Dave's Picks Volume 24: Berkeley, CA, 8/25/72 - SOLD OUT
We're wrapping up this year's Dave's Picks series with one from the Grateful Dead's beloved Bay Area. An often overlooked gem from '72 (who's to blame with that rich pool of excellence), 8/25/72 Berkeley Community Theatre finds the Dead laid back and in the comfort zone of home. While one might think this would make the night too relaxed, the band fall in line with their "West Coast best" paradigm. The output is fresh, reaching the outer depths on repertoire classics like "The Other One" and "Playing In The Band" and finding the intricately nuanced heart of emotive numbers like "He's Gone" and "Bird Song." Fans of Europe '72 and Veneta, Oregon will not be disappointed!
This complete show was recorded by Owsley "Bear" Stanley, has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman, and features photos by Michael Parrish, tour notes from the road, and original illustrations from Dave Van Patten.
Dave's Picks Volume 24 is limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies. Don't delay, these releases tend to sell out in a matter of hours!
3 Disc set
Limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies
Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman
Digipak made of 100% recycled and PCW materials
Release Date: November 1, 2017
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No more beer here, but we're tapping a fresh one at Dave's Picks 25.
[TURNS OUT LIGHTS and walks through the door into the hazy alleyway that bridges DaP 24 and DaP 25, unlit joint sticking out of his mouth as he raises a lighter to spark it up.....]
Norman already said he did the same kind of bass enhancement on Dave's Picks 25 as he did on 24
I have been listening to a matrix version of the Binghamting show this week, actually many good versions in the archives. The regular soundboard is very good. So will this have that new effect, bass Doubler(with Phil would have to have a bass quadrupler) Let's see what J Norman comes up with. 1 pm east coasters.
Never thought i'd ever say this but... Lackluster lol. would not play this tape to get someone into the Dead. would only recommend if you want to relive that New Speedway Boogie breakout. And it honestly could be what I'm bringing to it. I'm kinda "meh" right now anyway. but the Space and The Wheel is decent. but the playing kinda has a we're here cuz we're under obligation feel. I dunno, feel free to tear me a new asshole over it i'm sure someone will. but then again even mediocre Dead is still better than most bands on an off night.
....the anticipation has lost a bit of luster. Oh well. Might have Binghamton by next weekend. Vegas odds of the rest of Toronto will be on it still stands at 6-1. Not much action going on.
What we will use to conjure the ghosts of releases past? Besides the Ouija board, dead DaP threads are the only way we have to communicate with Dantain, HendrixFreak, Kate and other ghostly freaks from the past..
Will the last person here after DaP 25 goes on sale tomorrow morning please turn out the lights?
While driving about today singing along with 1/2 Step, Jerry's guitar rang in place of the Across the Rio Grandy-o line. I believe it's the first time the inversion took place - 12/11/72 - a sweet, sweet version. And there's a Dark Star shortly thereafter. Basta.
Again,thanks for the eye-opener a few months back.Midnight Café is my man cave now.
I downloaded the Roanoke show a few weeks ago and it's a super-duper good show. 25 minute Playin'? OK. Half-Step->Must Have Been The Roses? Yup!
Grab it folks...it's worth it.
Downloaded this Charlie Miller mastered Roanoke, VA (07/27/74) show at the midnight cafe. Beats the old SBD I had hands down. I urge you listen to the jam between U.S. Blues and Promised Land.
July 27, 1974
This is a tagged version of shnid: 107804
SBD -> Master Reel -> Cassette -> Dat -> CD -> EAC -> SHN
SHN-> Adobe Audition v3.0-> Samplitude Professional v11.03-> FLAC
(2 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)
All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
May 18, 2010
— This is a remaster of shnid=2420
— I corrected the pitch, fixed the levels and cleaned up some flaws
— Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction
101-d1t01 – Bertha
102-d1t02 – Mexicali Blues
103-d1t03 – Row Jimmy
104-d1t04 – Jack Straw
105-d1t05 – Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
106-d1t06 – It Must Have Been the Roses
107-d1t07 – Me & Bobby McGee
108-d1t08 – Tennessee Jed
109-d1t09 – Playing in the Band
201-d2t01 – China Cat Sunflower ->
202-d2t02 – I Know You Rider
203-d2t03 – Me & My Uncle
204-d2t04 – Ramble on Rose
205-d2t05 – Big River
206-d2t06 – U.S. Blues ->
207-d2t07 – Promised Land
208-d2t08 – Brokedown Palace
209-d2t09 – Not Fade Away ->
210-d2t10 – Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad ->
211-d2t11 – Johnny B. Goode
V-guy, I was wondering if I should check out that Black Mirror show. Sounds like a winner, thanks.
