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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...

David Lemieux
October 2017

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.

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Joined: Feb 17 2017
Bonus discs

IMHO the best bonus is the Beyond Description bonus disc. Nothing could ever top the SNACK benefit and the PhilStomp that is the Shakedown on there. FYI if you missed it, I just got the Rockin the Rhein bonus off Ebay for $50 - definitely worth it for Caution > Unique Jam alone. Dave where is 10-12-68, 10-29-77, 7-29-88 and 5-30-92? All the decades still have hidden gems ...

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Joined: Jun 27 2011
Re: Get Well

..I hope the hospital is heated.

Get well, LMG. GFar is the patron saint of healing in these parts.. I'm sure he will get around to dropping you a hello.

Get better.. and quick!

Joined: Feb 2 2010
Get well soon, Lovemygirl!

Make some Heads out of that hospital staff . . .

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Joined: Apr 29 2016
...I'm in the hospital ...I

...I'm in the hospital ...I had surgery . I'm enjoying 1974 - the wall of sound. Thanks to Todd , in lots of pain but the unit I'm in is very helpful and not familiar with the dead. I played them som songs, two or three and both your eyes connicted to the music :)

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Joined: Sep 28 2009
Dark star crashes

Supermassive black holes control star formation in large galaxies
Astronomers find close correlation between the mass of a galaxy's central black hole and its star formation history
January 01, 2018
By Tim Stephens

Young galaxies blaze with bright new stars forming at a rapid rate, but star formation eventually shuts down as a galaxy evolves. A new study, published January 1, 2018, in Nature, shows that the mass of the black hole in the center of the galaxy determines how soon this "quenching" of star formation occurs.

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Joined: Sep 28 2009
Winterland '78 DVD release article in SF Chronicle

It was 1978, the night they closed old Winterland down -- and the Grateful Dead's all-night show lives on in memories, flashbacks -- and now a DVD
Joel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic Published 4:00 am, Thursday, October 23, 2003

Bill Graham put a billboard on the side of Winterland for New Year's Eve 1978, the night the Grateful Dead closed the dilapidated old hall, which had an appointment with the wrecker's ball. "They're not the best at what they do, " it read, "they're the only ones that do what they do." On the sidewalk under the sign, a Deadhead waiting days in advance of the show held a sign of his own: "1535 Days Since Last S.F. 'Dark Star.' "

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Joined: Nov 11 2010
... pass the whisky ‘round

Happy New Year to you all!! I’ll raise a glass for another trip around the sun (that, of course, includes this site, more releases, the good folks here, and the greater GD comunity — it’s so amazing how we continue to endure, evolve and expand). If you are unable to raise a glass of (traditional) cheer, I salute your health, and well being — and thank you for the reminder to always stay hydrated (in all sincerity ... this is something I am resolutely focused on with the fresh year ahead).

I haven’t been around the boards too much lately, but I always enjoy coming back for a good read. I’m also very stoked for another year of Dave’s picks, and our ‘77 release in Feb.

My GD music collection is vast, but not complete. Upon reflection, I note not too many bonus discs. Outside of Dave’s Picks, I really only have the Winterland ‘73 and the Winterland ‘77 bonus discs (I was late collecting Dicks Picks and Road Trips) ... c’est la vie, I suppose ... I have so much, and I’m not a super compulsive completist. I bet the bonus disk for the Wall of Sound Road Trips is a good one. I LOVE that release. I should also add Cow Palace to my collection ... that one gets repeated high praise.

All the best folks!! See you in Binghamton!!

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Joined: Aug 1 2015
Winterland Bonus

Hey David:

I have that New Year's at Winterland Bonus CD. My bonus CD luck has been spotty, my fault.

I think I saw that CD on Ebay for $1,100 last year. Wow I doubt anybody paid that for it. It is a good disc to have for sure.

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Joined: Aug 1 2015
Happy New Year!

Hey Now All, Happy New Year to you all!!!

Starting off much better than last year, hope it is as well for you.

