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    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.

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  • April 30, 2021 - 10:50am
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    I had wondered...

    If I had missed the page for the sale of #38. Now I know this is maybe a new rule for sales. Ship subscribers and dont open for sale until the day of release. Not sure if that is true or is it the or some special artwork??? Cant wait to see. I hope it is the poster for these shows, which I have. Will write more later, not wanting to spoil the trip...

    Edit: well just checked my farseer email and see the artwork. Not the poster. Email sent 10 minutes ago...

    Edit 2: OOOps wrong show poster is for March shows, see old brainism

  • April 30, 2021 - 9:53am
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    JoshbytheBay-Without a Net-Mind Blown Pt 1

    I watched a documentary a few days back. I am sure you all have seen on the History Channel the various docs. I cant remember what the title was, and like I have written, memory aint what it used to be. It was on the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. I had posted a few years back that on the day off during the NYE1987 run, my friends and I walked to the mid-point of the Golden Gate Bridge and back, somewhere around 10 pm. It was super cold and a strong western wind. In the documentary, it talked about them at one point putting up a net to protect the bridge builders. I also remember a couple of years back that they had a drive to collect money to put another permanent net type device to prevent jumpers. Any way, long story short, I never put it together that the live album, Without a Net, was not just shot in the dark title (about the circus coming to town and the razor's edge of improvisation without a net) but also some San Fran history to boot. Those guys were on top of so much Americana that it is mind blowing.

  • April 30, 2021 - 9:34am
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    Proud foot et al

    I wouldn't worry about a shipping notice. For #36 I never received one but it came the usual 4 days after date like all the others. Come to think of it a notice has been an iffy thing. More than a couple of times I didn't get one yet it came nonetheless.

  • April 30, 2021 - 8:50am
    Vguy72
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    Dave's not here man....

    ....I want that glass.

  • April 30, 2021 - 8:30am
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    Dave? Dave? Wake up Dave

    Get out of bed, brew some GD tea, and upload that chat.

  • April 30, 2021 - 8:15am
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    No Worries Mates

    No worries Jimbobwe and Proudfoot. Keep the faith. I was thinking the same then got my shipping notice here in Colorado this week showing Monday 5-3 for delivery. You never know. My July '78 box is #36/15,000.
    Cheers!

  • April 30, 2021 - 8:08am
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    I haven't received a shipping notice yet, either

    What, me worry?

    With all the versions of "The Shipping Blues" in the past, one might.

    Give it until at least next Friday before any panicking.

    No, I am still not a robot.

  • April 30, 2021 - 7:59am
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    Dave's 38

    MDA - I also live in Colorado and have yet to receive a shipping confirmation email...we must be the last batch of subscriptions to ship. Hopefully we hear something soon.

  • April 30, 2021 - 7:39am
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    38

    I have been seeing that a bunch of people have had their 38s for a few days now. I’m sitting here in Colorado still waiting on a shipping notice. Should I be worried??

  • April 30, 2021 - 7:16am
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    re: The Sound

    ...I've noticed this same thing on the sound Thin. You've described it pretty well. And, I don't hear a whole ton of Phil either, which usually helps to solidify and round out the overall sound with some deeper depth. Not so much here. I assume it's because of the limitations of a two-track to some extent.

    I will say though, the 'Let Me Sing Your Blues Away' caught me surely off guard, where I had to stop and do a double take before a huge grin took over my stolen face. It's a pretty jaunty tune, a shame it was shelved so soon.

    Hope Others' are receiving theirs and enjoying the ride - off to get #2 JAB shortly, here's to hoping for no adverse events!

    Sixtus

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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.

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Love all the capitalist trying to make $10 on eBay by scalping DP 37. Classy.

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Guy walks into a bar and yells, “All scalpers are assholes.”
The man at the end of the bar says” I object to that remark”.
The guy responds: “Why, are you a scalper?”
“No, I’m an asshole”, says the man.

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From: The Simpsons
Situation: Barney Gumbel referring to Stephen Hawking.

