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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outpost's picture
Joined: Jun 11 2007
shipping ....

Doesn't take a genius .... if you're sending valuable packages out, including international locations, make sure you can track them, or at least give your customer a trackable option.
That way you are in control. If my company had sent out (and lost) hundreds of packages, and didn't have a clue what had happened to them, heads would be rolling.
I'm now getting close to the point where i've got to start this whole process again for S90.

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Reply to bathstopper

can't speak for the 60's elders, but we were going to use ice cream trucks in the 70's

Joined: Mar 22 2008
Calling all Hippies

How would the 'ol hippies from the 1960 have solved this problem? I know there are few of you out there, please shed a little light.

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Another proposal

Maybe it would be better if those responsible could actually figure out how to manage 'fulfilment' in an effective, effcient and reasonably priced way. Then we would not have to waste so much time and effort complaining on here and could be happily talking about the release because we have the fecking thing to listen to.

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claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
A proposal

Is there any way to have two discussion threads for each release? One thread could be for shipping issues, missing discs, and so on, and the other thread could be for... discussing the music.

This is not a knock on all of the poor frustrated souls who are using this forum to share their experience with shipping - it is the logical place to do so. I just wish there was a way to separate the music discussion....

Just a thought.

Joined: Nov 12 2010

I agree with simonrob re the increased postal charges for non US Deadheads. In my case if the charges for next years subscription is as we fear then I don't know if I could afford that outlay even if I wanted the subscription, which I probably would as I have bought into everything else, Dave's Picks, Road Trips Dicks picks all the boxes etc.
A sad day when we are being priced out of the game due to postal charges when we see the amount we have been prepared to spend on Euro'72 etc.
Looking at the Fairport Convention website last night, Cropredy Tshirt (print on back and front) £15 ($22.50) postage £1.50 ($2.25) on all ORDERS, not items anywhere in the world!
Just sayin"

skwimite's picture
Joined: Feb 17 2008
DP3 finally

Having been out of town for a few days, I finally received my DP3 today.Yay! In the whole scheme of things the delay wasn't that big a deal but I strongly suggest a higher level of scrutiny (trivia quiz: "what's a good word for scrutiny?") regarding shipping procedures. NOW you can talk to me about DP4.

ironman88's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
DaP#3 received in Australia

I am very happy to have finally received Dave's Picks #3 on Sep 6th after having received shipping notification Jul 30th. The postmark on the box shows that it was sent from San Jose, CA on Aug 31st.

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007

Unfortunately the DHL Global Mail Service now being used by the new store regime for international orders does not seem to include tracking. It would appear that the "Spring '90" box is shipping via DHL. In the words of customer service: "Unfortunately, due to the nature of this international shipment, we are unable to provide you with any tracking information.". So what benefits are we going to see from the astronomic increase in international shipping charges? I would much rather stick with USPS at a reasonable price than feel that I am unable to order most things from here due to the fact that DHL shipping charges on low-value orders (up to $30) are just way too high. If, when the "Dave's Picks" 2013 subscription is offered here in a few months time, the shipping charge appears as $87.80 (4 x $21.95) then I will pass on it - and to say that I will not be happy would be something of an understatement.


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