The Dead: Complete Winterland

Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings Spotlights the Grateful Dead's Three-Night Run in a Nine-Disc Boxed Set That Features Every Note Remastered in HDCD

The monumental space of San Francisco's Winterland Arena hosted countless landmark musical events, including celebrated shows from world-renowned artists such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Ramones and Bruce Springsteen. Winterland provided the stage for The Band's "Last Waltz" as well as the infamous final performance from the original Sex Pistols lineup. But all these legendary performers were only visitors to the arena; Winterland was the home court of the Grateful Dead. The Dead were, first and foremost, a San Francisco band and their Winterland gigs were not just events, they created an institution. The band played Winterland more than any other artist, including the venue's final show. In this naturally comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, the Dead regularly stretched their musical dynamics and improvisation to spectacular heights.

WINTERLAND 1973: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS offers a detailed portfolio of the Grateful Dead achieving a triumphant high-water mark on stage while playing in front of the hometown crowd. Like WINTERLAND's phenomenal predecessor, the limited edition box set Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings that sold out almost instantaneously in 2005, this nine-disc collection presents the band's music not in the form of a set or a night, but of an entire concert run - capturing every mind-bending note recorded at Winterland during its three night residency on November 9, 10, and 11, 1973.

WINTERLAND 1973: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS is presented in HDCD, mastered from the original two-track board tapes. Undoubtedly, this is likely to be the best-sounding, two-track recording that Dead Heads, new and old, will ever hear due to a cutting-edge audio engineering process never before applied to a standard Dead master tape. Wonderfully packaged in a custom archival box, the set contains 72 previously unreleased tracks as well as a 28-page, full color booklet featuring an extensive essay by Dennis McNally and rare photos. The box will also include two cool surprise goodies from the Winterland era. On sale now exclusively from for $99.99, WINTERLAND 1973 will be shipped by the end of April. Fans who order the set before then will also receive an exclusive bonus disc featuring a rare compilation of unreleased tunes recorded at Cincinnati Gardens, December 4, 1973.

WINTERLAND 1973 is not based on a classic live album, but rather a period of exceptional performances - a period that archivist David Lemieux argues is among the finest sustained seasons in Dead history. And importantly, this is the modern Dead. Most of the songs presented here ("China Cat Sunflower" and "Dark Star" are obvious exceptions) date back no more than two or three years before the fall 1973, and they are tunes that the band would return to throughout its history. At the time of the Winterland recordings, the band included Jerry Garcia (lead guitar, vocals), Donna Jean Godchaux (vocals), Keith Godchaux (keyboards), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Phil Lesh (electric bass, vocals), and Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals).


Disc 1: 11/9/73:
1. "Promised Land"
2. "Brown-Eyed Woman"
3. "Me & Bobby McGee"
4. "They Love Each Other"
5. "Black-Throated Wind"
6. "Don't East Me In"
7. "Mexicali Blues"
8. "Row Jimmy"
9. "The Race Is On"
10. "China Cat Sunflower"
11. "I Know You Rider"

Disc 2: 11/9/73:
1. "Playing In The Band"
2. "Here Comes Sunshine"
3. "Me & My Uncle"
4. "To Lay Me Down"
5. "Big River"
6. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo"
7. "Greatest Story Ever Told" 8. "Bertha"

Disc 3: 11/9/73:
1. "Weather Report Suite"
a. Prelude
b. Part I
c. Part II (Let It Grow)
2. "Eyes Of The World"
3. "China Doll"
4. "Around And Around"
5. "Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad"
6. "Johnny B. Goode"

Disc 4: 11/10/73:
1. "Bertha"
2. "Jack Straw"
3. "Loser"
4. "Looks Like Rain"
5. "Deal"
6. "Mexicali Blues"
7. "Tennessee Jed"
8. "El Paso"
9. "Brokedown Palace"
10. "Beat It On Down The Line"
11. "Row Jimmy"

Disc 5: 11/10/73:
1. "Weather Report Suite"
a. Prelude
b. Part I
c. Part II (Let It Grow)
2. "Playing In The Band"
3. "Uncle John's Band"
4. "Morning Dew"
5. "Uncle John's Band"
6. "Playing In The Band"

Disc 6: 11/10/73:
1. "Big River"
2. "Stella Blue"
3. "Truckin'"
4. "Wharf Rat"
5. "Sugar Magnolia"
6. "One More Saturday Night"
7. "Casey Jones"

