Dave's Picks Volume 9: Harry Adams Field House, U. of Montana 5/14/74 CD - SOLD OUT
We're kicking off Dave's Picks 2014 with a visit to the Wall Of Sound era. Dave's Picks Volume 9 features the complete show from May 14, 1974, at Adams Field House at the University of Montana in Missoula, the Grateful Dead's only appearance in the state of oro y plata. This monstrously hot show is the third official show of the Wall Of Sound, which had debuted in March 1974. Highlights run deep including the second performance of “Scarlet Begonias,” a 22+ minute “Playing In The Band” that leans heavily on the band's jazz chops, and a second set jam of “Weather Report Suite>Dark Star” that contains some of the deepest jamming of 1974, and that's saying a heck of a lot! It also features one of only a handful of versions of “Dark Star” played in 1974, a song heading toward a long hiatus, and this one digs deep into some of the wildest spaces you'll ever hear. Rockers, ballads, and jams, 5/14/74 covers all the bases, with plenty of nuances to revel in, each and every listen.
3 Disc set
Limited to 14,000 individually numbered copies
Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman
Digipak made of 100% recycled and PCW materials
Release Date: February 1, 2014
Harry Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT (5/14/74)
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Dave, you are too funny. I am beginning to find your videos very endearing. I believe that I made the comment about the gnat(sorry about that, LOL). Anyway, looking forward to a fantastic 2014. Hope you dazzle us with some blinding brilliance this year!!! Thanks for all the good work
Allow me to add another kick or hit to the deceased equine.
1984 is beyond overdue, there has been exactly one live song from the year 1984 released officially. (Shakedown 12-31-84 and I can't recall what time that first set kicked off so it could even be a 1985 selection for us on the East Coast).
It is time, even if we go back to the old Road Trips format and get partial show snippets.
Dave mentions he recorded the upcoming show. Went back and listened to No. 5 last night which was recorded by Kidd. Its a terrific recording. Love the artwork on this upcoming release as well.
chris31. Les critiques sont tres difficile avec la musique sans raison vrai. Bien ecoute. (I hope my HS french is servicable)
The Wall Of Sound sounded best in recording in the GD movie, I haven't heard any other recordings that I really cared for, nothing portrayed experiencing it.
A fantastic cover for a great show!
Here in France, we are so little to tell 'bout and like the G.Dead ! So, I would to write here my feeling of hudge and eternal joy to know the band in the 72 Tour in Europe : it was beyond words and stills 40 years after that. In 74 they were 'in another trip' (esptember çn Paris '...with 'the Wall'... !) ; I listen today to 'Garcia' ('To lay me down'... & all the songs) and 'Ace' by Bob (Mexicali Blues' and so on... 'Greatest Story Ever Told' !... ) I think there not much objectivity in the 'critics' of the work of G.D.: both cd exist, and as "Live". We rehashing all these live, ... so few albums Studio, it is true, but who will the idea of a definitive "Best Of" with panache? I'm sorry 1/ for my bad english, 2/ for those 'critics'... Love to all od U. ;) <3 :)
I found a pristine bootleg CD of the beginning of Disc 3 of this Missoula show when I was a freshman at Villanova in the mid-'90s. My roommate, who was in no way, shape, or form a Deadhead, absolutely ABHORRED it! We lived in this extremely tiny dorm room in one of the oldest buildings on campus, so there was no place to hide if you really, really felt like being in our room. We had a rule that we would have to agree on the music being played if we were in the room together and wanted to start listening to music. However, if one of us came into the room while the other one was listening to something, we had to suck it up and wait until the album ended or the person chose to turn it off. We discovered some middle ground in the form of Led Zeppelin and Chicago blues, but that was about all we ever had in common musically. I cannot tell you how many dozens of times I had to endure the absolutely irritating Weezer debut album. It gives me shivers to this day.
Anyway, I remember one night, he came home from flag football or wherever, and this Dark Star had just started. The last four or five minutes consists of a completely spaced-out meltdown of absolutely massively loud and epically screeching proportions. I mean, the guys go way way WAY out there on this one. My roommate was trying his damnedest to read a book and ignore the strange dissonance blasting out of our stereo. Finally he couldn't take it anymore and said, "Can I ask you what the hell it is exactly that we're listening to?" I ignored him. You either get it or you don't, right? I never did figure out how to get him to get it. So it goes.
