The Vault Box

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The six CDs -- seven, if you count the separate, limited-edition bonus disc -- housed within the Vault Box (2007) include a trio of otherwise available From the Vault volumes. Each installment houses a (more or less) complete concert, presented in its entirety from very high fidelity multi-track sources. Interestingly, while the first and second sets were issued in fairly rapid succession in the early '90s, it took over a decade-and-a-half before Three from the Vault surfaced. The lapse had much to do with the inauguration of the Dick's Picks series, as it had been readied for market as early as 1994 by the Dead's collaborator and audio engineer Dan Healy. Interestingly,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The six CDs -- seven, if you count the separate, limited-edition bonus disc -- housed within the Vault Box (2007) include a trio of otherwise available From the Vault volumes. Each installment houses a (more or less) complete concert, presented in its entirety from very high fidelity multi-track sources. Interestingly, while the first and second sets were issued in fairly rapid succession in the early '90s, it took over a decade-and-a-half before Three from the Vault surfaced. The lapse had much to do with the inauguration of the Dick's Picks series, as it had been readied for market as early as 1994 by the Dead's collaborator and audio engineer Dan Healy. Interestingly, Healy was also fired the same year. Coincidence? Healy's keen ear and stringency for quality-control ultimately benefits the listener as the contents uniformly relay the Grateful Dead's respective strengths within the distinct phases of a seven-year span (1968 -- 1975). One from the Vault (1991) hails from August 13, 1975 at the venerable Bay Area based Great American Music Hall. The concert marked only the third live Grateful Dead appearance in nearly a year. The show also provided lucky attendees and the North American radio audience, who caught a rebroadcast via the Metromedia Radio Network, material from their soon-to-be-unleashed masterpiece Blues for Allah (1975). The lineup of Jerry Garcia (lead guitar/vocals), Phil Lesh (bass/vocals), Bob Weir (guitar/vocals), Bill Kreutzmann (percussion), Mickey Hart (percussion/crickets), Keith Godchaux (keyboards), and Donna Jean Godchaux (vocals) unveil the whole album, albeit out of sequence. Among the outstanding highlights are Weir's beatific instrumental "Sage and Spirit," the opening power-trio of "Help on the Way"/"Slipknot!"/"Franklin's Tower" and "King Solomon's Marbles" (aka "Stronger Than Dirt"). Plus, they dust off "Eyes of the World," a lilting "It Must Have Been the Roses," and a thoroughly groovy "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad." Two from the Vault (1992) steps back to August 24, 1968 where we find the Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (vocals/keyboards) co-led version of the Grateful Dead. As fate would have it, the concert was one of the preeminent rock & roll gigs to be documented on new-fangled multi-track recording machines -- most of which had never been road tested before. The end result yielded a recording that sounded as good twenty years after the fact as it did to those who were there to experience it. Not to be missed are the psychedelic and exploratory "Dark Star, "the half-hour plus "That's It for the Other One"/"New Potato Caboose" and a rousing "(Walk Me out in The) Morning Dew" finale that is literally cut short mid-song thanks to the strict enforcement of a curfew. Three from the Vault (2007) is dedicated to the second evening of a mid-February 1971 run at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. Debuted during the opening nights were a number of songs that would remain in the Grateful Dead's repertoire for the rest of their collective careers. Captured here are the very first "Bird Song" and "Deal," as well as embryonic outings of "Bertha," "Playing in the Band," "Greatest Story Ever Told,""Loser," and "Wharf Rat" -- each of which had been premiered one night earlier. As historically significant as these additions certainly are, it is the McKernan