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Welcome to the 7th year of the Dave's Picks series, as we head into 2018 more excited than ever about where this series is, and where it's going. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the series since its inception in 2012; and to those who are new to it, we welcome you. There's plenty of room on the bus. The anticipation we feel every time we select, and later announce, each and every Pick is equal, or even greater, than this guy's excitement at seeing a train. As we head into and past our 25th release in the series, we feel a great sense of forward momentum, and we aim to keep that going in the coming years. How do we top a release like the upcoming Vol. 25, which as you've likely heard is the classic, much-requested, spectacular 11/6/77 Binghamton, NY show? With the show we're thinking about for Vol. 26, that's how! Really, we aim to equal, or top, every release by heading to great performances that you or may not have previously heard, but never in the quality Jeffrey Norman is able to produce. We've got our eyes and ears on several shows for possible upcoming Dave's Picks releases that are going to make 2018 the best year yet in the series, and that's how we honestly feel. Thanks again for subscribing. We keep doing what we do because you keep digging it. Your support and feedback is what keeps making us scream like we've just seen the train of our dreams...

David Lemieux
October 2017

Because the demand for these limited, numbered releases is so high, we've decided to bump the 2018 Dave's Picks production run to 18,000 of each of the four releases. While this means there will be more to go around, the best advice we have to give is... subscribe. When these releases go up for sale a la carte, they sell out within hours. Hours. No hyperbole here. The only way to avoid disappointment and be guaranteed all four Dave's Picks in 2018 is to subscribe.

In addition to the four CD releases in 2018, totaling 12 CDs, you’ll also get the subscription-exclusive bonus disc, which has proven to be one of the most highly sought after collectables we’ve ever released and free domestic shipping. Subscriber bonus discs will not be released outside of this offer. Early bird subscribers can nab a sub at $99.98 (regular pricing will be $115.92).

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Pink Floyd etc.

Thanks to the contributor for the KQED link. I'm delighted and pissed at the same time. Why the hell didn't PF include this and whatever else with the box set? I got the box, love it, but WTF?
If memory serves me (:D) there should be the Dead from NYE 1970, Calebration, Dead, Airplane, & Quicksilver from 10/4/70, Boz Scaggs, Linda Ronstadt from the Avalon or Family Dog and who knows what else. Do we need an act of Congress or what?

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Early Bird special price over?

It cant be that the Dave's Picks early bird price is over, is it?

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A June '76 box....

....sits well with me. They played the Beacon Theatre during that month. Bring it.

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Stoltzfus 76

I’ve repeatedly called for 6/14 and 6/29.
10/9 was one I really wanted, along with 6-28-74, and got those years ago as DP’s, now just waiting for the DaP’s to come....

Or that June ‘76 Box which would be even better!!!!!!

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GD76

phenomenal music

6/3
6/4
6/9
6/10
6/11
6/12
6/14
6/15
6/18
6/19
6/21
6/22
6/23
6/24
6/26
6/29

I listened to these in sequence
6/15 through 6/29
then
6/3 through 6/14
many of these are release worthy. some already have been released (6/9, 6/18)
after June comes July...GD at the Orpheum Theater

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Dancing Bear mirrors & 11-18-1972 HOUSTON, TEXAS, 40th annivers

I wrote already about large yellow Dancing Bear mirror, made by myself, which comes with gratis CD Houston, Texas 11-18-1972, still sealed, sold-out for long time... show was 40 years ago on this day!
Large Dancing Bear mirror is still available, but I've sold recently 2 smaller Dancing Bear mirrors. Pink Dancing Bear mirror is listed today, take a look:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/175957520/pink-dancing-bear-mirror-ready-fo...

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New Old Pink Floyd in San Francisco

Out Takes from KQED Pink Floyd just surfaced, wonder if they found any of the GD broadcasts.

