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  • January 18, 2021 - 3:33pm
    gleng1
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    Liner Notes For New Dave's Pick 4/15/78

    Hey all,

    These are NOT the authorized liner notes -- I was at the show, it was my favorite show ever that I attended, and I wrote up the notes. Tried to submit them to Dave himself, but he must get a ton of email so who knows. Enjoy!

    Liner Notes
    4/15/78
    Williamsburg, VA

    We THOUGHT we had a brilliant, original, idea:

    Instead of waiting for the Grateful Dead to come to our town… we could drive to where they were playing!

    Yes, we really thought we invented this plan! Look -- this was spring of ’78. There was no internet. We were young. We had seen some shows, but we were still pretty new to all of this.

    So we piled into cheap cars and drove all night to the show at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, VA.

    Williamsburg is a tourist town that features re-creations of colonial times. Everywhere you look there are guys in tri-corner hats, ye olde candlemaker, and the village blacksmith. Wonderful and endlessly hokey. Both. In ‘78 bumping into a lot of fellow Deadheads in town still seemed like a surprise. You’re here for the show? WE’RE here for the show!

    Oh yeah. It was also income tax day (April 15th) AND… if rumors are true… it was Parent Visitation Day at William & Mary College. Whee!

    So we headed into ye olde colonial town, where friendly Deadheads had politely taken over the ice cream parlor, asking the staff to please create milk shakes with… uh... an extra dose of enlightenment along with the whipped cream topping.

    By late afternoon we headed back to campus on a lovely early-spring day. We spotted a guy in a blazer, howling a solo acapella version of It Must Have Been the Roses. Geez Louise… what brought this on? We debated seriously among ourselves but the answer came soon enough when he happily fell to the ground and a pint of whiskey tumbled out of his pocket and onto the lawn. OK!

    Right before the doors opened there was a small commotion in the parking lot, where large freshly-damp squares of paper appeared at very low prices. Who was the sponsor of this largesse? Mysterious-o!

    We headed inside where things took a delightful turn toward the delirious. This was a college show and the ushers were all college students, wearing bright orange safety vests. Nice to know that no matter how wacky we were… they were even wackier.

    The stage was VERY low to the floor. At some point John Scher (the east-coast’s answer to Bill Graham) came out to ask us to please step back away from the speaker towers so they wouldn’t fall over. Scher tried to calm us down while the college ushers with the flashlights waved the beams around wildly and tried to whip us into a frenzy.

    My friend turned to me in panic. “This is... bad. We need to leave.”

    “No… this is GOOD! We need to STAY!” I explained.

    From my viewpoint at 40,000 feet I felt it vital to bring my sister out into the hallway right before the show started. “I just want to let you know that I’m FINE. But if anything weird happens to me, now you know that I DID mention that something MIGHT be wrong.” (Uh…. what?)

    The show crackles from the beginning. I had seen a bunch of shows before, but never one where the whole band was ON like this. If you’ve ever had the privilege… it’s not like it was a good show or even a great show. It’s more like, “Who ARE these guys! This is completely different from every other show I’ve ever seen. Can they just turn this magic on and off like a light switch?” (The correct answer is, “No; it happens when it happens, and it is phenomenal,” but that is another story for another time.)

    If the ‘60s were the psychedelic ranger years, and the early ‘70s the songwriting years (American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead) this stretch of the late ‘70s might have been the rock and roll years. Lots of big crescendos and racing each other gleefully through songs. No MIDI yet; no synthesizers. You can hear it jump in songs such as El Paso and Brown Eyed Women – everywhere there are extra guitar flourishes and bolts of lightning tossed off with abandon.

    The set ends with a gospel-worthy Deal: Don’t you that that DEAL go down, and my occasionally wretched soul is saved once again. Hallelujah.

    The lights stay low in the hall in between sets (oh how I miss that!). While we wait the lights on stage shift slowly from blue to red and back to blue… we think.

