Dave's Picks Volume 21: Boston Garden, Boston, MA 4/2/73 - SOLD OUT
"We all expect Big Things from the Big Songs, but all the smaller songs in this show are stunningly played. That extra something in every song that makes a great show GREAT? It's here in every song. And as for the bigger songs, they certainly deliver as well." - David Lemieux
Just like the man says, you've also come to expect "Big Things" from the Dave's Picks series. We certainly intend to deliver with Boston Garden, April 2, 1973, our first archival release of the new year. Clocking in at 34 songs, this one's a whopper and a solid one, at that.
One might think the Grateful Dead a bit weary at the end of a long run, but no sir (or ma'am!), they left nothing behind and showed no signs of slowing down on this epic night. In fact, they packed both sets with an inventive pastiche of brand-new ("Wave That Flag," "Eyes Of The World," "Row Jimmy") and newly-minted classics ("Mississippi Half-Step," "Stella Blue") played to near-perfection. Once you hear this version taken from the 10" master reels, we know you’ll agree.
Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman and featuring illustrations by 2017 Dave's Picks Artist-In-Residence Dave Van Patten (stay tuned for his profile), Dave's Picks Volume 21 is limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies.
Fair warning: these releases sell out more and more quickly as the years go on. There's truly no time to wait!
Grab a copy while you can.
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: February 1, 2017
4.2.73 is such an enjoyable show from start to finish. I'm typically drawn to shows with the more expansive, jam-oriented songs, but this show really made me appreciate the more straight-forward songs in the Dead's repertoire from '73. That's not to say there's little to no jamming in this show, that's certainly not the case. 4.2.73 cemented '73 as one of my favorite years of the Dead. The sheer number of songs in the show is one thing, but they're so well played too, as Dave mentions in the description. This show will be in my heavy rotation for quite a while.
Why is it difficult to obtain quality jpegs of the Cover Art for the Dave's Picks series? Seems like they should be available on dead.net
or maybe I'm the crazy one.
Cool! That's when I was just hitting my stride...
check the long strange trip soundtrack announcement, wow. dave got scooped here. some 71 chateau thrown in as well.
check the long strange trip soundtrack announcement, wow. dave got scooped here. some 71 chateau thrown in as well.
There are times where I put in a show in and around its anniversary date - i.e. the spring 90 and Euro 72 boxes get a lot of play in this household around this time of year, Fall 73 and the Warlocks box in autumn, and I think that the music fits the seasons perfectly. Then I think that perhaps the Dead's music is just music for all seasons. Then, I look out the window of my home in the interior of BC, and I realize that the weather is kind of all seasons regardless of the actual season. Then, I just listen to the music play.
Time for Vol. 22?
I gave it a spin on its anniversary.
Playing and HCSS>Jam>BMcGee really did it for me, although everything was good.
Great recording, Rex.
I did put this away on the shelf.. but before its birthday. A day late and a dollar short, but I'm dipping into it again.
A solid show.
I'll spin it tomorrow
if you are 5 hours ahead of me then it just hit midnight by you. Start spinning it
It's the 44 anniversary of this show so I think I'm going to listen one more time to it before moving to another (for a while).
Otis. I agree about DaP 3. Keith's piano playing with GD was great from the start. Thanks to Jim for this (and other great recordings).
To put this great Dave's release into context and add a few Dark Stars to the mix i came up with this virtual box set over the winter you can make at home for your own listening pleasure or stream from the links below.
Spring 1973 SBDs inspired by Dave's 21
"Wave of the Flood " Spring 1973 tour from the auctioned flood damaged Betty boards and Latvala leaks.
Grateful Dead - 3/21/73 Memorial Auditorium Utica NY SBD -> Master Reel -> PCM -> Dat
Grateful Dead -- Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York March 22, 1973 MSR
Grateful Dead March 24, 1973 The Spectrum Philadelphia PA 10" Betty Board Reel > PCM501ES >
* First reel of show unplayable due to mold and water damage.
* Mold & water damage causes some distortion.
Grateful Dead - March 26, 1973 Civic Center Baltimore MD SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat (44.1k)
Jerry gets busted on I-95 in NJ on the 27th.
