Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 1

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


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Joined: Mar 18 2010
DVD Box Set

Hopefully the Bonus Disc is made available separately so those who already have these Releases don't miss out. This set is an amazing value for the price and the amount of material offered.

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Joined: May 26 2007
well, my feeling

is that hey, I don't have a lot of this stuff and the price is right. And also a lot of new folks don't have any of it. But definitely a lot of people have it already, what else is new.

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Joined: Jul 15 2010
I think this is a well priced

I think this is a well priced set, but I wonder who they will appeal to? Anyone who would spend $100 on GD DVDs would likely be a big fan. Most big fans will already own some of these already. So who is going to buy this? Someone who is duplicating part of their DVD library in order to get the rest? A casual fan who wants to spend $100 to buy 20 hours of Grateful Dead videos? Doesn't seem like either group will be big buyers. But I guess they have nothing to lose by repackaging and offering this, no? It's a low cost, frequently used marketing ploy to repackage a bunch of stuff that has been out in the market for a long time and try to attract a new audience. It's ok by me, but not my cup of tea.

I bought the VHS of the GD Movie back in the '80s and LOVED it. Then I got the DVD upgrade (a rare move for me). I love this movie, have probably seen it more than any other movie ever, and the bonus stuff is really good. I wish they hadn't released the 5 disc set of highlights from this run, because I think it would have been a GREAT box. Probably my favorite run of shows ever, and all should be available in super high quality since they were filming/taping for the movie. But it would be too redundant to release they run of shows after releasing the five discer, so I doubt that will ever happen.

I also own NYE '78 which is fun. I must say that the late '80s/'90s videos are fun to watch once, but I don't really go back to them like I do the GD movie or even The Closing of Winterland.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
man, why'd they do this?

I just got a bluray player. I have most of this on VHS or DVD already. Argh. Dangling the bonus stuff is the epitome of mean. I agree with gerhard, why not release something new already instead of releasing VFTV for the 3rd time and GD Movie for the 5th time or whatever?
I guess they did the cost/benefit analysis and saw they'd come out ahead going this route. I can understand it from a corporate point of view. But, man wow.
That said I have an itchy trigger finger and am waiting to see what type of other bonuses are offered before I make my final decision.

Joined: Feb 4 2008
marye on dvd set

sorry marye
that new dvd set is really nothing new
and for me far from pretty cool
would rather see some new concert on dvd
or some cool cd box set in the near future

Joined: Nov 13 2010
DVD Box Set

I generally love the releases that David and his predecessors have released. However, I already own 80% of the DVD's in the upcoming box seems like a a real money grab to make fans repurchase so many releases so get a couple exclusive and bonus discs.

Will individual DVD's be released? If we purchase them through Shout or Factory can we receive the bonus disc?

You guys addressed the issues with Europe 72 it seems like an easy switch to offer the releases in the box set individually.

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Joined: Feb 16 2010
All the Years Combine -14 DVD Box Set

DL2 spoke of this in his video chat last month. He also stated that these DVDs would be availible each. I'm looking only for the So Far /Back Stage Pass DVD up grade. Like a lot of folks, I don't need dups of all the other DVDs.

Joined: Sep 20 2011
All the Years Combine

Too bad this only DVD and not Blu-Ray.

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Joined: May 26 2007
Thanks, Little Ben Clock

good news indeed!

And yeah, that DVD set seems pretty cool to me...

Joined: Jul 9 2007

Shout! Factory celebrates Grateful Dead with the release of the 14-DVD box set All The Years Combine: The DVD Collection, which contains nearly 38 hours of concert
performances from the '70s to the '90s. Contains all bonus features from previous releases, the DVD debut of So Far, and an exclusive disc containing five previously unreleased Dead performances,the 1992 documentary Backstage Pass, and a new interview with Dead archivist David Lemieux. Also includes a 40 page book with rare photos and detailed essay and notes by Dead expert Blair Jackson.

The Grateful Dead Movie (2-DVD) (Theatrical film, originally released in 1977)

The Closing Of Winterland (2-DVD) (Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, December 31, 1978)

Dead Ahead (Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, October 1980)

So Far (Originally released on VHS and laser disc in 1987 first time on DVD!)

Ticket To New Year's*(Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, December 31, 1987)

Truckin' Up To Buffalo (Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY, on July 4, 1989)

Downhill From Here (Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI, July 17, 1989)

View From The Vault (Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, July 8, 1990)

View From The Vault II (RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, June 14, 1991)

View From The Vault III (Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, June 16, 1990)

View From The Vault IV (Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA, July 24, 1987, and Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, July 26, 1987)

Bonus Disc:
Wrapping up the box set is an exclusive bonus disc containing five previously unreleased and never before seen live performances from 1987-1991, sourced from the Grateful Dead archive, as well as Backstage Pass, the 1992 documentary directed by Justin Kreutzmann, and a brand-new interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux.


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