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

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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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Joined: Mar 30 2012

let me rephrase that...i don't like current country. hahaha

I love johnny cash, i love gram parsons, i love marty robbins...i should have been more clear with my last statement...

flying burrito brothers are also top notch..the byrd's "sweetheart of the rodeo" is amazing...i love all that...merle haggard also great!!!

as for rap..just can't do it..i respect those who enjoy it but it's just not for me. There is definitely some hip-hop that i truly respect...but rap i just can't do...

i've also went through some pretty hardcore metal metal and death metal..doom metal and progressive metal..once you can get past the screaming and yelling the music is absolutely unreal...if you haven't checked out good metal, i would def. give it a chance. the musicianship is top notch...although i understand metal is not for everyone..just like rap isn't for everyone :)

Joined: Sep 11 2007
great Grateful Dead

I am pretty sure we don't have much of anything like this show in our collections, except for the Rochester download. And many of us seniors grew up with the Felt Forum bootleg LP. I am looking forward to well-rehearsed performances, and rich piano tones to compliment what was a raw guitar style at that time. And I did think of the two solo records Garcia and Ace when I glanced over the set list, that makes for good prospects too. I think we will have a big winner, I would definitely recommend ordering this, it's not common and it is some hot sounding Dead.

PatagonianFox's picture
Joined: Oct 25 2011
zappa kicks ass!

nice to hear you're a fan of frank's. he is one of my favorites as well. i suggest you give rap & country another try. rap is very similar to improvisational jazz, and despite all the crap flooding the market there is still a wide variety of quality rap to be heard.

i am also a huge country music fan, and when i say country i don't mean today's nashville posers dressed up in their pretty little outfits. its hard for me to understand when people say they hate country music. if you like the grateful dead you should enjoy quality country as well.

willie nelson, waylon jennings, townes van zandt, gram parsons, gene clark, steve earle, johnny cash, merle haggard & marty robbins are just a few of the many artists who have released must have albums. do yourself a favor; get "live at folsom prison'. its the album that sold me on country music, and go from there.

Joined: Mar 30 2012

i definitely listen to more than that...for sure

i was just listing the main big names from 60s / 70s for simplicity...i am a huge fan of zappa...he is my second favorite without question...i own his entire discography...i am very very well versed in music..i actually minored in music at indiana university in bloomington

as for music today, i of course love the jam bands...phish. string cheese...all that...i'm actually flying to red rocks for the upcoming cheese shows on july 5th, 6th, 7th...and ill be at the phish run in deer creek and alpine..

i love classical music...i love current indie music...i really love all types of music except rap and country for the most part...i'm currently getting back into the whole jazz fusion scene and am loving Return to Forever, headhunters, mahavishnu orchestra...all that

anyway, not that you really care what i listen to but....just letting you know that i am definitely well versed in music and listen to an extremely wide range of different genres...

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Joined: Oct 25 2011
i did not get an alien probe

no alien forced me to buy 'dave's picks'. i bought the subscription in advance without knowing which shows would be selected. just like i did the year before with 'road trips'. i actually do like '71. much more than '72. i'm just tired of 70's dead, because i already have so much of it. rhino is catering to the fans who want 10+ shows from the same tour, so they can compare & contrast them. to me thats just a giant waste of time.

as for the young dead head in chicago; i couldn't help notice all the bands you named can be heard on any classic rock radio station. i hope you listen to more variety than that. don't sell your generation short. there will never be another decade as great & diverse as the 70's, but that doesn't mean there isn't current music worth listening to.

Joined: Jun 20 2012
I might cry.

I might cry.

Joined: Mar 30 2012
Young dead head in Chicago!!!

I live in Chicago and the Auditorium Theatre is absolutely beautiful. I am only 26 years old and never had a chance to see the Grateful Dead. I've seen the dead and phil and friends and ratdog and furthur many many times...but i never had a chance to see Jerry..The Grateful Dead are by far the most important band to me...i love music more than pretty much floyd..zeppelin..the stones..the beatles...they are all amazing..but no other band has moved me more than the Grateful Dead. and not being able to ever see Jerry always upsets me...but, what can you do..i grew up in chicago and unfortunately my parents were not dead heads or i could have possibly had a chance to see them in 95 at soldier field for their last show...

anyway, this release looks amazing!! I love '71, '72, and '73...some of my favorite years...i'm so pumped for this release and having been to the auditorium theatre many many times, I could only imagine how unbelievable it would have been to see the dead there...

~If you get confused listen to the music play~

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
smuggled out the vault?

I know some are complaining that this release is already circulating in high quality and they want something rare. But the most recent version of this show (gd71-10-22.sbd.gans.miller.112821.flac16) was put into circulation by Charlie Miller in April just last year, with thanks to David Gans for passing on the the DAT! It must make it a bit hard for DL to pick new and unheard shows for offical release when DG is passing them on to CM for alternative release. The upside is that folks can have it for free if they cannot, for whatever reason, get hold of the official release.

Deadicated's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Thank you PTB!

I was suffering mild hysteria at the thought of not being able to score this beauty!

I'm better now - whew!!!

What a Summer it's going to be - and Fall now, too!

Neat observation what - '77, '74 and, now, '71. Could there be an Oct. '68 release in the offing?

Happy hump day - it's a nice, long one!

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
10/21/71 treats w the 10/22/71

Thanks, David, for the Chicago '71 selections. Keep up the good work! Can't wait to hear that St. Stephen encore!
I never realized Yoda was a fan of The Other One.


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