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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.
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The Dark Star Jam from 6/23/74- missed that one. This jam is a favorite- one of many reasons the So Many Roads box set is a treasure.
I say release whatever shows make Pfox the most miserable and the rest of us can unconditionally enjoy whatever music is put out.
You missed 6-23 from the Miami Jai Alai Fronton. I guess you could call it a Dark Star Jam since they never get to the lyrics but its good and is part of a great sequence, DS>Spanish Jam>US Blues. Probably my favorite US Blues.
I responded to someones comment and I got four of this and that comments of "I wish they would of" and "if only they woulda"......this has become nauseating on here. It started with Pfox and now has attracted a pessimistic vibe. I am leaving this sites chats.......thank you to all who gave such great suggestions for shows and songs and places. Thank you Dave and Jeff, and everyone else in the vault for your awesome work. I will buy it all if the quality stays as it has been, which is beyond stellar on all fronts.
Let the words be yours, I am done with mine............................................
I quite frankly dont give a shit what they play when they are in the pocket like that show. After that Playin and Birdsong, I wouldnt care if they sang Ring around the rosey all friggin night. Man alive.
The beginning of El Paso in the film is kind of funny. Jerry turns his back to the crowd as Bob begins singing. Then it looks like Bob has a panic attack and gestures in Jerry's direction toward the front of the stage. Was he worried Jerry would leave him in the lurch? Not to worry, the big budda was in control and made it to the mic right on cue. :)
check out 8/21/72. jerry goes even farther into playing MD, but the band cuts him off. that one will get you crazy, too.
Yeah, I always thought bob cranked the flow of things from time to time, but then again the cowboy tune in the middle of the psychedelic melee really encapsulated the dead's essence of variety and musical acrobatics (thinking of some of those late 71 jams with me an my uncle in the middle of other one etc.).
As for Veneta, I agree that dew would have flowed better, but the consolation I take is that they would likely not have done sing me back home if they had done the dew. Maybe not (think 5/26/72) but then again this is all conjecture cause that ain't the way it happened!
I always felt bob's choice of BIODTL to follow the Dark Star > Dew on 9/21/72 was a particularly poor choice, but hey I wasn't there so what do I know.
60's, 70's 80's,90's. It all sounds good to me.
A great '71 show always tweaks my twiddle but I've got no complaints with what Dave's dishing out.
In fact nows a good time for Dick's #2. Happy Halloween all!
is some of my favorite work Garcia does......thee electron.
sounded like a Dew coming, yet, I hear stuff coming down the tracks all the time. Furthur is very fun to call tunes with.....will miss it for sure. Cheers.
Veneta was one of my first bootlegs and for many years I was infuriated by the choice to go into el paso instead of morning dew (which sounded like jerry was leading into). I blamed bobby for this, but you CANT CHANGE THE PAST.
I've learned to accept it after reading somewhere that the crowd was on the verge of freakin out out so instead they went w/ something w/ a regular beat/tempo as to not send them over the edge. Still wonder how sick that am dew would have been.
The release of veneta on blu-ray alone has satisfied me for the year. Just grateful dave and co. are getting these things out.
I believe that Dave has stated they could continue with the rate of releases they are currently producing for the next twenty years.
I believe that Dave has stated they could continue with the rate of releases they are currently producing for the next twenty years.
I wonder where we're at in terms of the grand scheme of releases. Starting in earnest in 1993 (Dick's Picks 1) seems maybe we're at the halfway point? Whose to say. Will the formula in the second half change much? Can the number of releases of a given year simply be doubled to gauge the next 20 years? For 1984's sake, let's hope not. I'm always disappointed reading fans are hoping for a particular era to (ever) be represented, and year after year this hope bears no fruit. Dick's Picks 6- remember that? The only release from 1983. 30 Dick's Picks later, 17 Road Trips and atleast 10 Dave's Picks- it remains alone. Fans didn't know this would be all from 1983. And nearly 20 years later- are we still left to wonder? Double the quantity from the halfway point- surely this won't be completely accurate. But it seems any significant variation is not to be expected.
