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.
Believe those AL speakers were powered by a pair of Macintosh tube amps... this was at Chip's (parents) Bethesda MD house, he converted his attic room into a listening space. Thinking about it, seem to recall he was bi- or tri- amping those speakers... they had 15" woofers. Audiophile, an amazing system for the time. Few high school kids had equipment or parents that would allow serious volume at home. For a while, Are You Experienced seemed to create the before and after, who knew anyone could play like that. Next bulletin from how to make a guitar do anything you ever wanted was Jeff Beck's "Truth", 1968. Thanks for posting a link to Phil's birthday treat, Unbroken Chain, very sweet.
...that Grateful Dead item is going fast!
Hey 1stshow70878 - The guy with the neon tape stripes on his guitar is Tom Hamilton from Joe Russo's Almost Dead. Joe Russo is the drummer staring into the camera. If you have not seen "Joe Russo's Almost Dead" or JRAD, it's closest to the wow factor of seeing live Dead probably since Phil and Friends of the late 90's. They really go off than any of the other bands since Jerry's passing. They do a ripping Catfish John and their other guitar player is very good too. I almost didn't recognize Tom with the grizzly beard, but I did recognize his guitar. The guy with the Teal SG is Jackie Greene who did the simultaneous singing/playing with that side by side double zoom session. Mike Gordon from Phish was on bass. Grahame Lesh (Phil's son) is the singer /guitarist that starts off and David Crosby's son Jason is the singer (almost looks and sounds like him). The other guitarist that starts the song with Lesh's son is Ross James with the light blue Strat looking guitar. Stanley Jordan is the guitarist using both hands on the frets. Holly Bowling played the baby grand piano. She does both Phish and Grateful Dead tunes and is a very talented pianist. Karl Denson is on flute. I am not familiar with the other musicians but boy is that an impressive rendition. I think I've listened to it 10 times. I'm going to give a listen on headphones, hopefully it's mixed well.
Wow Blueskye what a moving article/video. Makes me want to get a mylar balloon filled with helium and give it a go. I was always impressed when I think it was Dead & Co had space for the visual impaired to enjoy the shows.
What's 50% on Fremont Street like? Don't think I'll be visiting this year. Hoping May 2022!
....probably not as hopping as when we were there, but its a slow, cautious climb. We added a new hotel though in that neck of the woods. The Circa. Google their amazeballs sports book.. My first shot is tomorrow. EXACTLY one year to the day that Sin City was forced to shut down.
I also concur with the JRAD assessment.
This 2/14 version never amounted to anything special in my play list. To me it suffered through the gongs like most 1970 Dark Stars, but didn't have anything "special" about it. That was after 15 or 20 plays since it came out on Long Strange Trip.
Tonight was like the first time ever hearing it. This one has some face melting moments. I'm still not crazy about gong time but isn't it great how a Dead performance can be like catching a good wave!
50 years ago today……………..
March 17, 1971
Fox Theater, St. Louis, Missouri
Information about this show is a bit sketchy. According to setlists.net, Me & Bobby McGee and Lovelight were played.
The following partial set list has been posted at jerrygarcia.com: Next Time You See Me-Me And Bobby McGee-Hard To Handle-Cryptical Envelopment >drums >The Other One >Cryptical Envelopment. If correct, a full CE/TOO/CE suite would have been unusual…….
According to first hand accounts, the show opened with Truckin’, Hard To Handle was played early in the first set, the show closed with NFA/GDTRFB/NFA and Johnny B Goode, and Lovelight was not played.
Next Time You See Me and Me & Bobby McGee were played on “Tapers Section” at dead.net in March 2007, at which time David Lemieux referenced reel cuts in Hard To Handle and The Other One. The sound quality was very good, but with tape hiss. And yes, Next Time You See Me rocks!
As somebody who “grew up” on bootleg tapes and got used to edits, flaws, and omissions in Dead recordings, I would be totally OK with it seeing the light of day eventually……….
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained
Proudfoot wants to know the year. I want to known how many discs, thus cost. The calculus is complex. If the year is 1968-1972, I no longer care about how many discs, because I'm buying it, while wishing it won't exceed 20 discs/$200. If it's 1976-1995, we'll have to know the exact year and dates, PLUS the number of discs to determine whether to purchase. At this point I'm being choosy on 76-78, but there's smokin' shows in 79-81 that I'd go for.