RIP Larry Flynt.
Not that I’m a Hustler aficionado, and I’ve never given Larry even a penny.
But one man’s porn is another man’s 1st amendment right.
Thanks for fighting for free speech Larry.

Disclaimer:
Most of what I think I know about Larry is due to Woody Harrelson.

Hmmmm.....
Larry Flynt.
Woody......

Never occurred to me until I just wrote that sentence.....

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DP2 is one of my all time favorite releases. Solidly in my top five of any single GD cd. First rate Dark Star. Raging NFA>GDTRFB. I believe that concert was played in 1971.

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Our resident 1971 scholar! Hope you found an armful of good books, and listened with some fine musical accompaniment.

My copies of Dave's 37th arrived today, and via UPS, which, perhaps my caterwauling about my still no show 36s helped get those upgraded in shipping. I also got an email from Dr Rhino, my second communique besides the form one others got this week, so also a good sign of responsiveness. No shipping notice on the glass (which Colin Gould correctly guessed I bought before reading the blurb, I saw limited to 1,000 and knew the race was on), but Dr Rhino said he'd see if they could get that on its way. Have yet to listen to 37, but have ripped it and encoded, just gotta run down to the car and get ye olde USB drive and get it loaded now before I wake up and it's 6 degrees and I'm getting in the car and going. Mississippi Half Step should make a perfect soundtrack for the drive to work, though it means cutting the 2/28/69 Dark Star just before the verse. So be it...

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Happy b-day doc. I am also a book freak. Four walls of string theory and Tiktaalik.

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Carlo - always looking for good book suggestions.

Just completed a few books that I was supposed to read in high school, The Pretty Good Gatsby and Catch-22. I found Heller’s book to be a bit redundant, but outrageously funny in parts. The one thing I am noticing is that books from decades ago seem to be more well written.

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One word. Dracula. Bram stoker is pure genius. An easy writing style with minimally descriptive characters but absolutely terrifying count dracula. Van helsing and Lucy's husband skulking through a foggy cemetery at 3am looking for the undead. Holy shit! To be read only after 2am. The catcher in the rye is a strange but great book also.

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10 31 71

Great experience with that while lyserging in the park a few years back

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Good morning rockers!!!

Yes, significant birthday, mixed with heavy dose of karma. Celebrating one's self, then finding out my wife's brother died. The universe does not explain why..............

Got my DaP37 late yesterday. I must say, "not bad!". The thunderous Morning Dew does not disappoint.........

Got lost in the bookstore yesterday, walking in circles looking for Ray Bradbury. I think he was in outer space some where. And I already had all their Camus too............

I tried to understand string theory, but it tied me in knots................

AARP turned down my membership application, they said my brain ain't old yet...............

I do revisit 1971 occasionally, and it's usually late 1971, that smoother, creamier sound is very soothing.......

Rock on,

Doc
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...no one likes a convert. A bit unfortunate, really.
One of the things I like about the first half of 1971 is the way they played shorter, country styled songs. To my mind, they did this much better than they did in either 1969 or 1970. All the Working Mans, and traditional material, sounded a bit awkward to me in 69 and 70. But in 1971 they truly found their feet...although the jams seemed to disappear. Maybe they needed to, and once they had mastered how to be as convincing in a 4 minute song as a 20 minute one, they were ready to explore again.

David Mitchell is an interesting modern author. "Slade House" was the one I read last week-as convincing a depiction of other dimensions co-existing within every day reality as I have read in a long time. We all know they do, but its not easy to write about them convincingly.

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Doc , last summer I revisited Ray Bradbury, Martian Chronicles first time since the mid sixties. Was a great read. Fahrenheit 451 ( graphic comic version) blew my mind the night of 8/27 . I will get to the unabridged version sometime soon.
Waiting for a good time to listen to Dave’s Picks 37.
Gimmie A Dew!

