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76 (12CD Ltd Box Set)
5 Show, 14CD Limited Edition/1000 only.
The Grateful Dead managed to make one shrewd and long-lasting move in 1976. Everyone knew that the Dead had a loyal audience, but truthfully, even the Dead didn't know how that would translate into ticket sales. How big a place could they really play, and how many cities would it be profitable to tour through? The band bypassed all that. In the booming rock market of 1976, playing a 12,000-capacity basketball arena and only selling 9,000 tickets would have been seen as a failure of sorts, and the Dead couldn't afford that in their comeback attempt.
So the Dead took a relatively unprecedented step. They took their four biggest East Coast markets, chose some 2000-seat theaters, and sold the tickets only by mail order. Up until this time, there had been only one rock concert mail-order-only effort that I know of, the Bob Dylan/Band tour in early 1974. Despite the clunkiness of mail order at the time, the hype surrounding mail order had allowed national promoter Bill Graham to emphasize how the Dylan/Band tour was an Event, not just another band on the road. The Dead shrewdly took the same tack, surely inspired by Graham, but executed by New Jersey promoter John Scher. The unique twist was that the band only offered tickets to fans currently on the Deadheads mailing list. They signed on with their most loyal promoters in each city, and made sure that there was an FM broadcast in each region. The band were replaying their 1971 strategy with Grateful Dead ("Skull And Roses"), and providing a "virtual" free concert in all those markets. No other major band would do that in 1976, or ever again.
Bob Weir and Kingfish - Live at the Calderone ‘76 (CD)
Legendary broadcast by WLIR-FM from the Calderone Theater, Hempstead, Long Island, New York on the 27th March 1976.
Weir, a childhood friend of Matthew Kelly, joined the band in ’74 securing theM a record deal and bolstering their live performances with his distinctive vocals and unique guitar phrasing.
An exceptional live band, this concert is testament to their tight yet fluid interplay.However, soon it was time for Weir to return to his day job and the completion of the ‘Deads’ ‘Shakedown Street’ – but that’s another story.....
Jerry Garcia/Old & In The Way
The Boarding House, San Francisco, April 16th 1973 (CD)
Short lived bluegrass super group recorded at The Boarding House, San Francisco, on Monday April 16th 1973 and broadcast by WBAI-FM. Features Jerry Garcia/banjo, David Grisman/Mandolin, Richard Greene/fiddle, Peter Rowan/guitar and John Kahn/ bass.
Bridging the divide between traditional & progressive bluegrass the bands interplay soars throughout the entire set.
Highlights include a defining interpretation of the Stones ‘Wild Horses’ and Peter Rowan’s Panama Red.
Atlanta Municipal Auditorium November 11th 1971 (2CD)
One drummer, no Pigpen, hassle from the cops, the oft derided Atlanta gig is ready for reappraisal.
Although lacking any extending jams or improv, there is a snappy "Playing in the Band, a rollicking "Truckin", while the band smokes during "Goin Down The Road Feeling Bad" and rocks a "Johnny B Goode".
Not then the “total bummer” Jerry is heard to mutter on exiting the arena.
Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri December 10 1971 (3CD)
Another classic show from this transitional time for the Dead. Pigpen back, Keith settling in nicely showing signs of the greatness to come in '72, Jerry's vocals sublime on 'Comes A Time' and Phil's thundering elastic baselines driving it along.
A venue the band loved, even contemplating buying it, seems to bring out a creative energised high octane performance ranking as one of the best shows of '71.
Broadcast in all its glory by KADI-FM.
Taft Auditorium - Cincinnati, OH, Oct 30, 1971 (3CD)
Another startling instalment from the legendary Fall '71 tour. Melodic focused with inventive short jams.
WEBN-FM Broadcast - A classic show
(70min) 1. Bertha (6.22) 2. Me and My Uncle (5.14) 3. Sugaree (9.25) 4. Beat It On Down The Line (4.04) 5. Loser (8.47) 6. Playing In the Band (6.58) 7. Tennessee Jed (9.06) 8. Jack Straw (7.06) 9. Big Railroad Blues (4.36) 10. Me and Bobby McGee (7.53)
(51min) 1. Brown Eyed Woman (4.45) 2. One More Saturday Night (4.42) 3. Casey Jones (7.15) 4. Mexicali Blues (4.36) 5. Comes A Time (9.11) 6. El Paso (5.45) 7. Ramble on Rose (8.06) 8. Sugar Magnolia (6.31)
(34.00) 1. Truckin' (11.42) 2. Not Fade Away> (9.07) 3. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad>(9.27) 4. Not Fade Away (3.43)