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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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October 2017

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boki's picture
Joined: Aug 30 2008
'LUCKY NUMBERS' & 'Cats under the Stars' XL wall mirror

My last post was on March 3rd, or 3.3. I wrote about Yellow Dancing Bear mirror .
Today is June 6th, or 6.6., and it's my 48th. birthday. I'm a bit obsessed with numbers, specially with number 66. Additionally, I enrolled an English course last year and my latest homework is an essay about superstitions & lucky numbers. The result is here, a post about XL wall mirror based on cover of 'Cats under the Stars' album.
This mirror is listed in my cat related shop, it hasn't been finished yet. Lately. I had a custom order, I made a wall mirror in the customer's cat shaped, she sent me a few pictures of her cat. I was thinking about personalizing 'Cats under the Stars' mirror, what do you think about this idea?
I named this mirror 'Cat Lucky under the Stars' (Lucky was my first cat), but I'm able to add your cat name on it:
As I mentioned earlier, today is my birthday and I created coupons for 33 % lower prices,
You have to type 2018JUNE6 before checking, coupons are valid until June 10th.
'Cats under the stars' mirror is an entrance into the cat shop, yellow Dancing Bear mirror is listed in my first shop, in Grateful Dead section:
P.S. About upcoming box I would like to see a whole run of June 1970 Fillmore West shows... 1969 is acceptable also, with Janis Joplin on 'Lovelight'

Joined: Apr 28 2009
Santa Barbara '73-74, Kezar '73

I know one of the goals of Dave's Picks is to get shows out which in some case may have flown under the radar or simply were unavailable as the masters weren't in The Vault. This is an admirable and essential aspects of DP I believe. Pulling out killer shows that maybe haven't yet been made "public property" (like Cornell '77, Veneta '72, for example).
I'd simply love to hear the to Santa Barbara gigs: the simply mind-blowing 3 set monster from 5/20/73 and the high energy, rock solid 5/25/74 remastered.
Also Kezar Stadium from 5/26/73 (which shared a simply beautiful recording/mix with 5/20 in Santa Barbara). Kezar is another 3 set monster of such quality it is well worthy of DP treatment.
Also, 7/18/72-Roosevelt Stadium one of the band's flat out life-altering performances (even for those not there who've simply listened to the show in the right frame of mind over the years).
Also, it'd be amazing to have a box set of March '73 which included: 3/16/73-Uniondale, NY, 3/19/73-Uniondale, 3/26-Baltimore, and 3/31/73-Buffalo. It would be simply amazing! This run of shows (of which 3/28/73 is already a volume of Dave's Picks) is simply SO strong it would have to rank as one of the strongest box sets ever.
In the end, whatever Dave picks and we get I'll always end up with a grin on my face, so that says it all...

Joined: Oct 11 2015
2018 Box Set

I have an itching feeling that the next box set may get announced in the May 2018 Grateful Dead Bulletin. I'll be keeping my eyes out, for sure.

Joined: Jun 19 2007
Other Ones (boxes that is)

Possible BOXES/Dave’s/SHOWS

First, glad the main consensus seems to be a unified hell yeah for DaP 26...
Great shows, if perhaps too much alike....if one were to nit pick....
Funny only one person has commented on the ABQ show sounding like Kieth is playing an upright, somewhat out of tune piano....a story there to be had I’m sure, Dave?

Ok sports fans, after reading all the pontificating about what should/shouldn’t be released for what feels like forever ad nauseam, I finally feel compelled enough to speak up for those of us with perhaps a more opened minded, comprehensive view on the subject....oh boy I can see half your heads turning bright red, spinning around, and/or exploding as we speak hee-hee ; )

DISCLAMER; these are just some loose ideas, not the cure for cancer....
The one give in all this though, and kinda my point here, is there is soooooo much more great GD music, and that not everyone is a taper or approaches the music as such, just saying....

We are so fortunate that we have even received what we have, so bottom line is be grateful, and “let there be songs, to fill the air”
Ok, gentleman (and ladies) start your engines....