A sad note around here is today's death of Rick Hall. He is unknown by many but a major heavyweight. If you have not seen Muscle Shoals documentary check into it.

The Swampers can still kick it!


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Joined: Nov 22 2016
The Closing Of Winterland:

The Closing Of Winterland: Easter Eggs
The The Closing Of Winterland DVD contains a number of 'Easter Eggs.' This list is taken from r.m.gdead:
Disc One
Easter Egg #1
From the Set I Song Index menu, select Intermission from the list. When the blue rose appears, press your DVD remote's ENTER button. A short clip from the Steve Parrish's interview will play. There are three more pieces of this interview that play depending on how many times you have pressed the ENTER button.

Easter Egg #2
Immediately after watching the end of Set II (Around and Around), yet another blue rose appears. As soon as it appears, press your DVD remote's ENTER button. The rose will then seamlessly break into five different smaller roses. Each has a selection highlight beneath itself. Those selections lead to a Mickey interview, another Parrish interview, and three still photos.
Disc Two
Easter Egg #3
From the lyrics menu, turn the visible lyrics setting OFF, then move the cursor to the Main Menu button. Push UP on the DVD remote. A small barely visible dot will appear just to the right of the rose on the left side of the screen. Press ENTER to see another short clip from the Steve Parrish interview.

Easter Egg #4
Again from the visible lyrics menu, turn the visible lyrics setting ON, then move the cursor to the Main Menu button. Push DOWN on the DVD remote. A small barely visible dot will appear just to the right of the rose on the left side of the screen. Press ENTER to see a picture of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi at the afternoon soundcheck on 12-31-78.

Easter Egg #5
From the audio setup menu, turn the Dolby 5.1 setting ON, then move the cursor to the Main Menu button. Push LEFT on the DVD remote. A small barely visible dot will appear just to the right of the rose on the left side of the screen. Press ENTER to see a picture of Mickey Hart leaving Winterland at 6:45 AM on 1-1-79.

The last three eggs are reached from different screens in the Grateful Dead at Winterland section of the Bonus Menu.

Easter Egg #6
From the May 30, 1967 slide, push DOWN on the DVD remote. A small barely visible dot will appear just under the blue rose on the left side of the screen. Press ENTER to see a picture of a Blues Brother performance at a screening of Animal House.

Easter Egg #7
From the November 12, 1967 slide, push DOWN on the DVD remote. A small barely visible dot will appear just under the blue rose on the right side of the screen. Press ENTER to see a hilarious clip from the interview with Bob Weir.

Easter Egg #8
From the January 2, 1972 slide, push UP on the DVD remote. A small barely visible dot will appear just under the blue rose on the right side of the screen. Press ENTER to see a picture of Bill Murray leaving Winterland.

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Joined: Aug 8 2013
Favorite Bonus Discs + New Years Eve 1978

Rockin the Rhein and Fillmore West 1969 , probably my two favorites. I never got bonus discs from either. But was lucky to get a burnt copy thanks to the nice guys on this site here. Pretty sure I bought Rockin the Rhein from best buy and I know I got Fillmore West box set way after it was released for a pretty penny

Winterland 1978 , I never got the 4 CD set , but ordered the DVD from dead net when it was released. I remember it came with the bonus disc , which is excellent. Probably the reason I ordered DVD over the 4 CD set. And the navy blue tee shirt. Wow! The tee still fits !! Beautiful artwork , one of my favorites from all GD art

12.31.68 ~ Midnight Hour

Rhino bring back the bonus discs !!

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Rockin' the Rhein bonus

I hadn't heard about that problem with the bonus disc. I pre-ordered and got a bonus disc without any problem, but I cannot remember exactly when I placed my order - probably as soon as it was announced on here. That would have been back in the days of the old website, i.e. pre-2007.

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Joined: Aug 25 2008
"Rare" bonus disc?

