Dave's Picks 2014 - Subscription No Longer Available - Volume 9 Coming Soon
It’s that time of year, when the Dave’s Picks subscriptions for 2014 go on sale. In 2012, the series was limited to 12,000 units of each release. Last year, we increased that to 13,000. And for 2014, you guessed it, each Dave’s Pick will be limited to 14,000 units. And just as all releases in 2012 and 2013 sold out, quickly, we expect the same in 2014, particularly with the quality of music we have planned for release. The only way to ensure you’ll receive all four releases in 2014 is to subscribe.
For those of you who can't stand the suspense, news has come in about Dave's Picks Vol. 9, the first of our four releases for next year. We're very pleased to revisit the Wall Of Sound era, with a complete show that took place on 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. (You can find more details about this show in the 2013 Almanac.)
Although we haven’t mapped things out too far beyond Dave’s Picks Vol. 9, further digging through a batch of tapes returned to us in 2012 revealed more than we expected, so you in turn can plan on something excellent from the 1969-1971 era, likely something you’ve never heard. We spend months working on each and every release to make sure it’ll be something that you’ll happily hear again and again, and we’ve already got some great ideas in mind for the four releases in 2014.
Show specifics aside, no matter how you slice it, Dave’s Picks subscribers get the very best deal – four spectacular limited-edition numbered releases, free domestic shipping, and a stellar bonus disc that will arrive with Volume 10, in May 2014. The last two bonus discs have proven immensely popular, so naturally we’ll have another cool, interesting, exciting and rare treat for you in 2014.
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If I hear Dead.net tell me one more time that it will be another 24-72 hours before they ship DP 8 I could....!!
#9 is already spoken for, and i love the choice
a full show from the wall of sound in all its glory
#10 will likely be from the 69/70 stash + bonus
100% on board with whatever shows they may be
#11 i will leave open for the 80's folks (you're welcome!), but i do hope its early 80's
#12 is my wish-for show
P.N.E. Coliseum - Vancouver, Canada
look at that setlist!
...to consider how many live performances exist of the Grateful Dead! And so many of them excellent. It really is a mind-boggler. How could that much time even exist in reality... for one band to have so many great live shows? It doesn't seem humanly possible! I guess it all comes down to this: God Bless Them!
Deadheadbrewer, love your post.
"The Saint Paul show from 5/11/77 is beautiful, in a precise, delicate, Faberge-egg kind of way. Jerry plays some phrases in that show that I've never heard him play elsewhere."
-- Couldn't agree more, and your description is perfect - even though I had this on tape for years, when I heard it in full sonic glory on the May 77 box I finally "got" this show, to my surprise it is my favorite of the box.
"DaP7 really rocked my world."
-- Maybe someday I'll "get" this show too - so far it hasn't done much for me.
"I'm through the first set of DaP8, and the songs all seem a bit sluggish (except "Deal"); the songs each reach a great climax, but boy--does it take a while to get there."
-- Maybe someday you'll "get" this show too - it actually kind of reminds of of 5/11/77, some might say "sluggish" others might say "delicate, Faberge-egg like" :)
as i read everyone's posts it strikes me how many great shows i still have not heard and how much i enjoy hearing a completely new and fresh version of an old favorite. i'm so happy to look forward to expanding my collection and enjoying the realization that a show i thought i might not like, in fact is excellent !!! thanks and keep 'em coming.
I hope it is not due to reports of order issues and the suggestions for resolving those issues.
@deadheadbrewer Yes, the 2003 and 2004 shows along with other Other Ones shows are good. I have a few Munck mixes from both tours as well as audience, including some with Dylan. I especially enjoyed the 2003 shows with Chimenti and Barraco on keys, really nice compliments to each other's playing. The Deer Creek show had a wonderful WRS>Let it Grow>Eleven>All That We Are>Drums>Lady With a Fan (sorry)>Morning Dew>Terrapin (sorry, again)second set. Joan's vocals on Morning Dew literally brought tears to my eyes. First set had a well played "Unbroken Chain" and a rollicking "Baba Jingo". The 2003 Valentine's show was especially hot, as were the 2002 Alpine shows. I've had too many friends turn their noses to post-Jerry Dead stuff, but it is definitely worth a listen.
