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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gratefaldean's picture
Joined: Jun 22 2007
Yup, working now

Order placed...bring it on!

Joined: Jun 18 2009
Vol. 3

I never complain about these picks, and am not complaining about this one either as it seems to be very popular based on prior posts. Although the years I'd like to see reflected in an upcoming pick (1968, 1983, 1984!, 1985, 1987, 1990) don't seem to get picked often or ever, 1971 agrees with a lot of people and that's cool.

That said, this Pick is a major disappointment to me as I was hoping for an 80s show in this slot. Beyond that disappointment, this Pick holds very little value for me as 1971 is just not a year that I enjoy a whole lot, despite loving 1970 and of course 1972, which sandwich it (and therein may lie the genesis of my indifference to 1971).

As a yearly subscriber to the Dave's Picks series and RT before it, I will receive this pick yet don't see me listening to this much after an initial listen and perhaps a dump to iTunes. Soooooo . . .

If anyone down the road is shut out of this sale, please reach out to me and I will send you my copy of this. Free. I'd rather it have a good home with someone who treasures it than sitting in a corner of my house collecting dust and no airtime.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Don't forget 26 October '71

Download Series Vol 3 no less. Another second set that begins with Ramble On Rose, with a Truckin> Drums> Other One jam. It's curious how the Download Series seems to have been removed from the history books.

Looking forward to this in a big way. I think RT3.2 is really underrated - some fabulous stuff on there. This should be the same - any release with a late '71 Dark Star and Other One is a winner.

As for Dave's Picks Vol. 1, I don't understand any criticism for that. I think late May is better than early and mid May - the 22nd, 25th and 28th are all beautiful shows. That's not to say the 7th, 8th and 9th triumvirate are now excellent too but don't overlook the end of May (plus the Winterland run).

Joined: Jul 9 2007

Dave, this release exceeded all my expectations. Perfect release for late summer.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Store is Open

The store works now; just ordered and got email confirm. If you got "sold out" just refresh.

Coconut Phil's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Last public offering for this release. GET IT TODAY!!!

The site is receiving orders now. I'm looking forward to this release, not sure why some are slamming the 70's stuff. I love it all, personally this is my favorite time 65-78. We all have our favorite period. These releases are like stock, buy low, sell high.

This is the last public offering, if you don't get it now, then you will have to go through the broker E-bay to get a copy. I'm sure next year there will be more signing up for the subscription, it is the best and easiest way to get it all.

I likeed David's seaside talk, very ad lib for sure. Looks like he lives in cool area. No leaks about another box set this year, still may happen.

Keep jamming!


fluffanutter's picture
Joined: Feb 25 2012
Great choice!

I'll take almost anything from 71. It is my second favorite year to listen to. Can't wait to get my copy.

katky111's picture
Joined: Oct 23 2011

Auspiciously smokin' start to this series: terriffic Spring '77 (redundant?), prime WOS, and now a bruising early '70s show. Outstanding...just roll me into next year's subscription!...and don't forget Real Gone Music reissuing Dicks Picks in reverse chronological order - I just received volume 30 (w/ Bo Diddley!)...peace/out

Coconut Phil's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

Sounds like a good release.No new release would be complete without a massive screw up from I'm getting sold out to, just got the e-mail this AM?

Olompali's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Dave Dave Dave

Rhino Rhino Rhino

These Chi dates would have made an awesome
"Evening with The Grateful Dead" box with the NRPS openers included...and bonus S'n'R poster.

The cover art is the best so far
Keep it simple.


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