Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye! Gentle mistresses and most distinguished gentlemen, we have come upon the release of the DAVE'S PICKS VOLUME 37, from the Fifteenth of April in the year Nineteen Seventy-Eight, at ye olde College Of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Cast your waistcoats and your bonnets aside, the Grateful Dead are on steady gallop from the opening high-kick of "Mississippi Half-Step" into a where are we going? where have we been? "Passenger," followed by full-on versions of "Friend Of The Devil," "El Paso," "Brown-Eyed Women," and a double-barreled "Let It Grow>Deal." Catch your breath and straighten out your tricorne because the 2nd set shows no bounds with delightful takes ("Bertha>Good Lovin'," "One More Saturday Night") and introspection ("Candyman," "Playing In The Band"). Then - great fifes and drums - it's 15 minutes of "Rhythm Devils," with band and crew gathered round to amplify the merriment before delivering a rare incantation of "Not Fade Away>Morning Dew" that sets the soul alight. Pure jollification!
The town crier's addendum:
Three bags full! Lest you feel 4/15/78 beginneth and endeth too quickly, we've selected highlights from Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, 4/18/78 to satisfy your fancy.
Limited to 25,000 numbered copies, DAVE'S PICKS VOLUME 37: WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA 4/15/78 was recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson and has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman. It is guaranteed to sell out - often within hours.
*2 per order. Very limited quantity available.
UPS just this morning is recognizing my order.
Estimated delivery is this coming Monday.
Last year I think I was one of the first to have the releases in hand. So I wonder if I'll be on the tail end for them all this year. No mind, though. As long as they are received.
Tracking finally updated
My email with the tracking number was on January 27th, and it didn’t update until this morning. I was getting worried it was lost, but it looks like it’s on its way now!
Thanks Bluecrow, enjoy it.
Not sure why some of us here receive these so much later than others.
This process just boggles my mind. Four times a year they have to ship now 25,000 CDs. You would think someone would be in charge of this process, making sure it happens and the buyers actually receive the product. And now they put in a new kicker for subscribers, that they will be the first ones to receive the Picks. Doesn't look like that is happening either.
And my favorite part, you have a problem and try to contact "customer service" and you will be lucky if you ever receive a response. Okay, rant over and last post on the shipping, unless I end up going stark raving mad!
Psychedelic Chocolate Fountain
DAVEROCK, I am confident that I will like the discs. It's fantastic that you mentioned the SF Nuggets box. I frequently contemplated buying that years ago, but since I already had close to 50% of the material, I never pulled the trigger. The LA companion box however, "Where The Action Is" Is something I did want to get, but never had the money to purchase it, as there was always something higher on the list that took the money first!!
It's going for $139.00 on Amazon now, whereas the SF box can still be had for $89.00.
When I get rich(likely not until my NEXT lifetime,) I will buy both!!
Thanks for the recommendation, I will post a review upon receipt.
Nuggets for Mr. Ones
check your PM sir
I have Mitchum’s “Calypso...is like so...” album. I bought it a year or two ago, and surprisingly, not half bad for when you just gotta hear something different.
Dennis, I frequently listen to music that sends my wife to the other side of the house, does that count?? I truly enjoy odd sounds and "music" that is without harmony, melody, or even notes!! I have listened(all the way through 22+ minutes) to the John & Yoko Wedding Album(Side 1) three times, albeit that took a 40+ year span to do so. Side 2 is (a little) more listenable. Why do I do this?? I do not know, other than that since they recorded it, curiosity got the best of me. I also have Partridge Family, Cowsills(great stuff actually), and a Munsters cd, among too many others to mention.
I'm currently listening to 12/30/78(Pauley Pavilion)-the band obviously toked some REALLY good hash prior to playing. Looking forward to #37, although I'm in no hurry. I am confident that it will (eventually) show up.
Odder than Lorne Greene
Leonard Nimoy singing about Bilbo Baggins
William Shatner's rendition of "Rocket Man"
Both can be found on YouTube. Both are dreadful.
Shipping delays have been a major problem across the record industry for more than a year now. It has to do with the major labels trying to save money and use a third party distributor that didn’t know what they were doing. Some companies have been able to fix things by now, others have not, I’m not sure where WEA (the company that always sends me my Dead.net items) falls but it’s a problem that isn’t exclusive to this site. I own a small indie record store and we’ve been plagued with problems from all record labels all last year. And of course we get the blame from customers, not the distributors. Here’s an article in Rolling Stone about the problem.