FALL 89 BOX; (supplements previously released shows. We all know the multi-tracks are available...NOTE; I have not had the pleasure to hear all these, (heard and/or been to 8 of the 17, so somewhat going off of set lists for balanced lbox set. Still can’t believe I sold my Miami tix even after all these years, “Rat Farts!”)
9-29-89; 1st DEATH DON’T, sugar mag (end)/Quinn the Eskimo (e)
10-14-89; 1st set Help/Slip/Franks, China Doll-1 Mo Saturday (end)/ Black Muddy (e)
10-19-89; Help/Slip/Franks, DEATH DON’T-Lovelight (end)/ Baby Blue (e)
10-20-89; 1st CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE , Hey Pocky way, Scar-Fire, Trucking, TOO Jam, Sugar mag (end)/ Brokedown (e)
10-23-89; Cali Earthquake, Crazy Fingers, GDTRFB-SOTM-Lovelight (end)/ ATTICS (e)
10-26-89; DARK STAR, Stella-NFA (end)/ WE BID YOU GOODNIGHT (e)

FALL 73 BOX; (Let Me Sing, W.R.S., Let it Grow etc with horns)
9-11-73; Dark Star-Dew- Sugar Mag (end)
9-17 or 18-73 ??

WINTER 73 BOX; supplements previously released

6-14-85 (possible)1st Keep on Growing, Stagger Lee, Smokestack-Comes a Time-Sug Mag (end)
6-16-85 (possible) 1st Cryptical, Warf-Lovelight (end)/ Brokedown (e)
6-22-85 (possible)
6-25-85 or 1st set only as a bonus?? Day Tripper
6-27-85 * (definitely!)
6-28-85 * (definitely!)
6-30-85 * (definitely!)
7-01-85 * (definitely!)
7-13-85 * (definitely!) Smoking first set!!; mix with Cryptical through Around from second set BONUS DISC?

OTHER Possible Boxes and/or Dave’s etc
1-10+20-79; Dark Stars and a St. Stephen
12-5+15-71; Dark Stars etc, BONUS DISC 3-17-70!
69?: need more of those psychedelic suites etc!!!!!
8-21+24-72; Dark Stars etc
9-26-91+6-9-91; 1st set, + Bonus 2nd set

3-20+21-92 (C eh, N eh, D eh!!!)
6-21-84+6-30-87 (C eh, N eh, D eh!!!!)
or something similar from venues/Places rarely played????


FALL 83 BOX?; 10-11,15,17,22-83; St. Stephens etc, supplements DP 6

SPRING 89 BOX; these are only what I’m familiar with....supplements 4-2+3

And FALL 85 BOX? These are what I’m familiar with, obviously could be others....

How bout themes like best of venues or cities like....
Rochester Aud.
Hampton Coliseum
Greek Theater
Cal Expo
Or???????????? Pick best 5 or 6 unreleased shows from ???????

How about some more videos? Yes, yes I know they didn’t sell etc, but if there is stuff that is already complete and the production costs have already been spent I.e., 7-2-89, why not release small batches like Dave’s?

The point is, no matter how great the late 70s, Beatty Boards etc are, and they certainly are (usually, ahem)there is a whole lot more great, and some would argue comparable shows/tours/eras etc out there....
“just gotta poke around”, “free your mind, the rest will follow!”......or
“Don’t dominate the rap Jack if you’ve got nothing new to say”

yes perhaps the tapes aren’t always top notch, so what, market them at some kind of discount, just get more out before we croak! ; )

Hell, how about announcing possible shows, but having us pay before production so Rhino/GD etc does not lose money, and we don’t get shut out? The ole supply and demand symbiotic thingy.....nudge, nudge, wink, wink know what I mean.

Ok, that being said, let the games begin. Oh, and you cant hurt my feelings cause I’ve seen shows in three decades (5 if you add post JG), and have listened to soooo much magnificent music for over 50 years now! So go ahead haters, make my day, “you cannot block my stoyyyllle!”

Joined: Oct 31 2015
I’m with you

Love the series but 24 volumes fall in a ten year period from 69 to 78. Only 2 have barely entered the 80’s.
There was still magic after 78. Pleeeeeeeaaaaaaaaase step out of the 70’s and give us some 80’s and 90’s too.
It will be ok, I promise. ;) not a complaint but a suggestion.

Joined: Nov 1 2017
Re: #51 crazy8brian

Um, totally agree. HOWEVER, all of sp90 has been released, you know, right? Two boxes, worth.

Joined: Nov 6 2017
Dave's picks

I have absolutely no problem with the selections of vol 1 thru 26. I'm just curious why there's no shows later than '81. What about spring 1990, there were SO MANY good shows on that tour. Especially 3/18/90!!

Joined: Apr 20 2012
I want DP 26

I want this. Count me in for 'buy.'

Joined: Nov 2 2010
DP 26 = 11-17-1971

11-17-1971 Albuquerque Civic
official email

Joined: Jan 20 2009
Dave's Picks 26

Any chance we might get a drop date/time???