3/28/73 Springfield MA is Daves Picks 16
Two more from the vault from Latvala Leaks (SBD>MR>C>D)
Grateful Dead 3-30-73 Community War Memorial Rochester NY SBD>MR>C>D>CD>EAC>SHN
Grateful Dead 3/31/73 War Memorial Auditorium Buffalo NY SBD > MC > CASS > DAT
End "Wave of the Flood" bonus shows.
And finish off with Dave's Picks Volume 21: Boston Garden, Boston, MA 4/2/73
I started what will most likely be my final listen to this wonderful set last night before it finds it way to my shelf for a while, and I have to say that I am even more impressed with it than I was the first thirty-five times through! Absolutely a top five DaP release for me!
That being said, I am getting very pumped for DaP22. If you have heard the Fabulous Felt Forum run, you know what kind of a treat we are in store for, and if you haven't I cannot think of a better introduction than a fully-Normanized version! (Also, big thanks to the good Doctor for hooking me up with so much awesome music!)
I was poking around the site yesterday, and I went back to the DaP3 page where I watched Dave wax poetic about the glories of 71. I really love that release, and it is cool to see Dave talk about the tremendous job Keith does in his first stint as the bands pianer player. I totally agree! Keith is a MONSTER on those discs! The upcoming Felt Forum shows have that same amount of incredible playing from Keith, PLUS the return of Pigpen! Good stuff!
One more thing about watching that Dave video for volume 3, he mentions the rarity of the Dead starting a 2nd set with Ramble On Rose, and then mentions another time they did it in Baltimore of 73, (3/26/73 - with Wolfman Jack introducing the 2nd set.) However, it seems like they did this a few times in the Spring of 73, including at the very next show, and a few nights later in Boston, as represented with this release here. Not really a cosmic coincidence, but I thought it was funny ...
I expect that this won't be seen by many, but to those of you out there, I hope all is well! This is Otis, saying goodbye to this thread, and to this pick (at least for a little while... I am sure that this is one that I will revisit often!)
but it still leaves me...hanging.
No details whatsoever...
That's funny.. but it actually does exist. In three varieties.. fortunately for you, you live in a state where one of them is legal.
As for the other two.. you just gotta poke around.
Edit: Roll Away.. the Blues. I know this sounds lame.. but when I get burned out on the GD, sometimes I toss in some Jerry Band or Old and in the Way. I've been on a Jerry terror lately, including non-stop Jerry/Merl and JBG on a long road trip. Simple Twist of Fate, NTDO Dixie Down, Lucky Old Sun.. my oh my.
As I write this.. the background music on the TV is Run Run Rudolf. If that doesn't get your Dave's Picks 22 juices going, nothing will.
however...sad but true...stale.
any GD Viagra out there?
....I don't need to stretch my imagination very much to see that happening. And it would be loud, and it would be awesome....Motorhead is definite headphone listening in my house. The wife hates heavy metal. Opposites attract, you know....
Stale? What? Do you know what you sound like? Get a hold of yourself man!
just a lot of auditory caffeine.
..yes, GD ruts happen. Its been a while for me, but variety is the spice of life. Its spring though, may the March Winds blow all your troubles away. Lots of ruts seem to end the first day of spring, as the days get longer and we get that first, really warm day of spring. (at least I hope we get it.. its been cold rain and snow here in the East so far this month).
Did you suffer a concussion?
What you need is some May '77 therapy, hang in there it's just around the corner.
GD-ile dysfunction. flaccid interest. nearly 35 years of Deadness got stale.
been on a big Motorhead bender
i dreamed the other night that Motorhead covered Bertha. Completely true.
....transitioning into Rider......
...against the dying of the thread!
Above link is to rolling Stone Article on MUATM being re-release of the GDM. Was this already known?
Makes sense I guess - As long as they are releasing the new documentary, may as well release the old documentary at the same time.
[Correction - the 1977 movie, which was filmed in 1974.]
Who turned out the lights?
Dying threads are the best place to pontificate random craziness.
And the bonus.. just when no one is looking, Kate will magically appear and blast us with rants only a good dictionary and thesaurus can resolve. (meant in only the best, good karma way) :D
1) It was the first show they opened on the tour with Playing, and I liked the "right down to business" approach.