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/11/14/pink-floyd-kqed-1970/

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Rex Foundation and Live Music Archive

Today is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, where citizens are encouraged to financially support MN charities, non-profits, art organizations, and civil-rights defenders. So here is my annual plea for everyone here to please stop right now and give some money to Live Music Archive and the Rex Foundation, non-profit and charitable organizations near and dear to Deadheads.

https://archive.org/donate/

http://www.rexfoundation.org/support-rex/

I'll also mention the Southern Poverty Law Center, to whom an anonymous donor recently gave Jerry's Wolf guitar for auction. Someone else stepped forward to match the auction price, raising $3.2MM for the SPLC. That makes it Dead-related, so I'm mentioning it here.

https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

Be kind.

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D & Co tonite

on Colbert. Also Friday nite too.

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Thanks!

I thought there were a few! I appreciate you listing them. So much fun to speculate what future releases might be hidden in this year's songs.

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30 Days > Future Releases

ty627...many! just to name a few...
2010:
The Music Never Stopped - DaP 7
Shakedown Street - RT 4.2

2011:
Slipknot > Franklin's Tower - DaP 4
Just a Little Light - Spring 1990
Feel Like a Stranger - Spring 1990
Lazy Lightning > Supplication - DaP 1

2012:
High Time - May 1977
Here Comes Sunshine - DaP 5
Scarlet > Fire - 30 Trips box
....
....
....

Hope for some RFK 73, Greek Theater 84, and so many more!

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30 Days....

Can someone confirm if there have been past 30 days of the dead selections that went on to be Dave's Picks?

I seem to recall this was a thing that happened a couple of times but my memory ain't what it used to be.

3-31-91 & 4-1-91 would fit on 4 discs. That would be a nice release but now I am just rambling.....

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Jim

I knew I could count on you to accurately read between the lines.

Sergei "The Jackal" is your contact. You know what to do next.

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Seeing Double..

Double post. Not sure how that happened..

I'm pretty sure Bolo is calling for a D&C tour to Iran and N. Korea because he's trapped behind their borders, facing serious peril, without a valid passport wearing nothing but a Jerry Garcia tie, sandals and pair of boxers. I have no proof of this, but there's at least a 40% chance most of this story is true.

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World Tour

I'd have to catch some of those shows.. North Korea and Iran would be a trip..

I wonder if the reason the GD / JGB never went to Japan relates to the Paul McCartney situation? Still.. I would want to turn on Asia if I were them.

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Japan

Can't believe the Dead never got around to playing in Japan. I think JGB was supposed to play there in the 90s but Jerry bailed.

So D & C could start there, then on to Beijing and Moscow, finishing in Pyongyang. Maybe throw in Tehran for good measure. There's your new world order right there!

Imagine the North Koreans hearing the Grateful Dead for the first time. That'd be more than enough reason for a regime change!

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Trey good

Not a fan of Phish, but based on the comments today, I just checked some recent Youtubes, and yes this is an excellent and fun band!

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Trey Band

Good to know, will keep an eye out.

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West Coast tours

We did just have a great Tedeschi Trucks tour (with several multi-night stops) and get Chris Robinson Brotherhood in a couple weeks, DSO in Feb. (The TTB shows in Seattle were great.)
I'm sure we'll get Phish next summer, too.
The one that bums me out is no Trey Anastasio Band this past year. If folks haven't seen TAB, check them out. The difference from Phish is rather like the difference between the Dead and JGB--way more R&B and covers, Trey tours with a 3 piece horn section, too. Also if you generally don't like Phish that doesn't need to apply to TAB.

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No West Coast love....

.... equals weak. Phish did too.

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Hundred Year Hall

Hundred Year Hall is outstanding on every level. Band tight, setlist, high energy.

I concur completely!

\m/

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Help - A fly in my jam sandwich

I've only been on the bus for 10 years, not long compared to many of you. Saw lots of concerts, Zep, Stones, Santana, JGeils, Day-On-The-Green but the Dead only once, 5-28-1982 at the Moscone Center in SF - it was bad on many levels...like seeing a concert in a parking garage. I didn't get the Dead that show.

All these years later, once I got it, I'm so thankful for all these live shows that have been preserved and made available...my first tastings were Dicks 6, Hundred Year Hall and Dicks 3...some great stuff, that Truckin/TOO/Comes A Time on Hundred is sublime..

