Today is Record Store Day, a day celebrating the frequent haunts of the crate-digging vinyl lovers among us. In addition to the festivities that occur worldwide in honor of the holiday, there are a number of special limited CD and vinyl releases, and one in particular will have Deadheads jumping for joy. The Grateful Dead just released a 2-LP vinyl of the soundboard from their performance at Vancouver’s P.N.E. Garden Auditorium on July 29th, 1966. The show was first released officially in January of last year as an accompaniment to 50th Anniversary edition to the 2-CD rerelease of The Grateful Dead, because many of the songs from the show were also featured on the group’s debut album.
As band archivist David Lemieux explained to Jamband.com’s John Patrick Gatta, “This is a 1966 Dead show, if ever there was an appropriate show to come out on vinyl it’s an album that would have only come out during the vinyl days, not on CD, not on digital download. We just thought it was a perfect thing. We’re really happy with the way this one came out. . . . The side splits are perfect. I love this album. I’ve listened to it on LP many times now. As a vinyl release it works extremely well where you get three or four songs per side and they’re all really short songs — anywhere from three to five minutes.”
You can check out the tracklisting for the new release, as well as listen to an unofficial recording below, courtesy of Raoul Duke.
Tracklisting for P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66
SIDE A: 01 Standing on The Corner 02 I Know You Rider 03 Next Time You See Me 04 Sittin On Top Of The World 05 You Don’t Have To Ask
SIDE B: 01 Big Boss Man 02 Stealin’ 03 Cardboard Cowboy 04 It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 05 Cream Puff War
SIDE 2A 01 Viola Lee Blues 02 Beat It On Down The Line 03 Good Mornin’ Little Schoolgirl
SIDE 2B: 01 Cold Rain and Snow 02 One Kind Favor 03 Hey Little One 04 New, New Minglewood Blues