Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 3

Dave's Picks Volume 3
October 22, 1971
Cover Art by Scott McDougall


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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 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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claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
gdhead77's suggestion

I meant to add - gdhead77, I think you have a great freakin' idea:

"in this day of social media why not have a poll on the website with a list of 5 shows and let the community vote... that would be fun and create some great traffic, discussion and discourse I am sure on the website."

Seconded! Especially if the shows are spread out - it would be interesting to see how people voted on choices from, say, 67, 78, 81, 84, 90.

Joined: Jan 13 2010

the third disc is sweeeeet.

bring it on!

DaP2 is fine. why are people less than pleased with it? the third disc is is what makes it worth getting. Oh, and a Scarlet opener.

vote with your wallets, people.

if any 84 show needs to be released, it is 7/13/84. and 10/12/84. and 7/7/84. and 7/21/84. and 7/22/84.

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
Tape Snobs? Wha?

Space Bro - I generally love your posts, you are a knowledgeable and witty dude from whom I've learned much. I must confess I don't get this one though... how did "tape snobs" force Dave to pick three 70's shows in a row? (That's not a rhetorical, snotty question - I really don't get it :-) One could just as easily point to "80's snobs" who think that 70's shows are too common - that to be a bona-fide Deadhead you need to have some obscure (or formerly obscure) shows from '83...

Here are some reasons why I think Dave picked this show:
1. The performance is great.
2. The sound quality is great.
3. It's complete (uh, "complete show snobs" anyone?).
4. He knows from past experience that more people buy shows from the 70's.
5. People (including me) say they WANT a show from '84, but when something from that year is released, it will be from a cassette master, and will be a pretty sterile sounding soundboard, and people will bitch about the sound quality (the same way they're complaining about the sound quality of DaP2) even though that is just the way a mid-80's soundboard is going to sound....

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Joined: Nov 1 2010
release artwork

The artwork request comes up with every release. In the absence of an official resource, you might visit

cosmic.charlie's picture
Joined: Jun 12 2007
Dave's Picks - cover art request

Thank-you for continuing to bring us the band's music! Any chance of getting a digital file of the album covers? I'd like to import the artwork as well as the music into my iTunes library. That way, when cruising with the iPod up on the dashboard, I'll see the artwork displayed instead of blank white screen. Thanks again and can't wait for Volume 3 to arrive at my door!

gdhead77's picture
Joined: Jul 13 2007
It is hard to please everyone

I think no matter what release they put out it would create a stir with someone. I think this is as good as anything else and it may just be that you cannot expect to have them troll all the free sbd releases out there to come up with something no one has ever heard.

Two suggestions:

(1) in this day of social media why not have a poll on the website with a list of 5 shows and let the community vote... that would be fun and create some great traffic, discussion and discourse I am sure on the website.

(2) 10-12-84 - please consider for a future release so I can hear a SBD version of that morning dew before I die!

ironman88's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Italian Import Taxes

That's weird that they tax you based on the packaging used to deliver it and not the declared value of the contents.

I'm always really happy when the Dave's Picks arrives suspended between its inflated plastic pillow bags in its oversized box. It helps justify the lack of free-postage for international subscribers too.

Digi -packs seem to have the annoying habit of losing those little teeth that hold the CD or DVD when posted in bubble bags - which is why I didn't mind the carboard sleeve approach adopted for the Road Trips releases.

Joined: Jun 12 2007
New release and other things

I have to admit it:I'm a 70's kinda guy so i never have enough of that stuff.i know some of the guys don't share this point of hard feelings anyway.
I agree with all those who pointed out that Vol.2 wasn't a great gig to begin with and the recording was spoiled by a bad mix ( Weir's guitar is too low in the mix,for instance ).A pity considering the legendary WOS year
I hope this next one from a great tour can fix things up.The song list looks perfect
( too bad Pig wasn't there ).
One more thing : i keep my fingers crossed for the UPS people to ship my parcel to Italy in a small bubble bag and not in a cumbersome cardboard box.The Italian customs will skin me alive with import taxes.
last time for the London 72 show (rush shipping ) I had to pay Euro 36.37!!!
God bless import taxes

Joined: May 4 2012
Great choice!

Vol.2 didn't really do anything for me, but this is a hot performance.

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Joined: Jun 8 2007

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