Dave's Picks Volume 17: Selland Arena, Fresno, CA 7/19/1974 - SOLD OUT
When the Grateful Dead hit the workingman's town of Fresno, California on July 19, 1974, they were undeterred by the blazing heat and inspired by the enormous "thundering machinery" they'd brought along. With the Wall of Sound, they felt they'd reached a whole new level of symbiosis. Can you hear what they heard on that fateful night? Find out when you reach the upper realms of auditory bliss with this "essential for any tape library." Witness Jerry breaking new ground with a spectacularly different take on "Scarlet Begonias." Follow Phil and keyboardist Ned Lagin into the future of electronic music with their "Seastones" set and orbit into deep space during the 30-minute "Playing In The Band." Prefer to listen with both feet on the ground? The second set will bring you back to earth and still have you dancing with a plethora of pleasers like "Brown-eyed Women," "He's Gone," and "U.S. Blues," rounded out with the band's one and only "Spanish Jam."
Plucked from the Grateful Dead's original tapes and mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman, Dave's Picks Volume 17 is, indeed, limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies.
Get yours while you can!
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, 2016
Selland Arena, Fresno, CA 7/19/74
....when you go, you go bigtime. Fresno. Here we go!
I adore the silken sophistication and generally understated presentation of Robert Vaughn's acting m.o. One of my favourite scenes from any film...he owns it.
I've been feverishly canvassing (the early) reviews of Mozart 225 (literally, that is: I've fallen rather ill with a URI+...dreadful affair; no one should have to suffer another sore throat after the age of 10!) and my right index finger has alarmingly progressed from a state of responsible repose to involuntary seizures while hovering over the 'right click' button. This represents more a state of financial than medical intrigue as it manifests only while reviewing my carted M225 order on amazon.
Bang-up quality packaging; magnificent bio and excellent written musical accompaniment; a bundle of irrelevant, but pleasing, knick-a-knacks a la our own Spring 90 box; and - most importantly - a catalogue of superlative solo and orchestral performances, to include period v. modern instruments, as well as premier renditions of newly discovered or previously unperformed pieces and fragments. Mercy.
Incidentally, US shipping is available via amazon.uk for a comprehensive cost of 192$USD (!) v. amazon.us @$400. Won't. Couldn't. Shouldn't. Mustn't. Might...
Your initial reviews welcomed./peace,K
I met so many great people while traveling with the Phish and DeadCo tours this past summer, and it's remarkable how even a single contact can later bloom to opportunity. I pulled the trigger on this one before sober thought could dictate a more rational choice.
I'm booked at Barceló Colonial...it would certainly be fun if we could organize even a small deadnet get together!/peace, K
...while my official copy hasn't yet arrived, I've now listened to XX almost twice courtesy CM and, by virtue of having fallen ill with some type of URI, I've spent the day in bed while canvassing top recommended shows from '81 per Blair, Deadbase, the Ark, SHF, and a few of the other usual suspects for Dead guidance. In all, I can't help but feel that this is (a) a concession to the release of an 80's show** that is (b) selected from an optimal source and (c) not predicated on the relative merits of artistic performance.
But, though puzzled (as I was for Selland, which seems an oddly modest show in the midst of that Summer 74 sweet spot (i.e., 6/22, 6/23, 6/26 , 6/28 - the last 3 being among my top 20)), I'm optimistic that the next barrier to fall might be a show with the number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine, number 9 in decade data field. For me, the great revelation of 30T was 91-95; and it's clear that these were not speciously selected 'place holder' performances, as they're abolutely terrific and I - speaking from a STRONG personal preference that ranges from 68-74 & 77 - am the first to admit I never saw that particular epiphany coming.
Of course, Bales' and Craig's performances onscreen were the Batman and Bond reincarnations I'd never have imaging getting excited about. Plus, we can always hope that a blue ribbon show like night 2 of Alaska 80 (the Sugaree you didn't know you were waiting to hear...) is the next 80's iteration.
As usual, I was mulling over not subscribing due to the strange mechanics behind XX's selection, but to be honest, the $100 price tag renders moot even a litany of good reasons to go a la carte.
