"Cause it's always like that with the Dead, you know - it's always the whole thing." - News Journal
As we close out the 2019 Dave Pick's series, we deliver on our promise to give you the "whole thing" with the complete performance from The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 3/24/73 and what a show it was! An upstanding "musical eulogy" to the recently departed Pigpen, the Grateful Dead conducted a potent study in contrasts on this bittersweet night. They found easy balance between tidy jams like "They Love Each Other," "Wave That Flag," "Playing In The Band," and introspective moments on "Stella Blue," "Sing Me Back Home," and a poignant "He's Gone." It was all laid down with a discipline and a polish unheard of in any of the truly exceptional shows that had come before it. Yes, you might say, they cleaned up nice to carry on the legacy as Pig would have wanted.
Limited to 20,000 numbered copies, DAVE’S PICKS VOLUME 32: THE SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA 3/24/73 has been mastered to HDCD specs from the 7" and 10" reels by Jeffrey Norman.
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Ruining the vibe
Telling the truth never ruins the vibe.
I received a damaged Dave's…
I received a damaged Dave's 32, ripped box, broken plastic and scratched discs. I emailed and haven't heard back. I am really excited about this release but disappointed I haven't heard from anyone yet... Has anyone else had a problem? I'm frustrated I can't get a hold of a real person. Help!
Deej, there's an 800 number for customer support somewhere on this website. I couldn't find it but take a look around. Normally when you email customer support you get a generic response that is automated and opens a ticket number for you. If that didn't happen I would go with a second email plus a phone call. If you can't find the phone number on the site Google it. I'm driving or I'd look it up for you.
Vguy I'm sorry man. I put in a prayer for you and your daughter.
There is a good block of Music in the taperssection from Jerry's birthday in 1973. It begins with dark star then goes El Paso, eyes of the world, morning dew. In the immortal words of V guy, Morning Dew ain't no filler! If internet stories are to believed B, believed I mean be believed, this is the last show Jerry used the Nash Strat AKA Alligator. I'm going to do the trick where I started at the same time as I start the copy I have on my phone, and I'm going to get that cool vibratoe effect. We'll save that for work. I wonder if it sounds better than the copy that I have... Unlikely, mysource is impeccable. Sorry about all the spelling errors. Voice translator is doing particularly poor this morning., or my speech is just slurred, which is a distinct possibility before my second cup of coffee. Oh I shouldn't even be driving before two cups of coffee, but I like to save one for work.
Still no Shipping Notice for a DP Subscriber
I'm happy to hear that some have received their orders (whether purchased via subscription or a la carte),. As a DP subscriber since Day 1, it's incredibly frustrating that it's been two weeks of radio silence since V32 started hitting mailboxes. Nothing left to do but... well, you know.
3rd World Problems
I hear someone saying all Dave's prior to this went fine. Now, "I've hit a snag" on this one. That's a pretty damn good average. We are so used to getting everything we want, when we want, NOW!! All will be resolved, it always is. If you aren't in the ICU right now, maybe getting a cd late should be not too big a deal. Sheesh!!
Regarding sick relatives, I have a niece who found a guy with a drug problem, and she was going to SAVE him. She now has 2 kids, dad is out of jail but not reliable at all, and she's been addicted for 5 or more years. I now know that all I CAN do is pray. I've told her mother(my sister)that I am willing to go the extra 100 miles to help(take to rehab, take to meetings, help understand recovery), but until she is willing to ACCEPT help, there is absolutely nothing I can do. She will likely die if she can't detox soon. It's a very sad story I've seen way too many times in my life. Friends, acquaintances, co-workers. It's awful. Apparently "Just Say No" didn't work.
@Dennis: King Biscuit, Nat
Best King Biscuit broadcast was the one culled from 10/6/77 (although some have debated the date) It has the best(IMO...) post-hiatus NFA, long & fast, makes a detour by MLBJ, then melts into Black Peter and comes right back to NFA at full speed. As good as any late '71 NFAs.
LOVE that Nat box; discovered that what I though were Vibraphone solos in some of these tunes, were actually played by Nat on a Celeste, really cool sound(I think TC used a celeste on Anthem of the Sun). Interesting version of Russian Lullaby in there too.
Thanks everyone for the thoughtful wishes....
.....read them to my wife. She smiled and said thank you as well. She has a beautiful smile and it's good to see.
For all those sitting there in limbo, I am as well. I was so excited about this pick that I ordered one for a buddy. That one was delivered on 11-5-19. My subscription version hasn't even triggered a "Your Order is on the Way!" e-mail.
How this could possibly be the case is beyond my overtaxed, undernourished and haltingly functioning brain, but it is nonetheless the case.
V-Guy, sorry to hear about your troubles. Family issues are never easy to deal with. I hope things turn out for the good.
Deej (et al)
Wake up to find out....
....that you were blocked by your step-daughter, which just happened. When the going get tough, the tough put on 6.17.91 Blu Ray. Deadhead therapy is severely underrated. Take that Frasier Crane. It's out of my hands apparently.
Anyone else notice how shiny Vince's fingernails are? They literally sparkle. Lol.