I NEED MY PACKAGE
Usps came today excitedly ran to the mailbox I saw the mailman put a yellow envelope in the mailbox. Like a five year old rushing to get his Christmas presents from under the tree a ran FULL sprint through the snowy street to find a package containing my room mates foot cream. has anyone received it from ups? Because I'm sitting on pins and needles. About ready to just listen to the show on Relisten. How I long for the sweet sound of the Mississippi half step I've been hearing so much about for days.
someone took the video of the bilbo song and put Bad Brains' "Pay to Cum" over it.
that, my friends, is cool.
Higher Number Sounds Better
WTF....UUH Beavis do you think your number 711 sounds better than my number 712? Uh huh, huh, huh, eeh huh. I have not received my copy yet either. UPS is slow, it's a pretty well know fact and is a result of this pandemic thing they call COVID. Chillax and have faith it will be there. Did you try checking the tracking number?
Town Hall Party 1958-59 - odd but not shit
It seems a bit disrespectful to the artists concerned to refer to them as odd shit but...they did things differently in the 50s, and that's for sure. I got a few of these dvds in the sale at Bear Family, and they feature country and rock n'roll acts. The picture isn't too good, and the sound is variable, to say the least. The best come across as incredible-Eddie Cochran, Wanda Jackson, Merle Travis-Johnny Cash looks and sounds like the boss here. The Collins Kids-what about them? But some of the lesser acts... the comedy hasn't worn too well. The whole shows look as though they are being being beamed down from another planet. And they are...its called "the past".
Mr Ones...I will be interested to read your views on The Chocolate Watchband. That L.A. box you mentioned " Where The Action Is" is also great-especially the first cd.
I resemble that remark
Have original Dot label of the album, "two sides of leonard nimoy",,,, one side songs by Leonard,,,, the other songs by Spock. Also have the cd!
But I still smile when I hear about the other things people have. You made me look on the Mitchum,,,, thought I had it. My wife grew up with the Cowsills greatest hit.
John Wayne,,, America,,, let me tellya why I love her....
In the end you had me reaching for the knife over the mention of the john & oko wedding stuff, god that must be retched. I'd take a copy if one was available,,,, don't think I have it!
I think I have some of that Nimoy/Shatner stuff on a disc called - appropriately- “Spaced Out”. It’s ripe.
I used to have that great box set “Where The Action Is”, but in a brain cramp moment I unloaded to a used CD shop, for maybe $40 value. They saw me coming, but I still downloaded the music, but a great box set if you can get it.
poking out from under a foot of fresh snow, still waiting for 37 here in Vermont... found this old gem whilst looking for the show I was at, 11/26/75 Augusta Maine
Dennis, you’re selling the Cowsills short. They had a least 4 “hits”. The Rain, The Park & Other Things, Indian Lake, Hair & Silver Threads & Golden Needles. Indian Lake & Hair being my faves. There was a European release that had songs from II X II & Captain Sad & His Ship of Fools. I forget the title(remember a day??), but it has some “light pop psychedelia” that is fun on occasion. Wow, I know a little too much about the Cowsills! 😱🤯
The BFF PHIL SHOW
Well done Mr D!
Never been a huge 78 fan (so far). Which is weird cause that’s (1978) what I was marinated in, when I was being indoctrinated as a yoot?.
So I didn’t have any real expectations except it would be at least a good show that I would enjoy, with the question often being how often...like most Dave’s in other words. I think for most folks certain shows have greater shelf life’s...
Full frontal assault, this one...I kept thinking of those old sorta mini coasters: The Wild Mouse. The way you couldn’t get enough of being slammed around and then woop! down, then start up, cut, and wooooo to the top, then jammed around again, LOL.
Man I loved the Wild Mouse up in Crystal Beach in Canada eh! Good Times! And that’s kinda how I felt first time through with this one. Grinning like a kid on the Wild Mouse...
Half Step deserves the hype and holy crap, listen to the spectacular ascending scale Keith throws in during the end coda, that JG quickly picks up on. Man that’s like the rocket car hitting the nitro at just the right moment!
I didn’t get the ”off the rails” vibe so much with Passenger? Definitely a good miss as I think JG was thinking bridge and Donna and Company was thinking Chorus? Have to give that more attention? Nice energetic style FOTD...Brown Eyed I think the whole rhythm section is trying to do something new, but they don’t all entrain, or they haven’t figured out just exactly what yet lol. Don’t know much about other Spring 78 shows so have no reference to compare (yet). Not great, but not terrible, cool look at them messing with stuff...
