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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I am one. If the PTB saw fit to divide the series, I would happily subscribe to both. I think a similar proposal has been made before, and I don't think it's a bad idea. Either way, I am good, I will throw my scratch at the dead.net store for the releases chosen.
I am really okay with the one series, and I love the picks. It has been really 70's-centric, but I understand there is more useable material from the 70's. When you get to the 80's, with the exception of Fall '89 and Spring '90, it's hit or miss which limits the probability of an 80's release from what IS available even more. In this light, I don't feel the 80's-90's have been all that neglected, although a few more of the best early and mid 80's shows would be great. From releases not in the DP's or DaP's series, we have had some solid late era Dead, and even some nice releases from the last 15 years in the two archive series.
I am not complaining a bit, but I do see the validity in requesting some of the runs from the last 15 years seen in this forum. Most of these runs have a pretty good consensus among Heads to be in high regard.
I like the surprise of the next pick announcement. Keep 'em coming Dave, and please don't pick shows based on year alone. Just pick solid shows that stand on their own merit. So far, I think that is what's been done as evidenced by the quality of shows. Any of the shows released in DaP's are really nice representations of the era they come from. I've subscribed every year, including the RT's, and I have been happy. Like I've said before, if I'm not over the top about a release, it still makes a nice rainy day listen.
I'm with Ken Goodman on this. Dave's 9 selections have been great. I'm not an 80's guy, so I personally hope the releases stay sporadic.
Obviously none of us know the complete economic picture of what it entails to master, market and release a Dave Pick, but perhaps there's an appetite for both a 60/70's Subscription and a 80/90's Subscription? Particularly if WBR doesn't need to rely on sales to non-subscribers.
Food for thought.
Yeah, I have only ever had audience of these shows.
@Ken Goodman: I too love the '69-'74 releases; you really can't go wrong in those years. But, the mentioned late 80's runs are exceptional in their respective eras, and '87 is way underrepresented in releases. (View From the Vault IV is the only one, I believe.). Furthermore, the recent discussion was more in the context of matrix mixing, and the late 80's-early 90's are really the prime beneficiaries of matrix mixing. Although, the entire Wall of Sound tour mixed in matrix would be an outstanding box set, for sure.
I am totally with you on '69-'74, but the 80's and 90's could really be brought to life through matrix. This is on all of our minds right now with the potential we've seen in DaP 8.
I am stoked for DaP 9. I can't wait to get my grubby mitts on that jewel!
There has to be a reason why there aren't really any Master SBD Cassette's of this run on archive's only second gen Sbd's.
I hear these show's were not recorded?
With all these requests for late 1980's G.D. releases, I simply wish to express my heartfelt appreciation for any & all releases between 1969 & 1974. Thank you!
Re: '87 box, you have my vote! It would be great if it included the June Alpine shows!
1987 spring tour sbd/matrix recording's box set.
West La and He's Gone from Hartford '87 released for 30day's of dead sound really good. ;-)
ROCKSMITH IS COOL I GUESS BUT NOT SURE OF THEIR DEAD SELECTION BUT DUDE JUST PLAY,. LEARN CHORDS IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW SOME THEN PUT A SHOW ON AND PLAY ALONG...I KNOW HOW TO PLAY MANY DEAD SONGS IF I CAN BE OF ANY HELP JUST HOLLA.
Fan of the Rocksmith series myself. A GD song(s) would be great addition.
I have three guitars, two electric, one acoustic, collecting dust in a spare room. Just ordered Rocksmith for the Xbox to maybe get the gumption to do something with them. Enough air-guitaring in my living room already. And I do that a lot. (Embarrassed shrug). A Dead download would be a gift from God. We posters should start a petition for it. BTW, I'm all for a Fall '79 set, or a Cal Expo '89 set (I've mentioned that before). The Fox is still in steady rotation. Love the Loser and Big River. Disc three would be on my Desert Island Disc list should my Ship of Fools ever sink. Love listening to all you guys.
