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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...
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I find the comments about early era cd's selling quicker and for more money to be right on and very interesting. For me, the Dead is like Carlos Santana's band, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, etc.
In the 1970s you had primitive synths and computerized equipment, but all of the sound still came out of the musicians' hands. The Santana band played with a raw, organic energy. Stevie Wonder was funky as hell.
Having seen Santana and Stevie Wonder since the 1990s, their bands have become this big, bloated, Las Vegas-y spectacle. The sound is all fleshed out huge and the band can no longer turn on a dime. They have lost touch with the funky rawness of their classic eras.
The Dead, as more midi and computerized gear crept in, became a bigger sounding entity as well. Europe 1972 is such an awesome mix of guitar, bass, drums keys and vocals, you can really hear all the parts clearly - but - there is still space to breathe in the mix.
Late-era Brent Dead just is this huge sound all the time. He's got synthesizer shit going on in the background and Mickey has a thousand toys to play with, and Jerry has a ton of effects. The whole thing, at times, is a big muddy wash of sound. Even the percussion is not tight, crisp.
I don't hate it. I'm not even knocking it, it's just how band's sounds have become in the live arena now. Even the Stones have followed this path, though the Havana Moon thing was blessedly stripped down a little.
The Dead lost the groove and punch of the earlier era, in favor of a huge machine, ensemble-like sound. Disagree if you will, but I've had this discussion dozens of times. I'm not the only one who hears it like this.
Also, the set lists are inferior. Things crept in and things went away, and while I understand being stagnant is not the goal, I find the later material to be lacking compared to the 70s.
But you got my attention with Floyd.
I've got a handful of Floyd, Waters, and Zep boots I mean to transfer as well. But yeah, mainly classical. So glad for the working deck!
The idea hadn't crossed my mind either that you would be converting anything but your fav shows from back in the day..
Too funny. You mean these tapes can play other music besides the GD?
They're mainly studio classical tapes. Like Deutsche Grammophon, etc. Brendel, Kempff. Karajan, Rubinstein, Gilels, many, many more. Lotsa good stuff that I want to optimize and convert into lossless FLAC.
Let the torrent sites do the work for you.
I have a large set of tapes I'm transferring to digital right now. They have all required some pitch correction and other editing I can do with the Audacity free ware program. I lately have a lot of time but importantly I have a fellow member of dead.net to thank for providing me the means (a functional deck) with which to complete the daunting project. We are a kind crew here. For that, I am thankful.
I digitized mine and then traded them away while they still had value.
I don't think that one got the Full Norman, perhaps a half Norman at best. DP3 was especially poor (although I love it).
I have to cut Jeffrey some slack though.. what a daunting task.. just clean up these reels and transfer to HDCD. Toss it in a jewel case with a black and red Reel to Reel graphic and call it a day.. perhaps add a caveat emptor to cover our tracks. Done.
I am not sure what he did for the first few, and let's give the pirate hero's (Charlie Miller et al) a toast for making great, pitch corrected, expertly patched free remasters and adding a bit of friendly competition. I don't think he hit his stride until halfway through. Anyway.. sorry for the digression, just thought all this was interesting.
And Liberty Caps.. I still have all my cassettes, but all the rubber and belts on my old Nak bit the dust more than a decade ago. I hold on to them because I cannot concede and just toss them away. I have tried, I just can't do it, but I will never listen to any of them again. In fact.. I am quite convinced the Archive has better copies for all them except one. And that one.. although I love it, like all my kids.. just isn't that good.
Buddy dug thru his attic and found a small travel case full and brought it over recently. Oh, man. We lasted about 6 different shows and 15 minutes before we were like: "Erm, yeeeaaaaaaah. That was fun. Let's go back to the CDs."
We have come a very long strange trip way since then.
Blew away my hissy cassettes
Now the Full Norman is blowing away my torrents
I know I had a small religious experience when I first listened to it. I was in heaven when Dicks Picks 1 was released.. I never understood the complaining.. compared to what things were, we have it very, very good in 2018.
I can’t believe that they didn’t convert once they heard that epic DP1 HCSS.
Flair.. I think that was about the time casual Friday became casual everyday and we got to quit wearing ties and suits and shit.. That was about the time Garcia ties came out, which was about the only GD flair I was able to wear. About a year or two later, Garcia would die.. then again, it was about the time Dicks Picks Volume 1 came out. Yep.. Dicks Picks 1 for me, The Cranberries for my deranged cubicle sharing freaks.
Dennis, thanks so much for your amazing generosity. 1972 has become my favourite year, and at the heart of 1972 are the incredible Dark Stars. Each and everyone is essential, so you have made me one happy chappie.I can't thank you enough! All the very best, Dave.
Jim, maybe you should have just worn more GD flair.
AVAILABLE NOW!!!! Get em while you can.
Rhino , looking for these , especially "It Hurts Me Too" from AOM unreleased material. each one is really cool, but there is one in specific I'm looking for
"Mountains of the Moon" ~ other request is for shows that include this song
...I, personally have a great love for Dicks Picks 30...
One of my favorite Dicks pics actually, then the release on Daves Picks reunited and joined together and became a whole! I dig it !