The China Doll that follows Dark Star is one of the more gorgeous renditions ever, as is the Weather Report Suite that precedes it. That, unfortunately, was the totality of the portion of the show I had at the time. However, those two jams alone make this show an absolute keeper.
My father in law has been telling me about this show for the past 15 years. I'm so stoked to play it for him when it comes out. He always talks about the massive amount of speakers from floor to ceiling and the high energy of the show. He says there was a Frisbee being thrown around for a while and it hit Bob Weir right in the head and with that the energy from the band just sunk. He's not a hard core dead head by any means, just a Montana hippie so it's cool to come at this show, and the Dead from a different angles.
The artwork is all Montana with the Bitterroot flowers, moose and bears.
MattyE - I'm pretty sure Dave's video was not from the Bay Area - he actually lives in the Pacific NW (Vancouver area?). But I live in New England, it's -2 tonight, so yeah suck it up Dave :)
jstrawnoodle - welcome aboard! This is a great, and knowledgeable bunch. Speaking of whom:
Spacebro - you may be beating a dead horse, but you do it so well, and positively (like mentioning that Missoula is a favorite show of yours). So keep beating that 83-84 horse. In fact, I am starting an online "petition" right now. If (when) they finally release an 84 show, Spacebro should be the author of (at least some of the) liner notes!
I solemnly petition the PTB to have "Spacebro" write the liner notes for the first 1984 show release.
I'm just happy to finally be here!!! :D
I'm thinking about getting an extra copy of vol 9 to trade for a vol 1 or vol 2. Anyone out there game for that trade?
I have a extra copy of Daves Picks 8 if someone missed out. email me at email@example.com
Missoula has long been a favorite show of mine from '74. Though this show occurred 10 years and a couple of months before my personal first in '84, I find it fascinating how they evolved from '74 to '84.
Speaking of the year '84......I know I've been beating this "Dead" horse for a while, but an officially represented show (or 3) from this particular year is waaaaaaaay overdue. At the minimum, 7/13/84 is essential!
Really looking forward to this release as my 1st show was a little over a month later at the Springfield Civic Center in June 74' been on the bus ever since!!
I moved from the West coast to where you are from in the east (Ottawa). It's -31 today I know you can handle the bay area weather c'mon.
That must be a moose skeleton on the cover. The artist looked like he was trying to paint begonias on the moose but they look far closer the Montana state flower, the bitterroot. Also no pygmy pony? I wonder if Tony Millionaire is any relation to Alice D. Millionaire.(jokes) The Aber Day Kegger that Dave referred to was not on the campus of U of M but about four miles north. Also Dave I'm wondering if those were the Farollons Islands on the horizon in the current video that were mentioned in an earlier piece. (that is if the current video was shot near the Bay Area). As for the Harry Adams (Barry Adams) Field House where the show took place, I saw the Marshall Tucker Band perform there in 1977 (Firefall opened) and they blew the roof off the joint. Was the original band. I missed the Allman Brothers when they played there in 1979. Greg Allman and Dickey Betts went down to the Top Hat Bar afterwards and jammed with the Lost Highway Band. I understand Lost Highways front man Michael Purington was in shock. Again Missoula was a cutting edge town in the 70s. Also went to the Kyi-o Powwow at the field house every year from 1975 through 1982. I believe this Dave's Picks to be a significant release. I did not move to Montana until 1976 but I did see the Dead at UCSB (Santa Barbara) a few days after the Missoula show. Great work Dave, don't let the shitheads drag you down.
An hilarious (and beautiful) debut by Mr. Tony Millionaire.
Like mustin321, I am very much looking forward to collecting all of this year's picks, no matter the shows -- which will doubtless be of lofty quality themselves -- just on the basis of this megabuck(!) trend we see in the covers.
PS: The China Doll here I always felt was one of the most perfectly placed and cathartic versions. Move now or lose out.
