It’s been 50 years since the Grateful Dead formed, and to commemorate that anniversary, the legendary group is releasing the largest boxed set ever on September 18.
Titled 30 Trips Around the Sun, the set will present 30 previously unreleased concerts that span the band’s entire career. The entire set will fill 80 discs, housed in an ornate box. The set will also be offered on a custom lightning-bolt USB drive.
For those who like their celebrations in smaller doses, a four-CD version featuring one song from each concert will also be offered.
The Grateful Dead played 2,318 live shows, more than any other band. For 30 years, the band's live performances were constantly morphing and evolving, making every show a unique experience.
30 Trips Around the Sun 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 18.
The 80-disc 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 9, 1995.
The first four shows included in 30 Trips include a 1967 show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and a 1987 show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The remaining shows will be revealed in the coming weeks on Dead.net so stay tuned for updates. The 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 18 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.
30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN
First Four Shows in Box Set Have Been Announced*. They Are:
11/10/67, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
10/27/79, Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, MA
9/18/87, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
10/1/94, Boston Garden, Boston, MA
Includes gold 7-inch vinyl single, containing:
A-Side: "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" - From first recording session in 1965
B-Side: "Box Of Rain" - Final song from the band's final show, Soldier Field, Chicago, 7/9/1995
*Stay tuned to dead.net for more show reveals over the coming weeks.
30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN: THE DEFINITIVE LIVE STORY 1965-1995
1. "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" - 1965
2. "Cream Puff War" - 1966
3. "Viola Lee Blues" - 1967
4. "Dark Star" - 1968
5. "Doin' That Rag" - 1969
6. "Dancing In The Street" - 1970
7. "The Rub" - 1971
8. "Tomorrow Is Forever" - 1972
9. "Here Comes Sunshine" - 1973
1. "Uncle John's Band" - 1974
2. "Franklin's Tower" - 1975
3. "Scarlet Begonias" - 1976
4. "Estimated Prophet" - 1977
5. "Samson and Delilah" - 1978
6. "Lost Sailor>Saint Of Circumstance" - 1979
7. "Deep Elem Blues" - 1980
1. "Shakedown Street" - 1981
2. "Bird Song" - 1982
3. "My Brother Esau" - 1983
4. "Feel Like A Stranger" - 1984
5. "Let It Grow" - 1985
6. "Comes A Time" - 1986
7. "Morning Dew" - 1987
8. "Not Fade Away" - 1988
1. "Blow Away" - 1989
2. "Ramble On Rose" - 1990
3. "High Time" - 1991
4. "Althea" - 1992
5. "Broken Arrow" - 1993
6. "So Many Roads" - 1994
7. "Visions Of Johanna" - 1995