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: Apr 28 2009
DaP3 Hawaii

Received mine Saturday the 1st. Glad to see it was in a nice strong cardboard box. No date on package, just shipped from Redwood City. Thanks Marye for your time. Aloha!

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Joined: May 26 2007

I've received numerous reports of Europeans getting their orders, so there's hope. Please keep me updated. Thanks.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
All good things in all good time...

never seemed less appropriate !

ironman88's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
It is strangely reassuring...

to know that I'm not the only one wondering where the hell DaP#3 is. I guess Australian orders went the way of the European ones?

Joined: Feb 19 2011
Euro orders

Roland, you are correct. As as 8.25am no one in Europe (or beyond for that matter) has received either DP3 or Spring 90.You should contact customer services and Dr. Rhino to advise them of this if you haven't already done so. Repeat the process if you get no reply. No doubt when and if either items start arriving postings wil be placed on these forums and the euro traders list.

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Joined: Aug 7 2008
It's a funny thing

I have not received DaP3 (and I am a subscriber), nor Spring 1990.

I can easily survive another few weeks, but knowing it has been sent, and hearing of the trouble (ahead and behind, hah!), one wonders if it will ever get to the Netherlands.

Any Europeans received DaP 3 yet, apart from the Zagreb guy (or so I think)?

I do not care about it being limited (and the numbering) so much. For all I care FW1969 10 gets a rerelease, at least digital; everybody needs it.

No doubt, my money will be returned if I never get the orders, but the suspense is killing me... I've been playing my other 1970 music (released music, plus April 27, August 6, October 30 and December 31) and Spring 1990 to get in the mood, now I am in the mood and what gives?

The tone of voice in the criticism voiced is not mine, sounds rather spoilt and not very constructive. Also, I think it might may quite difficult to exactly determine what went wrong in this operation (and some previous large operations). Many parties involved, large distances etc. However, Amazon and some smaller operations really seem to do these things better, so there is room for improvement on Rhino's part, both in running the operation and in communicating any mishaps.

The fact that with GD stuff, there is so much contact between fans/customers and artist/management/record company (a community, really), compared to say both Britney Spears / Justin Bieber fans and the like, AND classic rock fans (PF / Beatles / Who / Stones / Led Zeppelin / CSNY, well, just about anything 1965 - 1980 in fact) is something to be cherished by both sides.

Obviously there is the commercial business part of it (again, on both sides) but let's all try to behave like we eat in a restaurant where something goes wrong: should we yell, threaten to kill the cook or to molest the waiter and scare all the customers away? Should we not acknowledge anything, be silent and carry on as if nothing went wrong in the kitchen and suggest that customers are stupid or, worse, unimportant? We generally don't, and we shouldn't. Just my 2c :)

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Joined: May 30 2009
Dave's Picks Vol 3 shows up

Mine got delivered on Saturday the 1st. I'm wondering they're all gonna show up now.

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Joined: Aug 30 2012
Customer Service

I think what bothers me is the silence more than anything. I think it would go a long way to assuage hurt feelings and repair relationships with customers if said: "this is what went wrong and this is what we're doing about it." But all I've gotten is silence, even when I'm made a complaint. Finally got DP 3 though. Good stuff!

Long live the Dead.

Joined: Nov 2 2010
Daves picks 3 finally arrived

DP 3 arrived yesterday. The music is awesome and I'm going to enjoy this release for a long time.

Too bad the folks who manage this stuff think that we're a bunch of idiots out here - and will simply consume whatever BS and excuses they throw at us. I am pretty pissed at this - and will be really choosy with my future purchases.

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Joined: Nov 2 2007
1st class arrival in IL

Finally received my copy today (#1076) in central IL. The package was mailed first class with no date whatsoever and no tracking number. I didn't pay for first class shipping and it's highly unlikely that USPS would misplace hundreds of first class parcels coming from the same sender. Since is not telling us what happened we can only speculate but I think most of us can connect the dots.
This situation has been really frustrating. I can live with my CD coming a month late (it's not like I don't have anything else to listen to), it's the lack of communication that's maddening. provides unique products that many of us want very much to buy, but please, can't someone convince them to provide adequate customer service?


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