Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 3

Dave's Picks Volume 3
October 22, 1971
Cover Art by Scott McDougall


The replacement units for Dave's Picks: Volume 3 have begun to ship out to those that reported their order missing.
We again apologize for the delay and inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience.


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This product is officially SOLD OUT. Stay tuned for news on Dave's Picks Volume 4.

In all the years that archival Grateful Dead recordings have been coming out, there have been just three from the red-hot fall of 1971, Keith Godchaux’s landmark first tour with the band. Those would be Dick’s Picks Vol. 2, a rippin’ single-disc release of the second set of the group’s Halloween show at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Download Series Vol. 3 from the 10/26 Rochester show and Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 2 from November 15, 1971 in Austin, Texas. Now there is a fourth: Dave’s Picks Vol. 3 features the complete October 22, 1971 concert from the beautiful Auditorium Theatre in Chicago on two discs, with a third disc culled from the previous night’s scorcher at the same venue.

Keith came into the band in mid-September ’71, at a time when Pigpen was desperately ill and the band was hungering for something new to help fill out their sound. A sparkling pianist, Keith was a complete unknown at the time, yet, miraculously it seemed, fit in with the Dead immediately. The live “Skull & Roses” double-album (recorded in the winter-spring of ’71) had just come out, and the band was still enjoying a surge of unprecedented popularity since Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty were released the previous year. They were on a roll!

Never ones to rest on their laurels, however, the band continued their torrid pace of introducing new songs: “Sugaree” and “Brown-Eyed Women” first appeared in the summer of ’71, and that fall, when the band with Keith hit the road, starting out in Minneapolis (10/19) and then moving on to Chicago (10/21-22), they had a whole bunch of other freshly minted tunes waiting to be born—“Tennessee Jed,” “Jack Straw,” “Mexicali Blues,” “Ramble On Rose,” “Comes A Time” and “One More Saturday Night,” all of which appear on this set.

The sparkle and verve that Keith brought to the band is immediately apparent, as he tears through rockers and bouncy mid-tempo numbers with the confidence of someone who had been playing this music forever. If the quiet keyboardist was nervous or unsure of himself on this first jaunt, it certainly wasn’t apparent. And you can feel the electricity in the rest of the band, as Jerry, Phil, Bob and Bill absorb and play off of the amazingly inventive musings of their new recruit. Of course Pigpen’s absence was deeply felt (and the band acknowledged it at every stop), but Keith’s entrance was so seamless and the energy he injected into the music so impressive, the group didn’t appear to lose any of the momentum they had been building tour after tour.

The songs are a blend of old, still-recent (from Workingman’s Dead on) and brand-new. One forgets that crowd-pleasers such as “Bertha,” “Deal” and “Playing in the Band” had come into the repertoire only eight months earlier, and “Truckin’” and “Sugar Magnolia” were just over a year old. Even a bunch of the cover tunes were relatively recent additions—“Big Railroad Blues,” “Me & Bobby McGee” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Keith handles all of those (and earlier chestnuts like “Cold Rain and Snow” and “Beat It On Down the Line”) with his characteristic aplomb, but perhaps most impressive is how he fares on the Dead’s big jamming numbers. On Disc Two, you’ll hear his thoughtful and inventive contributions to a truly stellar, 29-minute version of “That’s It for the Other One.” And on Disc Three (from 10/21), listen to him as he navigates through a spectacular “Dark Star,” which is split by a spirited romp through “Sitting on Top of the World.” The encore of 10/21 also features the first of only three “old school” (pre-hiatus) versions of “St. Stephen” Keith played on.

Most of the 12,000 limited edition copies of Dave’s Picks Vol. 3 are already spoken for by subscribers to the series, but there are a still a few thousand available through only. These will definitely sell out—and fast—so if you want make sure you get your copy, order today! As always, the 3-CD set has been lovingly mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman from the original vault reels, and the eco-friendly Digipak includes a booklet with an essay about the show and, in this case, some very cool photos of the interior of Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre. For the complete song lists and ordering info, click here.

—Blair Jackson

If you haven't received your copy of Dave's Picks: Volume 3, please see our note at the top of the page.

David Lemieux sits down for a seaside chat about his favorite moments on Dave's Picks, Volume 3: Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL - 10/22/71. Watch the video here:


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Joined: Nov 11 2010
also waiting

... Still no sign from DP#3 (supposedly shipped on 30 July per rhino's response to my query) as well; also no Spring 90 box set (hopefully they shipped USPS and not UPS; have any Europeans received theirs to confirm this please?).

However, two packages containing other items from, shipped mid-August have been already received...

Alexandros Rigas
Athens, Greece

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Joined: Jun 13 2007

If you are not a member already, you may wish to join the Eurotraders list.

Apart from various relevant, irrelevant and generally good natured chatter, list members share information about the ongoing problems with shipping to Europe and we have been collectively communicating with Dr Rhino and other contacts among TPTB via one of our excellent moderators. This has helped several members (including me) solve some shipping problems and does ensure that the Rhinos get a clear idea of the scale of the problem.from the whole group.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Still waiting

Still waiting for both DP3 and the Spring '90 box set. The latter was sent on August 23, so I guess it's too soon to expect anything like that.

When I order from Amazon USA, it usually takes about 12-15 days even though I always choose Standard International Shipping 18-32 buisness days. Got my 14-DVD box last week in the most trashed package ever but nothing was luckily ruined inside.

Well, well ... in due time I hope to get the goods from Rhino as well. ^^

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

Joined: Nov 3 2010
dave's picks 3

Since the US subscribers are now beginning to receive DvP3, Euorope and elsewhere could expect theirs in the next 2 weeks or so. Lets hope so, but I am not holding my breath in anticipation myself. I'm still waiting for Dr Rhino's reply to my e-mail (thanks simonrob for the info on this), though since we placed orders and paid Deadnet store, it should be Deadnet sorting this mess out for us - the paying customer.
I'm not expecting Spring 1990 for another 2 weeks either, only shipped on 1st September, so might turn out to be the best month!

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Joined: Aug 13 2012

Well after the whole DAP#3 fiasco I just received my edition of pure Jerry 10/31/87. Well disc one through three were there but disc four was missing. I mean really. I called customer service and supposedly there gonna send me the fourth disc. Although I am still waiting on the confirmation email which was never sent. I really wish there was another outlet to order this music because this company is very unprofessional. Some of us like me work hard everyday to afford to buy this music and time and time again we are disappointed. I think it's very sad that it's this hard to buy the music we love.

Joined: Nov 4 2010
Recieved mine in Alabama

Mine came in the mail sometime between last Thursday and today. All is right with the world. Thanks to Dr. Rhino, Mayre, and the rest of the people involved in getting things sorted out.

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Joined: May 26 2007

I'll pass this on. Sorry for the trouble.

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Joined: Jun 11 2007
Sorry Marye ......

But here's one European that still hasn't received mine.
I've just wasted another 20 minutes holding on the phone to Dr. Rhino, and then when I tried to leave a message got cut off !
Still absolutely NO response to my emails I've sent with my order details. The only replies I get are from cust. help telling me to contact Dr. Rhino.


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Joined: May 26 2007
Just checked in with Dr. Rhino

who begs your patience, as he is spending long days addressing each reported problem in his email and voicemail queue and will get to each of you as quickly as he can.

We're sorry that this is taking as long as it is.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Thanks, MaryE

Some positive news for a change. I hope I can post some positive news in the near future.


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