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
Received this new offering in the mail yesterday. Sadly, the first impression was the package seems flimsy, even though it includes plenty of that nasty plastic. The spine will tear with the slightest abuse. The photos and essay are pretty decent, and including a few local press clippings is a real nice touch.
But luckily, wow the music is superb! A nice pick, and a VERY NICE mix! Every instrument is coming across crystal clear. The hall quality is present, but with only a hint of crowd noise. Great work, everyone!
... the more I love. Thank you again Dave and co. Subscription was a great idea! The sounds is great, I think that packaging is fine, and the MUSIC! I have a lot of that Spring 77' tour, but this ranks up there with Boston and (my personal fave, Buffalo.) Anyway... thanks again, and I cannot wait for the next release!
just noticed the B&W photo of "Space" & Jerry inside where the booklet is kept..nice addition.
Sound quality is excellent! As for a show it is a good Spring 77 show but on first listen I found Set 1 the stronger...special notice to Mexicali. I think TLEO is an ok song...but why must they play it so slow....their is a version somewhere, I'm guessing, between '78-'82, which is played with tempo of "Second That Emotion"...it works so much better.
After having recently re-discovered my love of The Dead, I decided to keep the flame burning by subscribing to the new Dave's Picks series. More than a few fellow Deadheads have told me the sheer excellence of the Dick's Picks series, so I figured, "Why not?" and signed up.
Wow, what an amazing show! Jerry and the gang really tore it up at The Mosque in '77! I've listened to a number of other live Dead albums (e.g.: Skull & Roses and Europe '72 vols. 1 & 2 to name a few), and there's something unique about this particular concert. Their songs feel much tighter, and I can feel a certain level of excitement from the band, something akin to sheer excitement to be back on the road. Which, if you read the liner notes--and I suggest you do so--makes sense after such a long hiatus from touring.
My hat goes off to everyone involved in putting this package together, too. From the music to the packaging to the liner notes themselves, bravo! If only more bands could leave behind such an epic legacy as The Dead.
The cover art is an homage to "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," which was released on the same day the Dead performed at The Mosque.
Since I'm being forced into a multiple post block -
How about an '84 release from Pine Knob, Red Rocks and/or Greek?
I recieved my copy this past Monday and have had a chance to listen to this release a couple of times through. Hats off to everybody involved for their part of this fine release. The engineering, mastering, the essay, packaging, artwork and original recordists and the band itself have all done a stellar job. Thanks to all of you guys.
The next slated release for this series, 7/31/74 Dillon Stadium with the limited edition bonus disc from 7/29/74 Cap Center should convince even the most fickle and snobbish of collectors to appreciate the awesomeness of this new series.
David L got the sound just right, and it all feels brand new.
The band is SO into their music, I really think this is one of the good ones.
Thank you Highthyme. I was not yet six when Star Wars came out, so I for sure had no clue about the Grateful Dead and the experience they would bring to me years later.