I've been all over the place with the listening. Started the day out with a jammy mix that included China / Rider from 6/30/73, Watkins Glen Soundcheck Jam, Here Comes Sunshine from 12/6/73, Eyes of the World from 10/18/74 (great runs from Keith), and Blues For Allah from 3/23/75. Then I went into the cellar for some 9/19/70 (which has a particularly good 25 minute Dark Star - possibly the 2nd best I've heard from that year, behind only the epic 2/13 version); 4/8/71 after that, and now I'm into the second set of 7/5/78, after reading kyleharmon's post (I'm really into the Wharf Rat from that show, possibly cooler than 7/8). For you '76 fans - a good friend turned me on to the 6/3 Portland show that kicked off the tour - excellent set list, I would love to hear this as an official release some day.
I saw that one -- excellent! Misfits is also excellent. For a British crime minisereis with only a couple of episodes check out "Father and Son."
A mundane title to be sure but it is an excellent drug dealing crime drama. Dougray Scott in the lead.
Benny Hill? Always getting chased by those Buxom British Babes -- but they never caught him!?!?! Hmmmnn. . .. Man, oh man, I would have tripped faster than a Screaming Japanese Lady running from Godzilla in one those old Japanese Monsters-On-A-Rampage-Through-Tokyo movies.
You remember those right?
Remember Baby Godzilla Jr. blowing fire rings not ready for prime time full on flame thrower like Daddy Godzilla?
Those British Ladies would have. . .. Loose Lucy!
...Malcolm Tucker. Insanely edgy and hysterical, if you like that sort of thing.
The funniest show ever done is "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin". The original with Leonard Rossiter. There are 21 thirty minute shows. The show is a complete loop without a wasted line and the best representation of life.
A least I say so,,,, and I'm a genius (just ask me)
Fawlty Towers is a hilarious comedy series starring John Cleese of Python fame. Check that out. They only did like 13 episodes, so the box set is very affordable.
There was a great one made about 10 years ago, that I only saw last year, called "Life On Mars". Its a crime series with a difference. It opens, in the present day, with this detective crashing his car. He passes out, and when he wakes up...its 1973. Only he still thinks its the present day. The series double as a sort of crime/time travel series. It also features some great early 1970s British underground music in the background. Unexpected choices, like tracks by Hawkwind and Uriah Heep. There was a follow up, also named after a Bowie song, called "Ashes To Ashes" which I haven't seen.
Firstly, Layercake is a fantastic crime drama with a little humor here and there. I saw it in the cinema way back when and bought the dvd too. If you like cool crime films Layercake is excellent. Likewise, Sexy Beast which is another great British crime film.
I am about to start watching the newest episodes of Peaky Blinders. PB is a British crime series about a criminal family operating between the world wars in Britain. I highly recommend this show.
I will look into the Black Mirror in just a moment.
If anyone has recommendations on TV-Show/Series viewing then please let me know. Recommendations for British shows/series would be especially welcomed(live in USA, New York City). Likewise, GD fans living in Continental Europe . . .. Please let me know if there are some great Europeans TV shows. For example the Danish TV show The Killing was very good. They did an American Remake of the original Danish show which I recommend: Also called The Killing. The Brits might have made a version of this gem from Denmark too.
I haven't got Netflix, but I have seen the first series of "Black Mirror" on dvd. Brilliant. I will look out for the next two series, along with the third series of "Twin Peaks".
Another great programmes that was on television here in England last year was "The Electric Dreams of Philip K.Dick". If you like "Black Mirror", then its definitely worth checking out if you have the chance.
