The Latest On Dave's Picks
The Latest On Dave's Picks
Limited Edition Numbered Archival Series
What happens when you take the spirit of Dick's Picks and combine it with the very best aspects of Road Trips? Dave's Picks! Esteemed archivist, vaultmeister, and all-around Dead fiend David Lemieux will curate the finest unreleased shows from the master tapes, brought to life with HDCD sonics by Jeffrey Norman, period photos, and informative liner notes. All four CD releases in 2012 will be limited to 12,000 individually numbered copies and each will come in a digipak printed on Orford stock. The entire packaging, including the trays, will be made of 100% recycled and PCW materials.
The series kicks off with a uniquely spectacular show from the highly regarded Spring Tour of '77 - May 25, 1977, The Mosque in Richmond, Virginia. You can learn more about this show here.
Dave's Picks Volume 2 will feature a complete Grateful Dead performance from the Wall of Sound tour, recorded live on 7/31/74 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, CT. This was one of the final East Coast appearances by the Grateful Dead for almost two years, and is one of the longest, most exceptionally well-played shows of the entire year. The big jams stand out, of course, including "Weather Report Suite," "Eyes Of The World>China Doll" and "Truckin>several thematic jams," but the smaller songs, including a rare show-opening "Scarlet Begonias," "Mississippi Half-Step," "Big River," "Greatest Story Ever Told," "Uncle John's Band" and countless others are also excellent at this A+ show.
NEW INFO: In addition to all the great music, you can look forward to another digipak with trays made of 100% recycled and PCW materials (and of course a booklet featuring a historical essay and photos). Due to popular demand, we'll be using a heavier paper stock for Volume 2 and all the great Dave's Picks releases to come.
Throughout the year, David will take you behind the scenes and share with you the process of curating and producing the official Grateful Dead archival series. Watch the new video below and his introductory video at the bottom!
I had a nasty sticker on the side of the box when it arrived this week - however the postie seemed not to have noticed it and never asked for any cash! Although they have tightened up on imported stuff it is my understanding from my sources in Royal Mail that there is little chance of anyone in the customs office taking notice of standard cd or dvd packets since the effort required to sort and collect these charges are more than it is worth. Even if a sticker gets added then there is little chance of anyone acting on it as it goes thru the system as it just holds things up. The problem this time was the bizzarre packaging which made the item stick out somewhat. Putting a little cd in a huge box is odd to say the least! Perhaps next time Rhino could return to the old style slimline envelopes. BTW an excellent job on this first edition - roll on number two.
please send me a PM and I'll see if I can get the situation improved.
I agree, for the most part, with the comments that this show does not stand out particularly from the '77 pack. I do like the first set Peggy-o and Lazy>Supp. The second set is sort of average for this time period. Which is to say very well-played, but lacking in some of the dynamic jams of other stops on the tour. Especially when you already have the Winterland box set, DiP3, To Terrapin, and the great quality copies of 5/7, 8, and 9 floating around and on archive, there's much music from this era you're likely to reach for before this one.
That said, no real complaints here. I'm glad I got the subscription, and I don't expect to be blown away by every single release that comes out in the way that Live Dead blew my mind when I first heard it.
Can't wait for the next release, and to find out what else is coming down the pipe.
Any UK Dave's Picks buyers get charged customs? I did - added another £11.30 on to the cost. No sub for me next year if this is going to happen, sadly it makes it unaffordable - buying from Spin CDs at their inflated prices will be cheaper when I take into account shipping and then customs.
P.S - Love the digipaks as long as I get the discs out in one piece the first time (no sure thing!)
Yeah, I thought I might strike a nerve or two.
I listened to 5/9/77 Buffalo today and there is more excitement in the opening Help>Slip>Franklin's than in the entire three discs of Dave's #1. The first set is energetic, melodic and just plain fun. Donna must have been hearing herself clearly in the monitors as her harmonies are spot on. Big River just smokes and the inclusion of Sunrise is a rare treat.
The second set starts hot with Bertha and features a sweet Ship of Fools, a mighty The Other One (more fierce and powerful than Dave's #1) and a sublime Comes a Time. The UJB encore is heartfelt and wonderful. In all, a more varied and unusual set list than Dave's #1. The quality of my Betty Board sourced copy is outstanding.
I looked up 5/25/77 Richmond in the Deadhead's Taping Compendium and the review concluded with, "This show won't make casual collectors swear off Boston or Buffalo, but it shows how strong this tour is." Not the most ringing endorsement.
One Man: "Danger!" That's the word. We want risk and danger in a Dead show, not perfunctoriness. I agree with your assessment, I join in your questions and I share your optimism. More is to come. I have a poor quality copy of the show that is to be Dave's #2 and I can't get a handle on its merits. We shall see. Dave's ear is good and his sensibilities are sincere. He's probably not making these decisions entirely alone, but I hope that the market researchers aren't too influential. Maybe the 1968 releases didn't sell as well as the 1977s but we want the unpredictability and variety that the band gave us to begin with. Why has there never been a official release from 1967?
In closing I will just say: More 1960s! We've got plenty of 1970s for now. Please go easy on the 80s/90s.
The powers that be listen to a show many times over the course of weeks before the decision is made to release it. As for this show, I think it's fantastic. Hopefully after repeated listening, it's glory reveals itself to those who haven't found it yet.
I would not say that Dave P #1 is a killer set, but I do think it is solid enough to kick off this series- and I am also of the camp that having the whole show is the best way to go- I can make my own "mix tape" and feel that even if a song that is part of the set is not something you would listen to over and over it is still a piece of the puzzle.
In regards to this pick- I find my self going back to it because both the first set and second have interesting and inspired playing- I think that Mickey helps the groove on Mexicali and the only mess up on Brown E Women is the lyric and after that verse JG shreds the solo to make it up. I noticed some timid playing on Lazy-Supp but I think that's just because it was kind of new. For the second set- Scarlet Fire is great and I love how JG repeats Dead to the core with emphasis. The estimated is ok and I really like the He's Gone, but The other one is not driving enough- the second set is similiar to the Philly '89 set in some ways- both I think lose that fire on the other one, but who knows I may find some texture with repeated listenings. And maybe that's just it- Maybe it peaks too early.
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sffct and others of your ilk - this show is uniformly solid, which is better than so many of the archival releases. But as you say it lacks any sort of danger or ear-grabbing moments, and we all know those things can be found in previously-unreleased shows from 1977. So my question is -- what gives? Who really picks these things? Is it really Dave? I mean, no one, not even Dick could pick what I wanted to hear every time. That would be impossible, because there is no accounting for Deadhead preferences. But seriously, it's like someone hits the bong and thinks something sounds amazing, and next thing you know we are ponying up serious moola for a pedestrian trip. I'll play this thing again, but there is not one moment here where I will try to turn one of my friends on to some amazing happening. There just aren't any of those moments contained on this release. And that is a shame.
And I agree that the whining, full-show contingent has made wading through these releases even more tedious than it used to be. I would much rather hear highlights than shows interspersed with weak renditions. I hit the skip button often during these whole-show affairs. I also compile best-of playlists, to save myself the trouble. Sure, I love my E72 box set, but am I going to sit through all of the Radio Luxembourg show ever again? (No.)
On a positive note, I will say that Betty Cantor-Jackson made some great decisions during this tour as she prepared live-to-2-track mixes. They are not perfect, but are so much better than most of the unbalanced soundboard sources we are bombarded with.
I'll have patience. That's what it takes with these guys, and it was always thus. The treats will emerge, painfully slowly.