Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 1

For a limited time we invite you to enjoy Lazy Lightning>Supplication from Dave's Picks Volume 1 - The Mosque, Richmond, VA, 5.25.77.

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Positive Covers

Well, lots of negative comments on the DPv1 cover. How 'bout a positive look at covers (what do we like, rather than what don't we like)? What is your favorite Dead live-release cover art?

Mine are:
DP 1-6 (spare simplicity, discs look like reels, cool).
DP 13-18 (ah, fractals)
Road Trips with silhouettes (with you there Blair!)
Europe '72 covers (all of 'em!)
Dead Set and Reckoning
Egypt '78 and Closing of Winterland
DP 20 (ah, trees)

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Complaint Department

The folks who are whining about the cover complain about every release. The cover is cool. Get over it or go buy yourself Justin Beiber tickets.

I've been happy with every release I've recieved. My only complaints are that February is a long ways away, and I hope that I don't have to wait that long to recieve replacements for my two bad discs from Road Trips 4.5.

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bonus tracks!!!!!!

Never mind the cover,
just give us bonus tracks!
And "full" cds!
Please dave, please!

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Yeah!

I love my copy of Terrapin Station 3/15/90. Not just the artwork, but that it showed me just how brilliant they still were even then. And Brent really shines on it, and Phil's birthday, and and and.....

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fillers!

thanks for all the great releases so far and
a happy new year to you all, folks!

n.b.: all you need is 75+ minutes - cds with fantastic music!

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valid complaints

associating people who complain about an awful grateful dead cover with justin bieber fans is ridiculous. IMO those who think the grateful dead are infallible fit that mold a bit better. let's face it; the grateful dead are fun, but in no way among the upper echelon of modern music. embrace the validity of opinions besides your own, and quit drinking the kool-aid.

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Beibermania

There are a lot of releases that I've opted to aquire, and quite a few I've opted out of for various reasons, mainly of boredom caused by oversaturation of certain era's. When purchasing music, my decisions are based soley on content. Not because of the cover artwork. There is no validity to any opinions based on interest in music because of the cover artwork. Wrap it in a plain brown paper bag for all I care. It's always about the music. Unlike the LP format, where the covers were big enough to make nice wall displays, CDs are too small to really appreciate the cover art.

Granted, the packaging of the Egypt and Terrapin Limited were pretty cool, but thats not why I bought them.

People who are more concerned about looking at things that are intended to be coverings for things to listen too are better served joining ranks with those who are more visually stimulated than aurally. If you are more interested in look at things while listening to music, then Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber and Gwar would better suit your needs.

I propose that every release for now on has a replica mini plain black t-shirt like Jerry would wear for now on, because thats really the imporatant part, the cover design. Better yet, if everything goes to download only, then there will never be the need for cover artwork ever again. Problem solved.

Anyone searching for the vat of Kool-ade vat can locate it somewhere between 1972 and 1974 and 1977 for those who are into that type of thing.

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@ SPACEBROTHER

Tell Jerry Garcia or Gary Gutierrez or Phil Garris or Steve Parish or Billy K. or Donna Jean (you get the point) that the art doesn't matter. They all thought the animation was quite a nice start to the GD Movie (see GD Movie bonus features: the making of the animation). I kinda agree with them, the art sets the tone for the music and compliments it. It's not something to be set apart. The less said about this cover the better. Like I said, looking forward to the music!

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...and what I'm saying is that I think the artwork for this release is fine. Back in the days of LPs, the cover artwork mattered because it came in a package that was 13.5 inches X 13.5 inches, which is more pleasurable to look at than something the size of 5.5 inches X 5.5 inches, or the average size of a CD booklet. In downloadable media, you get no artwork, unless you print your own covers.

People should appreciate that there even is a cover for artwork, because if a lot of folks had their way, every release would only be offered for download only, meaning no artwork (except for what you look at on an electronic screen).

Lightsaber drumsticks held by skeleton hands on a background of planets, moons and stars suits this release just fine. 5/25/77 isn't exactly the most coveted or sought after show from the '77 Spring tour, but a good one none-the-less.

I suspect that, even if every release were given the "Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978", "Terrapin Limited" or even the "Formerly The Warlocks" treatment, that many of the same people would still find something to complain about with each and every release.

I personally like the covers to the first 6 Dick's Picks, and thats all the artwork I need.

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Pig Pen ~ 1970's and Cover Art ♥ and Acoustic

I'm sitting here listening to the Taper's Section From this week which David Lemiuex puts out every week, with beautiful hand picked gems from all the eras of our beloved band.....

And guess what? I think he's the absolute best man for this job....I mean if you are going to give someone the reigns to their own picks it's our brother David!

Just listen to his ♥ pick ♥ from this week with love 4/3/70 in Cincinnati.....a little Pig, a little AHHHHH 'Coustic, and a whole lotta Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billy Good Lovin!! And the other "quarter" sets of the week.

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Now that being said, I totally hear ya all on the cover art not being the absolutely best work (say like Jason Dubois or Mouse, etc) and the "give me the music in a brown paper bag man" philosophy......

Agree with Space my Brother that 13.5 by 13.5 art was much more needed with LP's.....but the digital downloads era do require art, meaning, you need art for your IPOD, CD, etc.

Best thing I can tell you is this.....LP listening, blasting through your house is completely amazingly awesome, nothing like it. But if I'm in my car or riding a bike, I like my earphones, cd's and walkmans, don't work anymore.

Regardless.....It's David friggin Lemiuex folks, he's been honing his skills here on Dead.Net for WEEKS upon WEEKS and YEARS upon YEARS of scrutiny from all of us, from the whole globe, and we are the most critical of any band. Why? because we all ♥ LOVE♥ the music!

He is the absolute FIRST person I'd pick to make another series....and believe me, by the end of the series, your ears will be so melted that your eyes won't even be able to see the artwork, nor the pages of this website after he's done.

If you just listen to the subtle banter, music, and bombs he throws in, you'll all want to listen to each of these picks 100 times over.

~Critter

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