For me, the "rare" bonus disc is the one that came with pre-orders of Rockin' the Rhein release from May 2004. I had pre-ordered it and just before the street date of 5/25/2004, I got an email that there was a "problem" and I would not be getting the bonus disc. I tried to place another pre-order, but the distribitor system was using at the time would not take my 2nd pre-order. As it was, I just got one copy of Rockin' the Rhein WITHOUT the bonus disc. I was able to track down one on ebay a few years later for a good price.

That bonus disc was from the "warm-up for the Europe tour" shows at the Academy of Music, NYC, 3/72.
It is:
1. Playing In the Band (3/22/72)
2. Sugar Magnolia > (3/22)
3. Caution > (3/22)
4. Jam > (3/22)
5. Uncle John's Band (3/22)
6. Dark Star (3/23)
(GDCD 225-S)

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
"Closing" bonus disc

Unfortunately this was only distributed with pre-ordered copies of the "Closing Of Winterland" DVD set and not with the CD set. This is possibly why it is comparatively rare.

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Joined: Sep 28 2009
All you need All you need

Fillmore West 1969 Bonus Disc

Grateful Dead

Initial release: 2005
Grateful Dead Records

A bonus CD that was distributed with pre-ordered copies of the 10 CD complete Fillmore West 1969 recordings box set and the 3 CD compilation of music from the Fillmore West 1969 shows. The music on the bonus CD is previously unreleased live recordings from shows at the Carousel Ballroom/Fillmore West between 1968 and 1970.

Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > (Grateful Dead)
He Was A Friend Of Mine (Traditional arr Grateful Dead)
China Cat Sunflower (Garcia / Hunter)
New Potato Caboose (Lesh / Petersen)
China Cat Sunflower (Garcia / Hunter)
I Know You Rider (Traditional arr Grateful Dead)
High Time (Garcia / Hunter)
Tom Constanten - organ
Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Mickey Hart - drums
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - organ, harmonica, percussion, vocals
Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, vocals
The tracks on the CD were recorded at shows on the following dates;

Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) - June 14, 1968 (late show)
He Was A Friend Of Mine - June 8, 1969
China Cat Sunflower - June 8, 1969
New Potato Caboose - June 8, 1969
China Cat Sunflower - February 7, 1970
I Know You Rider - February 7, 1970
High Time - February 7, 1970
The first of these was at the Fillmore East rather than the Carousel Ballroom/Fillmore West.

This bonus CD was distributed with pre-ordered copies of;

Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings, Grateful Dead, 2005
Fillmore West 1969: Compilation, Grateful Dead, 2005

Also need to "borrow" Jim's time machine to go back and get the whole 6/14/68 SBD before (according to Dave L) everything but Caution was tragically wiped. This AUD tape and the Caution on the bonus disc is all that is left. The lysergic energy is unbelievable. Just listen to the third St. Stephen ever.

Grateful Dead
68-06-14 Fillmore East, Late Show
New York, NY

Download: FLAC/MP3

This is flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 16532

1. Feedback–> (3:40)
2. The Eleven–> (7:46)
3. St. Stephen (6:54)
4. //Alligator–> (3:28)
5. Lovelight–> (10:54)
6. Caution–> (24:28)
7. Feedback (4:00)

total time: 61:13

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Joined: Jun 29 2007
The one bonus disc you need....

....hard to beat the RT 3.3 one.....
Bonus Disc
May 15, 1970: Fillmore East, New York, NY
Early Show: Acoustic:
Friend Of The Devil
Cumberland Blues
Cold Jordan
Early Show: Electric:
Easy Wind
Attics of My Life
Late Show: Electric:
Beat It on Down the Line
Next Time You See Me
May 14, 1970: Meramec Community College, Kirkwood, Missouri
New Speedway Boogie->
St. Stephen->
Not Fade Away->
Turn On Your Lovelight
....yeah. That'll work. One of the best Candyman's out there. Followed by an acoustic Cumberland. And we're all suckers for a sweet acoustic Cumberland w/ NRPS. I can safely say I speak for all of us when I say that. Magical....