A word on mylar balloons someone just mentioned: please don't use these mobile bits of trash. I have been in some of the remotest and pristine parts of Colorado -- generally the high desert between 5,000 and 10,000 feet -- and seen a shiny object that turns out to be HAPPY [5th-100th] BIRTHDAY for whomever. Gotta stuff it in my pack and dispose of it properly. Those damn things show up in the least appropriate places. That and Bud Light cans on the backroads. When you're done with it, poke a hole and place it in the trash, please. This PSA brought to you by Get Off My Lawn Enterprises.....
It occurs to me that it was reported some time ago, about a new fulfillment center that took over Warner's and others shipment of products. Clearly, they seem to be answerable to no one, and feel as if customer service is an unnecessary evil. They seem to feel that since there is nowhere else to go, then "screw you" is their right as a response to any and all complaints.
I have spoken with the management of my local "Indie' record shop, and they have told me that getting Warner and related product is next to impossible. It kind of feels as if we have nowhere to turn, because I don't believe they care if we boycott or don't. I wish I was proposing a reasonable and viable solution, but alas, I do not have one.
Maybe this is part of the "grand plan" to eliminate cds altogether. When physical product disappears, then I am done collecting. I know I am old and out of touch, but I don't want to "own" something that I cannot see, hear, feel, and most importantly, read.
I know cd production will end sooner rather than later, I was just hoping that it could remain until I no longer exist. Sorry for the long rant, but I feel everyone's frustration, and I believe that we all have the "right" to feel this way.
Music is the best-I just hope it stays physical.
The world of art collecting is going digital. Last week some fool paid $millions for digital art.
Vinyl is back, cassette tapes are even being produced in limited quantities. I don’t think that CD’s are going away yet, there are too many of us lunatics who demand them.
Digital is the future, and what we are doing is paying for the digitization and remastering of the reels when we buy the CD’s. The digital files are stored and will be available as downloads at some point in a few decades. The ‘limited’ statement only refers to the current pressing and release of the batch of CD’s.
The downloads are inevitable, and will probably be hi-res, but most of us will probably be gone by then. So for now, order your CD’s and cross your fingers that they actually arrive, are undamaged, and are not defective.
For those who want downloads now, you must not be aware that Rhino isn’t actually competent enough to run a download service. It’s been proven over and over.
Dennis, did you ever get your Angel’s Share download?
And the 3rd-party warehouse incompetence has been going on for years.
Read what the employees say about Direct Shot (Franklin, IN).
Recall that before Gnarlywood your CD’s came from Franklin.
Before Franklin they came from outside of Nashville, and before that they came from Crozet.
It has only gotten worse with each warehouse/distributor change.
Yes I finally got it. I hate to say it but it was Marye who accomplished that feat for me. I only hate to say it, because, I not sure if Marye is actually a employee of ANYONE! I would hate to lumber Marye up with anymore work or speak of her like she's responsible for helping us fools. I always get the feeling (and no reason why), that Marye just has the ear of someone in the know and is kind enough to mention the blight of our troubles to them.
In any event, I got the download.
Thanks Marye, and if there are more in the background that helped,,, thanks to you too.
I agree with you 100% Mr Ones - when CDs are no longer available, my collecting days will be too. I’m currently having a problem with Warner/WEA for another artist, just horrible service. To throw me off the trail, they sent me an email last week with “Post Office Tracking”, product to be delivered on March 16. My dog could tell all they did was create an electronic label, never affixed it to the product and mailed it out. No response to any email. I wouldn’t care, but this, and other items I have were prepaid, and available no where else, otherwise I’d say forget it. Just drives you nuts because you are a fan, you’re an easy touch. How does their business model ever expect to “capture new business”, if they show such disdain for the folks that eagerly tap in their payment info? Sorry to beat the drum on this, but it is certainly not just this site, and Rhino. PS - They also threw me the “warehouse issues” line! Not even original. No green beer for them!
On a happier note, and in toast to St Paddy’s Day, an Irishman walks out of a bar...
when did an Irishman ever walk out of a bar?
I thought they crawled or rolled out
....so probably MC 275s?, damn dude, does he still have those? Those amps are like gold!
Bet that sheet sounded awesome?