I recently forked out some cash for a new Winterland 73 box set from a second seller and right there in the second coming of PITB in the monster jam sandwich on Disc 5, PITB-UJB-Dew-UJB-PITB, there is a sonic scratch...what a bummmmer...I've cleaned the disc, tried everything, it must be in the recording on the disk... And Disc 8, Big River also has a sonic mess. It's too late to return it...so much Dead, so little time (though I now make a point of banging through every new CD asap)..any suggestions?

Deep cut: Dicks 4 - Dancing In The Street is great stuff! Whoa-o-whoa

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Extended

Free gig under Big Ben, Tivoli, Munich, Amsterdam, Paris.. Barcelona and Pompeii for good measure. Then a quick jaunt to Tokyo.. I'd be remiss if I didn't add an Australian and New Zealand date or two.. then Rio, an acoustic set at Machu Picchu and home. Take the wives.. have some fun guys.

Uh oh.. it's happening again.. Strange brew..

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D&C Pacific Tour

They should consider a tour of the islands - Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Japan.

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Tour Coordination

I concur. But have just one small addition. Lets get all these wonderful bands down here to Oz for a tour. I know there would be at least a dozen of us here in Adelaide that would show up. Govt Mule will be at the Byron Bay Blues Fest this year and a few other places.

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Cray

A bit slow and antiquated for my liking.. but I'm up for the challenge. It's a worthy endeavor. For the first year at least I think two complimentary tickets for each show would be a good token gesture.

Eaton, Russo, Phil, Bobby.. send me a PM.

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Tour coordination

We need someone to handle the scheduling for all the Dead-related bands out there. Right now Dead & Co., DSO and JRAD are all playing on the east coast. We're high and dry out here in the West, although I see Phil has Hawaii covered next month.

If someone could develop an algorithm and run it through a Cray XC Supercomputer, we could have the aforementioned bands (+ P&F, etc.) playing all sections of this great country simultaneously.

Imagine all that wonderful music playing throughout the land at the same time. Might just be the antidote to all the divisiveness going on out there.

Somebody handle it. I'd volunteer, but I'm working on some interstellar projects a couple of parsecs away at the moment.

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Auction of the Czar's memorabilia

Those chairs and table got me on a roll thinking...

Great memorabilia from the Czar. With goods like these, the idea of the Grateful Dead Museum 20 years ago was an idea that should have come to fruition.
Imagine a several acre site with rooms of ever-changing displays, all the instruments, sound and lighting equipment, etc. Also a special study library of business papers, original lyrics, etc. A Madame Tussauds area with wax likenesses of all the members of the band, and some of the crew.
Of course, several performance areas of various sizes for the legacy bands, cover bands and other music of the style.
The merchandising of the music where you can buy recordings of concerts face-to-face, similar but not the same as, what we have now.

Etc., etc. ...

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Swimming Pupils

It wasn't me this time.. I swear, it wasn't me.

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anybody watching c-span q&a?

Dudes eyes look like the boy's in JiminMD's avatar...whoa!

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An auction in Reno?....

....I've been to Reno. Looks like the Biggest Little City in the World just got a little bigger. Still a five hour drive from Southern Nevada but worth it if I could come back with those chairs....

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Auction

Those chairs are cool.

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But wait, there's more

Rare Grateful Dead Memorabilia to be Auctioned in Reno

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/11/rare-grateful-...

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A la carte

A well-reasoned argument, Minas, but of course the majority have enough brain cells to realise that the subscription is the way to go and don't give a rat's ass about a la carte because they don't have to. Still, more copies available for those who still haven't got the point can only be a good thing.

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a la cart

I'd say there's a 50/50 chance that a la cart is coming back, at least short term. By that I mean, the Sell Out may be a week out, rather than hours after they go on sale. There are two factors working toward this. We have the extra 1500 units, as production is going up from 16,500 to 18,000, and we have the reseller wildcard. I give more potential significance to the notion that resellers may start to back off of Dave's Picks. Why? Because their profits are slowly dwindling. With so many resellers in the game, the average cost per unit is going down on eBay. This is already occurring. When they see that even more units are being produced (which hurts their market), they may back off of Dave's Picks to some extent. Fewer resellers next year buying fewer units, plus the extra 1500 being produced may be enough to bring a la cart back, at least for one week on one or more of the four Dave's Picks this year.