Ok I'm in!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the links there The Weve..... I hope it does help someone... unfortunately, I have 90% of what is out there as far as these lists. I've been grabbing the Dick's Picks since they came out on iTunes, and can only hope the Road Trips and Daves Picks is released in that format someday soon. I just want the jams.
I can't imagine them putting these away forever. If it was me I'd release as much as possible to keep the demand up.
Also, while we are on the subject, I know releases for specific decades is hotly contested.
I have a solution. Why not have a new series, called "Dead Decades" or "Dead-cades".... and release a show from each decade and possibly start with early decade and build on the transformation of the band over time in that decade.
I mean, you'd have the 60's, which changed, the 70's which is very dramatic changes in each year almost, the 80's, and 90's. My goodness, you'd have happy campers everywhere and a lot of great eras and music to build on.
I love it all frankly, and am damn glad that Dave keeps releasing them. I enjoy each era for different reasons. We are blessed to have them keep coming if you ask me.
I would love to see a Fall 1979 Box Set! The September MSG Run would be a great place to start but would buy whatever is being offered.
They were not on sale for very long. They were not well received by many because they were off pitch (as was the case with other releases from 1979 and 1980). Some heads with the equipment did the pitch correction on the downloads and circulated them (as they also did for the other off pitch Road Trips). They would only pass them on to folks who provided proof of purchase of the originals (very responsible), but you can find copies easy enough in torrent land.
Did anybody get these. ?? Released in 2007 end of year , I believe
When road trips Fall 79' was released they also had 2 shows available as downloads. 11-5-79 and 11-6-79. I think both from The Spectrum. Does anybody know how to get those? Are they still available? Being a download you would think so?? On Sirius I do believe they are playing 11-6-79 tonight. I have also heard 8-13-79 with a nice Shakedown on SiriusXm as well as 12-10-79. Another show from 79' I have heard was nice is 11-24-79 with a rare china > rider opener same as the 11-5 Spectrum show
new to the Dead forum/comment thing...... i have to say i REALLY love the latest dave's pick 8.... i've always been a Brent hater (sorry to all 4.6 x 10 to the 23)....... i'm a Pigpen / K & D deadhead but i've been most pleasantly blown away by the energy & taste of this show. me & a pal saw the Dead in hot'lanta in april of '80.... sure wish we coulda followed thru w/this one (classes, obligation = consensus reality). my 2 cents ya'll, worth every cent.
The BIG & I do mean BIG question is does 12/1/79 exist in the vault? Dave already answered my question regarding both Cape Cod shows, in the live chat he held in 2013 & quoted "sadly both of those shows aren't in the vault". I asked him about 12/1/79 & 3/29/90 he couldn't really give a definitive answer regarding 12/1 other than to say he'd like to get it released someday however he did say that 3/29/90 could be released as a Spring 1990 part II. I agree with DL that every show from the Spring '90 tour deserves release. And why not a 5 show box set featuring Fall 1979? After Fall '72, Fall '79 is my 2nd favorite era of the Dead. Every night was played consistently & every show had that special feel to it. Plus I love the sound of the Tiger & Brent's Hammond. Again just musing on 2 shows that I feel should be released someday, 2014, perhaps. As always STAY DEAD!!!!
We already have Cassette Master SBD'S of both these show's. I don't think a release would be much of an upgrade.
I've been advocating for this show forever too. There was so much good music played on the Fall of '79 tour and yet still people seem surprised when they start listening. The band was playing extra tight trying to acclimate the new guy, and it shows. Even better would be Fall of '79 box w/ Pittsburg, Cape Cod, one of the Chicago shows, not a clunker on the tour as far as I'm concerned. To this day I think Road Trips 1.1 is one of the best releases around, and notice they omitted Pitts/Cape Cod purposely in the hopes of releasing them as full shows one day (at least in my mind they did). The irony of Brent's tenure is that his best tours were his first and last (Fall '79/Spring '90).
there is spec. that Hartford show is included w/ Weir/Wasserman which makes sense given the title and no. of discs-6. I am stoked-I saw the Hartford show.