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Since we've taken a literary turn this morning, here's something I ran across recently:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Manuscript_Found_in_Saragossa

After reading somewhere that The Saragossa Manuscript was Jerry's favorite film, I found both the subtitled film and a great English translation on amazon. The book is one of the most amazing/bewildering pieces of literature I have ever encountered. Here's an overview I cobbled together from Wikipedia

[BOOK] 'The Manuscript Found in Saragossa', known in English as 'The Saragossa Manuscript' is a frame-story novel (as were Canterbury Tales, 1001 Nights, The Decameron) written in French at the turn of 18th and 19th centuries by Polish author Count Jan Potocki. It is narrated from the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and depicts events several decades earlier. The stories cover a wide range of genres and subjects, including the gothic, the picaresque, the erotic, the historical, the moral and the philosophic; and as a whole, the novel reflects Potocki's far-ranging interests, especially his deep fascination with secret societies, the supernatural and "Oriental" cultures.

[FILM] In 1965, director Wojciech Has adapted the novel into a Polish-language black-and-white film. The film was admired by many 1960s counterculture figures, notably Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who financed a complete print, as well as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Luis Buñuel. Jerry first saw The Saragossa Manuscript in 1966 at the Cento Cedar in San Francisco. In the '90s, he offered archivist Edith Kramer $6,000 to help find and restore a subtitled print of the film. Kramer found a copy, but it was incomplete. Garcia died the day after that print arrived from France. Martin Scorsese came to the project's rescue and spent $36,000 on director Wojciech Has's personal print. The restored film was re-released in 2001. In 2011, the film was digitally restored in HD and is available on Blu-ray.

I also reread Hesse's Demian last week for the first time since early '70s. √√√ Onward.

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Just finished Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson. A novel about a Montana social worker who gets involved with a family of survivalists. Vivid, gritty prose and a propulsive plot. Sympathetic characters as well. Highly recommended.

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Any book by Nick Hornby is a fantastic read. I excitedly await the release of each new book, just like a new album from a favorite band/musician. If you read Fever Pitch however, be forewarned , it probably helps if you're already a Gunners fan.

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I read the Decameron last year, thought the timing was right. Its good, and various stories provided the inspiration for ol Bill Shakespeare some 300 years later. I thought it was great. Right now i'm 5/8 through Robert Caro's first volume of LBJ, called Path to Power. Its really good. Before that was some new fiction, Ducks, Newburyport. It was ok - could have been 500 pages shorter. Before that was The Hamlet by Faulkner and a book about the Green Berets in Vietnam. Lots of time to read these days what with not being able to go out and do anything.

I'm always looking for new (as in recently written) fiction recommendations if anyone has any.

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Love Nick Hornby.

I will now sell five copies of "The Three EPs" by The Beta Band.

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A Gentleman in Moscow

Best fiction book I have read in years.

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'Outside Looking In' by T. C. Boyle. A fictional account of the LSD experiments that occurred around Harvard in the early 60s. Kesey and the Pranksters make a cameo! When all is said and done at the end, much like the drug itself, makes you go, hmmmmm…..

Finally getting the chance to give DaP Vol 37 a listen tonight!

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An amnesiac walks into a bar.
He goes up to a beautiful blonde and says, “So, do I come here often?”

Sorry, I think it is cabin fever.

Great recent read - Ken Follett “The Evening and The Morning”. All part of his Pillars of the Earth story, but the guy really does a great job bringing you back to the 10th Century. Just finishing up Geoffrey Ward’s/Ken Burns’ collaboration on The Vietnam War.

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Appreciate the validation on F/Mac. You are getting to right where I started with the Mystery to Me album. Always loved the Bob Welch California sound which also blended well with Christine's songs. This was high school/early college era for me so I connected with his references to "mysteries" while reading all of Carlos Castaneda's books about the Brujo Don Juan. And of course the required stoner reads like Huxley's Doors of Perception. My older sister had Then Play on, and I was blown away by the early bluesy stuff and sought out more. Still haven't heard them all (Mr. Wonderful) so the study continues. I also need to look up the other guitarist on Mystery, Bob Weston. I know nothing about him. Agreed on the tastes of Jeremy Spencer. I have to skip his cowboy song Blood on the Floor. Second worse Englishman doing a western cowboy accent (Sorry Mick Jagger but you win #1 worst cowboy accent). But Jewel Eyed Judy, Station Man, and Bob Welch's Miles Away and Lay It All Down have to be played loud! Cheers!

