By Bradford Hornsby

Grateful Dead fans rejoice! A huge box set commemorating the band from 1966 to 1995 is available for presale from Dead.net and Rhino Records.

The set, named 30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN, is a whopping 80 disc with over 73 hours of music and also includes a gold-colored 7-inch vinyl record featuring “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” 1965 and “Box Of Rain”from Soldier Field, Chicago, 7/9/95. The $699.98 set also includes a 288-page book with an extensive, career-spanning essay by Nicholas Meriwether — Director of the Dead archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz — and special remembrances submitted by fans.

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One of the things that makes this set so special is that it includes 30 full concerts spanning 29 years of shows.

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“We could think of nothing more exciting or ambitious than a career-spanning overview of the band’s live legacy focused on what best tells the story: complete concerts.” Grateful Dead’s audiovisual archivist David Lemieux told Dead.net, “Our first criterion was the very best live music to represent any given year in the band’s history. We wanted to make sure that there were not only the tent-pole shows that fans have been demanding for decades but also ones that are slightly more under the radar, but equally excellent.”

30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN is being sold in a limited edition of 6,500 and will be available September 18, 2015 through exclusively Dead.net.

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The Stats:

  • Ship Date: SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
  • 80 discs
  • 73+ hours of music
  • 30 unreleased live shows, one for each year from 1966 to 1995
  • 1 Gold-colored 7-inch featuring “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” 1965/”Box Of Rain” Soldier Field, Chicago, 7/9/95
  • 288-page book with an extensive, career-spanning essay by Nicholas Meriwether
  • Special remembrances submitted by fans
  • A scroll featuring a visual representation of the band’s evolution
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For fans that are wary of the $699.98 price tag, a 4-disc version of the collection called THIRTY TRIPS AROUND THE SUN: THE DEFINITIVE LIVE STORY 1965-1995 will be available for $44.98.

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THE DEFINITIVE LIVE STORY 1965-1995 Track Listing

Disc One
1. “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” – 1965
2. “Cream Puff War” – 1966
3. “Viola Lee Blues” – 1967
4. “Dark Star” – 1968
5. “Doin’ That Rag” – 1969
6. “Dancing In The Street” – 1970
7. “The Rub” – 1971
8. “Tomorrow Is Forever” – 1972
9. “Here Comes Sunshine” – 1973

Disc Two
1. “Uncle John’s Band” – 1974
2. “Franklin’s Tower” – 1975
3. “Scarlet Begonias” – 1976
4. “Estimated Prophet” – 1977
5. “Samson and Delilah” – 1978
6. “Lost Sailor>Saint Of Circumstance” – 1979
7. “Deep Elem Blues” – 1980

Disc Three
1. “Shakedown Street” – 1981
2. “Bird Song” – 1982
3. “My Brother Esau” – 1983
4. “Feel Like A Stranger” – 1984
5. “Let It Grow” – 1985
6. “Comes A Time” – 1986
7. “Morning Dew” – 1987
8. “Not Fade Away” – 1988

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Disc Four
1. “Blow Away” – 1989
2. “Ramble On Rose” – 1990
3. “High Time” – 1991
4. “Althea” – 1992
5. “Broken Arrow” – 1993
6. “So Many Roads” – 1994
7. “Visions Of Johanna” – 1995