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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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Joined: Jul 20 2007
Agreed gratefaldean

Yup yup - as long as it's never "Phil's Picks" - heh.

(Anyway, I hope Dave picks 'em for a long long time)

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Joined: Jun 22 2007
Dave's Picks title 2

I admit that the name left me less than impressed at first. But it's growing on me, not the least bit because, after Dave's "audition" with the RT series, it feels as if the torch has officially been passed from Dick to Dave. Let the "Picks" series continue, and name it after whoever holds the Latvala seat in the Vault: DP>DaP>??P>???P until we squeeze every last note out of the sucker. We don't need no rhymin' names!

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Joined: Apr 10 2008
Road Trips

So, I notice on all the Road Trips pages underneath the info it states, "available while supplies Last." Since this message is on the sets that did not contain bonus discs as well, am I to assume that the Road Trips are going out of print?

Joined: Oct 30 2011
Another show like...

Dick's Picks Vol. 11. Another great, spacey and lean sounding show from that era would be terrific, as any of the others I've requested ;)

Joined: Nov 22 2011
Dave's Picks title

The Dave's Picks subscription idea sounds pretty good, although I'm not too big a fan of bonus discs. The choice for Volume 1 (particularly with the fillers) does seem like a great pick with which to begin the series. But I have one complaint. Although I am a longtime fan of the Dead (going back to the release of the first Warner Bros. album in 1967), I don't comment much on bulletin boards. But I felt compelled to sign up for the forum to plead for a catchier title for the series -- why not Dave's Faves? People always loved the rhyme of Dick's Picks -- the Dick's Picks Thirty-Six, I like to call it -- and I think it would be great if the rhyming tradition could continue. I don't think Dave's Picks is a terrible title, and I see the reason for it, but I'm not sure it's "just exactly perfect," to quote some old friends, and I love just about all the Dead's album titles. No disrespect to Dave; he does seem to be an excellent picker. The 30 Days of the Dead cuts are wonderful. But what do others think about the title?

Joined: Jul 20 2007
View from the Beach II

Dave, the videos are great - really enjoying the look into the process. There is a lot of soulless corporate stuff in the music business these days, so the image of you sitting on some rocks on a Pacific beach, blissed out to the Mosque show and having the "epiphany" that THIS is THE show to release NOW, well that's the perfect antidote.

And, for the rest of the 2012 DaP releases, here is this subscriber's wish list, Santa:

- Anything from Oct-Nov 1972 (totally diffferent beast from Europe 72), please please please.

- Something from 1984

- any "Mickey and the Hartbeats" show from 1968 (that counts as the Dead right?)

- Or, Dillon '74 :-)

Joined: Jan 3 2011
dave's picks

I have a question about Dave's picks. Will Dave's picks be limited to the four a year like road trips or is there any possiblity that there will be more in a year. Will there be releases of any other shows direct to retailers like winterland box from 74 or any other vehicle. When will the next box be released.

Joined: Apr 23 2008
I guess I do have to explain

The cost of reproducing music especially on CD involves a great deal more that making 12000 or 16000. You've got mastering, distribution and the biggie royalties. Add to that, that wisely the dead stopped doing it on their own (they now talk to each other) and hired a major reissue company etc.etc. That is what I was talking about with other or related costs. As for Ebay you take the good with the bad. The good- in the past if you collected something say vinyl you were pretty much limited to your local stores now I buy collectable vinyl from all over the world (albeit for more than if I bought it from my local store 2) independant stores (books Lps)only stay in bussiness because of ebay they would all be gone without it. The bad- to me there isn't anything inherantly bad with ebay itself but being a neanderthal I'm not a fan of the loss of what privacy we still had left 20 years ago but that's an internet thing. The one bad thing about ebay is the flip side of finding what you want. You're competing with the world's picture
Joined: Nov 3 2007

While it's true that the cost is more to manufacture say 16,000 than 12,000 (for example) it's also true that the price drops dramatically the more you make and by the time you mass produce that many, the cost will be next to nothing for a professional label. Rhino isn't a small independent company anymore as there owned by Warner Brothers which mass produces stuff all the time and makes TONS of profit from it. No, there's nothing wrong with that at all. Yes, I do understand the whole "collectibles" thing but I do believe that places like eBay keep the prices inflated among other things. Why do you think the prices on Road Trips can be three to four times what they cost here or charging $400.00 for a bootleg copy of Red Rocks '78? Btw, I do have a life, it's quite nice but thanks for asking and have a nice day.

On to a different subject: how about some '66-'68 stuff.

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Joined: Jul 29 2009
Did I say Hamilton 90??

Make it happen Dave. Make it happen.


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