To ALL my bothers & sisters in Deadheadland, whether I agree with you or not:
Much LOVE and Happy Halloween! (and Happy New Year to all the pagans out there!)
I for one have happily placed my subscription order for the 3rd year running! Keep those comments coming & remember to play nice, kids!
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i think everyone should be happy and fortunate that there is still relevant releases of a band nearing 50 years of age. no other band gets this much live material released. we should be happy that the bus is still rolling. i'm not a dead head, just a fan of 60s rock, I prefer the Pig years the most, an the Dead were the last San Fran band that i got into, but they are the ones i the most releases from (SF bands) lets just be happy these releases are still coming after so many other artists catalog/live releases have dried up.
You really need to get the Grayfolded cd. BTW, bring on some Big Sky Country Dead. I'm all in.
Re comment titled "Deal With It." You should say it doesn't FAZE me......not it doesn't "phase" me. Just sayin'.
I like what the new jerry series is a variety they have an 80s a 74 and a 90s so far maybe Dave should take a look at what they are doing again variety?
I apologize if this posts twice. The original did not appear to take.
Yup, the Steal Your Face was on that rock beside the NYS Thruway toll booths for as long as I can remember. It always marked our turnoff heading north out of NYC.
PF, you claim to answer all questions, yet will still do not know your first show.
Utility curves mr. economics, utility curves.
Agree 100%.....and loved the WRS description. My favorite moment lately on releases was the birth of El Paso out of that Darkstar off the Veneta release, wow.
estimated-eyes, that is a fascinating perspective on the perils of curating from a vast collection for pubic viewing/consumption, thanks for sharing that. You should seriously email that to Dave (he might enjoy getting an email that is something other than a query about whether a certain show is in the Vault).
PFox, Glad you're not going away, you do spice it up. And I've made that point about DP12 many times myself, as clear evidence that "compilations" can be popular - it is probably the release most consistently cited as among the best (it may be my favorite single release).
But, I'll try one more time: Check out rdevil's recent post in which he respectfully and logically debates some of Spacebro's points about '80's shows. To me this is a perfect example of how to strongly make one's points without resorting to personal insults. Whereas in your most recent post you say things like "i don't need to borrow quotes from others, because i'm not witless" - which of course is calling a guy "witless" just because he quoted Mark Twain.
So yes, please do stick around - can you just please stop the personal insults? (It is true that you'll get fewer responses, sadly it works that way, so if you are only gauging this by the number of responses you get, you may want to keep insulting people).
I wish Dave would release some more 80s stuff, but then I consider my professional existence. I am a history museum curator with an office close to the galleries and exit. I get to hear from visitors who want to know why I left out a story or don't have a particular artifact on exhibit. It drives me a little crazy. So, I have sympathy for Dave's position and compare my responses (not always vocalized to the questioner, but my gut response) to Dave's possible rationale:
1. Not enough space for that right now. Dave: I only get four releases per year.
2. We don't have one of those in the collection. Dave: Not in the vault.
3. It is in really poor condition. Dave: The recording in the vault is not good.
4. I know you worked at that company, but its impact on the area's history was limited and I can't put every company's history on display. Dave: I know you were at that show and you had a great time, but listening to the show reveals it to be a mediocre show not worthy of release.
5. I have more on this company from its heyday because that is when its best products were released and its advertising was at its best. Dave: I could release more shows to give more equal representation to eras, but the best music was from 1968-77. I think it is better to release the best music over very good or good music.
I am a "Touch Head" who got on in 1988. I would like to see more 1980s releases, but I understand Dave's dilemma. He can't please all of us all of the time. I think his only miss so far has been Dave's 7, but that is only my opinion. I will get the subscription this year to save money-- judging by last year when I bought 3 and would have bought 4 if it had not sold out so quickly.
