Dave's Picks Volume 15: Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN (4/22/78) - SOLD OUT
This one's truly all about the music! We're pleased to add the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN, April 22, 1978 to list of "officially released" Grateful Dead shows. A spitfire of a performance that helps mark the band's "end-of-1977 sound," we find the seven firing on all cylinders, hitting high notes on crowd-pleasers like "Bertha>Good Lovin'" and "Jack Straw" in the first set and on "Not Fade Away">"Wharf Rat">"Sugar Magnolia" in the second, lest we forget to mention one of the finest versions of "Wharf Rat" ever performed. We could wax lyrical about the countless highlights of this night but we'd rather just let the jammy goodness prevail!
As always, Dave's Picks Volume 15 has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman. Limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies and shipping out August 1st, you'll want to grab a copy while you can!
3 Disc set
Limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies
Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman
Digipak made of 100% recycled and PCW materials
Release Date: August 1, 2015
Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN (4/22/78)
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The Collection sold for enough to finance my permanent relocation to Holland while seeking citizenship and finding a job in the legal community. Listed the house today. Gonna miss you guys. peace/k
My continuing polyvinyl chloride capers are fascinating for - among other things - discovery of groups I didn't know existed (and apparently haven't been released on CD), for instance, Gillmor & McClaran's decidedly nor'east, mid-70's, post-hippy, folk-vibe; apparently a discography of 2.
LOCKN: Somewhere along the line, I was tabbed by the attending coterie to rent and captain the USS Unwieldy - the M1 RV behemoth that will serve as kitchen, bedroom, taxi, toilet, and general flophouse for the festival. After a couple test drives, I've selected a smashing luxury model whose only apparent liability is the requirement for a petrol station every 37.2 miles. Anyway, I'll be taking off Tuesday while heading West along the compass - note this does not progress ME toward the ultimate geographic objective - for a pick-up in Louisville before heading East to Cincinnati and finally Charleston (WV) before turning southeast to Arrington. As usual, I'll be intermittently wearing a red or green Deadhook tshirt for identification (by which a few of you have already found me this summer in Noblesville, Wrigley, and Louisville). Hope we cross paths! Quick turn-around to Denver for Phish after this one...should've tried to solicit Red Bull as a sponsor to this junket!/peace, K
As fine a summarization of the 40 new sources recently uploaded to the Arc as I've seen (courtesty the estimable LIA (i.e., deadessays.blogspot.com):
7/12/69 - still incomplete, but a slight upgrade for the SBD fragment, a little bit louder/clearer
5/14/70 (electric set only) - quieter, but adds Dire Wolf + Cold Jordan which were missing before
5/24/70 - a significant upgrade, the tape noise has been considerably reduced. There are a few varying sources for this show now (some more complete in parts) but the recording isn't pristine in any of them.
7/2/71 - seems to be the most complete source
3/15/73 - new: almost the whole show in SBD for the first time (previously much of the show was in AUD only). Ideally this new copy will get patched sometime since there are some gaps.
7/28/73 - a huge upgrade for parts of the show (some of it new to SBD), though it's missing AUD patches + encore
9/11/73 - a slight upgrade; it's clearer and has Sugar Magnolia in SBD (though lacking the end of Dew)
Some comparisons are a tossup:
3/24/70 has a bit less tapenoise, but the Dark Star is shorter.
10/25/73 sounds the same, it adds Tennessee Jed but cuts Uncle John.
5/19/66, 12/26/69, 9/10/72, 9/26/72, and 9/28/72 were missing material and inferior to the older copies.
4/5/69, 7/11/69 (with minor repairs), 3/1/70 (missing the AUD portions), 4/11/70, 12/15/72, and 11/1/73 were about the same to my ears.
I haven't checked the new March/April '72 tapes, since the copies we had were pretty excellent already.