    Back on Earth, we are in trouble. Apparently we are in the wrong seats, but don’t know it and we are in no condition for advanced reasoning. Down at the end of the row some VERY patient Deadheads have been trying all through the first set to get our attention while amazing music roars around us. During intermission they finally caught my sister’s eye: “Look at your ticket. What color is it? Blue. Now look at your seat… what color is it? Orange. The tickets and the seats are supposed to match. YOU’RE IN THE WRONG SEATS.” After much skepticism they saw the light come on in her. “You’ve got it! Now… explain it to your friends!”

    My sister turned to me: “Let’s play a game!”

    “What?”

    “Let’s play a game. What color is your ticket?”

    “Uh… blue,” I said, staring at a shredded soggy mess in my hand that was probably once a ticket.

    “What color is your seat?”

    “Orange.”

    “OK… now YOU’VE got it! Now you explain it to Mark!”

    Before the second set starts the drummers spin back and forth on their stools, looking like two wrestlers getting ready to grapple.

    Check out that second-half setlist. Nothing really unusual here. It’s just all played so hard. No noodling; no searching; they know where they are going.

    This tour might have been the first incarnation of the Rhythm Devils, and in this early version ALL of the band members come out and play percussion and it is just lovely. I do believe I see band members picking up small percussion instruments and tossing them into the air, over the top of the light truss… but I could be mistaken.

    This is the ONLY Morning Dew of 1978 and it is sad and beautiful and memorable. Followed by my own wonderful Wile E. Coyote adventure. (I am way out over the edge of the cliff, and fail to notice that there is no longer ground under my feet) before reality appears in the form of Around and Around. I think, “ ‘They never stopped rockin’,”… they’re going to play all night!” Well… not exactly.

    Encore time and Bobby says, “Guess what night it is?” and my very busy brain scrambles for an answer: “Uh… Halloween? Christmas? Billy’s birthday?” Nope – it’s SATURDAY NIGHT! OK!

    But there’s still much more fun to be had, such as when the police very politely ask us to leave the parking lot after the show. (Um… why? Everyone is so much safer with us just standing right here…) We drive off hesitantly.

    It was then that we wound up at, not our campground as hoped, but rather at Camp Peary Marine Base and CIA training ground, where the very nice guard with his shiny boots and great big gun showed remarkable mercy and restraint, pointing us gently in the right direction, as my friend freaks out and keeps making slow U-turns in the military base’s driveway before we head down the road.

    OK.

    Glen

  • February 9, 2020 - 11:47am
    Spectrum78
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    Dekalb-Extra brand new copy at cost (plus rest of the season)

    I have an extra DP subscription this year (by mistake) and will sell individually or the buyer of DeKalb gets first right of refusal on any of the subsequent 3 releases (including bonus disc). Selling at dead.net cost, to another listener....no eBay flippers please. Be kind! Don't check back here that often so email me direct at markbayer@comcast.net

  • January 25, 2020 - 2:12am
    BillN
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    Liner note

    Great, thanks so much. Agreed great pub name. Seem to remember a beer called Dark Star many years ago....

  • January 23, 2020 - 10:23pm
    Kate_C.
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    Liner Notes: The Cow & Cradle (great pub name)

    Moo: https://web.archive.org/web/20170103113119/http://gdreferencesite.com/c…

    السلام يا صديقي: https://web.archive.org/web/20170103052231/http://gdreferencesite.com/c…

    edit: oi! with those prominent rosy-red links and Arabic print, this looks like textbook canned espam...worry not WilliamN, they're legit and gotsa whatta ya need. promise.

  • January 23, 2020 - 3:46am
    BillN
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    CD liner note inserts

    Help!
    Catching up on releases I missed & having to buy second hand.
    Can any kind soul help me with scanned copies of the liner note booklets for Rocking the Cradle Egypt '78 & Cow Palace New Years Eve '76.
    CDs bought on-line, sellers not mentioning lack of complete package :(

    Would be hugely grateful!

  • July 2, 2019 - 1:22am
    Happy Will
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    Fillmore West 02/28/69 on Vinyl?