There is a whole lot of back and forth about "Why don't you release later shows? There is too much attention paid to the '60's & '70's." In my humble opinion, your open & careful attention to detail and laser sharp archival eye (and ears) makes available some of the BEST music out there. Keep on doing what you've been doing. Lovers of the DEAD, thirsty for their music, will return to the fountain, I promise you!
Best as always from NYC,
Don't miss out on account of supposed lack of "diversity":
This Missoula show is The Real Deal. I do believe I burnt a copy of a goodly portion of set II for one of this board's top "80's supporters"... I believe they were wowed. Appropriately.
Dave mentioned the intense feedback jam in Dark Star -- that's fine, but not the highlight. The jam out of WRS and through the beginning of Dark Star is just sublime and unequaled. Beautiful and melodic, yes, and there are a few moments where an almost dub reggae feel is established.
I'm going to only say "already?" to this talk of slighted eras. Are we not waiting to get our hands on the latest pick now -- from 1980? Did we not quite recently have an over-the-top lavish production of a huge batch of 1990 shows? Calendar decades are no way to reasonably assess the changes in this band anyway!
This show has been burning a hole in the vault trying to get out. Now is its time. Give it its moment. Don't miss it.
I was recently looking at the list of Dick's Picks and his content, there are some awesome shows there, I counted about 4 out of 36 as being in the eighties or very early 90s. The rest are mostly 70s and some later 60s shows. Why are there not more 80s shows?? After a couple of years of Dave's picks, He isn't putting them out at a much higher clip. My first show was a fall Spectrum show, It might have been DP36, but I do not remember the exact date. I saw the Dead about 4 times in 73, all at the Spectrum. I saw the Wall of Sound show at the first August Date, The Wall of Sound was Spectacular to listen to live, after you got used to it's enormous size. The only recording that really does it justice imo, was the Winterland Box or GDM Box set at the end of 74,the other recordings seem to have a problem with the phase cancelling microphones which make the vocals a little rough. I went to a really good show in June of 76 at 4 night run at the Tower Theater in Philly, having 3rd row seats. This was an awesome experience, The Tower is small and the band was about 20 feet in front of me and my wife. I have Road Trips, 4.5 which was was a run at Boston just before the Tower Experience. In 77, my best show was DP15, which was a huge outside show with the NRPS and Marshall Tucker Band Also. Beautiful September day, with a great crowd and a very good 77 show. That was the last good show that I went to, saw them once in 78 and just did not enjoy the show that much and that was my last show.
Why don't I think that anyone released many 80's shows is I just do not believe that they are there. May be wrong, but that is my belief, don't think it has to do with band's performance,but I heard they went digital and the quality was not that good. That is just here say though, --------
I love the 70's shows that have been presented, but dag I crave a hot early to mid 80's show. Bobby was onfire on the slide, and hell, the whole band was on a special kinda freaking fire most nights . I love em all, but I have a thing for the 80's I just cant get over. I will re subscribe this year for Daves Picks 2014, but please Dave, throw us some more 80s soon.
time for 30 days!!! bring it.
oh yeah, i'm down with another round of Dave's picks.
who can resist?
now bring on the songs I'm ready to guess
cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait
I've had a copy of 5/19/74 for at least 20 years now and it's been a fav of mine this whole time. Hope it's one of the next vault releases. Long live the WALL OF SOUND!!!
Be it 1969 or 1989, 1965 or 1995. I find stuff I like quite a bit in every year. That being said, things are always going to be slighted on official releases. For example, 7-31-74 was the first whole show release from '74 but it's also a lot less impressive than, say 6-18-74. I'm a big late '60's/'70's fan. I would've also preferred to have 10-21-71 released in it's entirety with DaP 3 being a four disc set. That didn't happen either. Still, I love what we get and I'm thankful but hopefully the series will become more and more inclusive.