2) Jerry finally got snafu'd by the newly adopted "let's open Black-Throated Wind with the exact same opening chords as Jack Straw". In my mind, I thoght, hmmm, how does a stoner band not forget which song they're in from time to time. Sure enough, Jerry does his ad-lib Jack Straw solo instead of the Black-Throated chords after Bobby starts up the dual-song intro.
3) First "going where the winds don't blow so strange" bridge in He's Gone; I prefer it without. IMHO the first 3 versions played are the best (i.e. during the previous three shows).
4) One of the best Me & My Uncles - very rocking and energetic.
5) Another Dark Star / Sugar Magnolia / Caution - precious few of these.
6) Last April show, but first Uncle John's Band.
7) Pre-hiatus Loser peaked I think
8) They bring dogs to concerts, and Jerry makes cryptic statements about making records.
9) Great China Cat Sunrider
One of the best 3-diskers on the tour
As this release demonstrates, Chuck was a Major influence on the Dead.
Opening with Promised Land, including Around and Around and closing with Johnny B. Goode, the Dead nightly paid tribute to the man who brought Rock 'N' Roll to life in the mid-fifties with the release of Maybellene and the string of classic rock songs that made Rock 'N' Roll world famous.
A true rebel, he would travel the world with his Guitar and not much else and play with pickup bands at most shows.
Bruce Springsteen's story of how he opened and then backed up the King is one of the highlights of the film Hail ! Hail ! Rock And Roll, the document of Berry's Sixtieth Birthday at the legendary Fox Theater in St. Louis, MO with an all-star backup band gathered together by Berry disciple Keith "The Human Riff" Richards and including Robert Cray and Steve Jordan and Chuck Leavell and Bobby Keys and the Great Johnnie Johnson on piano.
This film one of the greatest rock films of all time, and includes some of the rehearsal gigs the band played to learn the licks.
One of the standout moments is the version of Back In The USA with Linda Ronstadt on lead vocal.
Long Live Rock And Roll
The beat of the drums loud and bold
Hail ! Hail ! Rock and Roll
Deliver us from the days of old
Rock on Chuck we will keep the beat alive
What's your memory of Hamburg, 4/29? This one hasn't been in the rotation for me for some time, but I recall it as being quite good.
The Munich Invasion is a great show. It's a 3 disk-er, so they are all business. I've found the guitars are "extra crunchy" on this show, which I love; it opens with a great Truckin'; it has a cool Jack Straw from right around the time they gave Jerry the Watchman verse, so in typical Bobby fashion that we know and love, he's forgotten it's no longer his line to sing, so he begins singing it alongside Jerry for a moment, and then stops, as realizes his mishap; it's a cool moment.
5/18 has a nice series of shorter songs, with China / Rider, Black-Throated Wind, Ramble On Rose, Tennessee Jed, Sugar Magnolia (2nd best of the tour IMHO, even with Bobby forgetting the lyrics for a brief moment), Me & My Uncle rocks at this show.
It has a couple of rarities in Sitting On Top Of The World and You Win Again; great Good Lovin' and Hurts Me Too if you like your Pigpen; but the crown jewel is disc 3, which will leave you picking your face up off of the floor - it goes something like: half hour Dark Star => Morning Dew => Sugar Magnolia => Sing Me Back Home, and then I think Casey Jones encore or maybe One More Saturday Night. And none of the tracks are released elsewhere, so 10 stars for originality.
But most of all, it's a rocker in my mind. Get your rock n roll Dead here!
I need to revisit that show. It doesn't get many repeat listens, but I recall it as being excellent.
We need Dr. Keithfan to weigh in on this one. How does it rank, Dr. KF?
....I said Shepherd, but double checked, and it was stein. I buffered soon after....time stops for no one, except us
Since both of our original posts were changed.. nobody reading this will know what the hell we are talking about.
..except that we both have an uncanny ability to go back in time and change facts to match our intentions. Makes me feel like resurrecting my own run for Senate.
....I reached for Munich, but my hand slid over to the left and landed in Hamburg. What can I say? The German Shepherd was looking at me. Play?
Too funny Senator.. you cracked me up. I'll toast to that.
Marsha Marsha Marsha. :D
....what's not to love about it? It's got a full beer stein with an extended handshake for dangs sake!....Prost!!