Dylan 66 and Floyd Early Years are just around the corner!
**For which I DO think it's about time, and I've never considered the Fox a truly independent 80's show, rather more like a mellowfied (?) 78/79 performance.
Well, I've finished listening to the Miller transfer and, except for a few second set highlights that I've bookmarked over on some postings at SHF, this show is simply underwhelming. I wholeheartedly endorse a more egalitarian era release philosophy, especially since the 90s and a few of the 80's shows from 30T were such delightfully unexpected discoveries, yet this performance not only fails to present a consistent set, but misses the mark on even an outstanding run of songs/jams/segues within a set.
To be clear, I'm a subscriber, so it's coming anyway. But I can't help but wonder if this marks a paradigm shift; I suspect expectations will be high for at least one 80's appearance yearly from now on, and the CU show, which apparently was recorded on reels, may be indicative of the inclination to select subpar shows with superior sources versus superior shows from the cassette recordings that were so prevalent during the decade. I strongly suspect that I'll approach next year's DaP a la carte, though I appreciate the immediate joy and optimism for future releases that #20 brings to the increasingly voluble crowd for whom Reagan era Dead was the pinnacle.
Still, it has it's moments that, like my golf game, are enough to ensure a return trip./K
The #19 thread is displeasingly (though expectedly) congested at the moment, so I'll appropriate XVII for purpose of a more leisurely discussion of XX...
Listening to the Miller transfer. The first set is largely unremarkable, though Bob provides 2 moments of levity, one intended and one by epically derailing Jack Straw. The first begins in earnest around 3:17 of track 2, though the interim instrumental lead-in is the musical equivalent of a broken football play, when BW forgets lyrics, then jumps back into the mix with absolute tuneless gusto. The second occurs during Rider, as BW intersperses the set break announcement during JG & Brent's harmonization of the closing chorus. Cheeky lad!
Set 2 begins in steroidal fashion w/ a robust, fast-paced Scarlet...for a great sample check out what happens when all cylinders begin firing at 3:00...Brent is magnificent here!
Okay, I've just re-replayed the last 45 sec. of the Scarlet outro jam - as the band feels its way into Fire - and Brent's bubbling away just below the surface at a progressively frenetic pace to wondrous effect...check it out at 9:30ish
Crikey! I listened to this SOOOOOOO many times. Don't know why, but it just stuck with me as one of the best (for me) ever. I guess it was the first time I listened to this version of Playin'. Thought it was just about exactly perfect. It's Jazzzzzzzzz, Man! Phil was immense. All over the whole show Phil is immense. But as I listened more and more the whole show just grew on me. Mexicali is fantastic, and the band is still just warming up. Bobby McGee -- Jerry's solo, GAWD, he slips up just a little very near the beginning, but nevermind he gathers momentum, bristling, exploding, into a brilliant unrestrained pure jerry crescendo that just about leaves you in tears. This is the grateful dead that lets it all hang out and passes by into some other realm. The big jam with WRS is amazing, and as the notes say, the Spanish is about as raw as any version ever. Oh, and what the hell with Scarlet Begonias!!!!!!!! So I just listened and listened all the way up until vol 18 arrived today. And I listened to THAT version of Playin (on Bonus Disc) and hey -- it just proves who the grateful dead are: a band that can develop a song into a completely different territory and leave you just unable to compare one version with the other. They're just both great. So, David Lemieux -- THANKS for selecting especially these shows, and above all the Fresno, my personal favourite in years and rivaling the 77 winterland gem in Dick's picks. Man, there is NOTHING LIKE A GRATEFUL DEAD CONCERT!
Still have so much catching up to do. Down this board their is the discussion or 3-31 and 4-1 1991. I listened to DP 9 this weekend. Wanted a little something different as I too have been in the 60's and 70's for most of the last 6 months. BTW, almost through with my 3 cruise through 30 TATS. Whew indeed.