The Jerry/Bruce bromance is REAL.
Thank you marye.....
The lyric " close the gap of the dark years between you and me" just hit home. Amazing.
That camera pan shot of Jerry....
....during Might As Well is the shit. Love it. Thank you deadvikes. I came here to bare my soul and you all didn't disappoint. I love you all. Thanks for putting up with me.
Been on a jazz run lately . . .
Lee Konitz--Very Cool
Betty Carter--Look What I Got
Chet Baker & Crew
Amber Rubarth--Sessions From the 17th Ward (what an amazing-sounding recording!)
Public Enemy--Fear of a Black Planet
And I finally made it to the second 1973 show from the PNW box.
From this past year, I have LOVED DaP 29 (2/26/77) and the Giants box. The Aoxomoxoa bonus disc was quite sweet as well.
On the bright side....
....we went to see two of my stepdaughters. The other one is a sweetheart and has her shit together. We hugged a lot.
New Garcia & Saunders!
Garcia Live 12: 1/23/73. Yay!
Garcia/Saunders Jan '73 you say?....
....love positive news.
Dark Star Therapy
Sometimes a smooth Dark Star really hits the spot. 11-11-73 comes to mind
My biggest gap in my live Keith and Donna era starts today
When i was trading tapes back in Mid 80's to early 90's, i really lacked a lot of good quality shows from 11/13/78 Boston to their last show on 2/17/79. There were just not a lot out there. 11/24/78 Cap Theatre in Passaic from the radio broadcast, 12/30/78 Pauley Pavilion, and Closing of Winterland (Also with my VHS copy that i got in 1988. Also my favorite unique show that I never have spoken about on here, 11/20/78 Set II from Cleveland Music Hall with the last If I had the World to Give. The Rock for Life show from 2/17/79.. I' m listening to 11/18/78 Uptown Charlie Miller Board right now... If any of you have any recommendations from these 40 odd shows, that i haven't really ever listened to that much please let me know.... Thanks.... Bob t
I had Day Job therapy today. Time to wash it away with some ripping Grateful Dead. Did someone mention therapy? This shit beats the hell out of prozak…
(edit: minor clarification.. no, I didn't listen to day job for therapy, I need therapy because of my day job)
Enjoying the latest Dave's…
Enjoying the latest Dave's Picks from 3/24/73. Very good show. I did not think the previous spring 73 shows from Springfield and Boston were outstanding. Glad to have this Philadelphia show.
previous Spring 73 not outstanding?
I disagree, good sir.
Now here's something to chew…
Now here's something to chew....been waiting for something like this from Garcia Saunders.
Garcia Saunders 1.23.73 Boarding House San Francisco....release date 12.20.19!!!
So flippin' funky.....absolute smoker!!!!
Positive vibes ....
.... underrated in this day. This is why I visit here.
Re: Positive Vibes
We're with you man.. we're already working on for your re-election, Senator. Your future is bright.
As for previous spring, I might be of the inclination that Springfield was a better show but I like Boston more. That recording sparkles for the era and I think it might just sound better than the Spectrum. I do like the performance of the Spectrum the best though.. disc 3 is hot, the Sunshine also shines.. and the PITB and Stella Blue? Wowwow stuff, but admittedly I have a '73 bias.
I agree with stoltzy. Whaaaaaaaa??? This Dap is so good it belongs in a leather briefcase to be shown to new dead fans as to how it was to see them in the day. Not judging, just saying. Peace.
I dig all three of the Spring '73 Dave's Picks - DaP 16 Springfield 3/28/73, DaP 21 Boston 4/2/73, and DaP 32 Philadelphia 3/24/73, but I am most partial to the Springfield, for the Dark Star - Eyes of the World sequence. Boston is a close second for me, and I think Jim may be right about the sparkling recording quality, I would say that the sound quality of the Boston recording just edges out the recording quality of the Springfield show, but not by much. Both are excellent quality to my ears. The Philadelphia recording sounds fine to me, and the I dig the show as well, particularly discs 2 and 3. While it is not my favorite of the 3 Spring '73 DaPs, it is a great addition to the other two shows and that whole disc 3 sequence is fantastic. I like to have a series of shows just for the variation. In any case, the three of these releases are a trinity of bliss from my point of view.
Vguy, sorry to hear about troubled family members. That is a suck deal for you and Mrs. Vguy, my condolences.
Thanks Stoltzfus and WilfredtJones
For the late 78 and early 79 suggestions.... appreciate it... bob t
VGUY ......Just want you to know
you and your family are in my prayers. I really hope things turn for your daughter and that she sees the light and can get up on that beam. Hang in there!
I emailed DL a couple of years ago about possible release of any Godchaux shows from Jan / Feb '79. He said there are no tapes.
In my pursuit of Dark Stars I found a good AUD recording of 1/10/79, with Dark Star, Shakedown, Miracle, and Stagger Lee. It's no Betty Board, but it's recorded very evenly, so once you get used to the initial sound, there aren't really any rough spots. It's up on archive.
I like '73.....
....I also like all the other years.
January '79 has some good stuff.
