"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.
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Jamming to the 12-28-79 Road Trips along with todays college football action, and right as Alabama Getaway started up the LSU / OK game started up as well. LSU of course, being the ones who made Alabama . . . "Get away" this season.
Is it one of the very few or sui generis that features Jerry on slide for the solo? I've always found it rather unique.
Oh, and on the H>S>F combo 10-11-77 and 5-22-77 are right up there.
my favorites come from 76
the paramount and tower shows especially
Ledded - you probably already have, but if you like Clapton, it is well worth checking out the three Kings-especially Albert and Freddie. As Eric Clapton was to those that followed, so were those two to Clapton. Especially the "Born Under a Bad Sign" album by Albert and everything by Freddie.
Picked up Born Under a Bad Sign (Albert King) in April on RSD and then The Mojo (Freddy King) on the most recent RSD in November. You can certainly hear both influences in modern blues guitar. Clapton’s sound is very muck akin to Albert King, and you can hear a lot of SRV influences in Freddy’s playing. Both are phenomenal repressings of classic albums. I would be interested in hearing album suggestions for the third King, BB, if any of you have any? I know there’s a ton of stuff out there...
Think I’ll put Freddy on now with the morning coffee.
Been catching up on the 30 days of dead recording from this year. Especially enjoying the 31 days of Dead for December. A fitting tribute to RH!!! My favorite track so far has to be the one of RH doing an acoustic version of St. Stephen and then also China Cat. Almost more of poetry readings than tune performances, but beautiful alternative takes on two Hunter songs that we all know and love.
Edit: Vocally, Clapton and Freddy King sound a lot alike!
Edit 2: oh and for you Jazz aficionados out there while on the subject of guitar masters, check out Kenny Burrell with Stanley Turrentine/Major Holly Jr./Bill English/Ray Barretto, Midnight Blue....recently repressed with Blue Note....WOW!!!
Dig the blues discussion, thought I would mention Buddy Guy since nobody has so far. Lot's of great Buddy Guy stuff, especially his stuff with Junior Wells. Junior's albums Hoodoo Man Blues and It's My Life both feature Buddy and both albums are fantastic. As far as the King's, I prefer Albert, something about his stuff just clicked from the first time I heard part of his Thursday Night in San Francisco album on Dan Ackroyd's House of Blues radio show while driving to meet an acquaintance a long time ago.
looking forward to 10-29-77 in a few weeks.
albert collins - ice pickin
danny gatton - redneck jazz
gary moore - blues for greeny
Casey.....Nappyrags recently recommended 3 live B.B. King albums on here, "Live at the Regal" and "Blues is King" from the mid 60s and "Live in Japan" from 1971 and I would agree that all are great for different reasons. Playing wise, my favourite is "Blues is King" but my cd-a 1987 released version on MCA sounds dire. I've noticed there is a Japanese SHM release out there, and I am tempted by that-although it is expensive.
For B.B,s studio sides, I far and away prefer his 1950s singles to anything else. I've got two very similar collections which feature this material - "The RPM Hits 1951-1957" on Ace Records and "Sings The Blues", another Ace reissue . Either of these are good...but you don't need both, really. Few extra tracks on the first.
My last blues albums was Magic Sam "Live at the Avante Garde June 1968" which is tremendous. He was in the same ball park as Buddy Guy. THAT good.
I have never heard the Danny Gatton album mentioned below. But I have got a few cds by him, and got one earlier this year called "The Humbler" credited to singer Robert Gordon. Without a word of a lie, this features the most incendiary rockabilly guitar I have ever heard in my life. Its all standards...but you wouldn't believe how well and dynamically they could be played if you haven't heard this album. Jaw dropping-really.
Actually, another blues album I bought recently is playing as I write-"Blues" - a 3 cd compilation of Rory Gallagher. It was cheap as chips, and features a side of studio, a side of acoustic and a side of live tracks that are currently blowing my kitchen apart. Blues albums have never been far away from my record/cassette/cd player over the years.
It's been a while since I reached for a '77 show, and I went with 6/9 about 15 minutes ago. Well, it was a fine Mississippi Half-Step, but now that I see your post, clearly 12/29 is the best choice for today. I did this one about a month ago. Nice to hear the Wolf in '77. Looking forward to the Playing / Cat / Rider.