Any way, I had only listened to DP9 once several months back. I thoroughly enjoyed the No MSG jam, was not expecting that sweet little interlude at all. Will be going back to that often. Bruce is kicking it. I have a new desire to find the great 90's shows. I have only heard 2 plus the 6 in the 30 TATS box. I have to poke around some, but I am pretty sure the keyboard solo he is doing is repeated by Paige McConnell of Phish at the end of Squirming Coil on "A Live one." I always enjoyed that, did not know he was copying Bruce. Paige recorded that basically 4 years later in the same building. Is it fascinating or rip-off?
Edit: Great story Kayak, man made me feel like I was there and I have not heard that 4/1 Dark Star. And one more thing, the DP9 was recorded by Healy so I am assuming that was a true 2 track sound board. Sounds very juicy on my BBS (big boy stereo).
Congrats again Sixtus, this is your big night. If I did not have blood work in the morning I would hoist many in your honor!
I know not much is going on with this board. Been trying to read and cath-up. It is unbelievable that if you take a little vacation, you might have 10 hours of reading to catch up again. But yes, it may be the best time to be a head of dead and star wars. I was not expecting the emotional pull I would have when seeing the Force Awakens. Just seeing the millennium falcon and then Han and Chewy, I almost broke down. I was not expecting to be taken back to my early teen years but the memories just came flooding in. I have been trying to go back and watch the first 6 again. I usually go through a stage every 3 years or so where I re-watch them. Have not done it in a while. I know on other boards folks have discussed the Beatles and all (have not gotten caught up over there yet). I usually go through a Beatles visit every 7-10 years where I wear out all of their stuff. It has now been 11 years since my last cruise. Need to get to it, but my in-box of new Dead official's is taking up every bit of free mind time. Oh well...it will come.
Oh yeah, also spending much time in Deadbase 50.
I don't think 100% recyclable is the entire story here; I think 100% biodegradable is closer the mark. Mine seem to be slowly disintegrating on the shelf in which they sit.
Good call stone jack baller (gotta say that in a Pig-esque voice, of course) - this release date had been lost to the ravages of time from my brain, but I do recall it pretty much changing my life and getting 1000% spin my freshmen year that fall. Just the opening of the show with Bill Graham doing the introductions as they each chime in musically, it seemed cosmic at the time - and still does. The Eyes of the World remains a standout forever as well, its what got me hooked on that tune all the way down into my DNA.
And thus, my on-the-bus status was solidified. I had only one show under my belt at this point - 7/16/90.
25 Years Ago -- 4/15/91 -- we see the First Vault Release
It's better than the Make Believe Ballroom Broadcast.
Thank You Dan
Thank You Dick
Thank You Dave
Aahhhh. Breath in the fresh air on the Dave's Trips page.
I have a sneaking suspicion an announcement and assorted riff-raff will be joining us any minute.
Make it happen, Number One. You know what i'm talkin' bout. You know you shouldn't have looked. But you did anyway and now that technicolor vision of lysergic road pizza is forever branded into the back of your cerebellum. "Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad" indeedy. Heh.
Hey Thanks Man. I gotta say, I am humbled by observers chiming in and reaching out especially considering how I've been going at this for several months. It's comforting in a weird sort of way to see people rooting for me across the ether.
I say let's ALL hoist away, cheers to this excellent community!
We aim to please.
Congrats on the thesis. I will hoist one in your honor tonight.
this thread is now making me snarf my morning coffee all over my desk.
Bungee-Jumping Squirrels with Laser Beams Attached to their Heads.
That explains the artwork for Dave's Picks #1. I think Seventy-Sixtus nailed the timing on the first critter related distraction. Less than a minute.
I bet we get the announcement and video tomorrow.
Believe it or not DaP2 or 3 actually arrived to me in NJ the last week of April. Ya never know...
Hope it ships early to subscribers as i'm takin' the last week of April OFF. Summer '76. Ohhhh, how i wish i had a time machine now. Bonus if it was a SuperSport model outfitted with a squirrel with laser beam eyes mounted on the hood!
Bungee-jumping squirrels with laser beams attached to their heads...
"Death from Above"
...maybe it will actually be squirrels playing lazer tag! No possible way Dave would be able to cogently deliver his update with that mayhem going on around him.
