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
Are we really having a conversation on a Grateful Dead forum about Kanye West?
I'm sorry, but if you are name dropping Kanye West into a debate about whether or not that this is a good enough release, you have no credibitlity on musical relevence.
Oh well, you might have a better chance of finding some credibility over on the Lady Gaga or Justin Beiber forums.
i could ignore it, but i'm a bit too arrogant. if you think i'm trolling, why on earth would you continue to address me? why not just let it go?
you don't see me attacking people who said "dave's picks vol. 1" is great. i only respond to people who challenged me for saying it isn't.
i can totally understand why the majority of people here would want me to eat crow. its not like i never threw mud at those who attacked me, but if you want this to end, let it die. quit stirring the pot.
...except the howling of Donna during the Scarlet Jam. Thats just a small part of the whole show so I think I can live with it lol. Cant wait for Dave's Faves #2!
There's nothing wrong with a negative opinion. But if all a poster does is stir up shit, make threads revolve around them and their "opinions" (and all the while changing their user name to make it a bit less obvious to a casual observer) then it is trolling, plain and simple.
Okay... steering away from the ad-hominem attacks and "my non-Dead music taste is better than yours" stuff, I would love to insert a comment about DaP1. Someone earlier mentioned their favorite "sleeper" song of the show (Mexicali Blues).
I like the sleeper idea... In that vein, my sleeper song would be Cassidy. I tend to favor that anyway (one of those first set songs I never skip), but this one is my new favorite. I'm hearing things from Billy and Mickey I never heard (or don't remember noticing) in my old version of this show. Listen to the percussion in this version of Cassidy, it is just astounding. I've listened to the whole show once, but Cassidy four or five times. Who knew...?
i was at the deer creek show when heads tore down the fence, and no i didn't help tear it down, but i was in the pavilion with a lawn ticket. always hated the concept of lawn seats. after my first show i never sat in my assigned seat. made it all the way to the front row numerous times.
if i thought for a second you've heard enough of kanye west & the other acts listed i might be offended, but lets be honest you can't give a valid opinion of the bands in either list i provided, because you're not acquainted with them enough to know what you're talking about.
how lame are you to give opinions on music you've never heard?
been any lack of Heads willing to express strong negative opinions. Just look at the Grateful Dead Movie, which immortalizes some of them for all time...
read all of the posts. its my contention the whole concept of 'dave's picks' is a joke. its 'road trips' with a name change in an attempt to boost sales. many who didn't want to except my opinion responded to my posts directly, rather than give their own opinion.
if someone is going to call me out on a message board of all places, i am not going to back down.
with that said; calling people trolls is an easy way out, because it doesn't take any thought to throw mud.
Absolutey! But I didn't want to just say it!
"I'm not getting the whole point of Grateful Dead bashing on a Dead-centric site."
It's called trolling.