Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 1

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


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Joined: Sep 20 2011
"the wheel & scarlet begonias are pure boy band material"

Sounds to me like you don't like that Scarlett!!!

Why Attack Deuce for opting for overnight shippin its his coin stop preaching to everyone and chill out

PatagonianFox's picture
Joined: Oct 25 2011
if you can't read why respond to my post?

i NEVER said i don't like: fire on the mountain, wharf rat, estimated prophet & the other one. read the f-cking post!

wharf rat & the other one are among my top 5 favorite original grateful dead tunes.

seriously, how much weed do you smoke? is it so hard to take a minute to digest what someone writes before engaging them?


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Joined: Mar 5 2012
The New Dave's Picks

Hi there I'm Deadhead Dave from Cornwall England UK. I got the new Dave's Picks a few weeks ago and was a bit disappointed to say the least,although its well recorded and well mastered it never gave me that buzz that I get from a new show I've never heard before. Sorry Dave you don't have a patch on Dick for pick'n shows in my book, I've just started going back through the Dick's Picks which I've not listened to for years, Like most mental Deadheads out there I keep buying the next Show the Dead churn out and getting my Buzz but this one stopped me in my tracks and made me think and go back and listen to the vast Collection I already have. I really love the late 70's shows but this one fell flat for me.So its back to the Dick's and every one to me is a Gem. I see someone posted they don't care for Scarlet>Fire Or Estimated, well Drag out DP Volume Six 10/14/83 I guarantee it will blow the Cobwebs away. As for my new copy of Dave's Picks Volume One, I sold it on Ebay this week and glad I never paid out over $100 for the whole new set, Anyway I've had my moan I know loads of you out there will disagree.But I just had to say what I thought all the best DHD

Joined: Jun 7 2007

If you don't care for Scarlet> Fire, Wharf Rat, The Other One and Estimated Prophet, why listen to a show from May 1977? Everyone knows what to expect and what not to expect from this era. If you don't like the song choice, you're probably better off listening to something ten years earlier or ten years later....

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Joined: Oct 25 2011
webster defines average to mean....

an album not worth listening to.

with the exception of a few cuts, the opening set is a total yawn fest. you know its bad when peggy-o is the best track.

the second set is a bit better performance wise, but i personally don't care for most of the songs chosen: wharf rat, estimated prophet, the other one & fire on the mountain are the only songs i really like.

the wheel & scarlet begonias are pure boy band material.

... and while i do like the songs johnny b. goode & around + around; i'm just not a big fan of how the grateful dead covers them.

mpace's picture
Joined: Sep 25 2009
solid show

I disagree with the comments that this is just an average show- average compared to what? Is it average for 77 or just average for all shows? I would say that this show is not average- its solid. Its not a mind bender, but it has consistent high points in both the first and second sets. There may not be that explosive moment that happens in some shows, but remember some of those moments come at the cost of other songs in the set being weak- and its hard to find a really weak song in this set.
I'd rather have an "average" 77 show compared to some good shows from other years(especially mid 80s and 90s), so please keep the average 70s shows coming...

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Same thing happened to me, but with standard shipping. Called 800 Cal Dead and they refunded it. They said it may happen again with each new installment of the subscription, but just to call back each time. They also sent a rather confusing email trying to explain how the problem happened. I read it approximately 4 times but am still not certain exactly what happened.

PatagonianFox's picture
Joined: Oct 25 2011
yes; an average show. -thank you.

as for deuce... why would anyone need overnight shipping for a grateful dead archival release? if you can't wait a week, perhaps you should be charged double.

there are plenty of charities that could have used your $11.18.


Duece's picture
Joined: Jun 10 2007
Overnight Shipping

Has anyone else been charged twice for the overnight shipping option?

I opted for the overnight shipping when I bought the subscription back in October as it was only $11.18 more. I was charged for this shipment option and paid for it in October. When my CD shipped in early February it looks like they charged me $11.18 again.

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Joined: Aug 21 2007

A surprisingly average show. Nothing really stands out here to justifly a release IMO. Especially coming from such a strong year. Disapointed but will support the DP series always.


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