Grateful Dead Celebrate 50th Anniversary with '30 Trips Around the Sun' Box Set, Featuring 30 Unreleased Shows

by Guitar World Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at 2:16pm

The Grateful Dead played 2,318 live shows, more than any other band in the history of music.

For 30 years, the band's live performances were constantly morphing and evolving, making every show a unique experience.

Now, in the midst of their 50th anniversary, the Grateful Dead announce their most ambitious release ever: 30 Trips Around the Sun.

Available as an 80-disc boxed set and a custom lightning-bolt USB drive, the collection 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 more than 73 hours of music, the box set and USB drive will be individually numbered limited editions and are available now for pre-order at dead.net for $699.98. They are set to be released September 18.

The 80-disc box set 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 7-inch vinyl single that 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.

"When we began discussing audio projects to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead in 2012, we knew we wanted to do something completely unprecedented," says band archivist and producer David Lemieux. "We could think of nothing more exciting or ambitious than a career-spanning overview of the band's live legacy focused on what best tells the story: complete concerts.

"Our first criterion was the very best live music to represent any given year in the band's history. We wanted to make sure that there were not only the tent-pole shows that fans have been demanding for decades but also ones that are slightly more under the radar, but equally excellent. For those who listen to the entire box straight through, chronologically, the narrative of the Grateful Dead's live legacy will be seen as second to none in the pantheon of music history."

The first four shows included in 30 Trips have been announced today and 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. All 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 FLAC (96/24) and MP3 formats and is an individually numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies.

September 18 also will 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 Announced
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

Gold 7-inch vinyl single
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

30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN: THE DEFINITIVE LIVE STORY 1965-1995
Track Listing

Disc One
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

Disc Two
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

Disc Three
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

Disc Four
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


Add a Comment
0 Comments

Similar Guitar News

Cover Story: Trey Anastasio Talks Phish, Grateful Dead, Guitar Geekery and New Solo Record 'Paper Wheels' (12/3/2015)
The following is an excerpt from the January issue of Guitar World. For the full interview, pick up your copy here. Trey Anastasio can’t contain his enthusiasm. “Check it out, man!” A giant grin splits his light-red beard, eyes twinkling behind ...
Touch of Grey: Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia Talks Gear, His Near-Fatal Illness and 'In The Dark' (7/5/2015)
Here's an interview with The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia from the December 1987 issue of Guitar World, which featured Joe Perry on the cover. The original story by John Swenson started on page 34 and ran with the headline, "Back From the Dead: ...
Rhino Releases 'Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead' DVD/CD (11/24/2015)
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the "core four" original members—Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir—reunited at Chicago's Soldier over three nights in July, marking the original members' last-ever performanc...
Review: Alvarez 50th Anniversary Grateful Dead Series Guitars — Video (5/11/2015)
In the history of modern music, few bands have captured as many hearts and inspired entire generations like the Grateful Dead. Alvarez, which has had a long-standing friendship with band members Bob Weir and the late Jerry Garcia, has commemora...
Readers' Poll: The Best American Rock Band Ever — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Vs. Grateful Dead (10/2/2015)
When Labor Day came and went early last month, it reminded us of the American labor movement and the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the good ol' U.S. of A. However, since we're Guitar World...
Readers' Poll: The Best American Rock Band Ever — The White Stripes Vs. The Grateful Dead (9/15/2015)
When Labor Day came and went earlier this month, it reminded us of the American labor movement and the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the good ol' U.S. of A. However, since we're Guitar Wor...
Not Fade Away: Grateful Dead, Trey Anastasio at July 5 Fare Thee Well Show — Concert Review (7/6/2015)
Last night’s final Fare Thee Well show; the final joint appearance, ever, by the Grateful Dead’s "core four" of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann—if you take them at their word—began and ended the same way: with a group bow an...
Grateful Dead Announce 'Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead' Live Box Set (6/26/2015)
As we've reported, the Grateful Dead will perform several "Fare Thee Well" shows in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The shows will take place June 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, California, and July 3 to 5 in Chicago. The band will play two s...
Autographed 'Fare Thee Well' D’Angelico Grateful Dead Guitar Up for Grabs at Auction (6/24/2015)
HeadCount, a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a mission to promote participation in democracy through the power of musicians and their music, and D’Angelico Guitars will auction off a one-of-a-kind D’Angelico guitar signed by original ...
How The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir Utilizes Online Mastering Tool LANDR (3/23/2015)
If you’re anything like most musicians, you probably don’t have more than a vague idea of what mastering really is. Once you attempt to produce your own recording, however, you learn quickly that quality mastering is essential if you want to end...
Lesson: How to Play the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil" (3/18/2014)
In this lesson brought to you by our friends at Alfred Music, you'll learn the main riff and rhythm guitar parts for the classic Grateful Dead song, "Friend of the Devil." Dig in and then at the end of the lesson, you can play along with a rec...
With 'Workingman’s Dead,' the Grateful Dead Shifted from Uncommercial Jam Band to One of the World's Most Popular Acts (11/4/2013)
What a difference a year makes. In February 1969, the Grateful Dead recorded a series of shows at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom and Fillmore West in the hope of finally capturing on tape the psychedelic alchemy of their already legendary onsta...
Warren Haynes Discusses His Grateful Dead Tribute Show and Gov't Mule's Star-Studded New Album, 'Shout!' (9/23/2013)
This is an excerpt from the November 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine. For the rest of this story, plus a John Petrucci cover story and poster and features on Santana, Guthrie Govan, Zakk Wylde, Lamb of God, Joan Jett, Slash and more, check o...
Hear an Unreleased 1972 Live Version of The Grateful Dead's "Playing In The Band" from 'Sunshine Daydream' (9/19/2013)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents a live version of the Grateful Dead's "Playing In The Band," a track from Sunshine Daydream. The album was released Tuesday, September 17. On August 27, 1972, fresh off their European tour, the Grateful Dead trave...
Premiere: Hear a 1972 Live Version of The Grateful Dead's "Playing In The Band" from 'Sunshine Daydream' (9/19/2013)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents a live version of the Grateful Dead's "Playing In The Band," a track from Sunshine Daydream. The album was released Tuesday, September 17. On August 27, 1972, fresh off their European tour, the Grateful Dead trave...