Dave's Picks Volume 13: Winterland, San Francisco, CA (2/24/74) - SOLD OUT
We're heeding the call for more of the majestic early 70s! No doubt, this was a time of great exploration and innovation for the Grateful Dead, one of their peaks... And so it is with great pleasure, that we are proud to present the official release of Winterland, February 24, 1974.
On the fertile grounds of their home turf and on the edge of what would become the Wall of Sound era, the Dead embarked upon a tremendous three-night run at Winterland. On this particular night, the last in the run, they warmed up the crowd with stellar new tracks "U.S. Blues" (previously known as "Wave That Flag"), "Ship of Fools," and "It Must Have Been The Roses." And while these debuts, nestled among fan favorites like "Playing In The Band" and "Brown-Eyed Women," were quite tantalizing, the 2nd set really brought it all home. Witness the magic on an incredibly jazz, introspective "Dark Star," perhaps one of the finest version of "Morning Dew" during this time, and a beautifully arranged cover of "It's All Over Now Baby Blue." The moments making up this masterpiece are made even more clear by the crispness of Kidd Candelario's recording. Epic, indeed!
Limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies, Dave's Picks Volume 13: Winterland, San Francisco, CA - 2/24/74 has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman and features illustrations by our 2015 Artist in Residence Micah Nelson (learn more about the multi-talented artist and musician in our upcoming All In The Family piece).
This one ships February 1st - get your copy before they are gone, gone, gone!
3 Disc set
Limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies
Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman
Digipak made of 100% recycled and PCW materials
Release Date: February 1, 2015
Winterland, San Francisco, CA (2/24/74)
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This 'Loser' is badass!
...are neck and neck in terms of the best of the DaP series. If you don't have this show, get it soon!
The china cat sunflower on this show is great
...between anal and pedantic, but you toe it with the grace of George Wendt in a tutu executing the Dance of the Sugar Plum Faeries! Yes, penultimate, literally...the show is marked by systemically astounding work by Mayer, but with palpable highlights at Row (1:12:47), Scarlet (1:37:35), Fire (1:54:20), St. S (2:11:45), and Dew (2:37)...amongst which, I chose to signify the second-to-last as my personally sanctioned stand-out.
What, has your telepathic superpower waned during my 4-month absence?/peace, K
I just flipped to 2.11.45 and dude's there for the rest of the show. So, I guess the next to next to next to last song? I'm confused.
Mayer can generate animus faster than Margaret Downey at a Southern Baptist convention, but good heavens!, due shall be accorded based on merit...this is a phenomenal interpretation of the That Legendary Show and, for perhaps the penultimate example of JM's contribution, fast forward to 2:11:45. Wow.
is sold out!
If you have migrated to the new Dave 14 site, then you are in good shape. If not, it is here!!!!!!! Let me know ASAP if you want a copy. You never know how long it will take to sell out. I will check back shortly.
Fare Thee Well.
See you in 14
Seriously its 4 months into 2015 (1/3 of the "50th" year is over)...and no releases other than a greatest hits regurgitation release...WTF?!?! let me guess, they're waiting until 4/20 for release news
its now sinking to the level that some local Phili radio station doing GD day is the most recent "50th" anniv high.....TPTB running dead.net etc just seem lazy & not really caring
its time for releases this year, and make them from the 1980s for once!!
Gotta be May '77.
5/22 > 5/19 > 5/28 > 5/5
Regarding E '72, I've always felt the best shows were 4/8, 4/17, 4/24, 4/26, 5/3, 5/7, 5/11, and all 4 at the Lyceum. Least favorites are definitely 4/16 (the snoozer of E' 72 is still amazing) and 4/21 (great, but too short!). I don't often go for 5/16 or 5/18, either.
Let's put it this way Sam, you're not going to find a worse show than 4/14 in the E72 chronicles....
a mix between studio and official live releases so far.
RSD is 1 day away, everybody got their list ready? I am planning on a few titles. Garcia, Robert Plant, Otis Redding's Otis Blue, and maybe 3.29.90.
