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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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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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Psst

Email blast

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(psst: where can I see the new cover art?)

must've been asleep

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GarciaLive

I too really like the design of the new GarciaLive, the usual layout has gotten kinda stale, not really inviting in my eyes. The print they're offering also looks really cool!

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Colors

What I love about the artwork on this release is the colors.. simply electric. ..so it's easy for me to overlook the skeletons. Plus, they have more detail then what we were seeing a couple to a few releases ago.

I do agree, the skull, skeletal theme has been in full force for a while. I liked the turtle diversion, more Terrapins and landscapes please. Which reminds me.. the JGB Hawaii poster that got announced today is way cool. Of my two favorite covers, Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa.. one has a (very cool) skull and one has a multi-headed Buddha.

But I really like the swirling colors from this release.

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GarciaLive

Volume 10

5/20/90, Hilo, Hawaii

Release Date February 23rd.

The cover art is awesome

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Gary Farseer

Thanks for reflecting on some old memories Gary! I always like reading stories in Deadbase and other material about shows at Alpine. Alpine has been sort of my home venue since the early 90's, even though I live in Central Illinois. Probably seen about 20 shows there. My buddies older brother was at the 84' Alpine run. I always thought of how cool it would've been to see the Dead there. Such an awesome venue even though the cops were always pricks. We are definitely due for another official Alpine relaese.. I'm hoping when that happens it's be 6/26/87. Only one can hope.. ;)

pCe,
wurm

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Skeletons & Beards

I fully understand the conundrum here. Clearly, growing facial hair on a skeleton is nearly impossible, simply because the skeleton no longer has viable fair follicles.

HOWEVER - and importantly - a precedent had been set prior to all of this hemming and hawing; may I present exhibit A:

https://giphy.com/gifs/grateful-dead-the-touch-of-grey-d3sbBTLC4e3gETCg

For better or worse...

Sixtus

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Skeletons!

Personally, I say the more skeletons the better. In fact, I hope Dave's 25 comes with an actual human skeleton as part of the package. A skeleton with a beard, to be exact. Oh, wouldn't that spark some lively debate and banter?

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Right you are Sixtus.

I listened to 1-7-78 last week on it's b-day and even though there are no Jerry tunes,it's a super fun show.
The next night in the same venue is night 2 of no Jerry tunes.The only downside of these nights is ya get Sunrise two nights in a row. Yuk!
:o)

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Dancin'

1/12/79 my 2nd GD show in Philly we had a 9 inch snow storm this day, schools were closed what a day to be alive.

PLAY DEAD it's Friday.

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Your correct , I was just meaning in society

....the skeletons dance along with the dead.

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Jerry's Laryngitis Show 1/7/78

I know this show has been mentioned in the past as one that incidentally had zero Jerry tunes cause his voice was gone. I was scrolling through my ipod today and landed on this one and started playing it - not even realizing it was said show.

Once I got to the TWENTY-THREE MINUTE (23!) 'Dancin' in the Street', i did a double take and jumped down the hole to learn that indeed, this was THAT show. Despite no Jerry vocals, it's super solid and intense as one may expect for a '78.

Funny how sometimes things line up "and an epiphany results".

https://archive.org/details/gd1978-01-07.sbd.clugston.7204.sbeok.shnf

Sixtus

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Somewhat topical cover art

Last year was saved by DaP 23's conceptually perfect cover art. This show was/is well known as "The Wall of Keys" gig. Like said previous, a missed opportunity. Hopefully, DaP 26 has a South West and/or Georgia O'Keeffe type cover art inspiration. That would be very cool.
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jam of the week

This week's Jam is from:
December 31, 1977
Winterland Arena
San Francisco, CA

http://www.dead.net/features/jam-week/january-12-january-18-2018?intcmp=...

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lovemygirl - re: "I believe" - sorry, but not even close.

You said skeletons "became a staple of any Grateful Dead piece of art", and "I believe the skeleton is used in almost every release, poster" regarding the ongoing skeleton cover art. Believe what you like, but here are the facts:

Fully 2/3 of their studio albums have no skeletons: the debut album, Anthem, Workingman's, American Beauty, Europe '72 ALBUM (I consider "studio" since its an overdubbed multitrack w/ new material), Mars Hotel, Wake of the Flood, Terrapin (OK, cyclops skull, but it's on the back) Shakedown Street, Go To Heaven, In the Dark, and Built to Last.

As for LIVE releases, it's about 50/50. Releases with no skeletons: Live Dead, Hundred Yr Hall, Rockin the Rhein, Ladies and Gentlemen, Live at the Cow Palace, Europe '72 BOX, the first May '77 box, Egypt '78, 2/11/69 Fillmore East with big bad wolf, Nightfall, Dozin', Closing of Winterland, To Terrapin, Crimson White and Indigo, Spring '90 Box1, and almost ALL 36 Dicks Picks. And about half the Road Trips do not feature skeletons.

As for POSTERS, I'm gonna say 50/50 again. Google "Grateful Dead poster" in "images" - about half the images have no skeletons: morphic/psychedelic lettering, roses, crows, dancing turtles, Shakedown dude, band photos, dancing bobby-sox kids, condor wings, Egyptian theme, or some other abstract art. PLUS the album art mentioned above made its way to posters as well. Again, about 50/50.

Of course, there IS a strong legacy of skeleton imagery, but there is also a tradition of striking a balance with other themes.

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...I believe...

I believe overtime , the skeleton is used in almost every release, poster, advertising and news. Jerry didn't dig it, abut the Artists ran with it and it became a staple of any Grateful Dead pieces of art...
,but that's just my thoughts... :)

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Skeletons

The Beatles didn't feature an insect on every album, the Rolling Stones albums don't feature rockslides. I love this series, but the Dave's Picks covers with skeletons often feel like overly-literal, stale retreads of previous art. Why not lean equally on other GD motifs: roses, crows, rainbow buses, tie-dye, turtles, alligators? The Dave's Picks covers that have done this have been refreshing, often stunning (DaP 2's crow, DaP 3's rose!).

Not a huge deal - it's all about the show. I just think its a missed opportunity that this music, brimming with nuance, gravitas and inventive symbolism, is too often wrapped in album art that feels (to me) like a trite cliché.

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Dave's 26

Pretty cool artwork but I'd like to eventually see a return to more classic imagery (call me old fashioned). Still pretty nice though...

I was happy to see Dave announce the time and date of when DaP 26 goes on sale....though if I didn't have a subscription, I'd be pretty nervous about the site crashing. Good luck to those attempting to get one that day! Dave and co...please invest in a new server!!

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As well....

This release, artwork includes the rooster! Love it, while the fish bones jump up towards the light! Bella!!! :)

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Daves 25th artwork

... simply beautiful ! The color pallet reflects and dances like a butterfly, beautiful !!!
..amazing artist too ;)

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