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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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Joined: Sep 20 2011
Limited Editions

I'm perfectly willing to sign up for a subscription, but enough of the "Limited Edition" crap already! This is so unfair to the fans. Sure 12,000 maybe enough to cover the initial demand and then some, but what about the new fan 5 years from now or the long time fan who can't spare any money right now but wants to fill out their collection sometime down the line? They are out of luck.

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Joined: Nov 1 2010
home page

Kind of an uninspired "pick" -- hitting the "DP" well again.

On the home page there is an animation with several dates that gives way to the (presumably) Dave's Picks logo. Several shows are listed:

6/10/73 Robert F Kennedy Stadium, Washington
6/30/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City
9/11/73 College Of William And Mary, Williamsburg
5/19/74 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland
6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami
7/31/74 Dillon Stadium, Hartford
9/28/75 Lindley Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
6/14/76 Beacon Theatre, New York
10/3/76 Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI
5/26/77 Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD
11/4/77 Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
1/22/78 McArthur Court, Eugene, OR

Joined: Jul 13 2011
Dave's Picks

Like unkle sam I view the new edition with a good deal of scepticism. Are the numbers really limited? "All four CD releases in 2012 will be limited to 12,000 individually numbered copies" could be interpreted as there being 12,000 copies that will be individually numbered and any number that are not individually numbered. Again there is an exorbitant cost for postage to overseas destinations. This is a double whammy as the tax is charged on the combined cost of the item and the postage. Many years afterwards, I still smart from when I purchased the complete Dick's Picks series and found that the cost of postage was over 200 dollars more than the actual cost.
I am afraid that after the Europe 72 shenanigans I am really fed up with Rhino and Dead Net.

Joined: Nov 1 2010
subscription change

I didn't subscribe for last year's Road Trips releases, and I got one (also going to purchase two others eventually), so it makes me want to subscribe to this................

but the reason I know I can purchase the other two Road Trips is because THEY AREN'T LIMITED. And THAT is the big change with this release. They are limiting the vault- and that makes me feel like they are alienating people who have been following them for 40+ years.

My times have changed. I wonder what Jerry would think about limiting the music he once said was for all once played.

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Joined: Feb 2 2011
Lemieux's Muses... or Lemieux-sic Never Stopped

i would definietly like a better sounding version of the mosque 77 show, i have lived in richmond VA since 1973, but i was only 10 in 77 and didnt know there was anything more to music than beatles/stones/who, actually i did know more than those three bands but not the dead yet, i did see clapton with muddy waters at the mosque a couple years later on the slow hand tour (with my dad) but here i go digressing again

my main point is im not sure why they're asking us to subscribe when we dont know all of what we'd be getting

i can see how the surprise factor is kinda cool for some folks... but it just rubs me the wrong way

i didnt suscribe this year and ended up getting 3 of the RTs, and the latest 76-er is really tempting although im more of a pre-retirement fan

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Joined: Oct 3 2008
interesting, capitalism marches on

Wow, nice concept, would love to sign up, but, I just can't do it, this whole E72 debacle has left a real bad taste in my mouth, will these really be limited? will they have the same shitty sleeves? who's doing the mastering? Norman again? Will it be delivered on time and correct or will it be on hold for months and sent to the wrong address? Will the discs come out of the sleeves? or will they rip and scratch the discs? I said it before and I will say it again, once bitten twice shy, you ain't trickin' me again. I will wait and buy one at a time after they have been announced and I can see the product and hear the product, not before. Boy, you marketers at Rhino must think we are all stupid or just so hard up for the music we will do anything, including allow ourselves to be ripped off, to get this music. Sorry, David and the rest of you, not this time.
Or, how about this, I will dispute my last order and use that money to buy this one. Ha, then I would have to go thru the entire thing again, bad discs, bad sleeves, bad customer service, you all get my drift. Why bother?

Joined: Jul 9 2007
free shipping

I called the store and they took the shipping charge off my subscription order.

Joined: Nov 1 2010
free shipping

sucks for those who already paid for shipping

Joined: Sep 18 2007
Not a fan of the limited releases

I don't usually bitch, but if it turns out that I can't get these releases just because I don't subscribe, I'll be pissed. I've ordered probably 2/3 of the RT and Dick's Picks releases, but I don't like the subscription idea and I don't always order the minute they come out--depends if I have the dough at the time. We'll see how this goes. As for a May '77 release to kick off the series, I don't think there will be any complaints there.

Joined: Nov 12 2010
Got Mine

Had to sign up for this. I love the various Archive series and also like the subscription idea as I missed out on a couple of Dicks Picks.
I tried to order DP 34 from Best Buy having seen the heads up from some of the guys on these posts. They won't send to the UK but they say if I order it I can pop into a store in the US and pick it up!!!!!!!!


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