The Grateful Dead / Portland Memorial Coliseum and Pacific Northwest boxes

Complete unreleased show on 6LPs • six-show, 19CD box + 3CD highlights

A new 6LP vinyl box of the Grateful Dead‘s complete Portland Memorial Coliseum show from 19 May 1974 will be issued in September.

This is an unreleased show and the 30-tracks of live audio will be pressed onto six 180g vinyl records for a box that is limited to 7,500 copies.

This concert forms part of an even bigger box called Pacific Northwest ’73-74′: Believe It If You Need It. This is a massive 19CD box available exclusively from the band’s website. This brings together six previously unreleased shows from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver from June ’73 to May ’74.

Each show was mastered in HDCD from the original master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Mockingbird Mastering. The transfers from the masters were transferred and restored by Plangent Processes (the process used on the Bruce Springsteen box sets).

The 19CD box is limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies but if you don’t want to spent the $190 required, you can opt for the more widely available three-CD set highlights set.

Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland OR, 5/19/74 and Pacific Northwest ’73-74′: Believe It If You Need It will be issued on 7 September 2018.

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST '73-74 - 3CD highlights


Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR(5/19/74) – 6LP vinyl box

Side A
1. Missisippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo[8:14]
2. Mexicali Blues[3:58]
3. Big Railroad Blues [3:57]
4. Black-Throated Wind [6:45]

Side B
1. Scarlet Begonias [5:26]
2. Beat It On Down The Line [3:47]
3. Tennessee Jed[8:23]
4. Me And Bobby Mcgee[5:51]

Side C
1. Sugaree[7:42]
2. Jack Straw [5:22]
3. It Must Have Been The Roses [5:28]
4. El Paso [4:24]

Side D
1. Loose Lucy [5:11]
2. Money Money [4:28]

Side E
1. China Cat Sunflower> [8:37]
2. I Know You Rider [5:34]

Side F
1. Promised Land> [3:36]
2. Bertha> [6:07]
3. Greatest Story Ever Told[6:09]
4. Ship Of Fools [6:19]

Side G
1. Weather Report Suite> [18:24]

Side H
1. Wharf Rat [11:01]
2. Big River [5:11]

Side I
1. Peggy-O [6:38]

Side J
1. Truckin’> [10:43]
2. Jam> [10:07]

Side K
1. Not Fade Away>[7:03]
2. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:58]
3. One More Saturday Night [4:50]

Side L
1. U.S. Blues [6:10]

Pacific Northwest ’73-74′: Believe It If You Need It  – 3CD highlights

Disc 1
1. China Cat Sunflower>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74) [8:38]
2. I Know You Rider, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74) [5:30]
3. Bird Song, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C.(6/22/73)[14:21]
4. Box Of Rain, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR(6/24/73)[5:19]
5. Brown-Eyed Women, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74)[5:02]
6. Truckin’>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[10:43]
7. Jam>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[9:58]
8. Not Fade Away>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[6:56]
9. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[7:01]
10. One More Saturday Night, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[4:51]

Disc 2
1. Here Comes Sunshine, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [12:11]
2. Eyes Of The World>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74) [13:24]
3. China Doll>, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74) [5:33]
4. Playing In The Band, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74)[46:32]

Disc 3
1. Sugaree, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74) [7:37]
2. He’s Gone>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [11:30]
3. Truckin’>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73)[26:06]
4. The Other One, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [15:43]
5. Wharf Rat>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [7:58]
6. Sugar Magnolia, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [9:53]

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Dave M

Don’t forget to buy the T-shirt :)


Man I love these bloated box sets – 19 CD’s, yes!

Just wish I liked Grateful Dead. But what a great thing for those that do!


They could eliminate one of those LP’s if they did better distribution of songs across the sides. They already have 24 minute sides in the early LP’s, why do they go 6 minutes on side I and L?


As long as you want to max 23 minutes or so per side and keep the songs in the same order I don’t think it’s possible to do any different to what they’ve done.

JJ Barcelona

If keeping the original song order matters, there’s no other way they could do it.

If you don’t care about that, then you could have tacked “Money Money” and “Peggy-O” at the end, after “US Blues” and thereby saved one whole LP.

Paul Wren

There are so many quality recordings of shed loads of their shows by Betty Cantor (the band wanted her to do these) known as the Betty board tapes that this sort of thing could go on for literally many years to come. Even some legendary missing Betty board tapes were found in a garage about four years ago and these are also/have been released so adding to the growing mountain of live shows. It’s beginning to feel as though hardly any shows weren’t recorded during the bands lifetime.


A no brainer for me. In fact, ordered the big box at the weekend when it was first announced. With postage, and from what I remember, about £185.00 to the UK, for the 19 CDs, 64 page book, ornate, oversized, beautiful looking box, etc.
The same as everything else, you like them or you don’t. I don’t buy everything, particularly from the post-’78 period, and whilst ’69 and ’72 are my prime Dead years, ’73 and ’74 are not far behind. Two of the six shows are stone classics, and other four, from last playing of the tapes, are not far behind.
Just have to hope there’s no really big box from Dylan this year!!

The Golden Age Of _ _ _ _ _ _ ` _

My Grateful Dead CD collection not including various members solo albums takes up over 2 mts of shelving. So it`s the 3 CD set for me.

I only have 8-10 LPs of The Dead so not so bad there, oops I forgot about various GD box sets. And I`m only an amateur in the GD collecting err, thingy.

Peter Stevens

They’ve done it yet again.I want to buy the 19cd set in the shops

Alan Blevin

Given the cost of delivery this would be a good option.Around $50US apparently.


Side D: Loose Lucy into Money Money will be the least played side of vinyl in the history of the medium.


@Semperet LOL probably true! Though in my experience there is always a deadhead somewhere out there who will argue that any given performance is transcendent.

While I understand the rationale of presenting a single show, it’s really a shame they didn’t add some other tracks from the run to fill out the running length on the vinyl set’s sides D, E, H, I and L. Essentially this is a little over four LPs worth of music spread across six LPs.