Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 3

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


The replacement units for Dave's Picks: Volume 3 have begun to ship out to those that reported their order missing.
We again apologize for the delay and inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience.


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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 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
The message says

Out stock. Of course, it actually isn't IN stock yet, it's preorder time. I'm assuming this is store weirdness and not that 2800 copies have been sold since this announcement went up...that's my story and I'm sticking to it until it's proven not to be true.

Joined: Jun 16 2009

sold out ? bummer !

Deadicated's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
5:30 AM CST

is when I tried to place my order. Sold out?

Joined: Dec 23 2009

This sold out already :)

gratefaldean's picture
Joined: Jun 22 2007

Out of stock? A little early for that isn't it? I can only hope that this is some store glitch...

chilly1214's picture
Joined: Nov 19 2010
Good on ya Dave

Looking forward to it! I'm just enjoying every release so far. Living in South Australia, knowing that a show is on the way just puts a spring in my step. I love having cd's with artwork, essay's and the like. Reminds me of buying albums as a kid.
Thanks Dave, keep em coming. How about 4/11/88? Kind of a nice memory for me....

JeremyP's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Simon T

P Fox's problem is too common amongst Deadheads. It's called the "entitlement" syndrome, aka "gimme gimme gimme what I want".

I've got 3 versions of 22 & 5 of 21. Can't wait to have them remastered in HDCD. Would I like more 60s? Yeah! More 80s? Yeah? More 90s? Some of it. Yeah. More 70s? Yeah. The more the merrier. Great show choice - I love '71 - hard rocking and savage psychedelia mixed, and the advent of Keith G - Jeez! What more can you want?

mato1949's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Another release, another struggle to get a copy.

Seems like these come out at the most inopprotune times. Now I'm struggleing with a major health issue and money is really tight. Fortunately as I got the email I checked my personal collections and wait.... not only do I have 10-22-71 but also 10-21-71 and 10-23-71 all soundboards from David Gans, mastered by Charlie Miller. Will the upgrade be worth it? Of course, now I'll just have to scrape the dollars together to pay for it.

Just a word to Mr. Fox. The guys in the band don't make the decision on what show is being released. They gave that headache to Rhino awhile ago. They just get paid the agreed to percentage that the contract calls for. Dave is doing the Pickin' so complain to him if you want to. Me? I'm happy with his pickin'. Keep pickin' them Dave!!!

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Joined: Nov 23 2011
Can't Wait

Nice choice! I love the 21st but don't think I've ever heard the 22nd. Nice cover art too! I enjoy the pre-release outdoor commentary too. Keep it coming, Dave! :-)

For those who are sick of the 70s releases.....WHAAAAAAAT????


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