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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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No musical tangential discussion that includes David Grisman, Tony Rice, and Mark O'Connor can really be considered "off topic" here, just my uninformed opinion ;)
Rock on, brother!
- The hated Dantian
Glad you got your discs, and that your delivery service has improved.
Our delivery service has also improved now that things don’t originate in Crozet.
If yours came from Zurich maybe that helps avoid import duties.
Keep calm, and play Dead.
Well, hard to keep calm when playing Dead because GOGD rocks!
Nice distraction / tangent.
Not sure of the tv news program I saw recently, but it was about the Gallagher Guitar Company and they did mention how the company started and how blind Doc Watson could hear the difference between one of the first Gallagher guitars and what he was playing and he made the switch, which put the company on the map and the rest is history...
I bought one Oscar Aleman LP 20-30 years ago after reading about Tony Rice plugging him. Haven't listened to it for a long time, now I'm going to go dust it off soon. Similarly, Grisman gave props to Jacob do Bandolin, so I bought one of his discs too. Seemed more like the pioneer of the instrument kind of thingy than one I'd listen to regularly, but now I'll have to go dig that out too for old times sake. Just too much good stuff out there to hear it all regularly.
Jim, I always thought that Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and Mark O'Connor (when on guitar) had more of the Doc Watson tone and driving rhythm than Jerry. Regardless of the axes they used, I got more of a Martin feel out of them than from Garcia's acoustic, which always seemed a bit thinner in tone, resonance, and sustain to me, and often more subtle than the hard driving solos of those guys. That's just the ear of this non-musician speaking though.
Maybe I'll fade into the background awhile here instead of taking this thread further off the Dave's picks topic, but I do find these connections to be interesting. Six degrees of Americana and all that.
Yup, mine arrived in the UK today, too. The service is a lot better now than it was a few years ago. Time was when the postman would not give me my discs until I had coughed up some more money for tax-or something. I had to pay nearly as much again as the discs cost. I notice the discs this time have come via Zurich!
I have only played the first disc so far-all as good as I would hope. I notice a lot of people have assumed that Jerry was tripping during this concert. It might be an inappropriate-or unanswerable question, but I wondered when, if ever, acid disappeared from the Dead scene. I was offered some by a stranger when I saw them in 1981-but I assume the band had long since stopped by then? I also assume, maybe wrongly, that Jerry was taking it long after the others had stopped.
My cds arrived in the UK today. Very impressed with the service. This is the first one I have bought direct, only being aware of this site for a couple of months. Have subscribed for next year, so no need to buy from EBay. Listening to disc 1 as I type. Excellent what more can I say. Thanks dead.net
This year I've been listening to every release on the anniversary date, which brings me to Dick's Picks 34, Dave's Picks 12 and the bonus tracks from Seneca College. The shows themselves are performed well enough, except for Keith. The gain on his keyboards was too hot during this run, resulting in a distorted sound, which doesn't help because at times he sounds like he's beating on them with his fists, instead of playing nice and cleanly articulated runs, like he did throughout the May '77 tour and earlier. I don't know whether he was going for that sound, or if Betty mixed him a little too hot, but to my ears, sounds a little forced.
In contrast, his keyboards sound clean again on Dick's Picks 10, from the New Years run, which leads me to think it could possibly have been an equipement issue (bad mic, bad cable, bad connection). If that was indeed the case, surprised they didn't catch it after the first few shows in November '77. I haven't checked out any of the previous shows or the ones that followed on this tour to see if that was an issue. The shows themselves are well performed. We'll see if that trend continued onto the Broome County Arena show that will be DaP 25.
Thanks for the Oscar reference, cousins.. Checking it out now.
Fifteen years ago I felt like a musical dinosaur.. I was settling into thinking the music I liked was becoming the oldies. Sat radio and dead.net made a big difference.. now I can barely keep up with all the new stuff out there.
It's funny how a sit about a band that most outsiders say, 'all sounds the same' can lead you a virtually unlimited well of new music to discover.
Thanks wilfredtjones, I meant Dick's 34 (which I just corrected) but yea I think we are still missing those first four songs of set two. If we got them with Dave's 25 we'll have the whole Toronto Seneca College Field House 11/2/77 show between Dick's 34, Dave's 12, and hopefully Dave's 25.
