The Grateful Dead: 60 Disc Box Set

The Grateful Dead are planning to release a box set that will include the entirety of 22 concerts from the jam band's 1972 European tour.

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Attention all Deadheads; start saving your money now. Next fall, The Grateful Dead are planning to release a box set that will include the entirety of 22 concerts from the jam band's 1972 European tour. Fans will get to truck their way through 60 CDs at a cost of more than $400. By the time we're finished, we'll have put two years into this, said producer David Lemieux, who plans on finishing the mixing and mastering process by June. If there was ever a tour that needed a complete release, it was Europe '72. It's one of the top three tours the Dead ever did, and there's a pristine 16-track recording of every show. It's the perfect storm. The tour, the Dead's first European jaunt, looms large for fans and band members alike. Selections from the trek were previously complied on a 3-LP live set called Europe '72. There was a challenge for us, playing for people not familiar with what we were up to, guitarist Bob Weir said. But we were ready for fresh ears. We were hot. Lemieux said that this might not be the only full-tour box set to be released by the band, suggesting tours from 1973 and 1990 as possible candidates. It all boils down to Is there a story there?' Weir said. If we can find an era like this, with a story line and development and I have a feeling there is there would be merit in doing this again. Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com.

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    Kenjisan231
    While I do not listen to the Grateful Dead much I do think they are a great band and the concept of such a large CD collection is appealing on a general level. I collect a lot of records and CDs of my favorite bands and none of options assailable compete with this. Moreover to have 60cds all of which are a repertoire of the same songs but different in each case is an accomplishment. I would like to see more of this but as many of you said it is aimed more at collectors so such sets arn't released that often.
    The_Blode
    Mr Winters wrote: That's 400 pints of beer (good, real good beer) in a bar I know here in Barcelona
    You can't get really good beer for $1 a pint, you buffoon. Blode.
    audio475
    every band should release something like this. Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest could make a killing off this kind of thing... id buy em all.
    Finn666
    A friend of mine is reading this article as i type this, he's gonna pee himself when he sees it, he saw the dead something like 20 times back in the day.
    Pan-Tallica
    Mr Winters wrote: That's 400 pints of beer (good, real good beer) in a bar I know here in Barcelona
    One dollar pints? Catching the first available flight, MEET ME AT THE AIRPORT! Checked.
    hereticfive
    Hand Of Stone wrote: It may not be worth it to you, but to a life long Deadhead, it may be. I have three different copies of "Crack The Skye". Why? It's because I like to collect things from my favourite band. Same thing applies to a Deadhead. Hope that helps.
    I like to collect things to, but not at a price OVER $400 thats ridiculous.
    meatwad91
    Hand Of Stone wrote: It may not be worth it to you, but to a life long Deadhead, it may be. I have three different copies of "Crack The Skye". Why? It's because I like to collect things from my favourite band. Same thing applies to a Deadhead. Hope that helps.
    a Yes. Fantastic album. But with that logic you should have at least 5 copies each of Remission, Leviathan, and Blood Mountain. : )
    Mr Winters
    That's 400 pints of beer (good, real good beer) in a bar I know here in Barcelona
    reignofrock
    60 discs? My dear heavenly God. You would need to go buy some green and take the whole week off. I personally would pass.
    Shpongled
    simpleben09 wrote: But who ****ing has the money for this? And people wonder why there's so much illegal downloading...
    It's not like they are charging $400 for one cd. I don't see the connection to illegal downloading here.
    Eliyahu
    I can't imagine owning 60 CDs of ANY band... Personally I don't find a need for even 1 CD of the Grateful Dead, but that's just my opinion. Many artists could create interesting, unique shows (perhaps not as variant as Grateful Dead's) but regardless, 60 CDs is a lot. heh don't have much more to say than that.
    simpleben09
    Okay, every show is unique and all... But who ****ing has the money for this? And people wonder why there's so much illegal downloading...
    mjosephw52
    Hand Of Stone wrote: It may not be worth it to you, but to a life long Deadhead, it may be. I have three different copies of "Crack The Skye". Why? It's because I like to collect things from my favourite band. Same thing applies to a Deadhead. Hope that helps.
    Crack The Skye is sick...so would this box set...
    pat nera
    schirripar wrote: 400 bucks.. thats a lot of weed
    Damn... someone said it before me
    dmiwshicldply
    This isnt for listening to Dead songs, its for listening to Dead SHOWS. A band who never played the same show twice, hell never played the same song twice! sure it might have the same lyrics and melody but its completely morphed into something different than what was played in buffalo the week before. If you never saw the Dead with Jerry, then you'll never understand, sorry
    Minderbinder
    sdmfmofo wrote: Pretty much the same tracks 22 times?, what a waste of $400
    You have to understand something about the Dead's shows, though - The set was different every time. The band had a massive repertoire of original and cover songs to pick from so they could play an entire tour and play any given song only once or twice. This is what kept the shows spontaneous; they didn't have last night's rendition fresh in their heads. If you see someone like Coldplay live, you're pretty much just hearing the album recreated for you. The Dead's shows and songs were never the same. Ever. I have a few of the official releases from this tour (Hundred Year Hall, Rockin' The Rhein, ect.). If I had the cash, I'd pick up this box set.
    millarso
    Hand Of Stone wrote: It may not be worth it to you, but to a life long Deadhead, it may be. I have three different copies of "Crack The Skye". Why? It's because I like to collect things from my favourite band. Same thing applies to a Deadhead. Hope that helps.
    The problem there are probably a minimal amount of deadheads with that much money that hasn't been spent on pot already.
    erichzann
    The thing about the dead is that they Had what they called "space" sections in their sets where no two sounded the same. Also you gotta look at who their selling this too, not young college students but older middle aged deadheads who can afford it. Also I doubt you can get sixty cd's of anyones music for under 400$
    Hand Of Stone
    It may not be worth it to you, but to a life long Deadhead, it may be. I have three different copies of "Crack The Skye". Why? It's because I like to collect things from my favourite band. Same thing applies to a Deadhead. Hope that helps.
    wangchowder86
    I understand that since they're a jam band the songs are different most times they are played live, but yeah, sdmfmmofo is right. Slight variations isn't worth $400+.