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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...
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.
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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!
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.
5/20/90, Hilo, Hawaii
Release Date February 23rd.
The cover art is awesome
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.. ;)
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:
For better or worse...
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?
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!
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.
....the skeletons dance along with the dead.
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".
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.
This week's Jam is from:
December 31, 1977
San Francisco, CA
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.
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... :)
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.
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!!
This release, artwork includes the rooster! Love it, while the fish bones jump up towards the light! Bella!!! :)
... simply beautiful ! The color pallet reflects and dances like a butterfly, beautiful !!!
..amazing artist too ;)
I haven't cottoned to the art for this series since Season 3. I find it fatuous, not unlike the "art" on weak unlicensed 1980s parking lot t-shirts.
I’m indifferent. I look at it when I remove the plastic wrap, and then that’s about it.
For variety on the covers how about some dancing bears? Or skeleton dancing bears......with fur. That would be different than a bearded skeleton. Yes?
I love avocados too. Just wouldn’t pay $20 AUS for a smashed avocado on toast.
...just saw this film for an amazing foundation...sad yet very beautiful :)
....count me in the group that is kinda tired of them as well. Bearded or not. (Although, the color pallet is spot on). How about a hummingbird or another fractal cover? Those Dicks fractals are some of my favorites.
....and yeah, I just ate an avocado. And it was really, really good. And now I feel super!! Or it could be some band we all know playing in the background though, that may be helping me feel that way as well. I'm just gonna roll with it, how's that?....
Ouch. Another missed opportunity. A basic Stealie with 4 grand piano top views in a clover type motif would have done nicely. I've had enough bearded skulls to last until the end of the series, tbh. Oh, well.....
The sound quality of the releases goes up as the cover art concepts/inventiveness goes down. Youse can't have it all.
Very much enjoy it as I fill out my subscription.
Never purchased any of the Road Trips when they were initially released, but I did pick up quite of few of them during the clearence sale years ago. Glad I did. Some great stuff in there.
Jim using your numbers and anecdotal info and I think we see that the music we love has turned the corner. While I have from Anthem's release those many years ago bought everything 1st day. But with the exception of Fillmoe West and a couple of other specials sales were trending down or flat. Then came the 50th aniv. Dead and company Betty boards and the trend has reversed and better yet with a new gen. My 31 year old nephew got turned onto deadco by his deadhead ( by way of father) buddyand goes to a number of shows. I now buy 2 subs ( making sure 1st he was really interested) 1 for me and 1 for his Christmas present. So what 10 years ago potentially was a slowing group is now healthy and self sustaining for what looks like a long time. Damn I even bought the singles for another year
I got myself a subscription & I eat avocado toast.
Easy maternal-fornicating peasy.
I believe it was from October 24th through December 22nd or 23rd this year, so basically two months @ 18k units.
Back up a few years to 2010 and 2011.. Here are the road trips produced the last two years:
Road Trips: Vol 3, Number 1: Oakland, December 28, 1979 (whole show)
Road Trips: Vol 3, Number 2: Austin, November 15, 1971 (whole show)
Road Trips: Vol 3, Number 3: Fillmore East, May 15, 1970 (available reels)
Road Trips: Vol 3, Number 4: Penn State/Cornell, 1980 (2 show composite)
Road Trips: Vol 4, Number 1: Big Rock Pow Wow 1969 (2 complete shows)
Road Trips: Vol 4, Number 2: April Fool's '88 (whole show)
Road Trips: Vol 4, Number 3: Denver 1973 (whole show)
Road Trips: Vol 4, Number 4: Spectrum 4.6.82 (whole show)
Road Trips: Vol 4, Number 5: Boston Music Hall, 6.9.76 (whole show)
Most of these were complete shows and several were stunning offerings (thinking Oakland 79, FE 70, Big Rock Pow Wow, Denver 73, Boston 76). I consider the show quality comparable to Dave's Picks, but I think Mr. Norman has gotten a little better at remastering. These were not limited numbers and according to Dave.. were not selling in excess to 12,000 units and in fact sales were declining. That is how the first years Dave's Picks run size was determined, again according to Dave. 2012 was limited to 12,000 units.
So back to the non-limited run size.. I don't recall any of the road trips selling out that fast. They were available for quite a long time.. it makes me want to buy a new FE 1970 as my covers and CDs have some wear. It wasn't limited, I think I will order a freshie. Wait, suddenly it's not available at Dead.net and it's $289.99 on Amazon (compared to $25 when first released). With smaller production runs like these (less than 50k), they are all limited whether they advertise the run size or not..
That's how we got to where we are today. I don't harbor ill will for the decisions they make, it's pretty easy to work within this framework. I like the music so as long as I can afford them, I try to get them all.
Did somebody mention Avocado's? mmmmmmm.
....slice one in half, remove the pit, a little salt and dig in. They even come with a built in bowl! Avocados are good. And good for you too. A superfood.
There was a day when a hissy cassette was a luxury.
The amazing sound quality releases we get now were once just a dream.
The subscription period is wide open and at the lowest price possible for weeks, yet some people don’t pull the trigger, and hold off so that they can complain later.