The idea that "most of you aren't any better than lame teenagers who listen to lady gaga & the black eyed peas. music that gets FM radio play today is formula driven, because people who can't appreciate music just want to hear something similar to what they've heard before." is pretty silly given the fact that were talking about a band that haven't played a new show or existed in nearly 19 years.
Nice post, rdevil. You make some really good points. I am a "pre-hiatus" purist, but I did see all my 27 shows between 1982-1995. I felt back then, and even now, the Dead in those years were the best damn live Rock band still playing. They were still making vital, authentic music. For me, their last 15 years still holds up better than any other "rock music" from that time, or hell- since then. It's just compared to 68-74, well, you know.....
(Fox, I'd rather you be around than not.)
To me, this new one is kind of a counterpart to RT 2.3, since I got big chunks of 5/14 and Louisville Freedom Hall 6/18 at around the same time (along with 6/20 at the Omni--with the great Eyes -> Slipknot! -> China Doll sequence). The jazz-Dead sequences of this May-June corridor--that jam out of Let It Grow on Dick's 12, 6/26, is another one--are deep stuff. The Blues For Allah Dead was definitely born from their compost.
The first & last discs of Dick's 31 are sublime. The Playing that kicks off the release is epic; Billy has to be the most underrated rock drummer ever. Then that set-closing Eyes to kick off disc 4 and the Scarlet->Playin->Uncle John's that follows.....whew. When they lock in in '74, they really lock in.
regardless of what some of you think; i'm a contributor to this forum, and thats not going to change. you can call me an asshole or a troll, but it doesn't phase me. i don't know any of you, and i wouldn't want to hang out with most of you anyway.
if you look at my posts in this thread;: i've not only answered questions, i was also the first to advise others to order by phone, because the website was adding shipping charges. i don't just voice opinions people don't like, and i'm not always deliberately trying to be abrasive. sometimes it comes off that way, because i know how to express myself in print. i don't need to borrow quotes from others, because i'm not witless. however, if my opinions irritate you, you don't have to read them.
like i said; i can buy whatever the f^ck i want, so it really doesn't matter what dave releases. if its the same old sh!t i'll still buy it, and just rip it to iTunes. i have more than 1700 other albums to choose from. most of you aren't any better than lame teenagers who listen to lady gaga & the black eyed peas. music that gets FM radio play today is formula driven, because people who can't appreciate music just want to hear something similar to what they've heard before.
think about it.
I was at a couple of those mid 80s SPAC shows (I remember getting soaked in a storm on the field…had a hard time burning anything…). Looks like rain indeed! Does anyone have any idea if any these shows made it to the vault?
On an unrelated 80's note; I think I read somewhere that the 1980 summer’s end Lewiston, Maine show is missing from the vault. Has this been confirmed? From what I can recall, it would be more than worthy of the "official release" treatment.
On yet another unrelated note; Does anyone remember (and can possibly supply a photo of) the large boulder sitting somewhere off the northbound NYS thruway near Harriman, NY? It was emblazoned with a beautifully painted Steal Your Face logo. It was there for years, and foolishly I thought it would always be there. If anyone has a pic to share I would be grateful.
Regarding Dave's Picks; if I can, I'll purchase a well mastered show from any year. For me, there is always something new to discover.
Spacebro, you make some interesting points but sometimes your passion leads to a little exaggeration. In the Dark might be the Dead's most critically acclaimed studio album but as far as live performances go the late 80s are certainly NOT the most critically acclaimed era. There may be some "outsider" types from Rolling Stone that feel that way but it's safe to say that among those critics with a deep knowledge of the Dead, the most critically acclaimed live performances are from before 1980.
Not trying to pick on you, man, but I think some of these points are worthy of debate.
