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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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Dave's Picks

Nice, I was wondering what was next & this looks very good. Nice to see that there's plenty of time to get on board too. I'll be jumping in as soon as I get my paycheck next week. Road Trips were good & this looks like it could be even better.

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Underwhelming

Yeah, I think this is a bit underwhelming to say the least. It's a new series, which is just like the last two series, except limited now. Don't get me wrong, I'm all in, the remastering etc is fantastic, and I pretty much buy anything that is officially released if I'm able. One way to deal with the limited edition discontent would be to offer the music as downloads once the CDs are out of stock. Speaking of that, get with the friggin' 21st century Rhino and release a download series, for God's sakes!

My recommendation for Dave's V2 would be 12.1.79.

dam
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Sure Would Love To Have 6/30/73 Released

As that was my first show!

dam
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Allman, Thanks For The Heads Up

I also called dead.net and got the shipping removed.

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Deadmike...

The "Early Bird" price for us foreigners is $143.50 for standard shipping. Whether or not you think this is a much lower price is down to you. It would seem that we will have to pay around 4x $12 for shipping - but we would have to pay that for individually ordered copies as well. At least this time around the International shipping charges seem to be about right (whereas previously astronomical sums were initially quoted).

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0xDEAD..

You seem to have spotted the advantage and disadvantage of the limited edition system. For Rhino it is an advantage in that they will not have excess inventory sitting in a warehouse somewhere for years on end and will recoup their expenses in a comparatively short time. For the customers who do not have the means to buy immediately or those who have not yet discovered the Dead's music it is a big disadvantage because further down the line the only way they will be able to get hold of a copy will be through eBay or Amazon Marketplace or the like - and we have already seen what the prices there are like. It is not only Rhino who are going this way - check out almost any recent vinyl release from anybody and you will most likely find that it is a limited edition, and frequently the numbers are much smaller than 12000. Rhino know how many of these they are likely to sell within, say, a year, and that is how many they will manufacture.

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Nice ...

But will us European early birds also get a much lower price if ordered before December 15th?

Otherwise, my hope for this new series is not only good shows but also much better album sleeves. I have no special wants at this point but would love to see a complete show from Spring 1967. That would be great.

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

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me too

I responded to the e-mail, just got a response that the shipping charge had been refunded.

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hopefully none of those shows are released, as I have them all already hahaha

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Dafydd,

It is a sad fact that prices soar exponentially for us folks outside the US. The bigger, heavier and more expensive the order, the more the shipping will cost. On top of that, we have to pay tax and import duty on both the cost of the goods and the shipping charge. Sadly this is a fact that cannot be avoided and has nothing to do with Rhino. It is a fact that causes one to sit down and think hard about the cost/value ratio and when the shipping cost alone is higher than the cost of the product ordered, you feel burned - and that is before the customs get involved. I think we have all experienced this at one time or another.

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