Dave's Picks Volume 3
October 22, 1971
Cover Art by Scott McDougall
REPLACEMENT SHIPPING UPDATE (October 22, 2012): 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. Sincerely, The Dead.net Team
DAVE’S PICKS VOL.3 FEATURES SHOWS FROM KEITH’S FIRST TOUR!
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 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.
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 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:
What they should offer is TRACKING !! so we have some idea what is happening to our purchases. We pay a lot for shipping + extra duties once (and if) they get over to Europe, so it should be a given.
A few years back the service was shit-hot ..... now it's just, well less than that.
It's a little too bad that the shipping SNAFUs took attention from what was a killer choice. I love the sound quality of DP3, and the chance to hear Keith getting worked in. There are flashes of '72 fire throughout, and great singing. Although I thought DP2 was similarly satisfying sound-wise, I think #2 was the best non-box release in a few years, an archival jewel, and a treat for jaded ears.
... is the only way dead.net to lose all their international customers! $26-29 for 40$ goods value?? Comeon!!
Dead.net should offer the option of the DHL's expensive rates; however USPS should be also offered at the rates we were used to (or lower).
we're only a few weeks away from the announcement of dave's picks volume 4.
lets hope its something from the '60s or '80s.
If you check the "International shipping" section on the "Help/Customer Service" page (link at the bottom of this page) then you can see that, for instance, the "Spring '90" box ($199.98) should cost $27.95 in shipping charges when shipped to The Netherlands by DHL - and that is what I paid for shipping, so it seems reasonable to assume that all International "Spring '90" orders will ship via DHL.
Now the bad news - a typical $24 CD set from Dead.net will also ship internationally via DHL and cost $21.95 to The Netherlands - or $57.95 to South Africa. Check and see what it would cost to your country ($21.95 to Belgium, $29.95 to Greece). These DHL rates are the only ones listed for International shipping. This is unacceptably high in my opinion. What do others think?
Your good news give hope!!
DHL and no customs is a miracle, of course.
Just to let everybody know that I received DP3 today and the Spring 90 box friday 08/31, and without sending any mail to customer service or Dr Rhino, so hopefully the rest of European Deadheads should get theirs soon.
The funny thing about the Spring 90 box is... it was send neither by ups or USPS, but by DHL (and without any customs charges,sweet!), and this despite the fact that my confirmation mail told it was sent by UPS.
So if you received a dead.net mail with a tracking number, maybe you should try to enter it on DHL's website to see if their system can track it.
I deeply hope that you are right of only for the fact that UPS charges some silly amounts for storage etc (even if you decline that they do the customs clearance that costs 50 EURO on top of the customs, duties and VAT). On the other hand USPS deliveries are done within Greece by the Greek Postal services (ELTA) which charges "only" the applicable VAT (23%) and the customs (approx 3,5%) plus some very low handling charges, resulting to approx 30% of the CIF value (IIRW, it was 235$=190 EURO: 30%*190=57 Euro.... my GODDDD)...
I also am still waiting for my Spring '90 Box so I cannot say definitely who is responsible for shipping. In the original shipping mail I received (23 August) it stated that it shipped via UPS 2-Day International. The following day I received an update mail explaining that the tracking number was erroneus and that shipping should take 8-12 business days (without tracking) but with whom it would ship was not stated. Normally packages from Dead.net via USPS take around 12 business days to reach me here in Holland, but in this case (due to the value of the box) I would expect it to take about a week longer because Dutch customs will get to examine it - and levy import duty and sales tax on it - before I get to see it. Bearing this in mind, I would expect to receive my copy around the end of next week (12 - 13 September). If it had shipped by UPS I would have expected it to have arrived by now. I hope this helps a bit.
Same here for DP3 and Spring box 90. Is it known how they shipped Spring 90 box? (USPS or UPS?).