Some tapes are brand-new to circulation:
9/12/68 - Clementine studio practice session, with awesome jam
1/23/69 - Avalon soundcheck/rehearsal, excellent (but on the Archive as "6/1/69")
9/17/69 - studio rehearsal, almost 2 hours, can be interesting but very repetitive
early 1966 - several rehearsals taped by Owsley (some of them on the Archive as "6/1/66") - specifically:
"6/1/66" - unknown Phil song, "Wandering Man" - a must-hear
"6/1/66" - acid test bass/drums, no Dead music - very dull
"6/1/66" - Hi-Heel Sneakers, Viola Lee
2/5/66 - same Viola Lee Blues rehearsal we had, but with new takes of Cardboard Cowboy at end
3/9/66 - unknown Pigpen song, Who Do You Love, very strange jam - essential listen
3/10/66 - a few takes of Sittin' on Top of the World
A couple new AUDs from 1974 are up: 6/26/74 Cooper isn't as good as the Jerry Moore AUD (a bit more distant/less clear, and in mono).
6/16/74 suffers from some gaps, and much of set II is muffled & lesser quality, but when it's good it's great, very different & more exciting than the SBD.
A fragmentary Weinberg AUD from 1970 is also up (as "11/12/70") but isn't really notable.
Beset w/ something of a vertiginous sensation logging on without being able to triangulate my position by The Eleven thread; dead reckoning now. Just when I think I've an adequate handle on most of the really smashing music being made, I encounter something like this...
...two observations: (1) humanity could, with reasonable certainty that a definitive rendition has been achieved, retire "Hey Joe" from future covers and (2) if you were not entranced beginning at 6:09, we likely can't be friends. Otis shoulda pulled a Frampton: "Anne Harris on violin. Anne Harris."/peace,K
Edit: Just realized that my preceding post coincided with the tail end of last yr's PL season...and now one of life's big wheels begins another rotation...Huzzah Foxes!
Incidentally, if the last week in Rio hasn't compelled you to hit the local pool for lap swim, then I suspect there's insufficient inspiration in this world to ignite that fire. I've felt so buoyed by a high octane inspirational mix of Phelps/Manuel/Ledecky/Manuel/DiRado that I've entered my first ultra since tearing the AT back in 2014 (a 24 hour race, rather than set distance). Time to get rolling again! Oh yeah, Lockn'll be here soon! WOOT!/peace, K
That pic of Betty, she's quite lovely. Appreciate the share.
A moment of sublime cosmic equilibrium: Sanchez's shorthand goal after that moronic yellow card. What a weekend! Yesterday's 4OT UConn thriller then a North London D(e/a)rby to write home about. Or at least post. Mercy, what a banner Premier Year!/peace, K
In just over 2 weeks time I'm going to Denver for 2 Days, and then East Side of Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park for 3 Days. I'm sticking 2 full days of driving to and from WI in between. A 7 day road trip is planned. I will have a one disc cd player, and I still need to figure out what discs to bring. So far DP 10 and DP 18 are coming to mind. I have space for approximately 20 discs.
I have no plans for Denver yet, except for the Denver Art Museum both days. It's within walking distance from the hotel. We're staying downtown so I'm sure there will be plenty to do. I'm looking forward to Rocky Mountain and lots of hiking and even snowshoeing. There is still 40" of snow for snowshoeing in some areas. Anyone have some tips for visiting Rocky Mountain National Park? Places to go, things to see?
P.S. I'm tossing around in my mind flying to Sheffield, England in July to visit my sister and her family. It would be my first trip overseas in 13 years, so I would need to get a new passport.
Just picked up a 3-day pass to Phish in Denver 9/2-4, which means a quick trip home from Lockn in late Aug and then off to the Rockies...after Halloween at MSG I didn't think I'd bite again on the D&Co., but Cincy & Noblesville on 6/17-18 are close enough that I can road trip and get the feel of following whatever caravan still exists for at least one show. A week later I'll fly to Chicago for Phish at Wrigley x2...so it'll be 2 hectic windows of travel&tunes b/w memorial and labour day-ish. Anyone going anywhere fun?/p,k
I assume it was Phil's 'kidney-rattling, reverbskidmark of a bassline exclamation point ' that knocked that filling loose.