As for the popularity of the late 80s, I think it's a chicken or the egg situation. During the conservative late Reagan/Bush years a lot of us younger kids (at the time) were feeling we missed out on what was good about the 60s and 70s and the Dead provided a place to experience some of those good vibes. One could argue that because the Dead were so good in the 60s/70s many of us jumped on the bus in the late Brent years.
Yeah, In the Dark and the cool MTV video for Touch of Gray were factors in the popularity surge but after Jerry's coma there were tons of guys like me who felt like they never got to see Keith Moon, never got to see Zeppelin and better get to a Grateful Dead concert before Jerry dies. Of course, it's fair to say that if the Dead hadn't been playing so well at the time many of us wouldn't have kept coming back. The point is, the commercial success and newfound popularity the Dead experienced in the late 80s wouldn't have happened without the reputation they built in the 60s/70s as a great live act.
There are a lot of release worthy shows from the 80s and some from the Hornsby era too, but the Grateful Dead's popularity today is really a result of the incredible live performances of their first 10 to 13 years of playing live.
It's kind of funny, Spacebro, you and I probably agree on way more than we disagree on, but we both have passionate opinions. Surely we'll get a release or two from 81-91 in 2014 and I hope it (or they) is one you mentioned on that cool list you posted on one of these boards several releases ago.
Just mulling over the official 74 releases. So far:
1. DP7 (9/9-11/74)
2. DP12 (6/26-28/74)
3. DP24 (3/23/74)
4. DP31 (8/4-6/74)
5. RT2.3 (6/16-18/74)
Only 7? That seems low for this great year. I love 74 Dead dearly but I must say DP7 seems an odd choice, especially from Latvala. I've listened to it many times over the years and it just seems kind of lackluster for 74. Someone earlier in this thread said it was one of their favorites- guess i will give it another listen. I don't listen to DP24 much. the sound quality seems weird to me and there are no long jams. Everything else is pure gold. I agree, this once, with the Pat Fox that DP12 is one of the very best of the Dick's Picks series.
Didn't Dave mention 6 Dark Stars in 74 during his last talk?
6/18/83 proves that GD83 is top-notch
6/27/85 a favorite from GD85
if we are fluffing the 80s, I'll put in a vote for Oxford, Maine. I have supported that for years. It would have been a perfect Road Trips. I didn't attend the shows, but knew at the time they would be special.
Maine has good shows
How about an extra nice Christmas present for her if she can cover the shipping? Or maybe change to standard shipping in the spirit of compromise. Anyways, just my 2 cents. And I'm quite far from a person who should give advice about such things. So, here's a grain of salt- Take it, please. Pretty sure there's five 1974 Dark Stars:
9/10 and 10/18.
I told the wife in September I wanted a DP 2014 Subscription for Christmas she said how much is it & how do I get one. I told I'll let her know. So finally we get word about the subscription yesterday. I told her I'll use my credit card & order it and she can give me the 100 bucks on Christmas Day she was cool with that. Well I figured I'll pay for the the NBD shipping option for $33.95 all it guarantees is that I'll receive each release either the day before or the 1st day of the month, I usually receive each one on the day before the 1st so on January 31st I'll have DP 9 instead of waiting 6-7 days for regular mail they'll ship UPS Next Day Air. Well I print the receipt show it to the wife & she freaked out because she claims it's not a gift if I have to put out any of my money I told her I chose to do the NBD option just give me a hundred bucks & she will be giving me a GRATE Christmas present. I use the NBD option on EVERYTHING Dead because I'm an impatient man and I want it when I want it. So I'm fine with paying extra to get it early. I paid $44.95 for the Spring 1990 box set last year and got it a FULL week early, SSDD on Monday the 16th instead of Tuesday the 17th. I tried to explain to her that we Deadheads are an intrepid bunch nothing not even the mail gets between us & our Dead however right now we are a house divided over $33.95. Deadland was I wrong? Like I said in an earlier post, wives, gotta love em!!!! HAPPY WEDNESDAY
Cool.. That was the 1985 show. Im partial to earlier stuff, but those SPAC shows 83,84,85 maybe even 88 were all pretty good and as my hometown shows I've always fantasized about some kind of official release
I think I remember at least one of those. It was the first GD 'bootleg' tape I ever got. I bought it (I know, but who knew?) at a flea market in Berlin in 1987 or so. It was really a horrible recording…I never listened to any more 'bootleg' tapes after that until a few years later. The main thing I remember about that show was some guy seemed to be sitting on the railing and Bob asked him to get back in his seat.
