Grateful Dead show at Capitol Theatre will be included on new boxed set

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The cover of the Grateful Dead’s boxed set,”June 1976.”

The Grateful Dead’s June 19, 1976 concert at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic will be included on June 1976, a limited-edition 15-CD boxed set that will be available on (pre-orders will be shipped to arrive on March 20). Digital downloads will also be available on the website.

Also included in the boxed set will be shows at Boston Music Hall, June 10-11, 1976; and The Beacon Theatre in New York, June 14-15, 1976.

Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux produced the set, working from master two-track tapes made by the band’s longtime live recording engineer, Betty Cantor-Jackson. Jeffrey Norman handled the mastering.

“At the height of my tape trading days in the late 1980s, arriving in my mailbox one day was a package containing cassettes of four of the five shows in this box (the four shows from Boston and New York). I’d never heard anything like these recordings,” said Lemieux in a press release. “The performances were magnificent, A+ Dead throughout, and the recordings were impeccable, crystal clear with a clarity to each instrument and vocal that was unlike any other tapes in my collection. These were like the best live albums I’d ever heard, played by the best band I know, during one of the Dead’s many live performance peaks.

“When the master tapes were returned to the vault in 2017, we immediately set to work with plans to release some of these shows from June 1976 in a substantial way, and this new boxed set is as substantial as we could do.”

The band’s lineup at the time included Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart.

Here is the setlist for the Capitol Theatre show:

“Help on the Way”>
“Franklin’s Tower”>
“The Music Never Stopped”
“Brown-Eyed Women”
“They Love Each Other”
“Looks Like Rain”
“Tennessee Jed”
“Playing in the Band”

Set Two
“Might as Well”
“Samson and Delilah”
“High Time”
“Let It Grow”
“Dancing in the Street”>
“Cosmic Charlie”
“Around and Around”>
“Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad”>
“One More Saturday Night”
“Not Fade Away”

The Grateful Dead performed at the Capitol Theatre 10 times between 1976 and 1980. The June 19, 1976 closed a three-night stand and was broadcast live on WNEW-FM.

Click here for a complete list of the Grateful Dead’s New Jersey concerts.


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