Other than having to look up the meaning of one of your big words today (evince - which is NOT an e-version of Vince (RIP)), I am in tune with your findings and am pleased you've assimilated this happiness into your existence.
Enjoy the Day!
I love how quickly they - really JG, who's clearly running the operation - turn the corner out of China proper (at a about 4:01), but, having telegraphed their intent (like anybody didn't know where that train was headed), they continue w/ another nickel's worth of exploration of terrain between the 2 songs in an energetic jam that - for me - evinces anything but poignancy (YMMV).
Having now thrice played that stretch from about 5:00 to close on China, I'm increasingly impressed with Bob - suspended in clear relief with this gorgeous mix - who weaves sprightly around Jerry's lead; not a catalyst, but lending remarkable color. And I LOVE that kidney-rattling, reverbskidmark of a bassline exclamation point with which Phil caps Rider. WOOT! Good Call..(as I press a filling back in with the blunt end of my pen).../p,k
...includes China > Rider with a FANTASTIC feelin' groovy jam in between which displays some of the most poignantly offered notes a la Mr. Garcia; this is among my all-time favorite Chinacat > Rider sequences. if you don't know it, it is a beautiful companion to the Dark Star > Eyes behemoth you've referenced.
It's a succinct editorial on both the breadth and brilliance of the live performance catalogue that I was not aware of this particular incarnation until prompted by poster over on the Ark earlier this p.m., which, at 42+ minutes covers diverse terrain, but with an artistic cogency that invites attentive listening throughout:
Edit: I've been informed by those cosmopolitan smarties on a jazz site that this performance was released on the RT 4:3 bonus disc, which is why "Vacuuming up all RT Bonus Discs" was just one of the 4,679 immediate uses I had tabbed for last week's 1.5bn Powerball windfall. Right behind purchasing Martinique and contracting Kipnis to install an Outer Limits system in the Listening/Viewing Room of my Caribbean Palace./p,k
...a consolation prize that defies labels...
Can't wait for the next release to sell out before I have a chance to order it.
I think we're alone now.
From the Thoughts on the GD blogsite.
My love of the Dave’s (and Dick’s) Picks series is not hidden: they’re virtually flawless records of the Dead’s career, except for the ones that suck, and anyone wanting to get into the Dead could do well by simply listening to both series in order.
Others think that each new release from Rhino and the Vault is a war crime, and that everyone involved should be tried and then banished to the Phantom Zone in a spinning window pane special effect. Most of these folks live in the Dead.net comment boards and they save their ire for David Lemieux, who is far too professional, reasonable, and Canadian to respond to any of them.
I, on the other hand, am unprofessional, irrational, and American and therefore present Things David Lemieux Would Like To Say To The Dead.net Comment Board:
Because it sounds bad.
That’s nice it was your first show: there were three Brent tunes.
Oh, gosh, no: that show can’t be released.
Because Garcia audibly falls asleep during Ship of Fools.
Please don’t call me those kind of names.
Leave my mother out of it.
Leave Canada out of it.
The steel beams don’t have to melt, just weaken about 15 or 20%.
Are you suggesting that show as a joke?
No, you’re not being “lied to” about ’93.
Shove what where?
That’s not only rude, but impossible.
Yes, Jeffrey Norman does know what he’s doing.
No, Jeffrey Norman’s not “in on it” because there is no “it” to be in on.
None of us are Masons and I wish people would stop spreading that rumor.
Nor are we Shriners, although that organization does truly good work.
We refuse to negotiate with terrorists.
Also, you can’t hold people hostage via the comments board of a semi-defunct choogly-type band.
Why would we lie about which tapes we have in the Vault?