....I'm a happy camper! I'm gonna segue the cake talk into a crazy direction. How many of you have Netflix? (a majority I see). How many of you have seen the show Black Mirror? (two hands pop up). Insane show. Season 3 episode 3 involves cake. Viewer beware. Grate, disturbing, epic....
I didn't get shit. but played 7/5/78 and it was just what I needed.
Mine had .... stashed in the crease
Thanks for the Binghamton link - were you one of the few to attend? Looks like a church! Don't know this show - hope Keith has the Grand goin'.
'72'n - I'm in the middle of Winterland, December - nice, nice sounding, emotional shows. Cut to heck, but .., would make nifty box, no?
Today went to Fox Box Office, St. Louis, and scored Row O, Tedeschi Trucks Band ducats for July - thrilled! Will be seeing TTB at Nashville's Ryman in February with oldest daughter - for me, their music is what's happening most consistently and powerfully on the road these days, other than maybe Joe Russo - check 'em, y'all! Listening now to Billie Holiday ('37 & '38 from the same date!), Lester Young '56 (Jazz Giant), Stitt/Gillespie from '56, CB Adderley in NY, '62, Donald Byrd "A New Perspective" from '63. This is the season of what now?
Mine came with two cupcakes.
It's interesting to hear DaP 25 come up again.. Yesterday afternoon I decided to give this one more spin before 25 arrives, from the gate I thought it sounded great and got in more or less disc 1 during a lunchtime walk.
This morning, I was up early.. before the sun and it was raining, so I picked my second string wireless headphones and went for a soak. They are a decent pair of Sony's.. and wham.. I did get the DoublePhil Boom. So I got in four songs where I heard a more pronounced bass effect than I get with any of my other systems.
This makes a lot of sense, because with my first string headphones, they must be doing a better job interpreting and translating the signal and it sounds fine, especially Jerry's tone. At least that's my take. I also suspect the other shows from this run might one day get released and might surpass 8/25.. but that's just a hunch.
Dave's picks is bullshit cuz they don't provide cake with each release lol. I was told there'd be cake.
One Man, good to see your lurking head pop up!
Here is the info from that Hoffman forum as referenced:
Anyway, I wrote Jeff Norman about it, and he replied!
"There is extra bottom on Phil’s bass on DPv24. It’s not octave doubling per se but it is more low bass than usual. I was really having trouble getting the power of Phil off the tape, but I may have overdone it. I truly appreciate this feedback, my intention has never been to alter a performance but instead present it as well as possible. Thank you again for emailing me and please do it whenever something doesn’t feel right….this keeps me on the right track."
It seems this bass effect is as divisive as The Last Jedi!
Good to hear from you. Keep fighting the good fight!
You would probably do better to search for the Hoffman forum pages where it's discussed. Someone on there (who is also on here?) received an illuminating response from Norman, and that conversation is on the Hoffman pages. There's a link to those Hoffman pages on this board, but it was waaaayyy back . . .
The bass boost drove my main stereo sub-woofer nuts, but on headphones and on a different system, it wasn't that noticeable for me.
On the Hoffman pages, Jeff mentions that he did the same thing for DaP25, and that he couldn't take it back, so there might be two releases with this bass-y thing happening.
Oh, I am sorry I missed that conversation. I should scroll back. It's funny, because I say in my notes that it sounds like Phil is playing through an octave divider at times. I even said Promised Land sounded like a different bass player. But if this is live to 2-track, how did JN do it without affecting everything else? If the answer is back there, I'll find it, you don't need to repeat it. Weird!
I'm having a lot of trouble listening to the official release. I keep revisiting it but the artificial bass tones that Jeff Norman acknowledged he made drive me nuts. I heard them the very first time I put it on, even before it became a topic of conversation. It surprised me a little bit that it doesn't bother more people, but that's okay I'm happy for the folks who are really digging it. Its just unignorable to me, It almost sounds like a different bass player at times. I find myself going to the soundboard recording and wondering why he made the adjustments because the bass really doesn't sound that low to me. C'est la vie.
that does it. I'm going to have to finally listen to this Bertha and see what is so bad about it. but it first the dreaded '81 and '82 from 30 Trips or how people have seemed to perceived it.
