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Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings (9 CD Boxed Set) Limited Edition, Box set

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Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings presents the legendary 3-night run (June 7, 8, 9) that marked the band's triumphant return from one of the greatest tours in rock 'n' roll history. Winterland's relaxed atmosphere truly brings out the best as the guys deliver six inspired sets of free-flowing creativity and peak musicianship.

Completists rejoice -- 9 full discs, 68 tracks of prime time Dead! Experience all 3 shows from start-to-finish as every note from the analog masters has been brought back to distortion-free, pitch-perfect reality using Plangent Processes. Adding to the bliss, the restored audio has been lovingly mastered to HDCD by Jeffrey Norman.

Winterland June 1977 is the faithful companion to last year's standard-setting set, Winterland 1973. It features archival packaging, cover art by Emek, a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay by Rolling Stone's David Fricke, along with lots of amazing photos and a few surprises.

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Limited Edition, Box set
  • 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: B002T11LS8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By JG on October 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Rhino have really outdone themselves in every way possible on this one.

The first thing you notice is the elaborate artwork of the package, which was painstakingly and beautifully done by neo 60s rock poster artist Emek. Each of the 3 CD packages that contains each of the three shows folds out, and when put together, form a new picture.

But the packaging is just the beginning of these great shows. The sound quality is literally mind blowingly unbelievable. Each show was carefully remastered by longtime sound engnineer Jeffrey Norman, who has worked on a long list of previous Grateful Dead recordings.

Over the years, I've amassed somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 or so official live Dead releases, and can confidently say that nothing even comes close to the sound here. I will just stop writing about it now, because words can't describe the clarity and definition.

If you're reading this, you probably already know that 1977 is widely considered among the Dead's strongest. Assuming that to be true, then these 3 shows are the cream of the crop.

So sit back, get yourself properly regulated ahead of time, insert the disc, and you might just feel like you've been teleported three decades back to the legendary Winterland.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By AEOC on January 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
1977 is one of my favorite years for the Dead, and with the recent purchase of "Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings" I asked myself, what of the '77 commercial material is best in terms of sound quality? I already know which shows I enjoy based on performance, setlist and energy, but I really wanted to know which shows have the best sound and balance (instruments and vocals).

The only way I could trick myself into not being biased is make up some mixed CDs of random songs in shuffled order from all the shows, then listen to them independently and give each song its own rating. This is of course subjective as any other review you're going to find, and since my focus was primarily sound quality it is directly related to the quality of my home stereo (which is pretty decent). Just to keep things fair I also threw in one of my favorite bootlegs and an import CD.

Below you will find the results of my little test, ranked from best sound quality (#1) to worst (#15):

01) 06/08/77 - "Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings": Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
02) 06/07/77 - "Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings": Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
03) 05/12/77 - "Winterland June 1977: Bonus Cuts": Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
04) 06/09/77 - "Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings": Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
05) 04/30/77 - "Grateful Dead Download Series, Vol. 1": Palladium, New York City, NY
06) 11/05/77 - Dick's Picks, Vol. 34: Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY
07) 05/22/77 - Dick's Picks, Vol.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Gerber on November 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
As of writing, this box-set has come back into stock at And so it should. Music played, produced and presented like this should never go out of print.
If, like I did for a time, you put-off buying this because you have so much Dead from '77 and other great years that get lost in the endless listening queue, or because you've already spent so many pennies buying all the shows officially released over the last two decades...well, look I'll just say if you're even considering it while it's around again for awhile, then go for it! I realize now what a treasure I almost missed out on.
I won't go into trying to review the three shows (been done here well by others already) but I would like to place my oar in the waters, to help row the boat of enthusiasm, for this amazing release: the sound is stunning (I suppose the best I've heard of all officially released Grateful Dead), the shows are amazing and the packaging is beautiful- my only minor quibble is having to remove the discs from the cardboard sleeves to place in jewel-cases for easy and damage-free access (I like my discs in good condition!).
The Dead's return to Winterland after the historic tour seemed to bring with it a relaxed, but daring adventure into even more unique versions of the commonly played '77 songs- the 'Mexicali Blues', for instance, is almost reggae!
In the great liner notes by David Fricke, it is noted that hard-working and faithful archivist/producer David Lemieux says many fans of '77 Dead commonly rate June 7 as a top fifteen show; June 8 as a top ten and June 9 in the top three.
I find it impossible to pick my favorite year, let alone concert, but I can say for sure that these have blown my tiny mind again and I'm so glad I didn't let 'em get away.
Highly, highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on August 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
1977 proved to be a watershed year for the Grateful Dead. They began the year writing and recording Terrapin Station, finishing up work on the Grateful Dead Movie and then started one of their strongest Spring tours ever (including bringing back some songs not heard since their "retirement" in '74). The band started off June by playing a fantastic show on the 4th at The Forum in Inglewood before heading back up north to the Bay Area to play a three night stand at Winterland Arena in San Francisco.

Tuesday, June 7th

This show gets off the a rocking start with a grooving Bertha. Jack Straw is a strong version which hadn't been heard in these parts in nearly three years. Tennessee Jed moves along at a nice clip and works it way into a frenzy by it's end. Looks Like Rain and Peggy-O are also well done but each is played very sweetly. We then get to go "out west" for El Paso and Friend Of The Devil. The first set ends with a blazing The Music Never Stopped with Jerry tearing up the ending.

The second set starts with a screaming Scarlet->Fire->Good Lovin'. Next up is a stunning version of Candyman followed by a pause before the jam. The jam of Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Samson And Delilah-> Terrapin Station-> Morning Dew-> Around And Around is downright amazing. The band quickly pulls it back together for a sweet Uncle John's Band and ending the night with a hot U.S. Blues.

Wednesday, June 8th

Not to be outdone by the previous show, the band comes out firing on cylinders with a hot New Minglewood Blues only to follow it with a kicking Sugaree. Mexicali Blues is very nice and Row Jimmy is well played and you can hear the drummers "rowing" in this version. I like Sunrise and this is a nice version.
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