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Listening Party: Dave's Picks Volume 2


We welcome you to hear “China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider” and “Wharf Rat” from the brand new Dave's Picks Volume 2.

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Dave's Picks Volume 2
July 31, 1974
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Very happy with Dave's Pick's Vol. 2

After listening to this show several times, I have grown to love it, I'm very happy with Dave's Picks Volume 2. I was somewhat disappointed that the "Phil & Ned" segment was not included, but that's okay, it isn't an essential part of the show, in my humble opinion. I still think that I would probably would enjoy listening to this 7/31/74 performance of Seastones once or twice, maybe even three or four times. There was room enough on discs 1 or 3 to add a portion of this performance to this release.
Thank you very much for releasing this show in its (almost) entirely. Great package of some of the sweetest music, very good essay by Blair Jackson, very good photos contributed by Jim Anderson, John Cantamessa & Mike Thut.

EXCELLENT bonus disc from the 7/29/74 Capital Center show.

I'm looking forward to the announcement of Dave's Pick's Volume 3 sometime in July.

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Glorious '74

Logged in for some good old entertainment, indignant-Deadhead style. Was not disappointed! Bewildered by anybody whose mind is not blown by this show. I still remember the first time I heard it - driving into the mountains of southern Idaho, that marvelous audience tape capturing peak after peak. The DP(2)2 sounds even better. Guess that's why they make 31 flavors!

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you slay me, 'cuse78

you slay me, 'cuse78

based on news of your post, the dow jones has plummeted; NYC, Chicago, and L.A. are burning; there's widespread rioting across Europe; dogs are howling; men are crying; women are pulling their hair out; and small children have been left to their own devices for dinner tonight...

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9.28.72?

We've had a super solid '77 show. An unexpectedly sloppy and sublime '74 show. I know E72 came out earlier but post E72 shows are pretty amazing. i'm enjoying 9.28.72 tonight on archive and wishing I had this one all spiffed up. I know there are many Dick's Picks from that era but one more would be nice.

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if they listen

How 'bout squeezing some of the missing songs that didn't make the cut from the Dick's Picks series as filler on discs that run short? To Terrapin Disc 1 was short enough to include several songs of filler from 5-22-77 which would have been appropriate. I'd also like to hear more from the Fillmore East Feb. shows and there are plenty more Ohio Theater DP 2, Alexandra Palace DP 7, Cow Palace DP 24 - - even the Road Trips series that were cut and pasted. I can't imagine the choice to collage were always made based solely on available tape, subjective choices had to be made somewhere.

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Any word on what show # 3

Any word on what show # 3 will be? When can we expect announcement

The rumor I'm hearing is that TPTB have closely monitored what is said here and have adjusted accordingly. That is why, for instance, there are now digipaks for the CDs. The third release of 2012 is going to be a compilation. Wait.......before you get upset.......listen to the details.

It's going to be a compilation of every Seastones performance of 1974 along with the missing tuning between jams from 7/31/74. So while it's a compilation (boo hiss), it will allow completists to piece together not only 7/31/74 with the Seastones intermission segment, but also the several minutes of tuning between each and every song! Given that so much of 7/31/74 was individual songs, this will add A LOT of tuning. Finally, Humpty Dumpty will be put back together again! And then to have ALL the '74 Seastones performances in one digipak? I don't see how anyone can complain about anything, especially about TPTB not listening to its core audience. Yeah!

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Any word on what show # 3 will be? When can we expect announcement

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Keith

DP2 features some really tasty Keith Godchaux piano. It's a huge bonus for me to hear it mixed so prominently. The Eyes jam is absolute heaven.

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Re: Seastones

IMO, Seastones is not really part of the official GD show unless it morphs into the full band, as it does somewhere (can't remember what show where the boys join the end of Seastones and it jams into Eyes or Wharf Rat). I would bet dollars to donuts that the main reason Seastones wasn't included here are business ones:

1) It would have required a fourth disc, and
2) It would have required some payment to Ned

If they had added Seastones to this release, forcing it to be a 4-discer, and turning a future 2012 release into a 2 discer, can you imagine the uproar? You can't please everyone, and pleasing a bunch of Deadheads (myself included) who care enough to post here on dead.net, is nay on impossible. You make your decisions, release what you think makes the most sense (musically, business wise, etc.) and wait to take your lumps here on dead.net.

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this is a great release, a fine archival product...

...capturing a very good show. The show is not special for me like a few others from '74, such as Louisville (my pick for best of '74), Philly, Miami, or the retirement shows -- all picked over and somewhat released.

But I like DP2 as an exciting release and I am listening to it and enjoying it. I think for the era, it's Kezar '73 that equals the heights of '72 and '69-'70. '74 is a good vintage, but it's music that sounds just plain weird to me, e.g. cardboard-y snare drums, muffled vocals from an earlier low-fi era.

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