per month too much to ask?
Warner needs to buy several Plangent devices. They can afford it, and I’m sure they have a lot of reels they could use them for after they are done with the GD vault.
it's not about redoing the old CDs, though the ABB Fillmore East 1970 sonic journals would make a good case for a redo of Bear's Choice and the Dick's Picks compilations.
this is about a new series with the returned Betty reels and not allowing them to be used for Dave's Picks which doesn't get Plangent processing.
old reels and cassettes are fine for Dave's Picks as nice Rhino handmade bootlegs without having the Plangent processing in the budget or time frame.
the recently returned Betty's, as they have shown in the recent boxes, are significantly improved by the Plangent process. it's a waste to use them for Dave's and makes me wonder how 1/22/78 might have sounded with the Plangent processing.
stop making Dave choose which Betty reels get the regular process, when they all deserve the Plangent process.
12,000 CD runs then digital download for ever as flac or alac to cover the added processing costs.
generic tape box labels like the original Dick's Picks for the cover art in the same digipaks as Dave's Picks, every 4 months delivered to your mailbox for say $99 a year or $35 as a single show.
they could call it Däve's Choice Cuts or Däve's Premium.
Purchase remastered Plangent Dick's Picks. I'm not sure how much improvement 1978 July would get, but Dick's Picks would be incredible.
Jim you're right! Once it is released it seems that any opportunity to improve quality with mastering techniques is lost. If it just didn't exist at the time of release (FW69) then c'est la vie, but skipping it because it is not in the budget, well that just hurts. Charge us more, we will pay it I am sure; I will at least! Advertise that the cost is $1 more per disc because of remastering costs. I bet you get more praise and additional sales because of that than gripes!
Spring 90 comes to mind on this issue. The fact that they didn't utilize the multi-track tapes just kills me. The proof is in the pudding when comparing to the follow up Spring 90 TOO release. Lost opportunity indeed - no multi-track master should ever be released without full remastering!!
....I totally recall watching that at my babysitters when I was sevenish. She was a sweet older lady named Lettie. She had pomegranate trees in her backyard and a very pink bathroom that smelled like lilacs. She also had Donohue and the Price Is Right timed to the second. She also made the best toast. The mind is an incredible force....little did I know that the Dead were coming off their hiatus. Stupid seven year old me. I bet I could still find her house if I tried.
Lets hope it ends before that. :D
But thanks for bringing in some much needed good spirit.
Ha! the gloves are off. i actually enjoyed "Muskrat" and Paper Roses", Jim! You forgot Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun" and Bay City Rollers "Saturday Night"
....the July '78 box could sound even better? Guess it's time to upgrade my q-tips.
And I like KISS. Frehley was the most talented for sure. Vinnie Vincent wasn't too shabby either.
good to have you back ;)
my copy is in the storage room and just went from the online data.
July 1978 is a great box and deserved to be Plangented.
now what about 4/2/73?
I concur.. please spare no expense to bring these master reels to life. You might just get only one chance, so make it count.
I would add, I believe Jeffrey Norman has gotten better at his job, so the sonic upgrade likely has two components.
Spare no expense, this is the stuff of history.
My info comes from page 48 of the booklet included in the box.
because the returned tapes were not in the vault when Dave's Picks was set up those reels in the vault were considered fair game.
the Betty's are different and only returned recently and being mined for box sets and Dave's, but the Dave's don't get Plangented because it isn't in the budget.
the difference in the ABB reels is amazing compared to the old GDM copy.
downloads are for anyone that wants to get them on Itunes or Amazon to cover the added processing costs.
no cover art, just a generic reel cover with the date and info.
they could call it Dave's Private Stock or Dave's Premium...
I would definitely invest in that series. I don't think they would ever make it download only or even as an option. Too much of a piracy risk. They would be sure to lose out on money and it costs more to put it through Plangent. I was looking at July 1978 sales page, and it's had the message that the download option is being fixed for a year I think. I don't think they're fixing it, I think they're waiting to sell it out first. Once the physical stuff that they invested in is gone, then a little piracy isn't going to hurt them as much. For my part, I buy everything.
I could handle a release a month! What about the Kidd Candelaria tapes though? And Bear. I would pretty much take anything from the 60s and 70s, regardless of who recorded it.
Kiss, largely theater. Their first double LP live album is pure hard rock, on par with bands like VH, AC/DC, and Aerosmith. I think one would need to enjoy that record to go any deeper into their catalog. Frehley is the only guy in the band with any real talent. He carried the band through the 70s in my opinion. Even with the unique theater aspect, I don't think they would have made it out of New York without him.
....this guy Dead's.
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I like the way you think.
But only the 7/8/78 show has that listed. the box info doesn't mention it.
The ABB CD was good enough proof for my ears. it's a waste to release the Betty reels without the Plangent process.
give the returned tapes their own series, make it downloadable, 3 times a year every 4 months.
with Dave's Picks every 3 months and a box it's almost a release a month.
Glad to see the rumors of your demise were greatly exaggerated.
Hope all is well.
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Had some time to dig around for the articles I mentioned this morning. The list is from an unconfirmed source on the Steve Hoffman site. By unconfirmed, I mean I don't know where he got it or if it's 100% accurate. I know for sure E72 Complete, Winterland 1973, and both May 1977 box sets. The reason I excluded Winterland '73 from my "examples" of the quality benefits Plangent provides, is because I also recall it was recorded on some kind of wider, faster super-tape than most Grateful Dead two-tracks, so that's two significant a variable to ignore if one is interested in an apples to apples comparison of with / without Plangent. I think the best comparison is yet to come, with the Pacific NW Box set. Will it sound better than DaP 21? (which is, in my opinion, the best sounding UN-Plangented two-track from 1973).
Edit: With regard to the list of releases that were Plangented, The July 1978 Box set was spoken about on the Steve Hoffman Forum as though it was, but I don't see Plangent mentioned anywhere on the dead.net page where it's up for sale. Both May 1977 sale pages mention Plangent. I have to assume then that July 1978 was not, unless someone has the CD case in front of them and tell us otherwise.
The Plangent website:
Interview with Jamie Howarth (Plangent CEO)
Discussion Thread on Plangent from the Steve Hoffman forum. Includes a list of releases:
Live at the Cow Palace: New Year's Eve 1976
Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings
Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978
Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings
Formerly the Warlocks
Europe '72: The Complete Recordings– and subsequent compilation and single shows
Dark Star single
30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story 1965–1995 – partially, for the non-cassette and non-DAT tape shows – and subsequent compilation partially.
May 1977: Get Shown The Light
Would be nice if these starting shipping in order to arrive before Labor Day weekend. A nice long weekend to absorb this would be ideal, but most likely will not be the case.
Rolling Stones Silver Train and No Expectations. Don't recall reading those yet. Love in Vain was mentioned.
Spinning the hits. She's sensational. How good it is to live in an age of recording. May she rest in peace. She sure delivered the goods.
Caught her live in 1991 in Gary, Indiana, on a hot summer night in a modest-sized, sweltering theater. Word was, they wouldn't use air conditioning, which the theater had, because she said it would mess with her voice. Everyone looked at each other like, "Whatever the Queen wants is fine with me." She rocked the joint.
MST3K had an episode featuring a movie called "The Dead Talk Back". One of the skits had the host and robots dressed in tye dye and they sang a song called "Cosmic Freight Train." The one 'bot, Crow was dressed like Jerry and did a looooong solo. The other two began a game of chess while the solo played on and on. Look for it....It's really funny!