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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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Video 1

 

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Vegas Krissy's picture
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Just a thought...

Just watched Dave's video. I like Dave. I wrote to him not long after he took the job, and he sent me a nice personal reply. However, if he is the front-man on this, wouldn't it have been nice if he had said something like, "I know there were some issues with the E72 release, and if you had any problems, hang tight--don't give up on us--cause we're gonna make it right and we've learned from our mistakes." That would have gone a LONGGGGG way. Whenever I hear from someone who is still having E72 issues, I am reminded of those poor souls stranded on the rooftops after Katrina. Is anyone at Rhino going to help them? Does Rhino care? We'll see.

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3/21/94

Dude! I just sent David Lemieux an email requesting that he revisit this show!!!!!!!! It is so amazing right? From the first note through the last note! Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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Light the song with sense of color.

Keep the music flowing......but please, please, please, let us see some glorious packaging for this series. The Dead scene has the most far-out artists at their fingertips, let's tap into that for the covers. Since it is a limited pressing, wouldn't it make sense to use some archival or at least durable materials? Then, let's house the discs in proper casing, with protective sleeves to keep the discs pristine (limited edition right?). We know the sound will be euphoric. The Europe '72 sets were disappointing, by that I mean, music = A+, materials = D, disgraceful. Let's do this right from now on people.... I♡GD

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hmmm

A lot of people were OVERBOARD exuberant about the E72 release, so if I worked for Rhino/GDP, I'd say fuck it, they got the mother load- who cares what comes next? haha

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Bad Omen

Well, the free shipping snafu is a bad omen. This isn't rocket science, and if they haven't learned after E72, will they ever? The show dates that appear when you click on Dave's Picks are intriguing, but why does it have to be a mystery? If I want a William and Mary 1973 show remastered, will I get it if I sign up? There are only four releases a year, so conceivably I would have to wait for three years and eleven releases to get the one I wanted? That seems a bit much. Blair Jackson and the gang are always gushing about every release, so every release must be great, right? So why not just list in order what people will receive? Is that a crazy thought? Is this like a scratch-off lottery ticket, where they tell me I can "Win Up To Eight Times!" but end up striking out completely? At any rate, I feel vindicated, as several folks have made it clear that E72 was the last straw. Tell us what shows are going to be in the first year of releases, and we'll make an informed choice. What are you hiding?

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Taper's Section

I wonder if anything over the past year of Tapers Section will make a Dave's Picks? Hmmm maybe now that David L has his own series, they will stop the Tapers Section? I like the jam of the week though. More along the lines of Road Trips. They should do away with Tapers Section and keep Jam of the Week.

And please, release something from 1967-1970. Jesus.

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E72 Box Set Delivery

Glad to see I'm not the only one. I've been trying to get a response from them about why my set isn't here yet, even though my credit card has been charged months ago. No e-mail responses other than "we've sent your request upwards", and I've been promised on the phone "I'll get back to you within the day" (one week, three weeks, and one month ago).

Hell, they've taken my money already, they just can't seem to ship a box.

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This is awesome!
Dave's Pick's is going to ROCK!
Exactly perfect.
Even though it's already been happening
for years now, it's differently new!
LIstening to the Taper's Section now
and am happy as ever!
This news is splendid!
Thanks in advance for all you do!
Love and light @DL@

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Williamsburg VA (William and Mary College)

I signed up before I even saw the William and Mary flash on the screen. I'll take either 9/11 or 9/12 from Williamsburg. I have part of a SBD from 9/12/73. Finally my wish for this release may come true. This has one of the few "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" and a few other tunes with horns. The non-horns tunes are just great also and they were really sounding great on this tour. Can't wait.

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Role Reversal:

Why don't we turn tables on this type of offer: You give me four shows I actually want, NOW, and in a year I'll send you a sum of money I'll decide upon in February.

Doesn't sound all that fair when you switch positions, does it?

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