Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 2 Gallery

Get on the bus back to the summer of '74 as we explore the exceptional 7/31 show from Dillon Stadium, Hartford, CT - the selection for Dave's Picks Volume 2 - with a groovy gallery of photos taken by Jim Anderson and John Cantamessa. One of the longest, most exceptionally well-played shows of the entire year, the limited-edition 3-disc set will feature the complete performance and is due early May.

Launch the slideshow. (And don't forget to turn up the volume to hear a track from 7/31/74 while you're viewin'.)

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Dillon Stadium

This was my first show. I was 14 and attending a pretty cool co-ed summer camp in Cornwall CT. We went to a lot of great concerts that summer ,all over Connecticut and Massachusetts, but this was the one everyone was going nuts for. The band did not disappoint, the show was definitely a long, strange trip. I first signed up for the mailing list that night, at the little table they used to have at the shows, and they used to send out all kinds of cool free stuff, including stickers and even mini-lp's of some of the solo projects on Round Records. I've heard versions on archive.org and others, but the re-mastered discs should be amazing. Hard to believe it was 37 summers ago, but the wheel is turning and you can't slow down.

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Phil wore the hat during

Phil wore the hat during soundcheck?

Just a guess.

Looking forward to the release.

peace

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7-31-1974

Wow!!! I think that I just had an awesome flashback!!! watching the slideshow that you put together reminded me of the great summers of my past, waiting to see the greatest band of all time, and hoping to get my tickets to the shows in the mail!!! Doing the artwork on the mail-in envelopes was always exciting and waiting to see if we (our group of fellow deadheads) got our tickets to the shows for the summer. We always got our tickets, and we always had the best summers of our lives, traveling to and from the shows. Wow!!! I miss the Dead summers the most of anything that has changed in my life. I think that some of my best memories and some that I have forgotten (you know what I mean) were the best times ever!!! What a great trip!!! I loved seeing the "wall of sound" again and remembering what that sounded like. I have never ever heard anything that came close to that since. The sound was indescribable, unbelievable, awesome!!! I loved Jerry's "wolf" guitar also, the best sound ever. Phil's giant bass was the best sounding bass of all time too. Wow!!! I just had another flashback!!! THANK YOU, DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will never be the same, after seeing the Dead in Summer!!!

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7-31-1974

Wow!!! I just had another flashback!!! THANK YOU, DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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For a split second when I first started the slide-show, the first few notes of Jack Straw played, but then they stopped. Maybe that's supposed to be playing.

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Another note...

...why not have tunes with the slideshow? Thanks for the blast from the past. Man that looks like fun! I especially like the Jolly Roger...(and the microphones right behind!)

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2 words...

...Damn Hippies!

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Nice photos. I was looking at

Nice photos. I was looking at Jerry and thinking what looks different? Then I noticed he had no beard! I don't recall ever seeing photos of him from this period without one.

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Wow.

What a great time capsule.

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Wow!

Great photo's.

Man, oh man, I sure do miss going to Grateful Dead concerts. Right now the spring tour would be in full swing and summer mail order would be about to go out.

I'm looking forward to this release.

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