Wow! For a band that ended in 1995, feelings sure run high here. I have always considered myself a Dead Head since I first got on the bus in the early 70's. I consider myself totally hooked and truly passionate but I would never get so worked up as to start calling people names and dissing them.
I love all eras and would like to see releases from them all. I will like some better then others for sure, but I do want a representation from every year if possible. My first show was 3/31/73 in Buffalo and my last was Hartford 3/26/87.(Which was DL2's first show!!)
My favorite eras are '71-'74 & '77. But I actually saw Brent more then I saw Keith. (Missed Pigpen by 3 weeks) As I said though, I am a Dead Head and I love all of the releases. Even one which is not my fave will contain some awesome moments. I myself prefer complete shows, but that is just my preference, and if somebody else likes compilations, that's ok. They are not an a-hole or anything. They just like something different then me. I am also a chocoholic but I know some folks prefer strawberry.
Can't we all get along here? We are extremely lucky to have such a treasure trove of great music. If you don't like this one, perhaps the next one will do it for you. I am happy with all and I love not knowing what is up next. It keeps me looking here every day, several times a day. And yes, my wife is not always totally on board with this but she understands that being a Dead Head is who I am and it is what I do.
So let's all take a step back and be glad we live in such an awesome time when releases just keep coming. Rock on & peace out.
The longer you stay in the 60's and 70's, the longer I'll continue to receive the subscription series as a Christmas gift. I think it makes sense to exhaust this vintage now since the ranks of us who want these years are probably getting a bit long in the tooth. When we've croaked feel free to move on to the 90's. Thanks Dave.
the portland show is incredible
I just don't get it most of you are all wrong 89-91 is absolutely the f%cling best dead music ever and that's a fact! Some of the 70s stuff ok but I don't take acid anymore so these 30 minute dark stars and pitb just don't do it for me just like good solid music.
The presence of DARK STAR sold me to the 2014 subscription.
To my knowledge, there are a total of 4 1974 Dark Stars.
I currently have 2...so it's a thrill to anticipate a 3rd Dark Star from that Wall Of Sound Year. With the second 2014 subscription selection rumored to be late 1969...I can only hope that it, too, will contain a DARK STAR.
Just for the heck of it, I'll go to my CD collection right now for an accurate, current count...how many Dark Stars do I, at this moment, have? The answer momentarily.
Okay...not counting a few "Dark Star Jams," I currently have fifteen (15) Dark Stars...and I love every one of them. They're all different and they're all great. Again, looking forward to the newest 1974 Dark Star in February!
Does anyone remember the mid 1980s Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) shows ?
u r funny dude
Mr. Jack Straw -
I'm not so sure it's fair to lump the '80s in with the '90s, or even to consider all of the '80s a single period. Apples and oranges. I'd propose the following:
- '79 & '80: The "Welcome Brent" era. Straight-ahead Dead.
- '81 & '82: Perky fun, aka "What kinda coffee are they drinking?"
- '83 - '85: Sloppy, occasionally brilliant fun. The chug-a-chug-a-lug sound fully mastered.
- '86: The Lost Year.
- '87-4/90: The Phoenix rises, taking flight circa July '87.
- Mid-'90-'95: The rapid downward spiral. Garcia dozes behind keyboards.
One could very reasonably dig any one of these periods without loving all of them. (I'd question the sanity of anyone who preferred the last, but there's no accounting for taste!)