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Grateful Dead’s new box set boasts 73 hours of unreleased audio over 80 discs

on June 02, 2015, 2:47pm

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Grateful Dead expands today with the announcement of a massive 80-disc box set. Dubbed 30 Trips Around the Sun, the live collection will feature complete recordings from 30 previously unreleased concerts, one from each year the band was active from 1965 to 1995. In total, the collection will contain a whopping 73 hours of audio.

30 Trips will be limited to 6,500 “ornate box” sets, a reference to the band’s 1965 formation. Each set will include a gold 7-inch vinyl with one of the band’s earliest recordings (“Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)”) on the A-side and the last song the full band ever performed live (“Box of Rain”, from the legendary Soldier Field show on July 9th, 1995) on the B-side. There’s also a 288-page book containing “an extensive, career-spanning essay” by University of California, Santa Cruz Dead archivist Nick Meriwether, alongside fan-submitted “special remembrances of the band.” Even better, there’s a scroll that, as explained in the press release, “offers a visual representation of how the band’s live repertoire has evolved through the years.”

(Read: No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead)

Also being released are 1,000 gold lightning bolt-shaped USB drives engraved with the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary logo and containing all the music in both FLAC and MP3 formats. Finally, a four-CD version called 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story 1965-1995 will feature one track from each concert in the collection, plus the recording of “Caution”. Included in this set will be an essay written by Deadhead Jesse Jarnow that dissects every song on the CDs.

A digital download of all the concerts will also be available, though none of the shows will ever be released as individual CDs.

With a September 18th release date for all formats, the box set will retail at $699.98 (!) and the four-CD collection at $44.98. Pre-orders for all versions are currently going on at Dead.net. Find the tracklist for the four-CD version ahead.

A complete list of the recorded concerts will be announced in the weeks leading up to the release. So far, four shows have been revealed: November 10th, 1967 at LA’s Shrine Auditorium; October 27th, 1979 at South Yarmouth, MA’s Cape Cod Coliseum; September 18th, 1987 at Madison Square Garden; and October 1st, 1994 at the Boston Garden.

The release of 30 Trips Around the Sun coincides with Grateful Dead’s upcoming run of reunion shows in Chicago and Palo Alto, as well as a potential tour with John Mayer.

30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story 1965-1995 Tracklist:

Disc One
01. “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” – 1965
02. “Cream Puff War” – 1966
03. “Viola Lee Blues” – 1967
04. “Dark Star” – 1968
05. “Doin’ That Rag” – 1969
06. “Dancing In The Street” – 1970
07. “The Rub” – 1971
08. “Tomorrow Is Forever” – 1972
09. “Here Comes Sunshine” – 1973

Disc Two
01. “Uncle John’s Band” – 1974
02. “Franklin’s Tower” – 1975
03. “Scarlet Begonias” – 1976
04. “Estimated Prophet” – 1977
05. “Samson and Delilah” – 1978
06. “Lost Sailor>Saint Of Circumstance” – 1979
07. “Deep Elem Blues” – 1980

Disc Three
01. “Shakedown Street” – 1981
02. “Bird Song” – 1982
03. “My Brother Esau” – 1983
04. “Feel Like A Stranger” – 1984
05. “Let It Grow” – 1985
06. “Comes A Time” – 1986
07. “Morning Dew” – 1987
08. “Not Fade Away” – 1988

Disc Four
01. “Blow Away” – 1989
02. “Ramble On Rose” – 1990
03. “High Time” – 1991
04. “Althea” – 1992
05. “Broken Arrow” – 1993
06. “So Many Roads” – 1994
07. “Visions Of Johanna” – 1995

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