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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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A doff o' the old hat to Dolores O'Riordan

of the Cranberries

some good tunes
big favorite of my daughter

dead at 46

death don't have no mercy

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some very slow GD

8/4/76 Loser

my old buddy, you're moving much too slow...

observation #232,858.

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Academy of Music - E72

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.

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Explicit Lyrics Warning Label

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

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7digital

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.

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Europe '72 and Road Trips Downloads

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

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----a nice cool breeze ;)
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Art production

... 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 ..... ;)

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Garcia and reckoning...

...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 ... ; )

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Garcia & Reconing

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.

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GD Movie Film

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..

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Tuesday! Tuesday!

Dave's Picks: Volume 25 featuring 11/6/77 Binghamton, NY will go on sale on January 16th, 2018 at 10AM PT time.

1PM ET

6PM GMT

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.

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E72

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.

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T minus 12 days and counting for DaP 25

Have yet to hear this show. I've read the "Truckin'" is one of the best ever.

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E72? 5-25 is sublime.

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.

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E72

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.

Go Vikes.

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Storage

The safest storage....as long as you take good care - vinyl. Ha what would E72 look like

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Storage

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

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Retail media, for many many reasons = For the win.

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.

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zxtttxz-cd drive

That sounds encouraging-I will go along to the shop on Tuesday and see what they have .Cheers!

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Cdr

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

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Really?

So I can quit looking for it? Whew.

Now, what to do with all my new found free time.

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Don’t panic Jim

Those film snippets were from the reels that were distributed to movie theaters.

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GD Movie Film

I don't know if this is a bad omen, guessing it is. But when I pre-ordered the re-release of the GD movie (either on DVD or Blue Ray, I forget), the special incentive with getting the pre-order was you got one clip of the negative of the unused film in the movie.

I did get one small piece, a single clip of film - like one still shot picture with the 16mm margins with holes cut out to feed the film. I held on to it for years, but it did not survive my last move.

So I think to get all the video, you would have to get all the pre-order folks to send their one snippet of film back, then splice them all together in the correct order to make this happen.

And everyone could perhaps comply except for me.. because I lost mine..the last time I moved. So I don't think this will happen.. and it's all my fault.

Sorry man.. I guess I screwed the pooch on that one.

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Chiclets

Watching GD Movie

Time for these shows to be released in their entirety, audio and video.

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Cover Art

Yeah, there is definitely something about the color scheme that works for me, as well as the details around the border. Looking forward to finding out who the artist is and seeing the art for the rest of the year. As far as the beards on skeletons, I think if I can go with the flow on dancing, sentient, music digging skeletons I can deal with the unreality of the beards. But hey, I dig reading fiction too, so I guess I am predisposed to enjoying alternate realities.

Curious to see how quickly this sells out on the 16th, I expect it won't take long at all.

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Over time......

I have CD-Rs that I burned in ‘98/‘99 that still play flawlessly. It all depends on handling and storage. Keep them in your hot car during the summer and they will slowly degrade, but it actually takes a long time. I stored 600 CD-Rs in my car for 11 years, with the car baking in the hot Georgia sun during the summer, and about 90% of them still play.

They were Imation CD-Rs. Brand may make a difference.

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CDRs will eventually fail over time...and skull beards

I'd like to see any/all full show Download Series era shows get proper official release on retail CDs. I'll have to revisit that era to refresh my memory.
Volume 4: September 24, 1976
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Volume 7: September 3, 1980
Springfield Civic Center Arena, Springfield, Massachusetts
September 4, 1980
Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island

Volume 8: December 10, 1973
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Would all be welcome additions to the retail collection.

And if the bearded skeleton thing started with the "Touch Head" era? Heh, i can live with that.

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Burners - discs, not those people at Burning Man

External burner is the way to go. CD burners are cheap.
You will still need burning software, regardless of whether it’s internal/external, PC/Mac.

I burn more than 1000 discs per year, CD/DVD/BluRay, for playing and for data backup. Yeah, I like to have a copy where the bits are in sequence, along with the block version of HD’s.

I use Macs and get external USB 3.0 BluRay burners from OWC, along with the Toast BluRay burning software. Those burners will burn a CD in less than 2 min, a DVD in about 10 min, and a BluRay in 20-30 min. Reliability is impeccable. No coasters, as long as you buy quality blanks: Verbatim CD-R, HP DVD+R, PlexDisc BD-R.

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ahhh Guss

My apologies, I realized when I wrote August I had messed up.

You sound about like me. Decided to start the inevitable comb over. Although, all I have is the small crown ball spot covered over by a decent mane of dark hair.

Wore the "keep on truckin" t shirt out recently. Love making families run and shelter their kids.

j/k

G

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separate cd drives

Hi Daverock - I had the same issue with the laptop I got a year or so ago. I got the separate drive for about $100 or so and it really is not a hassle....just plug it into the USB outlet. Believe me, if I can do it anyone can. I just burned a CD for a friend today - Lord Huron "Strange Trails" - a great album I've been wearing out for the past couple weeks.

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Downloads

I am not keen on them, myself. To me they are very much a poor relation of cds and l.ps. But I bought a new laptop yesterday, and got a rude surprise. After getting it set up, I settled down to burn some cds, and discovered that there is no cd drive on the laptop. I phoned up the shop, and was told they only put them on high end models now-more expensive than what I wanted to pay, because people aren't using them any more. There are separate cd drives you can buy to connect to laptops apparently-but it seems like a hassle and an unpleasant portent of things to come.

