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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PatagonianFox's picture
Joined: Oct 25 2011
c'mon already!

please announce dave's picks volume 4.

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
DaP4 Speculation

First, just need to mention I'm still loving DaP 3. Really a new favorite... But that doesn't stop me from also loving the "what's next?" game as much as the next person :-)

1982 would strike me as unlikely since there was just an '82 release last year in the last volume of Road Trips (really good release, and one of the best Terrapins period). It would be fine with me though.... but if it's going to be an 80's release I've a hankerin for something from '84 (or the also weirdly underrated '81). And yes, I dare say it, a Road Trips-style compilation from several shows in one of those years would be dandy with me...

On a related note, how about an Essen '81 (CD/DVD) release in stores :)

And someday, Lindley Meadows '75, not my favorite show, or the most jammy, or the best, but probably the show I go back to the most it just hits me in all the right places...(also probably deserving of broader release than Dave's Picks?)


segan63's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2010
Selection picked and ready to go for DaP4

I emailed David Lemieux and he confirmed that the DaP 4 was picked and ready to go, just waiting on Rhino to release the information. He didn't offer any hints about what show was chosen, though. Still nice to get a quick email response!

Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008

I agree with you.

Based on some comment Blair Jackson made I expect 1982. 1982 came up in some thread (his blog, or a response on a forum) and he said something to the effect of "but more on that in the near future".

Although the year is somewhat underrepresented, my preference would generally be 1966-1977, for some time to come excluding 1972 and 1977 (and to a lesser extent 1973 and 1974) as a lot has been released from those years recently.

For what it's worth; always nice to speculate!

segan63's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2010
Dave's Picks Vol. 4

I am one of the lucky ones who have experienced on time delivery with Dave's Picks Vol. 3. Now, according to the standard schedule, we should be looking at the shipment of Dave's Picks Vol. 4 in about 5-6 weeks. Dave must have already selected the show by now. I wonder what it will be? My guess is an '81-83 era show. Thoughts?

Joined: Nov 11 2010
No DP3 yet... Greece. Let's see today it is Friday. 2 mails also received and responded negatively.


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Joined: Jun 7 2007

I also received two e-mails asking whether or not I had received my copy of DP3. The first one arrived just after I had got my DP3 so I was also able to reply in the affirmative to both mails. As to whether a second copy will arrive in October I have no idea, but based on experiences here, only a fool would rule out the possibility.

Indeed, the liner notes to the Bickershaw Europe '72 show were penned by me. From reading the notes, I hope you got a bit of a feeling of what it was like to be there.

It is possible that my copy of "Spring '90" arrived today. When I got home from work there was a card from the postman indicating that he had tried to deliver a package but no details were given as to what it is or where it came from.

Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008
confirm receipt DaP3 - repost


BTW, I did not receive S90, as of yet

Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008
confirm receipt DaP3

I received DaP3 on September 11. I mentioned it in this thread, but that may not count.

Since that time I have received two emails saying somtheing along the lines of: "We notice that manya people that initially did not receive DaP3 have received this item over the past few days. Please confirm (or deny) that you received DaP 3."

Being the honest guy that I am, both times I confirmed I received it.

I'm more or less convinced, based on recent experiences, that I may receive a second DaP3...

Simonrob and others, did you receive similar emails?

Also, Simonrob, I may have missed it, but are those your liner notes in one of the E72 releases (forgot which?)

Joined: Jun 11 2007
DP 3 arrives in Bavaria

...nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile...

This one is 10828, it was posted out in Redwood City on the 7th of Sept. as well.

On the 2nd of August I received a mail that the DP 3 was shipped out on the 30th of July, "please allow 10 to 12 days for delivery".

Thanks for the help, Marye! I am still a grateful costumer, will always be, hopefully ...

Cross my fingers for all the people still waiting!


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