Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Just A Taste


The upcoming July 1978: The Complete Recordings set is, on paper, the most exciting box since the Europe ’72 tour came out: not just remastered versions of the Betty Boards from Red Rocks, but three–count ’em–wild card shows. What was the last release that featured a show you hadn’t heard before, let alone three from a great year?

(Shut up. ’78 is a great year. And even if you don’t agree with me, David Lemieushuporx does, judging by the record; this means I win.)

There’s excerpts from the three non-circulating shows over at, but I’m steering clear for now: I’m not a huge fan of context-less Dead. The proper unit is a Show; you could further divide into Sets, but you can’t measure the Grateful Dead in Songs.  You can listen, though. Hell, you can do whatever you want.


  1. Nice packaging. Wait for an eruption of complaints that it will not fit on regular CD shelves.

  2. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    April 27, 2016 at 11:50 am

    It will be worth cutting slots in my CD shelves just to fit this box set!

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