It’s not a state secret.
A ’73 horn show will be released over my dead body.
Do you honestly thing that there’s some sort of trove of ’66 and ’67 tapes we’re hiding?
Complete, multi-tracked tapes of acid-drenched and muscular late ’67 shows, just as they were turning from a shitty surf band into the Grateful fucking Dead, maaaaaaan?
And we haven’t released them?
I first learned the love of wine at the knee of my grandfather, Mario Lemieux; thank you for asking.
Hey- who turned out the lights???
Where did everybody go???
DaP 15 has been a great place to chat.. see you guys over on 16!
Zzzzzzzip! Oh it's twue! It's twue! It's twue!
If true, I am hugely excited for more 1973. I can not get enough of this year. Look at that last flurry of songs - this disc 3 could be in the conversation for best-ever-single-disc:
Half Step, Weather Report Suite, Dark Star > Eyes > Playing, JB Goode
We're wrapping up the 2015 Dave's Picks series with a real whopper! That's right, Dave's Picks Volume 16: Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, MA 3/28/73 - the show that nearly didn't happen - is packed with 30 songs and lengthy ones to boot. As liner note scribe Dennis McNally claims this one's got a "classic 1973 'problem': almost too much good material... they simply did not know how to stop." From the rare "Cumberland Blues" opener barreling into a first set packed with new-at-the-time tunes to an unparalleled second set sequence of "Weather Report Suite">a massively beautiful atonal 31-minute "Dark Star">"Eyes of the World">"Playing In the Band" - an atypical show closer with its extreme energy - we are certain you will agree that this one's bountiful.
Recorded by Kidd Candelario and mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman, Dave's Picks Vol. 16 ships out November 1st. Like all our 2015 Dave's Picks releases, it's also limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies - and these have been known to sell out in matter of days - so you'll want to grab a copy while you can!
The fourth release in the 2014 subscription(DP#12)was released last year on this day 10/6/14.....Where is DAVES PICKS #16 ?!?!? C'mon Man....bring on that 1981 release!
Kayak Guy - I agree there should be a disclaimer in the description when an AUD patch is used.
JimInMd - how about a double disc of bits & pieces / odds & ends / fill-ins for Record Store Day? It could span the entire GD lifetime ('65-'95). How about starting with the 4 missing songs from 11/2/77 Toronto?
Well now the precedent has been set with the new box, it doesn't seem far fetched that more will come from the Vault that has AUD patches.
I just think they should label such releases in the original description and not leave it as a surprise for when the show arrives.
I also feel if they use an AUD patch they should give credit and compensation to the original taper for the patch.
Who do they think they are Zappa during his Beat the Boots phase?
I thought the 1/22 recommendation came from you, Kayak Guy. It sounded great driving through VA Sunday am, it kept getting turned up, and up, and up.
The shows w/ cuts, flips and missing reels must feel like the island of misfit toys on the classic '60's Christmas special.
There aught to be an odds and ends release that comes out at the end of the year for sizzlin' hot partials and bits and pieces. If they rolled this out right, it would stick.
Its a great show, too bad 4 songs are patched with an AUD ;)
A perfect candidate for a Road Trips style release, most is in the Vault but the beginning of the 2nd set is among the missing reels.
Agree on the whole show Dave's Picks format. It also seems like mixing and restoration bugs and glitches are fewer on the later releases.
As a whole they sound pretty good so far.
I'm listening again to 1-22-78. I will never again dismiss 1978. This show is even better than I remember.
It depends on how you look at it. I MUCH prefer the Dave's Picks format. It's hard to top many of those must have Dick's Picks but they could be a bit frustrating at times to me. I just want to hear the show the way the band played it that particular night and Dave's Picks delivers that (although, as some have mentioned, some between songs tunings are edited out). Case in point, Dick's Picks 12: some of the best music ever released by any band, yet it would have been better if they'd just released both shows in their entirety. I have the feeling that in the DiP days they were still not convinced that complete shows would sell. Now that we're sort of a niche market that's no longer really in question, perhaps.
