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Dave's Picks Volume 11: Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS (11/17/72) - SOLD OUT

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Jack Straw may have been from Wichita but the Grateful Dead only played there once and what a show it was! Whether the band knew they would only have one shot to show the "Doo-dah" city what they were all about, we just don't know but they sure did nail it. Dick's Picks producer Dick Latvala initially considered this one for release and with a single listen, you'll know why. From the epic 90-minute 16-song first set to super tight ditties from the massively popular Workingman's Dead and American Beauty albums and newly minted Europe '72 classics like "He's Gone," "Brown-Eyed Women," and "China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider," you're bound to agree. Lest we forget to mention the great sounding tapes and excellent acoustics at the Century II Convention Hall. (Oh, and as a little bonus, we've thrown in the best of the bunch from Oklahoma City 11/15/72!)

Mastered in HDCD from the original soundboard recordings produced by Owsley Stanley, with fresh artwork from Tony Millionaire (and his little dog too), and liner notes from original handbill artist and then first-time Grateful Dead concert attendee Gary Houston, this sonic adventure is one to cross off the old bucket list.

Pre-order it here while you can!

Listening Party

11/17/72, Wichita, KS


"Bird Song"

"He's Gone"

"Box Of Rain"

David Lemieux Volume 11 Seaside Chat

Product Details

3 Disc set
Limited to 14,000 individually numbered copies
Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman
Digipak made of 100% recycled and PCW materials
Release Date: August 1, 2014

A note about the cover: The Black and White cover is the only cover made for this release. The color version is the booklet cover. The Black and White version wasn't revealed till Street Date which is why the booklet color version was the only version shown at the time of Pre-order.

Tracklist

Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS (11/17/72)

Disc 1
1. Promised Land [3:12]
2. Sugaree [7:01]
3. Me And My Uncle [3:11]
4. Tennennee Jed [7:47]
5. Black-Throated Wind [7:04]
6. Bird Song [11:01]
7. Jack Straw [5:00]
8. Box Of Rain [4:54]
9. Don’t Ease Me In [3:16]
10. Beat It On Down The Line [3:26]
11. Brown-Eyed Women [5:11]
12. Big River [4:39]
13. China Cat Sunflower> [7:10]
14. I Know You Rider [4:46]

Disc 2
1. Around And Around [3:55]
2. Casey Jones [6:33]
3. Cumberland Blues [6:31]
4. El Paso [4:17]
5. He’s Gone [14:12]
6. Truckin’> [9:57]
7. The Other One> [19:49]
8. Brokedown Palace [5:57]
9. Sugar Magnolia [8:24]

Disc 3
1. Uncle John’s Band [8:07]
2. Johnny B. Goode [3:57]
Live In Oklahoma City (11/15/72)
3. Playing In The Band [30:57]
4. Wharf Rat [10:38]
5. Not Fade Away> [7:47]
6. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad> [7:12]
7. Not Fade Away

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Home again, home again ...

I do believe our brother 11/17 needs a family reunion of sorts. The seven remaining members from the family November '72, are aunt and uncle 11/12 & 13 from KC, Ks., cousin 11/14, from OK City, the one who hasn't been home since the day he was born, grandpa 11/19, from Houston, Tx., and cousins 11/22, 11/24 & 11/26, from Austin, Dallas & San Antonio, Tx. Oh, and did you know it'd be 'bout 44 years since everyone last got together? Ooooeee! Better make it sooner than later - the whole fam damily needs to meet up!

Get IN this box!

Always a pleasure to post on the beloved 11.

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Parody...

...fiendish jest strikes close to truth's dark heart...

http://imgur.com/a/LiIL7

A posted BBB complaint link? Protracted delays? Information blackouts? {{sigh}}

Couldn't wait for it to get here, now hoping 50 just fades away with whatever dignity it can muster (though please ship my replacement discs before turning out the lights).../peace, K

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I, too, suffered the consequences

of delusional thinking. About as fit as I could be from year-round training for distance runs, I thought (my first mistake!) I'd do the MS 150. Another mistake was mounting an off-road bike. I thought the first half was pretty cool, but then I began to grow grumpy, and then towards the end was cursing God and man. I, needless to say, did not even attempt the following day's 75. Some skills just don't transfer.

OK, y'all - it's that time again! The anny of disc III from the Eleven kicks off the officially released trio from November, '72.

I wonder what Dave has in mind for an 18 to 20-disc box set that he alluded to at his seaside subscription monologue?

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Down goes Rousey, down goes Rousey...

