Grateful Dead To Release ‘July 1978: The Complete Recordings’

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The Grateful Dead have opened the vault once again for a new box set. July 1978: The Complete Recordings featuring 12 CDs and five complete shows will be released on May 13 and is now available for pre-order.

All five shows that are collected in the box set were taped by Betty Cantor-Jackson and are the first official release from the long-lost “Betty Boards” that were recently returned to the band’s vault. Included within are recordings of the Grateful Dead’s visits to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (7/1/78), St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul (7/3/78), Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha (7/5/78) and the band’s debut at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado (7/7/78 and 7/8/78). Jeffrey Norman newly mastered Betty’s tapes for inclusion in July 1978: The Complete Recordings.

The set, which is limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies, also features original artwork by esteemed cartoonist Paul Pope (D.C. and Marvel comics) and in-depth liner notes written by Nick Meriwether (Grateful Dead Archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz), as well as a producer’s note from producer David Lemieux. The collection will also be available for HD digital download in FLAC and ALAC via Dead.net on release day. A 3-CD set containing the Grateful Dead’s July 8th, 1978 performance is also due out May 13.

“The first three shows in this boxed set are completely uncirculated in soundboard format, and this boxed set will give the world its first taste of these three magnificent, previously thought-to-be-lost Grateful Dead concerts. Each show is presented in its entirety, in pristine recordings by long-time Grateful Dead engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson. Add to these three show the first two Grateful Dead performances at Red Rocks in Colorado, a run widely considered the best of the year, and you have one of the most compelling boxed sets the Grateful Dead have ever released,” Lemieux told Rolling Stone.

Listen to “Wharf Rat” from the July 8, 1978 portion of the new box set via Rolling Stone:

Watch archivist David Lemieux’s Seaside Chat about the new box set:

July 1978: The Complete Recordings Tracklist

Show #1 Arrowhead Stadium: Kansas City, MO (7/1/78)

Disc 1

  1. Bertha [7:02]
  2. Good Lovin’ [6:30]
  3. Tennessee Jed [8:49]
  4. Jack Straw [6:03]
  5. Friend Of The Devil [8:20]
  6. Me And My Uncle [2:56]
  7. Big River [5:16]

Disc 2

  1. Terrapin Station > [11:01]
  2. Playing In The Band > [8:56]
  3. Rhythm Devils > [8:51]
  4. Space > [3:51]
  5. Estimated Prophet > [11:05]
  6. The Other One > [5:13]
  7. Wharf Rat > [10:01]
  8. Around And Around [8:25]
  9. Johnny B. Goode [4:15]

Show #2 St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN (7/3/78)

Disc 1

  1. New Minglewood Blues [5:40]
  2. Loser [7:35]
  3. Looks Like Rain [7:51]
  4. Ramble On Rose [7:25]
  5. Mexicali Blues > [3:26]
  6. Mama Tried > [3:24]
  7. Peggy-O [8:09]
  8. Cassidy [5:08]
  9. Deal > [6:13]
  10. The Music Never Stopped [8:20]

Disc 2

  1. Scarlet Begonias > [10:16]
  2. Fire On The Mountain [9:39]
  3. Dancing In The Street > [13:32]
  4. Rhythm Devils > [11:10]
  5. Not Fade Away > [6:46]
  6. Stella Blue > [10:51]
  7. Sugar Magnolia [9:19]
  8. Werewolves Of London [7:12]

Show #3 Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NE (7/5/78)

Disc 1

  1. Sugaree [9:51]
  2. Beat It On Down The Line [3:28]
  3. They Love Each Other [7:12]
  4. Looks Like Rain [7:59]
  5. Dire Wolf [3:49]
  6. It’s All Over Now [8:22]
  7. Candyman [6:41]
  8. Lazy Lightning > [3:27]
  9. Supplication [5:27]
  10. Deal [5:59]
  11. Samson and Delilah [7:18]
  12. Ship Of Fools [7:29]

Disc 2

  1. Estimated Prophet > [12:42]
  2. Eyes Of The World > [12:23]
  3. Rhythm Devils > [7:56]
  4. Space > [7:28]
  5. Wharf Rat > [9:43]
  6. Truckin’ > [7:29]
  7. Iko Iko > [7:23]
  8. Around And Around [8:27]
  9. Promised Land [4:13]

Show #4 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (7/7/78)

Disc 1

  1. Jack Straw [5:49]
  2. Candyman [6:40]
  3. Me And My Uncle > [3:00]
  4. Big River [5:53]
  5. Friend Of The Devil [8:36]
  6. Cassidy [5:06]
  7. Tennessee Jed [9:11]
  8. Passenger [5:31]
  9. Peggy-O [9:10]
  10. The Music Never Stopped [8:13]

Disc 2

  1. Cold Rain And Snow [7:26]
  2. Beat It On Down The Line [3:38]
  3. Scarlet Begonias > [10:18]
  4. Fire On The Mountain [8:10]

Disc 3

  1. Dancing In The Street [8:57]
  2. Rhythm Devils > [10:12]
  3. Space > [6:09]
  4. Not Fade Away > [11:04]
  5. Black Peter > [10:29]
  6. Around And Around [8:44]
  7. U.S. Blues [5:55]
  8. Johnny B. Goode [4:16]

Show #5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (7/8/78)

Disc 1

  1. Bertha > [6:43]
  2. Good Lovin’ [6:40]
  3. Dire Wolf [4:07]
  4. El Paso [4:25]
  5. It Must Have Been The Roses [7:16]
  6. New Minglewood Blues [6:09]
  7. Ramble On Rose [8:34]
  8. Promised Land [4:37]
  9. Deal [6:26]
  10. Samson and Delilah [7:44]
  11. Ship Of Fools [7:29]

Disc 2

  1. Estimated Prophet > [13:08]
  2. The Other One > [8:51]
  3. Eyes Of The World > [10:34]
  4. Rhythm Devils > [10:29]
  5. Space > [5:03]
  6. Wharf Rat > [8:43]
  7. Franklin’s Tower [10:39]
  8. Sugar Magnolia [9:31]

Disc 3

  1. Terrapin Station > [10:54]
  2. One More Saturday Night [5:13]
  3. Werewolves Of London [6:44]