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
While I've had few problems from the business side, such as waiting for functional replacements of the final installment of Road Trips taking a little longer than other occasions, it's been pretty smooth transactionwise.
The issue I have the hardest time with seems to be the large number of bad discs, mainly from the last couple of years worth of Road Trips releases, but also a number of individual releases as well. My copy of Rockin The Rhein, which I purchased in 2004 at a The Dead concert merch booth, but was able to get it replaced years after the fact without a reciept or an order number. That was pretty cool and made me happy. I also still have my copy of the expanded "Built To Last" CD which, like many others has a glitch that renders the last two bonus tracks completely unplayable. Once again, it was a purchase from Best Buy, and the rerciept has gone into oblivion. I haven't inquired about getting that replaced yet, but it would be nice to finally hear the live Blow Away and California Earthquake.
I think the folks who run this sight do a steller job of customer service and they deserve a "hell yes".
Certainly Rhino needs to replace their duplication machines. There is way to much faulty product going out. At the very least, Rhino's quality control department needs to test the CD batches off the presses every 150 to 500 discs to ensure that no bad product goes out to the customer. If it's a workload issue, then they need to hire more bodies. If it's a cost issue, they need to invest in higher quality duplicators and/or better quality blank discs.
As a customer, I'd rather the prices of the discs go up a couple of bucks just to guarantee that there is never a bad disc issue (skips, dropouts and downloadability into iTunes).
While I love GD music more than any other, and have for 30+ years, I must say that the business side of Rhino is perhaps the worst I have ever encountered. Mary and a couple of others have helped many a stray customer service issue, but the number and severity of some of the bumbled orders (for me it was the Europe box) is really quite exceptional in today's world of commerce.
While I am no longer upset about the months of Europe-related issues that I dealt with, I ended up selling my box because the whole experience left a taste in my mouth that I couldn't get rid of. I won't further chronicle the myriad issues here, but reading about leedesj's recurring mail deliveries brings home the point that in general, in my opinion, the business practices are not mean spirited, but boy oh boy are they flawed. When someone (I forget who) gets an email saying that he may be double charged for shipping for every Dave's Pick sent this year (with three to go), but to call up and they will fix it, well, you just don't find that kind of business practice everywhere. I'm trying to LOL, and to separate my love of the music from my frustration with the way in which business is transacted here.
i just received my fourth copy of the cornell/ penn state 1980 RT release!
my original copy had a defective disc #2, it took several months and 3 emails and 1 phone call but i finally got a replacement (and not just disc 2 but the whole set, yee ha)
but a couple weeks later i received copy number 3 of the set, and posted here about that
so when i saw a brown mailer in the box yesterday i thought its too early for dillon stadium 74 isnt it?
i joked with my wife that it couldnt be a 4th copy of the 1980 set... but it was
im sure i will find good homes for these extra sets, i like the set fine but its too bad i didnt get extra free copies of something like philly 72
who knows maybe i'll get a 5th copy next week
Does 50 Cent have a brother named Inde?
its like talking to mental midgets.
i do agree with your analogy though: dave's picks vol. 1 is poo.
your comparison of public enemy & NWA to 50 cent is laughable. public enemy is easily recognized as one of the most influential music acts of all time, and NWA's 'straight outta compton' is widely considered one of the greatest albums in music history. the only thing 50 cent has in common with the aforementioned groups is skin color & genre.
some of you don't seem to get that i like the grateful dead. i just happen to listen to a ton of other music, so when people like you make these types of statements, it just amplifies the fact you really don't know sh!t about modern music.
It's interesting you chose that show to compare and contrast Dick's v Dave's picks. Interesting because I concider that the best show I have ever seen (not just my opinion). But even more interesting it was one of the weakest sonically of Dick's Picks. I have a 1st generation audience tape (transfered to disc) that blows away the official release. You might want to pick a better AUDIO not show to prove your point
Well said, I admire your effort. I believe the expression is you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
I admit that I first thought he was a humorless troll who stumbled across a list of loyal Dead fans and thought he could drum up easy debates by attacking the thing that drew everyone to this list. But I was wrong, and now I know what he feels like.
I happened upon a site that was set up to discuss the merits of various hard core rap groups, their lyrics, and their place in musical history. They are quite avid, I must say. Well, I thought I could open their eyes a bit, and posted about the hundred best jam bands that were all better than N.W.A., DMX and 50 cent! I tried to explain why I thought Robert Hunter's lyrics were deeper than Public Enemy's. You wouldn't believe the reception I got! Just because these were hard core fans of hard core rap, I didn't think they would be so close minded to the joys of a 45 minute Dark Star, but they were almost universal in their contempt! It was outrageous, I tell you! I was shocked!
So now I understand better what the poor Foxman has been going through here as he tries help us close our eyes to see.
i never denied that.
sorry deuce; who am i to voice an opinion on a message board? money well spent.
if people are going to call me a troll, and argue with me; i don't think its too much to ask for them to understand my position before jumping down my throat.