    Yesterday I saw an advert for a vinyl box set being issued imminently of the 28th Feb '69 Fillmore West gig. Is this official? It certainly appears so - but there is no mention here on Dead.net

  • November 19, 2018 - 7:21pm
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    Long Strange Trip Blu-Ray bonus disc 2 defective

    Long Strange Trip Blu-Ray bonus disc 2 from Dead.Net that I received today (11-19-18) is not recognized by my Blu-Ray player. Disc 1 with the entire documentary plays fine, as do all my other Blu-ray discs. Cleaning player and disc did not help. Is it just me or are others having the same problem?

  • November 18, 2018 - 8:13am
    mbarilla
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    9.6.80 + "Comes A Time" ~ 1980

    Dave and Rhino , send it out !!!

    Requesting "Comes Time" 1980 performance !!!!!

    Requesting ~ 4.29.84

    7.5.81

  • November 10, 2018 - 7:43am
    Kate_C.
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    rockit: '80 Warfield/RCMH

    I believe many of the master tapes (of which there was a reportedly huge trove) were erased, reused, or impaired during/following the production of DSet & Reckoning.

    Nonetheless...
    https://themidnightcafe.org/2018/06/03/the-grateful-dead-the-entire-war…

  • November 10, 2018 - 5:42am
    Kate_C.
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    Dick's Lucky 13

    The man even got his 80s' pix just exactly perfect! The Scar>Fire is a lovely 35-minute caprice from 11/1/79 amongst a spectacular second set, the capstone of which is that incredible Caution-Spanish themed jam out of He's Gone.

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Discuss here! (And if the show of your dreams isn't out yet, post your request here: http://www.dead.net/forum/top-my-request-list.)
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Country Pride: Here's a good link for finding dates and places of the different concert recording releases: http://www.deaddisc.com/ look under "archive live series"
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thank you for the link. i just blew 90 minutes surfing this site. where does the time go? great link.
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Isn't it amazing how many releases there are: Wonder what the next Dave's Pick will be??
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Where can I find more information on the following releases: 30 Trips Box Set Terrapin Limited Go to Nassau (1980) socko@snet.net
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I'm sure this must have been requested a million times. Forgive me for asking or suggesting this again. I searched but could not find anything related to this.... I purchase my fair share of Dave's and other releases (as CDs). Every single time I start to import them into my iTunes library, I have to choose between a bunch of pre-existing and always inconsistently named or annotated "set lists". I would love it if the powers that be would pre-seed the disc info into whatever database iTunes uses (their own I assume) so that I could have a consistent library without having to manually update everything to make my library be organized in a logical fashion. I understand that the album artwork would not come in because of the way that Apple runs their store/library but it would be a bonus if the iTunes artwork would also be made available on this warner bros. site so that I could grab it and apply it to the album vs. having to scan in the cover every time and tweak it to look nice. You guys have the artwork in high quality form so it should be pretty easy to do. If anyone can point me to the light that I must be missing, please do.
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is there a place here for want to buys? although i'm up there in years, i started getting into the dead pretty late, having stopped with the 3-lp europe '72, and now, i'm totally hooked. so i'm looking, well after the fact, for the may 1977 and winterland 1977 box sets at normal prices, or as close to normal prices as possible. i actually have the files, but would love to have the physical box sets as well. i might even be interested in the europe '72 box and the winterland 1969 box sets (not really into the 1990 sets, but do have the 1978, 1973 and the cornell, etc. box set - though i'm sure both are well beyond my means. when i see how long the 1977 box sets were available i am po'ed at myself for getting on the bus so late in the game. anyway, if the mods think this post is inappropriate, i'm good with that. thanks!
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I'm getting antsy for Dave's next release: who's got a good guess on what it will be?
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How come they haven’t been released including the tasty acoustic sets ?Are the sound board recordings lost ? How old do we have to get before we get to hear these gems ?
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How come they haven’t been released including the tasty acoustic sets ?Are the sound board recordings lost ? How old do we have to get before we get to hear these gems ?
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Any fan living in OH 15-20 years ago might have known my brother, Guido. He was a taper and I have about 200 DAT's from various shows from the late 80's-90's - Grateful Dead, Phish, Bruce Hornsby... The tapes are looking for a good home - FREE! Let me know who wants them: stellabluegroup@gmail.com
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I'm listening to Dick's Picks Vol. 13 (5/6/81) for the first time in a long time and have a question about the tracks on Disc 2. There is a Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain on my Disc 2 but it's not listed in the liner notes, nor is it listed in DeadBase 50. What's up? Can anyone explain?

