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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!

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Dave's #1

sffct, I could not agree more with your comments regarding Dave's Picks #1. This show is AVERAGE at best. The entire set list is pedestrian. It starts out good enough with the 1/2 Step and Jack Straw, but doesn't ascend any further. Cassidy and Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication are, in my opinion, a mess. The second set is sub par performance wise with regard to the rest of the tour.

The sound quality of Dave's Picks #1 is superb, but I'll take an aud. of a hot show over a board of an average show any day.

It is possible that I am playing Devil's Advocate here as the spring of 1977 is hallowed ground. The bar is set pretty high. I had never heard a note of 5/25/77, and I was expecting something really, really great and all I got was good.

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cactuswax

Maybe you did this- Perhaps you could send a PM to marye and hopefully she could look into it for you. She's always very helpful...

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Yeah, that's probably what I'll have to do - I was just hoping the folks at Rhino would find it in their good graces to handle it on their end. That's a whole separate area of hassle, plus I'd hate to have an overcompensation-fix and end up with no subscription at all.

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cactuswax

Not certain, but would bringing it up with your CC company help? Agreed, CS has gone into the tank since they stopped playing Grateful Dead music for folks on hold. That was the first sign of trouble for me. They don't seem to give a rip about us.

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Customer Service Issues

Just happened to glance at this forum and noticed two customer service issues on the same page. I had one a couple of year ago similar to Little Ben Clock's. No one expects perfection but the recurring theme in all was a great deal of indifference and intransigence on the part of customer service once they knew there was a problem. Given that these music releases depend upon the customer loyalty through mail order it seems counter to the interests of the GD and Rhino that problems like these would be tolerated. Since my experience I have considered making new purchases because I want to support keeping this music out there but haven't done so because I keep remembering how I was treated by customer service. And I would NEVER commit to a subscription here which would remove my one way of expressing dissatisfaction with any problem in the future - stopping future purchases particularly now that it's clear my experience was not isolated and is ongoing.

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Aarg.

Starting with: love the Dave's Picks. The Mosque has long been among my faves of '77. Can't wait for vol. 2.

Unfortunately I have further problems, and customer service seems uninterested in my plight. I accidentally ordered two Dave's Picks subscriptions. I canceled one right away. No problem. But the second charge never came off my credit card. I figured I'd end up getting two subscriptions, then. Nope. So now I have one year's worth of discs for the price of two, and no one at Rhino (or is it Dead.net? Who knows anymore?) seems concerned.

I wouldn't ordinarily air my grievances in public. But nothing else is working.

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I really don't get any satisfaction from being the kid who sees that the emperor has no clothes, but...
5/26/77 is a lackluster show. The first set presents some turgid versions of tunes that really should have some snap to them. Mickey, for all his skill, has very little swing to his style and there is no rhythm that he can't turn into a up-and-down march beat, especially the cowboy songs. He drags down Mexicali Blues to a dull thud and turns Brown-Eyed Women into a fast fox trot.
The second set never really takes off into Space and the Chuck Berry encore is perfunctory.
There is equal or better '77 material that could be released, even considering the glut of shows from this year already merchandised. Boston, Ithaca, Buffalo and St. Paul are all at least as good. Take the best from each and you'd have a great Road Trips release, in the original concept of that series. I know that these are not all in the Vault, but you get the idea. If complete shows are in demand, at least give us good first sets.
Here's the spirit of the Dead's trip: Damn the sales projections. Forget what you can sell the most of and give us the unusual, the daring and the confrontational. There are only two official release from 1968 and we have had very few 1969 or 1970 shows lately.
I'm not trying to start an argument, but I bet that there are others who will agree.

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I've been very jazzed with this new release. Cassidy is sweet. Just a couple of art comments; which pictures are from the Mosque? Donna's wearing three different dresses in the pictures. Also, i'm not getting the drumstick light-saber artwork, why not use the Mosque as inspiration? It's architecture is discusses in glowing terms in the liner notes and it would have been a good vehicle.
Cheers, the music is keeping me on track. Remember that point in the dead shows when you realize everything is going to be alright?
Mark

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Details

Something that caught my eye is the distinction of all four volumes in 2012 will be limited to 12,000. Previously it was stated all subsequent volumes will be limited to 12,000. Hopefully it's so popular next year will see increased production- or maybe next year availability will be more than limited release. As long as Dave's Picks continues, I'm happy.

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Little Ben Clock

Dr. Rhino says he has requested another set to be sent to you.

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