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The best book I've read this week is "Piranesi" by Susanna Clarke, published last year. The first 70 pages or so are quite puzzling, then you adapt to its strange landscape and its starts to make sense, of a sort.
As Morrissey in The Smiths once wrote - "There's more to life than books, you know. But not much more." Maybe more than usual at the moment.

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Can anyone or Mayre if you are reading this send me her email or Dr Rhino or someone at DEAD.Net someone to help me out about tracking down my latest Dave's Pick. I have not been on in a while and I am not sure if the HICCUPS are back with people not receiving their Products. Appreciate any help thanks..Kev

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5/31/80: well the way y’all going on about this one is telling me I need to go there, the problem is time....
After 40+ years, this is the kinda stuff I’m looking for personally. The off the path stuff...Yeah it’s great to hear the biggins’ now and then, but there’s starting to be a lot of that that’s getting stale, so all the more reason to branch out eh?

DENNIS: too funny, once again! unfortunately, the Loo and my memories are what I search most for these days lol

THATMIKE: 😂

SCALPERS: the word will always, immediately make me think of the Spectrum Parking lot, the night before the first show in 87. We camped out there after Harshfird to save a few bucks (is it saving if you don’t have the money?), and we couldn’t check in until the next afternoon at the ole Airport Red Roof (more stories there)...
After I made a beer run over the bridge to Jersey for several of us there..Buying that much beer at a bar at that hour of night was a story in itself...as we and Garth partied on through the night, some Scalpers arrived, the “connected” kind, not some hippies looking for tour funds, and began to hawk, which was not good because,
A) it was the middle of the night, very peaceful, and the only folks there either had tix, or weren’t gonna deal with these sketchy bastards. And,
B) their barking etc was kinda loud and obnoxious and was competing with the cool acoustic jam Prezman etc was providing, complete with sing alongs. I mean the parking lot is huge, but these shitbricks felt they had to be right where a bunch of us were making our happy, happy home.
So first we all sang louder, and more joined in, and then when that didn’t work we eventually started heckling them via song lyrics that Pman was making up on the spot; he was quite good at that but of course we could never remember any of it later lol. Something about Scalpers are Scum etc...
Eventually they started getting pissy with us, but by then our ranks had grown and things got a bit ugly (when you go down to Deep Elem, the DHeads Will put you on the rocks....), and eventually we ran em off! So whenever I see scalper, it makes me smile and remember that night!
And, Scalpers are still scum, only now their the ticket sellers with all their “fees” etc, Scum!

DOC: sorry about your loss, fuggin karma!
Can relate to your whole timeline/process/funnel due to time, and we all know time, and thereby obtaining a narrow but deeper focus. I was Similar about “I don’t need anymore, just the shows I was at” ...then I started really hanging around here with these crazies 😉and several thousand dollars and hours later LOL...
71 IS like 2 different bands; Bakersfield/cowboy and “creamy, smoother” jazz like band. I agree with DAVEROCK that almost right from the get go after KG joined they were much more E72 already versus Skullfuck etc. Crazy how much/often the evolved. Used to get mad, but now think it’s funny when the punters say “nostalgia band that never left the sixties” or some other nonsense...70 and 71 were perhaps the years with the most change within the years themselves. Though I’m digging early 71 more, especially because of those lush multi-tracks we’ve been given, I do prefer the later KG stuff, like the great DP 2 that AJS mentioned, short but sweet and yes, perhaps best stand alone single disc in the cannon? Good topic for debate at least....

And books...

If it is DaP 37 you are waiting on, a good number remain in the delivery system, so a little patience.

If it is DaP 36 you seek, send MaryE a PM and a dozen Scarlet Begonias. She is pretty amazing.

As to if the old hiccups have arisen again, many of us aren’t sure they ever went away.

Good luck, brother!

