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ANNOUNCING DAVE'S PICKS VOL. 22
From the famous run of shows in the lower level of Madison Square Garden, we bring you the 12/7/71 show from the Felt Forum in NYC. Featuring the return of Pigpen after a 3 month absence, the show features five Pigpen-sung songs, including what is arguably the best version of "Smokestack Lightning."
Tapes from this run of shows have circulated for decades, but never sounding like this. Every song from this show is played to perfection, presenting definitive live versions of every song played from this era. In addition, we have added the bulk of the second set from the previous night, including, but not limited to, a massive "Other One" jam, and exceptional renditions of "Wharf Rat" and "Uncle John's Band."
As a special treat for our Dave's Picks 2017 Subscribers, the 2017 Bonus Disc will feature the bulk of the rest of this 12/6/71 show, giving you two nearly-complete shows from one of the most requested and sought-after runs in Grateful Dead history.
As we head into 2017, we're starting our 6th year of the Dave's Picks series. And we can't thank you enough for continuing to support, and being interested in, our quarterly archival release series. When we started the series, with a long phone call in the summer of 2011 between myself and Doran and Mark at Rhino, we decided to retire the Road Trips series and start something new, something that was specifically crafted to meet the needs and interests that reflected your feedback over the previous four years. In late 2011, I mapped out the first five years, 20 Picks, of the series, but not beyond that. Although we veered off course quite a bit in those five years and 20 Picks, we did so mainly because of the flexibility we've allowed ourselves in letting the music play the series. What's right to release at any given time is what we focus on. As for the next five years, Picks #21-40? We don't know what's beyond #21 (which you might have heard is the exceptional 4/2/73 show at the Boston Garden, a truly perfectly-played example of the excellence that defined 1973 Grateful Dead concerts), but we have some great ideas brewing. The world of archival Grateful Dead music has some exciting times ahead, so stay tuned. We love working on this series, and we do it because of you. Your support and feedback and enthusiasm is what drives us to make each Pick as exciting as the last one. - David
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The jingle of a dog's collar would be fine"
While mix over all is good...vocal are mixed WAY down....bummer...Not up to standards
Someone recently said this was their favorite trip. So I revisited this show, to hear it for the second time, and it is really a great show! Thanks for the recommendation. The first set is strong with an excellent jammy Stranger right out of the gate, followed by Roses, and On the Road Again. The Jackaroe is kinda speedy, I wonder why? The Music Never Stopped closer is very strong. I especially liked the second set CRS Lost Sailor>Saint>dont need lover (skipped this)>UJB>D>S>Playin>UJB>DEWWWWWW!!!! Hot DEW!
I suggest playing the E72 Morning Dew (included as a link in the article) as you read this. The read is about as long as the song and creates a little extra emotion.
To be honest.. the books and documentaries are bittersweet to me.. I love the beginning, the buildup and what was built, but we all know how it ends and it always sorts leaves me emotionally deflated and tired. I almost want to watch it backwards so it ends on a super high note, but that's impossible. I guess its a tragic tale of love and love lost.
Still, I look forward to watching this at my first possible opportunity, I wouldn't miss it for the world.
Here's a pretty long and cool review of "Long Strange Trip", which premiered last night at the Sundance Festival in Park City:
I went to the 10/15/16 show in Brooklyn and thought the band sounded fabulous! Bobby came out solo acoustic and kicked things off with Bucket>Corrina then the rest of the band came out. They played a nice mix of the dead and the album.
Just got the email about DaP 21! Pretty sweet cover I imagine the page is up and running. See y'all on the other side
At least two weeks via bicycle messenger.
I would love to see an official announcement and a peeksy at the artwork also.
As for the release video.. rumors are rampant, though unconfirmed.. that Dave is pretty adamant not to do another release video until he heals from his log rolling accident and subsequent infections from the Great Blue Heron's that began to pick at him when no one came to his rescue.
All this occurred during the filming of the Dave's Picks 2017 subscription video. No one noticed he had been injured for days.. finally, he was rescued by the Russian Sailors from the bankrupted barge offshore.. Unfortunately for him, they had no fresh food nor citrus fruits and he quickly came down with a bad case of scurvy which only seemed to make his heron wounds worse and attract sand fleas and the attention of a particularly pesky seagull.
The good news is, he finally has taken the opportunity to rest and recover at his home in Vancouver. Additionally, he has identified a great spot for the filming of the Dave's Picks 21 release video. Its a remote shoreline location not far from a previously unknown Sea Lion breeding ground. As soon as the Orca's disperse and he feels a little better.. we should get a really nice DaP 21 release film.
