The Closing of Winterland

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The Closing of Winterland
Live album by Grateful Dead
Released December 16, 2003
Recorded December 31, 1978
Genre folk rock, jam
Label Rhino Records
Producer Jeffrey Norman
David Lemieux
Grateful Dead chronology
Dick's Picks Volume 30
(2003)
The Closing of Winterland
(2003)
Dick's Picks Volume 31
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Music Box 5/5 stars[2]

The Closing of Winterland is a four-CD live album of the Grateful Dead's New Year's Eve show 1978. The concert was also released as a two-disc DVD. The title derives from the fact that it was the last concert in San Francisco's Winterland Arena, which was shut down shortly thereafter. The Dead celebrated the closing as an approximately five hour long party (complete with breakfast with the audience at dawn) and invited some guests including guitarist John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Ken Kesey as well as actor Dan Aykroyd who provided the midnight countdown. It was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA on December 15, 2003 under the category of longform video, selling 200,000 units.[3] The New Riders of the Purple Sage and Blues Brothers opened the show.

Preordered box sets included a bonus CD containing an additional nine tracks recorded on New Year's Eve in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1977.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One[edit]

  1. "Sugar Magnolia" (Robert Hunter, Bob Weir) – 7:21
  2. "Scarlet Begonias" (Hunter, Jerry Garcia) – 11:55
  3. "Fire on the Mountain" (Hunter, Mickey Hart) – 13:12
  4. "Me and My Uncle" (John Phillips) – 3:11
  5. "Big River" (Johnny Cash) – 7:05
  6. "Friend of the Devil" (John Dawson, Hunter, Garcia) – 10:48
  7. "It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack) – 8:55
  8. "Stagger Lee" (Hunter, Garcia) – 8:03
  9. "From the Heart of Me" (Donna Godchaux) – 3:49
  10. "Sunshine Daydream" (Hunter, Weir) – 3:15

Disc Two[edit]

  1. "Samson and Delilah" (traditional, arr. Weir) – 9:17
  2. "Ramble on Rose" (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:35
  3. "I Need a Miracle" (John Barlow, Weir) – 11:19
  4. "Lady with a Fan" / "Terrapin Station" (Hunter, Garcia) – 12:23
  5. "Playing in the Band" (Hunter, Hart, Weir) – 13:06

Disc Three[edit]

  1. "Rhythm Devils" (Hart, Bill Kreutzman) – 19:23
  2. "Not Fade Away" (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 19:34
  3. "Around and Around" (Chuck Berry) – 9:19

Disc Four[edit]

  1. "Dark Star" (Hunter, Garcia, Hart, Kreutzman, Phil Lesh, Pigpen, Weir) – 12:05
  2. "The Other One" (Kreutzman, Weir) – 4:45
  3. "Dark Star" (Hunter, Garcia, Hart, Kreutzman, Lesh, Pigpen, Weir) – 1:15
  4. "Wharf Rat" (Hunter, Garcia) – 11:00
  5. "Saint Stephen" (Hunter, Garcia, Lesh) – 7:52
  6. "Good Lovin''" (Artie Resnick, Rudy Clark) – 11:00
  7. "Casey Jones" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:17
  8. "Johnny B. Goode" (Berry) – 4:42
  9. "And We Bid You Goodnight" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 1:30

Disc Five (Bonus)[4][edit]

  1. "Easy Wind" – 9:35 (Dec 31, 1970)
  2. "Jam" > – 2:07 (Dec 31, 1971)
  3. "Black Peter" – 8:42 (Dec 31, 1971)
  4. "Playing in the Band" – 18:26 (Dec 31, 1972)
  5. "Lazy Lightning" > – 3:36 (Dec 31, 1977)
  6. "Supplication" – 5:35 (Dec 31, 1977)
  7. "Sugar Magnolia" – 11:59 (Dec 31, 1977)
  8. "Scarlet Begonias" > – 8:48 (Dec 31, 1977)
  9. "Fire on the Mountain" – 10:06 (Dec 31, 1977)

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead[edit]

Guests[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers – David Lemieux, Jeffrey Norman
  • Mixing – Jeffrey Norman
  • Archival research – Eileen Law
  • Cover art – Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley
  • Photography – Ed Perlstein
  • Additional photography – Michael Zagaris, Steve Schneider
  • Package design & production – Robert Minkin
  • Liner notes – Gary Lambert, Glenn Lambert

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. The Closing of Winterland at Allmusic
  2. ^ Metzger, John. The Closing of Winterland, The Music Box, January 2004
  3. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database-Closing of Winterland". Retrieved March 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Bonus CD contained in preorder sets (The Grateful Dead Family Discography)