Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 1


Dave's Picks Volume 1
May 25, 1977
SOLD OUT


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

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Daves Picks Volume 1

Just received my copy of Daves Picks Volume 1 via UPS and am very gratified by the packageing. Haven't listened to it yet, but really like and appreciate the packageing and layout of this, the First of the Daves Picks. This Digi-Pak is even superior to the Dicks Picks Jewell Cases. This is how ALL releases should be. Really excited to actually hear this but am having an afternoon at my nephews house and will have to postphone the listening party for it. All Hail Rock & Roll!!!! Forever Dead!!!!!

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Did you.....

order the subscription, or a la carte overnight?

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Am I the first to say ...

... I got an e-mail today saying my order has been shipped?

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do you think this wizard would give me some brains?

thanks for the explanation. i wish i was smart enough to understand sarcasm.

it did not occur to you that i chose to ignore the snide comment for the purpose of winning the argument?

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I believe that you were responding to ZuckFun's rationale for liking one year better -- that the % of shows containing a certain song was x (shown in three decimal places). He was responding to your incredibly insightful statistical analysis regarding how often a four song run was played in 1969.

My comment had nothing to do with not "getting" any lighthearted comment by me, but with your seeming inability to recognize ZuckFun's parody of your statistical basis for determing good GD years.

"Oh no, they have now played Dark Star on three Sundays in a row. What a rut."

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yep!

that must be it. you're the only person on the net with any wit.

you & your friends must be cool as rock stars.

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Seriously?

I suppose because I don't have any friends without a sense of humor, I am amazed by those on the 'net who can't see sarcasm/irony/parody/etc no matter how obvious it may be.

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Seriously?

I suppose because I don't have any friends without a sense of humor, I am amazed by those on the 'net who can't see sarcasm/irony/parody/etc no matter how obvious it may be.

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seriously?

1973 was by far the better year.

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I'm gonna guess that the Road

I'm gonna guess that the Road Trips from '93 was the worst selling live release of the last ten years.

That's probably why I can't think of a single release from '92-'95 besides that one. Oh, and the fact that the boys were 20 years past their prime.

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