We’re on a mission to make a miracle every day. As a token of our appreciation for making 2011 an epic year, we’re giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download every day this month. That’s 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by tape archivist David Lemieux! Intrigued? We’re also going to put your knowledge to the test and give you the chance to win some sweet swag from the Dead.
You know your Ables from your Bakers from your C’s, but can your finely tuned ears differentiate the cosmic “comeback” tour from a spacey 70′s show? Each day we’ll post a free download from one of the Dead’s coveted shows. Will it be from that magical night at Madison Square Garden in ’93 or from way back when they were just starting to warm it up at Winterland? Is that Pigpen’s harmonica we hear? Brent on keys? Step right up and try your hand.
Guess the venue & date correctly and you’ll be automatically entered to win the prize of the day. Each day a winner will be selected at random, so take your time and make your best guess! Answer correctly, and you will also be automatically entered for our Grand Prize – an All Music Edition of Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings. What are you waiting for? Grab today’s download here.
TOP HAT SKELETON GRATEFUL DEAD LIMITED EDITION TIKI MUG
Beachcombers and Dead Heads alike can whet their whistles this holiday season with a limited-edition collectible Tiki Mug that boldly goes beyond the traditional Tiki realm. A unique take on the Polynesia faces and places depicted throughout Tiki art, this handsome mug features the Grateful Dead’s iconic Uncle Sam skeleton – and this time there’s nothing he’d rather do than wipe out your U.S. Blues, perched among your finest collection or filled to the brim with a frothy beverage.
Design by Tiki Artist The Pizz, this spectacular rendition harkens back to classical antiquities with a skeleton bust suited in a pin stripe jacket and bow tie and portrait head topped with a rose rimmed hat. Richly glazed in a dual tone blue with the Grateful Dead’s signature Steal Your Face symbol for glasses, this collectors item is limited to just 1,000 units and is only available at Dead.net. Get one now before they are gone, gone, gone…
This product is limited edition and will not be made again.
SUNSHINE DAYDREAM BUCKLE LIMITED EDITION (NUMBERED)
Buckles – they aren’t just for cowboys and outlaws, bikers and broads. Fasten your belt with this handsome and durable (just in case you ARE a cowboy) pewter buckle featuring the official artwork for the legendary Sunshine Daydream release. Individually engraved with “Made in USA,” “Grateful Dead Limited Edition No.” and your unique number from 1 to 1000, this limited-edition item will surely set you apart from the rest!
SYF SUN AND SURF HAWAIIAN SHIRT LIMITED EDITION
If the cold rain and snow have gotten you down, say “Aloha” to this mighty fine Hawaiian button front shirt featuring a traditional sun, sand, and surf motif with a gratefully hidden twist. Here comes sunshine courtesy of Stealie!
Faux wood buttons, perfect print match left chest pocket, 2″ side vents at hem and “Grateful Dead Limited Edition” tag inside neckline. Cotton/rayon blend for comfort with relaxed fit.
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DAVE’S PICKS VOLUME 7
APRIL 24, 1978: HORTON FIELD HOUSE, ILLINOIS STATE, NORMAL, IL
The Grateful Dead may have wrapped up the final show of the first leg of their 1978 Spring Tour in a town called Normal, but this night was anything but! Yes, on this fine evening, the Rhythm Devils shook the room with an exotic tribal assault. Bob found his groove with the slide guitar, contrasting nicely with Keith’s block chording, Phil’s thundering and swooping bass-lines, Jerry’s articulated leads. Heck, they even dabbled in disco, teasing the audience with an unmistakable riff from “Stayin’ Alive.” What does all this juiced-up, cranked to the max, sonic savagery add up to? Top-level deliveries of fan favorites like “The Music Never Stopped,” “Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain,” and “Ramble On Rose,” a jungle-vibed 14+ minute Rhythm Devils interlude, an over-the-top take on Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and much, much more.
Limited to 13,000 individually numbered copies, this super-charged 3-CD set featuring the complete show from 4/24/78, ships August 1st, but you can pre-order it now.
SEASIDE CHAT: DAVID LEMIEUX ON DAVE’S PICKS VOLUME 7
Great fog horns! David Lemieux moves his production to the Golden Gate Bridge for this edition of the Seaside Chat. Find out why Dave’s Picks Volume 7: Horton Field House, Illinois State, Normal, IL carries on the spirit of ’77 here.
Tune in to what is widely considered one of the best-ever renditions of “The Music Never Stopped.”