Great Let It Grow and Deal,...personally not usually a fan of the never ending choruses, think: 70s Franklins etc, but so far this one wasn’t too bad, time will tell.
Sorta standard second set 1, 2 opening, with a nice Candyman. A song I’ve yet to get burnt on. Good version if slightly less relaxed and subtle then perhaps peak period versions. Then curiously another nice mellow song: Sunrise. Actually it builds and gets loud by the end, one of the DG things I’ve always liked and this is a good version. The Playing is pretty interesting as advertised, though I wouldn’t say it made think DS etc, but I look forward to another spin here. Nice decent into spacey mellow and yes, rhythm devils verses drums, with a typical for the times boisterous NFA, complete with fun little modulation early on, (need to look at that for clue of perhaps a different direction that was overuled?). This all progresses nicely and slides down into the big Dew, which on first take seemed a little unique?
Ace brings it all up and away with the 1, 2 closers (A&A is another of the songs I always liked DG on).
Really dug the sound on this for the most part. I have a weird room/bass node I haven’t gotten around to ironing out yet, and consequently many Phil centric performances can be a problem. Usually a little roll off helps, but since my C40 pre-amp dosent have parametric eq I usually can’t just find the exact culprit and notch it out, so it can be annoying sometimes, especially on stuff from the Mickey Godchaux era....i.e., big booming bass drums and bass...
So cool I did not have any of that with this release. Pretty clean too, very comfortable riding about 90 db, with peaks around 95 or so and yet didn’t seem that loud, little to no tape/level distortion and the aforementioned smooth bass. Wonder if this is due to the tape/recording ala Badass Beatty, and/or the Norminazation?
The Geek in me is curious, but the Head in me is just pleased with whatever happened!
Well on to Pittsburgh in round 2...
Hope y’all get yours soon!
6 more days
According to UPS. Label was created 1/29/21 @ 10:25 am, allowing dead.net to put the status on my order as shipped. No email as yet. But UPS shows that it finally started its journey yesterday just before 5 pm, and will take another week to traverse the states, unless it happens to end up in Warrendale, PA, where my mail has been going to hang out for 5-10 days since December. Still no DaP 36, and at least no movement on the extra 37 and glass and shirt. If those a la carte purchases had shipped out before the subscriptions I'd be pretty pissed given the supposed change in shipping subscriptions first. I sub'd on 10/26/20, and tomorrow marks a week after release date, so I'd like to see that change actually be implemented, so far, the rollout has not achieved the goal. And I'd like my DaP 36 as well. And a response to my most recent email would be nice. But I guess I'm just a fool for expecting better at this point.
If it's any consolation (and I know it isn't)...
getting replies from anyone in "services" is truly hard. I have a couple professional emails out since last week that...crickets, but no cicadas...
"customer service" is a facade on the front of an empty room
truly, why are some people not receiving their orders? and why have "customer service" if nothing is going to be done?
an ancient SNL reference...Lily Tomlin is doing her operator shtick..."Whoops! we just lost Peoria!" "we're the phone company. we don't care; we don't have to"
some day, every Dave's subscriber will get their product on time, and we can say goodbye to the shipping blues.
Hello Fine Folks!
I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good, but not too expensive, external disc drive. I just got a new laptop, and the darn thing doesn't have one! How will I burn my Dave's Picks (and the upcoming boxset) to my hard drive? Having one that can play DVDs/BluRays would be nice too.
I'm enjoying Dave's 21 right now on the big boy stereo, along with some Pick of the Day folks. This is one hell of a release... I think 2nd only to Dave's 5 in terms of 73 releases in the series so far, and that's saying something!
Thank you, and have a Grate night!
How people in Europe are receiving this before I am in NY..sounds shitty to say.. Subscribed right off the bat this year too. I know I'll get it eventually..just sucks. No offense to our brethren across the pond. After a week of ups saying they had no info on the tracking, mine too finally updated. Still sitting in California. Says expected Monday the 8th...I guess I'm just not patient...🙃
External CD/dvd drive
I've been using one for going on a year, burning and listening - it's called Rooful. Costs 23.99. I go through these things fast, but not this one.