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Guess you missed my point. I too have purchased everything they put out and now to satisfy whatever it is that some guys have that hate pysical product and ony want downloads. Your assumption could be way off. I no longer even own a computer since I sit in front of one at work all day that's what I use for whatever I need for myself. I know it's hard to believe but not everyone is tethered to the plug in drug at least in their off time. Cds everyonecan play them even my newphew who told me but I don't have a cd play as I'm looking at his bluray. ??? He'now enjoying the RFK shows. My point again is cds we all can enjoy not so with downloads

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Beards of a Feather

Is how David Grisman's wife described those two boys when they got to jammin.

Farseer, your memory is good. I am indeed a bearded freak, who only keeps it somewhat trimmed for The Man. My head is full of long luxurious hippy hair; mainly because now I need it to comb over my bald spot.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

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...love it! ;)
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Download series

The download series started in 2005 - 13 years ago.
Pretty sure that most people by now are set up to download music.

Also - it would be in addition to what they are currently doing.

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Advance concert tix

Roger Waters tix went on sale about 9 months in advance.

Don’t know who holds the money, Ticketmaster, promoter, artist, or a 3-way split, but it seems like a good way to earn some interest while you wait for the show. If the show were to get canceled, Ticketmaster would get to keep the fees, and whoever was holding the money would get to keep the interest.

Just another way to milk the fans....

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I understand how beards can grow on skeletons

But how do the roses grow?

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Download to cd

I too could go for that. It was the exclusionary aspect of downloads only I objected to

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Download series into hard copied cds?

Now to quote Hall and Oates: "I could go for that!"

I would love to see the download series issued as cds with liner notes, photos, artwork, etc..

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Download series

Ah no it wouldn't be neet to bring back the download series. As has been pointed out numerous times over the years not everyone is set up to download. Therefore you would be excluding a number of people, my opinion a large one from access. The system that is in place now works for almost everyone outside of as few I want it my way. Don't mess with a good thing. Why do you think they stopped them

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2018 concert series

Tickets seem to keep going on sale further in advance than ever, obviously so money can be made off the sales for months ahead of time.

2018 is shaping up to be a decent concert year. So far, I have tickets for

Robert Plant
Michael Schenker
Dixie Dregs
Phil Lesh
Chris Robinson (singing the songs of the Black Crowes!)
Electric Light Orchestra

I'm hoping to add summer Dead & Co. shows, and, hopefully the Rolling Stones come through one more time this year or next.

\m/

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zxttxz and Relix

I lucked out when i was in grad school and found an ad in the back of Relix with a trader who lived in the same zip code back in 1989. Turns out he was a professor at my school. We hit it off and he let me take 10 tapes at a time. Started with 1969 and ended in 1979!!! Thanks Richard S. wherever you are!!!! bob t

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Download series...

Wouldn’t it be great to bring back the download series?
Quarterly so as to not over saturate the market.
Complete shows from later years to offset the Dave’s picks series.
Make them available in the months between Dave’s picks to help scratch that itch for a new release.

There are so many great shows... at the rate that they are currently going, they’ll never get all of them out anyway.
Just a thought... i’d Certainly buy them all.

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Skeletons and Beards-Elizabeth Siddal

I don't know about skeletons and beards, but this subject reminds me of the story of Elizabeth Siddal poet and muse/model for Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the 19th century. She died of a laudanum overdose in 1862. Rossetti was so distraught that he buried the only copy of his poems with her, in her coffin. Seven years later he apparently regretted this, and decided to go and get the poems. So he dug her up, and re-opened her coffin. Her hair, which had been long and luxurious in life, had continued to grow in death.

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This evenings late-night listening...

Getting psyched for my visit to a "shit-hole country" for Playing In The Sand.
FURTHUR 2014-01-21 Quintana Roo,Mexico
Unbroken Chain->
Viola Lee Blues->
Unbroken Chain
:o)
can't f'n wait...
...get some

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I had a similar experience

I found an ad in the Golden Road in 1987 (the issue with the Alligator on the cover). A guy who lived in my zip code.

He made me a lot of tapes over several years. I'd send him 15 cassettes at a time; a couple months later, it's Christmas again!

it's how I got several April 78 tapes and 6/29/76. I had never heard any tapes as crisp as they were.

Here's to Mark S.!!!

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bob t willy wonka golden road relix

"all we had were adds in the back of Golden Road..."
when I first started collecting tapes in 1993 I answered an advertisement in Dupree's Diamond News. The guy was upgrading his tape collection and asked that anyone interested send him blank tapes and he would send recorded tapes in return. I sent the guy 5 blank Maxells (probably XLIIS?) and he sent me about 10-15 tapes in return (hard to remember the details at this point.) Wow! What a kind fellow! And they were good ones too....the one I remember for sure is Capitol Theatre from 1971. So choice. I should dig it out. I think it's officially released now. The cool part about it was Bob's voice was too high...I think the recorder may have been running out of batteries? Or else one of the copies was just recorded badly. But it still sounded great. The crowd reactions made it sound like a big party inside the theatre. I sent the guy another batch of blanks and he sent me one more shipment before he ended the offer. The second shipment had a great show from Chapel Hill in '93 I think with Terrapin.

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Your Honor and the Jury

The evidence presented by Señor Sixtus clearly demonstrates that skeletons can grow hair.

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I never check my home email

but I just did.

nice artwork.

beard and all.

thank you erik et al.

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