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76 (12CD Ltd Box Set)


76 (12CD Ltd Box Set)

by Grateful Dead

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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.

WBCN, Boston Music Hall,Boston, MA, 12 June

Set 1

01.  Tuning

02.  Samson and Delilah

03.  Row Jimmy

04.  The Music Never Stopped

05. Brown-Eyed Women

06.  Big River

07. Mission in the Rain

08.  Looks Like Rain

09.  Friend of the Devil

Set 1 continued

01. Lazy Lightnin' >

02.  Supplication

03.  High Time

04.  Promised Land

Set 2

05. Tuning

06. The Wheel

07.  Cassidy

 Set 2 continued

01.  Tennesse Jed

02. Let It Grow >

03.  Drums >

04.  Let It Grow >

05.  Wharf Rat >

06.  Comes a Time

07.  Dancin' in the Streets >

08.  Around and Around


09. Sugar Magnolia >

10.  U.S. Blues >

11.  Sunshine Daydream


WNEW Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 19th June

Set 1

01. Help on the Way ->

02. Slipknot! ->

03. Franklin's Tower

04. Music Never Stopped

05. Brown Eyed Women

06. Cassidy

07. They Love Each Other

08. Looks Like Rain

09. Tennessee Jed

01. Playin' in the Band

-set 2-

02. Might as Well

03. Samson and Delilah

04. High Time

05. Let it Grow -> drums > let it grow

06. Dancin' in the Streets


01. Cosmic Charlie

02. Around and Around

03. Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad

04. One More Saturday Night

05.Not Fade Away

WMMR – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA 24th June 76


Cold Rain And Snow

Big River

Friend Of The Devil


It Must Have Been The Roses

Lazy Lightning >


Tennessee Jed

Looks Like Rain

Scarlet Begonias

The Promised Land


Help On The Way >

Slipknot >

Franklin's Tower

Samson & Delilah

Wharf Rat >

Dancin' In The Street >

Sugar Magnolia

WXRT-FM, Auditorium Theater, Chicago, Illinois,29th June

Disc: 1

  1. Tennessee Jed

  2. Cassidy

  3. Peggy-O

  4. Mama Tried

  5. Mission in the Rain

  6. Looks Like Rain

  7. Brown Eyed Woman

  8. Lazy Lightnin'

  9. Supplication

  10. Row Jimmy

  11. The Music Never Stopped

  12. Might As Well

Disc: 2

  1. Samson & Delilah

  2. Candyman

  3. Playin' in the Band>drums>playin' in the Band

  4. St. Stephen

  5. Not Fade Away

  6. St. Stephen

  7. One More Saturday Night

KSAN - Orpheum Theater,San Francisco, 18th July


1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

2. Cassidy

3. Row Jimmy

4. Mama Tried

5. Scarlet Begonias

6. Looks Like Rain

7. Tennessee Jed

8. New Minglewood Blues

9. Loser


1. The Music Never Stopped


2. Might As Well

3. Samson And Delilah

4. Candyman

5. Lazy Lightnin'  >

6. Supplication  >

7. Let It Grow  >

8. Drums  >

9. Let It Grow >

10. Wharf Rat


1. The Other One  >

2. Saint Stephen  >

3. Not Fade Away  >

4. Saint Stephen  >

5. The Wheel  >

6. The Other One  >

7. Stella Blue 

8. Sugar Magnolia

9. Johnny B. Goode