Welcome to the Sunshine Daydream Boutique.
On August 27, 1972, fresh off their now-legendary European tour, the Grateful Dead traveled to Veneta, OR and reunited with the Merry Pranksters for a common cause – to throw a benefit concert for the Kesey family’s Springfield Creamery. A stage was erected under the hot Oregon sun at the Olde Renaissance Fairgrounds, tickets were printed on the fronts of the Creamery’s yogurt labels, and the rest is history…
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Complete 8/27/72 Concert Audio
Sunshine Daydream Concert Film
40 Page Book
Courtenay Pollock Tie-dye Slipcase
Individually Numbered/Limited Edition
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 12,500
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 12,500
Limited Edition of 5,000
I agree with a recent comment that Dave's Picks 3 is undervalued. I find it to be easily the "most listened to" DaP thus far.
The July 31 show has a 'outdoor, summer' feel about it which is nice. Lots of audience whistling, humid jams and thick smokey sequences. I think each part of the concert is justified, not just the outer space Spanish Jam toward the end of the Truckin' jam. There are nice moments all throughout.
SSDD is exception. I agree, PITB is marvelous and energetic. The Dark Star warrants many close listens and the Sing Me Back Home just shines.
Looking forward to the announcement tomorrow. I think the Fox Theater Atlanta show in 1980 would be nice given the extensive write up in the New Yorker about that particular show (though Dave seemed nonplussed about that particular show in the article). Either that or the Vancouver show or the Augusta Maine '84 would be cool. Whatever, Dave knows what he's doing.
danc & great notion,
I respectfully have a different opinion of Dave's 2. It's got some fine performances, particularly on the "smaller" songs (Brown-Eyed Women, Half-Step, Bertha, Big River) & including the great Scarlet opener. Sound quality is excellent, and the band's energy is loose in the way that usually makes for an extra special performance. But as a whole, it just doesn't stir me relative to my favorite '74 stuff.
I'd reach for the mighty Dick's 31 of a few days later many times (perhaps every time) over this one. Same for Louisville 6-18-74 & Omni 6-20-74, and/or Road Trips Wall of Sound 2.3.
Even with Weather Report, which is never going to disappoint, 7-29's on the bonus disc is still more intense. To be fair, 7-29 is only a one-disc scoop, and I think you can make a fine 1 or even 2-disc scoop with 7-31. But it just doesn't grab me or keep me for three discs. I'd LOVE to have been there, and those that were seem to have had a wonderful experience. But for my listening, it's my least loved Dave's or official 74 release. If there's such a thing as an average '74 show, this sounds like that to me..... But to each his/her own.
I find Dave's 3 incredibly under-discussed. I think it's essential & my favorite '71 release along with Road Trips 1.3 ~ those make a great pair, one featuring Pigpen's organ, the other Keith's piano.
Of everything under the Dave's moniker, though, this year's bonus disc 12-21-69 is the crown jewel. I think it's as important as the Valentine's stand in Feb '70, and could serve as the first stop on a musical history tour of that period running through to 5-07, 5-15 & 6-06.
(If only quality tapes of July 10th existed...!)
Dave's Picks Volume 2 is hands down my favorite of Dave's Picks series. The playing is phenomenal, significantly better than in the representation of '74 in Dick's Picks Volume 12. The recording quality is not perfect, but you play the hand your dealt and the master tapes are what the master tapes are. Ultimately I would much prefer an imperfect recording of a great show cleaned by the professionals to as good as it gets quality than a perfect multitrack recording of an average show.
I have been digesting SSDD for a couple weeks now. I only had part of the first set on tape, so I am listening to the whole show for the first time.
Of all the comments here and in the extensive liner notes, there is little mention of the smoking Playing in the Band! I love the late '72 PITBs for their tight, intense jams. As the song stretched out from 5 to 30 minutes between '72 and '74, it seems the intensity could only be held for for 15 minutes or so, and to go longer the jam required a more measured pace to keep from falling over from exhaustion at the end of the first set. That makes this 20 minute ripper a standout performance, IMHO, with Jerry unleashing a 100-degree guitar jam to match the afternoon temperature. I can't get enough of it.
Further, and I hate to bring this up again, I think Jerry's performance could stand up to any of the famous classic rock guitar solos of the time, and if the Rolling Stone reviewers had a copy of this PITB Jerry would have had a better showing than 46....which we all agree he deserves.
I love the China->Rider, Bird Song and Dark Star too, but I got my $50 worth with Playing in the Band. The only thing that would make SSDD perfect is if it was on the video!!
Actually, it arrived here in Vegas a while ago, just haven't posted yet. The slipcase has a really nice feel to it. Wondering what kind of paper material they used. Could use it as a pillow if need be. The show.....well, you all know by now. I shouldn't have to say anymore. As far as DP 8, Lake Placid would be a really good choice IMHO. We'll see soon.
Looking back to last year, my receipt is dated Oct 25th. I likely purchased it within the first few days of being announced. So I would anticipate an announcement about the subscription to come in about 2-3 weeks, at the end of the month.
Can't wait for volume 8. Another question:
When will the gift certificate be available for purchasing the 2014 Dave's Picks series - (assuming it will continue)? I would like to tell my family to purchase it for me for x-mas rather than buying it for myself like I did this year. thanks
More than likely the announcement for Dave's Picks Volume 8 probably will be Monday, October 7th during the "Live Chat with David Lemieux webcast. Not long after the webcast has concluded the new page with the pre-release ordering information will go live. Your guess is as good as mine on what show has been picked for official release.
I'm sort of guessing that it could be the "Lake Acid" show from 10/17/83. I'm playing on the theme of "Volume 8 should be an Eighties Show." There are several other shows from the early to mid-eighties that should see the light of day, but I'll keep those guesses to myself.
Whatever show gets released this time around, I will be happy with, no matter what decade it is from, whatever the date. I am on the 2013 Dave's Picks subscription plan.
WHY SHOULD ANYONE OF US COMPLAIN ON WHAT SHOWS GET RELEASED?
Check out the front page - Monday Oct7th @ 4pm PST -7pm EST tune to DAVE TV ->
Archivist and producer David Lemieux will back next week to answer all your Grateful Dead brain-busters! Send in your questions for the chat via @deadnet on Twitter or post 'em on the wall at Facebook.com/gratefuldead
edit- * Got my days mixed up, it's on monday not tuesday.
I sure thought there would be an announcement yesterday. First, one of my students was wearing a 15 year anniversary t-shirt from the Warfield. Then, on the way home I drove past a '55 Chevy that looked exactly like the car on the cover of Dave's #7. Needless to say, I was expecting to see Dave's #8, a show from the 1980 Warfield run, available when I logged on. Oh well, must have just been a coincidence -- if such things exist.