A man after my own heart, big system with dedicated room!
Unusual enough in general, let alone back then as a kid.
And good/tolerant parents, that’s key. Like Bill Ks advice on becoming a musician “get good parents” proceeds to tell the story of his old man sticking up for him after a neighbor was beating on the side of the garage with a baseball bat while little Billy was trying to practice lol. PRICELESS! I know our folks probably didn’t understand the need for 2 15”JBL. a 12” JBL, and mid/tweeters (per side) running three way with McIntosh and/or Crown power in the basement, but God bless em they hardly ever complained. The band practices were even worse lol.
My cousin came over once in the winter, with all the windows closed etc, and he could hear the music 3 houses away and that it was 74 Dead lol.
LISTENING VIDEO: Wonder what ole deaf Bob L would be able to hear with that kind of SPL and his balloon? Cool article/story! That’s so amazing but makes sense about how hearing impaired folks can learn to hear like that.
Thanks for sharing.
Yes, I am also in agreement with Mr. Ones....I wouldn't buy anything I valued as a download. I have bought a few in my time - in fact most of them mysteriously disappeared when I changed internet provider last month. I had burned them on to cds, so I have still got the music - but they form the fag end of my collection.
In terms of anniversaries, today is the 30th since Dennis the Menace first appeared in The Beano. Chuck Berry might have had the licks - but Dennis had the attitude.
I’m sure it was just a mistype Dave Rock, but Dennis was 70 today. Amazingly, both the UK version and the US version were first published on the same day.
Many years ago, probably in the late 70’s, a friend was on Cape Clear ( an island off Ireland) sitting in the pub when he noticed it was getting late. He asked the owner when the pub closed. November, the owner replied.
Colin, excellent pub owner answer. That certainly cleared the way for a few more rounds, eh?
We were at a Dead show at Red Rocks in, oh, about 2004 -- you know, "The Dead." An older friend asked me, "What time did you get here?" I said, "1974." Yuk, yuk.
Vguy: Remember that redditt you linked to where someone demanded Lewiston, ME, 6 Sept '80? And DL said "OK"?
Taping Compendium II: Latvala told the editors that that tape isn't in the Vault. Okay! (And too bad, supposedly a very hot show.)
..everything included is from the same era! 🥸😉
Have a grateful evening my brother and sisters!
Take care & Rock On! As our Doc says you can never go wrong with anything from 1971! I have to Concur with my old friend, Doc!
Ciao’ amigos! 🙏❤️💀🌹
Has anyone of our gang here listen to the 1968 performance recordings included in the “Origins “ book set yet ?!
it sounds rrrreeeeeeeeeaalllyy good
The Spirits tell me it will be the complete recordings from the same era every note released in a boxset 5 shows on 14 discs.
No idea what happened to Chip and that equipment, thought just maybe he would hear that someone was calling him out here on dead.net. Found some Klipsch Cornwalls (1986) for sale nearby a few years ago, 15" woofers, horns for the mids and uppers, they still sound wonderful, ran DaP 37 through them this morning. The trip to youtube for Phil's Unbroken Chain started me down the Terrapin Family Band path, there is a gorgeous version of JJ Cales "Same Old Blues Again" here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL3IoRuS2YU&list=RDIYXBQ4rjgTk&index=2
Glad you got it.
Spinning 3-18-77 tonight since I have to watch hockey tomorrow night.
Bring on the announcement of the release of the Plangentized/Normanized 3-18,19,20-77 Box.
On the DaP36 board Z says that he/she received one of the DaP36 replacements, to go along with the original DaP36 that had been received.
A replacement had never been asked for.
I'm still empty handed. No Dave's 36 on the porch or in the box.
Not upset.. but the incompetence is sad. I feel sorry for them.
I really love this cosmic charlie and D.S.. thanks to a kind poster on this site.
50 years ago today…………….
March 18, 1971
Fox Theater, St. Louis, Missouri
Set 1: Casey Jones-Me And My Uncle-Big Boss Man-Bertha-Me And Bobby McGee-Loser-China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider-The Rub-Playing In The Band-Cumberland Blues
Set 2: Truckin'>The Other One>drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat-Sugar Magnolia-Greatest Story Ever Told>Johnny B. Goode-Not Fade Away>Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)>Feedback
Encore: Uncle John's Band
The Grateful Dead bring the thunder………..
