Grateful Dead Announces ‘Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings’ Box Set

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The Grateful Dead will issue Pacific Northwest ’73 – ’74: The Complete Recordings box set featuring six previously unreleased shows on September 7 via Rhino Records. The band and Rhino will also put out highlights from the set as Pacific Northwest ’73 – ’74: Believe It If You Need It and will release their performance from May 19, 1974 at Portland Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon on vinyl.

Pacific Northwest ’73 – ’74: The Complete Recordings includes every note the Grateful Dead played at P.N.E. Coliseum in Vancouver on June 22, 1973; at Portland Memorial Coliseum in Portland on June 24, 1973; at Seattle Center Arena in Seattle on June 26, 1973; at P.N.E. Coliseum on May 17, 1974; at Portland Memorial Coliseum on May 19, 1974 and at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle on May 21, 1974 spread across 19 discs. The box set will also be available digitally. Jeffrey Norman mastered the original tapes in HDCD after a restoration process was completed by Plangent Processes.

The Grateful Dead’s lineup at the time featured guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux, keyboardist Keith Godchaux, bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann. “This is a boxed set that’s a long time coming. A couple of the shows have come very, very close to being released on their own through the Grateful Dead’s archival release programs of the past 20 years, but we always held off in the hopes and expectations that they’d make a better boxed set,” said Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux in a statement. “The music at each and every one of these six shows is unique, special, inspired, and at times transcendent. The shows contain some of the most famous moments in Grateful Dead live history, including the ‘Bird Song’ from Vancouver ’73, the Portland ’74 ‘Truckin” jam, and the 47-minute ‘Playing In The Band’ from Seattle ’74. Each of these six shows has a distinct musical personality, and we’re excited that you can get to know all of them in their entirety, sounding better than we’ve ever heard them.”

Listen to the “Truckin'” > “Not Fade Away” from May 19, 1974 that appears on Pacific Northwest ’73 – ’74 via Rolling Stone:

The Pacific Northwest ’73 – ’74: The Complete Recordings box set will be limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies. Canadian artist Roy Henry Vickers created the artwork for the box set that also includes a 64-page book featuring photos by Richie Pechner and an essay from GD scholar Nicholas G. Meriweather. Pacific Northwest ’73 – ’74: Believe It If You Need It collects standout moments from the box set that will be available as a three-CD set and on digital download and streaming services. The 180-gram vinyl release of the Portland Memorial Coliseum show from May 19, 1974 will be limited to 7,500 copies on six-LPs.

All three releases are available now for pre-order via Dead.net.

Show #1

P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73)

Disc 1

  1. Bertha [6:30]
  2. Beat It On Down The Line [3:41]
  3. Deal [5:00]
  4. Mexicali Blues [4:02]
  5. Box Of Rain [5:47]
  6. Bird Song [14:29]
  7. The Race Is On [3:17]
  8. Sugaree [8:05]
  9. Looks Like Rain [7:34]
  10. Row Jimmy [9:22]
  11. Jack Straw [5:01]

Disc 2

  1. China Cat Sunflower > [8:39]
  2. I Know You Rider [5:48]
  3. Big River [5:01]
  4. Tennessee Jed [8:00]
  5. Playing In The Band [18:59]
  6. Here Comes Sunshine [12:25]
  7. Promised Land [2:58]
  8. Brown-Eyed Women [5:30]
  9. El Paso [4:33]

Disc 3

  1. Black Peter [9:23]
  2. Greatest Story Ever Told [5:00]
  3. Big Railroad Blues [3:56]
  4. He’s Gone > [11:24]
  5. Truckin’ > [26:06]
  6. The Other One [15:22]
  7. Wharf Rat [8:05]

Disc 4

  1. Sugar Magnolia [9:57]
  2. Casey Jones [7:31]
  3. Johnny B. Goode [3:56]

Show #2

Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (6/24/73)

Disc 5

  1. Promised Land [3:43]
  2. Loser [7:09]
  3. Mexicali Blues [3:53]
  4. They Love Each Other [5:48]
  5. Looks Like Rain [7:52]
  6. Box Of Rain [5:30]
  7. Big Railroad Blues [4:20]
  8. Jack Straw [5:02]
  9. Sugaree [7:24]
  10. The Race Is On [3:27]
  11. Row Jimmy [8:30]
  12. Beat It On Down The Line [3:30]
  13. China Cat Sunflower > [6:47]
  14. I Know You Rider [5:05]

Disc 6

  1. Around And Around [5:06]
  2. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [8:44]
  3. You Ain’t Woman Enough [3:42]
  4. El Paso [4:35]
  5. Stella Blue [7:57]
  6. Greatest Story Ever Told > [5:04]
  7. Bertha [6:12]
  8. Big River [4:47]