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Joined: Oct 11 2016
Dave's 26

Are we there yet?

boki's picture
Joined: Aug 30 2008
'Terrapin Station', vinyl printed in Zagreb, Croatia

I wrote a few posts here already, first one was about yellow Dancing Bear mirror
(pink one is on my profile picture).
Yellow Dancing Bear mirror comes with a
sealed CD Houston, Texas * 11 - 18 - 1972 as a special gift!
I added today another treat, it's a vinyl 'Terrapin Station',
reissued by Jugoton (my record player is broken)
Yellow Dancing Bear mirror is here:
CD & LP are listed with the mirror, but if you want only CD, or LP ( I think that record is a curiosity for most of you, but in my age that was a really treat, and still is in great condition),
just send me a message, I can add CD, or LP with smaller Dancing Bears!

Joined: Sep 9 2015
I'll take it

If still available

Joined: Mar 22 2017
Pigpen Box Set

I really hope it's true!!!!!

,,,,and now I want to listen to "Feel It" by Anton Newcombe with The Black Angels,,

Pigpen Rules!

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Joined: Oct 24 2017
Extra copy

I have a extra Dave's picks Vol 25, still sealed.

Willing to part with for my cost plus shipping.

Aslo have complete 2015 sealed , all four shows and bonus. Set is gone

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
msmiranda - RE: DP24 - DP25

boblopes posted about this on the Dave's Picks 25 page: (posted on January 26, 2018 - 9:26am)

Joined: Jul 21 2016
Livin' in the Past

My DP25 arrived in the mail yesterday and I downloaded into my Mac's iTunes as soon as I got home from work. Strange thing was it popped up as DP24 with the rest of the info correct. An easy enough fix once the downloading was done, but I thought it was odd. Any one else noticed this?

On a completely unrelated subject, I miss Richard Nixon. I never thought I'd ever be able to say that.

Everybody take a step back. One, two, three...

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
If you can feel it... better get your hand outta your pocket!

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Joined: Apr 29 2016
...can you feel it?

...Pigpen boxset is coming soon, I can feel it. :)

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Do You Have an Extra Dave's Picks 2018 Subscription or Vol. 25?

...and are you willing to part with it? If so please get in touch and we can chat!

I missed out on both the subscription and individual release.


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Joined: Dec 12 2009

ONLY...947 REMAIN! ;)

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Joined: Mar 19 2015

You captured the later Era Dead sound very well. This is one big reason why I don't care for it. It feels very busy and bloated compared to earlier days. And with so many 60s and 70s shows to listen to, I do not yet have a need to dig too deeply into the 80s. I do snag a few Throwing Stoneses and Touches of Grey for a mix, and an Althea or two, and definitely the Foolish Hearts and Standing on the Moons.

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Joined: Feb 16 2017
Knights In White Saffron

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.

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Joined: Oct 20 2015
You lost me at classical

But you got my attention with Floyd.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
more tapes

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!

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Joined: Jun 27 2011

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?

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

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.

icecrmcnkd's picture
Joined: Oct 20 2015
Wilfred don’t waste your time

Let the torrent sites do the work for you.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

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 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.

icecrmcnkd's picture
Joined: Oct 20 2015

I digitized mine and then traded them away while they still had value.

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Joined: Jun 27 2011

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.

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Joined: Jan 23 2016
early 90's cassettes

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.

icecrmcnkd's picture
Joined: Oct 20 2015

Blew away my hissy cassettes

Now the Full Norman is blowing away my torrents

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Joined: Jun 27 2011

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.

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Joined: Oct 20 2015
Cubicle Cranberries

I can’t believe that they didn’t convert once they heard that epic DP1 HCSS.

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Joined: Jun 27 2011
Cubicle Tools

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.

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Dennis pms

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.

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Joined: Oct 20 2015
Cubicle tools

Office Space....

Jim, maybe you should have just worn more GD flair.

Joined: Dec 17 2011
DP 25

AVAILABLE NOW!!!! Get em while you can.

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Joined: Aug 8 2013
March 1972 ~ "China Rider" "It Hurts Me Too" "Brown-Eyed Women"

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

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Joined: Nov 1 2012

check pms

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Joined: Apr 29 2016
Academy of Music '72 run...

...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,
:). Lol

Joined: Sep 1 2014
SPACEBROTHER-Rockin' The Rhein

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.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
daverock Academy of Music '72

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.

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Joined: Apr 23 2008

Does that mean Walmarts isn't selling GG Allin and the Murder Junkies bummer

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Joined: Jun 27 2011
No Mercy

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.

Joined: Dec 17 2011

Dolores O'Rioridan, the ultimate Zombie chick

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