Oscar Aleman, not as widely popular as Django, was also a big influence on Jerry; check it out:
>A typical story is of a man who would walk 8 miles to work >every day and walk home at the end of his shift, take a bath, >then walk 3 miles to his nearest neighbor who had a radio. >Just to catch the nightly Carter Family broadcast.
Only 8 miles? You had it good. :-)
I believe it was your post a month or so ago that got me to order the doc box. It just came last week or the week before.. it's on my queue but I have not started yet.
I was thinking more about what if any connection there is between Doc and Jerry.. I was listening to Doc one day and thought they shared an attention to tone and note clarity..
I need to look into what acoustic guitars Jerry played, I seem to recall he used a Martin?? I think Doc Watson often played with a Gallagher. Still, with both there is a clarity in the notes/chords played and a tonal purity. Doc was a meticulous finger picker and Jerry perhaps is a bit under-rated.. Perhaps I am pulling that out of my ass, but I think there is some common ground. If Doc didn't influence Jerry, I bet some of the people that influenced Doc also influenced Jerry.
Love the Django talk. Got out my Django CDs out as a result. Thanks.
Also been listening to the original Carter Family recordings 1927-1934 while reading the history of the Carter Family "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone." The Carter Family was hugely popular nationwide due to their live broadcasts on XERA radio, a station so powerful it could be heard in most of the country.
A typical story is of a man who would walk 8 miles to work every day and walk home at the end of his shift, take a bath, then walk 3 miles to his nearest neighbor who had a radio. Just to catch the nightly Carter Family broadcast.
Does such devotion ring any bells?
The Pranksters' had a gypsy heart, Jim. Be free, roam all around, and don't take things too seriously. Apparently Django preferred to live the itinerant life among gypsy camps instead of settling down like most of us. He liked to take off and go fishing whenever he could, and often sold or gave away his guitars as he had little regard for money and it just came and went. Sometimes he'd show up for concerts and have to borrow a guitar from someone to perform.
I'm also working my way through the Bear's Sonic Journals of the Doc Watson shows box set that was released a few months ago. Very well recorded, and prime Doc. Am curious to see what else the Owsley foundation has lurking in their vault for this series.
I swear I can hear his influence on Jerry.
I was able to watch that black and white footage J. Beck was referring to, it's been years since I have seen it.. but it is truly awesome. The parallels between the footage and Jerry finger picking with his deformity are striking, to me at least. The styles certainly are not the same, but there something that connects the dots. Simply amazing stuff.
I also swear I can hear just a little Doc Watson in a lot of Jerry's acoustic playing. Another great guitarist and a legend in his own right.
Good stuff all.. thanks for keeping the flame alive and the weirdness and bickering at bay.
But yes to Django, a simply amazing individual and my favorite gypsy. Correlation between the gypsies and the pranksters? Or am I stretching that chord a bit too far?
Isn't some of that bonus 11/2 material on DP34 Rochester? It sure will be nice to juxtapose that 11/2 Truckin' with 11/6's. And yes, more is usually better.
Early 80's were a weird time of musical growth for me. First in 1981 Zappa and the Django, then in 1982, these fellas (and gal)! Been having lots of fun ever since...
I'll second that emotion on Django Reinhardt. Outstanding gypsy jazz guitar. Quite a mood. I actually got a ton of stuff from my local public library of his to burn into the hard drive.
Great stuff, if you like guitar do yourself a favor and check him out! A true original.
it seems to be normal procedure here. There's a lot of horror stories about ordering stuff, waiting, not getting, card weirdness, etc.
Just plunked down $225 for cds and 7 inch subscription + RFK 1989 box set
Kick in a bonus for RFK set - DVD would be nice of 1 night. People buy this set and help it sell out , so Rhino can get production $$$ for the big banger RFK June 1973 double dose. Need that cash to feed that jones
Who is cover artist for Dave's Picks 2018 ?
Really hope it's one of the artists that has created classics pieces for the band in 70's - 80's
Bring on the semi-acoustic semi-electric 1970 release in 2018
I ordered the subscription but a few days later the money was put back into my account? Is this normal procedure? Anyone else have this happen?
