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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"your all going to say I'm just a touch head and really don't no anything about the dead "
I don't know anything about your Deadhead status (whatever the heck that means), but I can safely say that you don't "no" anything about proper spelling, grammar, or punctuation.
It's nice to get stuff ya never heard before that's why I think Dave picked them first to release out of that batch of returned reels.
One more thing my first show was 10-27-91 so I guess your all going to say I'm just a touch head and really don't no anything about the dead
Thanks for info!
Really looking forward the upgrade.
I have enjoyed Thelma Theatre for years. Still, what I enjoy most of all are the REAL SURPRISESE like DaP 6+bonus disc where a lot of the material had never circulated in any form.
Increasingly, I´ve come to enjoy the rawer sound of late 69 compare to the smoother (comparatively) early 69. Certain tunes = Punk Dead. DP16 is the one for me (supported by the Mason´s on DaP 6)
I just need more cowbell! Whatever it takes, make it happen!
P.S. To marye's point: Technically I was on the bus by '93, but I'm not so sure how informed I was by my first show. The only show I attended, although I was most certainly stoked to go, also happened to be my last (and the Grateful Dead's as was the case). I'm sure there are many more folks in the same boat as me who were informed in large part by the recordings. (mostly studio at first, then tapes, then Dick's Picks in my case). If I had to pick a favorite era, I would say '67-June '92. (ok, Spring '93 there I said it)
a whole lot depends on when you got on the Bus and what was happening at the time. I mean, my first show was 12/31/80, so I tend to be most at home in that era. But I know people who pretty much thought it all ended with (pick one) a) Pigpen's death; b) the hiatus; c) Keith and Donna's departure; d)Brent's death... you get the idea. And it's not like anybody's wrong; everything's filtered through our own experiences.
I to think the 80s and 90s are the best all you guys that say the dead sucked after 73 74 are all a bunch of babies and are not true dead heads you all make me sick and ashamed to even be a head and really don't even want to listen to the dead anymore I have never heard so many people complain in my life sick sick sick spacebro rock on man keep up what your saying I think the late 80s and early 90s is the best dead that's just me I still support the band this website and buy all dead but I think I have enough 70s to last a lifetime
I think it is important for Dave & company to keep the 80s Heads happy... probably just trying to figure out the killer-kind show to release... probably will get one for the 2014 Sub
As an eighties guy I have thousand's of hours of grateful dead under my belt you can't tell me anything I don't already know.
For your info '66 and '67 were really the best years!
One thing I'll never get is why so many people are offended by spacebrother's comments. I respect his point of view, share it to some extent. 12/12/69 seems perfect for me - that killer sequence of King Bee/UJB/Friend of Mine/Alligator makes me quiver. However, one (or even two) 80s DaP would be very welcome. And if there are more 70s shows this year - enjoy them, you 70s aficionados. Some critical remarks shouldn't spoil your listening pleasure at all.
Maybe us eighties guys should stop buying until they start to release more eighties shows.
I'm an eighties guy but I buy all the sixties and seventies not because it's better but I want to support the band that I love and it's a shame that we can't get the same from the seventies guy's.
Leave SpaceBrother alone.
What I think you have are copies that were made off the master reels that were taped by "bear" these master reels were returned to the vault.
12-12-69 Here's the Lineage of what we have now: MSR > R > D > CD, plus MSR > R > C > D.
This will be a huge upgrade!
Spacebrother, you seem to want to come to the blog to agitate other heads. If you like the 80's so much why do you continue to come here? You seem to me like a Jr. Deadhead sort of like a young Luke Skywalker wanted to be a Jedi Knight. You seem to not be completed and don't have the power of the force.
The Grateful Dead music of all era's is deeply appreciated by full Jedi Warriors. The 1969 show on the way is pure gold to me, can't wait for it. It's the deep roots of a band we all love. If you don't like it, don't bash it bro. No one is disputing that many great shows took place in the 80's, they did.
Hopefully you will complete your training and become a full Jedi one day. We all have our favorite era's we love, for me its 65-73. But I listen to it all and appreciate it all. The fact that we have it to listen to is amazing, thanks to the foresight of music lovers from many decades behind us.
Blah blah blah blah 80's! Blabbity blahblahblah,1980's!!!!
None of you know what you're talking aboutblahblahblah!
All your opinions are wrongblahblahblah80's!!!
Blahblahblahblahonly80's!!!! DEAD horse brother,bury it....
