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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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dstache's picture
Joined: Sep 10 2007

Seems like if these shows were being sold individually as well, we'd be able to buy them by now (they are shipping in Feb). What with them being limited to 12,000 copies each (a whole 'nother issue), it is possible they sold out. Is it clear that the only way to purchase them is through a subscription? Maybe I missed that.

Joined: Nov 2 2010
Dave's Picks considerations

5/19/74 Selland Arena
3/24/72 The Spectrum

Joined: Aug 20 2009
the name

Yr right Raph... Dave's Fave's is a MUCH better choice!

Joined: Dec 23 2011
Dave's Picks Suggestion


How about Frost Amphitheater 10/9/1982. This is such a tight show with a great set list! I had a cassette for years of the first set and the first few songs of the second, but never tracked down the rest of the show. Plus a great Bill Graham intro to boot!


Joined: Jan 7 2009
I like the cover art on video

I like the cover art on video 3."White Triple". Little booklet looks interesting too.

deadmike's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
I agree with the above ...

Nice packaging ... finally back to proper packaging ...


Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

Joined: Jun 7 2007
1966 and 1967

I think the obvious release for 1967 is a 3-disc set of 22 October and 10 and 11 November.

As for 1966, as others have said, the British Columbia Trips Festival shows could be very nice.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Shipping cost for Europe

The only problem is when you live in Europe .Shipping cost is frightfully expensive and no Europeans can understand why ... I am sure Deadnet is composed of intelligent persons, so why nobody makes some effort to realize it?

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
2012 Wish List

Here are my *broad* "predictions" (okay, wish list) for the last three picks of 2012. That would make three different decades (counting the Mosque release) and four different band configurations:

--- October or November 1972 (with a bonus from a Fall '72 show that is only partially in the Vault). Hmmm the May 1974 call would be sweet too.
--- 1984 (though I've gotten a strong Spring '86 vibe lately - hyummmm... April)
--- 1967! (perhaps a Road Trips approach?)

But whatever. It'll all be good. Dave is good at surprises (I mean, I wouldn't have guessed that one of my favorites in the 30 Days of Dead would be "Just a Little Light"!)

First 2013 release - Winterland and Lindley Meadow 1975, together in one beee-ooo-tee-ful four disc release, complete with a new cover by Phillip Garris (who did the Blues for Allah cover). Drool.

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
Soothing Jerry's Bummer Trip

The biggest concern I had about digipacks was the use of plastic - and wow, whaddya know, they are going to be made of recycled materials :-).

I recently read Jerry's comment (in the "Beyond Description" liner notes) about visiting the record pressing plant during the Grateful Dead Records period. He was dismayed at the "sweatshop" conditions and the toxic nature of vinyl chloride. He called it a "bummer trip" and said something about how anyone who knew what went on in the record pressing plants would never want to support them.

As far as I can tell Jerry never went further than that comment. But it seems that Rhino/ *are* taking it further. Thanks for this decision folks. I am feeling better and better about my subscription to Dave's Picks!

(Also, I love the organic cotton "Reuse, Recycle, Renew" shirt (I sure hope my wife got me that for Christmas!) Please accept this as my humble vote for more of this - shirts made in sustainable ways, fair trade practices, recycled material, and so on). THANK YOU.


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