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Did someone say books ; ) yeah my wife is an addict..she’s like the Dennis of Books! ; )
Unfortunately/fortunately she’s the Collection Development Librarian where she works. Unfortunate because she gets discounts which encourage over buying, I mean she could only read for the rest of her life and she’d still not get to them all, but alas she things she will... (sounds like us with dead lol) and fortunate because it helps feed her Jones buying all those books for the library. Hmmm, if you could buy all the dead releases for your job, would you still need to buy so many for yourself?...lol She’s basically devoted most of her life to books for good or for ill...
So the girl knows books, and thus buys me all kinds of things Id probably never learn about etc
That’s good for obvious reasons, but bad because I have so many now I can’t remember which all I’ve read and worry I’ll never read em all...and already have a nasty CD habit that I barely manage.

Newer stuff/authors I’ve really dug, especially many from the Northwest...what is it about the North west influence on books and music etc?
Of course most know the old classics by Tom Robbins, but my favorite from the region and perhaps my favorite “modern” writer is Jonathan Evison, especially his epic historical fiction; West of Here. Believe he’s due to release another, can’t wait! Currently reading Jess Walters most recent: Cool Millions (only have about an hour to finish..) Garth Stein and his most recent: A Sudden Light, Amanda Coplin: The Orchardist, several from Jim Lynch, several from Nicholas Evans, especially The Loop, and David Guterson: East of the Mountains.
Other mostly good new Stuff I’ve read over the last several months:
John Staley: Cold Storage Alaska
Lauren Groff: Arcadia
WK Krueger: Ordinary Grace
Vonnegut: Cats Cradle (finally after all these years)
Flea: Acid for the Children
Mick Fleetwood: Play On
JP Griton: Wyoming
and Fourth of July Creek which as LEBOWSKI99 stated was enjoyable.
Oh, and for anyone not familiar with Richard Russo, or perhaps you know the Movies made from his books, he’s another of my favorite newish authors. Especially like the old stuff, such great characters!
FIVEBRANCH: Glad to hear the recommendation for TC Boyle’s: Outside Looking In, since that’s another one on the stack...Being Ram Dass is staring at me on my footstool, but I’ve only picked at it so far.
Weird thing about the pandemic, have more free time, but haven’t really read all that much comparatively.
The wife is really having trouble, can’t concentrating etc which sucks because it’s usually the thing that she really loves. Think it’s why she tolerates so much Dead from me , junkies enabling each other lol.
Down side is the shits starting to really pile up! She already has a room in our new house completely filled, floor to ceiling (ahem, I ONLY have one wall floor to ceiling lol)
Music, books, movies, beer and pizza, oh yeah, and buds! I mean what else do ya need ; )
Onward, er a, I mean, READ ON!

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today is the 51 anni of 2/11/70

("mmmm, my lips are getting heavy"...quick, cite that reference!)

US BLUES rocks! some diss USB; I love it, every time.

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Just caught wind via Relix that Rob Eaton (Betty-Saver; Bobby in DSO) seriously fractured/broke his wrist and has some significant medical bills. I found his go fund me account and did what I could.

Just wanted to give folks a heads-up. How scary for someone in The Guitarist profession.
Best wishes to him and I am reminded to applaud all of his Betty efforts and DSO contributions.

Sixtus

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I'm very sad to hear about the passing of Chick Corea. I have to admit I was a big fan of Return to Forever and jazz fusion in general before the siren song of the Grateful Dead took full hold of me.
On a positive note, UPS has sent me a shipping notice from Gnarlywood. I wonder what it might be?

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Patience, really,........ I've been waiting 2 weeks for a tracking number, email customer svc last week, received a lame reply "once it's shipped you will get a tracking number" problem is after it ships mail innovations will take another 2-3 weeks for me to receive, not my 1st day at rodeo dealing with mail innovations, using cheap service get's cheap results. if dead, rhino who ever does the shipping wasn't able to get 25k in cd's out within the 1st couple days, nothing should have been shipped, no excuses, then tell your customers what your doing, what are the issues at hand, exactly when will they all will be shipped. Can't blame covid-19 for everything, order online thru numerous sites with nothing like this, at most maybe a few days before shipment. This is just poor service !

