Dave's Picks Volume 1
May 25, 1977
Dave's Picks Volume 1 is officially SOLD OUT.
Have no fear, you can join the fun with our next release Volume 2, the complete Grateful Dead performance from the Wall of Sound tour, recorded live on 7/31/74 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, CT. This was one of the final East Coast appearances by the Grateful Dead for almost two years, and is one of the longest, most exceptionally well-played shows of the entire year. The big jams stand out, of course, including "Weather Report Suite," "Eyes Of The World>China Doll" and "Truckin>several thematic jams," but the smaller songs, like a rare show-opening "Scarlet Begonias," "Mississippi Half-Step," "Big River," "Greatest Story Ever Told," "Uncle John's Band" and countless others are also excellent at this A+ show.
In addition to all the great music, you can look forward to another digipak with trays made of 100% recycled and PCW materials (and of course a booklet featuring a historical essay and photos). Due to popular demand, we'll be using a heavier paper stock for Volume 2 and all the great Dave's Picks releases to come.
Dave's Picks Volume 2 ships this May. Stay tuned for pre-order details.
Learn More About Volume 1 here...
Dave's Picks Archival Series Kicks Off With 5/25/77
Chances are if you’re a Dead Head you’re already well-versed in the glorious spring of 1977. Back a year since their mid-’70s performing hiatus, and fresh from recording their Terrapin Station album in L.A. with producer Keith Olsen, the Dead returned to the road invigorated and excited that spring. There were fantastic new songs (including the “Terrapin Station” suite, “Estimated Prophet” and “Fire on the Mountain”) and their older tunes seemed imbued with new vigor and vitality. Every stop of the tour, which stretched from the third week of April (beginning at the Spectrum in Philadelphia) through the first week in June (back at Winterland in San Francisco), presented some new wrinkle or interesting variation on the repertoire, as songs were moved around, unusual combinations were explored and the septet continue to solidify and mature. Which is a fancy way of saying the band was on fire—y’see, there’s a reason why this is the ninth show from that tour to be released!
The song list from 5/25/77 might not reveal much out of the ordinary (though it’s great selection of tunes), but the playing is definitely extraordinary. The first set contains outstanding versions of favorites such as “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Jack Straw,” “Cassidy” and “Lazy Lightning” > “Supplication.” And the second set is primo-grade ’77 from start to finish. The buoyant “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” that kicks things off sets the tone, but then the rest of the set is a deftly played medley starting with “Estimated” and moving into “He’s Gone,” a primal drum workout from Mickey and Bill, a heart-pounding version of “The Other One” that’s split by “Wharf Rat” (the only time those songs were played in that sequence), a joyful “Wheel,” and then a double-dose of Chuck Berry to bring it all back to rock ’n’ roll basics. Talk about a thrill ride!
— Blair Jackson
this release is long since sold out, and the discussion thread seems to be an irresistible magnet to half the spam universe, I'm going to turn off comments for a while. If you have a burning desire to discuss the release, send me a PM and we'll turn 'em back on for you. Thanks.
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More favorable comments all around!
The sound quality differs greatly from the listening party. Glad I added these discs to my collection. Thank you, friends!
I signed up for Dave's Picks last November, paid the subscription fee, but have only received Dave's Picks Vol 1. Anyone else have a similar experience? I never got Dave's Picks Vol 2 or the bonus disc for subscribers. Through close to two months, a dozen emails and several phone calls, I haven't been able to get any satisfactory answer to "where is my order", until today, when I was told Dave's Picks Vol 2 is on back order. So I'm a little bit frustrated, and I've asked for a refund. Honestly, I mainly signed up to be a supporter of the larger, ongoing Dead operation. Putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak. It's not like I have any shortage of quality shows to listen to, so I don't feel like I'm missing out on a whole lot by not getting volumes 2, 3, and 4 or the bonus disc. But I am surprised by how shabbily I was treated as a customer. Probably the worst customer service experience I've had, well, ever. Comcast is more responsive.
I was told I should get at least a partial refund. So that's something. But I don't think I'll be ordering anything else from Dead.Net in the future...
Excited to see Phil, Bobby, and Mickey at All Good, though
I must admit that I haven't completely figured out what from July 16/17 '66 has already been released and what hasn't. Years ago I downloaded what was claimed to be both complete shows - 9 songs from July 16 and 7 songs from July 17. Far more recently I discovered that two versions of the July 16 show are on the Internet Archive, the 9 song version and a 20 song (two sets) version where the 9 song version is the first 9 (out of 10) songs from the second set of the 20 song version. As there is a Charlie Miller soundboard of the 20 song version, I have little doubt that it is what it claims to be. It would be great to see/hear this released in its entirety - and I guess David Lemieux knows the score here. If he deems it worthy, then we will surely see it at some stage (I hope),
The only problem with July 16/17 '66 is the bulk of it (of what I know that exists) was released on Birth of the Dead (and an additional two songs on the So Many Roads box). The only unreleased songs, to my knowledge, are Cold Rain, Schoolgirl, New Minglewood, BIODTL, and Cardboard Cowboy (aka The Monster). A live C.C., of course, is nearly worth the price of admission, but maybe it and these others are better served on a bonus disc to a less celebrated '66 show release (sans Minglewood, possibly Bob's worst vocal ever on this one ~ sounds like he's got an orange peel in his mouth).
Would love to hear the rest of the show that the Schoolgirl -> You Don't Love Me -> Schoolgirl sandwich comes from, whichever show that is (variously reported as August or April '66 ~ the latter more likely, since Dick reportedly identified it as Trips Fest).
In any event, still like where you're going, SimonRob. 66-67!!! And 84-85!!!
Gretsch/Guit30: Last November, I contacted RG about the possibility of reissues based on popularity in the secondary market - with specific regard to DP 15 - and they merely confirmed the continuing, intermittent release of a couple installments at a time in reverse, sequential order, but with no specification as to production limits.
Rhino should merge the Road Trips concept with the Box Sets. Pick three shows from any given tour and sell it as a box. My problem with runs is that you get a lot of the band pacing themselves, just the meatiest three shows from the whole tour would work - and - you could call it Road Trips for real, a one show road trip never made sense. Oh yeah, add a bonus disc from a show that will never be released in it's entirerity.