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
Got it today-spectacular sound quality–you get a feel for the theater–outstanding performances throughout. Jerry is in fine voice and plays with alacrity. Nice mix on the harmony vocals, too. Prime '77 stuff.
Great debut for Dave's Picks–Nice going Mr. Lemieux!
...I love and appreciate all the releases, and thank everyone for all they do to get them to us! Keep 'em coming.
I bought the Dave's Picks subscription sometime in late Fall. I was originally charged a shipping fee but it was later reimbursed automatically (free shipping for subscriptions). I now see a pending shipping charge on my bank/card statement. Anyone else having this happen? Does this happen automatically upon shipping but never actually charged? Thank you.
Give it up for the fine German. Glory be to God.
Oh Captain Stormfield. I beat you to it. You have to count faster! Great post though!
I have 5078 CDs and about 3000 of those are jazz from the 1940's to present. I have another 2000+ recordings on vinyl and half of those are jazz. Some of who I knew personally. I have hundreds of recordings of Indian Classical music. Italian jazz and artists and cutting edge improvisiors; colleagues from NYC,most will never hear. Music from New Orleans, funk, progressive, fusion balance out classical. But hey, Bach is old, dead and probably not worth listening to anymore, since I graduated from high school. And Zappa, let's just say I have more than most and leave it at that. But Franks dead too. I won't even go into the amount of Terrabytes spread over hard drives, archiving bootlegs and shows from anyone I can think off. And who really cares anyway? Seriously Capt. Stormfield, and others, I wouldn't take listening advice from anyone that lists Jayz, the White Stripes or Kanye as barameters of what "cutting edge" is; or for the cornerstone of a childish tantrum..
So in a day or two I will up my count to 5079 CDs, and will not have to risk the wrath of my mother for opening a bottle of Jameson whiskey while I listen to DP1 in my own listening room or be afraid of any ramifications for the fragrant residue that will surely be scenting the air. As for those with superior taste in contempory music (ie. pop), enjoy it through your best mp3 or stereo that was nicked from a former friend. Your music deserves nothing less.
for the moment we are going to give you the benefit of doubt that you are the hapless victim of the multiple post bug and you really really love this device. However, we now get the point and we really really do not want to hear about it again. Thank you...
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I gotta hand it to you for the eclecticism of your music choices. In the end, I got's to have my Jerry licks. BTW, agreed on warrengang11 the living spambot! He must have lotsa time, like me. tehe.
you've now posted the same sales pitch 6 times. refresh my memory people. how exactly am i the troll?
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I too would love to read a review of 5/25/77 from someone lucky enough to have received it. Normanized Glory- love it