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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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So of all possible NY scenes, our artist puts our Stealie lapel man clearly entering the Felt show of 12/7/71 alone. By Boston 4/2/73 our man has a girlfriend he met in NY. By DaP 23, an 80's show??? they have kids? a 90's show and they all go to a show??
I officially have too much time on my hands
12.9.81 was a very nice release
just so happens today is the anniversary of a couple top notch 1980s performances
5.12.80 ~ Boston Garden
5.12.81 ~ New Haven
Quit snoozing on the 80s
here is a few that have a special meaning to me
I was prompted to this show by discussion on SHF of unreleased Spring 77 dates. So, how is it humanly possible that I've never heard any or all of this performance? MNS and Deal are 2 of my '77 bellwether 'short' songs, so that's where I jumped first, and though somewhat languid in pacing, they're typically terrific for the season. Regarding MNS, Jerry's solo beginning 2:47 shifts into high gear from 5:50 - 6:43, and it was around 4:50 that I became conscious of the wonderfully balanced mix (Miller SBD, below): Keith burbling along with Garcia in my left headphone, Bob tripping rhythmic in my right, with Phil and Drums ubiquitous across both. There seems to be a low level of static, though it may be unique to my playback. I'll hit this show at least a couple times in the next few days - thanks for the heads up Mike & CR!
I'm otherwise unable to cite a GOAT version of any Dead song - they're like shifting sands in the tide - but, for me, 6/7 just a few weeks hence provides the apotheotic incarnation of MNS: Bob & Donna in perfect form hitting all vocal cues and Jerry's loquacious articulation in that balletic solo.
For a 3.5 minute jolt of adrenaline, just forward to 3:10; toward closing, from 6:10 - 6:23, terminal velocity carries Jerry headlong into interlude of frenetic strumming suggestive of his early training with the banjo./K
This show MUST be released as a Dave's Picks!!!!
I've loved the past 22 picks, thank you. I think there has been a lack of attention given to the great shows of the 80s. Yes, the GD peaked and were at their pure excellence in the 70s, but the more songs were written after that period which I would love to have in the Daves Picks series. I'll also email you but wanted to note this here and also see what kind of ffeedback we got from this thread.
Thank you for all the work you do and have done throughout the years. This world wouldn't be the same without you. You are an amazing human being. Live, laugh, and love. Thank you brother!
Once again, impeccable customer service response: a reply email w/ notification of shipment just 20 hours after my request for replacement liner notes when 22 arrived yesterday without.
Cinco de mayo is my return date to Holland on assignment through at least early Fall. I tend to check in less frequently when overseas; though I s'pose I've only been ghosting .net for some time anyway. If you're in Limburg, do call. My neighbour has cows. Friendly cows. Moo.
Latest purchase/highly recommended...Ned's engineering intelligence, avant garde creativity, and techno musical sensibilities at play! It isn't Seastones 6/23, but then what is?
P.S.: The time change is going to wreak havoc with my Lebron worship...
Two interesting review/interviews with the Director of the new Dead doc Long Strange Trip:
The latest on "Long Strange Trip' is Amazon Prime is pushing back the stream release one week to June 4 so they can have two theatrical premiers in New York and LA on May 26.
Also, the doc will be shown at the Castro Theater in SF on April 15 as part of the SF Film Festival.
I'm really looking forward to seeing this four hour doc!
DaP 12 Hamilton, NY 11/4/77
Dap 13 Winterland 2/24/74
Red Rocks July 1978- both shows. Wow that 7/8 show is a killer! Those first three songs in the second set medley, Estimated>TOO>Eyes, just knocks my socks off!
DiP 32 Alpine Valley 8/7/82 excellent 80's show.
I guess artists have a right to say whatever they want. In the 80s I caught Pat Metheny solo acoustic in a very small jazz club. I had a table close to the stage, to my right we're two young ladies who talked incessantly during the show, detracting from the evening, Pat played the show, staring them down between songs. When he came out for the encore he acknowledged them and simply said, you've ruined the enjoyment of the entire evening not just for me but most of the audience, now we have two choices, either you two leave or I will. The lights came up, and the entire audience heckled the two until the shamefully got up and left to roaring applause. After that the lights went down and we got another 45 minutes of wonderful music...
Why do assholes pay good money to go to a concert just to ignore the performers? It's rude and disrespectful, not only to the artists but also the audience.
Saw him in concert a few times in the early 70's. Mesmerizing. I think he qualifies as a genius, though the word is so overused it's almost meaningless. But like most geniuses he does not suffer fools gladly. One concert I remember, in the campus gym at UCSD, he repeatedly stopped the music and berated the audience for being noisy and not paying attention. He even offered at one point to sit there quietly for a half hour so we could finish our conversations. He would not be compatible with a crowd of dead heads. I can see him now, screaming "You do not need marijuana to enjoy my music! You are insulting me!" Genius? Asshole? Sometimes synonymous?
Browsing incredible classical music bargains on Amazon I picked up Szell's complete Beethoven Symphony set on a whim. My Dad was a big fan of his Cleveland SO recordings in the 60's. Bam! Riveting stuff. Blew a ton of fresh air into the stale room of my Beethoven symphony recordings.
Magnificent article on a Blues renaissance in The Electric Town (apparently the initial phenomenon followed introduction of the genre by black US service members in the Pacific Theatre).
Something of a musical history lesson, tour guide, and psychological study, Petrusich's investigation of the "why" with respect to the Blues in Tokyo glibly contemplates a host of tangential subjects, such as travel and National identity, that all lead to the same destination: the enduring - and seemingly universal - sociolcultural reverberations of a musical genre spawned in the deep South during the first chapters of America's post slavery period.
