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.
Hello, some help required,…
Hello, some help required, please... I have the wonderful Dave's Picks Volume 37, but I can't for the life of me get disc 2 and 3 to rip on my computer..? Any ideas/suggestions/guidance/resolutions welcomed. Thanks.
George was I/Me/Mine too.
Quick Harrison anecdote: A gal I went to high school with in the early 70s made it her mission to meet all the Beatles. Met Ringo, peace & love, Lennon was very kind, and she hit it off with McCartney (she had a pic as proof it wasn’t a “fishing” story). She goes to meet Harrison, I assume at Hyde Park, and it was “SLAM!!!”
You can’t always get what you want...
dodgemck & the rip
sometimes rip to hard drive as wav file works, then rip the wav file to mp3.
sometimes I think software converter clashes with rip data off cd.
If you can't get help or it working,,,, PM me.
1974 - the good and the not so good
4 winds-yes, I played 2/22 and 2/23/74 recently, and agree-they would make excellent releases. The Dead at a real peak.
Deadvikes-that's fighting talk, asking people to consider what they think were lacklustre releases! Sticking with 1974-one of my favourite years-I would say 3/23/74 is a bit of a disappointment - Dicks Picks 24. It's come out on vinyl, too, so it must be highly rated-but its my least favourite of all the 1974 shows I've got. It was the first "Wall of Sound" show, I think. But as far as 1974 was concerned-like they used to say after episode one of Batman in the 60s-"The best is yet to come!"
I'm all for releases from under-represented years. I like the '79 release, and the 80's ones are interesting, if not my favs.
And count me as one person who thinks the October Winterland '74 shows are overrated - or more specifically, inconsistent. So many other shows/runs from '74 far surpass it, IMO. I think it gets hyped duet to the "last shows?" retirement chatter and movie affiliation. The video tracks from the Movie box set are good, not great, overall.
And just keeping score... I've now received six (6) e-mails from dead.net saying "That GD item is going fast!", prompting me to buy DaP 37, which has now been sold out for 4 weeks. (cue eye-roll....)
And now add an absolutely…
And now add an absolutely pristine sounding high time, also from 9/25/80. That shows got to be coming our way one way or another.
Ripping CD to computer
Cheers Dennis. Will give that a go. Thanks!
GDM will now publish textbooks
"Railroads will soon span the nation!"
(I borrowed that quip from a sitcom, but it rings true)
Been busy.. Lots of good stuff here
Playing a bit of ketchup
PGHAS1 - I am pretty sure I listened to that version of High Time on SiriusXM today on a long drive to and from... it even sucks to travel by car in the life and times of covid.. thank God for the Grateful Dead Channel and High Time(s).
Lackluster '74. Blasphemy I say, Smithers.. release the hounds! (kidding of course)
1974, The Good The Bad and the Ugly: Funny.. I had a similar early impression of 3/24 but the last time I listened to it.. it grabbed me. Was it the weed? Naa.. I was just naturally in the mood and attentive. Well, maybe it was the weed.
Lions, Tigers and Beetles, oh my! Harrison is perhaps my favorite Beatle too, but.. well, a contributing factor might be that he was slotted inadequate song writing space per album - band politics. It's really hard for me ignore the power of their collective song writing body of work. Has anyone out there listened to each Beatles album sequentially? The amount of growth between albums can be startling at times.. these guys could write music, George included. I think I like him most primarily because he was the underdog and had to fight for album time (I think this is correct??).. He was also a great song writer and a very talented and underrated guitarist. ..but how can you ignore the 800 lb. insect in the room that was Lennon/McCartney. Like I said, collectively they were incredible writers of music, including Harrison.
Hatchets and Glass.. I am a sucker for certain things GD. I love my probably 20 year old Morning Brew coffee mug, I like the stoneware mugs too.. the music of course. I can look at some of this as marketing hyperbolcrap and dismiss it.. but when the Workingman's Hatchet came out, I saw it for what it was.. cool as shit, and after some thought.. I manufactured some slack assed justification for the expense and got one just before it sold out. I got the DaP glass too, but it just arrived, haven't opened it yet. Yes, a sucker.. it's nothing I need, but I can say in complete honesty that no one has tried to break into my house or rape my wife and children since the hatchet arrived. Coincidence, I think not.. that thing is bad ass.