I cant imagine 3.29.90 sounding any better than what was just released and its a hefty price tag ($125) plus I am guessing it is another bare bones packaging. For another $100 you could get Spring90 TOO box set. It would have made a ton more sense to release this when the box and individual release was sold. Similar to Sunshine Daydream. And why was that only priced at $80 for vinyl compared to $125 for the Branford show? 1 more record should not equate to $45. Its strange how there is really no mention of 3.29.90 coming to vinyl on dead.net. Maybe I missed it but I think an email was sent.
Hey, a quick shout-out for WXPN. I'm not a Philly boy, but I did spend a year working there a while back. It took me about a week to find WXPN, but once I did my dial was set.
One of the best radio stations in the country, really good stuff. Turned me on to countless new influences.
I seem to recall Bob Weir playing acoustic at the world café, but could be mixing things up, its been a while.
In any case, I don't have enough good things to say about the University of Pennsylvania Public Radio and I'm not surprised in the least that they are showing some respect for the Good Ole Grateful Dead.
to tune in to 88.5 WXPN or stream at wxpn.org ALL DAY starting today at 6AM EDT>Saturday 6AM EDT 24 hours of DEAD for Day of the DEAD. Not happy Friday today it's HAPPY DEAD DAY!!!!!!! What an unprecedented event this is, THANK YOU WXPN!!!
Well I've said it before but my favorite Sugaree is certainly 5/5/77.
In fact, New Haven is my favorite first set of '77 (favorites of several songs) I believe 6/7/77 has my favorite Terrapin>Dew combo. Just my .02
you really can't go wrong between 4/14, Rockin' the Rhein, 5/4, or 5/25, in my opinion I think that 4/14 stands out with Rockin' the Rhein in a close second
Rockin' the Rhein or 5/25. Rockin' the Rhein over the E72 version, because it has the 2 xtra Pigpen tunes, Lovelight from 5/24, which is a must have for a guy who loves Pigpen. It's the last performance he ever did of the song, and the best of E72 for the reason KeithFan said earlier (the Lovelight doot-doot-doo section, only on this version). Also has Hurts Me Too and The Stranger. And the rest of Rockin' the Rhein is fantastic - set list, mix (which does vary on these releases) and quality of performance. One of the top 3 He's Gone of the tour, none the worse for not having the middle 8 that evolved later in the tour, possibly the best Black-Throated Wind, definitely the best Sugar Magnolia - so so tight, and Billy Kruetzman NAILS the drum fill, very nice Wharf Rat, probably 2nd only to 5/10, with Keith tapping on the pinky toe key in the beginning - tough to say - they're all so good. Also solid China Cat and Truckin', and one of the better Playing in the Bands. Also great Good Lovin, real jazzy feel (this was before Jerry jumped on the Hammond, so the double guitar weaving from Jerry and Bobby accompanied by Keith's piano or Fender Rhodes, I'm not sure sets a groove for that tune. More Pigpen on Rockin' the Rhein than any other single show from E72. Disc 3 is comparable to Disc 3 of 5/25. The Dark Star has some improv melodies in part 2 that I've heard in no other version. San Manuvin Muf Powser.
LoveJerry, you're probably right that there are better versions of the songs on 4-14 but that was sort of my point when I said it somehow flows just exactly perfect. The sum is greater than it's parts, perhaps. To my ears it's just outstanding from start to finish. I am admittedly not the biggest Pigpen fan in the world but I love the energy he brings to this Caution, or maybe I should say Good Lovin'=>Caution=>Good Lovin'.
Anyway, I appreciate hearing another point of view. Maybe someday when I have the entire tour I'll feel differently but right now 4-14 really, really does it for me.
Which show do you recommend to Sam?
....elementary my dear Watson. Lake Placid '83 to open the show. Flawless and jaw dropping....
...speaking of jaw dropping, how about that scene of the T.I.E. fighter blasting through that smoke cloud in the new Star Wars trailer? One second of nerdy bliss. I "don't" have a bad feeling about this one. The Force is strong with it....heck, even the cover of DaP 1 gives a nod to the movie. A New Hope opened on 5.25.77, lightsabers all around!! May have to dust that one off tonight....