excursions on "Hurts Me Too," the long and sinuous "Smokestack Lightnin'," and a soulful spin of "Easy Wind" that should be considered in the Must Hear category for all Deadheads. Noteworthy too is that the February 19 show would be marked by the absence of Mickey Hart, who left the night before and would not return to action until 1975. Purchasers of the Vault Box via the Grateful Dead's online store were treated to a bonus CD containing a smoldering suite with "Alligator"/"Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)" and "Feedback" from August 23, 1968 at the Shrine Auditorium. These extra songs likewise augment the expanded edition of Two from the Vault issued in 2007.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2012
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • UPC: 081227998196
  • Catalog Number: 170300
  • Sales rank: 55,653

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:46)
  2. 2 Help on the Way/Slipknot! (7:52)
  3. 3 Franklin's Tower (6:58)
  4. 4 The Music Never Stopped (5:28)
  5. 5 It Must Have Been the Roses (5:05)
  6. 6 Eyes of the World/Drums (14:31)
  7. 7 King Solomon's Marbles/Stronger Than Dirt (Or, Milkin' the Turkey) (6:36)
  8. 8 Around & Around (5:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sugaree (7:56)
  2. 2 Big River (4:50)
  3. 3 Crazy Fingers/Drums (13:08)
  4. 4 The Other One (5:33)
  5. 5 Sage and Spirit (3:22)
  6. 6 Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (7:15)
  7. 7 U.S. Blues (5:30)
  8. 8 Blues for Allah/Sand Castles & Glass Camels/Unusual Occurrences in the (21:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl (15:59)
  2. 2 Dark Star (11:20)
  3. 3 Saint Stephen (4:39)
  4. 4 The Eleven (14:26)
  5. 5 Death Don't Have No Mercy (8:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 That's It for the Other One: Cryptical Envelopment/Quadlibet for Tender (15:40)
  2. 2 New Potato Caboose (14:15)
  3. 3 Turn on Your Lovelight (17:12)
  4. 4 (Walk Me out in The) Morning Dew (7:13)
  5. 5 Turn on Your Lovelight
  6. 6 (Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew
Disc 5
  1. 1 Alligator (7:07)
  2. 2 Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (7:36)
  3. 3 Feedback (4:01)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Two Ditties: The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down/Spring Song (1:19)
  2. 2 Truckin' (8:09)
  3. 3 Loser (6:23)
  4. 4 Cumberland Blues (4:58)
  5. 5 Hurts Me Too (6:10)
  6. 6 Bertha (5:21)
  7. 7 Playing in the Band (5:14)
  8. 8 Dark Hollow (3:15)
  9. 9 Smokestack Lightnin' (14:42)
  10. 10 China Cat Sunflower (3:24)
  11. 11 I Know You Rider (7:02)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Greatest Story Ever Told (4:22)
  2. 2 Johnny B. Goode (3:26)
  3. 3 Bird Song (7:04)
  4. 4 Easy Wind (8:17)
  5. 5 Deal (4:22)
  6. 6 That's It for the Other One: Cryptical Envelopment/Drums/The Other One (16:09)
  7. 7 Wharf Rat (9:08)
  8. 8 Good Lovin' (18:43)
  9. 9 Casey Jones (5:00)
  10. 10 Good Lovin'
  11. 11 Casey Jones
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Percussion
Jerry Garcia Guitar, Vocals
Bob Weir Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Donna Jean Godchaux Vocals
Keith Godchaux Keyboards, Vocals
Bill Kreutzmann Percussion, Drums
Phil Lesh Bass, Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan Harmonica, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mickey Hart Contributor
Chuck Berry Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer
Grateful Dead Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bob Weir Composer
Tom Constanten Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
John Perry Barlow Composer
Howlin' Wolf Composer
Joe Gastwirt Liner Notes, Mastering
Timothy Harris Art Direction, Cover Art
Bill Kreutzmann Composer
Phil Lesh Composer
Deadric Malone Composer
Bob Matthews Engineer
Jeffrey Norman Engineer
Gary Lambert Liner Notes
Harper Barnes Liner Notes
Don Pearson Engineer, Liner Notes
Steve Vance Cover Design
Betty Cantor Engineer
Dick Latvala Tape Archivist
Joseph Scott Composer
Robbie Taylor Engineer
Traditional Composer
Rob Zi Taylor Engineer
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