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
Yes, 256. For the shows I was less enthusased about I got the mp3's, which sound fine on an iPod or computer. The ones I really cared about V1, V7, V10, that 12.10.73 is good too (but not the top of my list) I was sure to get FLAC. They are all re-mastered, so the sound if you burn to CD is as good as any other official release. My 2 cents, ENJOY!
Yes Badger, thanks again - love the covers site...just what the doctor ordered...
burnsy, I was certainly eyeballing V10 (1972) also - maybe I'll move that one up on the list...thanks for the tip (and then there's that 12/10/73 show, aaaaaaaaaagh so many!). I'm kind of glad I waited to get the DL series... I almost feel like there's a whole bunch of new GD releases out there... (and it'll tide me over until DaP2 arrives).
Part of what started me on this is that I have some credit at Amazon, and so I can get a couple of shows without spending any money - so now I'm trying to decide if the Amazon MP3 is good enough for me - aren't the GD MP3 downloads all in 256kps?
That covers site is awesome, thanks Badger.
Claney - I eventually got the entire d/l series. I highly recommend V7 as you said. V10 (7/21/72) is also a standout. Don't miss that one!
I just remembered that the Livedownloads site may only give you the front covers of the releases.
For the front AND rear covers go here and click on 'download series' at the bottom on the left
CosmicBadger, thanks for posting that! That is a great site, and 23.99 for the lossless FLAC is a much better deal than 15.99 for the MP3 (only version available at Amazon). Though I hear that the MP3 sound has been much improved (case in point being the recent 30 Days of the Dead stuff, which sounds pretty good to me).
itsburnsy, I agree with you that we are an older crowd. Back in 2005 I was not interested in downloading, and anyway there were still lots of CD's I didn't have yet. But now old farts like me have finally caught up (though I still prefer the physical album, which is why I will download the cover art too :-)
And I would add my voice to those who've asked for the Dave's Picks to be released as downloads at a future date. I like the idea of a finite number of physical albums (12,000 in this case), followed by eventual downloads... (I will still buy the albums as long as I can though).
My plan is to get DL7 first (1980) - that show sounds freakin' awesome, then DL1 (1977), then DL6 (1968)...
Wouldn't it be nice if they sold a box to house the Road Trips collection, and the new Dave's picks collection? I'm just saying!
The download series was excellent, a new show once a month delivered within a few minutes to your desktop. I hope they bring that back. I don't think there was much enthusiasm for it, older crowd - no offense, but we are - likes physical product, and that is why it died.
Claney you can get them (and most GD releases) in lossless format from here
Very good service it is too.
you will see that you can also DL the cover art for free. Look at the bottom right hand side of the page for the Download Volume you have chosen
Thanks to cosmicbadger for posting the info
Sorry, I know this is off topic, but I figured this might be the most likely place for this post to be seen... I'm finally ready to get some of the Download Series - no longer available in the GD site as far as I can tell? - so I'm going to get them from Amazon (Vol. 7, 1980, to start).
Does anyone know where I can still download the cover art?
Wish these were still available in this site...