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
Guit30, I emailed Realgone several months back regarding releases. They responded that they planned on re-releasing everything. I only needed one release, and it is now out again. It might take awhile for everything to be available again though. That is the downside to it, If you were looking for a hard copy of something now... It seems like they are only doing a few at a time,so who knows what the schedule is.
That sold out quick, What if someone still wants one, I reckon that they can download it. There is so much stuff from 77 anyway, Get "To Terrapin", actually a much better show, recorded a few days later than DP1. It is not a limited edition. I am a bit confused about the Dick's Pick situation, A lot of them are no longer available here, will they all be released by Realgone Records?
I'm also fond of the 'edit' function. I use it to make sure everything's 'just exactly perfect'. You know, fixing misspellings, syntax, run-on sentences, factual errors and the like. When I have something new to say, I usually just make a new post. Now, if the 'reply' button actually worked right...Ha!
Someone on the archive.org comment board for this show suggests that the soundboard reels are not extant in the vault. I, too, at one time got a so-called soundboard recording of this show that later turned out to be an audience tape.
Totally weird. The Grateful Dead Taping Compendium suggests that this is in circulation as an A- graded SBD. I have two versions of this, that are audience recordings. Yet one of my buddies thinks he had a copy of the SBD on a Cassette. So has this never been upgraded to a digital format? ETREE is flaky on my device so I can't look to see if an ID even exists for a board version....if one doesn't exist, that would suggest it hasn't be upgraded.
Wow, now we are in a post Dave Pick's Vol.1 world. I like vol. 1, the sound is awesome and CD 2 jams. Looking forward to Vol.2, another box will be nice. I'll keep buying as long as new releases continue or I pass away, which ever happens first.
Yeah, I love auto correct. First it changed it to whittled, than whittle a few times. By the fourth time I misspelled it! And it does virtually nothing as far as syntax errors go, until you hit the "save" button! Oh well, the price of being able to do this stuff on a phone...
And when I locate that show on my drive, It should tell me what version I have. Although I must say I don't usually download Audience recordings. I do have a few though. Unfortunately when i first started archiving shows, I only checked off what I had in my notebook, rather than being specific of what versions I have. Lesson Learned, although a little too late to avoid any headaches.
I think it's 'whetted' not 'wetted': Sorry I'm such a stickler, but that's too a cool word to let get cheated in the lexicon. Happy day to you! ;-)
If a soundboard of 2-27 exists, I'd love to hear it. I agree with Wilfred- March at Winterland is stellar, and I would love for these 3 shows to be a Winterland Box. I'm unsure about how completely 3/18 could be released though. There's a splice during Fire- about a 30 second audience patch during a jam climax- ouch. Also several of the second set songs only exist (on archive.org) in audience form. Maybe it could be a 6 disc Dave's Picks- all of 3/19 and 3/20- and everything that exists in the vault of 3/18. Or a sweet Box- March at Winterland. Beggars can't be choosers- these shows are too excellent to remain unreleased. By the way, I edit my comments cuz most of the time my writing stinks and I'm unhappy with my comments. Like anyone wants to know this, but anyways.
Wilfred, I double checked my catalog and this has been circulated. I cross checked the set list in the Taping Compendium, and the Sbd is rated A-. Without listening, I'm not sure if I have the SBD or an Aud recording, On paper, the first set is solid and the second set: Scarlet Fire>Samson and Deliah>Saint Stephen>Not Fade Away>Drums>Terrapin Station>Morning Dew>Sugar Mags looks smokin'.
They could pair that up with 2/26/77 From the Swing Auditoium. which opens set one with, to unsuspecting listeners, with Terrapin and only has three other songs overlapped on 2-27.
I'm not sure how they stack up, but I don't think I've heard any of the Palladium shows.I think they circulate in some form but I'm not sure about quality or origin. Besides that, I think there are about 5 others shows from Spring 77 I haven't heard. I'm just not sure i can justify paying up for a comprehensive Spring Box...Now if they could hand make me a box of a few goodies!!! ha ha ha
Seriously though, you've wetted my appetite for 2-27. I'm gonna have to look for this. Some good listening just in time for a nice afternoon on patio!