Again, all this is unconfirmed.. but I heard it from someone that this is what happened and pretty much explains the delay.
It sounds like several folks have received their copies of Dave's 21. Can anyone post a pic of the cover art?
Bob Weir brings the party to north Fla in April. Y'all think about coming down for the fun eh? Free camping is included in your 4 day ticket and joining the fun with be Trey and his band, DSO is gonna be there, Widespread Panic, and lots of others. 3 or 4 stages and a great music park make shows here a super time. Ive been to 3 Fest there now and always have a great time. Dr John and Govt Mule too!
Hope some folks make it down for the celebration....
....I'm beginning to think it may hit my mailbox before the "official" announcement....
Haven't been to any of the shows yet but have seen several setlists. Looks like 2 sets + encore.
Fair amount of dead material mixed in with the new album stuff. Enjoy! Definitely on my list to check out the new stuff live.
mbarilla - i'll have to go back and check that out. I remember specifically loving Peggy-O through Music Never stopped. Will revisit the first half of that set soon....
My favorite first set from the box is probably 7/7... Extremely passionate renditions of Candyman, FOTD, Ten Jen, just to name a few. Man the more i talk about this the more i want to dive back in. I was in a 68-69 phase for the past several days but may need to jump ahead ten years.
"Looks Like Rain" unsung hero and add in
"Ramble on Rose" for a triple dose
Last year 2016 Dave's Picks could have been in the 30 trips box set, most likely these were considered when selecting the 30 trips shows
1974 -> 7.19.74 for 9.18.74
1976 -> 7.16/17.76 for 10.3.76
1970 -> 1.23/24.70 for 4.15.70
1981 -> 12.9.81 for 5.16.81
Tickets just went on sale for Dallas, was able to score two tickets in the Orchestra section 14 rows back. Guess I need to really listen to album now! Has anyone else been to any of the shows on this tour? If so, how long of a show? Is he doing more than the album? The lineup looked pretty good.
I wholeheartedly agree, 80's.
Happy 46th Birthday
Seattle Center Arena - Seattle, WA 1/24/71
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
It Hurts Me Too
Hard To Handle
(bobby - We're running short on time, so we only have for one more)
Turn On Your Love Light
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
Turn On Your Love Light
e: Uncle John's Band
I love that box set...every night is strong. For as great as all the nights are though, 7/1 remains the unsung hero in my opinion.
Killer estimated>other one>wharf rat....
If it were me.. a 5/1 announcement might just be in order. Or a 5/7 release date, which would mean an announcement is forthcoming.
The kicker, however, is that July 78 lost some of its charm and that "New Box Smell" during the warehousing bankruptcy disaster and has not yet sold out. It disappeared from the shelves and was being marketed as Not Currently Available for months while it made its way from Crozet, VA to the new warehouse purportedly by way of a fleet of grunged-out, amphetamine fueled bicycle messengers.
It was refreshing to see some of the recent feedback and accolades of this run of shows.. switching between July 78 and Spring 90, etc. I thought it was an excellent box set and the fact that a few of the shows previously did not circulate gives it some added charm. Its certainly high energy GD and does dovetail nicely into Spring 1990.
I wonder if it had sold out already of we would be getting the Box Set announcement sooner (thinking February) rater than later. If the new box gets to market before July 78 sells out they will be seemingly competing against each other.
Anyway.. sorry to ramble and thanks for keeping the vibe alive, KF and others.. I knew when Dusseldorf came up KeithFan would pop his head up from beneath the sand and we would get a colorful dissertation.
One add: I turned on the radio to smooth the day.. and Lemieux is doing his sales pitch for the 50th anniversary of the debut album, Grateful Dead. Steelin', Cardboard Cowboy, One Kind Favor and Hey Little One are blanketing the airwaves as I type this. So there are the other spring nuggets some of us bought a couple months ago too. At a certain point all these releases can cannibalize stuff coming down the pipeline. First world problems for sure.
There was special mention of that great efforts are being made for the bonus material of the 50th aniv. re-issues, and they are working on Anthem and Aoxomoxoa and they are going to be 'really special.'
For that *Excellent* Link.
All signs are pointing toward a magical Trifecta Release of 5/7, 5/8, and 5/9.
I've also similarly put together a 'Best of' that Three night run, it looks similar but different but i love that clearly I'm not the only one who thought this might be a great idea. I'd be interested to put my set list side by side and see the overlaps.
Anyway, this all bodes well for the 40th anniversary on the doorstep...