Give some money to Archive.org and the Rex Foundation!
Broke out the two-disc Other Ones set the other day--I didn't remember it being this good.
Broke out the three-disc Somerset, Wisconsin show from The Dead in 2003 the other day--I didn't remember it being this good. (although I do remember Dylan SMILING/BEAMING through his short mid-Dead set, which isn't included on the discs).
The Saint Paul show from 5/11/77 is beautiful, in a precise, delicate, Faberge-egg kind of way. Jerry plays some phrases in that show that I've never heard him play elsewhere.
DaP7 really rocked my world.
I'm through the first set of DaP8, and the songs all seem a bit sluggish (except "Deal"); the songs each reach a great climax, but boy--does it take a while to get there.
I would prefer that the majority of releases be from 1967-1978, even though my 23 shows were from 1991-1993.
I don't mind compilations.
Don't purchase extra sets to sell on E-Bay.
Walmart is the devil.
P.Fox usually speaks the truth, but sometimes in a mildly antagonistic manner.
I don't really care for the song "Terrapin Station". When listing "songs I don't care for", it may not really be fair to name anything they didn't play before 1979.
I'm all-in on 9/19-20-70!
What about Gainesville?!
Can anyone hear the difference between 16- and 24-bit files?
Go listen to some Beethoven . . .
This is a glorious time to be a Deadhead!
I was fortunate to be there for these shows, lots of fun.
If they have this in the vault, it would be great to see this released. A very unique set! A great, grey day at Lindley Meadows. The Starship was in fine form that day too. I have some cool photos from the show... Bobby and Phil pointing to where a doctor was needed for a woman who gave birth during the show!
New Speedway on this show is so slow, muddy, and slinky. I can't get enough. One of my first cassette bootlegs, many moons ago.
I'm definitely with you on 9-20-70; best acoustic set I've heard...
Email Dr. Rhino at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should get better results with him than with dead.net customer service.
that is a major bite on the ol' good nerve.
I would be pissed, especially if I had PAID for it.
PTB, help out these folks. they are missing out on a good release.
9/20/70 (cleaned up of course), bonus disk 9/19/70?
1st night Cape Cod October 79 (or maybe 12/1/79?)
Dead.net sent my DP #8 to the wrong address, even though I notified them twice of the change. Now it's just gone. I paid for this over a year ago and am being told it's sold out, and pretty much too bad. Now I have to decide whether or not to pay for 2014!?! I just want me discs!!!!!!
Ok so lets face it, we are a picky and opinionated bunch that much we know. And we all have our favorite shows we would love to see remastered and released.
In my opinion, the Volume 3 Legion of Mary is hands down the best release by the Garcias so far. Fiero is a little loud in the mix , but my goodness Jerry is in fine form. His singing and playing are both off the hook.
The Daves Vol 8 is incredible as well as the Vol 5 from UCLA 73. The one from 78 I dont really see it , but hey its still a great show.
The way I see it , if the band still cares enough to still put out stuff for us , Im buying it.
I can understand the few complaints about the new acoustic coming out , but its as much of a rareities/collectors thing too. How often can we say I just heard new GD music? Not often...
Here are a few that I think Dave should consider
1. 6-15-85 Greek
2. 5-22-82 Greek
3. 12-31-81 Oakland
4. 5-19-74 Portland OR
5. 4-27-85 Frost
6. 10-25-79 New haven
Thanks for letting me share :)
I have read these forums a lot and do not often weigh in. I have really enjoyed my 2013 subscription to Dave's picks. For my taste it was better than the 2012 set. 2013 overall was an awesome year for dead releases. My thoughts on these releases.
DP 8 11/30/80: I am loving this show! I have always enjoyed early 80s shows and this is a really prime one. Whole show rocks, favorite track is the Scarlet>Fire. Brent is on. More like this please!!!
DP 7 4/24/78: This would not have been my choice, but this show has grown on me. Whole first set rocks. Scarlet>Fire is worth the price. Awesome transition on that one.
DP 6 2/2/70&12/20/69: Was there anyone that didn't enjoy this one? Favorites: 2/2/70-Dark Star, 12/20/69-The Eleven, 12/21/69-Smokestack
DP 5 11/17/73: I listened to this one a lot and can see why it is considered an all time great. Favorite: Morning Dew.