Lackluster releases? Certain ones don't speak to me (just a few), but like others have discussed sometimes it takes some time to resonate. Most of these releases have at least one segment that either completely kicks ass or has a moment that evokes a personal emotional response. Much of this music speaks to me, those pieces that either make time stand still or move at the speed of light sometimes simultaneously. If there is one 'moment' just one moment on one of these releases, it's worth the price of admission to me.
As for Feb Winterland '74, I am still scratching my head as to why they did not give this the Box Set Treatment.
Swinging an axe, splittin' the firewood, all to "Easy Wind" in my head? Currently the #1 requested dissertation topic at the Department of Psychology, Harvard. Even the nations top shrinks are concerned about this dangerous mindset.
Grateful Dead Warfield Theatre 1980
12/3/79 lackluster? nah
I am listening to disc one at the moment, and it is crackling with energy.
My lightnin', too!
thank you BTK!
eat that backstage cream cheese only if you aren't busy for the next month (borrowed from a film)
Hey sorry Bluecrow. Just one man's opinion. I always thought there were better shows to choose from. But, you were there! What did you think you that Terrapin Station?
I always felt 12/28/79, RT3.1 was so good, so my expectations were really high for #31.
Hey, but I also think Dick's Picks #24 is great.
And if they ever released the full October 74 Winterland run with video, it would take the site down, similar to the day they released GSTL.
DeadVikes - no problema, really just joshing. i do think it's really strong show, but of course I carry my having-been-there-and-enjoyed-it perspective into that. for sure, some releases don't click with me right off, and some subsequent listen, maybe years later, in the right frame of mind and its like oh yeah now i get it, this is amazing . . . . and admittedly there's still a "couple" of releases that i still haven't found that spot yet. hopefully there's a listen in your not to distant future that has you "there" in the Uptown. I was streaming a good part of it on relisten today (don't have discs with me) and it sounded really sweet. so I had a great time but clear memories are few and my "listening" was not all that refined compared to later years and especially to now. Somewhere in my vault are scrawled notes from that night (many years since I've seen them, hope I still have them). I seem to remember having written TERRAPIN!!! several times with the exclamation marks etc and no doubt the whistle was screaming. A brother had scored the ticket and went with him and his buddies. We took the L (elevated train) to and from the show, it runs right by the Uptown, and remember a lot of happy dead heads singing loud in chorus (Shakedown Street?) on the way back north! the killer Shakedown came night 3.
edit/addendum: been awhile since I listened to RT3.1. but yeah I remember that the Terrapin > Playing, especially the jam into drums was super cool. One thing that might make a small difference is that I think 12/3 is a Healy cassette and the late December Oakland run are Betty reels maybe? I don't mind dipping into a matrix and there's a nice Usborne matrix of 12/3 that I think brings some added atmosphere to the show.
Drive My Car, indeed...
Harrison played with economy and supremely tasteful note choice. He did not, "wail." The lads enlisted one Eric Clapton to burn all over "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," because George's guitar usually "Made Concise Statements From The Corner."
Sorry, George, Something and Here Comes The Sun are brilliant and so was All Things Must Pass, but you're a thin third over Ringo after John and Paul.
John was the Alpha, the Elvis of the group as the boys duly admitted.
Paul was the most musical, the most accessible and the most melodic. Wings is fucking awesome.
I love Ringo, as well. Recently saw "The Spy Who Loved Me" for the millionth time. Barbara Bach? My God.
Will never be another bunch like them. Can't wait for the Peter Jackson!!
One of my college roommates...
was a Beatles freak
If hez still alive, he'll be ecstatic over this
Don't forget to get Your Swing On today, one of the many fantastic reasons to celebrate a GD anniversary.
This is one of my all-time favorite Dave's Picks, so glad it got the full treatment. I am extremely partial to the Eyes > Dancin', but this whole thing is a Monster. I recall getting this tape back at the start of my junior year at UVM; it was late August and I was building a wooden platform in my bedroom (nay, it was literally the old kitchen pantry that was somehow converted into the smallest excuse for a bedroom as possible)...and I distinctly recall this Music Never Stopped come on, and I was totally enveloped in Keith's pie-aner as he comes in an out during that closing jam. I just remember standing there jaw agape as the climax kept on building up to the payoff on that one. Funny how one can expertly recall these seemingly miniscule moments of our lives from decades past yet I struggle to recall what I had for dinner last night.