Joined: Jun 12 2007
The 2 Bonus Discs You Need

Geeking out on the bonus discs. Road Trips 4.3 had the best best one so far with the jam sequence from 12.6.73 in Cleveland.
China > Rider
Dark Star (44 minutes!) >

Before E72 there was a 2004 release named Rockin' the Rhein from 4.24.72. That had a bonus disc named The Academy of Music with material from the shows directly preceding E72.
Playin' 3.22.72
Sugar Mag > Caution > Jam > Uncle John's 3.22.72
Dark Star 3.23.72

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Joined: Sep 28 2009
closing bonus disc

The Closing of Winterland Bonus CD

Grateful Dead

Initial release: 2003
Rhino / Grateful Dead Records

A bonus CD that was distributed with pre-ordered copies of the Closing Of Winterland CD and DVD sets. The CD comprises tracks from other New Years Eve shows in the 1970's.


Easy Wind
Jam >
Black Peter
Playing In The Band
Lazy Lightning >
Sugar Magnolia
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
The tracks are from the following shows;

Easy Wind - December 31, 1970
Jam > - December 31, 1971
Black Peter - December 31, 1971
Playing In The Band - December 31, 1972
Lazy Lightning > - December 31, 1977
Supplication - December 31, 1977
Sugar Magnolia - December 31, 1977
Scarlet Begonias - December 31, 1977
Fire On The Mountain - December 31, 1977
Related releases
The bonus disc was distributed with pre-ordered copies of;

The Closing of Winterland CD set, Grateful Dead, 2003
The Closing of Winterland DVD set, Grateful Dead, 2003

Joined: Jun 12 2007
New Year's 76/Cow Palace

New Year's 76 is definitely a top 20 all time release. The setlist looks mediocre, but the playin' is as good as anything to come in 77. It was also the only release for like a year or longer around 2007 because of the Jerry estate lawsuits so a lot of people had stopped paying attention and missed out. has the download if you still need it and can't afford eBay prices. Cow Palace did have a BONUS DISC, a spectacular one. It was named The Spirit of 76 (take note Dave, this is what a real bonus disc looks like):

Music 6.9.76
Crazy Fingers 6.9.76
Let It Grow 10.2.76
Might as Well 10.2.76
Playin' > Supplication > Playin' 9.24.76
Scarlet 9.30.76

The Closing of Winterland DVD (not CD) also had a good bonus disc. The big jams from New Year's 77.

Easy Wind 12.31.70
Jam > Peter 12.31.71
Playin' > Lazy Lightning > Supplication 12.31.77
Sugar Mag 12.31.77
Scarlet > Fire 12.31.77

Bring back the bonus disc Dave & Co, especially for the yearly box set...

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Joined: Sep 28 2009
...into the past

Fillmore East
New York, NY

Download: FLAC/MP3


–Early Show–
101-d1t01 – Morning Dew
102-d1t02 – Me & My Uncle
103-d1t03 – Hard to Handle
104-d1t04 – Cumberland Blues
105-d1t05 – Cold Rain & Snow
106-d1t06 – Alligator ->
107-d1t07 – Drums >
108-d1t08 – Jam -> Bid You Goodnight Jam -> Jam ->
Alligator Jam & Reprise -> Caution Jam ->
109-d1t09 – Feedback

110-d1t10 – Uncle John’s Band

–Late Show–
201-d2t01 – Casey Jones
202-d2t02 – Mama Tried
203-d2t03 – Big Boss Man
204-d2t04 – China Cat Sunflower -> Jam ->
205-d2t05 – I Know You Rider -> High Time tease
206-d2t06 – Mason’s Children
207-d2t07 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
208-d2t08 – Drums ->
209-d2t09 – The Other One ->
210-d2t10 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
211-d2t11 – Cosmic Charlie
212-d3t01 – Uncle John’s Band
213-d3t02 – Black Peter
214-d3t03 – Dire Wolf
215-d3t04 – Good Lovin’
216-d3t05 – Dancin’ in the Streets -> Drums -> Dancin’ in the Streets