I wonder if we will get the remainder of a Toronto 11/2/77 with Dave's 25. We have most of it with Dave’s 12 and Dick’s 34 missing the first part of Set 2 Sampson, Ship, Good Lovin’, Sunrise -unless it was released on something I’m not aware of. It would be nice to piece together another full show if it’s available
I just had to add another - Django. Some Sunday morning musings.
Listened to those great links to other Jeff Beck tunes that a few people posted here below, and it got me thinking of a common thread between Garcia, Beck and Django Reinhardt.
I had seen on Wikipedia quotes by both Beck and Garcia that they thought Django was in a class by himself. Here are the quotes. Remember, Django had two of his fret fingers ruined in a fire as a young man, and could only use the top two plus his thumb there:
Jeff Beck described Reinhardt as "by far the most astonishing guitar player ever" and "quite superhuman". Beck recalls that he once came across a rare black-and-white film of Django playing:
"It's the most glorious, but tantalizing short footage, but he is playing like crazy. I've been studying it in slow motion, and all you can see are these two grubby fingers going like lightning up and down the fretboard."
and Garcia from a Frets magazine interview in 1985:
His technique is awesome! Even today, nobody has really come to the state that he was playing at. As good as players are, they haven’t gotten to where he is. There's a lot of guys that play fast and a lot of guys that play clean, and the guitar has come a long way as far as speed and clarity go, but nobody plays with the whole fullness of expression that Django has. I mean, the combination of incredible speed – all the speed you could possibly want – but also the thing of every note have a specific personality. You don’t hear it. I really haven’t heard it anywhere but with Django.
Two of my all time favorite contemporary rock guitarists praising Django to high heaven - who am I to disagree? I especially like Garcia's way with words once again - every note has a "specific personality". I can hear what he means when I listen to Reinhardt. I consider it another way of saying his playing is the auditory version of his soul, in a way.
I first came across Django through my discovery of the then-new David Grisman Quintet back in 1976-77. So I went out and bought a few of Django's albums, then a few more discs over the next decade and a half.
But all of those recordings were horrible. These were mono recordings made in the 1930s and 40s mostly, with a few in the 50s. Lots of background hiss and noise, very muddy sound, the guitar did not cut through well at all, especially the acoustic guitar. So I backed off on listening to him for quite awhile, as modern day engineering recordings are so much better.
Then more recently, I decided to revisit. Checked out newer releases (it's a huge catalog), and discovered the more recently re-engineered recordings. Some of these are quite good - still mono, but cleaned up of much background noise and sharpened greatly on the individual instruments.
I went on a bit of a binge, and there are a lot of box sets out there, for very cheap. Have been listening to these more than the Dead as of late. I discovered that most people think that the out of print and expensive Mosaic 6 cd box set is the best re-engineering, with the 6-7 box sets by JSP (mostly remastered by the noted Ted Kendall) following that. Some said that a few of the JSP boxes are roughly identical in quality to the Mosaics. Another one is the Djangologie 20 CD set from EMI Pathe France.
So I decided to get most of the JSPs, and the 20 CD set Djangologie, and several others too since they are so inexpensive. I think the Djangologies sound even better than the JSPs, and I got a used set in mint condition on Discogs for just over $50. For 20 discs!
There are a lot of different discs and box sets out there, and even different ones that go by the same names like Djangology and Djangologie. A DjangologieUSA that looks like the lettering on the 20 box set is actually one of my earlier purchases, and the sound on that one is terrible. You've really got to find the equivalent of the full Norman re-engineering for these, especially given how long ago they were recorded originally.
Anyway, this 20 CD box set now sits on the same shelf as my GD FW 1969 complete box, two of the real jewels of my collection. This is music that makes you smile, and I don't really get tired of it. It keeps drawing me back, like the GOGD.
Jaw dropping clip of Jeff Beck playing Superstition with Stevie Wonder. No one else could make a simple riff sound so propulsive..and surely, no one on Gods earth has ever approached soloing quite like that.
....you have my attention.
Thanks for the link, a nice little survey and I hope to see some results in the future.
This show was the trading buddy of the 11/6/77 Betty back in the days of DAT. CM did a good job of patching the Eyes, but that nasty reel change is a major flaw that can't be fixed unless they have an interleave recording from Kidd.