I have a not typical Tuesday off from work tomorrow. Would make a great day if I woke up to DaP16/2016 DaP subscription announcements.
..or how about, "plummy and fruity with a bright balance of acidity and mind-melting, yummy goodness"
As for Dick's vs. Dave's.. I am very happy with Dave's Picks compared to the Road Trips series. He has done an exceptional job and J. Norman et. al. have outdone themselves lately.
..but Dick certainly did benefit for grabbing some of the classics as already mentioned, low hanging fruit. I would have to give it the overall nod for this reason. Dicks 4, 8 and 16 in particular. Also, many after 14 were picked by Dick but set aside for various reasons. Wasn't Dicks 36 a strong contender for the first release, but was set aside because others vetoed it? Too mellow or something. Its a classic.
legal recreational weed is spreading across the us. by 2016 it will be well established. anyways, dead hops and buds is what they should be hawking...
So a wine inspired by the Eyes from 9/7/73, why not just release 9/7/73, I can't listen to a wine. Why not make it DP Volume 16 now that's a BETTER idea.
Deadland the sun is shining here in the City of Brotherly/Sisterly Love what a HAPPY MONDAY it is.
Todays lesson is, ALWAYS REMEMBER TO PLAY DEAD!!!!! Peace
No argument here, Mr. Jack Straw. I think they are all Gems, even the 85 and 92 shows!
The care and excellence put into the Dick's picks series under Dave's stewardship was a great way to honor Mr. Latvala and the music. "This one's for you, Dick."
but the only way that wine is going 'to capture the joy, spontaneity and uniqueness of a Dead show' is with several ten-strips soaking in it, plain and simple.
Oaky, plummy and fruity with a notable "papery" texture ....
The Bertha label is attractive.
Maybe they'll sell some empty bottles at a reduced price?
Yeah. Nice excitement followed immediately by "Ohhh.. lame". Was so excited when I saw the email from Dead.net. But... wine. I don't even really drink wine.
So the consensus is Dick's are better than Dave's? Funny.. I had put a halt on collecting DPs in order to buy up more of the Dave's.. which I thought were probably superior since they are all full shows. Whereas plenty of the Dick's are partials.
yep, Dick only did the first 14, with 15 and 16 coming from his notes. But don't forget, DP18, DP19, DP22, DP23, DP26, DP28, DP29, DP31, DP33, and DP36 are all-timers, chosen by Dave.
Thin, I'm glad you agree. At some point, all the available A+ shows will have been released. I think we probably crossed that bridge already. What we're getting is still good stuff (11/10/67!), but there likely won't be a release to challenge, say, 2/13-14/70 or 5/2/70 from 1970, or 5/19-21/77, 5/22/77, or 9/3/77 from 1977.
Surprised they decided upon the wine, supposedly there were several options on the table- Deep Elem Cranberry Sauce, Potato Au Gratin Caboose, and Mexicali Blue Bean Casserole.
Hey there rockers!!!
Grateful Dead wine? Sorry, pathetic……………
If you’re truly interested in something vintage, try this instead: https://archive.org/details/gd71-12-14.sbd.deibert.12763.sbeok.shnf
Is this a comment on all the whining he has to put up with from us? I thought for sure Dave would have chosen a vintage Playin' In The Band. But No, he went with Dark Star:
To create a collectible worthy of the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary, Wines That Rock have really pulled out all the stops - starting with sourcing premium grapes for this special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and bringing in Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux for a one-on-one blending session with their top Mendocino Wine Co. winemakers and wrapping it all up in a one-of-a-kind bottle that brings to life the great essence and personality of the Dead.
the 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was blended using "Eyes of the World" (9/7/73 - Winemaker Mark Beaman's choice) and "Dark Star" (2/13/70 - David Lemieux's choice) as inspiration. The goal was to capture the joy, spontaneity and uniqueness of a Dead show, resulting in a dark, spacey and cerebral Cabernet Sauvignon that, with aeration, reveals layers of the various influences of the blend's elements. For the finishing touch, Wines That Rock captured the timelessness of the Dead's artwork by silk screening the wine bottle with an intricate version of "Bertha."