Disc 7: 11/11/73:
1. "Promised Land"
2. "Bertha"
3. "Greatest Story Ever Told"
4. "Sugaree"
5. "Black-Throated Wind"
6. "To Lay Me Down"
7. "El Paso"
8. "Ramble On Rose"
9. "Me & Bobby McGee"

Disc 8: 11/11/73:
1. "China Cat Sunflower"
2. "I Know You Rider"
3. "Me & My Uncle"
4. "Loose Lucy"
5. "Weather Report Suite"
a. Prelude
b. Part I
c. Part II (Let It Grow)
6. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo"
7. "Big River"

Disc 9: 11/11/73:
1. "Dark Star"
2. "Eyes Of The World"
3. "China Doll"
4. "Sugar Magnolia"
5. "Uncle John's Band"
6. "Johnny B. Goode"
7. "We Bid You Goodnight"

Bonus Disc 12/4/73 ( pre-order only):
1. "China Cat Sunflower"
2. "I Know You Rider"
3. "Truckin'"
4. "Stella Blue"
5. "Eyes Of The World"
6. "Space"
7. "Sugar Magnolia"
8. "Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad"
9. "Casey Jones"

[Published on: 3/19/08]

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ThePhishPhan Wed 3/19/2008 04:07PM
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reasonably priced...

willydog Wed 3/19/2008 04:29PM
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sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/19/2008 05:00PM
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The boys were really pushing Weather Report Suite weren't they? Three nights in a row? Hmmmm...that's alot of redundant Bobby! Hmmmm...that's alot of redundant Bobby! Anyway...I can dig anything from Winterland. Can't wait to hear it!

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/19/2008 05:02PM
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yeah cant go wrong with winterland

FOTM from Closing of Winterland 78....priceless

PhilnWeird starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/19/2008 05:03PM
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12-27-77 from Winterland is my favorite Dead Set EVER!!! Wish they had that out on Box Set.

chinacatsunflower1989 starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/19/2008 05:38PM
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holy shit, each set looks better than the next, and that last bonus disc thats available looks the dankest of them all. China Cat> i know you rider and GDTRFB AND eyes of the world?!?! HELL YEAH!!!

okalrightic starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/19/2008 05:55PM
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awesome, just really fuckin awesome!

salmon401 starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/19/2008 06:01PM
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Note to self: Get this for yourself for your birthday, you deserve it.

phishstir Wed 3/19/2008 06:06PM
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the artwork is pretty nice too! Done by EMEK

Flat5 Wed 3/19/2008 07:08PM
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desert_drifter Wed 3/19/2008 07:12PM
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i have the 11/11/77 show and i highly recommend it. although i have not heard the two previous nights, i also have the two following shows from san diego and LA. these are the some of my favorite shows in my collection. buy this if you can. 99 bucks is a little expensive though....especially as the original ticket prices were $5 in advance and $5.50 at the door....


AintNoFreedom starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/19/2008 07:39PM
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wow. that collection defines epic.

Mule86 Wed 3/19/2008 08:09PM
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Flat5, No offense..but your are ignorant. The Grateful Dead is hands down, one of the best bands to grace this earth. I can never hear their songs too many times...Sorry to sound rash, but thats just my honest opinion.

mhalper Wed 3/19/2008 09:48PM
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Maybe this is common knowledge, but 11-11-73 available with the freeness:

adventuresinperception starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/19/2008 09:59PM
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ohhh this looks quite lovely. 1973 is defiitely up there (2nd to 72) as my fav year for the dead. steal your face right off your head.

ps- flat5 you are fugazzi! if your trashin the dead, get the fuck out!

PrinceofDANKNESS Thu 3/20/2008 02:56AM
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philhitz Thu 3/20/2008 07:15AM
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finally - a complete show(s) released -- thank you!

acomma Thu 3/20/2008 07:26AM
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I've heard 11/11/73 and I think that there are much better '73 shows, although I have yet to hear the previous two nights. It is good they are finally releasing complete shows; Rhino has been doing the compilation bullshit for a while. I think there marketing team finally pulled their heads out of their asses and learned a little something about their target market!

JoeyTheFoot starstarstarstar Thu 3/20/2008 07:32AM
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wow what an awesome set. Rhino has done very well with the releases they've put out since taking over GDP. I agree that this is very reasonably priced for what you are getting. I'll have to snatch this one up.

phishr82 Thu 3/20/2008 08:39AM
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wow flat5, way to be the only ignorant fool on here. I really hope you were kidding about that whole "same old songs a million times" thing. If not then you might to go back and take Improvisational Music 101 again.