Wow. Top notch feedback as always. You get no Caution, but I am leaning 5/25 or 5/4. Think I might have to get em both. I only own 2 individual shows (5/10 and 5/11), but I have Steppin Out and the expanded E72; so I have 3 kick A Cautions from the tour.
Also VGuy 72; the Star Wars trailer rocks! Brings back the same goose bumps I got 30 years ago.
Hendrix, I will PM you when 14 goes on sale. Got ya covered in case you are lost in the wilderness. Starting to think Dave may be lost in the wilderness as well. Watch your back! Rumor has it, the Sea Lion covers land and sea. Sweet dreams to all.
Lets face its, SamT. By this time tomorrow we will have talked you into getting all the remaining E72 shows, plus DP7.
Good advice all the way around.
Like my mom used to say, be careful the crowd you keep.
Not even in my top 10 for Europe '72. There are better versions of just about every song in the set list. Caution is only 6 minutes long, and doesn't even have the signature "crash cords" that distinguish Caution. Set list is average. Everything is played solid and flawless, but that's every show in the tour. Overrated show in my opinion, but many are familiar with it because it has a lot of selections in Steppin' Out and the original Europe '72.
Hey, Keithfan, I think it was Dantian who was singing the praises of 5-25 last November or so and indirectly led to me finding it under the tree last Christmas. Absolutely fantastic show and one that had previously flown way under my radar.
I agree with Mbarilla about 5-4. Even though it's best known for the Dark Star I think of this one as a Pig heavy show.
I haven't heard every show from Europe '72 but there really is something special about 4-14. This one seems to flow just exactly perfect somehow. You asked about a great Pigpen performance and the Caution from this night is at or near the top of my favorite Pigpen moments. You seem to be a bigger Pig fan than I am so this show came to mind when I read your post.
4-8 is a personal favorite, too, but more for what Shakespeare described as a "top five Dark Star," a sentiment I happen to agree with.
Tough call between 4/14 and 4/17. 4/14 is just...I mean....you know...rowr-Rowr-ROwr-ROWr-ROWR-ROWR-ROOOWWWWR-ROWR.
I don't man, I downloaded 5/22 and listened to 5/22 and 5/28 back-to-back at full blast on the way home from work...5/22 isn't bad of course - there's a little bit in there that's reminiscent of Walk on the Wild Side, but 5/28 really cooks. I'll need to have a do-over on the way to work tomorrow...
Morgul, I'm afraid I have bad news for you - 5/22 version of Sugaree is indeed a better version than the one on 5/28. In fact, it's THE version of Sugaree. As mbarilla says. You'll have to add DP3 to your list. Sorry!
I got shivers watching that Star Wars trailer too, V. Timeless stuff.
Being alone in the office at work today, I listened to the Sirius noon show (FE 4/26/71 with Duane Allman). I kinda zoned out for It Hurts Me Too through the Good Lovin, became VERY unproductive, and turned it off. I'll listen to the rest of it tonight with a few beers.
I hope Dave and Jeff are dusting off some '68 or '70 or cooking a 9/18/87 matrix for DaP 15.
I was kind of hoping that this show was going to be featured as this years MU@TM, with a combination CD/DVD to be released a la SSDD. I believe the entire show was filmed. I say release it for the 50th anyway, can TPTB make that happen?
Don't forget about tomorrows' Day of the Dead on 88.5 WXPN in Philadelphia or stream at wxpn.org starting 6AM EDT Friday. HAPPY THURSDAY, DEADLAND!!!
The Estimated-> Shakedown from this show is an all timer. Serious, Garcia busts a big nut heading out of Shakedown. The entire band holds on for dear life. The post drums is NOT of the same ilk, obviously because JG was ill.
Fav E72 DS SM?...gotta be 4/14. I've been through the trunk a few myself and the entire 4/14 show is 24K.
My favorite is Wembley 4/8/72. I'm not saying it's necessarily the best D. Star or the best S. Mag per se, but the transition sequence is sublime.
