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On August 27, 1972, fresh off their now-legendary European tour, the Grateful Dead traveled to Veneta, Oregon and reunited with the Merry Pranksters to throw a benefit concert for the Kesey family s Springfield Creamery. The show, which was recorded and filmed but never released, has since become the most-requested live show in Grateful Dead history.

The concert which is considered to be the Merry Pranksters last "Acid Test" offers a snapshot of the band at the peak of its playing prowess and features the classic lineup of: Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. The setlist that day included memorable performance of "Sugaree, " "Deal, " "Black-Throated Wind, " "Greatest Story Ever Told, " "Bird Song" and a mind-melting version of "Dark Star" that stretches over 30 minutes.

3 CD/1 DVD Concert film painstakingly restored with all-new stereo and 5.1 audio mixes done by Jeffrey Norman and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser. Entire concert mixed and mastered to HDCD from the original 16-track tapes. Producer s note by David Lemieux. Package features original tie-dye by Courtenay Pollock and brand new cover art by Grammy-winning artist Steve Vance.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • ASIN: B00E34A9FU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Goodman on September 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
As a public service for anyone, who, like me, collects Dark Stars; and is likely to purchase this specifically because it has Dark Star...rest assured: it's up there with the all-time classics. This Dark Star (over 30 minutes) is uniquely dreamy & jazzy smooth. Jerry hits extremely sweet & lovely high notes throughout. It successfully sustains a magical momentum all the way, sort of a crystalline perfection with no sour notes, and a hint of trippy intensity right where it belongs. There's even a nice Phil bass solo. This Dark Star exemplifies a true "lose yourself in the music" vibe that utopias are (or ought to be) all about.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 17, 2013
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"The rock music group Grateful Dead is scheduled to perform at a 'potluck picnic' Sunday, sponsored by the Springfield Creamery." Eugene Register-Guard Newspaper.

"Do you hear that same sweet sound again?" "Bird Song".

For Deadheads this was (is) a mythical concert from 1972. And now, finally, it's being released in it's entirety along with a DVD (or Blue-Ray) of (most of) the concert. Over the years this concert has risen in many fan's eyes as a musical --almost spiritual--highlight of The Dead's many great sets. This concert was just after the band had returned from Europe, which has provided fans (like me) with many hours of great music. And this set is no different. As Garcia has said "...the music played the band."

The band still had that looseness that's so much a part of their music. But their playing was as intuitive and as tight as I've ever heard--and besides albums, I was lucky enough to steadily hear them live--indoors and out--in the Bay Area from '68 through '70, and sporadically thereafter. Because of what The Dead do with the music, their playing can sometimes be ramshackle--they can lose that thread that holds everything together. But not here. Not this time. Everyone plays as one mind--in control but always searching, exploring for that key that unlocks the music for both the band and the audience.

A benefit for the Kesey Creamery, (people were afraid that someone would dose the kiddies' milk and cancelled contracts) it was also the last true meeting up with The Pranksters. The hot sun ("We're changing our name to the Sun-Stroked Serenaders"--Bob Weir.) kept the instruments out of tune, but the band somehow got past that and played a tremendous set.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Getchell TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 30, 2013
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Wow! This new release of the epic 8/27/72 Grateful Dead benefit show for Ken Kesey's Springfield Creamery in Veneta, Oregon just knocked me off my feet! I listened to all three CDs yesterday afternoon, then viewed the DVD last night, and my head is still spinning and my nervous system humming. How wonderful it was in my dreams last night to hippie-twirl to Jerry and the boys once again!

I did at one time own bootleg tapes of the show but they of course disintegrated over the years. I really missed listening to this red-hot performance but I'm so glad Grateful Dead Productions held back in releasing this superb concert on CD. These three CDs are so pristine and crisp they took my breath away. They are that good.

But best of all is the beautiful DVD of the "Sunshine Daydream" documentary that makes this set worth the wait. It made me cry to see Jerry again and in such mythical form. The animated visuals are stunning too and greatly enhance the performance, especially that incredible "Dark Star." I have a special place in my heart for all those incidental images of that hot, hot day in Oregon too, when 20,000 enthusiastic Deadheads gathered to help the Dead raise money for their good friend Ken Kesey and his financially troubled family creamery. As far as this baby boomer Deadhead chick is concerned, the DVD alone is worth the cost of this set.

I may not have been at that 1972 show in person but now I feel like I was! What better endorsement can I make than that?

To all my brother and sister Deadheads - this Sunshine Daydream release is a MUST-HAVE for your collection! Get it and get it now! You deserve this gift to yourself.
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71 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Emerson on September 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Note to all the lip-synching, auto-tuned and computer programmed "musicians" raking in all those big bucks out there: this magical release shows you how it's done. No choreography, fog machines or shooting flames, just REAL, unadulterated American music, performed without pretense or hyperbole (or pay, for that matter). As pure and genuine as an infant's smile.

THIS is why God created music.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By mike on September 17, 2013
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This is a must have Box Set for any Grateful Dead fan. The Dead were still on a high just coming back from their first & very successful Europe 72 tour. This show at The Springfield Creamery Benefit at Kesey's Creamery. August 27, 1972.the sun was beating down hard and bright on that fateful day in Veneta, Oregon when the Grateful Dead heeded Ken Kesey's call to help save the family Creamery. The 100-degree and rising temperatures did not deter the band who were still riding high from their adventures across the pond & playing for the estimated 20,000 Dead Heads who showed up.

The band have an amazing amount of energy at this show. The Dead seem to effortlessly play there in the 100 degree heat with passion & momentum. Song's like Sugaree,Deal,Bertha just seem to spill out of Jerry Garcia & his guitar with ease.Then you get into the more complicated & longer songs like Playing In The Band,Bird Song & a glorious 31 minutes of Dark Star.

With this set i bought the CD/ Bu-Ray numbered edition from The dead's web site because this was limited to 12,500 copies. you also get a Bonus documentary "Grateful Days" featuring brand new interviews with Mountain Girl, Sam Cutler, Wavy Gravy, Ken Babbs, and more. A 40-page book featuring original essays by Nicholas G. Meriwether, Ken Babbs, Sam Field, Johnny Dwork, and David Lemieux.The Original tie-dye slipcase by Courtenay Pollock & Illustrations by Grammy-winning artist and designer Steve Vance. This show was an epic performance from 1972 & that was their most epic period. I'm shocked that it took this long for them to finally remaster this & put it out but What A Long Strange Trip It's Been.
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what did you expect, this seems to be shot on the fly, a very unproffesional video recording. the dvd would be plenty for something like this. Bluray in this case is a gimmick.
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