The Grateful Dead Launch New Road Trips Series
After releasing 36 titles under the Dicks Picks banner, the Grateful Dead will launch a new regular archival series through its current label Rhino. According to a release from the band, with the new Road Trips series the Dead hopes to plug in a few more pieces of the Grateful Dead puzzle by putting the spotlight on different tours and series of shows that have been neglected through the years. The series first volume spotlights the Dead’s fall 1979 East Coast tour, which took place early in keyboardist Brent Mydlands tenure with the group. Highlights include a segue between ‘Dancing in the Street’ and ‘Franklin’s Tower,’ jams based around ‘Playing in the Band’ and ‘Terrapin Station’ and the then relatively new ‘Shakedown Street.’ The set was pulled from the master tapes in the Deads vaults and mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman. From now on, every Road Trips release will also come bundled with a elegant booklet containing an essay about how the music on the discs fits into the Dead’s history, plus a variety of rare and never-before-seen photographs.