So now I've gone and done it. I have subscribed again. Although I'm not too excited about the 1974 release, DaP Vol.9, the subscription is just too good a companion through the year. I love the joy of frequent surprises. (It's what makes me check the dead.net site almost daily)
I have also ordered the Family Dog CD release. I hope the option "Group my items into as few shipments as possible" doesn't mean that the Family Dog release will be shipped with next year's first DaP in February. Over here, in the south of Germany, we have to be patient anyway because the average time for delivery is about 21 days after release date (so I'm still waiting for DaP 8; however, dead.net cannot be blamed for that, it's custom checks). But more than three months, that would freak me out.
Last year I subscribed with the vague feeling of already owning too much Grateful Dead music anyway. I ended up buying all of 2013's Dead and Garcia releases (and the Warlocks box). To me, this proves the quality and variety of Dead-related releases. It proves the brilliance, longevitiy, vitality of the Dead's music. Maybe it just proves that my feelings were terribly wrong last year.
Thanks bro, as I'm aware of 10-28-79 I don't give it the attention it probably deserves I will give the whole show an honest listen today not just the 2nd set. Another show I'd like to turn you onto is 11/20/78 I know the sound quality is less than sparkling but it deserves a good listen. Another set of shows that I found out about it on this forum are 10/29/73 & 10/30/73 St. Louis, the Eyes from 10/29 is sublime. However both shows deserve a good listen. Again thanks for opening my eyes to a show that I don't pay much attention to because the show that precedes it is more well known. Well until I post again STAY DEAD & HAPPY SATURDAY, DEADLAND!!!!!
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I appreciate you being adamant on your 12-1-79 show...It got me thinking about the
10-28-79 show in Cape Cod...yes the SECOND show not the first one on the 27th that some
seem to talk more about. Mesmerizing comes to mind!!! Incredible jams and the sound quality was
perfectly mixed. Was lucky to stumble upon it at a hole in the wall record store. I never was a fan of
79 (never gave it a chance) until I heard this show. BTW thanks for your kindness in starting people
like me in tape trading....now Dave how about 7-13-84 full moon at the Greek and they break out
Dark Star...Love Phil saying right before DS..Hang around we have a special treat for you.
I missed a bunch of these releases. Anyone know if they will ever be on iTunes? I can't see how they can let these releases go back into the vault and not share with more folks. Come on, release them on iTunes, and the Roadtrips, I missed most of them too. I didn't know they existed since I stay away from the magic electronic voodoo computer box. But now realize I've been a fool and missed out. I did buy the Daves subscription. But I want more!
I've been on a crusade to get that one released. I asked about this & 3/29/90 at the live chat Dave did in early October. When I started trading tapes in 1983, 12/1/79 (SBD) complete show, 6/10/73 (SBD) set I, 12/31/78 (SBD) complete show 9/21/74 (AUD) complete show were the very first tapes I received. I sent 8 blanks to a guy who lived here in Philly and promised him that I would do the same in kind. I've started many people with their tape collection with the promise that they would get some one else started with their collection. I advertised in Relix magazine for 3-4 years straight. So I have a strong connection with this show. A mellow first set & the 2nd set contains a very laid back China>Rider along with what I feel is the best LLR ever done & the He's Gone>C.C. Rider is nothing short of spectacular, the NFA out of Drumz just feels right as does the soulful reading of Black Peter and the set closing Sugar Mag sure sounds sweeter than sugar itself. Even the One More Saturday Night sort of makes you wish their would be another one for the road. So, yes this show holds a special meaning to me. I hope I didn't bore anyone with my musings but it is nice to know that I'm not the only one who feels the same way as I do about this show. So Dave WE implore you RELEASE 12/1/79 in 2014!!! I'd be happy with a SBD/AUD Matrix. Just get it out there. HAPPY FRIDAY, DEADLAND!!!!!
Is anyone else curious and somewhat excited about this pending (yet to be officially announced) release called "Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound" by JGB? It's hard to believe that it's going to be 2 complete shows and 6 discs with Amazon currently having a preorder price of only $35.32. That sure sounds like one helluva deal to me. Anyways, I'm not trying to change the subject........I guess I'm already just getting excited for the next release. Hopefully we can get it before the holidays.
