Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 1


Dave's Picks Volume 1
May 25, 1977
SOLD OUT


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

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Sorry for the multiple postings

Order Number: TJF32222PX7FA5J322

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Still waiting to receive

Still waiting to receive mine. I would love to be listening to it right now. However I have just been told that they had to reorder and will be shipped tomorrow. Now I get to wait another 12 business days. This happened in my last order. Why is it so difficult to get me my order? This is the first time I have had any trouble with getting my order. But, after reading some of the posts during the whole E72 ordering I guess I am lucky it's only happened twice. I hope I get it before Volume two is shipped. At least I have no shortage of things to listen to. I would just like to be listening to this one. Oh well....good things come to those who wait.

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Dave's Picks

Still waiting to receive mine. I would love to be listening to it right now. However I have just been told that they had to reorder and will be shipped tomorrow. Now I get to wait another 12 business days. This happened in my last order. Why is it so difficult to get me my order? This is the first time I have had any trouble with getting my order. But, after reading some of the posts during the whole E72 ordering I guess I am lucky it's only happened twice. I hope I get it before Volume two is shipped. At least I have no shortage of things to listen to. I would just like to be listening to this one. Oh well....good things come to those who wait.

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Dave's Picks

Still waiting to receive mine. I would love to be listening to it right now. However I have just been told that they had to reorder and will be shipped tomorrow. Now I get to wait another 12 business days. This happened in my last order. Why is it so difficult to get me my order? This is the first time I have had any trouble with getting my order. But, after reading some of the posts during the whole E72 ordering I guess I am lucky it's only happened twice. I hope I get it before Volume two is shipped. At least I have no shortage of things to listen to. I would just like to be listening to this one. Oh well....good things come to those who wait.

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Dave's Picks

Still waiting to receive mine. I would love to be listening to it right now. However I have just been told that they had to reorder and will be shipped tomorrow. Now I get to wait another 12 business days. This happened in my last order. Why is it so difficult to get me my order. This is the first time I have had any trouble with getting my order. But, after reading some of the posts during the whole E72 ordering I guess I am lucky it's only happened twice. I hope I get it before Volume two is shipped. At least I have no shortage of things to listen to. I would just like to be listening to this one. Oh well....good things come to those who wait.

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on the other hand

if a reorder's in progress, I guess it's in progress... Sorry for the hassle though....

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Don

send me a PM with the details and I'll see what we can do here...

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Daves Picks

Well I guess it is my turn to have a bad experience with customer service. After not receiving my Calendar I reordered and it finally arrived. I wasn't as worried about that. But, when I didn't get my "Daves Picks" I became concerned. It was supposedly shipped on January 29th. It hasn't arrived. I called and let them know of my concern. They said that it would be reordered. It is supposed to ship from California. I live in California and still have not been able to enjoy this latest adventure. Needless to say I am very dissapointed. Why? I want my Daves Picks!

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What Marye Said

I won't be getting the DVD box (because I have what I want from that list). But heck, even if I only wanted half of these these, the price is a good one.

And as Marye says, there are folks out there who are new to the Dead who might jump on this. I mean, don't we want influxes of new Deadheads, even those who (GASP!) never got to see the band live? (Or should we expect them to cater only to those who saw the band - demographically speaking, not a good idea!)

I'm real pleased to see releases that might be aimed at newer fans ("To Terrapin" being released in stores for example - it was great to see a 2-track recording getting a general release).

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DVD's

I'm all for it and will order if it's real to get all in one box, but I will have to agree with the bluray comments. GD and Rhino really have to get up to speed with regards to this as currently there's just been GD Movie on bluray. I've been spoiled with HDCD and Bluray sound and picture quality and think it's the way to go.

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