Grateful Dead concert set spotlights show that ran


Didn’t score those much-sought-after ducats to see the final Dead & Company shows at Oracle Park in San Francisco?

Well, you could join the throngs outside the venue for those three nights, July 14-16, and hope for a “miracle” ticket or two.

Or you could stay home and just crank up some good ol’ Grateful Dead with the excellent new “Here Comes Sunshine 1973” box set.

Rhino Records
Rhino Records

The 17-CD collection, which is also available in digital download format, captures the mighty Dead in the spring of ’73 as the band makes its way through the final five shows of a tour in brilliant fashion.

These previously unreleased recordings hail from the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines (5/13/73); Campus Stadium, UCSB, Santa Barbara (5/20/73); Kezar Stadium, San Francisco (5/26/73); and Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C. (6/9/73 & 6/10/73).

All of the shows are keepers, of course. Yet, the one that stands out from the pack is that second RFK Stadium concert, a legendary gig that ran nearly five hours and featured performances from Dickey Betts and Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band (who coheadlined the show).

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