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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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album art competition?

they had an album art competition for the dick's pick's series a while back, i think in 2002, starting with DP's #31. (remember the album art thematically changed for this series every once in a while?)

the competition for the album cover artwork was announced in record stores on a small poster. there were regionals first and if you won there, then your artwork was sent in to GDP for review at the national scale. i have no idea how the regionals were judged, if there were 1st through 3rd placements & honorable mentions, or whatnot, but the prize for winning a regional was the entire collection of DP's up to that point (incredible!). and then, if you won the national, your artwork was featured for all to see (even better!!). bob minkin, a san francisco based graphic designer won and his digital artwork is featured on DP's 31 - 36.

perhaps at some point, a similar open competition approach could be used for the dave's picks series, maybe even incorporating a readers vote?!

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Standard shipping cost is FREE

This afternoon, the fee for standard shipping has been modified to FREE. Looking forward to hearing Dave's Picks.

Regards, Ted

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With art generally being a

With art generally being a subjective sort, you're unlikely to find something that's going to please everyone. I happened to find the E72 box covers great and perfectly in-line with the original E72 release and the concept of the release, in general. I'm sure most people would be on-board with giving others a shot at things, but I wouldn't be naive to think that any new artist that comes in is going to be loved by everyone.

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New artist for covers

I would really want to see new artwork. I've grown very tired of Scott McDougall's work, espcially the Europe '72 covers, because I bought the ltd. ed. box set, the 7200. I KNOW there's an outstanding graphic artist or several artists in the ranks of the Dead Head community, time to give him or her a chance to make a good name for themselves.
As for this show, it's about time this show was released. "Dave's Picks" is fine for me as a new release title. I'm still thinking it over if I should get in on the 2012 subscription scheme.

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all grown up

what i love about this newly refined approach is the transparency > real open & quite honest it seems, even if capitalism is still in effect. also, specifically incorporating community input via vault@dead.net is great. lastly, the 2011 almanac & related web interface graphix are so much better than what's been coming out of late. the stencil logics & color palette are quite beautiful & dare i say it, seem adult, even.

muchas gracias for these efforts, and as always for the sublime GD music offerings.

keep on growing.

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Dave's Faves?

Much better than Lemieux's Chooses.

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Shipping

I picked the "Normal" shipping, hoping it would be taken out at check-out.

Guess this means I am paying $103 for the four sets.

Oh well, live and learn.

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Joined: Mar 18 2010
Thank You!!!

In addition to other benefits, having a set schedule with timed releases allows the producers more freedom to plan bigger projects. To state the obvious, look at the bigger project this year brought with the timed releases of Road Trips. 2012 just became so much brighter- Thank You!!!

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Looks great!

I personally have no complaints whatsoever with ANY of these archival series!! I am looking forward to Dave's Picks and can't wait to start my subscription.

Of course I always hope that my favorite show (4/22/79) will be considered. Also I wouldn't mind seeing an official release for 8/27/72 Veneta.

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dave's picks?

wouldn't "Dave's Faves" be a better name?

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