Now You're Speaking My Language nitecat. Rockin' The Rhein was the show that hooked me on the Grateful Dead. Even though I'd seen them twice with Jerry, I didn't quite catch the bug. Then one bong-smoke filled evening playing Texas Hold 'Em with my buddies, I heard Sugar Magnolia in the background, and the rest is history.
Your timing nitecat, is impeccable. I just emailed some comments about the 2nd set to the guy who hosts the Web site that I posted on here yesterday. Here are my impressions that I shared with him:
*** Rockin' The Rhein was the show that got me into the Dead, particularly the 2ND set: Dark Star => Me And My Uncle => Dark Star => Wharf Rat => Sugar Magnolia. This was my first Dark Star, and I was completely blown away, especially by Part II. When I heard Jerry "discover" the melody that he plays between 9:20 and 9:30, and then listened to the rest of the band pick up on it and rock it out, I remember thinking, "NOW I understand why everyone loves these guys so much". And then they never played it again.
After that they went on to play the dreamiest, most perfect piece of dual guitar magic in Wharf Rat, which, with the exception of some magic nights in '71 that are as good, and that bombshell version on Dick's Picks 14, is the king of the king of Wharf Rats. Europe '72 delivered us five incredible masterpieces that are some of the most uplifting moments in my Dead repotoire (although I will say this - few songs benefit more from a good multi-track recording than Wharf Rat - Three From Vault, Ladies & Gentlemen, Cow Palace, Movie Soundtrack, Closing Winterland are all stellar).
The set ends with THE version of THE song that opened the door to DeadHead-dom for me: Sugar Magnolia. They came close several times, but ultimately hit an unparalleled groove on 4/24/72 that still has me picking my face up off the floor at the end: Jerry's solo, the dual-guitar "harmonics" hit by Garcia and Weir during their shared rhythm riff section, Billy's tom-tom fill, played with precision timing (which itself was a rarity, I later learned, as he usually goes with the snare rat-a-tat-tat assault), and of course, Keith's piano chops that built up to a perfect crescendo during the "breeze in the pines" verse) - sheer magic. ***
Anyway, great show. And definitely produced as though they had all the time in the world to get it just exactly perfect. Keith is well represented in the mix on 4/24, but not so for many of the E72 shows, and you can hear him killing it, just not loud enough in the mix.
Minas, glad you're enjoying the reordering of DaP 19, aka High 'N Hawaii. You inspired me to play it as well. Agree, great release. I think everything that's been released from 1970 has been consistent in sound and performance. On a scale ofrom 1-10, I wouldn't give anything under a 9, and that's including the two Download Series releases. Just my two cents. Today is still the anniversary date, since the Bonus Disc is from 1/24. Give it a spin!
What a strong show! Four CD's long, and don't miss the third CD: DS>MeAMU>DS>Wharf>SM. And Keith is all over this recording, adding little flourishes here, and boogie woogie there! Highly recommended!
This set keeps getting better and better. I love the first set shorter songs presented in that new running order with the bonus disc material (and without yellow dog and hatchet job casey jones) that Keith fan gave some of us. And then whoooosh smooth transition into the longies- Good Lovin, The Other One, Dark Star and St. Stephen. Keith fan, I even made your mix a little bit better - I made Lovelight the final encore, since it is sooooo long. here's how it shakes out:
Cold Rain & Snow
Me And My Uncle
I'm A King Bee
China Cat Sunflower
I know You Rider
Hard To Handle
Good Lovin (combined track mix)
The Other One
St. Stephen (and you're going to love this - crossfade into Feedback!!)
Bid You Goodnight
Dancing In The Street
It is beautiful. 11 cookers with no clifferhangers and slow spots (vis a vis cutoff casey and yellow dog), and then come the jammers. Worthy of great praise is Dave's Picks Volume 19, you just have to maximize its effect!
Thanks for the links, nitecat.
..it did not go unnoticed in the Excellent Link, "Purportedly, another group of Betty Boards have also made it back to the Vault" and the dates mentioned were 5/7,8,9/77.
Lots of guesswork on this but I had not seen it in print before, true, suffixed by 'Purportedly,' no reference is given. Still, its another clue in the mix of what might 'purportedly' be the 2017 Box Set, the Holy Trinity.
So the Dead Doc premiers tonight at 8 pm at Sundance in Park City!
Here is a nice interview with the director:
Weir, Kreutzman and Hart played a short set last night in Park City to promote the screening:
I haven't seen this one posted here before. Some great reading material here on several Grateful Dead eras:
Yep, I've tried counting along with it like that at times and sometimes get it right, other times maybe am just guessing. It does make me bob my head and rock my shoulders a little when I listen to it, so that may be the Latin thing working on me.
