Grateful Dead 80-Disc Boxed Set Commemorates 50th Anniversary
June 2, 2015 at 11:46 AM (PT)
THE GRATEFUL DEAD played 2,318 live shows, and now, marking their 50th anniversary, the band is releasing their most ambitious project ever, "30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN" as both an 80-disc boxed set and a custom lightning-bolt USB drive. The collection includes 30 unreleased live shows, one for each year the band was together from 1966 to 1995, along with one track from their earliest recording sessions in 1965. Packed with over 73 hours of music, both the boxed set and the USB drive, will be individually numbered limited editions and are available now for pre-order exclusively at Dead.net for $699.98 each with a release date of SEPTEMBER 18th.
The 80-disc boxed set version comes in an ornate box that is individually numbered and limited to 6,500 copies, a nod to the band's formation in 1965. Along with the CDs, it also includes a gold-colored seven-inch vinyl single which bookends the band's career. The A-side is "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" from the band's earliest recording session in 1965 with the B-side of the last song the band ever performed together live, "Box Of Rain" recorded during their final encore at SOLDIER FIELD in CHICAGO on JULY 9th, 1995.
"When we began discussing audio projects to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the GRATEFUL DEAD back in 2012, we knew we wanted to do something completely unprecedented. We could think of nothing more exciting or ambitious than a career-spanning overview of the band's live legacy focused on what best tells the story: complete concerts," says band archivist and producer DAVID LEMIEUX. "Our first criterion was the very best live music to represent any given year in the band's history. We wanted to make sure that there were not only the tent-pole shows that fans have been demanding for decades but also ones that are slightly more under the radar, but equally excellent. For those who listen to the entire box straight through, chronologically, the narrative of the GRATEFUL DEAD's live legacy will be seen as second to none in the pantheon of music history."
The first four shows included in "30 TRIPS" have been announced today and include a 1967 show at the SHRINE AUDITORIUM in L.A. and a 1987 show at NEW YORK's MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. The remaining shows will be revealed in the coming weeks on Dead.net. All 30 of the unreleased shows in 30 TRIPS will not be available for individual purchase on CD at any time in the future.
The box also comes with a 288-page book that features an extensive, career-spanning essay written by NICK MERIWETHER, who oversees the DEAD archives at the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ, along with special remembrances of the band submitted by fans. Also included is a scroll that offers a visual representation of how the band's live repertoire has evolved through the years.
The other limited edition version of "30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN" comes on a USB drive shaped like a gold lightning bolt with the GRATEFUL DEAD 50th anniversary logo engraved on the side. The drive includes all of the music from the collection in both FLAC (96/24) and MP3 formats and is an individually numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies.
SEPTEMBER 18th will also see the release of a four-CD version of the collection titled "30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN: THE DEFINITIVE LIVE STORY 1965-1995." This set serves as an introductory sampler to the DEAD's live canon, including 30 unreleased performances -- one from each concert in the boxed set -- along with the 1965 recording of "Caution." Also featured is an essay by DEAD aficionado JESSE JARNOW dissecting every track in the collection, which will be available at all physical retail outlets for a list price of $44.98. A digital version will also be available.
For more information about GRATEFUL DEAD, please contact JASON ELZY in the RHINO MEDIA RELATIONS DEPARTMENT at email@example.com or (818) 238-6220.