The man even got his 80s' pix just exactly perfect! The Scar>Fire is a lovely 35-minute caprice from 11/1/79 amongst a spectacular second set, the capstone of which is that incredible Caution-Spanish themed jam out of He's Gone.

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Dave and Rhino , send it out !!!

Requesting "Comes Time" 1980 performance !!!!!

Requesting ~ 4.29.84

7.5.81

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Long Strange Trip Blu-Ray bonus disc 2 from Dead.Net that I received today (11-19-18) is not recognized by my Blu-Ray player. Disc 1 with the entire documentary plays fine, as do all my other Blu-ray discs. Cleaning player and disc did not help. Is it just me or are others having the same problem?

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Yesterday I saw an advert for a vinyl box set being issued imminently of the 28th Feb '69 Fillmore West gig. Is this official? It certainly appears so - but there is no mention here on Dead.net

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Help!
Catching up on releases I missed & having to buy second hand.
Can any kind soul help me with scanned copies of the liner note booklets for Rocking the Cradle Egypt '78 & Cow Palace New Years Eve '76.
CDs bought on-line, sellers not mentioning lack of complete package :(

Would be hugely grateful!

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Moo: https://web.archive.org/web/20170103113119/http://gdreferencesite.com/c…

السلام يا صديقي: https://web.archive.org/web/20170103052231/http://gdreferencesite.com/c…

edit: oi! with those prominent rosy-red links and Arabic print, this looks like textbook canned espam...worry not WilliamN, they're legit and gotsa whatta ya need. promise.

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I have an extra DP subscription this year (by mistake) and will sell individually or the buyer of DeKalb gets first right of refusal on any of the subsequent 3 releases (including bonus disc). Selling at dead.net cost, to another listener....no eBay flippers please. Be kind! Don't check back here that often so email me direct at markbayer@comcast.net

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Hey all,

These are NOT the authorized liner notes -- I was at the show, it was my favorite show ever that I attended, and I wrote up the notes. Tried to submit them to Dave himself, but he must get a ton of email so who knows. Enjoy!

Liner Notes
4/15/78
Williamsburg, VA

We THOUGHT we had a brilliant, original, idea:

Instead of waiting for the Grateful Dead to come to our town… we could drive to where they were playing!

Yes, we really thought we invented this plan! Look -- this was spring of ’78. There was no internet. We were young. We had seen some shows, but we were still pretty new to all of this.

So we piled into cheap cars and drove all night to the show at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, VA.

Williamsburg is a tourist town that features re-creations of colonial times. Everywhere you look there are guys in tri-corner hats, ye olde candlemaker, and the village blacksmith. Wonderful and endlessly hokey. Both. In ‘78 bumping into a lot of fellow Deadheads in town still seemed like a surprise. You’re here for the show? WE’RE here for the show!

Oh yeah. It was also income tax day (April 15th) AND… if rumors are true… it was Parent Visitation Day at William & Mary College. Whee!

So we headed into ye olde colonial town, where friendly Deadheads had politely taken over the ice cream parlor, asking the staff to please create milk shakes with… uh... an extra dose of enlightenment along with the whipped cream topping.

By late afternoon we headed back to campus on a lovely early-spring day. We spotted a guy in a blazer, howling a solo acapella version of It Must Have Been the Roses. Geez Louise… what brought this on? We debated seriously among ourselves but the answer came soon enough when he happily fell to the ground and a pint of whiskey tumbled out of his pocket and onto the lawn. OK!

Right before the doors opened there was a small commotion in the parking lot, where large freshly-damp squares of paper appeared at very low prices. Who was the sponsor of this largesse? Mysterious-o!

We headed inside where things took a delightful turn toward the delirious. This was a college show and the ushers were all college students, wearing bright orange safety vests. Nice to know that no matter how wacky we were… they were even wackier.

