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Dave's Picks Volume 20: Events Center, University Of Colorado 12/9/81 - SOLD OUT


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Who's ready for a little early 80's Grateful Dead? For our last installment of the 2016 Dave's Picks series we are heeding that call with Boulder, CO, December 9, 1981. The last show of a 10-day run, Dave's Picks Volume 20 finds the band cranking out back-to-back high-energy sets; the first filled with superior Jerry moments (“Friend Of The Devil,” “Bird Song”) and a very rare 1-2 punch of Bobby songs ("Cassidy," "Looks Like Rain"). The second is a powerhouse of tight innovation with a nearly perfect "Scarlet>Fire," Brent's organs taking "Estimated" to an otherworldly level, and a double encore fit for "rock 'n' roll excellence."

And if that wasn't enticing enough, this one is chock full of classic covers - "Mama Tried," "Little Red Rooster," "Around and Around," "Good Lovin'," and potentially the very best version of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" that the Dead ever did do.

Taken from 7" reel-to-reel master tapes, Dave's Picks Volume 20 offers up top-notch sound quality and a robustness that was unusual for the tape recordings at this time. As always, it has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman and it is limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies.

Grab a copy while you can.

(And you’ll also wanna stay tuned because we’ll have breaking news on the Dave’s Picks 2017 subscription real soon!)

Product Details

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: November 1, 2016

David Lemieux's Volume 20 Seaside Chat

Listening Party: Boulder 12/9/81

"Bird Song"
"China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider"

Tracklist

Disc 1
1. Cold Rain And Snow [6:38]
2. Jack Straw [6:26]
3. Friend Of The Devil> [8:10]
4. Little Red Rooster [8:48]
5. Bird Song [9:01]
6. Mama Tried> [2:25]
7. Mexicali Blues [5:15]
8. Candyman [6:11]
9. Cassidy [6:16]
10. Looks Like Rain [8:11]

Disc 2
1. China Cat Sunflower> [6:01]
2. I Know You Rider [6:31]
3. Scarlet Begonias [10:27]
4. Fire On The Mountain [8:44]
5. Estimated Prophet> [10:31]
6. He's Gone> [14:53]
7. Drums> [6:16]
8. Space [9:37]

Disc 3
1. The Other One> [7:40]
2. Stella Blue> [9:31]
3. Around And Around> [3:40]
4. Good Lovin' [9:23]
5. U.S. Blues> [4:59]
6. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction [6:31]

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Nicholas G. Meriwether gives me hope!

Finally getting around to hearing D.P.20 and reading Nick's liner notes. Written well before the election, and about a different time, but it could just as well have been written about today. We have lived through times like these before and WE WILL SURVIVE! To quote Phil, "Un-American? Why, there is nothing more American than the Grateful Dead."

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P.S.: Can you tell it's No Fun Friday before Long Run Saturday at the Kate Estate? Off to bed without any more of this nonsense./g'night,k

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Babu, you're a bad man, a very bad man...

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"However, assembly requires two people..."

Instant classic. It's the single hex key that slays me./p,k

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Play Ball!

While pining for Spring Training, I contemplate an RnR lineup card equivalent to the '27 Yankees.

Of note, the Dead played UCinci's Field House the prior evening ("Candyman's" debut)...a gr8 48 hrs to have spent in the Queen City!/p,k

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James

Your speculation re: the remaining treasures of Spring 73 is center mass. #21 is a terrific show, though somewhat light on extrapolation within song structures as well as improvisation outside the lines, which can otherwise be found in spades elsewhere during the year.

My preference leans toward freewheeling creativity and this likely explains my focus on Phil/Friends & Phish during the last year; both of which tend to start shows in improv/song-train mode as opposed to the Dead's customary 1st set warm-up with shorter numbers.

In fact, regarding 73, the very next performance - on 5/13 - provides a perfect exposition of my preferences: it's a sprawling beast. The full show SBD is murky in places, but having listened to it in full, it's magnificent, and put's me to mind of the powerfully understated play on the famed 12/29 release (which is fascinating given the considerable window between, to include hiatus).

http://relisten.net/grateful-dead/1973/5/13/the-promised-land

It should be noted that the Miller Board beautifully excerpts what is arguably the night's centerpiece: a 5-song, 67-minute, 3rd set run comprising He'sGone> Truckin>Drumz>TOO>Eyes>China, which captures the generally excellent play and spirited improvisation of this 4:30 show.

http://relisten.net/grateful-dead/1973/5/13-1/hes-gone

"Third Set"...don't the words incite electric chills down your spine?/p,k

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liquid Hg vocals

I adore Mozza's ability to untether his vocals from the gravitational pull of instrumentation while floating, bobbing, weaving, lutzing, gyring and gimbling about, above, and beyond the melodies. He also seems like something of a dramatic arse; I suspect we could be fast friends.

