Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings is a 9 CD live album by the American rock band the Grateful Dead. It contains three complete concerts, missing only the encore of the first concert. It was recorded on November 9, 10, and 11, 1973, at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California. The album was released on April 1, 2008.
A tenth, "bonus" disc was included with early shipments of the album. The bonus disc contains material from the December 4, 1973 concert at the Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Winterland 1973 concerts were recorded on two-channel analog tapes, using a Nagra IVreel-to-reel tape recorder. As part of mastering the recordings for CD, the analog recordings were transferred to a digital format. They were then edited using a digital signal processing system called Clarity, developed by Plangent Processes, which fixes sonic problems created by minor variations in the tape speed of the original tape recorder. The resulting recording has been corrected for pitch and tempo, and wow and flutter have been eliminated.
The album was released in HDCD format, which provides enhanced sound quality when played on CD players with HDCD capability and CD quality sound when played on regular CD players.
Box set produced by David Lemieux and Jeffrey Norman
Recording by Bill Candelario
CD mastering by Jeffrey Norman at Garage Audio, Petaluma, California
Restoration by Jamie Howarth, Plangent Processes
Archival research by Eileen Law / Grateful Dead Archives
Cover art by Emek
Art direction and design by Steve Vance
Photography by Bruce Polonsky, Mary Ann Mayer, and Gary Manasse
Set lists by David Gans
Special thanks to Hale Milgrim, Nancy Nichols, and Paul Nichols
Dedicated to the memory of Don Pearson
Liner notes by Dennis McNally
December 4, 1973 set list
The set list for the December 4, 1973 concert at the Cincinnati Gardens was:
First set: "Johnny B. Goode", "Sugaree", "Me and My Uncle", "China Cat Sunflower"*, "I Know You Rider"*, "El Paso", "Deal", "Big River", "Tennessee Jed", "Truckin'"*, "Stella Blue"*, "Around and Around"
Second set: "Eyes of the World"*, "Space"*, "Sugar Magnolia"*, "Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad"*, "Casey Jones"*