As for the Mozart piano, Salzburg is a fantastically scenic and historical town to visit. I was literally speechless for a short spell looking at that fortepiano and thinking what it meant. Also, buildings like the churches, art museums, government palaces and castles throughout Europe amaze me - just thinking how things that are so huge, so ornate, and so overwhelmingly spectacular could have been built hundreds of years ago and still astound. Great music, art and architecture among other things add incredibly to life's rich pageant.
Surprised DaP 21 is not available for pre-order. I called dead.net. I'm not sure whether or not to believe them, but they said it won't be available to order until February 3rd
Are you serious? You really received DaP 21 already???
Frosted - just count: ONE,2,3,FOUR,5,6,SEVEN,8,9,TEN,11 - it has a Latin tinge.
BTW - I'm beyond envious you were able to be in the same room as Mozart's fortepiano.
Okay, the subscription period has ended, it's off the main page. How long until we get a glimpse of 21 and get to see this year's cover art?
Got a shipping notice in Canada for both 21 and the debut's 50th. Awaiting arrival eagerly.
I really like 2/11. Pulling it out a few years ago got me out of a Dead hiatus and back into them bigger than ever.
The Duprees/Mountains combo is one of my favorites. Also the following Dark Star>St. Stephen>Eleven etc. run and jam is pretty wild. I agree that it's a bit more raw than the FW 69 late Feb. early March sessions, but it sort of reminds me of the energy on 8/6/71 Hard to Handle that way. I also turn it off just before Hey Jude on the other disc though, I must say. Sort of my one song version of Boreal.
One of these days I'm going to do a full listen of all my versions of The Eleven. I started again with From the Vault II after Keith mentioned it as his favorite. That one is great, and I am looking forward to comparing it to all my others for the fun of it. Not sure I'll come up with a fave, but maybe.
I heard the Eleven is really hard to play, and it's so named because of a time signature that's 11/4 or something like that. I'm no musician, so I'll defer to the guitarists around here on that, but my ears tell me it's tasty regardless.
Thank you for all the recommendation on Key West exploring. Why I like to turn to this group for travel ideas. I think as a group we've been everywhere and are everywhere. Only think I didn't see mentioned, ok two things. Several sites mentioned "the cemetery" as a neat place to explore for great headstone reading and where the dealers hang out :-)
Once again thanks for ideas.
All the talk about this date I decided to check out. I was surprised I didn't have it in my collection. Then I saw it was released on a two cd set, I don't know how I missed it. But I was surprised to see it wasn't on the archive, even as a "stream only" show. Odd. I got a used copy from amazon for 12 bucks so it's coming! Glad it was brought up.
Haa.. great post 80's fan. I like how milk and bottle watered don't show up on your essentials. Too funny and so true.
I need to listen to 2/11/69 again. Its funny.. but I put 2/11/69 on a different mental shelf than 2/27/69.
It has many of the same elements, but the stuff at the FW later that month has more polish and that seamless trip feel to it. The band was clearly working hard that month, its amazing to me how noticeable the growth spurt was.
..of course it could just be me and a wacky observation. I do need to revisit 2/11 too which could refine my opinion.
Hi Dave -
I just received, and am loving it. Especially since this is the first CD set from the Dead that I can remember all of the disks are named and numbered consistently so they all show up on one place on my iTunes.
Thank you for all of your hard work. Now I have something great to listen to, and am looking forward to the future!!!
I haven't listened to that show in a long time but i'm currently in a primal dead phase so will throw it in the car this week! I remember really liking it when it came out.
Currently listening to the 68 show from 30 trips as well as two from the vault as i prepare for this Nor'easter headed our way. I don't think northern NJ is expected to get it as bad as other areas but can never be too safe so i made sure to load up on the essentials (Dead, coffee and red wine). Stay safe out there fellow east coasters...
Oh yala that's a good one. I think that show has some funny banter early on, I gotta put it on - something like Bobby wanted to tell a story about false teeth, and Jerry's like "fuck the teeth let's play!" I may be thinking of DP 26, so don't hold me to it.
Yeah FE '69 sounds awesome. In fact, right before I set out to pay $350 for FW Complete, I justified the expense by saying to my wife, "It's like four more Fillmore East '69 shows, only better!" And she's like "it all sucks!"; and I'm like "go to your room!" And she's like, "whaaaaaaa did you just say to me??" And I respond, "Don't ever say the Dead sucks! They're one third of my sex and my drugs and my rock 'n roll...." And she's like "pack your shit and stumble outta here; it's me or the Grateful Dead!!" And I'm like....okay I'm just making shit up now. But yeah, great show at the Fillmore.