217-d3t06 – St. Stephen ->
218-d3t07 – In the Midnight Hour

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Joined: Sep 28 2009

Fillmore East,
New York, NY

Download: FLAC/MP3

SBD patched with AUD

–Early Show–
101-d1t01 – Zarathustra introduction ->
102-d1t02 – Mason’s Children – Officially Released
103-d1t03 – Casey Jones
104-d1t04 – Black Peter
105-d1t05 – Mama Tried ->
106-d1t06 – Hard To Handle
107-d1t07 – Cumberland Blues
108-d1t08 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
109-d1t09 – Drums ->
110-d1t10 – The Other One% ->
111-d1t11 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
112-d1t12 – Cosmic Charlie//

–Late Show–
201-d2t01 – Uncle John’s Band ->
202-d2t02 – High Time
203-d2t03 – Dire Wolf
204-d2t04 – //Easy Wind
205-d2t05 – China Cat Sunflower//(->)
206-d2t06 – //I Know You Rider
207-d2t07 – Good Lovin’
208-d2t08 – Me & My Uncle
209-d2t09 – stage banter
210-d2t10 – Monkey & The Engineer
211-d3t01 – stage banter/tuning
212-d3t02 – Dark Star//(->)
213-d3t03 – //St. Stephen ->
214-d3t04 – The Eleven ->
215-d3t05 – Turn on Your Lovelight%

–aud patch for Zarathustra intro and first 5 seconds of Mason’s
–reel flip at 0:47 in Other One
–Cosmic Charlie cuts out just before the end
–beginning of Easy Wind clipped
–large cut in between China Cat & Rider
–Tighten Up jam in Dark Star starting at 22:43, lasting about a
full 5 minutes
–Dark Star cuts out during the final verse; at least a couple
minutes are missing by the time Stephen cuts in well after its
–reel flip at 14:19 in Lovelight
–Sound Forge was used for normalization and a slight pitch

Joined: Sep 15 2009
12/31/76 Cow Palace

Betty Board. Awesome sound quality. Everyone in their place and clearly audible. Not a GOAT concert but a wonderful release. Brought it out for a re-listen because of the buzz about it here and it has been the perfect New Years Eve and New Years Day companion. Thanks all. And to all for 2018...Be well and prosper.

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Joined: Oct 20 2015
Best show of ‘79?

12-31-78 GD started playing at midnight, so the show is technically 1-1-79.
Watching it now. I don’t need bowl games, I need GOGD.

Happy New Year all, looking forward to this year’s releases.

Joined: Feb 2 2011
Happy New Year to this Band of Brothers and Sisters!

2018 and all the new GD music coming to us all. . .. Praise the Lord and pass the . . .. __________ [fill in the blank].

Joined: Jun 5 2007
I can't believe this.

First time I forgot. Life was so busy this year. I hope it is not a look at things to come. What a year. It went by way too fast amigos. I missed this number one thing to do in life every year and I f'ing missed it. Pray I get each one this year via this site the day they go on sale. I CANNOT miss this. You know how it is. Cant break the collection. Literally a budget for this band yearly since my first show. My lord the amount of money. I would never want to add it up. Keep bringing music and Ill keep buying it with this quality. I am one of them. QUALITY. Never thought I would think that way until the world changed and I listened to my first Apple lossless sound and CDHD quality from the GRATEFUL DEAD. My lord. Headphones and your choice of goodies and say goodbye to real life for a few hours. Isn't that what it was always about? Happy New Year all my friends and family.

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Joined: Jan 23 2016
NYE '76 & T minus 30 days 'til Wall of Keys!

Best "Around & Around." Really fun when they changed the tempo and feel up. Bobby was often up for and/or good for that.

One month 'til we get 11-6-77. Woot.

Joined: Nov 1 2012
Happy New Year

Yes, the Good Lovin>Samson is amazaing

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Joined: Jun 29 2007
Good Lovin' -> Samson.....Cow Palace

.....a top ten segue candidate in the entire catalog. Happy 2018 freaks & geeks!!

