New Grateful Dead Box Set Includes 1990 Show from Albany’s Knickerbocker Arena

Grateful Dead: Spring 1990A new, whopping 18-CD box set, “Grateful Dead: Spring 1990,” offers six complete shows from the epic spring ’90 Grateful Dead tour, one concert from each city the band played, personally selected by Dead vaultmeister and archival release producer David Lemieux. The six shows are: 3/16/90 Capital Centre (Landover, MD), 3/19/90 Hartford Civic Center, 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum (Hamilton, Ontario), 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY), 3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY) and 4/2/90 the Omni (Atlanta, GA).

In addition to the 18 discs, the box set also includes a 60-page hardcover book featuring essays by Dennis McNally, David Lemieux and Blair Jackson with photos by Jim Anderson and Mike Laurentis; a 25th anniversary tour program; official band letters; six ticket stubs; six cloth sticker backstage passes; a tour laminate; and an official 1990 band publicity photo.

Scheduled for release on Friday, August 31, the box is a limited edition with only 9,000 copies pressed, each individually numbered. The box is priced at $199.98.

But if you’re looking for a bite-sized (and more affordable) taste of the ’90s-era Dead, “Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It,” a 2-CD set featuring a handful of favorites from the box, will be in stores on Tuesday, September 18.

The big box isn’t the first time that these tunes have been included on an official release, however. Six of the tracks from the full concert were previously released on the 1996 three-CD set, “Dozin’ at the Knick,” which was compiled from all three shows of the Dead’s March, ’90 stand at the Knickerbocker Arena.

Here’s the complete track listing for the 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena show that’s featured on the “Grateful Dead: Spring 1990” box set:

Disc 1
1. Hell In A Bucket [6:53]
2. Dupree’s Diamond Blues [6:08]
3. Just A Little Light [5:15]
4. Black-Throated Wind [6:32]
5. Big Railroad Blues [4:40]
6. Picasso Moon [7:17]
7. Row Jimmy [10:53]
8. Blow Away [11:31]

Disc 2
1. Built To Last [5:29]
2. Victim Or The Crime> [9:56]
3. China Cat Sunflower> [5:45]
4. I Know You Rider> [5:24]
5. Man Smart, Woman Smarter> [6:14]
6. Rhythm Devils [11:21]

Disc 3
1. Space> [8:29]
2. I Need A Miracle> [4:03]
3. Dear Mr. Fantasy> [5:20]
4. Gimme Some Lovin’> [5:09]
5. Morning Dew [11:57]
6. Brokedown Palace [5:37]

Bonus Tracks From 3/24/90 Albany
7. Let The Good Times Roll> [4:01]
8. Help On The Way> [4:05]
9. Slipknot!> [3:50]
10. Franklin’s Tower [8:04]
11. Loser [7:30]
12. Tennessee Jed [7:53]

  1. Cochise says

    What an odd release. The Dead were kinda Dead by 1980, good shows were few and far between. By 1990….running on fumes.

  2. J Hunter says

    Well, the Dead were always hit and miss. I used to paraphrase Keith Richards when anybody asked me about them: “Some days, they’re the greatest rock & roll band in the world, and other days… somebody ELSE is the greatest rock & roll band in the world!”

  3. BJ says

    22 years later, and I still find myself calling the Times Union Center the ‘Knick’.

  4. Richard Brody says

    As a retired “Dead Head” I think that this boxed set is for the hardcore and those who first began to see the band during this era. I know that I am in the minority, but I don’t think that the band ever really hit the heights that were reached during the late 60s/early 70s for a variety of reasons. Some of those are obvious like the songwriting partnership of Hunter/Garcia most evident on “Workingman” and “American Beauty”, but another major one for me was the death in 1973 of Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, the only real front man that band ever had. Anyone who saw “Pig” whip the crowd into a frenzy as he strutted, rapped, and sang his way through “Turn on Your Love Light”, “Hard to Handle” etc. knows what I mean.

  5. SAM WILSON says

    Richard Brody you are correct, Pigpen was the real deal. What a showman he was. “Dicks Picks” #35 recorded live in 1971 is a great place to start for anyone really interested in hearing how great the band sounded with Ron “Pigpen” McKernan if you don’t already know. Sadly Pigpen drank heavily which led to his early demise at age 27.

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