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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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davey concepcion for hall of fame's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2007

Love this new series - - really a return to the DP releases. I remember the first DP and just freaking out . . . found it at a record store that was charging, like, $30. Anyway, huge success that in many ways paved the way for all the treasures that followed.

I was hoping GDP would name the new series "DL2", since DIck Latavala, David Lemieux . . . you get it. Anyway, this is pretty neat and a WELL deserved honor for the current Vaultmeister.

I also remember getting a postcard during the DP series asking us to list five shows we wanted out. That led pretty directly (along with volume posts on the old Deadnet Central) to the release of DP16, 11.8.69 - - David's first release I think after Dick's passing (Englishtown, I recall, was already in production). That release was Dick's favorite show and was dedicated to him. A really big deal I recall. Anyway, maybe TPTB can do a similar survey . . . though DL2 plainly said in his video that he reads all suggestions sent to him via email. I have no dount he does.

I also like the Mosque show. A great one. You know, in a few years, they may end up releasing the entire May '77 segment of the spring tour via individual releases. THis is SWEET.

By the way, E72 is amazing. I just saw sunlight for this first time in weeks.

DCHOF aka The Wharf Rat Cyclone

dorz11's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Series...series... oh and 5-8.77 please!

Yet another series. Still waiting for Bear's choice vol 2 :-) But yes, good idea. Need a more original name though.

When will we get 5-8-77? Your going to start off with another May 77, when will you give us the crown jewel?!?!?!

gdhead77's picture
Joined: Jul 13 2007
Scrolling Dates on Home Page

As CBS73 has catalogued there are a number of dates that scroll before giving way to the Dave's Picks logo. The 5/25/77 show is not one of them so not sure what that animation is supposed to represent. The only thing I know is that the majority of those dates circulate in super high quality SBDs and therefore from my viewpoint are not the best choices for future release if Rhino is actually trying to make some coin. It is not that hard to ping a few people and find out what is or is not already out there. I don't understand why they don't just put a survey on the Dave's Picks page with 5 show choices and see what the masses choose. I don't care what they call the releases and don't know why the name keeps changing (other than moving from Dick's Picks)... Just keep the music coming. It is appreciated.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
I have to agree

There has to be a better way, but in fairness I can see GDP's side as well. They cannot commit to an unlimited production run in what might be becoming what we sometimes call a niche market.

Wouldn't it be great if they would consider opening up orders for a couple of months for guaranteed delivery, then set the ceiling?

We too are a commodity that is becoming rare. A little preventive maintenance and TLC is not inappropriate. It is harder and harder to buy what we want when the things we really need are becoming more expensive and more ubiquitous.

Olompali's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Really Hoping....

....that the new series would be video/film.

What about DL's Deals for a title?

Joined: Nov 30 2007
Not digging the name at all

Dave's Picks? What? Besides it not rhyming and sounding as good as Dick's Picks, it also lacks a lot of originality since Dick's Picks was the original and so well liked.

The name doesn't need to rhyme, but Dave's Fave's would have been a much better name all things considered. Just my two cents...

Joined: Jun 22 2007
Please let 1 of the 4 be this...3/21/94

Grateful Dead Live at Richfield Coliseum on 1994-03-21. Amazing show!

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

Folks, there was a bug where customers signing up for the subscription were getting charged shipping. This was a) a bug and b) bad. It is also now fixed.

Customers who were charged will be credited also. So sorry for the trouble, and now back to your regular discussion...

johndcoyle's picture
Joined: Jun 25 2007

The massive three set 73 shows are under-represented in live releases. Jump into an amazing RFK!

johndcoyle's picture
Joined: Jun 25 2007
Psyched for another great run of music

Plenty of negativity, time to put it in perspective. Dicks Picks were great; Roadtrips were a bunch of fun, although I preferred the original idea where they were tour highlights (Fall 79, etc). Have not bought a limited box set or live set and thought for a minute that it was money wasted. Expect nothing less than another round of amazing discs. Keep it up!


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