What kind of shows would I like to see for 2014???
- The late 69 show that Dave keeps mentioning sounds great. Bring it!
- 6/22/1991 - I'm ready for another Bruce show. June of 91 deserves a cd release. Dave has mentioned this one.
- 83 or 84 - Another early 80s release would suit me. I like spring/summer 84: Merriweather, Blossom, Greek, Providence.
- I'd love an 81 show too. 8/28/81 in Long Beach, one of my personal favorite Shakedowns.
- I am excited for the Missoula 74 release. Haven't heard it before and going to wait for DP 9.
- I enjoyed the May 77 box more than I expected (St. Louis 2nd set was a favorite), but I can say for sure that I don't need any more 1977 in my collection for now, thanks.
I'm definitely grateful for these releases. They often breathe good times into otherwise mundane activities.
I say here here to you both! Great picks all around. You listenin' Dave? Lindley Meadows? Dave, you there?
vguy, nice list... Now, I don't think anyone can disprove that September is the greatest month (maybe some variation of the ontological proof ha ha). But here is my case "against" September:
March/April 1985 (or June!)
October-November 1972 (I think those Nov 72 shows are way deeper and weirder than September - my favorite Dark Star is from the Nov. KC show, sadly only an AUD exists right now).
Fall 72 Box Hell Yeah!!!!
AK 1980 Box Hell yeah!
Lindley Meadows 1975 should be a general release, in matrix and on vinyl
1984 New Years show as part of Dave's series, yes!
San Diego Sports Arena 11/14/73
Cal Expo '89 run
The West High Auditorium Alaska run 1980
Park West Ski Resort 9/4/83
Fillmore East 9/17/70
Folsom Field, U of CO 9/3/72
Santa Fe Downs 9/10-11/83.....best Let It Grow?!
Noticed I selected a lot of September shows. Best month of all? They always seemed to be on fire in Autumn. Prove me wrong.
Could that be part of a future release, when Dave's 8 appeared for sale, so did the Halloween tee. And the skull and roses tee the same time Dave's 9 was announced. Reminds me of the simple graphic from 74' Steal Your Face live compilation. And now to the 84' show which has a monster Shakedown, which I also believe a few days ago was the 35th anniversary of Shakedown Street release. I read a comment that also stated Dave has been into 83' and 84' lately and this could lead to a future release.
On another note I was listening to 8-22-87 today and the Eyes > Drums > Space was very nice and also 6-2-95 set 2 Drums > Space with Gyoto Monks Chant. I also heard 11-14-72 second set jam. Some great stuff. I can definelty imagine a Fall 72' box coming soon. October 17-19 would be great or Sept. 23-24, or November 72' shows
Pinwizard, I acrtually really like the way the Wikipedia GD discography is layed out, and naturally it is up to date since it's wikipedia. It's easy to see which ones are compiliations pretty much, and you can click on the links to each release to see more info, reviews, etc, for that release (and can thus determine easily if it is complete or not).
Though, as an aside, it's a shame to rule out releases like DP2, DP3, DP7, DP12, DP18, Ladies and Gentlemen, which are all indispensable, yet are either incomplete or are compiliations. Just sayin' :)
Would you like to see released for the DP 2014 Subscription?
The only site that I'm aware of is "deaddisc.com", the complete Grateful Dead discography however it lists ALL releases, studio, live, complete & partial. I go to it at least once a day it even has a section titled "future releases". It's always up to date & very informative. I hope this helps you out. HAPPY SATURDAY, DEADLAND!!!!
I am mainly a fan of complete show releases and it's time consuming trying to locate all the complete shows that have been released between Road Trips, DP, DaP, etc. Is there a site or link that lists all the complete shows that have been released?
Could you please block our new spammer (Ingridgun)? Thanks!
Wow. Despite being able to only nail down my favorite Dead to a Decade ('68 - '78),
I have to say this '80 release has floored me. If it isn't the best performance on a Dave's so far (and it just could be... but how can you prove it!) it most certainly is the best sounding.
Someone else commented that they can hear talking in the audience during the ballads because of the Matrix, but I think this could actually be the band and/or crew. And I think it just adds to the realism, really. God, the drums; Jerry in my living room!