Joined: Dec 17 2011


It's 1:53AM in the very beginning hours of 2018, may all of our Dead wishes come true this year my only wish is a NORMANIZED 12/1/79

The music NEVER stops



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Joined: Jun 29 2007
Cow Palace NYE '76....

....why not? Spin it
edit. Been doing a Tarantino binge over the last few days. Hateful 8, Jackie Brown, Inglorious Basterds. So good....

Joined: Nov 21 2007
Roscoe Maples Pavilion 2/9/73

Happy New Year haven't listened to this since tape trading days in late 80's... Love the playing and the china cat to start the second set with Wavy Gravy!!! bob t

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Joined: Sep 28 2009
bonus disc

Spirit of '76

Grateful Dead

Initial release: 2006

A bonus CD of live music from 1976. This CD was distributed with copies of the Live At Cow Palace: New Years Eve 1976 release pre-ordered from the online Grateful Dead store.

The Music Never Stopped
Crazy Fingers
Let It Grow >
Might As Well
Playing In The Band >
Supplication >
Playing In The Band
Scarlet Begonias

Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals
Keith Godchaux - piano
Mickey Hart - drums
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Phil Lesh - electric bass, vocals
Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, vocals

The tracks on this bonus CD are from the following Grateful Dead shows;

The Music Never Stopped and Crazy Fingers - June 9, 1976, Boston
Let It Grow > Might As Well - October 2, 1976, Cincinnati
Playing In The Band > Supplication > Playing In The Band - September 24, 1976, Williamsburg
Scarlet Begonias - September 30, 1976, Columbus

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Joined: Aug 25 2008
My thanks to Doc

Thanks for the help in 1971 and 3/72.

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Joined: Aug 25 2008
Cow Palace '76, Closing of Winterland '78

Both the "Live at the Cow Palace" 12/31/1976 (Rhino R2 74816, released 1/2007, 3 CDs) and "The Closing Of Winterland, December 31, 1978" (Grateful Dead Records GDCD78055, released 12/16/2003, 4 CDs) are EXCELLENT!
It's just that when the Cow Palace 1976 show was officially released, I was going through some personal upheavals and I really could not enjoy it for several years, although I had it as a traded CD-R since 1999. Back then, I thought it was knock-your-socks-off fantastic.
I rediscovered it in late 2015, just as I was getting over another personal upheaval, the death of a close friend. It knocked the darkness of of that situation.
"...One way or another, this darkness has to give..."

I can't remember if the Cow Palace 76 release came with a bonus disc
if you pre-ordered it before the "street date" release date through as I did.
I do remember the "street date" being pushed back to mid-January 2007.

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Joined: Apr 17 2015

Thanks Doc for helping to fill some gaps for both spring and fall 71. Always appreciated and we all wish you well!

Happy new year everyone! 76 and 78 are indeed amazing and we are lucky to have such pristine recordings. here's to a great 2018, full of great music and great stories.

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Joined: Apr 17 2015

Thanks Doc for helping to fill some gaps for both spring and fall 71. Always appreciated and we all wish you well!

Happy new year everyone! 76 and 78 are indeed amazing and we are lucky to have such pristine recordings. here's to a great 2018, full of great music and great stories.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
Cow Palace 12/31/76 is supreme

CoW 12/31/78 is magnificent

Joined: Aug 8 2016

...and watching fine film noir.

I suggest Out of the Past. My personal favorite, and I watch it at least once a year.

Mitchum and the dialog in that movie are about as cool as they come.

Bonus points for Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas.

Cueing up 12/31/71 later tonight myself. Counting on '71 to be the palindrome antidote to some of the lunacy of '17, like hendrixfreak alluded to in his post.

Joined: Jan 13 2010

continuing Europe 72 in (gradual) sequence. Currently one blissful disc into 5/11/72. 5/10/72 is excellent.

