“The Swamp,” as Giants Stadium was affectionately known, hosted Grateful Dead shows in 1987, 1989 and 1991. In 1987, the band saw their hit “Touch of Grey” reach the Top 10 and the band’s stadium rock years hitting their peak. The latest box set from the godfather of jam bands, GIANTS STADIUM: 1987, 1989, 1991 features five previously unreleased shows from Big Blue’s home in East Rutherford, NJ: July 12, 1987; July 9 and 10, 1989; and June 16 and 17, 1991.
Originally recorded by John Cutler, each show has been mixed from the multitrack master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA and mastered in HDCD by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering. The first three shows are mixed from 24-track masters. The final two from 1991 are the only Grateful Dead shows ever recorded to 48-track masters.
Grateful Dead archivist and legacy manager David Lemiuex says of the “Loose Lucy” from the June 17, 1991 show, “Gone from the repertoire for 16 years, 1974-1990, when it made its return at the Capital Center on 3/14/90, it was in its slower 1973 arrangement, and was incredibly well-received, with one of the most inadvertently self-referential choruses in the Dead’s canon. Were they thanking us for a real good time? Were we thanking them? Regardless, it was a blast to sing along with Jerry when he was clearly having fun singing this classic.”