Grateful Dead Announce 17CD Set, ‘Here Comes Sunshine’
Grateful Dead have announced the release of Here Comes Sunshine 1973, a 17CD limited edition set featuring five previously unreleased concerts recorded during the band’s transformative Spring 1973.
As a taster, a previously unreleased live take of Ramble On Rose from 10 June 1973 has been released, listen now.
In the spring of 1973, the Grateful Dead was universally praised for delivering a consistently spectacular series of performances. The band was dialed in for the season’s final five shows, including back-to-back nights at RFK Stadium, co-headlining with the Allman Brothers Band. Without a doubt, the 10 June finale belongs on the shortlist of must-hear Dead concerts. Clocking in at nearly five hours, the show is one for the ages: an epic musical journey, peaking with a third-set encore that includes Dickey Betts and Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers sitting in with the Dead.
Here Comes Sunshine 1973 is a limited-edition, 17CD box set with five previously unreleased, highly sought-after shows, including: Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA (13/5/73), Campus Stadium, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA (20/5/73), Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA (26/5/73), and Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C. (9/6/73) and (10/6/73). The collection is available now for pre-order and will be released on June 30. The set is limited to 10,000 individually numbered copies and is available exclusively from Dead.net. The complete audio will also be available as a digital download exclusively at Dead.net in Apple Lossless and FLAC 192/24.
This unique box was painstakingly designed by GRAMMY® Award-winning Art Director Masaki Koike and is bursting with vibrant graphics and unexpected treasures. With liner notes provided by Canadian author Ray Robertson, The Owsley Stanley Foundation, and Grateful Dead’s Archivist and legacy manager, David Lemieux. The set features five complete, previously unreleased performances housed in individual, custom-designed folios, each including additional, show-specific notes by Robertson. Additionally, the box contains a custom-dyed Tenugui and an Exclusive Poster featuring an illustration by Mary Ann Mayer. The audio boasts Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction, with mastering by Jeffrey Norman, and was produced for release by David Lemieux.
RFK STADIUM, WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/6/73) will be released separately as a 4-CD set as well as digitally on June 30 and as a limited-edition 8-LP set on July 28 at all regular retail outlets. This show, and the previous night, were originally recorded in exquisite clarity by the Dead’s famed sound visionary, Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Few shows deliver the goods like this. It’s one of the Dead’s most unique, powerful, and inspired performances, from its statement opener, “Morning Dew,” through lengthy workouts on “Bird Song,” “Here Comes Sunshine,” and an otherworldly “Dark Star.”