8/23/69 :)
10/19/71 :)
10/21/71 :)
10/22/71 :)
10/23/71 so so. perhaps distracted by Ramrod's arrest. The Truckin' and NFAetc. are good.
10/26/71 :)
So Many Roads discs 1, 2, 3 :)
1/14/67 (actually, a collection from different shows. two tracks from 1/14/67, a Morning Dew from somewhere, TIFTOO > New Potato > first 20 seconds or so of Born Cross-Eyed from somewhere) :)

eventually soon:
mo' 5/11/72 :)))

how about Harding Theater???

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Joined: Sep 10 2016
Thank You Doc!

Hey, Doc, many thanks for the 1971 love! I’d have asked you for the December run of shows but you’ve already passed it along! I’ve got to say that your positive ‘71 vibes really opened my horizons (and ears) to the expansive sounds of that fine year. Hard to Handle, TN Jed, Me and Bobby McGee, DS, TOO, NFA>GDTRFB>NFA, Lovelight, Good Lovin, and many, many more tunes that truly speak to the sound of ‘71. Pig to Keith and everything in between and that which comes afterward. Much appreciated my friend! Looking forward to DaP26 and associated Normanization of these really fine shows. I’ll be cranking 12/14/71 tonight—might be my favorite show in December.

Happy New Year Everybody!

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Joined: Jun 29 2007
Cow Palace New Year's.....

....the best NYE show they played in my opinion. No nerves that evening, just fire.
....hey Doc. I love popcorn too! But not kettle corn. Theater butter and a bit of salt is my go to. Take care kind sir, and may the four winds continue to blow you safely home. Peace.

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Joined: Sep 28 2009
Official New Year releases



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Joined: Jun 9 2014
Happy 2018 To Us All! (& Thank You Doc!)

What a great place we have here to congregate and celebrate the most amazing band of our lives. Looking forward to more sparkling repartee and witty banter and occasional pissing matches in the coming year. A toast to David L, Jeffrey N, MaryE, Dr. Rhino and all those who keep our fires stoked year after year – can't wait for all the new releases and commentary that 2018 will bring. Onward!


(And to ForensicDocEleven: Your '71 crusade has touched many more than you probably realize. Making all those boards so easily available to anyone and everyone was a thankless task. The fact that you've met with diminishing returns lately isn't totally due to disinterest, but's more of a reflection of reaching the saturation point. When you filled in most of the 1971 holes in my collection a few years back, I was finally able to more fully appreciate that crazy, stellar, transitional period of the music. Thanks brother! This will serve as my requisite farewell so that we can meet again sometime (soon). All the best! – Jeff)

Joined: Nov 5 2010
Happy New Year!

To all, And I hope there will be many fine releases too! One of then the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Anthem of the Sun...

David Duryea's picture
Joined: Sep 28 2009
low cost portable headphones

Crutchfield has a great deal on Sennheiser PX 100-IIi
On-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone
Price Break: Was $149.99, Now: $49.99 with free shipping.

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Joined: Sep 28 2009
Thanks doc

Your enthusiasm for '71 was greatly appreciated and did not go unnoticed. Speaking for myself, I never took you up on your offers because after 10 years of collecting SBDs, I already had them all. Live long and prosper, Doc. You will be missed by many.

Joined: Feb 26 2014
That's a pretty long good-bye, Doc....

So I'll keep it short. I sincerely appreciate your love for 1971 GD and your efforts to circulate the music. I'd always been a huge fan of spring '71, but you opened my eyes to the rest of the year. So, many thanks for your efforts. 1971 could be the antidote to 2017.

Unlike others, I love the recent Felt Forum release and look forward to DaP 26 for more '71. A spring '71 box would go well with a fall '72 box and/or summer '73 box. You know one of those is coming soon; they cannot be denied.

Happy New Year's to all and to all a rockin' night.

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Joined: Sep 23 2009
Perfect Party Favors NYE 1970

In Dennis McNally's book he describes the 1970 NYE Winterland show and that every balloon dropped at midnight contained a beautifully engraved card with an attached barrel of Orange Sunshine LSD!! Imagine the ramifications if that was done in the present day!! Anyone on these boards at that show that can provide more info??