P Hill, I saw Albert Collins play a few times, at least once at the San Francisco Blues Festival. He truly was a great one.
Hauoli Makahiki hou
Ein gluckliches neues Jahr
Voorspoedige nuwe jaar
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu
Feliz año nuevo
Xin nian yu kuai
Jai alai fronton
Eutychismenos o kainourgios chronos
Felix sit annus novus
Kul 'am wa antum bikhair
HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR, WHEREVER YOU ARE!!
Happy New Year to you too.
60 minutes has a piece on research related to psychedelic's tonight. They must be trying to win back the GD/Phish demographic. :D
Edit: Apparently it's ok to take mushrooms while under the care of a qualified doctor. To think, all these years it looks like I've been doing it all wrong.
I saw that too. A fascinating research project. Unfortunate that you can’t choose your own music.
I always chose my own music. No blindfold either, wanted to see the world, not just whatever was playing on the back of my eyelids. The wonders of nature never got old.
Another fine talent gone.
New Daves pick this yeat6.23.74 w/selections of previous night for bonus..
Dark Star> Spanish Jam> US Blues. Cannot wait for this one to hit the mailbox! Have loved this show for a long time! The bonus disc sounds great if it's just China> Rider, Eyes, Wharf, and 30 min Playing! Much more excited for this than 10/29/77, and I like that show pretty well. :)
What DaP 34 will be.
As I said weeks ago (and was subsequently told I was wrong), DaP 34 would be announced before the subscription period ended, but after the early bird pricing ended.
I got the email this time :-)
Are you going to Bermuda?
Would you go there if you could?
If you go there, plan on staying
Whether you like it
That's the way
Are you, are you Bermuda-bound?
Do it call like a siren sound?
It's so high and it's underground
But you never come back
Before you're never found
It's just the innocent
It dares you to come there
That's it's angle
But the Devil is innocent
When the word you want
Is Master, Master, Master
Bermuda, Bermuda, doesn't call
It haunts you
Make you wonder
Make you want to go
Make you curious
Too much burn
But you never, ever
In England and France... Hold mail gets delivered with Garcia 12....... Wow Sarah Fulcher adds a whole new dimension... sorry if you all spoke about it already. Then i was going to type this I see the DP 34 announcement!!!! So excited for 74!!!!! Happy New Year everyone!!! bob t
10-21-73 is horrendous.
In fact, the first several songs of the first set are terrible, potentially worse than any train wreck from the 80/90’s.
I’m currently on WRS, hopefully the show improves......
Wow, this is great, two awesome shows to start the year. First we get a fall 77 show and now 6/23/74, Wall of Sound! Love it.
Will we get any shows from the 80s this year? Box set or stand alone releases?
Hello everyone, does anyone have Dr. Rhino's email. I received the wrong order for the Giants Box. A Flower Kings CD is what I received instead. any help would be great!
Thank you, Dave
Received the Dap 34 email @ 6am this morning.
When Dap 34 comes I will be fishing. Can't wait. Fishing and dap 34, it doesn't come better than that.
Yeah, I got the Flower Kings CD too. (Left a comment on the box set thread.) I've given up at this point and ripped a copy of the Giants Stadium set from a friend. (Check your credit card statement....in my case, they unilaterally cancelled the order and refunded the money without telling me.) Not sure what to make of the FK CD. Random. Go Swedish Prog Rock!
I'm very pleased we're finally getting this. Every time I feel like we're due for a 1974 show I hope for this show and Chicago, as they have the last two unreleased Dark Stars (the Jai-Alai version on So Many Roads is incomplete by maybe 5 or 10 minutes if memory serves). Only 6 or 7 Dark Stars in '74, depending on how you look at Dick's Picks 12. It's listed as Jam on the CD, but most set list sites cite it as Dark Star. Personally I don't hear it, and I've heard it described as "Jam with Dark Star elements". Well..... this just means I need to listen to it again. I suggest you do the same. History beckons......
I would have bought two early birds if I'd known this one was coming out. So tempted to buy that second one as a "just in caser".
