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
Here we go again. I looked at my credit card to see if I had been charged for shipping, even after pre-ordering on day one of this offer. The guy told me I would have to call back with each release if I get charged again. This really sucks to have to go through all this after paying up front in full in Oct. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Better check your cards.
This will make the release bitter sweet for me. I miss the old days when real Deadheads ran the store and cared about the customers.
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I too got charged for shipping, though I was an early subscriber. Please do let us all know the best procedure for clearing it up -- I understand it's just some sort of glitch, just don't want to flail about if there's a preferred way to get the charge reversed. Thanks!
J'ai reçut le mien !
J'ai reçut le mien !
for the tasters folks...waiting patiently in freezing France
Received shipment notification yesterday, received CD today! Awesome job! The whole band sounds great, Jerry is in fine form vocally and on his guitar. Phil's bass comes through great!
Thank you for this labor of love, Dave, and I eagerly anticipate the rest of the releases.
It arrived this morning- such a great surprise as I headed out the door. Only had time to listen to Half Step, and am not a great writer of Reviews anyways. There are several versions of Half Step I fell in love with years ago from this tour- 5/7, 5/17 and 5/25 to name a few. And to hear 5/25 sounding clear as a bell, Garcia's closing jam flying like an Eagle across the Richmond sky, my love is new again. Thank You!!!
I checked my CC. I was charged $7.71 for shipping when I went with the free shipping on the subscription. This is the same amount I was charged when I initially signed up for the subscription. I called the store and they had the charge removed (months ago). Everyone, please check your CC and see if you have this extra charge. Looks like I will be calling the store.
Please get rid of the Word verification. It is a pain and it didn't block all the chinese spam that is on here.
Timbuk2, I received a shipping notice for this release and it said I owe $5.00 in shipping eventhough I ordered the full years subscription with free shipping. I will need to check my CC and see if I was charged shipping. If so, this will need to be resolved. Anyone else have this problem?
mine came in the mail today and shortly after that I got the notification it had shipped
it came in slick packaging with jewel cases and easy to read labeling
all the cds eaced fine
no digital flaws were detected
Although compressed it is full sounding and not harsh like the europe 72 box so I don't have to eq it when I turn it up.
So I have it loud and am enjoying it.