Message content, lush operatic articulation, and stage histrionics (1:45): "I am a living sign...". Perfection!/p,k

Edit: Plus, great album covers.

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Subtlety.

The Castle. {{{sigh}}} Like the Pack and Rusted Curtain, I'm off my game this evening; though a dose of humility on the Sabbath has a certain poetic intent about it. Well played.

VU Fans: I've been on my most successful music buying moratorium since age 14; my last purchase was a pre-order of REM's OOT deluxe in early October. However, just a bit ago, I ran into a thread over on SHF addressing VU's 45th anniversary eponymous release versus The Matrix Tapes box. I have the first and thought the latter would remain out of reach financially after going OOP in 2015. Yet, after a poster from Sweden remarked on recent lower prices, I searched ebay and - to my astonishment - found new sets selling from high volume, reputable dealers at around $40USD. Sooooo, I executed the fastest series of left mouse clicks my motor skills could manage. Matrix Remorse no more! WOOT!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VELVET-UNDERGROUND-COMPLETE-MATRIX-TAPES-RECORDE...

peace/K

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Well OK

But I was referring to your tag. K. Kafka's characters were often nameless, as in K, the protagonist in either The Trial or The Castle ? I can't remember which.

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Kafka(esque)

Unless it's the suggestion that the lifespan of an official release series would be extended - and attenuated - with filler, then I've missed the darkly fantastical or nightmarish flavour of my last post. Still, the meaning of great literature is subject to personal interpretation and I'm quite certain that you were implying a parallel between the quality of my writing and Kafka's. Quite certain. As in, there would be no need to contradict this assertion.

Deadnet is like a mansion with 2 (fairly) crowded rooms, one of which frequently changes names, 2 or 3 others that a few people occasionally wander into, and then 30 rooms into which a rambler will intermittently poke a head but that for all intents-n-purposes remain empty. I'm just doing my part to stir the dust!

My Maya Riviera tan is fading and it's raining outside. And tomorrow's Monday. But I love work, grey days, and clean dermatology check-ups, so I'll leave you with an excerpt from the platter currently spinning in the Denon....and really, if you're going to own just 1 Pistols' release, this would have to be it...

Here, Rotten prostrates himself - hoarse and exhausted - at Punk's altar of sacrifice, giving a definitive rendition of the IggyStooge original./peace,K

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Kafkaesque. K.

Sincerely, M.

Empty rooms can be fun.

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A late season masterpiece.

Perhaps it's the sawzall piston propulsing to the song's hypnotic beat as a I wreck havoc renovating the basement (power tools! who knew? WOOT!) or maybe the lyrics speak to a pride I felt watching coverage of the sisterhood marches.... The Ear Worms: "The Outsiders are gathering/a New Day is born" and "It's time to breathe/time to believe/let it go and run toward the sea"...

Also, Q-Tip's contribution is an exemplar for successful integration of a rap component, both in terms of thematic substance and aesthetic appeal./peace,K

P.S.: They certainly could, mh. That's what's disconcerting./K

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DaP 20

Hard to believe they couldn't find anything better from the early 80's than this.

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30 Trips 1980 on eBay

I saw a listing for the 1980 show from the 30 Trips Around the Sun box on eBay. It is listed for $41 + $2.80 shipping.

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Hammer Time!

I have a question about variable setting hammer drills (i.e., hammer, standanrd screw, standard drill); so if you're smart AND handy plz message me. Incidentally, there wouldn't happen to be a competent contractor in our tribe, would there?

Edit (1/22): Thank you for the responses gentlemen./K

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The Annum's Opening Act

Doc's dramatic divorce decree (in China, it's the Year of Alliteration) out on the '17 scrip thread reminds me how passionate Heads can be in their epochal crusades. Our investment in specific performance periods or years becomes a strong variable in our emotional and public personal identities. Of course, this phenomenon manifests in every Dead chat site/board/blog/email forum I've ever visited. And I've begun wonder if it's a form of self-empowerment rather than strictly aesthetic preference; or perhaps some parts each? The fanatic's psyche: idea #481 that'd make an interesting Master's or Doctoral thesis!

Edit: Please note that I commenced a sentence with the article "and"; so, yeah, 2017's off to a pernicious start!

Edit Squared: It's 2017 (still), so if yer a Head who hasn't heard the fuzzy, feedback-y, acidic, early metal sounds of Moscow Radio - let alone the BOMP records' stable as a whole - allow me the introduction:

And of course, the incomparable Ms. Bowling...Glorious!

peace,K

Edit P.S.: Yeah, the Bucks got crushed. Aside from Line issues, Barrett is just too limited a QB for the high-speed, pro-style defensive schemes being run by apex predators outside the Big10.