Happy Friday Deadfreaks and Keep On Choppin'!
Hang on a minute...
That loop of "Easy Wind" is playing in MY head. Ya know, the place where Pigpen lives.
Just watched Festival Express again last night. It's a loving tribute to Janis. And Richard Manuel. RIP. What incredible musicians. And for a cat like Buddy Guy to get on that train? Either he had no idea or he had a very good idea...
Might As Well Travel The Elegant Way
HendrixFreak, Festival Express was such an eye opener - what an amazing moment in history that was. Gives me appreciation for 'Might As Well' beyond face value, I probably would have wanted to write a song to emblazon that event into history as well...although not so eloquently is my assumption.
9/25/80 and Swinging at the Swing
9/25/80: I am not seeing High Time on the setlist for this date. No Let It Grow either; wasn't that another one you heard PGHAS1? By the way, I am not trying to pick on you, I really love 1980 and so want there to be more multi-tracks to come down the road so I am following your comments with interest.
Swinging into Dancin: Love the Eyes into Dancin transition too - right down to the well timed audience whistle when they fully break into it. I think Keith is the MVP of that particular moment. I was reminded of how good that transition is when listening to the Scarlet into Dancin transition of this latest release. I hoped for much more Swingishness for that one but alas it is more of a shut it down and regroup kind of transition despite Bob's hinting at the licks earlier in the Scarlet jam.
Anyone else still waiting…
Anyone else still waiting for this? Still haven't received it. Live in LA County
Youre' right - the first cut I heard was Jack Straw and Sirius definitely had it labeled as 9/25/80 and it was played that night, but neither Let It Grow nor High Time were and they were also both labeled that way. My guess is Sirius just mislabeled the cuts and they are actually those Dead Set bonus tracks. Oh well, a guy can dream.
Dead and Company
I was thinking about downloading a Dead and Company show. Anybody familiar enough with their catalog to suggest one show over another?
I would think you should have it by now. I'd begin the process of trying to figure out what happed to yours. They need to offer lojack protection on these things....
So it's MaryE, Doc Rhino or Customer Service. Sending good vibes and good luck your way.
re: Dead & Co
I'll bite....hard to resist offering one of the best I've seen at Fenway Park in 2017, just a killer second set:
Also this show from Sunrise, FL was really good too:
There are others, but those might be a decent start!
My favorite show openers
#1. Cryptical Envelopment 3/1/69 Fillmore West. # 2 Casey Jones. 2/14/70. Fillmore East. # 3. Easy Wind. 9/30/70. KQED Studios
If I recall correctly....
Robert Hunter did not go on the Festival Express, he just wrote cool song lyrics about it for Jer to sing.
Considering that every on-camera interviewee assured the viewer that "no one slept" on that one-week ride, it amazes me that the bands played so well. Janis and Richard M's performances stuck in my mind, but now I recall -- I did over-prepare just a tad -- great performances by Jer and Pigpen as well. Then there is the curious scene where Jer is trotted out to "say something" to the hordes demanding free admittance to one of the shows. He musta been mighty uncomfortable in that role, but he basically says the musicians are there to play and create something groovy and he hopes the people can dig it. But lots of late '60s, early '70s arguing over ... whether this, that or something else is righteous enough, etc. -- perhaps the slightly immature side of white youth culture emerging at that time. A level of earnestness, perhaps, that exceeds sophistication. Then there's John Dawson of the New Riders looking like the cat who ate the canary, sitting next to Janis, who he was boffing on that trip. Oh! And Rick Danko, drunk off his ass, singing "Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos," mostly to Janis. And a clip of The Band doing a song. That flick is packed with great scenes.
Meanwhile, waiting for Dave to announce this year's fall '72 box and 10-21-68 on CD for RSD. If I've said it once, I've said it (at least) a thousand times. The fact that I'm completely unmoored from reality should surprise no one.
Tonight? TGIF, along with fresh produce, powerful stout and video of Jimi doing two sets at Maui. Oh yeah. Hendrixfreak is my name and being a Hendrix freak is my game!
