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!
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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 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.
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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:
Best Cover so Far
Love the Stealy Cup outro.
Keep On Truckin'.
Yeah, Dave, keepin' it movin'. love the new spot. Cow-a-bunga dude.
Thanks for the updates, I love hearin' from someone with a similar appreciation of the finer things in life.
There are so many aspects of the journey that many paths are hidden from those travelin' along the mainways and are only accessed by those with the patient to wander and explore the lesser known areas.
When the talk of the lack of recordings from certain time periods and then reflect that the current lot are just the same sets of tunes reorganized, I pays to recall that the actual set lists vary from tour to tour and were never that large until the Brent years when they had to dust off some oldies to practice and break in the new guy.
Most of 72, 73, 74 are only 100 tunes or so where as the Dead song catalog is well over 300., How many Weather Report Suites are played back to back nights? When they debut Deal do they only play it once a month or every other night.?
What about Truckin' a number one hit, (in Turlock,CA), how many did they do in 71, like 70 in 110 shows. so Me and My Uncle is the same at Chicago 71 as Kentucky 74, the Other One is completely different and so are most of the other songs. Listen to Europe'72, 45 songs, 22 shows, 22 to 26 songs a show, they repeat a lot of songs but they are different arrangements and jams. Each unique in and of itself, so keep on mixin' 'em down Dave, cause our ears are still tinglin' for that next burst of joy, Just Searchin' For The Sound.
I think I can help with Patagonian Fox's problem. It seems an alien mother ship has beamed him and forced him (with probes and weird electrical currents) to buy GD recordings from the 1970s.
This strange occurance has been seen elsewhere, with sentient adult human beings made to listen to the wonderful sound of Keith's piano. Instead of "nice" shows, poor victims like P Fox are being subjected to "un-nice" shows; shows which don't capture the Dead's 30 year history since they were recorded after they'd be going for only 10 years.
I can't forgive Dave for not picking a 1971 show that didn't capture the 1980s. What are you thinking, man? Get a grip brother.
As to P Fox's diagnosis, as a qualified 70'sologist, I recommend you DON'T buy or listen to the shows you don't like. This cure has worked well for generations if followed properly. Simply remove any CDs, tapes or evidence of the shows that are not "nice" and replace them with "nice ones".
You'll feel a whole lot better, I'm sure. But our thoughts are with you during your hours of need.
can't believe i'm still falling for the same marketing bullsh!t when its so obvious the band only cares about money. it wasn't such a big deal when i was spending cash to see them in person. their shows were basically parties with giant egg rolls & acid. i always came back hoping to hear something new, but sadly it was just the same 4 shows recycled. i'm not the type of fan who listens to the dead everyday. i just want a nice collection of shows that capture their 30 year career. is it really so hard for them to release shows with more variety? i understand the 70's were the grateful dead's zenith, but i'd rather have stuff from the 60's & 80's. there is just so much other music out there. i'm not going to waste my time listening to the same crap over & over again. you might be giving the hardcore fans, and perhaps the new generation exactly what they want, but people like me are losing out.
Looking forward to this ones arrival, and of course, the fresh cows.
This really seems like an absolutely perfect choice! And a Dark Star tossed in, too! Thanks, Dave!
I'm stoked for this one. Especially sweet is the disc of filler from 10/21. The psychedelic art works for me as well...Great!
LOVE YOU FOR DOING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!