Multitrack, thanks xeyed.
I just listened to RFK 6/10/73 for the 1st time ever. Now I understand why everyone wants it to be a Dave's Pick. What an incredible set list and performance. Is it in the vault?
Now what? Something old? Something new? Maybe 30 Trips Around The Sun, 1975. That is a wonderful show, little rusty on Truckin, but still my favorite of that box set.
...is gold IMHO. Great sound and energy on this one. Hey Jude may be the weakest moment but towards the end I really dig the band's playing and specifically Jerry's lead notes. If I were to call this the weakest moment then I'd have to say the only other downside to this show is that Cosmic Charlie runs out at the end. Peace.
The Dave's Picks 21 roll-out along with Dave's Seaside (or not-so-seaside) Chat should be up sometime along with
"All In The Family: Meet the Dave's Picks 2017 artist"
on Monday 23 January 2017.
The term you're looking for is "multi track", LoveJerry.
I had forgotten that this 1997 release is a multi track (8 track?) recording. The only reference I found to that is in the credits:
produced and mixed by
John Cutler and Phil Lesh
Thanks for bringing it up, nitecat & LoveJerry.
I was surprised to hear you say there are a lot of weak moments in this show nitecat. Besides Hey Jude, it all sounds like a darn good '69 to me, and better sounding than most of the rest, since it was a multiple backtrack release, or whatever you call it when they produce it from a bunch of tapes instead of one. But I'm motivated now to go listen again.
....don't know about Key West, but I do know about Las Vegas. Touristy yeah, but we bring in nuggets like this. Last nights Phil Lesh & Friends setlist.
Shakedown, TLEO, Stagger Lee, Deal, Mr. Charlie, New Minglewood Blues, Bertha
Playin'->Here Comes Sunshine, Unbroken Chain, Dark Star->Space->Comes A Time->Dark Star, Samson, Mojo Hand, Lovelight
Enc: Hard To Handle
Highlights for me? Stagger Lee, Minglewood, the entire second set except Lovelight. Seems they were running low on fuel by that point, but it was all good. I have a habit of walking into post Dead shows expecting to be let down. Once again, I was proven wrong. Guess I need to reevaluate my way of thinking....take note of their keyboard player Adam MacDougall. Whoa!! He bought it all night long. Phil's voice also sounded better than of late. He tended to sit/lean back a lot. His legs may be failing, but his fingers aren't....
I remember getting into Key West and being immediately underwhelmed by the touristy nature of it... After about an hour though, I "got" it, and all of those negative feelings went away. The next six days were pure bliss.
Wish I was there now.
Have a blast! Be sure to go to El Siboney in Key West for some KILLER Cuban food - - but get there early! It's a tiny place and fills up QUICKLY around dinner time. We ate there three times in six days!
so does this indicate it will not be shown in cinemas ? I hope its at least one night in cinema this year
they may have paid 6 million, but with all the sales they do on their site with GD products, i would be willing to estimate that figure is not even close to 6 million because of profit they made off other items.
When GD store went down I think some items were linked up with Amazon to purchase there and the big commercial releases to name a couple like 3.29.90 and 8.27.72 were there from release date
F##K Amazon !!!!! LOL
Ah, sweet memories. For our honeymoon my wife and I went to Fl. We head-quartered in Cape Coral which, of course, meant excursions to Ft Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva. At Ft. Myers Beach there was a pier that separated the partiers from the families - we nursed our hangovers on the family side in the morning and made our way over to the wild side as the day progressed.
I remember Sanibel for many things - walking through the sea pines to the beach and skankin' to ska - but what I remember most was finding a wallet filled with 100's of dollars and somehow finding the owner while on my run. After a day at Sanibel, a trip to Captiva for sunset and dinner at the Mucky Duck were in order. Man, that was some kinda fun.
The next leg was From Cape Coral to Naples and across Alligator Alley to A1a on down to Key West. It was good advice to take your time on the 7-mile bridge; there are all kinds of cool places. In Key West I remember we stayed up high in a castle-like hotel. We walked everywhere and ate and drank everything. I remember blue crabs that made me cry. Had a few at the vaunted Sloppy Joe's and watched the Red Sox and Yankees do battle ('86). Got out on the water for sunset. Wow. It's all a dream we dreamed one weekend long ago. Enjoy yourself; it's later than you think.
....I got my Dark Star. Could've been worse.
1. Jefferson Airplane Volunteers
2. Paul Kantner/Grace Slick Blows Against The Empire