Grateful Dead Live at Evans Field House - Northern Illinois University on 1977-10-29
Might As Well
Looks Like Rain
Ramble On Rose
New Minglewood Blues
It Must Have Been The Roses
Let It Grow
Friend Of The Devil
Estimated Prophet ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Saint Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Black Peter ->
One More Saturday Night
Sony ECM-990 -> Cassette Master -> Reel -> Dat -> CD supplies:
Eyes Of The World (5:37 - 6:11)
Sugar Magnolia (2:30 - 2:58)
lots of history between the two on this song...glad it seems to have worked out
Thank for sharing the DEADHEAD form. That was fun.
Keep grooving, wherever you happen to be.
....and we never stopped rockin' till the moon went...
nice show. looking forward to the full norman of it.
not quite a mind-blower, imnsho, but fun nonetheless.
I know the Truckin' is outstanding.
my dave's wish list
6/10/73 (f the allmans' camp, release it!!!)
11/19/72 (not in vault, last I heard)
November 70 (i know, i know)
Shakespeare's most famous line:
"bitches doth be trippin'"
Hope everyone is down well, been enjoying the past few quite a bit. So another year another holiday gift to myself. By the way have we gotten any updates for the 50th anniversary for Anthem?
....strangers stopping strangers, just to lend a hand....
Oh yeah love the Jeff Beck at Ronnie's Blue ray. Dang Tal has been astonishing for at least a decade. And Vinnie Colaiuta is top 5 in my opinion, maybe my favorite drummer of all time. And Jason is about as close to Jan Hammer as you can get.
Man had a great 10 days down on the gulf. Ate enough seafood that it started to get old, nah. Got home to #24 sitting on my porch. Was not expecting it to get here that fast. Last several have been way behind most folks in the states. Always feel for the Europeans that get slow roll treatment or lose the package all together. Slow roll, that is kind of how I am now. Many of you know about my illness late last year, as a result, I have a condition that prevented me from making it down to the water/beach. That stinks but I did spend a lot of time drifting and dreaming on the back porch watching sea life and the inside of my eye lids. However, it is great to be back here at home. Hello to all.
I first saw Imelda May when she came on to sing a few songs with Jeff Beck about...7 years ago, I think. She came on after Jeff had played about 40 minutes worth of mind boggling instrumentals, and she fronted the band on the Shangrila's hit "Remember, Walking In The Sand". I didn't know who she was at the time. It was mesmerizing, and they went from there into a couple of rockabilly songs. It was completely unexpected, and totally brilliant.
Since then I have seen her with her band 4-5 times, and been blown away every time. I wasn't so sure about the change in direction, following the break up with her husband, and guitarist Darrel Higham. But live, the new songs-off "Life, Love, Flesh and Blood" worked a lot better. A lot of deep, soul ballads...which was topped off by some real live wire rock n' roll for the last 30 minutes. A terrific concert.
Seen a lot of those youtubes of Beck in various settings, including Ronnie Scotts. Europe sure has some talented female musicians these days as well. Beck is one of those rare guys who can say in 10-15 notes what it takes most others a whole night to express, if they ever get to it.
Led Ded, from reading your posts lately, seems you have pretty good taste in other bands too...
I must say, when discussing other artists there's a wealth of taste on this board.
Imelda May... long been enthralled with her. My friend met her and got a photo
at RockyGrass in Lyons, CO and she was by all accounts Proud and Humble.
Here's a great collaboration off the last to next Beck record:
Sounds like it was recorded in the 1950's at Sun Records. Hear that reverb!
Since you brought it up.. here's a day in the life from Ronnie Scotts. Check out the young, energetic Ms. Wilkenfeld on Bass. Keep an eye on her, the girl has talent.
I just got Live at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded last summer but just released. Mine is still in shrink wrap.. I will get to it one of these days.
Thanks for the Imelda May clip, Frosted. Very nice.
Long one of my favorites too. Haven't seen him live since 1976, right around the time when Blow by Blow and Wired ruled the world of guitar. Just missed him several times since, but will never forget that one.
Rock n Roll party is a cool Rockabilly album, enhanced greatly by Imelda May and her band, and a guest appearance by Brian Setzer.
