On November 1, the Grateful Dead and Rhino Records will put out the 17th installment of the Road Trips archival series. Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 5 will feature all of the Dead’s June 9, 1976 performance at the Boston Music Hall as well as a handful of tracks from a few nights later on the 12th at the same venue. The biggest surprise in the announcement of this release is that it will be the last Road Trips installment.
Today’s announcement doesn’t give much detail on why Rhino and the band put the kibosh on the Road Trip series, but does mention that another release program is forthcoming…
So, what’s all this talk about the end of Road Trips? Well, we figured that four years and 17 releases was a pretty good run for that series, and now it’s time to try something new. Don’t worry, there is definitely going to be another release program dedicated to putting out the best material in the vault. We’ll be revealing details of the new series very soon, so stay tuned!
Now, why did they put out this particular show? The Dead had just returned to the road after a long hiatus that started in October of 1974 and in only their third show out, the band was starting to “throw heat.”
On the 9th they busted out St. Stephen for the first time since Halloween ’71, played a stellar run of Scarlet, Music Never Stopped and Crazy Fingers in a row towards the beginning of the first set and threw down excellent versions of Lazy Lightning > Supplication and Eyes. Not too shabby for a band that had been off the road for so long.
You can pre-order the final Road Trips now for $23.98.