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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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agreed

Your positive points reminded me that after 50 I am getting a bit snarky--yeah it is appreciated that they are taking feedback--just will be waiting til the ones that got voted one are out....i am assuming these were requested to Dick etc. but I am still hoping for some later shows...looks like the first batch are going to go sequentially to 78? so next ones will be 79-90? what ever...happy new old music is coming, happier I am seeing Further next week though..

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Why are "Picks" always pre 1979?

I am wondering if the wall of sound being up made the tracks from 76 77 so great as if Keith was playing so great in spite of his drunken episodes they might have kept him no? I mean he sounds awesome in DP 25-best pick show ever...but man Dick was obsessed with that year and I got on bus in 79 when Brent took over and love the dude and don't get why so many fans snub him...maybe not so many but the old timers have a vocal minority that I have heard anyway---sure they were maybe the Renaissance for that set of members but the Dead had 2 or 3 mini-renaissances after 77, being IMHO Red Rocks Aug, 12, 1979 and shows that run from 79-90 are a solid run with Jer showing weakness in about 86 pre-diabetic coma and then his amazing smiling come back with Touch of Grey openings in Hartford-I know DP covered a few albums that are in these times so not saying its closed out but find it odd once again they keep going to the pre-1978 well when the board tapes should be better since new tech kept coming along. Of course all this was once free but tapes were always only as good as the taper in spite of loving that vibe-I am of camp don't mind paying guys who worked hard to play best music ever made live to produce a good recording that would otherwise have hissing etc. even in the VAULT--but I mean it is well known you can get all these shows for free hey? Sure not remastered but I mean---well now I will probably get filtered--nah-yeah its not Hunter doing the webmaster gig (Thank god for him--glad he is prolifically writing and loves blurb in Almanac on his great new burst of creativity-yeah HUNTER you da man!)...but I digress, Rhinofart records well now guaranteed to be deleted-but one can hope its up for a day hey? I mean freedom of speech---alas, Dave L is good sound guy and I respect what he puts out will be good but Dave-did you maybe not notice that all the great shows prior to 1978 have been well covered-I know there were tons but just to remind you Radio City was not covered properly on that album-love to hear some of those great shows remastered---I mean the show I was at on Oct. 28, 1980 with Little Red Rooster and the Wheel and Tenessee Jed (Think it was 28 could have been 27 or 29 but it was my birthday money for 20th birthday got me 13th row next to Peter Paul and Mary)....so anyway, just to point out that look for some great Brent shows too, and I highly also recommend looking at June 21, 1990-my last week in NY and saw the show night before but radio broadcast of that show I recorded was wicked-Brent sang on Red Rooster- "You aint sh-t to me-think your a stud boy, well I doubt you'll ever....." he was on fire....a rarity for quiet man...
No gripes overall, just will be buying when they come out and if they are all gone alas Rhino you under guessed....then it won't be limited....pretentious sounding IMHO even if its cost effective-last thing you expect from Dead so you know a suit was involved! Jerry HATED SUITS! Its what made him check out early man--McNally's books sure shows the corporation vs. the old Dead.....yeah maybe that is why they like the pre-1978 shows but it did not get out of control til after Touch of Grey with stadiums..and even those were good GIANTS STADIUM 1989 was awesome!

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David,

In case you're listening 9/11/73 or 9/12/13 at William & Mary would be a terrific pick for later in 2012. Keep 'em comin'...

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I wonder.....

I wonder if this new series will be available outside of dead.net. Dick's Picks was available in various outlets. Maybe Road Trips was retired to make way for something more accessible. The "limited to 12,000 individually numbered copies" will only be sold here. The rest will be unnumbered but available elsewhere. Just a thought.....

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Don't give Sirius your credit card dude

Dude, sorry but I guess I can't speak normally! I ordered Sirius XM 30 day trial online for my Mac and the bastards kept billing me even though I cancelled -well could not cancel as I did not have a RADIO Transmitter/receiver ID! Hello- a net subscriber does not have a radio! Anyway, they billed me and I bitched to AMEX and got them to cancel billing and so I thought the Sirius I never asked to order-since no place to cancel online. So I notice my poor wife thought I was ordering Sirius and paying 12,95 as I perused my Oct. AMEX Bill, fortunately AMEX puts the phone number of customer service and due to ripping off complaints from many people (not just online talked to many other and this problem is rampant) Sirius customer service finally refunded my 50 bucks and restored my sanity. Never use auto-billed scams--if they won't paper bill or just let you pay monthly with your card an e-bill you forget them....aint worth it. And Sirius may be great for some folks but I found it not enough with me already being a Coast insider for my UFO and Ghost topics and for Dead stuff well there is plenty of free stuff but not saying Sirius content is bad just not for me-but co. is bunch of crooks in billing....be warned---safer to just buy them once you hear one---IMHO lest you like to wait on cost svc. lines with menus of buttons layers 3 deep...
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SIRIUSXM SPECIAL

Did anybody get the link for SIRIUSXM SPECIAL OFFER FOR DAVE’S PICKS SUBSCRIBERS - LISTEN FREE* FOR 30 DAYS

Chuck

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I'm all in, what can I say

I'm all in, what can I say other than the "limited run of 12,000 cds" and a bonus disc to subscribers only reeled me in - good dangling carrot.
I also don't understand how it can be limited to 12,000 cds but have a pre-order time frame of Dec. 15; if their are 12,000 orders before Dec. 15 will the pre-order savings deal end?

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Sometimes it don't work, and sometimes it do...

I am SOOOOO glad that I checked my e-mail this weekend, and even more so that I left the e-mail application open while I did other things on the computer... the e-mail chime notified me that I had a new e-mail, which I checked and found to be the 2011 GD Almanac. Out of a sense of perverse curiosity, I clicked on the "music" link when I accessed the Almanac home page, and there it was--the Dave's Picks announcement, which was, at that time, not yet posted on dead.net.

Got mine.

Of course, with SO many '77 shows already released, I would have hoped that they would have gone with a different year to start, but I'll be content to see what comes out each year.

I would like to put in a nudge of a request that consideration be given to the Dead's final (1980) show at the San Bernardino Swing Auditorium, just a few days after John Lennon's death. It is one of my favorites, played and sung with emotion (easily my favorite "He's Gone"), and it's a mostly under-represented year among live releases.

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Vote for Dave's Faves

Yeah more picks just kind of gets my nose bent out of shape---loved Latvala's DVDs and love whole shows at reasonable prices but agree limited stuff is so hooky--i mean its not a lithograph and the subscribe before you know you are into the show?
I will buy them as they come out and they should let you hear samples of the show like on iTunes-not saying to sell songs--that would be Jobsian and no offense Steveo but no fan of the Dead would ever say sell their tunes one at a time...or fan of album concepts as well...alas....can we get these in vinyl or will that make em cost about 100 bucks? Just got myself an old vinyl player to play my gramps (Broadway composer) old records from Bassie and others and while many scratches that old vinyl analog warmth is unmistakeable...somebody needs to upgrade the sampling methods in digital so that it slices and digitizes but does not cut of peaks and valleys--but that may be being done better now but I swear I have never heard a CD or DVD that sounds as good as the vinyl version side by side...except of course when made off far better master..

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Love it

After watching David's video, I'm thrilled. If you haven't watched it, check it out.

And the name is fitting. Including the word "picks" in the new name is cool, IMO. It makes the whole thing feel more like "Dick's Picks". But in the end, does the title really matter?

A rose, by any other name...

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