Imelda May from Ireland has become my new favorite female vocalist since Amy Winehouse checked out. She can wrap you around her rockabilly finger, wring the last emotion out of a ballad or blues, and now is heading in a newer direction with the same feeling and songwriting skills. I've collected 4-5 of her discs and they're all in regular rotation.
Here's a single from her last album with Jeff Beck accompanying on guitar. Apparently her bandmate/guitarist husband broke it off with her, so this album is an ode to her agony. Beck wrings it out on his guitar as well as she does with her voice. Amazing pairing.
I agree-Jeff Beck is amazing live. He seems to be able to get a wide variety of tones using comparatively few pedals. He is also an absolute master of a wide variety of styles-from rockabilly to blues to fusion.
There are at least two great dvds of fairly recent concerts available, too. "Rock N 'Roll Party" is a tribute to Les Paul, and features a lot of his songs, plus a great selection of rock n' roll songs-all with various lead singers. This could just be the best guitar playing of this type of music I have ever seen and heard in my life. The other great one is 'Live At Ronnie Scotts" which features more jazz/fusion instrumentals from some of Jeff's solo albums, as well a stunning version of "Rollin' and Tumblin'. It also has a great version of "Day In The Life" , too. Essential!
Jeff Beck is by far the most amazing musician I have ever heard. He is mind-blowing live. He does an instrumental version of the Beatles' "A Day In The Life" that will make you cry.
The image of him as some kind of 60's guitar slinger no longer really fits... his artistry almost transcends music.
Go see him.
You got me doing the same research you likely did re: 6/14/68. Whoe Nelly.. I can only imagine what that night was like.
As all these aging hipsters are getting up there in years.. about a decade ago I put together a bucket list of people I wanted to see before either they passed or I did.. I have worked my way through most of that list.. got to see Earl Scruggs at 85 years old, Doc Watson at about the same age.. Jeff Beck was also on that list... and I was simply blown away.
It's too bad I missed a bunch I could have seen while I had the chance.. especially some of the jazz greats like Miles Davis, etc. I put Jeff Beck in the same category as those jazz legends I missed. He was playing with this female bassist named Tal Wilkenfeld a few years ago who was equally amazing.
Sorry for the rant.. setting the wayback to 6/14/1968.
Agreed - best time to be a Deadhead (except for being AT the shows from 69-78....) So many great shows that trade as well as the official releases. Click on any show on Archive and get it instantly. Crazy. Who ever dreamed it could ever be so ubiquitous and instantaneous.
This Dave's 24 is fantastic - next year may be even better. And the RFK box comes NEXT WEEK! :) Have you ordered your copy? OF COURSE you have.... mama didn't raise no fool! Ah, that new CD/booklet smell.... I can't wait to rip off the plastic wrapper and dig in.
@zally I totally agree. After a 20 year hiatus from the dead I'm getting back into them in a HUGE way and I'm really frustrated that so many Picks and other releases are out of print, and fetching huge $ on ebay. But I get that this is a business, and scarcity drives demand when demand is uncertain. It seems that Rhino/Warner Bros has found the subscription format to be profitable, and while it's frustrating that we can't reliably get stuff a la carte, it does allow Dave to continue his series of Picks. And for that reason only, I understand (but don't necessarily *like*) the subscription business model.
If you can afford the initial pain of the subscription, it is highly likely that you can offload each release on ebay for more than you paid for its part of the subscription, though there is certainly risk.
As far as tape trading and listening to shows goes, this may be the best time in history to be a deadhead. Plug any release into Youtube or archive.org and you can hear it. I was bummed that I missed out on this year's subscription, but Youtube and kind deadheads had my back. If you're familiar with reddit, check out r/gratefuldead and the folks there will usually hit you up with whatever you're seeking.
I bought a subscription as a gift, but despite numerous efforts have been unable to print the gift certificate. Anybody else have this problem?
Did not receive yet. Sorry for the frustration. I look forward to a resolution and successfully placed order rather than another cancellation email that states my order has been fraudulent.
In the meantime I took every one's advice a day late and am spinning the Halloween 71 Dark Star with the World Series game on mute. Feeling groovy indeed.
the Doc said he's left you a message; lemme know if you didn't get it.
Or try ordering over the phone.