Looking forward to this 76er!
I would have thought they had it in the almanac too.
I bet we get the announcement Friday. They always go silent on one aspect or the other just prior to release day.. I'm half expecting the release video to be recorded while bungee jumping or playing laser tag or something.
New almanac, but no DP18 anncmt? Doesn't it ship approx. 1st week of May?
I'm baffled. Not that its a surprise - just curious to see the tracklist and artwork.
I just noticed a really cool keyboard sound on the 7/19/74 Dave's Picks, during China Doll. Not the Fender Rhodes sound, it seems more synthesizerish. Anyone know what it is (coming out of the right speaker)?
I'll send you a PM - I like where your head is at man.
I have original Star Wars figures (played with) from the 70's. What do you have to trade?
I will add to that pot and surmise that it takes him less than ten seconds before he is distracted by a bird, a rock, the air blowing....
Long Live E'72!
Oh, and that new Star Wars Rouge One Trailer....WOW. What a time to be a Head and a Star Wars fan, simultaneously. Two of my utmost passions.
Who turned out the lights? Knock Knock..
We should be getting the video and listening party soon for Dave's 18.
We should all throw a couple bucks into a pool and guess how long it takes until Dave gets spooked by an air or sea creature or loses his balance.
44 years ago today marks a special day in GD history. What a tour. The rite of Spring.
And whats the deal with airplane food?!...
I believe they normally announce in the first week of the prior month for shipment around 5/1...
So we know we're getting 7/17/76 in full, per the full-show format. And we know we're getting most of 7/16 as well. I think Dave's video said something about not including repeats from 7/16, and there are a surprising number of repeats (six) from the night before: Deal, Mama Tried, Big River, Peggy-O, US Blues. Samson is also repeated but it's buried in the 2nd set jam on 7/16, so we'll likely get 2 Samsons.
So I assume disc 3 will have 7/16/76 set 1: Cold Rain, Cassidy, Row Jimmy, BEWomen, LL Rain, Music>Scarlet. Plus maybe the 15 minute NFA encore?
And Bonus disc will be 7/16/76 set 2 in its entirety, including the LAST-ever Stronger Than Dirt. I'm always suspicious of last-ever versions... sometimes its the last ever for good reason, though I'm sure it will not disappoint. These Bonus discs are always the best disc of the entire release.
Thanks for the memories. Great telling of those two nights. I loved them both, 4-1 is one of the best Dark Star's I was ever at - and I really loved how they finished the Playing they started on 3-31 with the reprise on 4-1 out of Dark Star - it felt like one long two night show. I also agree on that Bird Song, it was a good fit, really set the mood for the second set (one of my favorite Bird Songs, though I am partial to 3-7-81, Cole Field House, which went to many far-off places).
We were on the floor on 4-1, in seats on the side on 3-31. On 3-31, as Around and Around was going strong, my wife leaned over to me and said "I could really use a Johnny B Goode next. She never tried to call songs, and I foolishly told her "They don't play that often anymore" (only 9 times in the two plus years before that) and then boom, JBG and she was giddy. Greensboro Coliseum was really hot inside, after Knocking on Heaven's Door we stumbled out into the cool spring air and smiled all the way back to the hotel.
Though SB's I have of these shows have great quality on the songs, I have always found them a bit jarring with the complete silence between songs. Would love to see these put out officially.
Taped it off the radio as it was simulcast. Strong sound (BIG Mickey beats). For years after that was my primary go-to for Walkin' Blues and my #2 choice (after 5/8/77) for ScarFire. Hope it will be officially released in the next several years.
Never heard a 6-7/88 show that wasn't strong, and never heard a show from elsewhere in that year that was! Saw them in Hartford 4/3,4/88 and was mightily disappointed by Jerry. (Bobby worked hard to cover for Garcia, and I believe I observed that a lot of the vocal effects people think Healy did were controlled by Bobby with foot pedals. I particularly remember the treatments on his vocals on Lovelight changing as he stomped different pedals on a pedal board...). This was the year that they were coming off returning to Stadiums for hit single crowds. This was the year they were forging material for another album, after taking 5 years to write the previous album. And it was the dawn of the digi-Dead, as MIDI entered their equipment. This is the "76" to '89's "77"....