Disc 7

  1. Dark Star > [27:46]
  2. Eyes Of The World > [15:40]
  3. China Doll [6:38]
  4. Sugar Magnolia [9:40]
  5. One More Saturday Night [5:16]

Show #3

Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA (6/26/73)

Disc 8

  1. Casey Jones > [6:01]
  2. Greatest Story Ever Told [5:33]
  3. Brown-Eyed Women [5:47]
  4. Jack Straw [5:04]
  5. Box Of Rain [5:35]
  6. Deal [4:23]
  7. Mexicali Blues [4:08]
  8. You Ain’t Woman Enough [3:47]
  9. Row Jimmy [9:06]
  10. The Race Is On [3:34]
  11. China Cat Sunflower > [8:08]
  12. I Know You Rider [6:00]
  13. Beat It On Down The Line [3:28]
  14. Loser [6:50]

Disc 9

  1. Playing In The Band [15:49]
  2. Bertha [5:56]
  3. Promised Land [3:27]
  4. They Love Each Other [5:46]
  5. El Paso [4:28]
  6. Black Peter [9:18]
  7. Big River [4:58]
  8. Here Comes Sunshine [11:58]
  9. Me And My Uncle [3:11]

Disc 10

  1. He’s Gone > [13:59]
  2. Truckin’ > [10:55]
  3. The Other One > [6:33]
  4. Me And Bobby McGee > [5:25]
  5. The Other One > [18:06]
  6. Sugar Magnolia [10:03]
  7. Johnny B. Goode [3:56]

Show #4

P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74)

Disc 11

  1. The Promised Land [3:33]
  2. Deal [4:45]
  3. The Race Is On [3:34]
  4. Ramble On Rose [6:56]
  5. Jack Straw [5:16]
  6. Dire Wolf [5:28]
  7. Beat It On Down The Line [3:53]
  8. Loose Lucy [5:07]
  9. Big River [5:22]
  10. It Must Have Been The Roses [5:47]
  11. Mexicali Blues [3:48]
  12. Row Jimmy [8:59]

Disc 12

  1. Playing In The Band [23:07]
  2. U.S. Blues [6:09]
  3. Me And My Uncle [3:17]
  4. Ship Of Fools [6:27]
  5. Money Money [4:45]
  6. China Cat Sunflower > [8:20]
  7. I Know You Rider [5:22]

Disc 13

  1. Greatest Story Ever Told [5:27]
  2. Sugaree [8:18]
  3. Truckin’ >[9:56]
  4. Nobody’s Fault But Mine >[5:14]
  5. Eyes Of The World > [13:19]
  6. China Doll [6:01]
  7. Sugar Magnolia [9:21]

Show #5

Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)

Disc 14

  1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [8:14]
  2. Mexicali Blues [3:58]
  3. Big Railroad Blues [3:57]
  4. Black-Throated Wind [7:08]
  5. Scarlet Begonias [5:12]
  6. Beat It On Down The Line [3:47]
  7. Tennessee Jed [8:27]
  8. Me And Bobby Mcgee [6:02]
  9. Sugaree [7:31]
  10. Jack Straw [5:23]
  11. It Must Have Been The Roses [5:28]
  12. El Paso [4:35]
  13. Loose Lucy [5:07]
  14. Money Money [4:27]

Disc 15

  1. China Cat Sunflower> [8:34]
  2. I Know You Rider [5:40]
  3. Promised Land > [3:37]
  4. Bertha > [6:08]
  5. Greatest Story Ever Told [6:10]
  6. Ship Of Fools [6:36]
  7. Weather Report Suite > [17:58]
  8. Wharf Rat [10:49]
  9. Big River [5:36]
  10. Peggy-O [8:11]

Disc 16

  1. Truckin’ > [9:15]
  2. Jam > [9:58]
  3. Not Fade Away > [6:58]
  4. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:59]
  5. One More Saturday Night [5:36]
  6. U.S. Blues [5:37]

Show #6

Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74)

Disc 17

  1. Me And My Uncle [3:25]
  2. Brown-Eyed Women [5:20]
  3. Beat It On Down The Line [3:47]
  4. Deal [4:55]
  5. Mexicali Blues [3:59]
  6. It Must Have Been The Roses [5:45]
  7. The Race Is On [3:34]
  8. Scarlet Begonias [5:55]
  9. El Paso [4:56]
  10. Row Jimmy [9:25]
  11. Money Money [5:01]
  12. Ship Of Fools [6:18]

Disc 18

  1. Weather Report Suite > [17:22]
  2. China Doll [5:48]
  3. Playing In The Band[46:59]
  4. U.S. Blues [5:47]

Disc 19

  1. Big River [5:24]
  2. Stella Blue [8:40]
  3. Around And Around [5:25]
  4. Eyes Of The World > [13:52]
  5. Wharf Rat > [9:45]
  6. Sugar Magnolia [10:03]
  7. Johnny B. Goode [4:08]