The remaining members of The Grateful Dead have finally made a deal licensing their entire (and huge I might add) vault and all rights of merchandise etc to Rhino. I hope we can look forward to some interesting stuff being released on line soon. There is a great article explaining the deal at Marin Independent Journal.
A 10-year licensing deal entrusts Rhino with the management of all of the band’s intellectual property, including its vast archive of unreleased live concert recordings, its official Web site (deadnet), the marketing and merchandising of T-shirts and other clothing and gear with the Grateful Dead brand, logo and likeness, plus videos, CDs and the all-important digital domain – sales of the band’s music via download over the Internet.
While it’s still legal ;), there is a nice compilation of ‘Jerry Ballads’ posted on bt.etree.org. Highly recommended ! I converted them to mp3 to play on my iPod to listen to on my way to work and it brightened up my day ;).