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
The digipaks are not perfect, either. My 2001 reissue of Europe 72, the hubs have one part broken off and can't hold either disc correctly, and both discs are scratched. This is the same with 2007's Cow Palace set. Several of my Dick's Picks are almost the same way, but I can still get generic replacement parts for those plastic parts.
But above all of my few complaints, the music is the most important and shines thru very well.
The May 25, 1977 show is an excellent accessible way to start off a new release series. Thank you very much for this release.
Am I going to get this before RT4.5? If so, I won't be sure whether to be delighted or furious.
Probably looking forward to 31 July '74 more (if the rumour is true) but I always enjoy '77 shows more than I think I'm going to. Some beautiful, smooth, effortless stuff. Perfection a lot of the time. The problem is that the perfection can be less exciting than the riskier pre-retirement stuff.
What am I saying? My only ambition is that I get this. I've given up on receiving RT4.5 and have written it off as Rhino/dead.net ripping me off. If it happens again, I'll check out for good.
This subscriber is very, very happy with what he heard!
Estimated in its early stage smokes! Jerry voice is so smooth at this point in time.
It just doesn't get much better than May of '77, which is probably why so many releases have featured shows from that month. Here's an idea for the shirts: just release the entire month of shows (a la E72 box). Guarantee that would sell out right away...
Everyone at GDP: Thank you for getting rid of those horrible cardboard sleeves. So far, almost all of my Road Trips discs have been scratched because of your ingenious idea to save a few bucks.
IT WAS THE WORST IDEA EVER.
Thanks for bringing back the digipacks.
Don't go cheap on us again.
Yep, I heard and saw it too, 7/31/74, and if you bought the subscription, (like me) you get a bonus disc, from summer 1974. The bonus disc contents have yet to be finalized.
Wow, $4 more than the RT releases? Is the packaging really worth the additional cost being passed on? I went for the early bird price, which was totally worth it, but I don't see this particular release building a lot of goodwill.
Surprised no one commented on this yet- Still looking for confirmation, though to the best of my knowledge, Dave's Picks Volume Two is the complete show to July 31, 1974
I'm looking forward to the arrival of this release. As an avid Deadhead and collector I'm looking forward to it all. 1977 was a good year and I'm sure the music will be pristine. I was looking over all my Grateful Dead, JGB releases in my own Vault, it really is amazing how much music has already been released. Just seems like it's all just getting started. I'm sure we have much to look forward to in the future. Big round of applause for David and all involved in this series. Also for the folks who turned on the recording equipment on May 25,1977. Amazing it is, I'm glad to be part of history, keep jamming.