With pay-per-view they can only charge per household, at the movies they can charge per head (no pun intended.)
It's all about the money. Final cash grab.
Jerry was sick as a dog that night, but the show was being broadcast nationally on the radio so he felt like he had to be there. They cancelled the show the next night because he actually had pneumonia and was on a respirator.
As rough as his voice was, he made up for it (and then some) with some blistering guitar work that night - pretty amazing considering his poor health. Certainly worth a close listen.
i'm really not sure what to believe but perhaps dave is not dead after all and has just been embroiled in a lenghty court battle as a moonlighting middleweight contender ....
Edit: I believe this is one of the Bill Graham Presents videos that were distributed on YouTube a couple years back from his estate. I bet it could be released one day, and I believe Bill Graham had these at the time of his passing. What interesting is that a lot of them were from John Scher shows. Can't figure that one out. I still am not convinced its in the vault, but could be wrong about that. Jerry's voice was on the downward slide also, as pointed out.
I could be wrong, but that's what I think. There's a bunch more that fall into this category.
Here's the article on JamBands.com where I first read about them. This does not explain the history though or why Bill Graham's estate wound up with them instead of the Dead.
funny, neil peart. yeah, after getting further into it, his voice is pretty dead. get it.
Because Jerry's voice is shot and Neil Peart did the same drum solo by himself.
Why isn't this on CD / DVD. Looks pretty damn good to me.
....speaking of movies, a new trailer for Star Wars came out a couple hours ago....Oh....My....God....
now that's funny. What a visual.
It all comes down to this.... plain and simple, in layman's language...
if I can't be at the shows... drinking and dancing...
then I want to sit home with the wife and/or friends, get mind numbingly drunk, watch the shows, and when i have to puke or take a shit i can turn up the tunes and still enjoy it with the bathroom door OPEN.
Sitting in a movie theater watching it, having to drive home after, and/or having to leave to pee... does NOT interest me.
Plus if I pass out in my chair.... I won't feel so bad about it if I do it at home.
mbarilla, so coincidental that you mentioned this. I was listening to the Dark Star=> Sugar Magnolia transition at the Tivoli 4/14 show the other day, thinking it was one of the best ever, and how it was almost like a counterpart to the more mellow 4/17 version at the same venue (which is also outstanding). I was going to post it that day here, to see if anyone else had any favorite Dark Star transitions - and then of course I didn't have time. Not that 4/14 is WAY aggressive, it's just more of a loud and plaintive, note-by-note wail from Jerry as Bobby goes into the main riff; and then of course 4/17 has less edge to it, but more beautiful and melodic. And this is precisely the type of nuance I can't impress upon my wife, to explain away why I need 100+ shows of virtually the same music.
Bobby Jones, my man! Correct you are, I'd forgotten about Playin' In fact, I think I read that stupid fact about Mr. Charlie somewhere, and it stuck in my brain - clearly untrue. I think some of the other numbers I posted may be off by one, as I'm going off of memory, which sucks anymore. Glad you're enjoying those Dark Stars! They were part of my thesis when I received my E72 PhD...
I am not sure that even I can do 15 hours in a movie theatre
Heavy on pig with a lot of his classics. Paris Dark Star
5.7.72 is definitely awesome and the Lovelight > GDTRFB is super, but it's also on Steppin Out. And like KeithFan2112 says 5.25.72 has the triple play from Garcia. I am pretty sure none of the tracks are represented anywhere else.
And last but not least is 4.17.72 --- Dark Star > Sugar Mag > Caution
Go with that one if u like Caution. (4.16 and 4.17 make a Supa sweet mini box. Best of both worlds. Truckin from 4.16 morphs into the most insane jam of the tour. Plus 4.17 Dark Star transition into Sugar Mag can make happy any man alive)
Keithfan: While I do realize that you have studied this trunk worth of music more then most, I must point out that Mr. Charlie was not the only song played at every show. PITB also holds that distinction.
While I have not studied this as extensively as you, I was anal enough to make a spread sheet of the set lists when this first came out!
I am still enjoying those DS cds you made for me. Really awesome stuff.