A summer '88 5 show box would be MIGHTY fine!
For 30Trips 1979 & 1980 shows. Just sublime. Listening for almost 30 years and both just about brought me to tears. It never ends...
Good job, Senator Sixtus.
again just catching up from the past few days being off-board, and I'm enjoying the banter.
Kayak Guy - loved your 3/31/91 story and that is a fantastic show. Can't speak enough about the energy Bruce brought to the band and reintroducing the grand pianer sound.
80'sFan - that 6/28/88 Saratoga show was among the first good quality boots I got (given it's FM play) and it was also my first introduction to Foolish Heart - fairly stripped down but it caught me at that first listen and has remained a favorite through the years.
Jim - saw your inquiry on the other board; my thesis is very close to completion. last night I FINALLY received feedback from my prof (after 3 weeks with none) and while he did ask to move a few things around and remove some stuff (too much detail, I guess I am gung-ho), overall it seems to be 98% "there". Will be ecstatic once it is handed in for good on 4/19; 3 days before offspring #2 makes her debut...assuming all goes as planned. An Earth Day baby if it all works out!
.Box Of Rain, Tom Thumb's Blues, Unbroken Chain, Keep On Growing, Maggie's Farm, The Weight....I'll stop there http://liberateulysses.com
I really like the Catfish John on Terrapin.
Slowly working my way through all the discs....
The bonus on Blues for Allah is great.
Glad they stuck with Music Never Stopped instead of Hollywood Cantata.
I need to listen to that again.. its been a while. Dave's 6 and 10 don't get as many spins as they should.
I will take a look at your playlist selection the next time I put it on.
icecrmenkd - I didn't notice too much of a sound variance. I suggested the playlist since a lot of times the bonus material gets overlooked and there's some excellent material.
JimInMd - if you have Dave's #10 and the bonus disc, you can make a killer '69 show by inserting the bonus disc between discs 2 & 3 (disc 3 becomes disc 4 now). I use i-Tunes and uncheck the 1st 'Cumberland Blues' on disc1 since it's in the middle of the bonus disc. It makes for a 4 1/2 hr
'69 experience if you have the time.
could wait for E'72 - 4/07 is presently becoming ingrained. Teo? Teo?
one of my favorite shows from back in the day - if you're in the mood for something from the late 80s, check this out -
Hell In A Bucket-> Bertha, Walkin Blues, Candyman, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Row Jimmy, Victim Or The Crime, Foolish Heart
Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet-> Crazy Fingers-> Drums-> I Will Take You Home-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> I Need A Miracle-> Stella Blue-> Not Fade Away
E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Year: Fall '71 thru Fall '72
Month: Apr. '71
Day: FTV #1, 8/13/75
Week: FW 2/27 - 3/02/69
Hour(& 20 minutes): 10/13/68
Moment: chord - from Dark Star>Eyes 2/15/73 - note(s) 2/14/70 NFA
Peggy-O Reckoning (wishful thinking)
3/26 or 11/17/72 Wouldn't be without either
I always modify the metadata so the bonus material comes at the end of the show it was released with. For example, if you are playing the RT 73 show, that fantasmagorical one disc wonder comes after the last song on disc 3 (Stella Blue).
It made sense to me at the time...
Yeah, I thought about combining all the bonus material into one playlist. Will do it now that you have confirmed that it's a good plan. Thanks.
One thing I wondered about is if all the tracks are at the same sound level or if they vary from disc to disc.
Dead Set CD1 is defective, just switched to CD2.
Grateful Dead and Shakedown Street played without any flaws.
Wonder if Dr. Rhino has replacements this many years later.
Jimbo!!! What a coincidence man. Not 20 minutes ago, while playing the 4/11/72 show of my annual E72 indulgence, Comes A Time comes on, and my daughters, who are home with me on Spring Break, asked what this "new" song is (they liked it). I told them the title and said, "I don't know why they didn't play it that much, it's really a great song"......