Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 2

Dave's Picks Volume 2
July 31, 1974

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Dave’s Picks Volume 2 is officially SOLD OUT.

Stay tuned for an upcoming seaside chat with David Lemieux as part of our Dave’s Picks series.


We warned you. We said there was a chance that the limited edition Dave’s Picks releases could sell out. And sure enough, Volume 1 is a goner. No copies left. (OK, even we were a little surprised it sold out so quickly.)

Which brings us to Dave’s Picks, Volume 2. The thousands of you who bought the full-year Dave’s Picks subscription have nothing to worry about. Your CDs (and the bonus disc that comes with this one for subscribers) will be winging their way to you shortly. But NOW is the time when all you other good people who are interested in purchasing this potent slice of Dead history can submit your orders.

The show in question is a three-set wonder from Hartford’s Dillon Stadium during the heart of the Wall of Sound era, July 31, 1974, four days after the release of the Dead’s fine Mars Hotel album. Dwarfed by the Wall’s irregular columns of speakers on a hot and humid Wednesday afternoon, the band thrilled the sold-out crowd of 20,000 with a far-ranging collection of tunes and jams that showed how far they’d come as musicians, songwriters and interpreters of others’ songs in their decade together.

The 12-song first set kicks off with the still-new “Scarlet Begonias” (opening a show for the first of just three times in the Dead’s entire history), and includes such other early ’70s favorites as “Jack Straw,” “Brown-Eyed Women,” a pairing of “Mississippi Half-Step” and “Must’ve Been the Roses” and “Row Jimmy.” The '73-’74 versions of “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” have a unique character, and this one exemplifies that nicely.

Things start to open up a bit more in the second set. An expansive “Eyes of the World” is partnered with a particularly fragile “China Doll” mid-set, and the concluding take on the complete “Weather Report Suite” is filled with impressive shifts in dynamics and purposeful jamming during a 12-minute “Let It Grow.” That set also has a good “Big River” and an excellent “Ship of Fools” (another new song that year).

Set Three starts with a couple of short selections, hits an early emotional peak with one of the better versions of “To Lay Me Down” from that era, and then really goes into gear with the onset of “Truckin’,” so often a gateway to wondrous possibilities. This one rumbles and wanders and flits and crashes and dashes all over the place during a half-hour exploration that includes what is popularly called the “Mind Left Body” jam and a full-blown Spanish jam, before eventually winding up at the docks for a deep “Wharf Rat.” The set closer, “U.S. Blues,” was one of the anchors of the Mars Hotel album (and an FM radio hit at the time); a perfect summer anthem.

All Dave’s Picks releases are mastered to HDCD specs from the original vault tapes by Jeffrey Norman, and include a booklet containing an essay about the show and period photos. The Digipak is made of 100% recycled and PCW materials on heavier paper stock due to high demand. The limited edition consists of 12,000 numbered copies.

— Blair Jackson

David Lemieux sits down for a seaside chat about his favorite moments on Dave's Picks, Volume 2: Dillon Stadium, Hartford, CT - 7/31/74 and sheds a little light on how Dave's Picks are selected. Watch the video here:


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Joined: Nov 7 2007
A little concerned

Dupe post

Joined: Aug 7 2007

PS - I'm not sure about anyone else, but both my AUD and SDBD have the start of Scrlet cut. So, this is my first ever listen to the whole thing. Yet another nice treat!

Joined: Aug 7 2007

DL2 -

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Another pristinely mastered gem for us to savor, and our descendents and heirs to cherish as heirlooms.One more show I've been able to pull from SDBD cassette shelves (though am retaining the version on the AUD shelves). Must admit that as I never listen to Phil & Ned, the choice to omit the Seastones does not disappoint me. If I'm ever in the mood to hear those electronic noises, can always play the LP.

Yipee! It's grate to be a Hippee!


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Joined: Jan 17 2012
And Now for Something Completlely

Just finished Disc 1 of DP Vol.II. While it takes a moment to build momentum the show turned into a wailing masterpiece! "Rider" is possibly the best I ever heard...Phil's bass is majestic! The closer of the set, "Round and Round" IS the best I have ever heard of that tune and it left me limp and exhausted....Im takin a break with the band before the 2nd set....Thanks Dave, Rhino and

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Why the Anxiety? A theory

I don't think the complaints about shipping discrepancies are mere whining... there is a thread of anxiety running through these. And you will note that when people get DaP2 in the mail they are often saying they are "relieved" or some such.

Why? Because there really have been issues in the past with people not getting shows, for months (e.g., RT 4.5). That was one thing when you knew they could always fix it eventually by finally sending it to you. BUT, with the limited edition concept, it's a whole new ball of wax. So, I think people are wondering, if this doesn't arrive in a few weeks, what do I do? What happens if they finally get around to resolving whatever issue happened with my order, and there are no more copies left?

So, am I all bent out of shape? No. (for one thing, I assume that Rhino has a few hundred extra copies on hand for such eventualities, hence the "*officially* sold out" thing). Do I understand why people are a bit anxious? Yes!

I don't have some fundamental philosophical problem with the limited edition concept, but I do think we're seeing one of the logical outcomes of a limited edition approach coupled with a demonstrably weird and inefficient customer service department.

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Joined: May 6 2012
DP Vol 2

Great show love it! Good year. its great to get some new GD music makes for a great day/ week!

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Joined: Nov 1 2010

Great pick!

Thank you!

Joined: Jun 5 2007

Just wanted to say that the packaging is a huge improvement over Vol. 1. Nice job. The sound isn't too shabby either! Now, if you would only sell a box to house the entire set, my life would be complete! lol.

Joined: Nov 28 2011
dp #2

Awesome concert. I know you rider the best Ive ever heard. great job dave! cheers

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Joined: May 1 2012
Loving me some Daves Picks 2

Saturday was Wisconsins Day, I think all of us had their shipment arrive. So happy with Dave's Picks so far. I dont understand why people are complaining about things, I can see being disappointed in shipping times but do you really think it is the GD Store?

I am amending my statement above as I have been informed of issues people have had with shipping of past "specials" and or subscriptions.

Hopefully the next two Dave's Picks will be without concerns in shipping.


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