Holy smokes! Clay, Douglas, now Holm...what a headline to wake to; and I paid the fight little heed thinking it perfunctory to a kozmically preordained conclusion. I've a few acquaintances who participate in local MMA (women's) - I was surprised to find out how prevalent amateur matches are throughout the country - and, on an ill-considered whim last year, expressed the desire to spar, having considered myself fairly fit with the biking/swimming/running. Bad idea. Especially if you've never been hit in the face; like me. Sometimes it's better to labour under the narcotic sway of dreamy misperception than actually test your limits.../K

wj: D & Co, Columbus

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Pray For Paris

Hey Kate,

Is that a modified image, or did they display that yesterday?

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"All I have from the heart of me..."

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Yeah

PalmEldge - I was thinking of more Dave's chats from locations such as behind the wheel with Yoda bopping! Maybe he could get the bay behind him in the next shoot - or maybe from on the corner ...

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10/22/71

Yes, 10/22/71 is a beauty. Remember how Dave teased us with that "Other One" video road trip with Yoda on the dashboard? So cool! I guess he's been too busy for that stuff recently.

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Hey Eleven lovers

go to Dave's 3 for a taste of the future. This last listen was the one that sounded best - still, to me my favorite little Dead window is 10/19/71 'til the tour, which is the goldenest he!
10/22/71 Mil gracias, sr. Dave.

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@Kate

Regarding your indecision about ordering 30 Trips.. I, too, had a slump in Dead listening for a few years. During this time I didn't keep tabs on this site. As a result, I missed out on several boxes I would've loved, as well as the first three years of Dave's Picks. So, I would recommend you still purchase such things, especially since they are limited. You may not prioritize listening to them immediately, but who knows? In a year or so you may wish you had them to listen to.

Regarding non-dead listening... I am pretty deeply into live Dead right now. On the rare occasion I listen to something different, it will probably be Pink Floyd, Traffic, Van Morrison or Peter Gabriel. Also, another new/old album I discovered recently is Love - Forever Changes. It's a pretty great album.

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Confession

I've been terribly neglectful of my duties as an Eleven forumite. Yet, to recent extent, at least, I plead extenuating meteorological circumstance, your Honor. Took off Friday for the Grand Strand with the promise of 4 days (next week, M-Th) of golf, clubbin', and time-with-friends-past once the 'finger' of moisture propagated by Jaoquin had moved from the area by Sunday night - or so said forecasts at that time.

Well, arrived around 1530 Friday, went out to eat shortly thereafter, then attempted a return to our condo in cherry grove (n. myrtle beach) only to find complete blockage in all directions by the 5-0. Bucked the flock's trend, 4-wheeled around the traffic cones and yellow tape, and got confronted by the po-po who graciously told me he'd turn his back while I attempted to pass in 3-feet of flood waters (that'd risen in just the 2 hours since I arrived!). Of course, the 4-Runner had no problems, but I was nervous...got to the pad, turned on the Weather Channel & heard terms like "historic"/"epic" rainfall as well as another 12-18" by Sun. evening...then figured if authorities had blocked off all access to our area after just a quick 3-4 inches, then another foot+ would be catastrophic. So, grabbed my gear, and said c-ya to my chums while beating it the heck outta Myrtle Beach. Returned home to KY late this A.M. (Sat.) after stopping around midnight and spending the night in Spartanburg - sorry to miss a week of vacation, but sure as heck happy to be 650 miles north-northwest from Dante's 8th flooded plain of hell along the South Carolina coast.

Here's a picture: Upon arrival, I parked centrally under the large condo bldg. about 20 yards (2 first downs!) in either direction from the building's edges; yet, due to high winds and drenching rains, I was soaked in under 30 seconds after exiting my vehicle. Unreal. I can't even imagine exposure to actual hurricane conditions.

Well, heck, none of this has anything to do with recent listening trends or acknowledgement of y'all's posts, but hopefully I'll return to all that shortly./peace, K

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Gathering the Troops

Listening to Dick's 23, 9/17/72, in the car - can't say one of the three Dick's from September '72 is any better than the next - I love each. Would it be displeasing to receive another '72 Fall Dave's show? I don't think so. Maryland Jim sent me the recently posted LMA Miller rendition of 9/15/72 - spectacular!!! Once again, a Holy grail comes our way. Mil gracias, Diego.

Old & In the way Boarding House Complete 10/01/73 right now. It is Fall, y'all. Paz.

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JH...