And there are moments when you really feel the surge of energy driving the band and crowd into a frenzy (see: 'Loser').
On another, related topic: I am getting pretty tired of getting scratched and marked CDs.
Almost every single Pick I've received (and many other releases- Spring '90; May '77 etc.)
has a disc with obvious damage. I am fussy about keeping my discs in perfect nick, but this is my right and receiving them this way new is very annoying for me.
I never used to complain, because I would always be sent replacements without question, but
"Dr. Rhino" is now asking me to send photos, and while this may sound like an easy task, it isn't- for me. And now I have received the latest discs, one with, you guessed it, a nasty scratch. This is definitely a big enough mark to hinder the laser's ability to read properly, but I still owe D.R. a photo for discs from Dave's Picks 7!
This is especially embarrassing and tedious. Especially having bought nearly every Dead release ever.
Thanks for reading my rant.
Wow Ingridgun you just joined us and with your very first post you start hawking dvds?!?!
Take a hike!
David Lemieux can only remember four times in his near 15-year tenure as the Grateful Dead archivist that "lost" tapes have shown up. The first time was in 2005, when singer Donna Godchaux, who left the band in 1979, returned a sizable box of reels that had belonged to her late husband, Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux. Similar batches came from two different crewmembers years later.
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Most recently, last summer, Lemieux received a called from Caroline Garcia, better known as Mountain Girl, Jerry Garcia's former wife and the mother of two of his daughters. Mountain Girl mentioned that she'd found a small box of reels among Garcia's belongings, and she read off the labels. Lemieux, who knows the Dead's collection better than anyone, instantly recognized that they had struck audio gold.
Of the 2,300 shows the Grateful Dead played over their 30 years, the archive has somewhere in the 1,700 range, and Lemieux can quickly ascertain if something is a legitimate show that they don't have. He had Mountain Girl send the reels to sound engineer Jeffrey Norman, who eventually gave him the good news: these were indeed recordings they didn't know existed, and better yet, they were from very important eras.
This Black Friday, fans will get their first listen to the Grateful Dead's April 18, 1970 show at the Family Dog in San Francisco. Despite the fact that the reel sat for 43 years in less than optimal storage conditions, Lemieux says the sound quality is great — it's an Owsley Stanley soundboard recording. Even more important, the performance quality is outstanding.
"It's a show of incredible historical significance," Lemieux told Rolling Stone, "because it's the Grateful Dead, but they weren't billed as the Dead." The show was promoted as Mickey Hart and the Heartbeats and Bobby Ace and the Cards from the Bottom of the Deck, giving the Dead an extraordinary amount of freedom to do whatever they wanted.
"So they didn't perform a full three- or four-hour electric psychedelic Grateful Dead concert," Lemieux said. "They played an acoustic set, and it was a long one."
The 80-minute show ends with Ron "Pigpen" McKernan playing six songs solo acoustic, sitting on a stool and building his legacy as not only an incredible bluesman, but also an especially adept guitar player. April of 1970 was what Lemieux – who hates the terms "crossroads" and "reinventing" – describes as a "transitional" time for the Dead. A month before this particular show the band had been in the studio recording Workingman's Dead, and a little later in the spring and early summer they went back to record American Beauty. Widely considered the Dead's two classic acoustic albums, those records were a departure from their Sixties sound. "[This is] massively transitional Dead," he emphasized.
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Lemieux said that they've got a host of new stuff planned for the 50th year Grateful Dead anniversary in 2015, and for the 2014 releases due out this spring. He said there was a show from 1971 in Mountain Girl's box that's "really hot" and has no known set list and hinted that he's been immersed in 1983 and 1984 Dead.
"People are going to be pretty shocked by what's to come," he promised. A self-described "vinyl-head," Lemieux considers the Family Dog show the perfect Record Store Day Release. According to Norman, who still does all the Grateful Dead mastering, the vinyl versions of the shows are "like listening to them in color for the first time," and the plan is to get all of the Dick's Picks series out on vinyl as well.
As an archivist, though, this show is particularly exciting for Lemieux, because it means that come Black Friday fans will be able to hear something no one knew existed six months ago.
"It's very rare, it's unique, and collectors are going to flip out on it," he said.
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Just received Dave's Picks Vol. 8 (#8929) in Greece.
