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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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ok, can we get some tech help on this site? It feels and works like a compuserve page from 1997.

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I reiterate my admiration for DL's moxie, going with a whole May '77 show. Looking forward to hearing this up close. As long as Dave is in a daring mood to provoke the jaded and the know-it-alls, maybe he would consider feeding our never-ending '72 lust with a compilation of additional September Stanley Theatre fireworks.

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Avalon 1967-01-27 or something along those lines, please.

How about the Avalon Ballroom show from1967-01-27? Or something like that. Maybe three of those high energy short shows in their entirety, together as one release? That stuff is crazy magic.

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How about the Avalon Ballroom

How about the Avalon Ballroom show from1967-01-27? Or something like that. Maybe three of those high energy short shows in their entirety, together as one release? That stuff is crazy magic.

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my quick (maybe not that quick) thoughts on the show: 5/25/77

Highlights:
-1/2 Step: 3d solo 4:07 – 5:45 , spring ’77 sound, no hurry, all the time in world, delightful; wonderful outro 8:08 – 9:50; a very good to excellent version overall
-Lazy Lightning: hot solo 1:50 – 2:27
-Supplication: relaxed intro, Jerry coloring in the lines, builds up slowly, head bobbing, at 2:45 the vocals start, nice outro; excellent LL > Supp
-BE Women: solo 1:40 – 2:45, hot, smile-inducing 3 run solo; very well-sung, Jerry sounds great
-Scarlet: solo 2:51 – 4:19, 3 runs, excellent, especially 2d and 3d runs; jam starts at 4:46, runs to 10:18, very good jam
-Fire: vocals at 2:20; 1st solo 3:23 – 5:55, last minute of which is amazing; outro 7:48 -11:12, Jerry running down the scale then jumps into a good groove; excellent Sc > Fire (21:30 overall combined)
-Wheel: this one puts a smile on my face, Jerry’s guitar :)
-Around: Bobby growling, rock & roll, great jam in the middle that stops on a dime

Note: As to what should be the highlight on paper--Other: no big bomb to start, Jerry racing though, 1st vocals at 3:18; jam starts at 3:56 – standard fast playing by Jerry, enjoyable but not taking off, at 7:35 the band tries to change the tempo but Jerry isn’t buying it, this seems to push him further, choppy strumming around 8:55, Jerry’s guitar tone changes, earthier sound but somehow the effect is being taken further out into space, this turns back into the standard Other One jamming, a little hint of Wharf at 10:57 & again at 11:17, fast but quiet strumming, Phil starts dropping some Other mini-bombs around 12:35, at 13:10 a jam almost starts, Jerry playing beautifully almost by himself, sort of a long and pretty intro to what sounds like it will be Wharf; overall a good+ version, but jams are hard to come by at this point, and Jerry not only doesn’t explore much but kinda sticks to the tried and true, which isn’t bad, just not much chance of being great

Overall: VG show, 8.5/10; everything is played well, much of it very well, and portions of many of the first set songs are great, but not much except Scarlet > Fire, stands out as being exceptional

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Does Anyone Know

"When The First Show Is Shipping ??? Thanks :0)"

I think I read February somewhere.

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the 1st one

I was there great show I hope the next one is 9/15/73 thamks

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Agreed.

Agreed. Logo is very weak!!

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shame about empty spaces!

one more 100% positive sentiment for fillers or "hidden tracks" or whatever ...
come on dave, we all know, you can!

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I don't see any 'bitchin' and moanin' here against filler (though I can understand the natural flow argument). I only see positive sentiments 'for filler', a camp in which I reside (shame about the empty space on the 'To Terrapin' release).

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