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Grateful Dead’s “Sunshine Daydream” Offers Sought-After Live Show on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray

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Sunshine DaydreamThe Dead will rise in September with a new set from Rhino.

Sunshine Daydream takes Deadheads back to one of the most sought-after shows in the band’s history – a blistering set in Veneta, Oregon in the dead of summer 1972 – on CD and video for the first time.

Having just returned from a now-legendary tour of Europe (painstakingly chronicled by Rhino in one of the biggest box sets in recent memory), The Grateful Dead were in top form when they traveled to the Olde Renaissance Fairgrounds in Veneta, Oregon, to put on a show to benefit the Springfield Creamery, a local dairy run by the parents of Ken Kesey, the famed novelist and countercultural hero. Kesey’s Merry Pranksters were on hand for what was their final “acid test,” and the Dead – at the time, consisting of Jerry Garcia, Donna and Keith Goodcheaux, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir – put on a rollicking show on one of the hottest days on record in state history.

Sunshine Daydream will be available in a number of physical formats:

  • Standard retail edition: contains the entire show on three HDCDs and one DVD featuring newly remixed 5.1 surround sound
  • Deluxe edition: contains the content of the standard edition with an expanded 40-page booklet and Grateful Days, a new documentary about the classic show. 12,500 copies of this edition will be available with a DVD, and another 12,500 with a Blu-Ray.
  • Vinyl edition: the entire show on four LPs, limited to 5,000 copies

The sets street on September 17. Hit the jump to place your orders for the standard and vinyl editions on Amazon and check out the packaging and track list!

Sunshine Daydream packshotSunshine Daydream (Grateful Dead/Rhino, 2013)

3CD/1DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Disc 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Promised Land
  3. Sugaree
  4. Me and My Uncle
  5. Deal
  6. Black-Throated Wind
  7. China Cat Sunflower
  8. I Know You Rider
  9. Mexicali Blues
  10. Bertha

Disc 2

  1. Playing in the Band
  2. He’s Gone
  3. Jack Straw
  4. Bird Song
  5. Greatest Story Ever Told

Disc 3

  1. Dark Star
  2. El Paso
  3. Sing Me Back Home
  4. Sugar Magnolia
  5. Casey Jones
  6. One More Saturday Night

Written by Mike Duquette

August 9, 2013 at 13:55

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  1. While it’s “high time” this show finally gets released, it’s another maddening release from the GD under the auspices of Rhino. I’m getting really tired of all this “limited edition” crap.

    At least, in this case, the music itself is not being limited in its availability (unlike the most recent Dead box sets, and ALL of the Dave’s Picks series). I don’t care all that much about the booklet, so I’ll probably opt for the Amazon version which is a lot cheaper than the versions being released at

    Unfortunately, it looks as though there will only be a DVD release with the CDs through Amazon and the like? No Blu-Ray?? I think it’s total crap if they’re limiting the Blu-Ray to just 12,500 and making it available only at for $55 (plus shipping).

    Anyhow, if I have to settle for the DVD at Amazon I will. I’d rather pay just $30 (and get free shipping) than either $50 (CD/DVD) or $55 (CD/Blu), pay added shipping, just to get a booklet I’ll look at once.


    August 9, 2013 at 21:22

  2. Man, they didn’t have sun block that far back, did they?


    August 10, 2013 at 12:30

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