First Leg Spring Tour - Why isn't Lexington 4/21/78 Not the Bonu
I was at all the first leg of the Spring '78 shows from VPI, 4/14, through Illinois State, 4/24/78. Most were very high quality with only one dud (Columbus, 4/19 . . . lotsa cops - it wasn't at Ohio State so the "off-campus" site may have been part of the neg vibe). For me, the highlight personally was Lexington, 4/21/78, which is my hometown and where I was in college at the time. In my view both then and today re-listening to them all from my old Bettys and AUDS, I agree that the clear stellar shows from the Spring Tour are what have been released via Dicks, Daves and Road Trips (no 78 in Download Series): Nashville, 4/22 and Illinois State, 4/24. The second leg Spring 78 is well-repped too with the 5/10, 11 shows in New Haven & Springfield. 1978 was just a weird year with, as we know now, the toll of opioids beginning to have more of a direct impact on Keith and Jerry . . . and the inconsistency, even within a single show, was apparent to Heads then and now - particularly after the sustained utter brilliance of nearly all of 1977. I remember lots of older Heads talking all during 1977 that the Dead were finally back from the retirement and playing at the high levels of 73-74.
My argument for Lexington over Pittsburgh as the bonus stuff.
The first set of Lex suffers some issues, though the stage-audience chatter was some of the best I've ever heard and the boys+girl kicked ass with a super latter segment of the first set that begins with Row Jimmy and ending with a rollicking MNS. The second set, however, . . . Lawdy, Lawdy!
I've always felt this set was worthy of release. Pittsburgh was quite good, but for my money, Lexington outshines with a very unusual "Stayin Alive" Jam at the end of Drumz, a rocking Trucking and perhaps the all-time killer Stella (which is why it appeared on the first Dead Box, So Many Roads). I asked David Gans at one of his shows why they picked the Lex version for the Box, he said (and this is a pretty direct quote) "I ran into some old Head in the late 80s who gave me the tape of the Lexington show, which I already had, and said 'Man, this is the best ever Stella. Play it on the GD Hour. Trust me.' So, when it came time to pick the cuts for the Box I remembered that encounter - we all listened to it several times, and agreed it deserved to be on the release." I've never heard the second encore US Blues on any tape, SDBD or AUD, but I can tell you it both rocked in a very raw, sloppy way AND was totally unexpected . . . particularly after the treat of Werewolves (the first encore, and only second time played - this was pre-internet, so if you weren't at the Columbus show the night before or didn't talk to anyone, then this would have been a mindblower since "werewolves" was a huge hit then on Warren Zevon's breakthrough album).
Pittsburgh was a very good show, but similar to Lexington in that it isn't from beginning to end so stellar as to deserve its own release and is lesser than Lex. Definite highlights, but nothing really to make it "special" for release . . . unlike Lexington with its stunning second set and double encore. Checkout the review of the show in Deadbase - its only one of two of the first leg Spring 78 shows reviewed (Springfield is the other).
So, cannot wait for my copy to get out of the Louisville Shipping Center Dungeon (a mere 78 miles from my house!) as I am most ready to dig on one great show and memory - and happy to hear from Dave's Seaside Chat that I shared the space with Bruce Hornsby. Wonder if we was near me and we shared a joint?
I hear you, but at least we are well past trading analog tapes when it might be 5-8 weeks before your new" stuff came in!
Thanks for the input.
Hopefully the entire Louisville set2 will come out eventually. The Whole set probably wouldn’t have fit as filler on this release.
Oroborous, roller coasters
What about that old raggedy thing along I-70 in Denver? Badger?
I think that it has been torn down.
I never rode it but drove past it many times driving between Stapleton/DIA and skiing.
Sorry for the griping, just feeling a little more salty about it seeing it takes 5 days to go from a shipping label's creation to going out the door in a professional shipping department. And I've had a few responses since the whole debacle with DaP 36 started, so that's left me hopeful that that avenue is still partially open.
But, as they say, we will get by, we will survive. Touch was my favorite part of DaP 36. Such an infectious song, and Jerry is really feeling it. That's one track where the matrix really enhances things. Oh, and I only know how it sounds because I bought one off ebay. Hoping for a digital copy of 37 to tide me over so I don't have to waste more money on multiple purchases.
your griping is justified, Alv
Time for WMG/Rhino to accept defeat, throw in the towel, and ask Uncle Bezos to help them with distribution.
Current releases come from Fontana, CA.
Previously from Franklin, IN.
Before that La Vergne, TN.
And who can forget Crozet, VA?
Yes, a who’s who of incompetent distributors.
