Grateful Dead : Dave's Picks 13 Volume Thirteen : February 24, 1974 (2/24/1974) - Winterland Arena - San Francisco, California (CA) : 3 CD : 2015 (1974/2015) Grateful Dead Productions, Inc. / Rhino (GDP / Rhino) : Limited Edition Individually-Numbered Set (of # 16,500) : Ice Skating Skeleton! Grateful Dead Shows that Needed! And now - It Has Been!!! At the San Francisco Winterland Arena!!!!
When you wish upon a Dark! And as for this Dead Fan here - this was a darn-near Necessary! Pre-Hiatus (1974) release that just had-to be' unleashed' from that so-very precious G. And now, it has Been!!
I mean I'm not sure what to even say here about this Historically-Significant! Show - that hasn't already been said by someone or heard! - at least at some point... Over the last close to 45-Years!
As the Music at this'74 Dead Show - does way-more then indeed speak for itself! The China > Rider - Playin' - Cumberland - Weather Report Suite > Row Jimmy! - Sugar Mag > NFA > GDTRFB > NFA... And last but most-definitely not least -- the Dark Star!!!
Noteworthy versions that are truly' up-there' in the best of the best conversations in all of Grateful Dead History! If you haven't ever heard this Show?
Wow, as by all means - do-you-ever Need To!! So, as all of that speaks for itself completely... , this is what I can say about this 2/24/74 Show - in regard to the audio-quality - and the accessibility standpoint - from the history of the G.This was a Show that was widely-accessible in the 1980's - and likely prior to that too - and, the sound quality was always just not quite there - on so-many of the versions that I personally encountered. Point being - once you could lasso this Show in the B+ / A- S. Range - you pretty much just considered yourself lucky - and would need to swiftly move on. I know myself - because I spent years & years trading around for this one - though all of my go-to G. And - it was like almost knowing that you would be soon headed back to square-one! But then, in the Mid-'90's? Changed - and for, the Very-Best!
As this 2/24/74 Show was one of the widely trading & extremely-accessible Pre-Hiatus G. Shows from the origin of the " DAT " Era!!! I mean let me put it this way...
I got my hands on an Completely-Amazing!!! Version of this Show - Complete! On 300 DAT tape - right around 1996 / 1997 as I very clearly remember - and from that point on...
In fact, I even at one point' transferred' this DAT version to Analog! - just, so I could listen to it through a Nak! I mean hey, I could use the JBL's either way - but this was a good recipe to undergo...
Transferring Digital - to Analog! And then sure, all of your Dead Fan Friends would make fun of you, since DAT was so-cool - in it's state of the art era. And Frankly, this Show is so' Worthy' of it's place in Time & Dead History...
That you just can't have too many copies of it. And, here 2015 rolls around... Digitally-Remastered in Pristine fashion - and completely-Stellar!It does sound different though (much) - in the channel separations, levels, mix, etc. To the point that I still! Won't be parting with my DAT > Analogs! I mean I don't know what else to say here... So, I'll just say it like this -- Heaven Sent G.
See, basically what the Band - and the powers that be are saying to you here is... To listen-to - and' Own' this Magical!
Early-'74 chunk of Good Ol' Grateful Dead!!! And, as you'll see & hear - there are Tons & Tons! Here is - the " Big-One " --- Dark Star!!!!! So, just remember to strap-on that Cosmic Seatbelt! In your music-listening easy chair - so you're not' immediately' taken Straight!
Before the arrival of Disc 3!!! And, hey too - come to think of it... You might seriously want to strap-on those Ice Skates too!!
From the One & Only... TRACK LISTING >>> Grateful Dead recorded' Live' at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco, California (CA) on February 24, 1974 (2/24/1974) : Disc 1 : U. Out of Print (2015 GDP / Rhino release) Grateful Dead Dave's Picks Volume 13 Winterland - San Francisco, California (CA) - 2/24/1974 (3-CD) Limited Edition' Individually-Numbered' Set (of # 16,500) is. Condition - very-close to Brand New! There is some light-severing of the factory sealing shrink wrap' Only' on the front of this 3-CD Set (please see photos/close-up photo #7).
The factory sealing shrink wrap on this CD Set has never-been' opened'. The CD Set has never been removed from inside the factory sealing shrink wrap. The CD Case, CD's & Liner Notes have never even been' touched' inside the factory sealing shrink wrap (with lightly-severed shrink wrap' Only') - please see photos/close-up photos. Please see all photos provided. Photos included are of the actual item you will receive.
This Grateful Dead " Dave's Picks " release series has constantly growing in popularity... From 12,000 Limited Edition 3-CD Sets in 2012 - to 13,000 in 2013 - to 14,000 in 2014 - to 16,500 in 2015, 2016 & 2017 - to 18,000 in 2018 - to 20,000 in 2019 - and... To 22,000 in 2020!!
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