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Major loss to music.

I highly recommend his “The Musician” release for a bit of a career highlights, and the Trilogy series (especially the first one; great backup by Blade & McBride, too). If you want to go back in the catalogue, the magic starts at “Now He Sobs”.

And so do we. Godspeed, Chick.

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Yo!! Rockers!!

Truth be told, I read very little fiction. I did in the past, but it only took me so far.............

For anybody looking for some good-to-great nonfiction, here's some ideas:
*** "Before Elvis" by Larry Birnbaum. If you want to learn where rock and roll came from, this is THE book.
*** "Ramblin' Man" by Ed Cray. Really excellent Woody Guthrie biography.
*** Peter Guralnick's two volume biography of Elvis. Yes, THE Elvis. Very interesting account of the rise and fall of the king of rock and roll.

I grew up surrounded by books, so this is all my parents' fault.............

Rock on,

Doc
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1st show - Yeah and Tell Me all the things you Do, Woman of a thousand years, Sands of Time, and Bare Trees, all songs by Danny Kirwin. There's a great package of 5 early Mac cds called Original Album Series that's a real deal, $17!

Current reads (non Fiction);
Cruel to be Kind: the life and music of Nick Lowe by Will Birch
George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters by Ashley Kahn

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May the four winds blow him safely home!
So fortunate to have seen him with and without Return to Forever.
The great ones are dropping like flys...

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Hello my freinds , i have been on sidelines for a short period and thought i would chime in on this latest Dap #37 which i listened to this weekend, its good but come on , as a long time head and collector , this show is not even close to top shelf , sorry , but as i get older i believe that my music time , which is limited , is far above this show , reality is as i think is this , and i think we all agree , (dave), that we need like a supreme mind blower like a 69 ark ,or a 10/78 winterland box , and one more maybe a greek box , thats my take, Lovelight to all , oh yea Dap 6 is as i listened right now is a crusher show thanks Dave..

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Notes from the first listen:

Half- Step just keeps climbing and climbing until it takes its final leap into Phil's oblivion.

Passenger is reckless as it is ragged, held together by the skin of its teeth (just as Dave said). Keith almost sounds like he's playing bells there for a while at the end.

Friend of the Devil is a beautiful seesaw ride with sweet Annmarie.

Shiny droplets of staccato blood sprinkle the dust there at El Paso.

Brown-Eyed sounds like they're playing outside after an ice storm. Whoa! Hope no one got hurt.

Love those seedlings Jerry sprouts at the beginning of Let it Grow. Rest of the band takes it from there.

Deal? Go ahead but it's Phil that's running the table.

[set break was a basket of warm laundry]

Bertha>Good Lovin' (((more warm laundry)))

Candyman: still about Phil, but he's sharing the wealth generously.

"we are singing and playing"..... it was just this bitterly cold morning I was able to fist notice some scant Sunrise while driving to work....

At this point in the show, the band is now tuned on and in and seeing through their ears and fabulously condensing Playing > Rhythm Devils> NFA> Morning Dew into singular expansive moment. No metaphors required.

Around and One More Saturday Night can be left alone as it is only Thursday. Looking forward to a second listen this weekend when I can kick back and let my thoughts freely associate with any intent of hanging on to a single one of 'em ;-)

Good Stuff. Yes. Yes.

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Donna sounds really really good singing the "my lightning too" vocal just before Lazy Lightning transitions into Supplication. Almost sounds like her voice is double-tracked. This might be the best I've ever heard this combo. As rocky as '78 could be, several songs from post-hiatus hit full stride. Really enjoying this one, though I've only been getting to hear it in bits and pieces. There are one or two miscues that you didn't hear much in '77, and Jerry's voice sounds a little hoarse, but the power and energy really sound a grade above the '78 norm. Still wondering what happened to Fire on the Mountain....
Does Sunrise sound like a Spinal Tap song to anybody else?

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Someone mentioned books in the northwest. Here are a few by region.

Northwest - The Brothers K by David James Duncan

Midwest - Stoner by John Williams. You need to be in the right mindset, but a great book.

