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Round Records Mailer [Link to GD Records Mailer] February, 1975
Dear Dead Folks:
Enclosed you'll find samplers of our new offerings. This time they're really collector's items since only the Old & In The Way cuts are the same as the ones on the album. Just a few words about each. The first two will be out by mid February and the second two around mid March.
"Old & In The Way" features
Vassar Clements - Fiddle
Jerry Garcia - Banjo
David Grisman - Mandolin
John Kahn - Bass
Peter Rowan - Guitar
Playing America's own musical form, Blue Grass, recorded live by Owsley Stanley.
The "Keith & Donna" sampler contains what's called a rough mix of "Every Song 1 Sing" in order to show how vastly different a final mix is from a rough. The album has 9 songs; 7 written and produced by Keith & Donna and features performances of a bunch of our old friends like Garcia, Merl Saunders, John Kahn and a host of new friends all listed clearly on the back of the album.
Robert Hunter's "Tiger Rose" sampler has the title cut and a song by his cat (that's what he told us) called "Talking Money Tree" the album was recorded at Mickey Hart's studio and produced by old iron fist in velvet glove, Jerry Garcia.
"Seastones", the Ned Lagin and Phil Lesh sampler contains only the basic structure of this portion of the piece. You'll be blown away by the difference. The music is interesting as it's really a union of music, biology and physics. The effect that it's having on the studio personnel and musicians is amazing. It makes people act as if they were high (exactly as Ned predicted years ago). I believe the word is stoning. The album will have vocals by David Crosby, Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia and David Freiberg.
We hope you'll enjoy these samplers. Last time we mailed out free samplers so many people wrote to say thanks it thrilled us (a mail truck came to our office with a truck load of thanks). Now, however, with the Dead off the road and the necessary personnel cutbacks we can't handle the thank you notes.
Instead of writing us, please just play these sides for 15 people who haven't heard them; have a party'
When he heard that this request was being made, Garcia said "these are our folks, don't try to get them to do anything without telling them why". We ask you to do this so that we can sell enough of these albums to be able to finance our next major step; the replacement of records and tapes as musical reproduction forms and the change over to holographically encoding our music on a one inch pyramid to be read by an optical fiber. This would have the advantage of no surface noise, no pops, scratches, skips or any of the baloney about present day records and tapes. The pyramid's musical quality wouldn't change until it is broken clean through which wouldn't be easy even on purpose.
Technically, it is possible to make a small player (same size as two packs of cigarettes) to retail in stores for about $13. 00. Of course, we have lots of music to listen to over such a device and the pyramids would cost no more than a record and perhaps less.
Another important reason for our doing this is realizing the other potentials of holography such as retraining the eyes of people who wear glasses, or getting more efficient in terms of energy usage (Einstein's formula E=MC2 means one pound of coal per month should supply the entire energy requirement of the U. S. ) or dozens of other potentials so farout it's dangerous to write them down.
The first step is the one we're closest to now--music better presented than anyone ever thought possible. To do this we only have two things to depend on:
I. Our good music.
II. Your sincere effort.
We'll do our part and know you'll do yours.
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