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:
An interesting topic was floated- and I love to guess, it's part of the fun. What will the next Box Set be? A 3 show set was hinted. My first guess is the 3 Spring Nassau 90 shows- Multi-track, the performance level (Branford) is there- Let's put it on the big board. Or perhaps a Six show box- with the three Omni shows included which follow. Or how about an 81 Box- There's a curveball surely to be blasted out of the park. There's some great early 80's music ripe for the picking, whether or not the sound quality exists is in Dave's hands.
It seems strange to me that folks can discuss "70s" GD. Anyone who is looking for equitable representation of GD "eras" in cd releasing is advised to be a little more precise. There are two major phases of their '70s live music: pre-Blues for Allah and post-BFA. Both phases are damn good but they are quite different. The first phase is characterized by the Europe 72 sound. The second phase is marked by a more sophisticated musical sensibility and a deepening maturity in the playing. Phase 2 also brings a much greater self-assurance in the song writing, epitomized by the Help on the Way suite, the Terrapin Station suite and several others birthed after '76. (btw, BFA itself is certainly inventive and displays balls-out self-confidence, but musically is something of a tangent!).
At this point, all I'll say any further, about my tape snobs analogy, is how TPTB actually do pay attention and listen to us. It is a primary part of their marketing research.
Just observe the reactions on this forum the next time an '80's or '90s release comes out, and the high volume of negative banter that will ensue from the same folks who openly vocalize their refuse to enjoy anthing from outside of the '71-'79 bubble. The Formerly The Warlocks Box was a prime example.
Someone will certainly complain if/when 3/29/90 gets released in it's full multi-track glory, and that it isn't good or as worthy enough to release as something from what I will now refer to as the 7 year bubble. The Formerly The Warlocks Box was a prime example.
In regards to cassette masters...
I don't recall off the top of my head exactly at which point Healy made the switch from recording onto analog cassette tapes to digital beta tapes, though it seems the switch was made sometime in mid-late '84. ???
I've heard recordings from '84, possibly from the famously leaked video feed tapes, that sounded absolutely awesome to me, and every bit as good as any other recording in any format medium from any other era. And even if the recordings sound a little raw, so long as the performances are stellar, I'm totally down!
In regards to DaP3, once the CD set is in my hand, and I hear the rumbles of Phil dropping the first bombs from that Other One shakes the walls and rafters of my home, then I'll be just as pleased as pie!
Thanks cbs, I've been looking for the digital cover art!
I'm a late comer (89), so I like all eras - even the 90's. Although I will second the fact that the best playing (in most opinions) and sound quality is from the 70's. This probably has more to do with ensuring the subscriptions sell out in future years than anything else, so why not an 80's release that is not part of the DaP series? We've been short on independant releases this year.
Also, I read somewhere that Rhino is planning a box set this year with 3 shows from a single tour. I think/hope the 80's folks will get some kind of satisfaction before year's end.
Cosmic Charlie, just for fun I googled your question, "How did we survive before google?" and got over 4 million hits. Heh.
Thanks for the tip and the link! How did we survive before google?
Three From The Vault
Skull & Roses
Ladies And Gentlemen
Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 3
Dick's Picks Vol. 35
Download Series Vol. 3
Dick's Picks Vol. 2
Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 2
I think this pick will live up to the other two great works put out there. Since everyone has there two cents to share, I would hope the PTB would put out 9-12-81 Greek and a bonus disc of the Lake Placid 10-17-83 Set 1. Both of those shows cook and would give us an 80's release. Love the 70's stuff but..........
Glad you've been to see post-jerry shows because the dynamic between the band and the heads was part of the magic that made the Grateful Dead different from ay other "concert". GD shows were more than just an artist supporting their latest release or looking to generate $$$, the band and the heads were in it together; each show was like a party with your really good friends (even when you went by yourself). So, even though you didn't get to see Jerry when he was alive, you still can see him in the DVD's or videos on You Tube (some cool bootleg vids out there). Since you've been to see the band and appreciate the music, you'll have a sense of that magic even though it isn't "live".
As for all the negative comments that greet each new release... guess I have a different perspective. Back in the day, we'd order our tickets, then plan the trip never knowing what the shows would be, one of those nights when magic happened or one that fell a little short. Either way, it was always a great experience. I know there were some shows I attended when the band was on, but I wasn't (I'd had too much, not enough, or something else was going on), but those "off" nights are still part of the whole experience. I'd rather be grateful for what I receive (live shows or new releases) than gripe about some issue that keeps it from my opinion of "perfection". No one is forcing me to continue buying what the good folks at dead.net are selling... so I say THANKS!
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Although it's not a full show (and neither was DP #2), Ladies and Gentlemen: The Grateful Dead covers the April 1971 run at Fillmore East.