.... Spacebrother's critiques are primo! I enjoy all, well almost all,
No, I didn't even know that there was a bonus disc with Rockin' The Rhein. In those days I used to buy my Dead from a British outlet called Spin Records, and no bonus disc was referred to. So thanks for the link-but it look like I really missed out-the bonus disc looks great.
You sure listen to more Dead than I do! (What do you mean "It shows.") I don't think I could manage their entire catalogue chronologically-including both 1972 and 1977 Spring tours. I tend to do either one or the other, and this year its 1972. I also start early, due to the paucity of shows in January, hence playing March 1972 this week. It will take a force of nature to stop me embarking on April 1972 tonight.
I agree about the value of listening to all eras of the band, not just the ones you favour. Last year I went through all the Dicks Picks in numerical order, and came across shows hadn't listened to in years, but thought were great. Even the March 72 shows have been a happy surprise.
You probably already know this, but if not, the Dark Star from 3/23/72 can be found on the Rockin' The Rhein bonus CD.
I too did the official release chronological program last year. I'm actually still doing it as I started with shows from the month of February. January is a pretty slow month as not many shows have been released, other than DaP 19 1/23/70, DaP 23 1/22/78, Download Series Vol 2 1/18/70, a few bonus tracks from Road Trips Vol 2 No 2 and the bonus disc that came with it.
February and especially March is when the official release chronological listening party really ramps up if you tackle the Spring 90 boxes in addition to E'72, plus the Academy of Music '72 releases, FW '69 box and bonus disc, download series releases and so on and so forth.
When you get to April and may, it gets harder to keep up considering the overlap between E'72, May '77 and a bunch of other releases....and that's just the Dead.
Having listened to so many shows/official releases over the past year, I've touched on every era and have found it quite gratifying. Touching on neglected shows/eras has been particularly enjoyable. Even though the later eras are my wheelhouse, I have a new found appreciation for everything they did. There's plenty of magic to be found in every era if one takes the time to check it all out. I highly recomend it.
I have a few of the Allman Brothers Beacon run boxes on a hard drive and think I might tackle those next.
SKELETON BEARDS FOREVER!!!
Does that mean Walmarts isn't selling GG Allin and the Murder Junkies bummer
Here's to that.
The Cranberries were never my thing, but I have a deep respect for their music and I recognize her talent, always have. Combined with her reported mental illness and years of reported sexual abuse at a young age.. it just doesn't reconcile. She had a unique voice and style - expressive Irish folk accent, and a bit of yodel at times. The tools in the cubicleland I worked within in the mid 90's used to play the shit out of her and rag on the Dead.. but those were the times we lived in then.
I played some Cranberries today and lamented a bit. 46 years young, sometimes I think we all deserve a little bit better.
Dolores O'Rioridan, the ultimate Zombie chick
of the Cranberries
some good tunes
big favorite of my daughter
dead at 46
death don't have no mercy
my old buddy, you're moving much too slow...
I didn't listen to so many shows from E72 last year, but this year I am looking forward to going through them chronologically. But first....the starter.
In preparation, I decided to have another listen to Daves Picks 14, the Academy of Music show from March 26th, plus the bonus disc accompanying it and Dicks Picks 30, which features the show form 28th March with sundry extras. To be honest, I thought it might be a bit of a chore. For some reason I have never really enjoyed these recordings-I have always thought of them as being a bit pedestrian compared with the Europe shows. And I guess they are-but 26th is way better than I remembered. Bobs guitar is really well recorded, really showcasing his 1972 sound on the Gibson to good effect. His playing, particularly during this year, is so underrated, and the Playing here really sparkles.
The second set really takes off halfway through Truckin', as Phil plays more of a prominent part. The following Other One is a great example of how they could control the dynamics-explosive stuff.
On the bonus disc, from the 27th, there is a great Cumberland Blues, and moving on to the first disc from Dicks Picks 30, there is a very impressive, jammed out Smokestack Lightning-much better than the 1970 versions.
So, I have revised my opinion on these releases. True, they don't really scale the heights they do in Europe-but they are still a great listen. A bit curious why they included 3 Other Ones and missed the Dark Star from the first night, in all these releases though. Seems a bit typical of recent releases, missing the Dark Star show. Hopefully that will be remedied this year.
Tipper Gore would be proud. Zappa.. not so much.
Watching the ex Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz on the news. Looking at him, I can't help but think his true calling was as lead counsel for The Grateful Dead. :D
Checked it out and it has just about everything, including unofficial ‘bootleg’ releases such as
The Live Albums Collection
The Lost Tapes - San Francisco 1972
San Francisco 1970 (lists Lovelight as being written by Janis)
Wonder how they get away with that, possibly because they are based in the UK.
Funny that some of the releases have the parental explicit lyrics warning label.