Go back and look at Rhino discs from pre-2006 or 2007; the quality difference is drastic. The old discs were much thicker and heavier, and one would not pull a new disc from the case and find flaws such as scuffs and glue. A few years ago, Rhino switched, and the quality went down. But, this is the case with everything. I have a Patagonia fleece I bought in 1994, and it looks like new. Try that with any new China made piece of outdoor apparel. We've shifted from a goal of a quality product that a company can make a reasonable profit from, to one where the bottom line and profit are the determiners. Of course with physical format media, it's probably a matter of survival at this point. The lower quality may be the only thing allowing us to keep having access to physical format music at this price.
Recall the material quality of 78's during the depression through WWII.
I havent had any problems yet. I havent received DaP8 yet though...knock on wood.
So I just received Daves Picks 8 and already have my subscription for 2014 ordered. But again last night, as I played CD1 for the first time, total skippage and stuckness during Big River and I had to move ahead. This has happened on at least 1 disk for 3 of the 4 Dave's Picks 2013 releases I've received (no skip on UCLA '73 disks). This seems to be happening much more frequently than in the past. For example, not one of my Dicks Picks CDs (all of them) has any imperfections. Now they are coming consistently. Is this just me having bad luck or are others finding the quality of the CDs is going downhill?
I have that 12/1/79 cassette as well. Remember it pretty well as being a really good show. Need to find that one and dust it off. Agreed!
Found some of my old cassette tapes this morning which were hiding behind some storage-pulled em and put them in my old Rover which has tape player-I listened to 12/1/79 Stanley Theatre in my travels-what a great show! Has my vote for a release-worthy show. I'm going to continue dwelving into these-haven't heard them in years. Lost Treasure. I thought I saw a Cape Cod in there also.
thanks-ya gotta laugh
Frost Amphitheater 4-27 and 28 1985 in particular. The Matrix efforts by Charlie Miller and Dan Hough have been wonderful and include Bill Graham exultation.
For example, https://archive.org/details/gd1985-04-27.mtx.haugh.78504.flac16
Dave, you rock and love the vids!!! watching the backdrop ~ foggy day. I love all the releases and choose skip the BS :)
My only gripe is being charged duty as I reside in London from the time being? Sucks really as I'm broke :(
Anyways what percks me up is another release what ever it is as the Grateful Dead are something else beyond space time.
I remember the days where a we all saw it.
"I wonder if (or when) Dave's Picks will have a release like Dick's Picks 12- two big second set jams from consecutive shows."
--- DP12 comes up a LOT, and rightly so. I and others have repeatedly said we would not mind an occasional "compilation" - some of the most revered picks (DP12, 18) are comps. Especially if it would help get more releases from 83-88. Sadly, Dave indicated in one of the recent videos that the Dave's Picks are always to be full shows. (I like the full show releases, I just don't see that it has to be that way all the time)
"Will every Dave's Picks be 3 discs? How about a six disc release with two complete shows- like 6/14 and 6/15/76." --- I'm all over anything from those June 76 runs.
"February of 74 should appear sometime." --- DP24? (EDIT: Doh, sorry, that was March. Yes, Winterland 74 from Feb would rock)
"3/19/77 needs to be released." --- Yes! I expect, someday, a box set of that entire March 77 Winterland run (not for a long while in the wake of the May 77 box).
"9/28/75 Bonus disc-" --- This show is so special it deserves stand-alone, two disc release for general public. And both the AUD and the SB of this are so amazing that a Matrix release would be so good I'd never listen to anthing else again, ha ha. I know it is far from the "best" show the Dead played, but I probably listen to this more than any other show.
"Although if 7/29/74 and 12/21/69 didn't accomplish this, well, anyways I'm rambling. I had a tooth pulled and I overtook vicodin. 5/14/74 sweet call."
--- Watch out for the Vicodin / Oxycodone, etc... The most addictive drug I've ever encountered (more than acid, grass, crank, coke). I had a tooth pulled some years ago, after the pain was gone I found myself thinking, "I can just go home and take one after work, nobody needs to know... But somehow after a few days my wife did know, and she threw them out. Smart woman.... I can't believe they hand that stuff out like candy. Then again, nice ramblings :)
12/21/69 totally did reel me in on last year's subscription! (AND was about worth the price alone.)