Great show opener
Very timely...Terrapin Station on 2/26/77 is perfect.
Just a Swinging
I’m on it, sound quality is grate.
Maybe not the best Terrapin, but the best 'Lady with a Fan' to my ears. Love that subtle twang. And what an invocation for a wonderful show.
So Far has the runner up.
Any other time GD played Lady without the Terrapin? I dunno.
Or is it, "Beatle-esque?"
Electric Light Orchestra.
I love ELO. Grew up on it on 1970's am radio in the car.
Jeff Lynne's melodies are the closest thing to the Beatles this side of Abbey Road.
Top 5 ELO songs:
Turn To Stone
Sweet Talkin' Woman
Don't Bring Me Down
....saw them in Cal Expo '89 when they opened with a Saturday Night. That was pretty cool.
I always liked Feel Like a Stranger. It has that "when is the lysergic going to kick in" feel to it.
Bertha, Jack Straw, Cold Rain and Snow are fun. Let the Good Times Roll worked most of the time. Can't imagine them opening with Morning Dew in the modern era, wonder when they did that last? Lots of great openers, I am sure I left off a great many.
The most fun opener I ever got to see was Casey Jones. They only opened up with this once post hiatus. Man was that fun and rockin'.
....what if they opened with a Miracle?
Casey Jones Opener
Nice Jim, you were at 10/2/77. Sweet, that is my favorite Casey Jones, just rocks.
And I think it was an extended version
due to Jerry missing the lyrics. Great show and I hope it gets released at some point. Part of the returned Rex/Betty's.
Jim was stealing cigarettes in 77....
....I believe it was 6.26.84.
Check out 5/22/77, Pembroke Pines. Jerry goes from Wharf Rat into Terrapin sans Lady with a Fan. The full show is really good.
....need more Cumberland openers.
I found 1.24.70, 2.2.70, 2.6.70.
Need a Make Good Money Five Dollars A Day boxxxx.
Week long Car Ride
Ever since the Cars were brought up I've been visiting YouTube daily. As hot as the first album was, I think Let's Go and It's All I Can Do are my two favorites.
Here are a couple versions of Let's Go. The first one is from 2011 after Benjamin died, with Ric doing a great job on vocals. And are those dueling SGs?? I think so.
2nd one is from '79 I believe, with Benjamin in his prime.
On the Dead side, I've barely listened to anything other than this April release from Dave's Picks 37. Dave really rounded it off nicely with the bonus tracks. I must have 20 complete listens in.
Anyone other than me still not received their copy?
I’ve been in contact with customer service. They swear they delivered it to the post office. The post office swears they’ve never received it. If this keeps up I’ll be the one swearing.
Morning Dew opener
I saw the Dead open the 2nd set with Morning Dew, at the Greek on 6/14/85, I don't think they did that a whole lot in the post retirement era. This show would make a great release, and should certainly be part of a Greek Box set. I hope they have the tapes for the 1981 shows at the Greek in the vault, and they were not lost or erased.
Help On The Way
I like Help On The Way-Slipknot-Franklins as an opening - it worked well in that slot, and seemed the harbinger of good things to come. I'm not sure how common it was - but two that come immediately to mind are 5/9/77 and 10/31/90. I was at the latter show, which may be why I like it here, there or everywhere.
Oh yeah, caught a H>S>F>TMNS opener
Closest I ever got at a small venue, maybe fifth row, a little to the right. We'd been awaiting the band's return to performing and bam! We got it. And there's a second set opening, Might As Well, speakinig of Festival Express.
Capitol Theater - Passaic, NJ
Help On The Way
The Music Never Stopped
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Playin' In The Band
Might As Well
Samson And Delilah
Let It Grow
Let It Grow
Dancin' In The Streets
Around And Around
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
One More Saturday Night
Not Fade Away
Grateful Dead 2/27/69. Fillmore West
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8XS_1f9nRtA. 52 years ago today the Dead started this historic run of shows. The Dark Star is my favorite Dark Star. This run of shows has to be considered one of the best runs of Dead shows of alltime. I can listen to these shows and never get tired of them. Hopefully, 3/1/69 will come out on vinyl soon.