Set includes previously unreleased concerts from the 70s
Grateful Dead has announced Listen to the River: St. Louis ’71 ’72 ’73 on October 1st via Rhino Records. The 20 CD box set includes previously unreleased concerts recorded on December 9 and 10, 1971 at the Fox Theatre; October 17-19, 1972 at the Fox Theatre; and October 29 and 30, 1973 at Kiel Auditorium. Each show was restored, and speed corrected using Plangent Processes with mastering by Jeffrey Norman.
From the first show the Grateful Dead played in St. Louis in 1968 – when “St. Stephen” made its debut – local fans knew the Gateway City’s rich musical heritage had a unique way of coaxing the best out of the band. The seven complete concerts collected in the set capture the shows that cemented the bonds between St. Louis and the Dead.
A previously unreleased performance of “Sugaree” from the Fox Theatre show on December 10, 1971 is available now on all digital download and streaming services.
Production of the set is limited to 13,000 individually numbered copies and available exclusively from Dead.net. The collection will also be available in its entirety as a digital download exclusively at Dead.net in Apple Lossless and FLAC 192/24.
Dead.net will also exclusively release Light Into Ashes: Fox Theatre, St. Louis MO (10/18/72) as a double-LP on 180-gram custom vinyl. Limited to 7,200 copies, the set features an exceptional hour-plus jam plucked from the Grateful Dead’s October 18, 1972 show at the Fox.
On the same day, the December 10, 1971 Fox Theatre show from the boxed set will be released individually on CD, LP, and digitally at traditional retail outlets. Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO (12/10/71) will be available as a 3 CD set, a 5 LP limited edition 180-gram vinyl set limited to 12,000 copies and digitally.
Listen to the River: St. Louis ’71 ’72 ’73 comes in a slipcase with artwork designed by Liane Plant and features an 84-page hardbound book as well as other Dead surprises. To set the stage for the music, the liner notes provide several essays about the shows, including one by Sam Cutler, the band’s tour manager during that era, and another by Grateful Dead scholar Nicholas G. Meriwether, among others.