I'm late to the party of course but I have really been marveling at Dave's 24 the past couple of days. Other than a rude train wreck in Bertha and some deep confusion in Stella Blue, the stinging Garcia guitar tones and overall exuberance of this show make it one of my all time faves. I will explore unofficial emissions of the earlier shows in that run, too. Someone who shall not be named hooked me up. Two days before Veneta -- what did I expect?
I always listen one time through on Sennheiser HD600 (open back) while taking notes in real time. Then I feel free to listen at volume in the house or truck. Did you say something? My tinnitus blotted it out.
Got it on cassette in the 90’s and it quickly became a favorite.
Full Norman is going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!
Thanks for the venue link, Brewer.. Man, to have been in the audience for that one.
Oh, to have been there that evening!
I enjoy the cover art, particularly the colors, but the skeleton concept is wearing thin for me . . .
I'm usually a big stickler about listening to shows from start to finish. but I can put in disc 2 of Dicks 6 and not even care I'm listening to a show in the middle. its that great of material for me. used to say it was shit for a release. now its a fave.
Five years ago, the Vegas odds that Las Vegas would get a professional hockey team, 1M-1.
....that the rest of the Toronto show is included as philler on DaP 25 stands at 6-1. Server maintenance on the 16th? 2-1. Vegas odds that the Vegas Golden Knights would win the Stanley Cup before the season started was 500-1. Now stands at 8-1. I almost plopped a twenty spot on it during pre-season. Grinds my gears to this day.
I wonder what the Vegas odds are that they do server maintenance on January 16th at 10am PST?
I guess we will find out.
....nice to see this info drop as well as what appear to be a few small but important logistical changes, especially considering the changes are a result of the ongoing & substantial feedback loop here. It is nice to be heard, collectively.
Looking forward to this!
Agreed jim. that artwork is even better than last year's batch. its nice to see people are getting a heads up for when the preorder is. and even better that its limited to 2 copies a person. would've been nice to have that from the get go but whats nice is something is actually being done about certain things.
The cover art is electrically delicious.
Happy New Year!
If you didn't subscribe to the 2018 Dave's Picks series, then you are probably anxiously awaiting the pre-order email for Dave's Picks: Volume 25: Binghamton, NY, 11/6/77. If anxious is the keyword, have no fear. We're switching things up a bit this year. Each month that a Dave's Picks release is due to go on sale, we're gonna give you a heads up. So check your email, mark your calendars, set a reminder on your Apple Watch, pull out your Post-Its, and rest assured that everyone will have an equal opportunity to pre-order our Dave's Picks a-la-carte releases.
The much-requested, spectacular Dave's Picks: Volume 25 featuring 11/6/77 Binghamton, NY will go on sale on January 16th, 2018 at 10AM PT time*.
Thank you kindly.
*Please note that we will have a very limited quantity of Dave's Picks: Volume 25 available. Orders are limited to 2 copies.
I went on a Wheel binge last night. There's nothing quite like the 2/3/78 DP 18 version, with that excellent Jerry guitar intro, but the '77 versions are also excellent. I was thinking last night how vital Donna is on this song. She really fit in nicely on the later era songs. I wonder what took them so long to take The Wheel to the Grateful Dead stage? And then (like many songs) they abruptly stopped playing it (long hiatus after that lone 1978 appearance on DP 18). I guess it only adds to the greatness.
I found a really good long Here Comes Sunshine on 12/6/73. 15 minutes, check it out (the whole show is great - the Road Trips 2011 Bonus Disc has excerpts).
....i know, right? The China Cat -> The Eleven ain't no slouch either. I'm really keen on this show and the sound is impeccable. Love the Phish nod with the Harry Hood jam too....
Also just a thanks for the heads up. Downloaded, labeled and filed. Will listen tonight while servicing the paraphernalia needs of Collin County.
The Gas Pipe - where all our products are for legal tobacco use ONLY. (even the dildo's)
Wow - Thanks Vguy - I listened to some of this last night. I LOVE how creative these guys are with their setlists, and that they dig into the early catalog. The way they end with Truckin' with the big crash that suddenly becomes "Born Cross Eyed" for a minute before ending the 1st set. Great stuff, thanks for posting.