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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Did anyone else hear about this?

Available for pre-order somewhere else:
Grateful Dead: All the Years Combine: The DVD Collection (14-DVD Box Set)
released on April 17, 2012

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Mystery Box cont'd

An opinion expressed sometimes is enough of 77- I really couldn't have enough of 77- but I understand the point. The 80's and 90's are not given nearly the recognition in terms of Releases as the 70's are. Part of it is performance level, and part of it is the availability of high quality recordings- specifically from the early 80's. I honestly don't expect to see another 77 Box Set for awhile. I'm thrilled we still have releases to look forward to, and would be as excited as anyone about an 80's Box Set. As for more 77- all good things in all good time.

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Spring 77 Box Set.

They really were at a peak in the Spring of 77. Weren't they? Or 1977 in general.

.The 80s and 90s pale in comparison to the strength of 77. Yet there were newer, and cover, songs at that time in the 80s and 90s which deserve recognition by official releases from that period. the playing at times and Jerry's voice in general may have been below par but they are still part of the history and should be given equal footing.

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Wishful Thinking

April 30
May 12
May 19
May 21
May 22
May 28
And May 25- put it on the board, another win for the Home Team. And please don't overlook St. Louis from 5/15, this is also one of the tour's finest. It seems like the next show to be released from this tour will be 5/26, and it will be some time before we get another 77 show. Although it was hinted a Box Set consisting of 5/7, 5/8 and 5/9 is a possibility. While I'm dreaming, let's make it a 9 show Box- include St. Louis, St. Paul, New Haven, Tuscaloosa, 5/18 from the Fox and 5/4 from The Palladium. Let's also include The Spectrum and Civic Center shows. Add 5/26 and 5/13 and it's The Baker's Dozen Spring Box. The mission is now clear- gather the tribes- fire up the engines- We meet in a fortnight for the initiation Ceremony- Bring on the Spring 77 Box!!

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Thank you marye

marye, I have received my RT4.5. I sincerely appreciate your help in resolving the situation. Thanks for tolerating the madness on here and helping us out.

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Mea Culpa

I shot my mouth off the other day about people complaining about the DaP1 packaging. Having now had it for a week I can now see where they are coming from. Great to see that this is already being rectified in time for the next release and that the ptb. do take notice of the comments (sensible ones) made here.
I shall now go and stand in a corner like the naughty boy I have been.

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UK (and other Euro) folks in this fix

send me a PM and I'll see what we can figure out. Thanks.

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Postage to UK

To Captain Kevin

I too had to pay extra, £14 odd.

Mary, can we have it so that international fans who pay extra for the postage (which is fine) only pay extra for the postage once rather than twice, which is not so fine, (more a sludgy downpour). This didnt happen with road trips or Dicks picks.

The box the album was delivered in was a foot long, 8 inches wide and 3 inches deep. Why?

We're not made of money.

As for the music, top notch. There is a lot of focussed, tight playing, and little if no meandering waffle. (I suspect it being the year punk broke was a coincidence!) Perhaps this will be a great album to play to people have never heard the band before, rather than one with a 43 minute Dark Star!

Keep 'em coming. More with Bruce on the keys please, maybe from europe '90. I'll pay extra twice for that, no question. (as I suspect I will with any new release, alas!)

David Scott

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To Captain Kevin

I too had to pay extra, £14 odd.

Mary, can we have it so that international fans who pay extra for the postage (which is fine) only pay extra for the postage once rather than twice, which is not so fine, (more a sludgy downpour). This didnt happen with road trips or Dicks picks.

The box the album was delivered in was a foot long, 8 inches wide and 3 inches deep. Why?

We're not made of money.

As for the music, top notch. There is a lot of focussed, tight playing, and little if no meandering waffle. (I suspect it being the year punk broke was a coincidence!) Perhaps this will be a great album to play to people have never heard the band before, rather than one with a 43 minute Dark Star!

Keep 'em coming. More with Bruce on the keys please, maybe from europe '90. I'll pay extra twice for that, no question. (as I suspect I will with any new release, alas!)

David Scott

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