..just got through it's first official F.ART. fundraiser of the season.Lots of $ was raised for local charities,but the artists' themselves are still homeless & relegated to Wydaho.
;)

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Ahh...F.ART.S.

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A wonderful time of year.

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non-Dead listening

Well, it's Fall, and every Fall I load up my iPod with music from the upcoming Fall arts season. At least, with the upcoming music I am unfamiliar with. This fall in southern California has mostly conservative fare. But there is some interesting unfamiliar stuff. I've been listening a lot to Glazunov's "Raymonda", which I'll see the Mariinsky Orchestra/ballet do tonight in Costa Mesa. I'm not a huge ballet guy, but I saw the Mariinsky do "Swan Lake" a few years ago and it was unforgettably great. Ballet is really something else when there is a great orchestra in the pit. It took a few listens for me to warm up to the "Raymonda" music but I am starting to dig it. Some fine music there. Also listening to Prokofiev's "Cinderella" which I'll see the Mariinsky do in LA in a couple weeks. And Bellini's "Norma" by the LAO in November. I've always wanted to see that one. I have a soft spot for old-fashioned 19th century stuff. Also, Haydn's "Mass in Time of War", which Andras Schiff will conduct at the LAPhil next month. He will conclude the evening with a post-concert recital of Schubert songs. I was able to download the entire recital program into a playlist- love the digital age! Not much new music except "Mysterien" by Louis Andriessen, which Dudamel will conduct in October. I'm not sure what to make of that music, except I know it will sound great in Disney Hall.

I love Fall, and the start of the arts season! Sadly, Southern California really has no cool weather, seasons,or fall colors. I envy all you folks that really get to experience seasons!

The flying story is disturbing. I remember my first commercial flights, round-trips DC to Orlando, when I was 15. They were perfectly routine flights but they scared the living shit out of me and I vowed to never fly again. I stuck to that for 15 years before finally snapping out of it. Thank heaven for the airport bars. Now I enjoy flying. It's like a game - how toasted can I get before the flight without arousing suspicion?

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Non-Dead addeadum

Ruff! Mad Dogs & Englishman Deluxe landed yesterday afternoon. March '70 @ Fillmore East with half of the Dominos, Carl Radle & Jim Gordon - six months later some serious studio stuff went down in Miami. I wonder if any other Dominos live stuff might surface - maybe w/ Duane? Don't do it tomorrow, do it today!!!

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Reduced to a putting motion - LLLLLOL ...

followed by a quick Titleist tweeze and a spoiled walk to the club house. Last time I played I was hitting my woods really well, I, however, was having difficulty getting out of them ...

I had a flashback when you mentioned the reconning of your route(s). It was the first trip I made to San Francisco to do a 1/2 and the plane after takeoff headed east for a spell and began to trace the Missouri river before coming about. I saw one of my then current rave routes, the Katie Trail (I know, not Kate), that runs along side and I think I came at the person next to me, "Look, it's the Katie Trail - I run there - but it's going to me so much funner in San Francisco!!!". Oh, to be eight-years-old again.

Non-Dead listening has included Mozart mornings for the past month or so - all manner of chamber works, Uchida piano sonatas and concertos and presently Trevor Pinnock symphonies. Since resuming duties teaching my darling clientesses, Cuban son all day - Afro-Cuban All-stars, Buena Vista Social Club and off-shoots, Cachao, etc.; jazz at home with recently transferred from LP to CD reggae - King Tubbys, Prince Jammy, Scientist, Revolutionaries, Mighty Diamonds, Cornell Campbell, Johnny Clarke, with more to come, as chasers. And '72 in the car (had to get that in).

Speaking of which, time for a refill and trip to my beloved Castlewood State Park for some peaceful miles under blissful conditions. Thank you, most high, for this day off. Paz.

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Virginity Pledge

Out on the 30 Trips' thread I expressed my commitment to resisting an early go at the box via streaming and it's been an easy vow to honor in as much as I've not yet been provided access. CS says the "system" will be loading the coveted link to accounts throughout the weekend. Moreover, I suspect if there's any sort of queue, then I'm Dead last based on my hicklety-ficklety order/reorder shenanigans.

After my a.m. run with puppy through the foothills, I went out and shot 9 on a nearly empty course - not that my pitiful game benefited from any distraction caused by the lack of traffic. There are days, like today, when I'm sufficiently bereft of control during my swing that increased shortening of the arc to compensate almost reduces it to a putting motion. Honestly, at that point I should just plug in the ipod, sheath the clubs, and finish the round as a nice walk!