Also really psyched about 80 minutes from the night before. Feels like Dave's Picks Volume 2, Part II.
Guys and gals, I'm just letting you know that using PayPal for this and any other site is the best way to go. If for some reason there is a purchase or money issue and they say we have no record of your bill, paypal will step in and do what needs to be done with little need for you to worry. They are really great and no charges to use it too. Fee Free purchases within the USA and a couple bucks for all other countries. Its quick and safe. Peace. P.S.- The july 78 box I'm waiting for is now missing from the site. Scary. I still have faith in dead.net.
....i use it every time.
Loving the latest Pick news as well....
John cleese is going to Hanover theater in Worcester, MA. For the 45 anniversary of holy grail. An interview and movie will be playing. Cool place too.
One of my first downloads from the old archive, back when you could still grab 'em.
Good choice! Now if they'll only follow through with an Ark box set this year.....one can hope!
Cant get enough of that giants box Eyes.
If you're just getting tuned in, I'm having a conversation with myself about the validity of calling the Jam on DP 12 a Dark Star (as most set lists would have you believe). There's some top shelf Mind Left Body early on that ranks up there with 10/19/73. Only 15 minutes in....doesn't matter what you name it, it's face melting quality. I did not, however, hear even a smidgen of the Dark Star theme (and certainly no lyrics). I think the set list sites have it wrong. Is this something in Dead Base? I'm not a Dead Base guy.
This conversation started when I saw that Jai Alai was slated for DaP 34. It quickly devolved into an unnecessary analysis on how many officially released Dark Stars are still yet to come from 1974, and it gets worse with every post I put up here. Lucky for you guys I'm only at work another hour and a half.
Ouch, full fledged meltdown at 25 minutes. Garcia clearly tripping his balls off - and why shouldn't he be - it's summer '74 and he's playing in front of the biggest stack of speakers known to mankind in an enclosed arena that seats 15,909. I know the seating capacity because the internet told me. It also told me the Dead didn't play the Garden for a number of years after an incident in which they were caught grilling lobsters on a fire escape before a performance. wtf?!? How do you even get into a situation like that.
Also of interest, the internet says of The Who at the Garden:
In 1973, The Who were scheduled to perform at the Garden and nearly didn't perform due to the band being detained by police after destroying a hotel room in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where they'd appeared the previous evening. The band was eventually released from jail and managed to arrive at the Garden in time for their show and took out their frustrations for being arrested the night before by delivering a blistering set and taunting the Montreal police, dedicating their performance of "Won't Get Fooled Again" to them. Who drummer Keith Moon (for the rest of the Quadrophenia tour) changed one of the lyrics to the song "Bell Boy" from "remember the gaff where the doors we smashed" to "remember Montreal at the hotel we trashed" or variations of the band being arrested.
And for what it's worth, I spent the coldest night of my life one New Year's Eve in Montreal. I'm a seasoned Buffalonian, and this shit was cold. Just walking a block or two from one bar to the next physically hurt the face and lungs. I spent the better part of the next morning and early afternoon vomiting from a 12th floor balcony.
P.S. - icecrmcnkd, where are you listening to that worst Loser from, archive.org? Just wondering if 10/21/73 is on one of those unofficial soundboard release CDs.
I was listening to
GD 1973-10-21 sbd.8191.fishman
from the torrents.
Time machine...take me first to Europe 72
Then to Spring 77
Set II of 12/31/77 Sugar Magnolia opener... Scarlet/ Fire... watch Bill Graham arrive via motor cycle and watch the boys get hit on stage with a giant bag of balloons!!
Note on 4 23 77
During tuning prior to SF
I hear Bobby playing a bit of Beatles Blackbird
Bob T, there is video of this show?
12/31/76, will be on tap for the ride into work tomorrow. Love this show, one of my all time favorites.
