I'm sure many of you are aware of the new mega-box set that the Dead.net folks are releasing this fall (September). They are putting together a set of all 22 shows played in Europe (0ver 60 CDs!) in a real cool foot-locker type packaging. Lots of extras and stuff (tickets, stickers, tour books, etc). They are only releasing 7200 of the complete sets. They sold out all the sets in 4 days and will now release sets containing only the CDs. The price of $450 at first looked prohibitive, but when you consider you pay $25 for 3 CDs for a furthur show today, this works out to just over $20 a show for a great show in the Dead's hayday! To me that is a bargain.
On the Dead site there has been a lot of heated discussion on the set, the cost and how many people got shut out from getting one due to the dead's website glitches. Also, people are even selling them on Ebay for up to, get this, $1500! Perhaps the dead.net crew will follow up and cancel any order to people who have a traceable email address.
When I first heard of this, initially I was tepid to the idea of purchasing the set. But after a day, I realized that in my "golden years", I would love to kick back and catch Tour from Europe. So, I was one of the "fortunate 7200" who was able to preorder this set....and am counting down the days until September when my "toy" arrives.
I checked Deadbase and each show is about 25-30 songs long (with one short show done). I initially was a fan of the 77 era, but the shows in this timeperiod have a different flow, but are quite intense. No long jams or Drums > Space, but lots of unpredictable set lists!
Anythoughts or comments?
"Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at things right"