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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"To Terrapin"

Yeh, it is 3 days before "To Terrapin"

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Daves Picks vol 1

I have a tape of this show and as I listen to it I wonder why this show was picked. This is one of the infamous Betty board shows and I have to say it it one of the weaker shows on this run. The Buffalo show from May 9th blows this show away, as does the Boston show from the 7th. This show has dead air and pauses throughout. Both shows listed above blend songs together like a mix master.
But this is just my humble opinion.
keep up the good work

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Daves Picks vol 1

I have a tape of this show and as I listen to it I wonder why this show was picked. This is one of the infamous Betty board shows and I have to say it it one of the weaker shows on this run. The Buffalo show from May 9th blows this show away, as does the Boston show from the 7th. This show has dead air and pauses throughout. Both shows listed above blend songs together like a mix master.
But this is just my humble opinion.
keep up the good work

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Just Another Price Increase!

A new package but the same old price increases!!

Too Bad! These 3 CD packages cost $19.98 not long ago.

Just one more reason to shop somewhere else!!

Best Wishes-Jimmy

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Just Another Price Increase!

A new package but the same old price increases!!

Too Bad! These 3 CD packages cost $19.98 not long ago.

Just one more reason to shop somewhere else!!

Best Wishes-Jimmy

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The chat was really interesting a few nights back. I am actually looking forward to this release, 77 is not one of my favorite years, everything is just a little too perfect.

As far as the previous cardboard packaging, I always have purchased slim line jewel cases and immediately would transfer the new disc from original packaging to fresh case. I am a little behind on a few of the Europe discs and have noted some mild scratching, so I will be purchasing jewel cases today. I know they take up a little room, but worth preserving the music.

As far as future releases, Dave was really singing the praises of October/November 1968, so I wouldn't be surprised to see something from there released. He was touting the evolution of Dark Star and the wicked Elevens from that time period. Plus, anything with a New Potato or Caution is gold in my book.

I think the 74 show will be interesting, but I really prefer 72/73 more. The 74 stuff sounds so thin to me, and the vocals have those weird "s" sounds on vocals because of the 2 microphone set up for vocals. 72/73 are so much more warm and fuzzy sounding to me.

Still, I'm looking forward to many wonderful releases this year.

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Dave's Picks

The chat was really interesting a few nights back. I am actually looking forward to this release, 77 is not one of my favorite years, everything is just a little too perfect.

As far as the previous cardboard packaging, I always have purchased slim line jewel cases and immediately would transfer the new disc from original packaging to fresh case. I am a little behind on a few of the Europe discs and have noted some mild scratching, so I will be purchasing jewel cases today. I know they take up a little room, but worth preserving the music.

As far as future releases, Dave was really singing the praises of October/November 1968, so I wouldn't be surprised to see something from there released. He was touting the evolution of Dark Star and the wicked Elevens from that time period. Plus, anything with a New Potato or Caution is gold in my book.

I think the 74 show will be interesting, but I really prefer 72/73 more. The 74 stuff sounds so thin to me, and the vocals have those weird "s" sounds on vocals because of the 2 microphone set up for vocals. 72/73 are so much more warm and fuzzy sounding to me.

Still, I'm looking forward to many wonderful releases this year.

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I personally like the colorfulness of the art cover.

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The Mosque

The '77 Richmond show at The Mosque holds a special place in the hearts of many central Virginia Deadheads. Many of us were home from college for the summer and the idea that the band was playing in the cozy 2,500 seat opera house instead of the cavernous (and sound challenged) 10,500 seat Richmond Coliseum was indeed special. Perfect spring evening, hundreds in Monroe Park before the show (well behaved) and the band delivered an outstanding show.
Great memories!

Thanks Dave, keep up the good work!
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Worst art ever.

The CD cover art for Dave's Picks Volume 1 has got to be one of the ugliest Grateful Dead album covers I've ever seen. C'mon guys, you can do better than that.

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