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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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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
I'll see

what I can find out...

Joined: Jun 7 2007
mary-e - please help!

Hi mary-e

I've been trying since December to find out what is happening with my Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 5. No sign of it, three months and counting. I've sent loads of emails to Customer Service. I was assured the issue was escalated to "tier 2" and that a replacement would be sent. Then I was told the replacement might not have been sent. Now my emails are just being ignored. My case number is 400725066.

I have no idea if a replacement has been sent because I can't get a straight answer or, as is the case now, even just a reply.

Any assistance you can offer would be fantastic. It's beyond ridiculous now. I have just received Dave's Picks Vol. 1 which was only sent the other day yet still haven't received what was supposedly sent to me in November. I was a Road Trips subscriber so 1/4 of my order has not been fulfilled. At this point I'll gladly take a 1/4 refund just to sort it out.

Thank you.

gratefaldean's picture
Joined: Jun 22 2007

Shelf space, yes a problem. Now you get to hear from the folks who didn't want digipaks. Plus, sad to say, the cardboard portion of this package is on the lightweight side and appears to result in some stability problems with the package as a whole -- we could be taking the "ripping cardboard" problem to whole new level with these products.

I agree with Romberg -- cardboard w/sleeves, please.

I guess it's too late for that. Oh well, on to the music!

Romberg's picture
Joined: Aug 20 2007
Digipak Comment/Recommendation

That was an excellent first release! My only complaint/ suggestion is that the digipak takes up an awful lot of shelf space and at the rate you release shows shelf space is always a concern. The 'Trucking up to Buffalo' release used thinner CD trays. If you used thinner trays that could save a little space and reduce the size by almost 1/3.

The ideal packaging would be a cardboard tri-fold similar to Road Trips/Europe 72 but with each CD in an individual ENVELOPE that slides in and out easily to protect against fingerprints and scratches. The problem with Road Trips/Europe 72 was that the CDs were loose so they got scratched up and picked up debris. Envelopes slide in and out easily so that minimizes any package tearing that people experienced with Europe 72. I like digipaks but they take up twice the precious shelf space than does a tri-fold.

RECOMMENDATION: Try 13 cm (rather than 12.5 cm) tall tri-folds with CD envelopes. They save shelf space, protect the CD as effectively as a digipak, and are more Eco-friendly too since they use no plastic (other than in the envelope window).

Joined: Nov 21 2009
Dillion Stadium

I can't wait for volume 2. My first show! It was a hot Saturday night and I remember signing up for the mailing list outside at a little table. They used to send out all kinds of cool stuff, even some mini-lp's from the solo projects, cool stickers and all kinds of cool newsletters. I am so happy that I will finally have a great copy of the show. Cheers!

Joined: Jan 22 2011

#4750/12000 landed on my doorstep last night. Just in time for the roadtrip.

Joined: Jun 13 2007


I love you, all!

inthemoment1's picture
Joined: Jul 7 2008

Yep, thanks for the support on this idea. I'd love, love, love it if we could have something like that in our sweaty, little hands. Imagine three short, but entire, primally explosive shows all in one release! I think the early stuff is so magical. It was such a special time in '67 and '68 when the Dead were opening their wings and really exploring flight!
This type of release has not been done before and would make us really happy!
Thanks again katky111!!!

mojoman's picture
Joined: Jun 16 2009
7/31/74 complete!!!

this is the most fun i can have with my pants on!!!!

flippin AWESOME!!!

katky111's picture
Joined: Oct 23 2011
Next stop: Early Dead?

@inthemoment: So right you are! 1/27 is Outrageous - OUTRAGEOUS...epic Viola Lee, I would love to see a cleaned up version + a couple of similarly short shows to fill out a complete release - talk about something unlike anybefore it! People, check it out:

Great call.


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