I recorded the PITB and Weather Report Suite (not Eyes) off of XM/Sirius, along with Dark Star. This show was on one night at 8:00 Central time (regular nightly show.) I took a quick look at deadbase and saw the Dark Star listed for the second set. Because I had a dog-walk scheduled, I only recorded part of the show. But the Playin' is absolutely great, and the dark star is one of my favorites. I've probably listened to this CD more than any other GD cd for the past year. Mostly just the dark star. Because, as Ferris Buehler would say, "It's so choice." This was one of my suggestions for next release last year...another one would be the '73 show in Madison where Donna sings "You Ain't Woman Enough" in the first set, and there's a Dark Star in the second set that probably might be really my favorite. Of course there are many others vying for that spot. I still like 8/27/72 and 2/13/70 a lot - those were the two I think I heard the most about when I started collecting tapes in '93 or so.
I've been pretty happy with all of the releases. Number 10 should jump right back to the 80's. I love number 8! But am really looking forward to the next release from the batch of newly returned 69-70. It's really hard to complain about anything from 1974. Looking forward to hearing another WOS show. Of course we all have better choices for each release but I am thankful and very lucky to have an awesome grandmother who renews my subscription every year. Starting to have a nice little vault of my own with all of these release. So thanks Dave and everyone involved!
WRS sounds pretty good. Trying really hard to avoid the Dark Star on archive.org until this arrives in the mail.
Wall of Sound debuted at the Cow Palace March 1974. At least that was the official announcement when the tickets went on sale.
Subscribed for 2014 .... really looking forward to this year's gems. Listening to my Charlie Miller transfer of this, but can't wait to get hold of the real deal. Also hoping for some of those newly discovered shows, and also one or two BIG Box sets !
Grateful Golfer- I believe they are referring to when it was completely refined in its fullest form...I could be wrong.
I'm looking forward to this one. Great show from a great era. I love the wall of sound so much I am willing to over-look miking probs. with vocals. The instruments are clearly delineated-electric chamber ensemble. Looks like non-matrix on this one.
I would imagine we will find out what vol 10 will be. No mention of bonus disc either
Very well delivered "speech," David L.
With intense will power, I am resisting listening to
sample of WRS, because I want to wait for the actual CDs to arrive.
Above all, am looking forward to the DARK STAR...the
song I love & collect the most.
Careful--because your hat may resemble an oyster to those
birds...they may try to crack open your skull (# roses?)!
Looking forward to checking this out, but didn't they debut the Wall of Sound @ Stanford '73 and continue to refine it over the course of the year?
I would almost buy these for the artwork alone. Can't wait to hear this one.
Why do they have to tease us with the WRS listening party...Dark Star's coming...so close!
1. Bertha [6:15]
2. Me And My Uncle [3:15]
3. Loser [6:39]
4. Black-Throated Wind [6:52]
5. Scarlet Begonias> [7:21]
6. It Must Have Been The Roses [5:44]
7. Jack Straw [5:18]
8. Tennessee Jed [8:18]
***9. Mexicali Blues [3:39]***
10. Deal [4:46]
It's the ale for what cures you! We've all been waiting with bated breath for the announcement we all knew would eventually come...looking forward digging into the new details regards this release and maybe a littel of what to expect for the 2014 subscription...
The playlist does not include Mexicali Blues but it is on the first disc?
This is a great show!
Releases from 74 have been somewhat hit and miss. Dicks Picks 12 is an all time favorite (DP 31 and 24 are also really great, good dynamic and monster shows!). Whereas DP 7, DaP 2 and the Road Trip from 74 lacks the nerve. Quite flat sounding to my ears.
My guess is that a release of the entire 74 Winterland run is not too far away, given it it multi-track and a lot of the material was not used in the GD Movie Soundtrack release from 2004.
I listened to the clip on really crappy computer speakers. Hearing the crowd has me thinking matrix. Anyone else want to weigh in on this?
Love the art work, looking forward to this arriving next month. Better move fast if you did not get the subscription, they will not last. Thanks Dave, looking forward to some great jams this year.