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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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
vernon and gr8ful

as previously noted, please send me a PM with your order details and I'll try to get a better resolution. Thank you.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Dave's Picks 3 and Spring 90

I am amongst those who are still waiting for both releases discussed here. I am not too worried, ultimately they will find their way into my collection. These kinds of waiting periods have been known to happen. Sometimes the shipping took unexpected long days, sometimes the shipments were held up by customs.

What worries me is the complete lack of (felt) professionalism when it comes to the email answers I receive. I write an email saying that DP 3 has not yet arrived and that I still wait for Spring 90 as well. Then I receive automated answers that I can make no use of. Next thing I see is a confirmation that Spring 90 will be sent again, only to see a cancellation of my (original) order the next day. Maybe the whole affair would be more relaxed, if real people wrote the emails... don't know if this is an option worth considering.

As I said, I am not worried and even if the orders were cancelled and items unavailable, it is not the end of the world.
I want the security and trust that I will not be charged for items I will not receive....

.. and yes, I would have enough trust to order here again and hope that the music that I love ill find its way across the pond...

Joined: Aug 22 2012
The Boxes have landed (with apologies to NASA)

Here in the UK - Stockport, Cheshire, to be precise DP3 AND S90 have arrived on the same day!

DP3 was posted out from Redwood CA on the 7th September.

S90, for which I paid nearly $40 worth of customs fees was posted out to me via Germany, but I don't know when.

Thank god for that.

Let's hope that future mailings will be considerably less fraught than this, not to mention considerably cheaper.

Hang in there....

Joined: Feb 24 2010
Another week & another request for info. Another whinge!!

Well another week goes by and yet another e mail today asking me to confirm receipt of DP3 (or lack of). It's a negative unfortunately & still no sign of the Spring '90 box either. It would just be nice to be able to talk about the music!
In answer to those wondering why these are limited editions & only available from here (or Ebay), I suspect that if the boxes were available through normal retail outlets, then very few people would now continue to purchase through this site. Apologies that this is another (justified) rant.

Joined: Oct 7 2011
DP3 #5701

Arrived on the west coast of Canada today!!! Postmarked Aug 20........Can't wait to dig into it tomorrow!!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
DP3 in Scotland

DP3 finally arrived in Scotland. Customs label written September 7th as well.

Just glad that it made it; now where is Spring '90?

Joined: Sep 11 2012
DP3 Arrives!

DP3 Arrived today in the UK for me. I have the 9/ /12 postmark so dont know when it actually shipped....but it is here safe and sound.

Joined: Feb 19 2011
DP3 hits the UK

Well it looks like a batch of DP3s have arrived in the UK - mine turned up this morning. Interestingly, although the post sticker only gave the month with the day section strangely blank (09/ /12) the customs form (CN22) did have a hand-written date of 9/7/12 (that's September 7th for us in the UK) so it looks like the fault for the delays lies with the despatcher rather than the various postal services. Now where is that S90?

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Shipping times - and DP3 is great !

DP3 took 6 weeks to reach me in the Netherlands. My last Amazon order took 5 weeks to make the same trip. Usually orders from both here and Amazon take 2 weeks. Something is badly wrong with the postal system lately.

Not only have I received my DP3 (recently) but I have now also had the chance to listen to it and can finally post something worthwhile on here i.e. something about the music as opposed to shipping problems etc.

On all counts this is a winner. The recording quality and the mastering are as good as anything I have heard from the vault. Also the setlist covers a wide range of Dead music. The playing is exemplary - it is hard to believe how quickly Keith fitted in and how his piano-playing altered the band's sound. This is essential GD in my opinion.

Now I just have to receive my copy of "Spring '90" (which is currently long overdue) and hope that it is at least half as good as DP3

Joined: Jul 13 2007
Truth be told

It took 37 days for DP3 to arrive in Oslo Norway. If an Amazon purchase takes 8 days, something is very wrong.


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