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Mayhem in the Grove and Hendrixian Heritage

Great Murray! And Orange Madness! With horns, a triangle-tipped tail, and foreboding command of dark and moody powers, Harbaugh almost orchestrated a sour coda for one of 2016's final gridiron acts. Now, if the Buck's O-line can command the trench and Barrett verticalize the field with an occasional completion...

Sadly, the evening's host insisted on a modern variety of (purportedly) country music as a constant backdrop to the game. Honestly, has the modern edition of any genre's music so completely failed the promise of it's lineage as contemporary country? There's no blurring of the proverbial line: It's been paved over; it's pop, as brite and shiny as any company approved retail store soundtrack.

Anyway, went looking for rocknroll salvation and found it in the age-old communion of man and electric guitar. This is Jimi's Legacy (4:25 - 7:00).

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cardz...

BW: "We're going to incorporate as a religion."
JG: "Yeah, any day now. As soon as we come up with some dogma. Or catma."
BW: "We're gonna be Archbishops; we're gonna wear big hats."
JG: "Yeah, mitres..."
BW: "And we're gonna be rich too."
JG: "It's gonna be fun."

Happy New Year!

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We're all young once...

Have we really traded Frank and Debbie for Drake and Rihanna?

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The Tolling of the Iron Bell...

2016 continues to levy a devastating reckoning among music and pop culture icons...

This is my Carrie - 'trouble ahead, Lady in red'. A star years before my time, but an inevitable personal heroine by her unabated courage, humour, and transparency in exposing personal weakness to champion mental health for a greater community./peace,K

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...in the strangest of places...

oi, Rotterdam to JFK; sitting amongst the swirling herd waiting for a connector to Tyson; far too much humanity; I'm an acid placid oasis with headphones & tie dye amongst a public showroom of Lauren, Izod, A&F, Bean, Bauer, Lands End; guy separates from the swirling current into my backwater eddy; sits down, says "crazy, what're ya listenin' to?"; me: "6/7 Winterland"; him: "gr8 run, I was at vet school in Bama that Spring, saw the Tuscaloosa show, but couldn't travel"...remarkable stories ensue; 45 min later, I gotta go, a hug, and never to see this kindred spirit again...the circus may have stopped, but for the faithful, the road goes ever on...peace,K

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...'the ultimate test of cerebral fitness'...

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/grateful-dead-quiz.htm?mkcpgn=604...

26/30. {{sigh}} Considering thousands of hours of listening, too much time patronizing internet chat boards, and a bookshelf sagging under publications, I empathize with my parents' when, looking at me, they thought, "so much education, but..."

Incidentally, that Dark Star question is whack.

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I'll give the Big Two-Oh this...

...it's the least discussed commercial release - including OOP editions and remote reissuances such as DiP on Real Gone - that I can remember; kind of like the House Band version of the GD. Retract that answer. I'm pretty sure the crown for Invisible Show goes to RT2.4, and deservedly so. Woof.

Anyway, to greener pastures and hopes for a 30T-caliber 80s or 90s release in the (near)future!

http://relisten.net/grateful-dead/1970/9/19-1/dark-star

The last 4 songs of this 2nd/electric set were my companion on a cold, but (fadingly) sunny, run this p.m. that, at 39F, beat yesterday's 32F and most certainly the weekend's 20something readings.

A year of dramatic transition toward single songs, country heritage, acoustic sets, and the osmotic absorption of harmony from time spent with CSN; but still moments that give you the feel of 68's protracted, lysergically inspired, never-fear-failure, cosmic forays.

This epic iteration is a litany of cascading discoveries: a luxuriously patient slide into the opening verse; the lilting melodic notes from 11:35 - 12:15 amongst an almost Seastones-eque landscape of arrhythmic industrial sound; the unsettling "howl" at 12:49; that high clarion guitar line at 13:32; Jerry's bold march at 14:05 toward more familiar thematic territory from our host song; and Bob's rhythmic kick-start around 16:19...and subchapters of verse, discord, harmony, and suspended time between even these rough bookmarks, all with almost 10 minutes still remaining...

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Audience/dead crew booth patched ?? Howabout that!

Is it just me or is this the first official live release to use audience booth patching?!
IMHO this is but a revelation to hear, though I suppose theres been releases to use official dead "aud" mics in Matrix fashion since they went digital recording 80's(late 70's?)

Good on you Dave & fellas for takin this route and perhaps in doing so xpanding future possibilities as to what may unleashed.

Fantastic show and more hi res quality mastered dead, cheers to another Brent era DaP

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1981

This release has some meaning for me as I returned to seeing the Dead a few days after this show, my first since 12/30/77. I believe the New Years run of 81/82 was a very strong set of shows for the band.