Thank You David and Norman and everyone involved in the years releases. I'll take any show/tour from any year. This is the shit I dreamed about in 1977 when I started collecting hissy low generation TDK Sa's (Although I do miss some of that quirky filler). Besides for me it always results in a very similar late night smokey ritual.

Listening> Deadbase>> comments> Google> Youtube> more> more Deadbase and happily repeat over and over. Thats how I enjoy this ride. Sometimes I add some Hoffman board talk as well.

Highly recommend the Dylan Trouble No More Box and the JACO documentary on Netflix.

Happy New Year to All!!!

Joined: Jun 17 2008
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living

Rockers, hello, from one year ago, with modifications:

Good morning rockers, welcome to the new year…………..

(In 2016)
Since December is over, I thought I would update the group on the amazing results of my December 1971 give-away:
ONE person asked for 12/4.
ONE person asked for the December Felt run.
NOBODY asked for the truly fine Dead shows of 12/1, 12/10, 12/14, or 12/15. Or anything else from this month, where fine music from our favorite band filled the air and thrilled our hearts and minds.

(In 2017)
One kind soul, diehard deadhead asked for 12/2, 4, 6, 9, 14, 15. I presume everyone else was asleep..............

What can it all mean?
“If you presume to love something, you must love the process of it much more than you love the finished product”.
In other words, my work here is done. My participation in the process is complete. I never considered it a job, but it was a lot of work. It was more like a mission, those that are called step forward and give in to it. Those that I have mentored---and you know who you are---will need to step up, fight the good fight, spread the gospel of 1971 Grateful Dead. I’ve done my part for King and Country, time for others to carry on…….

“Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy”.
Yet there is only so much energy that can be invested in any one given system. In my system, that energy is better focused on loving my wife, playing with my dogs, dusting off the Gibson and working on my jazzy chords, picking up the Martin and working on those acoustic blues, eating popcorn and watching fine film noir, and revisiting Bradbury and Hawking. Repeat ad infinitum……

And of course listening to Grateful Dead, they will always be the soundtrack of my adult life.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
“Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends”.

I hate long goodbyes, so I will simply say, in closing:

Take care my friends, avoid the petty disagreements, keep the politics out, embrace the music and spread it, listen with eyes wide open, love life, and until we meet again, rock on!

Death is not the greatest loss in life, the greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live……

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Joined: Sep 28 2009

Winterland Arena
San Francisco CA

Download: FLAC (Part 1, Part 2) MP3

Bertha Remaster of the PreFM source.
Sound A / Patched Sources B
Digitally remastered using a custom built, Dual-DAW, nicknamed Bertha,
by Completed on August 18, 2004.

–Set 1–
101-d1t01 – NYE Countdown ->
102-d1t02 – Around & Around
103-d1t03 – Deal
104-d1t04 – Mexicali Blues
105-d1t05 – Brown Eyed Women
106-d1t06 – Box Of Rain
107-d1t07 – Jack Straw
108-d1t08 – Don’t Ease Me In
109-d1t09 – Beat It on Down the Line
110-d1t10 – Candyman
111-d1t11 – KSAN’s DJ..El Paso
112-d1t12 – Tennessee Jed
113-d1t13 – Equipment Malfunction
114-d2t01 – Playing in the Band
115-d2t02 – Casey Jones

–Set 2–
201-d2t03 – The Promised Land
202-d2t04 – Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
203-d2t05 – Big River
204-d2t06 – Sugaree
205-d3t01 – Truckin’ ->
206-d3t02 – The Other One ->
207-d3t03 – Drums ->
208-d3t04 – Drums & Bass ->
209-d3t05 – Jam -> Space -> Jam ->
210-d3t06 – The Other One ->
211-d3t07 – Morning Dew
212-d3t08 – Thanks Bill Graham
213-d3t09 – Sugar Magnolia
214-d4t01 – Sing Me Back Home
215-d4t02 – Johnny B. Goode

216-d4t03 – Uncle John’s Band
217-d4t04 – ../One More Saturday Night

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