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
too much of everything is just enough, I guess!
I was at the Cornell show. It was great fun!
although slightly off topic this seemed the best place to share this, i hope those still dealing with order screw-ups can still see the humor
i was so excited about my E72 set that i decided to order a couple older RTs that i hadnt snagged originally, one was the penn state/cornell 1980 combo
when it arrived i discovered disc 2 wouldnt play all the way through so i emailed asking for a replacement of that disc, a month later i received an email agknowledging my request and promising me one, 2 months later i emailed again because i still hadnt received anything, they emailed back pretty soon and said again they get that shipped asap
another month went by so i called, the rep apologized and said they were about to start processing replacement shipments... ok
a couple weeks later i received not just disc 2 but the entire set, cool, great, i know some folks i could give extra discs to
one week later (yesterday) i received another whole set!!! so i now have 3 copies, one with a bad disc 2
somebody's gonna get that 3rd copy with the plastic still on it!
btw i dont listen to too much 80 but that's a real nice set, oddly it has two saint of circs (but only one lost sailor), disc 1 which is a combination of the two 1st sets has many of the same tunes from mosque 77, but they sure sound different
I ordered mine by subscription back in October and still haven't heard a note. And I live in California. I am glad you are enjoying yours. It sounds like you have had enough frustration. This is the first time other than my calendar order that has been a problem. Oh well.
Maybe I should just order this again. I think I may get it faster that way. I am almost ready to give up. Plus to add to my frustration the ticket sales for Phil and Friends at Terrapin Crossroads has been a debacle as well. Where is my chill pill. I need one stat!
Ordered the 'Dave's Pick Vol 1' a week ago, sitting here on top of the world, ceapest postal option and already No1157/1200 has arrived. Normally I can wait up to 1 month or more so I'm extreemly chuffed! ~ and I can't wait to listen. Rhino this time round an A for effort, thanks.
DVD box, I certainly will get this and especially in one box ~ it it's true :) My only comment is 'bluray', the only issue has been GD Movie? It's suprising Rhino and GD are'nt working on the transfer to such technology or maybe I just don't know? What I do know is the sound and picture quality is worth the extra effort and I'm sure fans will agree. It means a lot to capture all the glory as close as one can get to being there in person.
I can't wait until the 74' release ~ Dr Rhino as I've not received the two RT goodwill's as you said I would due to ordering and the feasco of mail delivery problems ~ I'll be more than happy with a 'bonus' of the 74' Dave's Picks ;) cheeky but worth a try.
marye if you can p.s pass the message ~ thanks in uk.
I'll see what I can find out!
I'd bet big money that a rerelease of a bunch of old DVDs is not this year's box set. IMO you will definitely have the opportunity to spend $100+ on something new.
An announcement on this site surely is coming soon, though I find it strange it can be preordered elsewhere, and the description is Shout Factory celebrates the Grateful Dead. Information- and a less expensive price- are available at shoutfactory.com. I wonder why no information about this official release is available here- on the official website. Perhaps with the passing of Jon McIntire it was decided to wait to announce this Box Set.
p.s. I sure hope the DVD Box Set isn't the big announcement for the year- like it's this years Europe 72. Because it's not in the same ballpark- it's a cool opportunity for fans who don't have these yet- but it's not even in the same league as the Box Sets from the past 5 consecutive years. That's 5 in a row we got a Box- I hope soon this streak extends to 6
I didn't mean to post so many times. Sorry about that. I guess you got the gist of it.