I've been so busy since the storm I haven't had much chance to visit here. It's good to hear folks talking about eating healthy stuff. I get to the point where if I eat something not too healthy I'm feeling it later on. That's just one of the "perks" of getting older. However, I've been eating my workplace's version of parking lot grilled cheese at least two days a week. A little fancier though, because I can choose my cheese, and it only costs $1.29. In the lot, I couldn't choose my cheese, and it cost me a dollar. Not sure what that would amount to in today's market, but I think my workplace is a much better deal! But I digress.
Currently listening to Stanley Theater 1972. The Birdsong is doing me a hell of a lot of good on this Friday night. Also, I would have broken out in fits of laughter if I was present at a show where the opener was Morning Dew. I wish everyone a good weekend.
I bought it and gave mine to Angela Merkel. I hear she's really digging it.. after I gave it to her, she gracefully shook my hand and commented in broken English that she had never met a Dark Star she did not like.
To which I commented.. Ich habe nie einen dunklen Stern getroffen, den ich nicht mochte.
Edit: Its confirmed.. I am an idiot. Of course I do not speak fluent German, so I cheated and used Google Translate on the line above. Instead of getting "I never met a Dark Star I didn't like", it was translated to "I never met the I didn't like a dark star." It's like when Chevy marketed the Chevy Nova in Mexico. Nova translates to No Go in Spanish. Not a great marketing moment for Chevy.
Only one left....
Thanks for the kind words brother. Yeah I had the conventionality common haircut and dress code.
I think my life would have been much different had my parents not sat me down in front of the TV on 2-9-64 with Ed Sullivan, and then bought me all those Beatles albums (in mono).
Hey, they goofed up! And not a day goes by that I don't thank them for doing it too!
I've known ALL the office staff in every school I went to. Principals, Vice-Principals, etc. it was just too much fun not to cause trouble. But I learned all my bad ways in school from my fellow classmates. One kid loved to teach us swear words without telling us they were bad words. Imagine my amazement when the teacher asked me what 5+3 is and I replied,
Fu#k, I don't know! Suddenly she grabs me by the ear and off to Henry's office we go yet once more......
Reminded me of Kent Dorfman's present to Dean Wormer in the movie Animal House.
Canned Tuna with milk / Dead Horse and flunking out of college.. you get the analogy and the end result was the same.
Flounder. I nicknamed one of the guy's that worked for me Flounder. I ended up flunking him too but at least he didn't toss his cookies on my desk.. the guy was aptly named. One of my favorite movie lines came from that movie.. Otter to Flounder, "You F'ed Up.. You Trusted Us."
What a funny story, I could totally picture all of this going down, set in the mid 60's, your high-and-tight crew cut probably (or was it hippie hair for you back then??), a striped T shirt and vomit flying. This story actually reminded me of that scene in 'Stand By Me', where Gordie is telling that story about Lard Ass and his "revenge". I had a very vivid picture in my head of all of this. Funny stuff, man. and good job on your food-related successes as of late! Very impressive especially when making significant life changes for the better. Good for you Bobalooo.
First.. great, creative movie if you haven't seen it. The theme kind of ties into the Grateful Dead carnival theme in a way.
Love both Salmon and Tuna, prefer wild salmon, not the farm raised, dyed stuff. I do worry a lot about overfishing. Is it wrong to be an environmentalists in trying times like these?
Never, I repeat, never enjoy them with milk. Preferably very, very fresh and raw with a side of good quality sake, but cooked is great too so long as its sans milk (and the resulting projectile exorcist movie juice). Don't overcook the Tuna!! :D Yumm..
Again, never with milk.
How does this tie into the GD. mmmm... oh yea.. The summer solstice 1980 Alaska shows. No brainer. Release em!!
FloridaBobalooToo, that story had me cracking up. Tuna and milk just seem like a bad mix right from the start. Like the Seinfeld reference, been watching reruns of that lately and remembering how much I liked it. Of course, after watching Curb Your Enthusiasm I look at Costanza in a whole new light.
I have to admit, the first time I got the ahi it was because my wife's sister turned her on to it during a visit, and the dark purple color of the fish piqued my curiosity. It is one of the few foods that my kids, my wife, and myself all dig.