So are you saying that: hands down the Grateful Dead's best era is 1980s? But probably the later 1980s?
I feel your sadness!
I better count again!
12/12/69 is like the band aid and aspirin for the '70s era overdose. The '80s is the miracle cure. The mid-'80s is like the physical therapy after the cure. All essential.
Listening to that nice phat and smooth funky groove of West LA Fadeaway from this weeks 9/20/87 MSG Tapers Section clip, and feel a sadness in that what I would argue is their hands down best era is grossly underrepresented from an official release standpoint.
12-12-69 is definitely a gem. But I dont really understand how it could have something do with the batch of returned tapes. I have had a SBD copy of this show since 1996 or so and it must be one of the most circulated shows from 1969.
In The Taping compendium they discuss whether there were two different shows this night (early and late show).
Could it be that DaP 10 includes some lost and now returned reels from this night?
(Or is it only the bonus disc that will be from the returned material?)
Looks like 8 songs to me.
Think I am counting 6 songs! I am guessing this period was Pig's heyday!
for the 12-1269 release, genius melding of Anthem psych boogie, Aoxomoxoa / Live Dead space and time, and Bear's Choice / Workingman's roots style. It's so nice knowing that the band would soon get recognition for touchstone original SONGS and albums on par with those of peer giants in the traditional music business. It's blowing me away already. Just superlative and unreal to so many of us.
....and Bolo's got the cure: More releases !! Is tomorrow the debut of the next seaside chat? I hope so.
The only treatment for the disease we all share is...MORE!!
...btw, I'm satiated but I'll take another spoonful. Why not?
Interesting some choose to listen to a show as soon as it's release is announced. I purposefully avoid a show until the professionally remastered version appears- attempts at fresh perspective and all. Also interested in David's comment that people are going to be surprised this Spring. It doesn't seem he was referring to DP10 with this comment. Time will tell I guess.
Nice job. I would add that samples are very accurate IF the sample is random. A poll such as this is not; it's a convenience sample. A random sample of 100 heads would have a margin of error of 2.5%.
They could put out a release once a month, and I'd love it. It'd stop me buying all the other non-dead I get in between DaP's and box's haha. Pretty much the only physical CD's I get now are GD anyways. Just purchased the first seven GD WB albums (again) as Japanese replica Mini LP's for the sleeves, and superior pressing, and now just waiting for the QMS stuff to be released at the end of the month
Thanks giantnerd, and no worrries - I think we're all nerds on this bus. In this case, the selection bias is actually intentional and relevant to the accuracy, since the original question / topic was not so much "what Deadheads in general prefer" as "what should be released to please the people who are spending their money on these subscriptions and releases." I think the poll was strong confirmation that Dave knows what he's doing - that he knows his audience. (Keep in mind that this is not the same as my personal preference, which would have a LOT more 79-86 matrix releases).
But as I said - it was pretty much just for fun. If this were *serious* - which hopefully it's not - I would approach it differently.
One reason I brought this up again, i'm thinking of doing more of those polls during the next lull.
This was released last year by David Grisman's Acoustic Disc / Acoustic Oasis label.
One can buy the CDs or download it from here:
I can assure you it is well worth having.
Old And In The Way at The Boarding House (4 CDs) - soon
Grayfolded on vinyl - May
Haha!!! Sorry for the nerdiness, claney, but the study has more of a problem with selection bias as the group studied are too similar (they all are big enough fans to spend time on this site and message board) and likely do not represent a standard distribution of deadheads. But that's my problem, because the poll is awesome. By the way I love the 80s, but I think Jerry's playing was the best in '73.
Is there a point of satiation? Maybe; maybe not?
When they released the compilation's then put up full shows for Download I went and bought my first pc to download them. Didn't want to ever own a computer, but then they pulled the plug on that so I went for the free stuff hard. Their loss not mine.
I thank you for your help and advice, but I got just about all of it Dicks Picks, DL Series, Road Trips, Box-set's, JFK '89, Buffalo '89, SSDD, and what ever else they release about 12TB of audio and video of just Grateful Dead.
I buy all this official stuff in hopes it would increase the amount of what they release but I guess I just been kidding myself.
Things are just getting a little boring on the official releases side.
Sorry and thanks
I'll try to be a little more patient.
"I wish I was a headlight on a north bound train..."