I think that LoM was an good idea that never quite became great. Not sure why. For a start Martin Fierro's sax tone and style do not seem to fit in very well(I much prefer it when he plays flute). Maybe too much of mixed bag..trying to mix up jazz, soul, country,rock and roll and sometimes not quite nailing any of them. But I am glad to have these recordings and as others have also mentioned,the third disk in this set has some brilliant passages. Give it another try Anna! The previous LoM release also had some great bits...Last Train from Poor Valley is one of my favourite Garcia performances ever.
To Anna rRxia: (funny name!) I totally respect your right to like/dislike anything, but I would urge you to give the Legion of Mary release another chance. In my opinion, it is (by far) the finest of the three GarciaLive releases. The key to enjoying it is to realize what makes this release unique; and that is the "jazzy" approach taken in tracks such as: "Freedom Jazz Dance," "You Can Leave Your Hat On" and "Valdez In The Country." I know of no other Garcia release that exhibits such exquisite, bona-fide JAZZ; and that is a special thing. Also, Jerry plays some wicked blues on "Neighbor Neighbor." And, in my favorite track, "Wondering Why," the nearly 30 minute jazz reaches heavenly levels of mysterious & dreamy subtlety. Remember that this music occurred in 1974, a year when Jerry was peaking in terms of guitar mastery. Sure, I can live without two versions of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down...but Boogie On Reggae Woman really grows on you...and Jerry really rocks the funk in Roadrunner.
That's good to know - I'll have to try to order it like that (nearest record store is over an hour away). I would hate to miss this on vinyl, but I thought you had to be in the store to get these. Totally cool.
Hey, you can sound like you're advertising for local record stores all you want, nothing wrong with that!
I have to say that I am not impresed. The Pure Jerry series seemed to cherry-pick and do a much better job on production values. I was especially disappointed with the Legion of Mary release.
I have to wonder, is there really not that much quality Jerry around to release? I keep feeling that there has to be and would like to know why some deadhead with a magic ear isn't advising the forces that be what should be released.
Hey just want to say very happy with every Dave's picks, I've gotten all 8 thus far and was thinking of taking next year off till they decided to release the fact that they will be diving back into that 69-71 pile again. I realy enjoy the random shipment of 4 shows a year, and never complain about a pick because if you're a head you should enjoy everything not just Brent or pig or Keith or Vince or Hornsby. Have your favorits but you don't have to be negetive about the years or shows that are picked, just don't buy them and just don't waste yours and other peoples time complaint about them. Jerry is shaking his head at all of you. Keep the picks coming, let the music never stop.
Nice. Nice price too. Sign me up (double post?).
Amazon has new Jerry: "The Long Island Sound" (1989) for pre-order...release date 12-10. $35.32! No track listing there as yet.
Walmart has PREORDER for new Jerry set; they don't actually have it available.
BTW, I hope the track listing is inaccurate because the sets are all jumbled.
P.S. Walmart is the devil!
Following-up on jpreston's post below:
Yes I ordered it from spin cd's a record / cd store based in Newcastle in England. It was pricey at £40, but I've got the last 3 rsd dead releases through them, including the 1971 show that I don't think has been released on cd. I guess it will only be sent out on the day.
Spin have a regular email newsletter which lists all new stuff, including selling the dead box sets and subscriptions. It's cheaper to buy from here, but when this site is sold out, spin may still have items in stock.
I don't actually work for spin, though it may appear so after this post...
Wal-Mart has the new jerry cd set two jerry shows two bob weir shows has set list and cover art.
Yeti - you ordered the vinyl Family Dog record? I thought that was only going to be available on RSD from local record stores?
Yes, still waiting in dear old blighty for number 8. Also for the family dog record.
And indeed a record player to play said record on....
Yes, still waiting in dear old blighty for number 8. Also for the family dog record.
And indeed a record player to play said record on....
Im still waiting on my Dave's PIcks 8...is anyone else still waiting?
@ matchewy, regarding his request to Dave: "...please don't pick shows based on year alone. Just pick solid shows that stand on their own merit..." I realize & respect the wisdom of said quote.
Oh, and funny coincidence, my signature line on this site used to be, "smell the tail of the dragon...". Your username caused me to recall that.