The stage was VERY low to the floor. At some point John Scher (the east-coast’s answer to Bill Graham) came out to ask us to please step back away from the speaker towers so they wouldn’t fall over. Scher tried to calm us down while the college ushers with the flashlights waved the beams around wildly and tried to whip us into a frenzy.

My friend turned to me in panic. “This is... bad. We need to leave.”

“No… this is GOOD! We need to STAY!” I explained.

From my viewpoint at 40,000 feet I felt it vital to bring my sister out into the hallway right before the show started. “I just want to let you know that I’m FINE. But if anything weird happens to me, now you know that I DID mention that something MIGHT be wrong.” (Uh…. what?)

The show crackles from the beginning. I had seen a bunch of shows before, but never one where the whole band was ON like this. If you’ve ever had the privilege… it’s not like it was a good show or even a great show. It’s more like, “Who ARE these guys! This is completely different from every other show I’ve ever seen. Can they just turn this magic on and off like a light switch?” (The correct answer is, “No; it happens when it happens, and it is phenomenal,” but that is another story for another time.)

If the ‘60s were the psychedelic ranger years, and the early ‘70s the songwriting years (American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead) this stretch of the late ‘70s might have been the rock and roll years. Lots of big crescendos and racing each other gleefully through songs. No MIDI yet; no synthesizers. You can hear it jump in songs such as El Paso and Brown Eyed Women – everywhere there are extra guitar flourishes and bolts of lightning tossed off with abandon.

The set ends with a gospel-worthy Deal: Don’t you that that DEAL go down, and my occasionally wretched soul is saved once again. Hallelujah.

The lights stay low in the hall in between sets (oh how I miss that!). While we wait the lights on stage shift slowly from blue to red and back to blue… we think.

Back on Earth, we are in trouble. Apparently we are in the wrong seats, but don’t know it and we are in no condition for advanced reasoning. Down at the end of the row some VERY patient Deadheads have been trying all through the first set to get our attention while amazing music roars around us. During intermission they finally caught my sister’s eye: “Look at your ticket. What color is it? Blue. Now look at your seat… what color is it? Orange. The tickets and the seats are supposed to match. YOU’RE IN THE WRONG SEATS.” After much skepticism they saw the light come on in her. “You’ve got it! Now… explain it to your friends!”

My sister turned to me: “Let’s play a game!”

“What?”

“Let’s play a game. What color is your ticket?”

“Uh… blue,” I said, staring at a shredded soggy mess in my hand that was probably once a ticket.

“What color is your seat?”

“Orange.”

“OK… now YOU’VE got it! Now you explain it to Mark!”

Before the second set starts the drummers spin back and forth on their stools, looking like two wrestlers getting ready to grapple.

Check out that second-half setlist. Nothing really unusual here. It’s just all played so hard. No noodling; no searching; they know where they are going.

This tour might have been the first incarnation of the Rhythm Devils, and in this early version ALL of the band members come out and play percussion and it is just lovely. I do believe I see band members picking up small percussion instruments and tossing them into the air, over the top of the light truss… but I could be mistaken.

This is the ONLY Morning Dew of 1978 and it is sad and beautiful and memorable. Followed by my own wonderful Wile E. Coyote adventure. (I am way out over the edge of the cliff, and fail to notice that there is no longer ground under my feet) before reality appears in the form of Around and Around. I think, “ ‘They never stopped rockin’,”… they’re going to play all night!” Well… not exactly.

Encore time and Bobby says, “Guess what night it is?” and my very busy brain scrambles for an answer: “Uh… Halloween? Christmas? Billy’s birthday?” Nope – it’s SATURDAY NIGHT! OK!

But there’s still much more fun to be had, such as when the police very politely ask us to leave the parking lot after the show. (Um… why? Everyone is so much safer with us just standing right here…) We drive off hesitantly.

It was then that we wound up at, not our campground as hoped, but rather at Camp Peary Marine Base and CIA training ground, where the very nice guard with his shiny boots and great big gun showed remarkable mercy and restraint, pointing us gently in the right direction, as my friend freaks out and keeps making slow U-turns in the military base’s driveway before we head down the road.

OK.

Glen