Tuna vs Salmon! There's a good debate, haha. I remember Seinfeld and the comparison, tuna swim with the current and salmon swim against the current, too damn funny. I do love a good tuna steak, but I'm a little tramitized by tuna.
Back in 1965 I was in first grade, and spent a lot of time in the principals office. I was questioning authority and chasing skirts from an early age. Anyway I had to eat my lunch in the principals office one day and for lunch we had tuna. I wasn't really fond of it, so as the Man looked away from me, I stuffed the tuna in my nearly empty milk carton to get out of there. Well the bastard caught me and then forced me to eat the tuna bathed in milk. It backfired on him big time! I chocked down a couple bites and then all of a sudden, I ralphed projectile style, and it went all over his desk and papers! Boy he was pissed. But to this day if I even smell canned tuna, it can quickly escalate into Linda Blair time.
Henry Hacker was the principals name, I can still remember reading his name plate on his deck before I offered a bit of redecoration.
This could never happen today of course, but in the 60s, it was corporal punishment all the way.
I'm going for another deep dive.
I think what keeps drawing me to this is the care and attention they put into this show. The vocal harmonies are above average.. the sheer number of songs and length of the show speaks for a sincere performance, no short cuts, and there are some noteworthy jams, meaning they are communicating pretty well behind the scenes.
No, this isn't my favorite show by all means, but it is terrific and it has earned a spot on the shelf that will see more wear than a lot of the other releases. Solid "A" material from one of the creative peaks in their career.
Enjoy folks.. I am beginning another spin before I switch gears.. probably into E72 by the beginning of April.
One last listen before it makes its way to the wall of Dave. I thought a departing Haiku was in order:
Nineteen Seventy Three
A favorite year for me
Great show, stellar year
Edit: Thinking about this a bit.. I was always partial to the Wake of the Flood songwriting period. Wake and Anthem are two of my beloved studio albums.. creative peaks. I treat Workingman's and AB as another singular peak, to me those two are woven from the same cloth.
Thanks to everyone who posted some kind words! I truly appreciate it. Its been a huge education for me these past 100 days now. We have a little chill blast in the state here today, but Im grabbing the gloves and hat and heading out for my 3.5 mile stroll this morning. Ive actually begun to really enjoy it.
You guys and gals are great!
As for 1973, I agree its a stand out. For me, the most played and favorite shows are from this year. GarciaLive 6, because of Jerrys mind blowing leads, is a big release. I listen to it once a week simply because its so SO darn good.
As a guitarist, I know how difficult it can be to stretch and make your fingers stay out of tried and true riffs. It seems Jerry just pushes himself and breaks through on many tracks. Maybe it was Merl being there? But this is by far some of the best playing Ive heard from him.
Between the Winterland 73 box and the Daves and Dicks from 73, I have a nice stash of great music from that year. Dicks 28 with 2 shows from 73 is also a personal monster as is Dicks 19.
Hope you ALL have an enjoyable day, and for the brothers and sisters up in the northern tundra, please stay safe and warm, spring has got to be close eh?
I agree, 1973 was a bussy and great year for GD and Jerry, Charlie3 and Thats_Otis. I have the Keystone Recordings box set already and it´s really good.
Amy and FloridaBobaloo: I will buy the Garcia live 1-5 bundle and Garcia live 6 (with maybe a T-shirt for the spring-summer season) :-). Garcia live 6 is from 1973 with the Jerry/Saunders Band a few days before the Keystone, so I assume it will be great.
For me, Winterland 73 it´s the best mini box set released (better than the impossible to find at a good price Winterland 77) and still can be found at a not so expensive price. I really like the Weather Report suite, one of the best Weir´s songs.
That´s Really Good! I´m really happy to know you are doing well! Carry on with the mission. ;-)
Definitely one of the peak years for the dead and for Jerry. If you don't have it, check out the Keystone Companions Merle Saunders and Jerry Garcia the Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings box set. Recorded by Betty Cantor and Rex Jackson live at Keystone, Berkeley, CA, July 10 & 11, 1973. That release is smoking from start to finish and is probably my favorite Jerry side project release aside from the JGB Don't Let Go release from shows in May 1976. If you haven't heard the Keystone stuff, do yourself a favor and check it out, you will not be disappointed. And don't forget the Dick's Pick's from 1973, all of which were stellar (DP 1, 14,19,28).