The next installment of the Grateful Dead’s Road Trips series of archival releases focuses on one of our favorite years for the band – 1973. Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3 features the Grateful Dead’s epic November 21, 1973 performance from the Denver Coliseum in Denver, CO.
Take a look at this sequence and you’ll know why fans have fawned over this show for decades: Mississippi Half-Step > Playin’ In The Band > El Paso > Playin’ Jam > Dark Star Jam > Wharf Rat > Playin’ In The Band > Morning Dew. You can find every note of that majestic song suite on Disc 2 of this release. Whether we’re talking Phil’s thunderous work in the Dark Star jam or Jerry’s tear-jerking delivery of Wharf Rat or the subtle bounce added to El Paso by Kreutzmann or Keith’s fiery piano work throughout, each member of the band was “on” during this show. Okay, Donna screams a bit too much for our tastes, but nearly every member of the Dead was “on.”
Back in January we shared the latest installment of Joe Kolbenschlag’s Steel Cut Oats series, which contained this show and the previous night’s performance (some of which is included in Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3) if you’d like a sample of what you can expect from the official release. Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3 is currently available for pre-order through Dead.net. The actual release date is set for May 1.
READ ON for the tracklist for Road Trips – Denver ’73…
For the first time in our history, the Hidden Track staff has put together a list of ten items for the rabid music lover in your life. These are all items with the HT stamp of approval and if we don’t own ’em, we wish we did. So let’s get down to business, ’cause frankly – if you haven’t started shopping yet you’re going to need all the help you can get…
HT Suggests: Logitech Squeezebox Radio
Why You’d Want It: This all-in-one music player allows you to listen to SiriusXM, Pandora, Rhapsody, a whole host of other services, thousands of internet radio stations and any music files you throw at it in any room of your house – no computer required. All you need is a wi-fi connection and you’re golden.
The Squeezebox is the same size as a clock radio and is about as easy to use as it gets once you get past the annoying initial installation. We had a chance to play around with a unit and we loved being able to switch from hearing about the hot stove on sports radio station WFAN to listening to Howard Stern interview Billy Joel on Sirius to streaming Miles Davis’ All Blues over Pandora in just a few short clicks of the click wheel. There’s a handy program guide that makes finding new stations a snap and the color display tells you everything you need to know about what you’re listening to including all the track information from Sirius/XM.
Terrestrial radio might be dying, but the Squeezebox shows that internet and satellite radio are where it’s at for a ridiculously wide variety of listening options.
Grab It At: Amazon.com for $149.99
READ ON for more of HT’s First Annual Holiday Gift Guide…
This has already been a stellar year for Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia archival releases, but Rhino will up the ante with the next batch of releases set to drop
Hot on the heels of the To Terrapin: Hartford ’77 announcement, Rhino Records has put together two more upcoming releases from the Dead’s vault including the first Pure Jerry release since 2006. Pure Jerry – Series 8 features a Garcia/Kahn show from the Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium on February 26, 1986. Meanwhile, the latest installment of the Road Trips series contains the complete Valentine’s Day Dead show from 1968.
After tons of infighting, the recently formed Jerry Garcia Family LLC teamed up with Dead.net to offer the latest installment in the Pure Jerry series. This eighth release in the series marks the first official full release of acoustic music from Garcia and John Kahn. Pure Jerry – Series 8 contains all 12 songs the pair played that night including Run For The Roses, Bird Song and a cover of Dylan’s When I Paint My Masterpiece.
READ ON for more details on Road Trips Vol. 2, No.2…