A fellow attorney has been hounding me about a trip in his ultralight plane the past couple years, and this afternoon was my reckoning. Really quite beautiful to fly the mountains, especially reconning my favourite running trail along a ridgeline from up high. However, it'll never happen again. About halfway through, I observed several wires that ran from the pilot's seat (immediately in front of me), past me along the inside of the plane, and then out of sight. I noticed that they moved when the plane changed altitude or direction, at which point I realized they connected a hand lever to our wing flaps and rudder (if that's even what at tail flap is called on a plane). I don't know what I expected in this otherwise small aluminum canister with an engine that sounds like my push mower, but with regard to flight controls, it was certainly more than this! So, ultralight flight now joins motorcycling and eating raw oysters as risky business I don't feel compelled to engage again.

I thought I could maneuver back into music, but I'm tar'd and on the cusp of my 4th straight 60 hour work week, so I'll be heading to bed. Curious to know what non-Dead you're listening to, though I realize a couple are immersed in the 30 streams from reading reviews out on the big board./peace and goodnight, K

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Kate,it's a good thing I think....
"Good news is rare these days,and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond"
Hunter S. Thompson

:)

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It's been a lovely day of some office overtime then serving witness to a magnificent West Ham ringstande against City that would've made Rommel proud - and at The Etihad, no less! In a sometimes dark world, things like Premier League soccer's domestic rise give me hope...

Anyway, like many of you, it will be a bit of beer and football later (of the American college variety), but I did want to take a moment and thank y'all for your attentiveness and kind words. The Eleven is special.

Non sequitur alert: Though at first a bit disparaging of the Dead&Co., I'm a little giddy about trick-or-treat in NYC. I intend to drive, so I may need to inquire about a traveling scrip for Xanax! Around here, a traffic jam is 4 vehicles at a light during shift change in the coal fields...or, at worst, the minor chaos that ensues the first of the month when every conceivable form of welfare payment arrives by post (our 'mailbox economy' is largely funded by your tax dollars, so on behalf of my deadbeat neighbors, "thank you").

While BMT (b4 my time), shows I've attended like Furthur, Rat Dog, TTB, Umphreys, SCI, and now (especially) Lockn have provided at least a taste of the wondrous anthropological spectacle the GD's touring carnival must been back in the day. More than anything, I just want - need - another bite! (this time, (big) apple flavoured)...

I also have a semi-related confession: after pulling into NC on Monday, I immediately called GD CS and cancelled my 30 Trips order. My reasoning had (note: verb tense foreshadows plot turn) nothing to do with belated sticker shock or petulance at the delay. It's just that new musical finds used to be rare, but in the last year or so, I've discovered (read: purcha$ed) so much gr8 new-old music that my Dead listening is at a periodic low ebb. And, when I think of 4 shelves of official releases, in addition to scores of SBDs/AUDs on hard drive, that are all in lazy rotation at best, I begin to fear I'm disrespecting the music; at least, I'm not listening to it - or any long-bought stuff - with the same wonder I did my much smaller collection when young.

I miss that familiarity and, for some reason, it worries me at times; I continue to tell myself that I'm a "listener", not a "collector". Oh well, like an obedient purchasing unit I eventually found The Big Box's black-hole-gravitational-pull too great for my less-than-al-dente-resistance.

So, Thursday, with only 4 copies still on the shelf (according to the cart limit), I RE-ordered. Sad. Happy. Good. Bad. Weak. Strong. Assertive. Defeated. I'm not sure which is apt to describe my resolve and/or decision-making abilities right now. Oh well, beer awaits and it staunchly defies equivocation. So, to the pints!/peace and goodnight fine people, K

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Kate's threat

While we appreciate your threat to go all Tolstoy on our ass (and I have no doubt you could), you have thankfully always been quite the Dostoevsky - fitting the maximum number of ideas possible into the fewest number of words, while at the same time not ever sacrificing a whit of elegance in your prose; your posts are the Brothers K of our forums :):)

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Hey Now Kate!

