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!
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 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.
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 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:
I subscribed to the Dave's Picks series. I loved Vol.1 (A+) because of a very good performance and great CD sound quality. I was disappointed by Vol.2 (C-) because of a lackluster performance and poor sound quality. Although I suspect the poor sound quality in Vol.2 traces back to the masters themselves I don't care what the reason is--I won't struggle with cheesy sound unless the performance is exceptional and, to me, Vol.2 is not.
So I was worried about what would come out as Vol.3. Happy to hear some very tasty stuff on the teaser tracks! So far the sound quality seems decent (even in streaming format) and the performance is strong (especially Comes A Time...nice!). I was feeling tempted to buy another disk in the new (great sounding) Europe '72 series but maybe Vol.3 will do the trick instead. Mail it soon! %-))=U~~~~
yes, 'road trips vol.4' was optimum, because we got a little bit of everything.
with that said: all 4 'road trips vol.1' releases were compilations from various 70's tours. maybe the powers that be think a barrage of 70's shows is the best way to hook customers on this new series. hopefully, rhino will make an effort to give us something different next year.
I'd totally spaced that Download Series Vol. 3. I've corrected the copy to reflect that. Now I gotta find my discs of that one... Hmmm.. they're around here somewhere... Too much stuff... too much clutter...
hey! this looks really good...the boys were on fire in '71...they had energy to burn..they were tight,focused and busting with great new material. and i really like your seaside chat things...they sorta humanize things.. your enthusiasm is contagious. as for the naysayers...how could anybody in good conscience poop on a release that has DARK STAR>SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!!??? get your ass connected to your elbow...cheers Dave, thanks for more good stuff!
Thank you so much for picking another prime show for official release. That first Fall tour with Keith is a monster! It's the first thing I go for if someone is a Keith detractor. Such brilliant and inspired playing by everyone! Just listen to shows a few months before this. It's like a different band. Don't get me wrong. There are plenty of great shows in early '71, and I really miss Pigpen. But there is so much energy going on, and it's not just that. The music seems to have found a new direction and purpose.
I really don't understand all of the griping. We should be happy for whatever we get. I don't think "snobby tapers" are influencing anyone. There are a lot of factors to consider here. What's in the vault? What is actually useable? What will sell? Etc..... This is prime effing Dead!
"Believe it if you need it, if you don't, just pass it on"
from Cattle Island to the Cow Palace, I loves me some GD.
the video stops at 4:14 (4.14.85, anyone?)
Excellent, excellent, excellent.
August release date, huh?
OK, I can wait.
On the Yoda thread, I share a similar viewpoint to PFox in regards to the lack of variety.
SimonT's assessment of PFox's opinion is a prime example of what I brought up in the other thread. It's as if the old school tape snobs are denying the rest of us recordings, and I find it interesting that the "entitlement" debate is rearing it's ugly negative head.
Fans of '70s Dead are no more entitled to anything anymore than fans of '60s, '80s or '90s Dead.
I'm not sick of what they are releasing, being almost exclusively from '71-'79, I'm disappointed that folks with a tape snob mentality influence what gets released, and in doing so, deny the rest of us from anythjing beyond their own bubble of entitlement.
I bought both of the subscriptions, Road Trips Volume 4, and currently, Daves Picks 2012.
RT.Vol 4 was the ideal perfect approach. We got a '69 show, a '73 show, a '76 show, an '82 show and an '88 show, covering a broad spectrum from 19 years of the Deads history.
In contrast, so far, the first three Daves Picks cover '77, '74 and '71 respectivley. If my prepaid copy of DaP 4 ends up being from the same general era, It's likely I'll opt out of the 2013 subscription.
I don't feel ripped off or misled in anyway. I feel like TPTB are being forced to appease the entitlements of those who I used to refer to as tape snobs.
Granted, not a lot has been released from '71, and this is an awesome choice. Chicago was one of my favorite places to see the Dead, and most of the shows there were top notch, from all era's.
...anyways, awesome summary as always blairj! You have a true gift in writing. Lately I find myself more interested to read your essays than to actually listen to the recordings they accompany.
If Dave's Picks 2013 announces it's first release as being anything, but '71-'79, count me in. Variety is the spice of life.
This will actually be the fourth Fall '71 Keith recording to be released.
Lest we not forget the short lived download series and the one from 10/26/71...
Download Series Vol. 3
But no matter, obviously does not take away from a stellar show!
Tried to watch Lemieux video 3 times - doesn't play : (