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/20/2008 09:02AM
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ThePhishPhan - I'm with you. No matter how you slice it, it comes to about 10 bucks a disc plus some sort of mega picture booklet I'm sure.

I always enjoy a concert in its entirety instead of a edit or compilation. My only gripe would be... why don't they release this stuff sooner?

chuckus Thu 3/20/2008 11:41AM
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This would be great to get before a major roadtrip. You could get really far on unrepeated tunes before you ran out of that GD run! And compared to what you paid for the gas, the price wouldn't sting at all.

kirkbrew starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/20/2008 12:41PM
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Cha-ching!!! Expect more of these. I wonder what their margins are? Their only cost is mastering and production. Advertising costs nothing and the customer pays for distribution.

mhalper - THANKS!!! Downloading now.

Smittea – You gotta’ draw this out. They need to maintain a revenue stream for another 20 years. Give it a year and you’ll see some mega ’77 release then they will go back to ‘68/’69 then a year later all of ’75…

I agree that the price is nice, but I think I’m set for Charlie Miller 73/74 shows for a spell. Real good deal if you are a fan of Playin’, China>Rider, Half Step and WRS. The ’73 and ’74 Playin’s always kicked ass. I need to save my cash to rebuild my bike (winter riding is tough on them gears!).

Agree with the 1977 run. DP 10 from 12/29 is mighty fine. In fact, Disk 2 is on its way to my CD player now.

twain Thu 3/20/2008 01:03PM
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greatest rock n roll band ever. period.

guitardave starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/20/2008 01:07PM
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This is what I'm talking about ten discs of complete pre-hiatus DEAD.

CMG Thu 3/20/2008 03:00PM
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Seems to me that the folks at Rhino are in a no-win situation. People clamor for full shows or runs, and then when they produce something like this people say it's too expensive. (And by the way, if you actually look at the work that went into making this sound the way it does--go get a preview at'll know why it's priced differently from a DP, for example). But if they put out things from the Vault like the RT series, people complain that they aren't full shows or are still too expensive. (BTW, give me some killer performances and jams each from a few nights of a tour and I'm a hell of a lot happier to have them than not to). Nobody is forced to buy any of the official Vault releases...if you're happy with the sound quality of your 'boards or taper's recordings, then just listen to those. But if you're one of the people who have been wringing their hands for this Winterland release and the price ticks you off, just go without lunch for a few weeks...that's what I'm doing.

widespread1988 Thu 3/20/2008 04:20PM
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monkeygrass0 Thu 3/20/2008 07:25PM
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sick setlist. They never get old.

cavemandan Thu 3/20/2008 08:19PM
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yeah 100 bux is kinda steep for 10 pieces of plastic.... the people putting out this set are prolly making more than the band did for playing it it 73!... if they were true to the heart and soul deadheads they would have done all the "work" and shared it amongst all the past, current and future deadheads... it is just another way to make a buck off us people who fell in love with the MUSIC and not the ability to make money off releasing it on plastic digital gaga.... i will listen to the analog cassettes until they turn to dust before i would support capitalizing on reproductions of my favorite music.... imagine how much we could do as a community for world hunger, aids, education, the elderly...etc if we all gave $100 to these causes and as rewards were given free discs if we wanted them.... winterland was a tasty run, as were 99.9 percent of all shows... set lists never meant anything to me without hearing the show....ok let's all hate on my opinion now..... i really don't

kyjed48 Thu 3/20/2008 08:31PM
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widespread1988, you're a fucking idiot!!!!!!!

You need to be called out on your ignorance. I can't speak for other people on Jambase, but don't come on this site and hate on the Dead. The only reason sites like this exist is because of them.

acomma Fri 3/21/2008 12:25PM
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I think widespread may have been joking...

cavemandan Fri 3/21/2008 02:03PM
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yeah is fun to stir the pot sometimes.....

guitardave starstarstar Mon 3/24/2008 08:06AM
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CMG is Dead on. Rhino is in a no win here. They put out a compilation: people bitch and moan for complete shows. They put out a complete RUN: its too expensive. They bought the fucking distribution rights, what the hell else are they supposed to do? If you want to save money stream from

widespread1988 Mon 3/24/2008 10:41AM
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haha cavemandan, and acomma, god bless you for recognizing a joke.

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1973-1974 the most experimental of the years, I totally prefer these years to all others.. They were just wayyyy out there, back then, and took more chances in the live setting at improv :-)

do not get me wrong. I love 76-79, and the 70-72 years too.