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
You don't like disc one or two, but hey, Jerry's standing there in front of how many people, solo, and then Wharf Rat with those sweet, sweet hamonies. Disc three. Granted there is a lull or two along the way, but there are wonderful, soulful and giddy redemptive moments all over the place on the first two discs. Jerry is dancin'. It all SOUNDS too good to believe as well. So muchas gracias and I'm sure the Dave's 2nd will hit the spot just as kindly,
62 degrees clear breezy. Where am I?
why anyone would burn MP3's to CD. One should get the best possible source available (FLAC or SHN). With that you can decode to WAV for lossless high-quality files with the same bit-rate resolution as commercially produced CDs (and maintain the HDCD mastering in the case of GD downloads). If you want MP3's that can be loaded onto toy players, these can also be created from FLAC or SHN files at a bit-rate of your choice (think quality vs. filesize - size matters, folks: bigger is better!). As Matchewy said, Nero allows you to remove the gaps between tracks (for WAV or MP3) simply by checking the relevant box. I think most burning programs have this option.
There's many burning software options. I know Nero allows the option for no time between tracks. However, when the source is from MP3's, you can still faintly hear the track change. You may not even notice, but I do, and it drives me crazy. The solution, FLAC and SHN sources>Wave files>CDR.
This is about the 12th best show of the month. I wouldn't call this selection an auspicious start.
Volume 2 of Dave's P is going to blow volume 1 away on performance.
I just have to say that through the 9 speaker Harman Kardon in my Outback, this release sounds extremely good. i am quite impressed with the sonics. Kudos to Mr. Norman!
You are right about the new Deadhead down the line but at least to this collector I have nothing against keeping downloads of shows. This would keep both sides reasonably happy. The collector of physical format would have his or her collectable, Rhino would keep releasing some amount of physical material and the newbie would still have acess to the music. I don't want to prevent anyone from getting the music but as a collector (music/ stamps/ Mad Mag.) I do like having something that is limited. I do use ebay for my collections and do pay a premium. That's the price I/we pay for our "obsessions"
The limited release topic reappears- Here's my 2 cents. Although limited release may be the economic reality of the current situation, it also leads to the inevitable extinction of the opportunity to get the release. Just look at Dick's Picks- maybe half a dozen are still available from the store on this site. It's not so simple though- all of Dick's Picks can be purchased as downloads, or found at Amazon, at some cost. So while limited release- or limited production- is entirely tolerable if this enables more releases for years to come, this too has a price. And if you're a new fan looking for the second Dave's Picks 5 years from now, this price may be considerable.
This is a bit off topic of Dave's Pick's but I think it is important to say anyways. I will start with saying I am not disparaging or doubting anyone who has had a problem dealing with Rhino, but just to say my experience with Rhino going back at least 20 years has been great. That means both in service and the products they produce. If it wasn't for them a lot of material from the 60's wouldn't have seen the light of day. My personal choice is Electromagnetic Steamboat the complete Reprise issues of The Fugs (Rhino Handemade). Another plus in my eyes, though I know it's a controversial view, is when they say limited edition they mean it not like many other companies (think the mono Beatles release). Another topic some take them to task for is the subscription and limiting of Dave's Picks. You can't open a story on the music industry today without reading about the demise of CDs or physical format music especially in smaller releases. I am definately old school here (more on that later) but music companies like any business are there to make money. For them to know what to expect in sales is a way for them to keep costs down but still be able to keep producing physical material. Now the real old school (which is proving not to be so out as once thought) I am still a vinyl person. No I don't want everything I buy on vinyl but I do like some of my favorites on vinyl. Rhino (along with MFSL) is reissuing all the Dead lps. They are fantastic. I just got the latest Reckoning and Terrapin. OMG all I can say is perfection. Anyway that's my 2 cents
the Download Series is mastered in HDCD too; another reason to get the FLAC versions.