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The Grateful Dead were no stranger to New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Throughout their career they would play over 50 shows at the iconic arena — events that became legendary thanks to the venue’s amazing acoustics and the tireless energy of the Big Apple crowds.

“This place was both horrifying and titillating with an audience that was discerning but ravenous,” said Bob Weir at the band’s 2015 induction ceremony into Madison Square Garden’s Walk Of Fame. “We had to rise to the occasion every time.”

The Grateful Dead are now bringing to light six previously unreleased shows recorded at MSG between 1981 and 1983, which they’ve packaged into the new 17-CD box set In and Out of the Garden: Madison Square Garden ’81, ’82, ’83. This collection — which is limited to 12,500 individually numbered copies — will drop on September 23rd, but is available for pre-order now from Dead.net at a price-point of $179.98.

In and Out of the Garden features concerts recorded at MSG on March 9th and 10th, 1981; September 20th and 21st, 1982; and October 11th and 12th, 1983. The recordings of each show have been newly restored and speed-corrected audio by Plangent Processes, mastered by Jeffrey Norman, and produced by Grateful Dead archivist and legacy manager David Lemieux.

“As Jerry Garcia famously said, Madison Square Garden was ‘juiced.’ It had an energy unlike any other venue the Grateful Dead played, particularly of this size, owing to the symbiotic relationship between the Dead, the Dead Heads, and New York City itself,” says Lemieux. “The Dead didn’t play the Garden until 1979, almost the midpoint of their performing career. but once they got rolling, they made it a home away from home, playing 10 shows in the next 15 years. These performances from 1981, 1982, and 1983 are six of the best the Dead played at the Garden, any of which could have been released on their own. We’re thrilled, though, to allow these six complementary shows to be housed together, each one its own story, its own event, but all contributing to the story that is the entirety of the Dead’s 52 show run at Madison Square Garden.”

In And Out of the Garden, titled after the line in “St. Stephen” (which the band played live for the first time in four years at the October 11, 1983, MSG show) offers an exciting glimpse into the Dead in the early 1980s. At the time of the recordings, the group consisted of singers-guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bobby Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, and, on keyboards and vocals, Brent Mydland.

The box set features new artwork by Dave Van Patten and detailed liner notes by music journalist David Fricke. “Welcome to the unique, enduring phenomenon of the Grateful Dead in New York City,” Fricke writes, “a mutual devotion, forged in concert, that ran for nearly as long as the band itself—from June 1, 1967, a free show in Tompkins Square Park on the Lower East Side (ahead of the band’s official, local bow at the Cafe Au Go Go), to the Dead’s last Garden run, six nights in October 1994…the Dead’s affinity for New York City…was instant and arguably their most profound with any city aside from San Francisco.”

As if that’s not enough, the Dead will be releasing the March 9th, 1981 show from the box set separately at all retail outlets. Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (3/9/81) will be available as a 3-CD set ($29.98) and digitally.

A previously unreleased performance of “Feel Like A Stranger” from the March 9, 1981, MSG show is available today on all digital download and streaming services. Listen to that above.

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IN AND OUT OF THE GARDEN: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ’81, ’82, ’83

17-CD Track Listing

Madison Square Garden (3/9/81)

“Feel Like A Stranger”

“Althea”

“C.C. Rider”

“Ramble On Rose”>

“El Paso”

“Deep Elem Blues”

“Beat It On Down The Line”

“Bird Song”

“New Minglewood Blues”

“China Cat Sunflower”>

“I Know You Rider”>

“Samson And Delilah”

“Ship Of Fools”

“Estimated Prophet”>

“Uncle John’s Band”>

Drums>

Space>

“The Other One”>

“Stella Blue”>

“Good Lovin’”

“U.S. Blues”

Madison Square Garden (3/10/81)

“Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”>

“Franklin’s Tower”>

“Me And My Uncle”

“It Must Have Been The Roses”>

“Little Red Rooster”

“Don’t Ease Me In”

“Lazy Lightning”>

“Supplication”

“Brown-Eyed Women”>

“Looks Like Rain”>

“Deal”

“Scarlet Begonias”>

“Fire On The Mountain”>

“Lost Sailor”>

“Saint Of Circumstance”>

Jam>

Drums

Space>

“The Wheel”>

“China Doll”>

“Truckin’”>

“Sugar Magnolia”

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”>

“Brokedown Palace”

Madison Square Garden (9/20/82)

“Shakedown Street”>

“New Minglewood Blues”

“Candyman”>

“El Paso”

“Dupree’s Diamond Blues”

“It’s All Over Now”

“Never Trust A Woman”

“Row Jimmy”

“Throwing Stones”>

“Keep Your Day Job”

“Scarlet Begonias”>

“Fire On The Mountain”

“Man Smart (Woman Smarter)”

“Terrapin Station”>

Drums>

Space>

Spanish Jam>

“Truckin’”>

“The Other One”>

“Stella Blue”>

“Sugar Magnolia”

“Touch Of Grey”

Madison Square Garden (9/21/82)

“Playing In The Band”>

“Crazy Fingers”>

“Me And My Uncle”>

“Big River”

“West L.A. Fadeaway”

“Beat It On Down The Line”

“Loser”

“Looks Like Rain”

“China Cat Sunflower”>

“I Know You Rider”

“Touch Of Grey”>

“Samson And Delilah”

“High Time”

“Estimated Prophet”>

“He’s Gone”>

Drums>

Space>

“Throwing Stones”>

“Not Fade Away”>

“Black Peter”>

“Good Lovin’”

“U.S. Blues”

Madison Square Garden (10/11/83)

“Wang Dang Doodle”>

“Jack Straw”

“Loser”

“Me And My Uncle”>

“Mexicali Blues”

“Bird Song”

“Hell In A Bucket”>

“Keep Your Day Job”

“China Cat Sunflower”>

“I Know You Rider”

“I Need A Miracle”>

“Bertha”>

Jam>

“China Doll”>

Drums>

Space>

“St. Stephen”>

“Throwing Stones”>

“Touch Of Grey”

“Johnny B. Goode”

Madison Square Garden (10/12/83)

“Cold Rain And Snow”

“New Minglewood Blues”

“Ramble On Rose”

“My Brother Esau”

“It Must Have Been The Roses”

“Cassidy”>

“Cumberland Blues”

“Looks Like Rain”>

“Might As Well”

“Help On The Way”>

“Slipknot!”

“Franklin’s Tower”

“Man Smart (Woman Smarter)”

“He’s Gone”>

Drums>

Space>

“Truckin’”>

“Black Peter”>

“Not Fade Away”

“Revolution”