“The feeling of inclusion that I have with this band — they saved my life,” Mayer said.
I guess this means he's coming for Holidays. Five years ago you'd have never thought you'd be calling JM a member of the family. Well....'extenuated' family, or perhaps an in-law on Bob's side... :) /p,k
...a compendium of promotional posters. Though of spartan design, here's a gem from 71:
Reminds me of the BfA cover motif in a general sort of way, though it precedes the album by 4 years./p,k
EDIT: Link to larger image - http://www.deadlists.com/posters/1970s/19710314.html
A dynasty builder with Reinsdorf, but a socially awkward man, he was treated poorly by Jordan, yet his eye for talent filled out a roster with role players that made MJ's achievements - not to mention 6 world championships - possible. Much of his success occurred before my 10th bday, though I was watching the Bulls with my father by age 7. Very sad. Much love for you, Jerry.
Among Classical acquisitions I'd deeply regretted missing the Szell Edition box, but while making a 3rd pass through the Masterworks Heritage set since purchase in 2013 (I can devour these things like Oreos), I was pleased to reacquaint myself with it's considerable Szell component, to include tremendous renditions of Dvorak's 7th & 9th symphs with brilliant, warm, vinyl-sounding recordings from '60 and '59, respectively./p,k
DW: I suppose I'd expect no less than comprehensive research before going to air and, yet, for his seeming encylopaedic knowledge, wrapped in a patented suave, sophisticated presentation, RO nonetheless conveyed warmth and accessibility. His work w/ SallyF. was particularly remarkable.
In the prevailing spirit of recognizing historical May performances, I'd recommend familiarization with 5/15/53. Parker. Gillespie. Powell. Mingus. Roach. Seriously.
Late on this one, but, TCM is the best. Was sad to see obit of Robert, but it looked like it was coming for a while now. When he left for (2 months?) and came back, he looked like death warmed over. You always saw him as some walking encyclopedia on classic movies. Always thought if you met him in person he'd have the same senior moments I have,,, "what was that guy who was in that movie, played this guy in that other movie". He always sounded spot on I think because it was written before hand. But he will be missed. I like Ben Mankiewicz. On the flip side I think TCM is repeating stuff more these days.
Ice: It's what I get for being the last homo sapiens over the age of 5, who's not breaking rock at FGU IK-14, that doesn't own a smart device.
Watched a little ball over an early dinner this p.m., love that TCU win, though it may prove a valuable loss for KS on tourney eve; was really hoping Pitino's Reds could prevail over K's Blues. Cats play tomorrow. Incidentally, watching (for the first time) replays of SEC men's swimming championships the other day - FL's Dressel is a beast; 40.4 split in the final leg of the 400 IM relay?! Monster comeback in the outside lane. Looking forward to Tokyo. Early chlorine breakfast in 5.5 hrs. Hippy Friday, y'all!/p,k
EDIT: Note the high horizontal body profile...air offers less resistance than water, no wonder he flies. I must look like a rock with arms./later guys
Typing with my thumbs on an iPad......
If misery loves company, then PSG made a noble sacrifice today by joining the Tribe & GSW in the Brotherhood of Inexplicable Sporting Collapses (B.I.S.C. Local 710HA).
Spent my listening day with Jarrett in Koln and Bremen; honestly, I stumbled into KJ during my seminal exploration of jazz last summer** and, as I said to Deadic8ted in an IM, I can't understand how he isn't something of a cult hero in the Dead community, at least to the extent of his wholly improvised solo concerts. Absolutely unique. Absolute genius. Do a little reading (largest musical influence: Miles) for artistic context then sample some the live solo performances (for starters check out Koln, Bremen, and La Scala).
**You know how those Amazon product trees work: "customers who bought this item also bought..."; I can get lost for hours!
EDIT: Ice, having never heard the phrase "held back my thumbs", I attempted to look it up, but found no entries; it must be a youism! I would deduce that it's synonymous with 'pulling a punch', et al.
I actually had a pretty vicious comment, but held back my thumbs....
Seems that AJ deleted the spam post.
Spammers crave attention but when you give it to them they run and hide.
I actually suspect that marye deleted the spam
Were there a SPAM oscar, you'd be my nominee, if for nothing else, the sheer magnitude of your belief in human desperation and susceptibility. Yet, I fear rebuke at the hands of house pitbull, Icecream, isn't far behind.
Incidentally, you could convert me with an effective "Connective Tissue Repair Spell" to rebut the curses placed by high mileage on my Achilles and right patellar tendons.
On a far more constructive note, that magnificent, hog-jowled, baton wielding virtuoso Reiner is on the stereo leading the Pitt SO through paces on LVB's Symp.2/Op.36...spectacular March '45 mono recording...let's see, Bear would've been just shy of his 10th bday at the time.../p,k
"Obscure"? Not among the intellectual illuminati with the extraordinary aesthetic faculties required to recognize the Surfer's particular brand of genius; so, I welcome U to PunkMENSA, (Randall Lard, Chairman and Cerebellum Whip presiding).
P.S.: If you also love the Meat Puppets, we might just as well forego the social preliminaries and jump straight to marriage. I kid of course. I'd first require a reverse dowry of 12 Black Angus steers and pre-ordered copies of Phish 93 & GarciaLive 8./k
Heavens, but E-LarryLand rocked from start to Finnish...perhaps my favourite:
"I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter,
I'd like to see the wood curl up and burn,
If you wanna touch the sky,
You must be prepared to die..."
That's the treeth, the whole treeth, and nuthin' but the treeth right there, sir...
Kate! Did you just reference an obscure Butthole Surfer's song?!
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!