Dave's Picks Volume 3
October 22, 1971
Cover Art by Scott McDougall
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DAVE’S PICKS VOL.3 FEATURES SHOWS FROM KEITH’S FIRST TOUR!
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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.
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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:
That's what I think of this pick!
Thanks Dave. You are doing a superb job.
Come on Dave. We have 71, 73, 74 and 77 covered. Really, we do. How about 84, 94, 95, 66-67? On a positive note, this is my first remastered "Frozen Logger". Other than that, I can't get too excited about this one...
Dave, open the archives a little wider please. We all know these by heart...
I lived in Berkeley at the time and attended most of the Greek shows. Many of them, and all of their New Year’s shows held at various venues in the Bay Area, were broadcast on KFPA and I recorded them on either VCR or digital tape machines. The bottom line is, whereas there were fabulous shows during that period, they do not translate well to the listening experience after the fact. There were shows during the 80’s that I absolutely loved, and for your reference, I attended shows from ’69 to the bitter end. After those 80’s shows, I was very excited to get home and listen to my pristine recordings, but I was always disappointed for the reasons that have been discussed at length here already. However, there are segments of those shows that sound good on tape and I would suggest the compilation approach versus full shows, for the most part.
I'm not privy to what the exact sales numbers are for any given release, except for the one's that have been offered in limited numbers, like DaP's at 12,000 units, FW '69 box at 10,000 units, E72 box with book at 7,200 units, and can assume that the Road Trips series and Dicks Picks have an unspecified limited number, seeing as how many of them are sold out, or almost sold out. Not to mention that most are only available through online direct mail order.
Up to this point, most of the Brent era releases from the mid-late '80s have been made more widely commercially available at most music retail outlets like Best Buy ect. A few examples are Dozin at the Nick, Nightfall of Diamonds, Crimson Wite and Indigo, Truckin' Up To Buffalo, Without a Net, View From The Vault I-IV, Go To Nassau.
Taking that into account, it's safe to assume that '80s Brent era releases far outsell everything else from the '60s, '70s and '90s.
If you also take into account that the Touch of Grey single and In The Dark both outsold the rest of the catalog by a significantly wide margin. 2X Platinum. This also indicates that the Brent era shows are the biggest sellers, and justifiably so.
American Beauty and the original Europe '72 audio releases are the only other Grateful Dead releases to go 2X Platinum, with the exception of the compilation "Skeletons From The Closet", which went 3X Platinum, and that only happened after "In The Dark" came out.
They will have no problem selling out of 12,000 '80s and '90s show releases..
I'll take one of those Greek Boxes please!!!!
Who has a better job then Dave Lemieux? Listening to endless tpaes and culling them for the best. Hey Dave, do you need an assitant? I volunteer here & now.
THE best Dead is the '70's Dead. Period. Flashes of greatness abound over all of the years, but for one body of work, no band can touch the Grateful Dead of the '70's with Brent.
Stoltzfus I agree. I was lucky enough to see every Greek show from '81 on the shows great the venue sweet (except in one of the early '90's shows where the bowl got to 113 degrees). In '84? they played pictures from Voyager during Dark Star. Do the whole thing
If we are going to whine about stuff NOT released...how about the fact that no Greek shows have been released.
That said, if the next 10 releases are GD71, I'll get em all.
A Greek show would be very welcome, ptb.
We all have our favorite years and periods, no doubt. And all years have their choice offerings. But for me personally, the tightness and energy of the earlier years float my boat. Though my touring years started in 1979, and I saw some truly epic shows along my journey, the Grateful Dead I fell in love with came earlier. Post '79, I was witness --as so many of us were-- to the slow decline of the Grateful Dead as a "tight" band. They became increasingly more "sloppy", less focused. They could still pull out all the stops and blow the roof off the place, but something essential had been lost. Jerry's voice started to go, he had both health and drug problems that were starting to take a serious toll (as did other members of the band). Don't misunderstand me, I love so many shows from those eras, too. And I buy them all as well since there is still so much to love there. But many of those shows also remind me of the forward momentum that was lost as the 70's gave way to the 80's and into the 90's. What if this band had maintained its tightness? I'm surprised to read folks complaining about 70's releases. It was the band's peak before poor health and substance abuse put so many bumps in the road of their incredibly long, strange trip. The beauty of Garcia's voice, the delicacy of Keith's playing (a level of delicacy they never recaptured in the post-Keith eras). It doesn't have to be your favorite, but this music is vibrant, soulful, exploratory, daring and oh-so-heartfelt. It's the Grateful Dead. Doing what they do best. At their best. And just because some set lists may be similar to other releases, the playing and energy, as we all know, is not the same from one night to the next, not to mention from one tour to the other. I'll buy those 80's and 90's releases when they're offered, but I celebrate these 70's releases with sweet relish and delight. As many as are offered. Few things in life make me happier. Thanks, Dave, for making these shows available. My life is that much richer for it. :)
While there appears to be a lot of chatter for an 80's release, I would not count on it and I'm guessing it's simple economics. Rhino has all sales data that and I'm guessing that it indicates that most of us willing to put out $30+ will do so on older shows that contain more vintage tunes. I don't really know, but I would wager the Road Trips from 5/26/93 was probably the one that sold least.
Regarding artwork, you could always just grab it from the top of this page announcing DP3. Save it to your desktop and apply it to your song files once you've ripped them to your HDD via iTunes or whatever you use.