The entire Europe '72 set of individual shows, the Road Trips
Series, Dick's Picks - and a whole lot more - are available as FLAC downloads from 7Digital (both U.S. & U.K. sites) for about the same prices as when
they were released. I found the site a number of years ago when
looking to fill in shows that had gone out of print and have been
very happy with the selection and prices over a number of years of
ordering from them. 7Digital is like iTunes for FLAC files, they have contracts with all of the major labels (and were to be the new back end for Neil Young's Pono Music Store on relauanch) so I have
to assume that they source these files from official channels. So much easier than paying ebay prices for shows
... I've already posted my feelings of the daves 25 artwork, which I believe is beautiful, just beautiful in every way....
.... reminds me of an artist we , as Dead Fans, have been introduced to this before accomplished artist ..... ;)
...at the time, 'reckoning' acoustic & Electric 'Dead Set' were and still are bright gems, that where released within a one year period. Over the years, sonically improved editions ( reckoning / Lp ) have been released....2018 acoustic release is brew'n ... ; )
I missed Garcia's first solo album, Reckoning and for that matter Old and In The Way when they first came out on LP. Fortunately, Reckoning was re-released as For the Faithful, both on LP and later CD. I paid through the nose for scratchy used vinyl copies of Garcia and Old and In The Way much like some are paying for E72 (and others) now.
Stuff does go out of print, especially stuff that only sells tens of thousands instead of hundreds of thousands or more copies.
I love hearing folks describe listening journeys through E72 and other great tours. I like even more when first hand accounts from the old-timers that spring up from time to time.. thinking of SimonRob, Strider88, HednrixFreak, ForensicDoc, mhammond, bolo, ziffle and a few others whose usernames I cannot recall. I'm amazed they can remember anything at all from shows that happened so long ago, that's a feat in and upon itself.
As for E72, that might just be the single greatest release Lemieux ever pulled off and I am happy they did it all at once instead of piecemeal. What a consistently great tour and year.. 73 was different, perhaps less lysergic, more chaotic as they were trying to get their own label off the ground, perhaps more coke. Most likely more distractions. .. but there is a serene calmness buried in the mayhem of those second sets.. Glad I was online the day they released it and got my steamer trunk no issues at all...
Happy new year to all.. may 2018 be all it can be. Even when things seem grim, we have much more the be happy about than to lament. Cheers.
No worries, I can contribute to some of the pain as well Jim. lol.. I lost mine too when I moved into the house I live in now 10 years ago. Been looking for it for a few years.. I'm hoping it'll turn up one of these days just out of the blue..
Dave's Picks: Volume 25 featuring 11/6/77 Binghamton, NY will go on sale on January 16th, 2018 at 10AM PT time.
Correct me if I'm wrong. I never was that much into time.
Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.
Just like the road trip series, E72 individual shows and the entire music only box were available forever on this site. Eventually Dead.net cut prices to clear inventory. Now you gotta pay up.
Dave can release whatever he wants. I subscribe and give them all a single listen. But, I find myself heading back to E72 more and more. Second set 5/3 is an aural odyssey.
Have yet to hear this show. I've read the "Truckin'" is one of the best ever.
Lilting, laid back quality to the first set with one of the best "Brokedown Palace" harmony vox i've heard. Second Set "Dark Star" is yet another incredible '72 version with an effortless > into "Sugar Magnolia." Recommended. Crazy what the individual retail E72 CD sets now go for on ebay,if you can even find them.
Taking another round through the Europe 72 gauntlet, a little more listening experience under my belt as well as focused attention. They were truly out of their gourds that tour / year / decade.
Just finished 4/14 with a second run through of the Dark Star on for good measure. Not to understate it, but the DS > Sugar Magnolia transition may be the best thing ever.
The safest storage....as long as you take good care - vinyl. Ha what would E72 look like
Where do you store your cdrs next to to the wood stove? As I said I have some that are 20 years old and still work fine. Absolutely there are no guarantees but I am unaware of any of my friends having issues after only 3 years. The only ones I've had trouble with are my dups that I toss in my car without protection hey they're cheap. As for perfect safety you are right nothing is bullet proof but I back up my Dead collection and other oop with cdrs so far definitely the safest in an unsafe world
I had hundreds of CDRs. After about 3 years some would not play/ oversampling errors/glitches/ticks and i was done with them as a reliable medium.
Hard drives crash/are susceptible to power surges/viruses too. Only store a minimal amount of mp3s on my PC for CDR mixes for the car. I consider every CDR mix i make as disposable.
Very proud of my massive retail GoGD CD collection. I expect if i ever needed to resell, i'd more than make my money back on ebay. Does anyone expect to resell data files or CDRs? Heh.
That sounds encouraging-I will go along to the shop on Tuesday and see what they have .Cheers!
While anything will fail leaving it in your car all the time, I am reasonably optimistic mine will outlast me. Back in the late nineties when my top of the line Yamaha? Cost me $450 for a 4x! burner and my 6.4 gig hard drive while not the biggest was pretty good and to get 80 min cdr you went to a show I made literally 1000's over a 10 year period. I am happy to say they still work fine even the funky 99 min (acually 92 with overburn) Comp USA came out with for a short time around 15 years ago. So treat them right and you'll have them for a long long time. I transferred a number of shows from tape that still aren't released so I get to enjoy them without pulling out the old Nak
So I can quit looking for it? Whew.
Now, what to do with all my new found free time.