Welcome home.Sounds like Lockin' was super fun. Would love to hear the Doobies/Cheese Incident. Used to love seeing The Cheese during their mid-winter tours out here in the mountain west(with BUSSY) as they too are all skiers and would be out snorkeling though powder w/ the locals every day before shows that evening.Some of those fellas are good tele skiers.Corbet's anyone?
:)

If ya haven't listened to it,A String Cheese Incident('97),their 2nd album is a great window into the live Cheese world.Tailor made for mountain biking & skiing....trail running I suspect too.
:)

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Lockn

Yes, thank you Kate for the report on Lockn! Sounds great! Vicarious! :)

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Nice report of Lockn

I really enjoyed that Kate. Memories that will be with you forever. I had read some reviews earlier in the week and caught a few viddys, but having you there was like one of our own out there. You have me thinking of going to MagnoliaFest in Live Oak FL in October. TTB will headline Friday the 16th and it's a 4 day fest with 4 stages of music each day. My days of camping with tent and bag are probably in the rear view mirror, but some decent hotels are not too far. Actually been considering an RV now and again.
In the misspent days of youth, I was to be found, weather permitting, deep in the forest in the arms of the Creator most weekends. Great times and peace like one can barely find today.
So thank you Kate! Glad you had a super time and thanks for the stories!

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The Prodigal Daughter's Elliptical Journey Home...

Wow. Lockn is - as in the present and ongoing tense - huge. But this year, superb. Pulled in Wed. night to bad meteorological omens, but met a group of amazing Heads from Burlington & Freeport (ME not JM)...Thursday's washout was rescued by my newfound posse's score of Billy & TK tix at the Jefferson Theatre in nearby C'ville - awesome sequence of China>Rider, Cats Under Stars>remarkable jam>Jack-a-Roe, then HTH & Foolish Heart with Popper who also joined with 2nd set closer NFA!

Skies cleared to azure on scheduled day 2, from which y'all really need to hear Jorma & Jack's 50th celebration of The Airplane, supported by a litany of talent including GE Smith and our own Billy K, who helped light a wildfire under Volunteers. Heavens, Phil accompanied by a veritable rat pack of hip Friends, including Neil Casal & Chris Robinson, with rockn renditions of Promised Land, BEW, & even a nod to Pig with Hog 4U. Some of my new Yankee cohorts had a taping set that could've paid for a nice new econo car, as did any number of aging Taper Heads who'd clearly found a way to negotiate Hippydom with Capitalistic success - so look for a cornucopia of gr8 AUDs out there.

Lordy, I haven't even mentioned the magnificent Doobies/SCI collaboration, or the legendary Cheese set that later followed. However, my fave of the day, and perhaps the entire festival, was the Mad Dogs/Englishmen set by TTB and a ridiculous lineup of original talent like Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Chris Stainton, and Chuck Blackwell (loved their rendition of Dylan's Girl from the North Country was magnificent), not to mention an appearance by Warren Haynes.

Rain bookended Sat., but I smiled thru the drops early to a gr8 set by Melvin Seals, JK, and the JGB with a jaw-dropping setlist that included another dose of Cats U/S as well as Sugaree, Mission/Rain, and one of my all-time O&ITW faves Midnight Moonlight. Bliss. Goodness, I could go Tolstoy on y'all act-after-act, but suffice it to say, you oughta seek out performances by Jack&Jorma's acoustic Tuna set...but then there's also Plant and his SSS with a litany of Zep classics like Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog & RnR...did this really happen or was it just a dream I dreamed one afternoon long ago?

But, goodness, the day waren't ovah! After the Thurs. night rain-out performance in
Charlottesville, I was SO ready for another shot of Billy&The Kids, though this booster injection came with the added OOOMPH of Bobby's guest appearance (intone Wavy's Woodstock pronouncement, "We must be in heaven, man") - and, if you get a chance, dig the Dancin'>Jam sequence. Okay, at this point you might say, that's just too much of a good thing for anyone! But wait, then it's PL&F with Santana and Haynes - and by this time I'm in a state of physical exhaustion and spiritual transcendence; just as I've shortshrifted everything, let me say that you oughta check out Carlos' work on Dylan's Watchtower. Dark Star ushered the rain back in, but no one cared.

Grateful Gospel imported an appropriate air of Sabbath religiosity to the festival, but the day belonged to my contemporary jam band heroes Govt Mule and WSPanic. Now, here's the wild epilogue. The Yanks & I hooked up with loooooong-time veteran Heads Lou and Cynthia from NC who invited a healthy horde of us to - what turned out to be - their very own Graceland on Lake Norman....so, of course I called in another week of vacation and headed south! Mercy, what fun - boats, bonfires, and rhymes-with-suds, oh my!