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The Slanted Shelf Blues

My CDs are on shelves in my office.. one of them is slightly slanted and the bonus discs were on the corner.

One day I was drifting off in space.. likely procrastinating or something and happened to gaze towards the trashcan (which was preciously placed just under that corner of my slanted shelf). All the bonus discs were in the garbage. They must have slid off when someone slammed the door or something.

Luckily I caught it or before the trash got emptied... or I would be bonus deficient. Those are pretty hard to replace.

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Road Trips collection

Does that come with the 16 or so bonus disks or was it just the 2 CD sets?

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One For The Road

I passed on Road Trips when they were issued. I believe, at the time, the decision was economic but also I was having these crazy thoughts, "...Led, you don't need to buy EVERY Dead release!"

Glad I got over that... anyway it's been haunting me and when I came across the complete set for a screamin' deal, I jumped.

Now that it's all burned into the machine, I put the whole collection on 'shuffle.' What a tasty segue of songs that brings on... yes.

Just poured a nooner glass of absinthe to set the mood. Ah, Saturdays...

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Death of A La Carte

I bet it works this year.. an extra 1,500 copies will make a difference.

It seems a run size of 16,500 didn't accurately factor in the extra demand caused by the return of the Betty Boards.. at least that's my take.

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saying...

buying DaP a la carte used to be doable.

Fluffa says why save 30 dollars when you could have all four per year.

I like to save money. I don't want _all_ of them. hence buying DaP a la carte worked.

You can't do "a la carte" purchasing of DaP anymore. it is dead. kaput. the "sold out" is too fast.

anyway...

please listen to 6/3/76. what a classic show. so good.

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What did Stoltzfus just say?

And why are you up so early on a Saturday morning?

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A la carte died this year

It made sense to me. But a la carte is dead.

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Subscription Surprise

I enjoy the subscription surprise also.

Honestly.. I would get all the releases anyway.. the fact that they spend what I believe is a lot of effort in preservation, restoration, re-mastering, pitch correcting, and all the other things they do really makes it a no brainer.

The Live Music Archive is an incredible resource and a game changer. It likely puts additional pressure on the GD and Rhino to further improve things..

For the most part, these archival releases are as good it this music will ever sound, so why sit on the sidelines? I also look forward to the subscription surprise. :D

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Scare the à la carte

I'm ready to see the 5k remaining on a Subscription.
I love the surprise of the subscription process. I love the posts from the guessing games but I hate the complainers who already understand they can pawn a Pick they don't like for their subscription price. We keep raising the Limited Number for the à la carte buyer a collector who'll spend 70$ for 2 Picks instead of 100$ for all 4. It still baffles me today. I missed 1-4wB and paid dearly for it. As someone posted it's 2.50$ a week. this subscription has gotten bigger then boxsets now. It's time to leave it alone.

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hey y'all

check out 2/26/73 and 2/28/73.

DiP 28

SOOO GOOOOOOD.

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aaaaand something from April 71

as well as something from 1970

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another prediction for Dap 2018: 6/3/76

good good stuff

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Fuel

Toss it right in..

Sixtus, you had better count your light sabres too.. Fun with beer and great for yardwork.

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Mushroom Dust

Do I have to empty the powder out of the vegan capsules or just throw them in by the handful like hippie vitamins?

Good thing you said something though, you should have seen this thing take off when I fill the tank with blue everclear. 'Cin is highly volatile, so we make blue 'shine with freshies to preserve the sparkle and shimmer.

Psychedelic rocket fuel, gentlemen.

Roses for lunch? I'll be right over!

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Band Together Show

I watched the whole thing last night, most of the performers did a good job, it was a very eclectic group of musicians. I had never heard of Raphael Saadiq, but was very impressed with all he did and will check out some of his stuff. G-Eazy was the weakest of the performers in my eye, but I am not a fan of hip-hop so I am not the best gauge on this. I thought Dead & Co did a great job and have even higher hopes for the upcoming tour. Metallica, Reynolds/Matthews and Rancid all did a good job.

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