What a week for Dead-heads! More than 38 hours of Grateful Dead concerts are newly gathered and available today on a DVD box set. There's a just opened GD exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And this Thursday the tribes will be gathering at theaters here and nationwide for a "Meet Up at the Movies" concert special.
Out today from Shout! Factory, the 14 DVD, 38 hour+ Grateful Dead box set "All the Years Combine: The DVD Collection" gathers everything the band has ever officially issued on VHS, Laserdisc and DVD, packed into a compact box and (relatively) bargain priced at $99. Special come-ons include the DVD premiere of the hour-long conceptual video "So Far," a program book with informative notes by Blair Jackson and a bonus video disc, The latter boasts five previously unreleased performances plus Justin Kreutzmann's 1992 documentary about dad's band "Backstage Pass" and a brand new interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux. The latter hints, as does Jackson. that there's still "thousands" of hours of performance audio and video footage hiding in the vaults.
Wanna try before you buy? Shout! Factory has kindly posted a bunch of videos from the box set. "Uncle John's Band" is a personal fave and leads to the others.
Thursday night's second annual "Meet Up at the Movies" will spotlight a previously unexposed video of the second night from the band's July,1989 stand at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin. Most of the first night and clips from the third comprise the box set entry "Down Hill from Here." Given how that disc plays, you can expect a good quality stereo house mix and the same basic video you'd have watched from the lawn on big screens at the ampitheater. Kinda grainy and old school, but at least well lit. The real bonus Thursday is you'll get to hang at the movie theater with kindred spirits - some sure to cheer and applaud the performances.