Okay, here's a very cool footnote that could well have headlined this protracted and woefully unpoetic morass of reporting: having proven my new-found, conservative, Southern sensibilities (remember, I'm a Bostonian transplant), I was dared to get another tattoo (I've got a small trippin' bear on the ankle) in exchange for a Halloween ticket to MSG. Well, I'd been considering as much for awhile, so it wasn't big shakes; thus, suffice it to say that I've got new ink on my right clavicle, which also means I'm going to make my inaugural appearance at The Garden come All Hallow's Eve! WOOT! Now, to my own bed for the first time since last Wednesday - hooray!/peace, K

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I hope Kate brings us a report of Lockn. I heard Thursday was canned but I'd love to hear her impression of the rest of the weekend.

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Gave this another spin earlier today...

...for the first time since I received it and find that I have finally warmed up to it. My first impression was critical, but have now changed my view of this release over all.

This happens to me with many earlier era releases. My ears have become so trained to hearing the later, more polished and refined sounding Dead, that when a release like this finally clicks to me, it becomes a revelation of sorts.

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Hi, JRF!

Starting to look and feel like old times...Wow, I've been away too many days! But I've been cranking O/T at work recently and have just about made enough to cover 30T, BeatlesBox, and my $650 set of new tires (when did decent tires start costing $150 apiece?!?).

So much to say about the Beatles - I'm almost through my 3rd chronological pass, which I've found is an incredibly instructive way to acquaint myself with their steep - if unprecedented - growth curve musically, lyrically, and studio-engineering wise.

Moreover, BBC 1/2 are sitting in the post with the Stone's albums, but I won't be able to pick 'em up until AFTER LOCKN', for which I leave early tomorrow...WOOOOT! Gotta run to pack & hit a few errands - but trust we can all commune early next week! Would love to meet anyone who'll be in VA - so, if you think you see me, give a shout then buy me a beer :)) Good lord. Then 30 Trips. Wow. Just Wow./be safe...peace, K

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Ahhhhhhh!

The Eleven is still the huge,overstuffed,super comfy recliner that I've come to know and love.
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And as far as the Stones go

The first 45 rpm single I bought with my own money was Brown Sugar/ Bitch. I recall my mothers horror when she heard Bitch! Almost lost that record to the grasp of manner, but bargained to keep it if I promised not to play that side again! Both Sticky and Exile reissues are great. The story of Exile in the south of France is such a tale.............

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those Fab Four boys

Kate has a world of music coming her way that is certain. Although I look at the world today and wonder if those younger can hear the recordings of old as we did? In my earliest of listening days the only phonograph I had was a GE toy called a Show n Tell. This little box would play records and filmstrips that showed a story on a given topic. The speaker was a small 3-4 inch job on the side of the box. MONO of course. Looking at all my Beatle albums from that time period, 64-65, they were all mono as well. The sound was that of the early Capital releases. Which is to say with more reverb plastered on them for our American taste. Until Sgt. Pepper in 67 I had never heard stereo music.I must admit, I was wondering, why bother? Now you have to sit in front of 2 speakers to hear the music. Of course as FM radio overtook AM in the early 70's and the sounds you heard then, it became clear that stereo was the wave of the future. Going back and enjoying the MONO box was a treat not only because of the sound, but the mixes themselves were different. There are quite a few differences when you put each song up against each other in stereo and mono.
The question I have is, today in 2015, will the sound of mono simply be that of a curiosity to a modern listener. Much like a Victrola is today? I for one freely admit the better sound lies with stereo, but a case of nostalgia is clearly what drives me when I pull out my Mono Box or the Capital re-issues of the 1990's of the first 8 albums. Clearly to my taste I love the first 6 Capital albums in mono. After Revolver and Rubber Soul however, I never owned them as a kid, my parents switched me to the Monkees once Paul opened his mouth about LSD, I love the stereo sounds and production. The Beatles music was created as the world was moving from that of the 50's into the wider world of the 60's and its technological breakthroughs. I am most glad to have the marvelous music of the Beatles in the remixed version of the Black Box, but am glad I do have the option to go White when the hark of an older world calls.
However you enjoy it, I just hope you do. Had it not been for those 4 Liverpool kids, things would sound much different today I believe.

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One of the single most satisfying cds in my collection is the Handel Suites for Keyboard by Keith Jarrett. I know I've mentioned this before, but it is worth another mention because it is so very good.

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Ecological Diversity

I feel kind of selfish because, though I started public with discussion of my Beatles box purchase, I've since been monopolizing FloridaBob's invaluable insight and advice through PMs - especially on the subject of stereo (my set) versus mono.

