New Grateful Dead box set documents six shows the band played in the Pacific Northwest during 1973-74

© Richard PechnerThe latest deep dive into The Grateful Dead‘s archives will be a 19-disc box set titled Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings, featuring six previously unreleased full concerts that band played in Seattle; Portland, Oregon; and Vancouver, Canada. The collection will be released on September 7.

The concerts featured in the box set took place on June 22, 1973, at P.N.E. Coliseum in Vancouver; June 24, 1973, at Portland Memorial Coliseum; June 26, 1973, at the Seattle Center Arena; May 17, 1974, at P.N.E. Coliseum; May 19, 1974, at Portland Memorial Coliseum; and May 21, 1974, at the University of Washington’s Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle.

“The music at each and every one of these six shows is unique, special, inspired, and at times transcendent,” says Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, who produced the box set. “Each of these six shows has a distinct musical personality, and we’re excited that you can get to know all of them in their entirety, sounding better than we’ve ever heard them.”

Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings will be packaged in an ornate box and will come with a 64-page book featuring an essay by Grateful Dead expert Nicholas G. Meriwether and photos by Richie Pechner.

The box set also will be available for purchase in two high-quality digital audio formats.

In addition, a compilation called Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It, featuring highlights from the box set, will be released the same day as a three-CD set, digitally and via streaming services. Also, a limited-edition six-LP 180-gram vinyl set featuring the full Portland Memorial Coliseum show from May ’74 will hit stores on September 7.

Here is the Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It track list:

Disc One
“China Cat Sunflower” (5/19/74)
“I Know You Rider” (5/19/74)
“Bird Song” (6/22/73)
“Box of Rain” (6/24/73)
“Brown-Eyed Women” (5/21/74)
“Truckin'” (5/19/74)
Jam (5/19/74)
“Not Fade Away” (5/19/74)
“Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad” (5/19/74)
“One More Saturday Night” (5/19/74)

Disc Two
“Here Comes Sunshine” (6/22/73)
“Eyes of the World” (5/17/74)
“China Doll” (5/21/74)
“Playing in the Band” (5/21/74)

Disc Three
“Sugaree” (5/17/74)
“He’s Gone” (6/22/73)
“Truckin'” (6/22/73)
“The Other One” (6/22/73)
“Wharf Rat” (6/22/73)
“Sugar Magnolia” (6/22/73)

And here’s the Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, 5/19/74 six-LP set track list:

Side A
“Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”
“Mexicali Blues”
“Big Railroad Blues”
“Black-Throated Wind”

Side B
“Scarlet Begonias”
“Beat It On Down the Line”
“Tennessee Jed”
“Me and Bobby McGee”

Side C
“Jack Straw”
“It Must Have Been the Roses”
“El Paso”

Side D
“Loose Lucy”
“Money Money”

Side E
“China Cat Sunflower”
“I Know You Rider”

Side F
“Promised Land”
“Greatest Story Ever Told”
“Ship of Fools”

Side G
“Weather Report Suite (Prelude/Part I/Part II – Let It Grow)”

Side H
“Wharf Rat”
“Big River”

Side I

Side J

Side K
“Not Fade Away”
“Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad”
“One More Saturday Night”

Side L
“U.S. Blues”

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