It'd be a nice treat to get an 88 pick next year. Listened to the pre-drums portion of 7/2/88 tonight, hot stuff. I wonder if (or when) Dave's Picks will have a release like Dick's Picks 12- two big second set jams from consecutive shows. Will every Dave's Picks be 3 discs? How about a six disc release with two complete shows- like 6/14 and 6/15/76. February of 74 should appear sometime. 3/19/77 needs to be released. I wonder if there's a bonus disc that would stir so much interest that all the subscriptions sell out. Like the second set to 5/8/77 as a bonus disc. Of course this isn't in the Vault, it's just an example. 9/28/75 Bonus disc- Although if 7/29/74 and 12/21/69 didn't accomplish this, well, anyways I'm rambling. I had a tooth pulled and I overtook vicodin. 5/14/74 sweet call.
Yea!!!! Just placed my order, along with Oddities.
There is an unofficial 6 CD set called 'The Acid Test Reels' . Full of very weird stuff. If you google 'Merry Pranksters Acid Test Reels' you will soon find it. It is also discussed on Archive here
I don't recall exactly what I heard but I know there's other recordings, Fat Boy Slim tossed some into a jam called "Neal Cassady Starts Here" that has all this cool stuff about the Native Americans put down their weapons to hang out at the hot springs at Yosemite in the same astral voice of the universe. I recall the music on what I heard as being a bit heavier, closer to the "Lovelight" we know but a slightly different beat (in a room full of strobes and far out craziness, doing uh, whatever...heh heh heh...). The youtube link (thanks for that!) doesn't quite have as much music as I recall but maybe the Dead have some different tapes from Bear or whatever they could "matrix" in too. It seems like they'd gotten on board with the notion of preserving their shows (thankfully...) so why not preserve the Tests.
If there's more stuff out there, maybe the market's not huge but that stuff really is plugged into a different socket than pretty much anything else you'll hear like anywhere. I wouldn't listen to it in the same way as "music" but I love to toss far-out stuff into stuff like playlists for running. 15 miles into a 20 mile run, you're probably seeing some bats anyway and it can be cathartic to listen to Neal, he sounds so in control of our steering wheel. If nothing else, it should be preserved in the Library of Congress.
As usual, I have nothing substantial to contribute as far as dates, venues, etc. However, I've noticed a definite pattern here. Dave's picks generates about the best conversations I've ever had the pleasure to read here on dead.net. Passionate, educational and funny. But best of all, are the late night / early morning musings. We've all been there. Underthevolcano....thank you. I laughed all day at work today. That post should go in the archives.
Since no promise of limited edition was made, I think TPTB should press as many as they can sell. A show this special should not be limited. Save the limited release for the RSD vinyl!!!
Disclaimer, I got a copy, should arrive tomorrow. So, I am not requesting an unlimited release because I did not get one.
It was never listed as being limited, though almost everything is these days. I wonder how many they made. Judging by the time it took to sell out, 7500 would seem a reasonable guess, the same as for the vinyl. If the mail is to be believed, mine shipped yesterday.
is sold out... hopefully they'll restock.
Back in my barhopping days I was partial to doing shots of Kamikazes... equal parts vodka, triple sec, & lime juice shaken in a pitcher with ice.
It wasn't too easy getting down off a barstool after a few of those, lemme tellya.
I say skip the blender and shake in a shaker and serve on the rocks. Add some agave syrup or simple syrup before shaking and a drizzle of Grand Marnier or Cointreau to the top. The syrup takes the pucker out of the lime juice. The key as vguy says is the real lime juice though-- don't buy some mixers at the store and think you will get a good margarita.
Okay, gotta get some GD related content in this post. I am really looking forward to #9-- this will be the first full concert Wall of Sound show in my official releases. Should be stellar. First time I have signed up for the subscription of any Dead releases, please no post-Brent shows.
def. interesting add.