It's rare that I'm online at work, but my chat with Bob and exhaustive listening of the Black Box has me absolutely electric for more...sooo, Bob, this morning I pulled the trigger on the BBC volumes 1&2. Also, it being a shame to even bother checking out JUST 2 items, I made sure that John, Paul, George, and Ringo had the company of some contemporaries during shipping; specifically, Mick and his crew from the Exile and Sticky Deluxe editions. I hope all arrive next week in SE KY well rested and ready to play LOUD! WOOT!

I'd love any thoughts on The Beatles (it's all new to me!) or just the chance to hear about your latest purchases and listening choices./peace, K

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This may be the best in the Daves series

I listened to this one again yesterday as its one of my go to favs.
It just might be the Best in Dave's series. Every song is played well with lots of taste and gusto.
If in doubt, pull this one out!

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Well, the first days

were the best days for this bwoy! I know the first record I ever owned was Love Me Do b/w can't remember ... six was I. I began to learn how to play the drum (sing.) to Beatles 45's courtesy my granny who bestowed a Slingerland snare on me one x-mas. The next x-mas I got a hi-hat (Hi, hat) and a new piece each x-mas until I was playing along with Jimi's Smash Hits, Janis's Cheap Thrills, Zep's 1st, etc. And then it was that fateful x-mas morning my older brother received Woodstock and inadvertently graced my grandparents with the Fish Cheer, which I thought was at the same time blasphemous and cool. A couple years later it was all over but the cryin' when my good brother set the needle on that vinyl platter with the pink Capricorn label. OK, the ABB. Life would never, ever be the same.

But I will always have a place in my small-days heart for the Beatles.

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Ridiculosity...

...{noun} The state or quality of being ridonkulis; a superfluity of ridiculousness; superlative in the extreme, as in Clapton, Lennon, AND Richards...

/peace, K

P.S.: Gracias, Jefe...

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KC

Have had cero experience with said box sets. But the BCT shows and the always dependable 8/27/72 might assuage your anxiety in the interim.
I've got ABB A & R studios happening right now and it's, well, you know, ...
Siempre paz sea contigo,
Don Kevin

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Fab [hopefully of the legit variety...]

In my exploration of rock's Golden Age - long before my debut in this life - it's been easy to neglect The Beatles, both because (1) the sheer volume of appealing alternative material has been a consuming distraction (e.g., Floyd, Stones, Who, CSN/Y, ABB, Zepp, Sabbath, Tull, Dylan, Doors, Cream, Hendrix, AND the GD - with whom I spent almost 2 years of near-exclusive listening not long ago during the honeymoon stage of our romance) and (2) I've found their ubiquitous commercial presence and the myopic fervor of cultish fans off-putting (imagine!...).

Still, I've recently conducted some broad sampling of the catalogue at the usual places and been quite taken - what a body of diverse and magnificent work over such a relatively short existence; though I certainly needn't tell y'all, as many here likely lived it!

Not prone to half-measures, I excitedly purchased the complete OSR in stereo on Amazon late last week (you know: black box, green apple). Anyway, only then did I begin to read about the prevalence of counterfeit units, while noticing that the product images posted by Amazon did not have the tell-tale FBI warning on the back.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BSHWUU?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_...

My concern was somewhat assuaged by discovery that - logically - legitimate pressings in other countries do not bear the US piracy emblem, though I hadn't expected Amazon US to sell anything but domestic products (not sure why in this age of a global economy). Further, another photo shows that the top 2 albums are not correctly sequenced in accordance with videos posted on utube showing the unwrapping of legit box sets (US, EU & Canadian), wherein MMT & Please Me are atop the stax. Obviously, that promotional pic could've been taken after the individual albums were removed for the spread photo, but....

SOOOOOO, I wonder, as I anticipate arrival on Monday, do any of you have experience with receiving a legit EU, Canadian, or Japanese stereo box set pressing from Amazon? Or a counterfeit of the same? Though it now appears that the red ribbons typical of the old fake boxes have been corrected, it's my hope that imposters can still be identified by improper chronological sequencing; photos that don't cover the inside gateway seams; spelling errors; and general flimsiness - though I haven't a legit box to compare for sturdiness. Any feedback is appreciated!

Thanks for reading my protracted post, I'm just a bit anxious waiting for the newest family addition to arrive! :) /peace, K

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Trivia fodder...

...Shakedown outtakes w/ LG in FRONT of the board...

peace, K

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Go Chelsea!

Its early yet! Jose won't give these boys a break after that performance! GO Chelsea! GO Blues!