Northeast - anything by John Irving. This has been covered already.

Southeast - Where the Crawdads . . . Yeah, never mind.

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Just got caught up on the past few days here. I hope it was a fine one, you deserve it.

'71 Dark Stars are my favorites. I keep my music in chronological order on my phone, each released show in its own folder. After each year I have a Dark Stars folder. Here I include soundboard Dark Stars as well. Listen to those puppies chronologically... wow... they are some no cacophony, no meltdown masterworks (okay, an occasional meltdown). Only complaint is they didn't play it nearly enough (12 times).

2/18 - RELEASED: great start at Port Chester. Roughly 15 minutes total without the Wharf Rat interlude.

4/8 & 4/26 - BOARDS: Awesome back to back. Roughly 15 minutes each. Audio quality is "pretty darn good".

4/28 - RELEASED: Ladies Gentlemen - I said screw it and put the 9 minute Jam after Alligator / drums in the Dark Star folder and renamed it Dark Star, Pt 2 (may as well be it sounds like it could be in the middle of a Dark Star). For the record, it remains as Jam and its proper order and my Ladies and Gentlemen folder

7/31 - RELEASED: 23 minutes long off of Summer Road Trips. 3 months without Dark Star. Not sure how many shows that encompaased but, it goes into a Bird Song and that's good enough for me. Not one of my favorites but, it deserves a few more lessons from me.

10/21 - RELEASED: Keith's first Dark Star. This is a doozy. One of the few that you'll hear in playing the stand-up piano. One of the best of '71 IMHO. In my 1971 Darkstar folder I do remove Sitting on Top of the World so that I get the full Dark Star treatment. A little bit of cross fade and you don't even know what happened.

10/24 - BOARD: 20 minutes of uninterrupted Dark Star, and Jerry is in a Dark Star mood. Uncle Gary gave me this one on Cellar Dweller CD. Fantasic audio. Jerry's volume is loud and suitable for anyone who loves Jerry which is... everyone right?

10/31- RELEASED: everybody knows how good this one is.

11/7 - BOARD: man there was a better audio version of this. It's clear but just has a lot of tape hiss. Legendary show / legendary Dark Star my mind.

11/15 - RELEASED: Autumn Road Trips. Here's where I think they really start to space out like '72, especially part 2 after El Paso. South 20 minutes of Dark Star. For some reason I always compare this one to the one from DaP 3 on 10/21, and 10/21 comes a litttle bit ahead.

12/5 - BOARD: audio is probably comparable to 11/7. Two-parter well then aggregate 20 minutes of Dark Star and like 11/15, much more cacophony of meltdown that hints of what's to come in '72.

12/15 - BOARD: audio is about as much as one could hope for a soundboard. Again, leans more towards the spacey cacophony that lives in many of the '72 dark stars.

3/23/72 - RELEASED: but much overlooked in my mind, I think due to the fact that sitting on a rare bonus disc. Had to includ it here because it leans much more towards '71 than '72, though it is a good solid 23 minutes. Very melodic and one of the dying last few to include the "Mirror Shatters" verse. Odd thing to do away with, but I suppose, they just didn't feel like returning to the main dark star theme after a while.

Thanks go out to the providers of soundboards, old and new. You know who you are - I appreciate it.

You're gonna want that cowbell!

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The barman says, “We don’t serve time travellers in here.”
A time traveller walks into a bar.

DaP 37, Where are you!? Reading lots of great things.

Ok, one more, and I’ll give you all a rest, and I’ll go walk the dog again, while I wait for the mail:

A dyslexic man walks into a bra...

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I think someone already mentioned it, but Brown Eyed Women has a VERY odd drum/timing signature. Billy's hitting the snare on the "4" throughout the verses, which is a little unsettling actually. When I first heard it I assumed they started the song not knowing where the "one" is, and when they finally realize they weren't synced up, they'd adjust. But they just went with it! Listening to it again, they count the song off and DO all start at the same time, so it seems to have been deliberate on Billy's part. Very.... different.

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