Keithfan your relisten today beats my memory, but I recall a brief DS tease somewhere before or after the Mind Left Body Jam (both?), which is, to me, more of a proto-Music Never Stopped Jam, they definitely hit the MLB theme, but it seems to move to a waltz feel, that makes me think of MNS. I wouldn't label it a Dark Star Jam, but I would track the Mind Left Body if it were up to me. What a fantastic jam and release! That release is one that's a pastiche that I love. Still my favorite Eyes, mainly for Phil's wonderful solo. And gotta be everybody's favorite China Cat. I have a promo cd for DP 7-12, and it hasthe China Rider representing DP 12, and it was my introduction to live China Cats. I had Aoxomoxoa, and loved it there, but this was a revelation. Not fair to every other China Cat that that was my first. I guess kinda like a virgin who meets John Holmes, gonna be hard to find another one to measure up.
Yes on You tube!! both sets
Love the Dark Star discussion. It's right up my alley. For a long time, I have been intrigued not only with song timings, but also title identification. I can totally relate to trying to decipher whether a given tune either is or is NOT a Dark Star. I love the (12/5) '71 Dark Star from the UK box set. It lists: Dark Star Jam>Me & My Uncle>Dark Star Jam. It clearly is a Dark Star Jam on both ends, but never is a verse sung.
Similarly, on the Dave's 21, Here Comes Sunshine>Jam. Is it that, or is it a REAL LONG Here Comes Sunshine?? I guess it's up to each listener to decide.
Phish does this a lot-and usually, if they don't return to the original theme of the tune, I consider it a jam. So, to all who care......let the discussion continue.
P.S. I have pre-ordered my Cream Farewell Box (Very Excited!!), but I'm just not yet ready to bloviate on Dave's 34, I haven't even got 33 yet!!
Stay safe all-and have a joyous New Year's celebration!!
I'll have to dig that one up. I was getting stoked for 1974 with DP 12 and then followed up with a compilation from the Pacific Northwest 1974 shows. In the middle of that my cousin texted me that 12/30/78 was playing on Sirius last night. I assumed there must be a good version of it on archive.org if they're playing it on Sirius; however, the Charlie Miller soundboard I downloaded is pretty spotty. Does anyone know if there's a better version floating about that would be of Sirius Radio quality?
P.S. Alvarhanso - lol now that you think you heard a little DS Dick's 12, I don't trust my own listen yesterday! I was afterall working while this listening session was going on.
P.P.S. - funny on this 12/30/78 soundboard you can hear Jerry complaining about Bobby being too loud. I know they're talkin about stage monitors but, I think most situations call for Jerry being louder than Bobby :D
People of Europe and the U.K. have your sugar magnolias at the ready 4/5 hours to go - my own personal favourite is 12/31/82 ( Bobby after the second verse “ holy f##k look at all those balloons “ )
HNY all and hears to a cracking 2020
Peri, it is says a lot that you refer to Europe and the U.K. as if they are separate entities. That island mentality coming to the fore once again. Here, the changing of the year also signals the demise of Holland. From now on we have to refer to this country as The Netherlands. It seems to be nothing more than a marketing tactic - Holland apparantly conjures up images of clogs, cheese and tulips which is not the image the government wants to project. I am therefore obliged to wish everyone a happy new year from The Nether-regions. And I mean that from the heart of my bottom. Or something like that. Whatever, have a good one!
PS: Finally finished the Giants box today.
But who are the Dutch?
(That was a Seinfeld bit).
When I think of Holland/Netherlands, I only think of the brilliant orange kit they wear for footy competitions!!
I like a man with a good sense of humour though. From the heart of my bottom indeed!
I have a strong affinity for 12/31/76 and 12/31/82.. 76 probably because both the performance and recording kick ass. With the newly released and I believe remastered (??) vinyl that makes it extra special and 82 because, well.. Etta James, the Tower of Power and the Grateful Dead.. I mean, get out of here, what a power-packed punchbown of fun.
Turn On Your Love Light
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Hard To Handle
In The Midnight Hour
Wishing all health and happiness in the coming year. My resolution.. more music less bullshit. Play more dead.
It will always be Holland to me. Tulips, wooden clogs and the most recognized country to flush silly criminal penalties for weed down the toilet. What exactly is wrong with that legacy?
Cheers to another year that's been an amazing trip on this forum. What a kick to "listen" over y'all's shoulders just about every day. Let's do it some more in 2020. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
"Holland" forever! And don't forget the windmills!