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LL

Downloading 9/30/71 Floyd BBC Archives (HRV CDR 007B REV A) over on LL; should be done shortly - will leave open for seeding along with GD 10/29/77...peace/K

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Follow Up

So I did manage to get myself a copy of this Wichita show(as well as about 5 other Dave's Picks). I'm very pleased with it, I must say. It's a great performance in the city where I was born (about 3 years and a month later) at a venue I've seen Bob Dylan play AND where my high school graduation was hosted. I also loved reading the liner notes by Gary Houston, who apparently grew up in Wichita and was a 19 yr old working for a local promoter when this show happened. It was interesting to read that he ended up moving to Portland. Evidently, him and I had very similar paths in life. I started in Wichita and eventually moved to Portland as well. I would have never guessed that the Dead had bothered to stop in Doo Dah and play, but play they did...

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A pitch perfect day...

A lovely afternoon watching City dismantle Mourinho's best laid Sunday plans for capturing 3 points at Etihad, then tuning in for the second half of a brazen performance by the USWNT against an overwhelmed Costa Rican squad, though given the clockwork precision of midfield support and high percentage of successfully parlayed goal scoring opportunities, I'm not sure even the Germanys, Chinas, Canadas, or Brazils of this world could've hung within a couple goals of our magnificent women...peace/K

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Dolorous [belatedly]

Just discovered a 2009 interview with Andy Zax regarding the Rhino Woodstock 40 Years On 6-CD box set and the following exchange is a grievous - if not fatal - blow to the last vestige of irrationally persistent optimism I managed to sustain on the subject of a comprehensive Golden anniversary release...

Interviewer: I think what you did is tremendous, because I never would have thought that a 30-CD set of the complete performances would have been possible anyway.

AZ: It’s fully compiled. It’s mixed, fully compiled. It absolutely exists. But will we ever be able to release it? My guess is no.

...Maddening, simply maddening. Still, according to current life expectancy metrics I've got another 5 decades on this planet, so there's reason to hope that heirs or sold catalogue rights might yet exonerate the music from its internment. How about a covert leak to the vilified heroes of archival preservation and distribution at Great Dane; Eelgrass; KTS; Silver Rarities; or Godfather?

And God bless the Grateful Dead for their lack of ego, legacy building, or simple sloth when it comes to opening the archival spigot./peace, K

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"Hey, hey, You, you, get [onto] my cloud...."
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Turnin' on a digm for Harpur

Enjoyed the Seasons run throughs - Jerry really wasn't singing out though, was he? I take it that was TC and Jerry was humouring him by playing minimal pedal? Fun stuff though - thanks, Kate.

Don't know what to say 'bout the Dead & Co. thing. There is one thing for which I applaud John Mayer - he's playin' a Strat. I will forever be an old-school guitar enthusiast!!! I believe Jerry was playin' a Les Paul for 5/02/70 - beefy, no?

And Mr. Connery's role is ridiculous! That laugh! Rough, just like Mom ... bawdy, what?

On a '72 note, be sure to tune into 8/12, Sacramento - I listened to it four times in the car. It has some egregious cuts - especially on a Sugar Mags that's just ridin' so high! Ouch!!! But Jerry just could not be any more expressive in his ballad readings, etc. I've got the BCT, 8/22, goin' now - what is Dave going to do with all this blessed music?

Paz sea con Uds.,

Ddct'd aka Kevin

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Seasonal Jeopardy

New release forums have become an instruction in the immutability of human nature. Recent reincarnation of an old argument through the latest posting flurry on 30 Trips put me to mind of a bizarre round of Jeopardy....

Trebek: "The 2nd Amendment and Jerry's renowned 'let the words be yours, I'm done with mine' comment."

Moi: Alex, what are the two most woefully amplified statements in American history?

Incidentally, were the SNL Ferrell/Hammond - Trebek/Connery parodies not simply legend?!

"Ohhh, 'rough', just the way your mother likes it, Trebek"

peace, K

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The show must go on...mustn't it?...

...no?...no argument here...gettin' weirder as 50 progresses...how 'bout we just take the words "Grateful" and "Dead" COMPLETELY out of the commercial mix with regard to touring permutations of the Regal Survivorship from this point forward?!?

I don't want to slip into a cynical funk, but...

http://images.jambase.com/features/newswirephotos/2015/deadcojb.jpg

yikes!/k

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Paradigm Shift or "Hello, Harpur!"

As the Dead turn from psychedelia to their country roots, the "harmonizing" influence of CSN's presence at Mickey's ranch in 69 becomes apparent, and the boys are about to inaugurate the new decade with a decidedly different sound...

peace,K

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