Initially released as a limited-edition box set so lavish it was on the verge of being absurd, 30 Trips Around the Sun is a deep exploration of a simple idea: tell the Grateful Dead's story through unreleased live performances taken from every year of their life. This concept reaches its full fruition in its 80-CD incarnation, containing a full unreleased show for every year between 1966 and 1995, but the four-CD distillation operates in a similar fashion and may seem more attractive to Deadheads unwilling to immerse themselves in a monthlong listening session. The closest analogy to 30 Trips in their discography is 1999's So Many Roads (1965-1995), a five-disc box heavy on unreleased live material, but that set wound up skipping over the fallow periods a chronological march inevitably hits.
In a world, where the funk grows weaker with every passing year, it musters the last of its strength to send out the "vibe”. This vibe scours light years in search of a host, for the funk can not thrive on its own. Losing hope, the funk falls to earth in its last attempt to find sanctuary with the last ounce of its power. The vibe in released for the final time. But this time something extraordinary happens, the vibe falls on the conscience of 11 celestial beings in Austin, Texas. Not knowing what pulls them, these beings aimlessly journey to the funk's resting place.