Central soul-light directed up through roof of skull [with roses?]
where it instantaneously merges with eternal/now universal field...
"I'd shine my light through the cool Colorado rain..."
then: one's personal clear-light awareness shines clear through
the rain (or mist of one's senses) no longer shrink-wrapping the
Does anyone know about the status of Deadlisteningguide? He hasn't updated it in a year, and I've really been missing his posts.
There's a lot posted on youtube, (especially by voodoonola) I'm sure you're aware...
Dead.net also put some bonus material on the 'All the Years Combine' a couple years back. (including Brent's final 'Hey Pocky Way' from Tinley Park)
Here's a fantastic video from 10-3-87 (with my favorite Jerry Looks Like Rain solo; LL Rain begins at 48'.07", the solo at about 50'.25")
New ones comin' as the old ones go,
Everything's moving here but much too slow now,
A little bit quicker and we might have time,
To say "How do you do?" before we're left behind.
Hi buddy, yes I got them all thanks for asking.
Is there something wrong with them that they don't release anymore vid's? Low sales?.
Have you checked out the View from the Vault DVDs?
It's been suggested that the "favorite eras" survey suffered from a sample size that is too small. Perhaps (and yes, ideally I could afford the version of the program that allows unlimited sample size). However, statistically a sample size of 100 is pretty reliable (especially when sampling a relatively small group of a few thousand deadheads.
In fact, as I understand it (big caveat there, heh) a sample size of 100 has a 10% margin of error. In other words, if 40% of those surveyed preferred 1973-74, we can be 95% certain that between 30% and 50% of Deadheads prefer that era.
Polls like the Gallup Poll rely on much smaller sample sizes than this, as a proportion of the group they are surveying (the entire nation, versus a few thousand Deadheads)
Come on please release summer '90 video's.
The video's would have better sound than the "master cassette's or the 2-track dats". Released on Blu-ray with hi-rez audio.
I'm right there with you Spacebrother ! I love Pigpen / TC era stuff too !!! I love Rock-n-Roll with two Drummers. Adds to the Trip. Organs go well with electric guitars! IMHO.. Listen to any Freddie King lately? Jerry Garcia listened to a Lot of Freddie king! So did Pigpen.You can hear it in 12/12/69
Autzen Stadium DEADFEAT 6/23,24/90 was a magic weekend.I was selling Blitz beer out of the trunk of my "68 Dodge Dart. We just filled it with ice and let the rusted holes drain.Shakedown was an Absolute "free for all!"Camping was tolerated in the parking lots. I can't recall anything negative at all. Little feat rocked the opening and Grateful Dead responded.
If you got too hot during the shows, you could ease back to the fire hose section at the rear of the stadium floor.Water cannon hose down.No S*@t. Real drains there.
The matrix recordings for these shows out there are very nice ! These shows should be released !!! I'm sure there are great soundboard source tapes are in the Vault.
Right Dave ? Bill Graham and Ken Kesey would approve !!!
"Are we on the Bus or off the Bus ?"
Ramble on !
Indeed, Phil...I began at Alligator II and the band just slipped sublimely into WBYG as I type...that launch at 12:00 after Pig's first bit in Caution leads to a spectacular dialogue through Feedback (Space) during which I was particularly impressed by TC's intuitive organ play, especially around 5:30 when he emerges as a cohesive element that helps organize the guitars into the closing stretch prior to WBYG...
...incidentally, does anyone have "Grateful Dead Gear" or simply the ability to discern by ear exactly what TC is playing - or if he's sharing time with Pig at keys...I believe I've seen pics of a Vox Continental and B3 onstage during this period (?) /kat
Edit: Off to watch the Cats (and the Gators just fell!)...peace/kat
It took a long time for me to warm to Pig's raps. Now I love them. Most of all, I love the background jamming. It sounds like the rest of the Dead really relished being out of the spotlight and being able to cut loose as a "backup band". And how else could they have done that without Pig out there? And what's a blues-loving guy going to rap about to a mixed crowd of young hippies? (sex). And I'll bet Pig didn't expect people to even remember or think much about his raps the next morning, let alone 45 years later. Misogyny? Did people even talk much about misogyny back in those days? I dunno- but I say cut Pig some slack. More Pig, please.
Someone help Mike over to the Rock Med tent...
I just wish you could have dropped some hints and let us try to guess what show it was.
ps. Look for a 14th row fob of 10/27/79 Cape Code to hit the archives soon.