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Grateful Dead release Coliseum shows

Several concert recordings from the Nassau Coliseum that began as bootlegs eventually became official albums. Do you remember the Allman Brothers show from 5/1/73 or Bruce Springsteen’s New Year’s Eve romp in 1980? Each proved to be a perennial fan favorite once the record labels got on board. Now, the Grateful Dead has followed suit with Spring 1990 (The Other One) box set.

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A ton of discs and Weir approved

Though Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995, the Grateful Dead’s music lives on. What’s so special about Spring 1990 (The Other One)? The 23-disc set contains collected tracks from the Capitol Centre in Maryland, the Hartford Civic Center, Ontario Canada’s Copps Coliseum, Albany’s Knickerbocker Arena, The Omni and a pair of Nassau Coliseum dates.

Yes, two of the eight shows are from the Coliseum in Uniondale. Why is that such a big deal? Because even though rough mixes of the Coliseum gigs have been around unofficially on the Web, this version is cleaned up a bit. What’s more, this means the Grateful Dead’s 1990 spring tour is out there in its entirety with the band’s full endorsement. Many agree that was the last great Dead excursion before Garcia’s death. Besides, Spring 1990 (The Other One) has been approved by Bob Weir. Where do you think the live anthology was mastered? The answer is at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios, of course.

Nassau Coliseum or bust

Coliseum goers, Garcia addicts and vintage blotter hippies are sure to get a bang for their buck with this assemblage of tunes. For those in-the-know deadsters, the band’s 3/30/90 gem, from Nassau Coliseum, was previously offered on the Spring 1990 album. This time, Spring 1990 (The Other One) completes the group’s Long Island visit by adding 3/28 and 3/29. The result is a cornucopia of Dead classics. The Coliseum set list is particularly impressive.

Tie-dyed pranksters and Jerry loyalists will find, among other favorites, “New Minglewood Blues,” “Queen Jane Approximately,” “Cassidy,” “Jack Straw,” “Ramble On Rose” and perhaps the greatest Dead trip of all, “Dark Star.” You’d better hold on. Also included is a paperback book of essays, unique prints, replica ticket stubs and backstage passes. Ooo, wow man, like it’s the ultimate Grateful Dead experience, if you can afford it. The box set retails for around $240. Are they sure this whole thing is legal in every state? Can you smell the patchouli?