Things are coming around.
I thought you would be bigger. "Opinions vary".
For my elephant ears the Boston Garden show, Dave's 21 is the cream of the crop so far for the Spring 73 tour. I still need to listen to Dave's 32 again after listening to other releases. However, there are some issues with the sound. 21, on the other hand, there are no issues with the sound at all. I agree with Carlo, this belongs in a sealed box!
And then for me, the 30 Trips show from 11/14/73, might even be better than Dave's 5, 11/17/73, which still sits in the top 3. Unfortunately the order of the songs are changed. Don't forget that Denver show from 11/20, just unreal.
Again opinions vary.
early 73 DaP
I really like this release. I was in the right frame of mind late Saturday and played highlights of disc 2-- I absolutely love the Here Comes Sunshine, Playing in the Band and the China Cat. The Playing jam is especially straight forward-- exactly how I like them (my favorite era for this song is late Europe 72 through 1973). The China Cat transition jam by Bob and into Jerry is especially good on this one. Love it. And disc 3-- not much needs to be said, love the backwards Dark Star and I had forgotten how great Truckin' was in 1973. This is a great one.
All three of the DaP early 1973 releases are stellar. All shows have tight first sets/discs with more exploratory 2nd discs and then out there 3rd discs. Having all three really gives us youngsters (first show in 88) an idea of what a typical show was like in this period. Can't pick a favorite-- I think like Jim, the last one I listened to is my current favorite.
Re: disc issues, I had the disc issue with DaP 28 and got the replacement discs. The third one worked fine. However, a strange issue arose since then with some of the cds not playing in my car stereo. For example, for the new release, discs 1 and 3 play fine. I started disc 2 on a morning commute and got a couple minutes into Playing and arrived at destination. Next car start-up, I get a "CD is unreadable" message from the player/computer. That cd still won't play in the car, but does play in player at home. Similar issues with all the releases this year. I have had no problem ripping the cds or playing them on home player, though.
My theory-- cd manufacturing is so far down from 10 years ago because of streaming that the profit margins are getting squeezed and producers are putting out inferior product as a result. I don't buy much hard product outside of the Dave's Picks, so can't compare to other more mainstream releases. We haven't had a price increase in 9 years, maybe a slight increase in cost and profit could help pay the cd producers a bit more and help with quality assurance. Just a thought.
No customer service line for issues
Thanks for they help. I followed the steps with the email, but the 800 numbers is only for ordering. Still haven't heard back. Currently wouldn't order anything else from Dead.net until they improve customer service. Seems I'm not alone. Hoping they read this stuff and improve things.
Cutting corners on CD manufacturing
I have never gotten a defective CD from another band, but have gotten at least one per year for the last several years from GD/Rhino.
No defective CD’s in the Pink Floyd Box, Bear’s Sonic Journals (Janis, ABB), JGB Electric Eel, etc.
The Rhino CD’s are thinner, indicating that they are trying to cut costs by using less plastic. I suspect that they also are trying to cut costs by making the metal layer thinner too, but that is where the data is stored.
For each of the last few subscription periods I have contemplated getting 2 subscriptions as a hedge against defective CD’s, but then decided that I would most likely get 2 copies of any defective CD, and would have to do twice the work trying to get replacements.
I’m really quite shocked that the GD Organization allows Rhino to operate this way with their music. Maybe it was written into the contract that Rhino would have exclusive rights to the GD Vault, but didn’t actually have to produce a quality product or provide quality customer service.
Seems that Garcia Family control of the Jerry Vault results in a better quality product and responsive customer service.
I am not a robot, but I wonder if robots would provide better quality control, warehousing and shipping logistics, and customer service.
Is it possible to add a picture with my comment? It’s also quite possible that I’m missing something obvious.
If you can imagine changing your address to another it can be a problem. The post office does not route all mail including magazines and other periodicals. You have to do this yourself by calling or emails. It takes several weeks sometimes. Now imagine you have hundreds of thousands if not millions of products from this and other countries to change addresses and warehouses and you can imagine the cluster*uck it can cause. Plus the number of incompetent moving companies driving around using a gps leading them to the sea and saying this does not look like a warehouse. So I can see their problem. Mabey stop taking orders till it's resolved or something to reduce the pressure.
Re: Moving Pictures
They removed the ability to post pictures when they switched/upgraded to the new website a year or so ago. Pics and embedded YouTube links are a thing of the past.
You can, however, still post links to erectile dysfunction cures, sites where you buy cheap internet and Chinese, North Korean or Russian bot websites though.. so if that's your thing, have at it. (kidding of course, and a big thanks to MaryE for removing all that stuff before it has a chance to corrupt our innocent minds).
Nice pun, Jim
They were replaced with reCRAPTCHA pictures.
There used to be so many pictures, videos, gifs, etc that you had to scroll through many pages a day just to read that day’s discussion.
11/14/71 TCU Fort Worth Road Trips
Cryptical is really good.
Icecreamconekid I see it's like that everywhere
My wife's 2019 Taylor Swift CD has a skip and says CD made in Mexico. Plastic is equally thick.