TVD Radar: Grateful Dead, Dick’s Picks Vol. 34, Rochester, NY 11/5/77, 6LP vinyl box set in stores 11/30

VIA PRESS RELEASE | If the saga of the Grateful Dead is a long strange trip, then Real Gone Music has definitely been along for part of the ride. First, Real Gone released the entire Dick’s Picks series of live concerts on CD, all 36 volumes of it, many of them never before available at retail. Then Real Gone began putting out the Road Trips series, none of which has ever been in stores before. Now the time has come for Real Gone to take the next step in their evolution as a key source for rare Grateful Dead recordings. Real Gone has crossed the vinyl frontier with Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 34 – Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY 11/5/77 out November 30 on hand-numbered limited edition 6-LP vinyl.

Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 34 – Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY 11/5/77 was recorded in 1977 with fiery performances of “Big River,” “Jack Straw,” “Deal,” and “Eyes of the World” powered by a particularly lively Phil Lesh. But for many the highlight will be one of the truly great performances of “The Other One” in the Grateful Dead catalog, 12 minutes of surging intensity and building crescendos. This Pick also included highlights from a 11/2/77 Toronto show, including a great medley of “Estimated Prophet”/”St. Stephen”/”Truckin’”/”Around and Around” (the track listing was reconfigured to put all bonus tracks at the end of the set).

For the release, Real Gone enlisted David Glasser at Airshow Mastering to remaster the set from the original tapes for vinyl. David’s had a long association with the Dead; he mastered the soundtrack to last year’s Long Strange Trip documentary. For lacquer cutting, Real Gone turned to John Golden at Golden Mastering. John has worked with artists as far-ranging as Jonathan Wilson, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and Soundgarden among others. The test pressings were approved by David Glasser, the Grateful Dead’s resident curator David Lemieux, and Gordon Anderson from Real Gone.

All six LPs come inside a hardshell box adorned with the original front cover and a custom back cover featuring a great shot of Jerry Garcia from the show. Includes 4-page, LP-sized, full-color insert offering photos from the original package along with the original graphics. Each limited-edition set is hand-numbered to 1500 and will not be repressed.

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