Dave's Picks Volume 3
October 22, 1971
Cover Art by Scott McDougall
REPLACEMENT SHIPPING UPDATE (October 22, 2012): 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. Sincerely, The Dead.net Team
DAVE’S PICKS VOL.3 FEATURES SHOWS FROM KEITH’S FIRST TOUR!
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 Dead.net 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.
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 ON VOLUME 3 & MORE
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:
All this talk of 1983 sent me back to Dick's Picks 6 - hadn't listened to that in, gulp, a few years. Started right with the first set and man, that whole show (10-14-83) is amazing. Would have been a nice box with 10-15 and 10-17. But hey, I'd take a separate release of 10-15-83 for DaP 4 as a nice companion to DP6.
take it to email, please. Thanks.
red rocks 9 6 83
yet you chose to focus on the one thing i said that was critical. the limited edition numbers didn't represent when orders were placed, contrary to what customer service representatives had said on multiple occasions. i brought it up in the forum, i wasn't the only one who felt a bit slighted, but it was the only thing you focused on.
as for my taste in music; i listen to every genre, and i own the vast majority of what are widely considered the most definitive albums of each genre, and that fact holds true no matter what music website or publication you consult.
you can say my taste isn't as good as i think, but you still won't share what you listen to for others to criticize. in one post i listed a few hundred different artists whose works i own. many of which the majority of the people on this site haven't heard, so i have a hard time believing your evaluation is honest.
If the shoe fits (and it does)... kick yourself with it.
As far as breadth of musical tastes goes -- PF, we've seen you brag on yours: it certainly didn't merit your swagger!
I would hope they send the missing DaP 3 before they send out #4 Im still waiting for that one! Alpine 84' would be a nice surprise to end the year.
all you do is troll what i write, so you can follow up with a snappy comment. do you monitor my account manually, or get updates whenever i post?
how big of a loser must you be to continue to bait me into an argument three months after the last one ended? especially, since my final post was deleted by an admin, and you got the last word.
there is so much to do on the internet yet you concern yourself with me. i'm sure whatever they release you will give it two thumbs up, five stars, and a perfect 10, because thats who you are.
i can honestly say, i was more impressed with "road trips" than i am with "dave's picks" thus far. volume 2 was decent, but the others were average shows taken from great periods. i hope the new release contains pigpen or brent. that's not going to change. i definitely don't want a keith show. i'd almost rather have a vince show, but not really. if you want to talk about music feel free to engage me, but i have a feeling your taste is way too limited for us to hold a meaningful conversation.
I need to start complaining about the selection ASAP!
How about 10 12 84 augusta maine or 10 12 68 avalon?