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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deadmike's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Finally ... at last ...

Number 10238 has landed in Sweden ... :-)

The customs declaration is signed 9-6-12, i.e. six days ago.

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

Joined: Mar 30 2012
curious about the limited edition

cosmicbadger...i'm very curious to how they will number this select print of dave's picks 3...i still have not got my dave's picks 3 in chicago and i really hope they don't just print out a few hundred copies and ship them out without numbering them at all. i really doubt they would do that though...

on a separate note...i received Spring 1990 about a week! it's beautiful and the music sounds wonderful. i'm very very happy with the purchase

Joined: Sep 11 2012

I'm in the UK and no DP3 yet or the Spring set - but I would not be expecting that until the end of the month at least. I had my DP shipping note at the beginning of August so getting beyond 6 weeks now which is very slow based on previous experiences. I would say up until this time 10 years plus ordering from here has had no problems at all so its does not seem to be a regular thing!

I agree with many that the shipping charges to the UK do seem to be out of line with other international shipping charges from other sites, and they certainly need further investigation.

I agree with richie17 that the final kicker is the UK Royal Mail.....getting charged £8 to pay a VAT charge that is often less than that stinks!

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007

Look on the bright side....if (as I have) you have not freceived the original DaP3, you should (in theory anyway) receive what is promised to be a specailly prressed 'very limited numbered edition of Dave's Picks: Volume 3.' For a collector, this limited repressing will be far far rarer than the ordinary numbered DaP3. If you are very bad, you will not tell Dr Rhino if your original order arrives, and so you will then have BOTH the limited edition and the limited limited edition. Yay.

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Indeed a good day in the Netherlands

My copy of DP3 also arrived in the Netherlands today. The date on the postage sticker was 9/ /2012 - make what you will of that. Dr. Rhino has been informed. Now to get down to some serious (and long overdue) listening.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
delighted to hear

that some of the long-lost sets are turning up and sounding good.

We are hearing you on the international shipping issue, and working on it.

Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008
9648 safely found its home in the Netherlands

I am happy to report that DaP 3 found its new home in the south of the Netherlands.

Funny how, when it finally arrives, after all the agony, it STILL does not dissapoint. Great sound, great performance, great 'composite setlist'...

Joined: Jan 30 2011
Just another moan

I'm not especially angry that things haven't turned up - this seems like a genuine 'one of those things' incident and folks seem to be doing their best to put it right. But the wider issues around overseas shipping costs really do need investigating. It really is hard to pull the trigger on music costing this much.

We see the free shipping promotions domestic customers get, then compare with what we're being charged for our own orders, then realise that there'll often be a customs charge on top of this, then Royal Mail will charge us for telling us that there's a customs charge... seriously all this adds up. There must be a tipping point where people say 'no more'. If my other half realised what I'm spending on music that I could have acquired for free via Miller/etc versions, well there'd be trouble!

This music's a big deal to a lot of us. We pay over the odds for it because we love it, but I don't think we can be taken for granted.

Joined: Nov 6 2010

....still waiting for mine in NC. I made my first call to CS after about 3 weeks because I wanted to get a case number, which I did and spoke to a nice girl who informed me that they were aware of the problem and were "investigating" what happened. OK, fair enough. Another week went by and nothing - so I called again and got an unbelievably snide, sarcastic and uncaring CS rep who did everything he could to antagonize me, and unfortunately succeeded in doing so, while laughing about it. I called back and was REALLY hot and got the girl I spoke to the week before who THEN told me that when the "investigation was complete" and they had determined the "scope of the problem" that they would be initiating a replacement run of DP3, and that I should receive it around MID-OCTOBER. This I did not want to hear....rather than go into the blow-by-blow she gave me Dr. Rhino's number and suggested I call him. Which I did, leaving a message. He actually did call me back about 5 days later around 2 weeks ago and was very apologetic about everything and listened to my rants about Rhino, how they used to be a great organization but it just wasn't the same company anymore, etc. etc. I did tell him that it was a damn shame that he had people working for them that actually took pleasure in baiting loyal customers who needed their help, and that guy really should look for something else to do - there are many of us out here who DO care and have been out of work for a LONG time, with YEARS of sales experience who would never dream of treating customers that way. Anyway, that's another story. He did offer to refund my money, while still offering to ship DPs 3&4. I thanked him for that but declined to take him up on it, even though being one of the long-term unemployed, I could really use the cash, but I appreciated his honesty and willingness to make the call, one of many I'm sure he dreaded having to make. I wasn't happy at all with the "replacement run" idea as I'm a collector (but not a seller) and he did promise to put me on a list and if any of the original run sets came back he would do his best to get one of those out to me. I really did appreciate his call and it did a lot to calm me down. I've been a customer and a fan of Rhino for over 20 years and have bought many of their Rhino Handmade releases and the few times I had a problem they were promptly resolved. So I'll continue to wait, and hope that soon I'll be one of the "lucky ones" (huh? For getting what I ordered and paid for almost 9 months ago and was supposedly shipped (but with no tracking number) over a month ago?) who post that they've received their much-anticipated and long-awaited DP3....sorry for the length of this post and thanks for indulging me. I needed to do it for cathartic reasons.....

deadmike's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007

I have recieved the Spring Box in Sweden. Actuallly it arrived last Friday but since I didn't have a tracking number, I had to wait for the notice from the Post Office. It arrived today, so I have been down to the Post Office just minutes ago and got it. I had to pay an extra 214 SEK (just over $30.00) but it could have been worse. All in all I paid 1.834,85 SEK (about $270).

Now I'm waiting for the DP3.

Micke Östlund
Växjö, Sweden


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