As posted many times previously, $99 / 365 Days = $0.27123 per day. Throw $0.30 per day in a jar and you will have enough for a Dave’s subscription and some of that stupid smashed avocado on toast.
I for one am happy what ever we can get released. I like some releases more than others and I look forward to some releases more than I should. At the end of the day they can just shut the factory down for a few years and we can have nothing... Maybe I am dating myself before Internet Archive and all we had were adds in the back of Golden Road and Relix.... Happy New Year... bob t
Yes actually it would considering every other year it is available for over 1/4 of the new year....
Disgusted by the marketing scheme......?????
You mean the marketing scheme where the $99 subscription with a bonus disc and free shipping was available for at least 1 month? Would a 2 month subscription period be more acceptable?
So illegally copying the shows is the solution?
Since they didn't sell out when they went to 18000 why would they go even higher. Oh yeah because some people today think the world revolves around them and the Dead should do their business the way you want it, no subs raise costs by keeping them in print forever. Perhaps you'd prefer the Zappa Family trust way. Very expensive, few releases, never on time but hey they stay in print. As for they guy who doesn't like the method so he doesn't buy any. Haha. I have a Chinese American friend I teach idioms to I used that as a perfect example of cutting off your nose to spite your face. Him: you Americans are wierd (well he used different words). I would think it might make sense to limit the numbers to 2 or 3 but since it didn't sell out again might not be necessary
not sure if the midnight hour can ever be topped
Yes, Jerry would be rolling in his grave (if he had one) over such a thing. No, it's not a bobble head doll.
is that in a digital world where demand is less for the physical product, GDP should increase production to accomodate the lower demand.
So far one seller has 5 Volume 25's available 79.99 plus 3.65 shipping.
how many do you folks out here in DeadLand think are left? I say 488. If everyone who is able to preorder on 1/16, orders 2 copies that means only 244 kind folks will have no shot to preorder I feel it should've been one per order that way everyone has at least a shot of ordering one. I subscribed within 2 minutes of receiving the email in fact I didn't even wait for the wife to order it for my Christmas present I ordered it on my own, I predicted that it was going to be a hot seller. Let's hope the website doesn't crash, January 16th AFTER 10AM PST, is going to be a most interesting day here at dead.net. I haven't checked eBay but I'm sure some enterprising entrepreneur has already put a preorder of a preorder up for sale. PLAY DEAD DeadLand good times are surely on the horizon.
I decided last year to go full on head for a while. Sux went to get my beard and hair trimmed two weeks ago today. Until the head shop barber got a-holed of me I looked almost like Jerry from the Reckoning shows. Dang dude took way too much off. I think he made a bad cut and then took more off to correct. All that work, well not work, wasted. As Jeff Smith says, Onward! It will grow back.
August West, if you read this, I think it was you that was also a winter bearded shaggy cohort.
Never takes long for the bitching to start, does it?
If it's not the individual show selection ("Wah! The night before was better!") or a particular era ("Wah! More 70s?! Why no 80s?!"), then it's the cover art ("Wah! Skulls and beards again!"), or the mix/remastering ("Wah! Jerry's too low!"), or the dreaded and continually maligned business model ("Wah! Evil Rhino! Wah! Wah!").
The list goes on, ad nauseam and infinitum. Like those grunts in the audience who were always too busy screaming "St. Stephen!" to appreciate the experience they were actually getting.
Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you've got nothing new to say...
Great to see some appreciation of Fast Eddie. The whole classic Motorhead lineup is gone now. I saw them a few times back in the day; a long way from the GOGD but one of the most exciting acts I ever saw...and possiby the loudest. A great appreciation of Fast Eddie here https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/11/fast-eddie-clarke-motorhea...
..I plan on growing a big, thick beard.
If the demand is high, and each new DP release sells out quickly, why not increase the number made? 18,000 for 2018. They could sell 20K easily. I have a lot of friends who are disgusted by this marketing scheme, and don't bother buying any of them. They simply rip a copy from someone they know who has the discs.
In a digital world, the physical package is less of an incentive to purchase. Except for the opportunists who buy these just to sell them later for inflated prices.
Please, just make more and diminish the black market.
Hah! I have to agree, 72LiveDead. Beards are attached to skin, and skeletons are all bone.
When are these artists going to stop with the beards on skeletons? Enough already it is stupid
Gary - agree on the Reckoning album. Great artwork and timeless music. In fact I think it's the only release from the "pre-vault release" days that I still listen to. It's in my car right now...
Speaking of that run, I have always been a fan of 10/4, & 10/14 but recently spent time with some lesser known (at least to me) shows from that run.
As a result, I have some pretty nice sounding acoustic + electric sets from 9/26 & 9/30/80 if anyone is interested. Always happy to share.
Wissinoming predicts sell out in under an hour.
I predict a website crash and days of bitching from those who couldn’t get an order through.
How does that old saying go?
Oh yeah, subscribe.
Glad to see the 2 copy limit, but I speculate that most scalpers subscribed, and subscribed during early bird when there was no limit.
Why did the band not perform in Chicago or Illinois during this time ? Any specific reason ?