Grateful Dead Releases ‘June 1976’ Box Set

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This year’s Grateful Dead box set, June 1976, includes previously unreleased recordings of five concerts from the band’s first tour back after the longest hiatus of their 30-year career. June 1976 — out today via Dead.net — contains recordings made by engineer Betty Jackson-Cantor of Grateful Dead shows held at the Boston Music Hall on June 10 and 11, The Beacon Theatre in New York City on June 14 and 15 and the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on June 19.

“Musically, June 1976 signaled a Golden Age of harmony and prosperity for the Dead,” notes a description of the box set. “It marked an Odysseusian-like return for Mickey Hart. Donna Jean (Godchaux) was in lock-step with the sirens’ call. Jerry (Garcia) and Bob (Weir) delivered orphic delight with solo musings like ‘Mission In The Rain’ (the only tour they ever played it on), ‘The Wheel,’ and ‘Cassidy,’ emboldened by group effort.” While also available digitally, the 15-CD box set includes liner notes by Jesse Jarnow and photos by Grant Gouldon within packaging featuring artwork by Justin Helton. Watch a slow-motion unboxing video below:

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Check out Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux’s June 1976 “Seaside Chat”:

Listen to “Friend Of The Devil” from June 15, 1976 that appears on June 1976:

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June 1976 Tracklist

Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA (6/10/76)

Disc 1

  1. Promised Land [3:51]
  2. Sugaree [9:52]
  3. Cassidy [5:00]
  4. They Love Each Other [8:29]
  5. The Music Never Stopped [5:47]
  6. Brown-Eyed Women [5:37]
  7. Lazy Lightning> [2:56]
  8. Supplication [4:26]
  9. Row Jimmy [9:23]
  10. Big River [6:28]
  11. Mission In The Rain [7:27]
  12. Looks Like Rain [9:08]

Disc 2

  1. Might As Well [6:11]
  2. Samson And Delilah [7:18]
  3. Help On The Way> [4:47]
  4. Slipknot!> [6:59]
  5. Franklin’s Tower [11:17]
  6. Let It Grow [11:36]
  7. Friend Of The Devil [8:11]

Disc 3

  1. Playing In The Band> [14:37]
  2. Dancing In The Street> [11:02]
  3. U.S. Blues [5:49]
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Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA (6/11/76)

Disc 4

  1. Might As Well [6:09]
  2. Mama Tried [3:24]
  3. Tennessee Jed [8:59]
  4. Cassidy [5:06]
  5. Candyman [8:28]
  6. Big River [6:18]
  7. Scarlet Begonias [10:16]
  8. Looks Like Rain [8:53]
  9. It Must Have Been The Roses [7:11]
  10. Lazy Lightning> [2:53]
  11. Supplication [5:21]
  12. Brown-Eyed Women [5:09]

Disc 5

  1. Promised Land [3:56]
  2. St. Stephen> [9:49]
  3. Dancing In The Street> [11:58]
  4. The Music Never Stopped [5:42]
  5. Ship Of Fools [7:11]

Disc 6

  1. Samson And Delilah [7:09]
  2. Sugaree [11:05]
  3. Sugar Magnolia> [6:04]
  4. Eyes Of The World> [13:13]
  5. Stella Blue [10:49]
  6. Sunshine Daydream [3:29]
  7. Johnny B. Goode [4:15]

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY (6/14/76)

Disc 7

  1. Cold Rain And Snow [6:49]
  2. Mama Tried [3:45]
  3. Row Jimmy [10:13]
  4. Cassidy [5:08]
  5. Brown-Eyed Women [5:26]
  6. Big River [6:21]
  7. Might As Well [6:00]
  8. Lazy Lightning> [2:56]
  9. Supplication [4:53]
  10. Tennessee Jed [8:57]

Disc 8

  1. Playing In The Band> [19:40]
  2. The Wheel [6:09]
  3. Samson And Delilah [6:36]
  4. High Time [9:52]
  5. The Music Never Stopped [5:26]
  6. Crazy Fingers [11:33]

Disc 9

  1. Dancing In The Street> [12:37]
  2. Cosmic Charlie [8:47]
  3. Help On The Way> [4:55]
  4. Slipknot!> [13:00]
  5. Franklin’s Tower> [11:03]
  6. Around And Around [7:18]
  7. U.S. Blues [5:52]

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY (6/15/76)

Disc 10

  1. Promised Land [4:26]
  2. Sugaree [9:44]
  3. Cassidy [4:58]
  4. Candyman [7:48]
  5. The Music Never Stopped [5:54]
  6. It Must Have Been The Roses [7:16]
  7. Looks Like Rain [7:06]
  8. Tennessee Jed [9:44]
  9. Let It Grow> [13:14]
  10. Might As Well [5:26]

Disc 11

  1. St. Stephen> [11:11]
  2. Not Fade Away> [12:15]
  3. Stella Blue [13:53]
  4. Samson And Delilah [6:25]
  5. Friend Of The Devil [8:24]

Disc 12

  1. Dancing In The Street> [13:01]
  2. The Wheel> [4:44]
  3. Sugar Magnolia [6:05]
  4. Scarlet Begonias> [4:48]
  5. Sunshine Daydream [3:39]
  6. Johnny B. Goode [4:12]

Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ (6/19/76)

Disc 13

  1. Help On The Way> [5:50]
  2. Slipknot!> [6:30]
  3. Franklin’s Tower> [9:38]
  4. The Music Never Stopped [6:05]
  5. Brown-Eyed Women [5:27]
  6. Cassidy [4:55]
  7. They Love Each Other [7:34]
  8. Looks Like Rain [8:02]
  9. Tennessee Jed [8:29]

Disc 14

  1. Playing In The Band [19:14]
  2. Might As Well [6:25]
  3. Samson And Delilah [7:07]
  4. High Time [9:38]

Disc 15

  1. Let It Grow> [13:09]
  2. Dancing In The Street> [10:20]
  3. Cosmic Charlie [9:11]
  4. Around And Around> [6:28]
  5. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad> [7:16]
  6. One More Saturday Night [4:58]
  7. Not Fade Away [8:03]