WMG/Rhino has hopped around the distribution whores like a free love hippie before the arrival of HIV/AIDS.
on a lighter note...
end of 8/18/70:
Stage: "Thank you, goodnight"
Deadhead immediately: "NO!"
I have 3 of the USB BluRay burners, they will burn a CD in under 2 minutes.
Reading/importing takes several minutes.
So we're getting a '78 show,…
So we're getting a '78 show, and a '73. I'm hoping it's not a full 70's streak this year and I'm hoping for at least a 69 show, but I was pleased with the two consecutive '80's shows.
daves picks 37
another great show with an added bonus from 18th once again the packaging including wonderful liner notes reach truly great art the consistency over the whole series is to be congratulated and as a european head my i say thanks for keeping the postage charges down cheers phh
Mr Ones - Cowsills
Love the Cowsills! Talented bunch, the We Can Fly album is classic Sunshine Pop/Psych. Sadly their dad was a tyrant and an abuser, he fired brother Bill(the main sonwgwriter) for smoking weed.
Other fun sunshine pop bands fun: the White Plains, Edison Lighthouse, Vanity Fare, Butterscotch
This is a very good show, incredibly well recorded and really well played. Thanks Dave and all the team.
My copy has just been delivered here in the Netherlands, just in time for the weekend. Now I know what I'm going to be doing. I certainly won't be going out as dire weather is forecast - loads of snow, a strong, icy, easterly wind out of Russia and temperatures well below freezing day and night. Nothing better than settling down in front of a warm hi-fi system and playing some new (to me) Grateful Dead. Plenty of beer and whisky in house too. Bring it on!
After 6 years of no issue, the shipping gremlins finally descend on me.
I subscribed early last year. Neither UPS or USPS can recognize the tracking number provided even though it's shown as shipped. From reading this post....looks like the CD was shipped out from Fontana, CA? Welp, that's about 25 miles away from where I live.
Anyone care to guess of what's 39, and 40 will be? Now that we ventured well into the 80's, why not some '91 shows? More 80's are still welcomed as well!
Waiting, but not worried
I haven't checked the shipping updates, but do run to the mailbox every day as the truck pulls away. I'm not surprised that it's taking a while; it recently took nine days for a small package I sent from Saint Paul to reach La Crosse, WI (a very large town), which is all of 150 miles (240 km) away!
Dylan--I often listen to Empire Burlesque and Infidels, two of his overlooked 80s albums. To me, those are the ones to have from the post-Blood On the Tracks years. Someone asked about Dylan's best--Freewheelin'? Bringing It All Back Home? Tough call--he has about 12 discs I would never want to be without.
Finally tried some streaming services (Tidal Hi-Fi and Qobuz), and have been surprised at how much I'm enjoying them. Whenever someone mentions bands/albums/songs on here, I can quickly pull up a CD-quality (or better) version of the mentioned music on the streaming service and investigate. And I've been doing investigations, such as working through every Fleetwood Mac album in order, without having to go purchase a ton of CDs. I got the family subscription to Tidal, so now my wife, kids, and father are streaming a bunch as well, all from their laptops. Beats trying to get a CD player and receiver/amp in each room. I wouldn't purchase a laptop without a disc drive, but it's getting difficult to find those these days, and I'm the only one in the family with one.
DaP 38 and 39? I'm hoping for 1968 and 1991.
Be kind, rewind.
I have it on good authority
that #39 will be from 1970 and #40 will be from 1989
never trust a prankster, especially a wannabe prankster like me
There's another category that my buddies at the record store and I used to bring up-the Guilty Pleasure, this being an album you liked some time ago(usually as a child) that you still like to listen to occasionally, but don't like to admit it.
This would be one of my examples: ABBA's Arrival L.P. Anyone else have a guilty pleasure?
SIMONROB-glad to hear you got your #37 before me. Like MDJIM, I feel bad about how long our European Heads have to wait sometimes, not to mention VAT. And I'm happy that at least once, some overseas folks are enjoying before me. It's not like I am lacking something to listen to. I'm thinking it may be a week or more here on the East Coast, but I'm not in a hurry.
Stay safe all, better times are coming!!
Dave's 37 Cover Art
My copy is getting close (I think). . . A while back I snagged Helen Kennedy's artwork from someplace when 37 was first announced (maybe the dead,net artist page?). It’s hi res, and from before the printer got hold of it. Nice, because I didn't have to do anything but add the jpg to the rest of Dave's Picks (and Bonus) covers on DropBox. Everything's in chronological order, so scroll down:
(Save me a piece of that cake, Jim)