If you get time today, give 10/5/94 some attention. I remember this being one of the strongest shows of that tour (and in my opinion the last great tour).
Second set opens with midnight>cumberland! Post drums we get a really rockin Miracle (philly crowds always ate it up) and one of the most soulful Standing on the Moon's i can remember....and to top it off, a Mighty Quinn encore!
I can't paste the link at the moment, but find it on the archive - a really fun time!
Friend of the Devil
Wang Dang Doodle
Lazy River Road
Playing in the Band ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Drums (w/ Jerry) ->
Space (w/o Jerry) ->
I Need a Miracle ->
Standing on the Moon ->
E: The Mighty Quinn
Mr. Jack, you say the reason Dick's series has an edge is "Maybe because Dick got to go first".
Yeah, when picking sides for softball, I've noticed that the team that gets to pick the first 36 players tends to have an advantage.
Remember, Latvala only chose the first 14 Picks of DP. Blame the "stinkers" on Dave! LOL! Just kidding!
I love my Dick's Picks. As a budding Deadhead, the advice given to me was, "buy all the Dick's Picks".
I was just poking around 1979-07-01 Seattle Center Coliseum. Jeez o man what a dream setlist. Jerry sounds pretty damn good as well. Love the Terrapin and Shakedown.
I guess the DaP 16 announce must be right around the corner? I am excited for this one after DaP 15.
EDIT: forgot the most important part - the 2nd set video which has some amazing AUD audio: https://youtu.be/z3qEJxb-R2Q
Had a lot of time in the car this weekend, travelling to be with a sick family member and trying to make work commitments in the South. I made it to the water-war torn areas of SC before all roads closed and the landscape began to resemble scenes from Water World.
Several shows got ear play, a strong '80 show from Pineknob kept me company on satellite radio and I gave a relisten to 1/22/78 as a suggestion from someone on this tread, I believe Kayak Guy.. plus a couple others.
Truly great second set on 1/22, and a shining Other One to be sure. Thanks for getting me to revisit that gem. Same with Pine Knob, Phil was thumpin' on that one and the recording is remarkably clear for the period.
Could use a few more kayaks where I am now. I should have brought one with me.
I love the Dave's Picks series, but 11/8/69, 2/13-14/70, 5/2/70, 9/21/72, 9/27/72, 2/26-28/73, 10/19/73, 11/30 & 12/2/73, 6/26-28/74, 8/4-6/74, 5/19-21/77, 5/22/77, and 2/3-5/78 are all better than the best Dave's. Although, one could argue that 11/17/72, 11/17/73, and 2/24/74 are on equal footing. Maybe it's because Dick got to go first, wasn't restricted to 3 discs, and was allowed to do compilations, but I don't see how you can compare the two series. Just my humble opinion.
That said, the Dave's Picks series doesn't have the stinkers (8/7/82, 12/16/92, and all but the second disc of 10/14/83) that the Dick's series does.
I just had a vision of DaP 16's spine - '81 in red lettering.
Also was pleasantly surprised by DaP 15. I thought we were getting DaP 7 part II, but it turned out to be so much more, didn't it. I can't think of a better sounding Dave's Picks. Coupled with a high energy, tight performance, and wham - it turned out to be a hard-to-beat, top-shelp post-hiatus Dead show.
Another aspect of this year's releases is that they were a single show in somewhat of run of shows; in 2014 all the shows were from venues the Dead only played once.
Coincidence? Probably not, but I also don't this this drives the choices of which shows make the cut and the ones that don't.