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Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings Box set, Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (April 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B001TW2S9O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When the Grateful Dead played San Francisco's Winterland Arena for three straight nights in November 1973, they triumphed with home court advantage during one of their most celebrated eras. Recorded November 9, 10, and 11, the trio of epic shows captured on WINTERLAND 1973 are among the finest and most legendary in the band's vast tape vaults, according to Dead archivist David Lemieux. Housed in a deluxe archival box and presented in HDCD, the set contains a portfolio of 72 tracks mastered from the original two-track Master Tapes using an innovative process that delivers unprecedented sound quality. WINTERLAND 73 will be issued in a one time only limited edition run.

Customer Reviews

Sometimes, things are just - well, cool.
Gadfly Fancypants
My favorite Grateful Dead has always been the '72-'74 period, with the Soundtrack generally being my all around favorite live release.
Neil S. Steffey
That extra CD, was a wonderful addition, to an already good box set.
Philip S. Wolf

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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Nine discs-61,69,55,67,61,57,57,57,79 minutes each approximately. The original release contained a "bonus" disc (77 minutes) from Cincinatti on 12-04-73 not now included in this release. This concert comes from two-track tapes. The sound doesn't have the "openess" and dimensionality of other Dead releases. Saying that,this is probably the best sounding two-track recordings you'll ever hear. Tracks range from"Me and Bobby McGhee",to "Row Jimmy",to "China Cat Sunflower",to "Playing In the Band",to "Weather Report Suite",to "Truckin'",to"Promised Land",to "Dark Star"-those familiar with the band will get the picture.

Let's get it out right now-this will probably stand as one of the finest "live" sets the group has ever released. However,it's a different group than from even a year or so ago. A listen to the lengthy DARK STAR on this set is,DARK STAR,but it's something else too. Read on.

These recordings are testament to the growth of the Grateful Dead. Often dismissed as stuck in the "sixties",the Dead had quietly continued to evolve. Gone are the totally psychedelic flashes found in their own, and in others,compositions. Yes,the Garcia knife-edge guitar sound,the under-pinning yet out-front bass work of Lesh,the drum/percussion foundation of Kreutzmann,and the subtle keyboards of Keith Godchaux are all present. But there is something more-the Dead have matured,moved on in their playing. As I wrote,listen to DARK STAR on disc nine. Compare it to other recordings from even a year previously. It's DARK STAR,but it's also something else entirely. Even given the nature of the band to constantly improvise-this is something new.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on April 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This nine CD set of a three night run at Winterland, San Francisco is the type of release the Deadheads have been shouting for....well, for years now. 1973, was a transitional year in GD history. On March 8, news of the passing of Pigpen, meant that the old days were now gone forever. The band, played gigs mostly on the east coast of the USA, with only two shows played in the Bay Area, prior to this Winterland stand. "Bear's Choice" was released in July. Taken from The Fillmore East shows of Feb 1970, "Choice" was as close to a tribute for Pigpen, that the band would ever bring out. "Bear's Choice" also completed The Grateful Dead's commitment to Warner Brothers Records, and in October, "Wake Of The Flood" became the first release from Grateful Dead Records.

Away from home since May, this November three night stand at Winterland is a begining of sorts. Along with the new songs from WOTF, the style of the band's playing had evolved yet again with a more jazz influnced sound.
With tunes such as: "Eyes Of The World" & "Weather Report Suite," The Dead, approached this new music with a confident swing & swagger. Old chestnuts such as: "Dark Star" and "Playing In The Band" take on brand new forms and shapes, and deep space is reached in their center.

Old favorites: "Truckin", "Uncle John's Band" and "Sugar Magnolia" can be found right here in this box, but like newer tunes: "Row Jimmy" and "Stella Blue" they are used as ingredients in this great big musical stew pot. These shows are amongst some of the longest concerts that the band would perform. 1973, is considered by many to one of the very best years of live Grateful Dead music. These nine CD's will begin to define just what all the fuss is about.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kendall A. Whitney on October 19, 2013
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Normal bands release a live concert from a single date or release a single or double disc of “best ofs” from a tour. Not the Dead. Because of their fans, the Dead don’t just release the entire concert, zits and all, the Dead (and their business people) release 3-night runs (on 9 discs) capturing a particular moment in time. Or in the case of “Winterland 1973. The Complete Recordings” 3 nights in a row. November 9-11, 1973, a Friday night through Sunday night run of shows in San Francisco that captures the band doing what they do best: playing live improvisational music.  

What’s curious about this box set released in 2009 is that in 1973 the Dead played only 3 nights in their home base of San Francisco. In a year in which they played over 150 shows. Yes, they kicked off 1973 at Maples Pavilion (in Stanford). But these 3 are the only concerts they played in the place they put on the map in their own musical way. Yet here we have the historical documentation of how they sounded in late 1973. Which is a really good but difficult and somewhat dark time for the Dead (Pigpen’s recent passing). 

Every Deadhead has their favorite era. Many point to the Cornell May 8th, 1977 show, which is in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. But I’m not entirely convinced that Cornell was the best show of the spectacular Spring ’77 tour, which is all worth checking out. Then there are Deadheads who believe that the only true Dead is the Pigpen era (1965-maybe late ’71, because Pigpen really stopped having an impact on the Dead once he got sick and eventually passed in ’73), punctuated by the extremely intense playing from ’68 to ’70.
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