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
I didn't know there was a soundboard of 2-27-77 circulating. What do you think of the Feb-Mar '77, instead of Spring? Those March Winterland shows are superb, and would fit snugly with the theme of the Winterland box. Rhino could make that go; couldn't they? I know I'd be on board.
I really hadn't expected this would sell out as fast as it did. Does Rhino/Dead.net have a long term plan for these? If the the initial limited run is gone, will they make this available as a download only release. I'm also wondering if next year when a pre-order subscription is offered, that Rhino will bump the initial run up a thousand or so units. I understand that it costs money to warehouse these releases indefinately but it seems that they would have managed to sell considerably more units than 12000, since this release sold out in one quarter. I'm curious what the monthly number of sales in proportion to the monthly housing costs justifies a larger run of releases as well as keeping them around longer.
On box sets. I Have to weigh in that while I enjoy Spring 77, I'm not sure if I'd be into a large 77 box. Most of that run is available in clean Sbds and well represented in official releases. Some 60's Dead would be a treat, however I see some interesting runs being thrown around. I guess we'll see, although at this point I'd prefer more smaller boxes of say, two or three day runs, unless a more comprehensive set could be compiled without overlap of previously issued shows, such as with the Europe 72 box and Rockin' the Rhein and Hundred Year Hall, which were both fantastic releases on their own. May I suggest that if this is to be limited, which seems to be the trend, that you keep the number open for a few weeks so all pre-orders can get in before capping a number. It's a win/ win. You'll sell more copies, no-one gets shut out, the collectors have their collectible.
Anyway, thanks for your work. I'm looking forward to the next installment of Dave's Picks.
Come on enough with the 70's bring on a 90's set 10-27-91-10-31-91 would be a great box
I'm voting for Fall of '79 to round out the first RT series release:
Cape Cod (10/27 & 10/28) Pittsburgh (11/30 & 12/1) Chicago (12/3-12/5)
That 12/1 show has to have been considered by DL and team before, at least I hope it has!
Fillmore West april 1970 or manhatten center and princeton 1971 or do the tapes exist of the Warfield 1980
The first Road Trips from 2007 is available from the Store- the first Dave's Picks from 6 weeks ago is now unavailable- all sold. And Yes, please bring on the new Box!
Iam also ready for another big box set . I vote 1983 or 1989.
well then it´s time for more come on guys ... think everybody´s ready for the next box! 1983? 1989? 1990? no matter but come on with more music now!
p.s. can´t nearly wait for the 1974 - dave´s picks.
Bob weir and the national will be doing a live webcast on 3/24 from weir's studio. It is a benifit for headcount. The webcast is free. they will be doing grateful dead and national songs. The national is maybe the best musical act around these days. Anyone who has not had the chance should listen to them. They put out two of the best albums in the last ten years (the boxer and alligator ) amoung other stuff.
You won't ever hear me say I have enough of a certain period of Grateful Dead music- unless I have all there is. More 72, um, yes please. More from the Fall of 73, I'm ready. An 83 Box- bring it on. I welcome and am grateful for every release. Reading thoughts like there's enough of 77 released already- the only tour there's enough of is Europe 72, cuz the whole tour is released.