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In all honesty

I just received Dave 20 ( I am in Ireland ) and have got to admit my fears were somewhat unfounded. After a fairly shaky start and some early sound issues, this is a very enjoyable show. Jerry is in great voice and Mickey and Bill are stunning. The great sound, on most of the show, really highlights the way the percussion was becoming more predominant in the sound of the group at this time. It's also interesting that as the drums came more to the fore Phil starts playing more traditional style bass lines. Mea culpa.

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Daves 20

Didnt have many nice things to say about this after first listen but iam starting to change my mind liking it more and more great stella great bird song and very good sound quality.

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Damned with faint praise

Having listened to this, I can categorically state that it has some good moments.

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hmmmm

so difficult to get a simple picture to "stick" easier time wit the banana splits. I mean really talk about a frustrating user experience. some work needed here by the webmaster, either to fix the unreliability or explain if there is a delay before a new avatar pic will be visible.

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Whiskeyhawke

I feel the same about Brent, but the good news is they don't release too much from him anymore, and are probably less likely to do so in the future after the cold reception this show received, even from 80s fans. I think the main thing is what Dave has said all along, that there aren't any decent sounding shows left in the vault from this era. 30 Trips made that pretty clear. I think Dave did the 80s fans a service by releasing this one, and to be honest, I'm OK with that if it keeps the series going. I can deal with 1 in 10 being 80s. Would rather hear a good Hornsby show post-Brent. It would be great if there were a bunch of Nassau and Dead Sets left in the archives, but clearly not.

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DaP20

I have enjoyed DaP20. Just one guy's vote. Better releases absolutely.

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DaP 20 - Gambled and Lost

Dave's Picks 20 made me regret my 2016 subscription as it's a real dud. Brent ruined the entire decade of the '80s for me with his cheesy keyboard sounds, and I always thought his vocals were better suited to beer and pick-up truck commercials.

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DaP 20

It hasn´t arrived to Spain yet.

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No party, just a couple minutes of largely lukewarm welcoming for a rare 80's installment before moving on to frenzied anticipation of the next release. I was brutally critical of this show after the first couple passes, but before saying more I would love to hear your impression.

Don't disappear on me as you seem prone to do since The Eleven thread!

Deadic8ted: "many trips ago"...I see what you did there, clever boy; or maybe you were being literal. Brilliant moment at the close when Guiness realizes the monstrous folly of his self-deception. Genuis! "Acting!"/peace, K

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Best movie about a river AND a bridge

"Bridge On the River Kwai". Saw it in the theatre many trips ago.

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late to the party

1026 just arrived in England, and now everyone's moved on to the next port of call. Oh well, always one step behind.......

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~barnyard musings~

“watch out stray cat people”

Anyone able of shedding some light on this lyric? Seems fragmentary, and not unlike Bobby’s slide playing… which is fine… punk like that. Raw. Improvised. But if there’s another layer at work, I’d like to know. I’m just not coming anything. If that's the case, fine.

Anyway, set break over. Onto the second set. Let me know in the morning :- D

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Resubscribed for 2017!

Hey Now. And if all the 2017 shows are sourced from "just" the 60's and 70's, then count me ALL IN. Already looking forward to a jazzy Boston Garden 4/2/73. A highly regarded crispy Charlie Miller SB should sound translucent 'n transparent 'n transcendent on me good ol' workingman's Dynaco MKIII valve monoblocks.

Bring on 2017!

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:) :) ;)

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:) :)

also Herzog Fitzcarroldo (river movie)

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with posting, hope I get it "write"

Like DaP 20, though heart is with late 60s through 72

First was Baltimore 73, last Lewiston 80

survived Watkins Glen, made it to Dear Jerry last year

Herzog Aguirre, great call

how about Prine's Paradise for a river song?

too political?

DC area native, eagle scout usher for Congressional Medal of Honor seating next to the presidential podium for inauguration January 1969, tricky dick. Sixteen, my scout troop was cool, outdoor stuff and survival skills... smoke signals already. Hair longer than Beatles, listening to the Dead, Airplane, (Jack and Jorma grew up nearby, friends of friends), Doors, Blue Cheer, MC5, heard Jeff Beck open for Janis at a roller rink, Hendrix before I could drive at the Hilton where Ronnie was later shot... Showed up in my uniformed regalia to usher inauguration day, they said hair was too long... but I stayed in play, they needed bodies. Remember Viet Nam time, Kent State, the draft etc... hard to be apolitical. First anti war demonstration downtown DC showed me the power of media, had a camera, allowed to go behind police lines, no bus ride to RFK stadium mass incarceration for me. Peace and Love to all Deadheads...

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See ya

on the other side ...
g'bye.

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See y'all on the other side....

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