What this show lacks in subtlety, it makes up for with sheer power. What I call “the sledgehammer approach”. Charging out of the gates with a Casey Jones opener (a relative rarity for 1971), the first set also includes a typical sweet early 71 China/Rider, a rare-in-71 version of The Rub (although this version is a bit disjointed), and another rare-in-71 occurrence---closing the set with a fine Cumberland Blues (although it doesn’t sound like that was originally their intent at the time). Set 2 is pretty much a non-stop rock and roll assault on our auditory neural pathways, climaxing with the very much unexpected Caution. Some people were scratching their heads when TPTB released this as part of the “Thirty Trips Around The Sun” box set, but to me it made sense. It is a fine show, very representative of the era, a show that very much stands on its own merits……………………..
I am a being of Heaven and Earth, of thunder and lightning, of rain and wind, of the galaxies…..
Colin - yes, when I typed 30th I meant 70th - thanks for pointing that out !
What?? You'll have to speak up..
(his lips are moving but nothing's coming out)
..and why are there plaster crumbles all over the carpet.
I ordered a bong from Hoss Glass on Monday (3/15),,,, it will be here Friday (3/19) via DHL.
Not sure how that worked out but I will have my new glass on my wedding anniversary! (only 38 years)
I've been buying a lot of Hoss Glass lately. I was concerned about comments from "The Wife". Last night I realized I could quash it with a single word if questioned on my need for yet another glass piece ,,,,,,,,,,, pocketbooks!
Go ahead honey, say something!
How about a standalone release that features:
- fall '66 show
- fall '67 show
- spring '68 show
- 10-21-68 show
5-6 discs, call it "Evolution."
Or, let me pose this question: If not this sort of thing, under what circumstances do TPTB conceive of the release of key early shows?
I mean, c'mon, they're holding back 3-18-67 and 10-21-68 and releasing 1987 shows?
Wow, here I am, yelling across the moat at "TPTB"!! Lordy we're getting closer to getting out into the backcountry, just as my behavior tanks.
Jim - Sorry to hear you were effected by the DaP36 snafu as well.
Mine arrived Monday via USPS in a small jewel-case-sized cardboard sleeve, inside a plastic mail bag. Was small enough to fit inside my apt. mailbox. There's a good chance it fits in your mailbox and wasn't left on the porch. Guessing it will arrive soon. Hope all's well!
Just got email from DHL,,, my glass will be delivered today!
From email purchase, packed, delivered Montreal to Plano in 4 days!!
Shouldn't all online purchase work that way?
10/13/68 would also make a nice stand alone release, or a great addition to a 1968 box set.
Give these men the keys to the vault.
One of my favorite 30 Trips Around the Sun years. The final feedback 50 years ago on this date.
"We're not men!"
Just a couple of Vault creeps with endless suggestions.................
All this talk about "equipment", for some relief, I love acoustic stuff and in this area of Vermont, house concerts happened most every winter weekend until this pandemic, like all of us, I dearly miss the live stuff. Hands down the best venue ever was a place known as The Abbey, now sold, up in northern New Hamster. Brenda ran a B&B at her home and next to her house, built an amazing art barn, the second floor was performance space for about 80-90 seats with a full kitchen in a side wing. Several times a year, she brought top flight acoustic music in, there was a large pot luck supper before hand for lucky folks on her list. We all felt very special just being there for joyful evenings, the quality of the food folks brought to share was amazing. The musicians usually came to eat before hand and sat with us, often a small afterparty and encore for those who stuck around. Perhaps the best single show there was Martin Hayes, solo. Never shy about nabbing a from row seat in this intimate space, all were good. We hung out afterwards with Martin, talking music, harmonics, pitch bends, he was the one who brought up Jimi Hendrix, not me. in honor of St. Pat's, here's a taste of his music with The Gloaming, link below. Lucky to see Chick Corea play with Christian McBride and Brian Blade at Dartmouth a few years ago, discovered him in high school, his album Now He Sings, Now He Sobs my intro. The great drummer Vinnie Colaiuta has a wonderful tribute to Chick up on YouTube. Here's Martin
the GD have a song which I just go "ugh" to:
"it appears that precipitation is heading our way"
there. all better now.
Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance
as far as "it appears that precipitation is heading our way" goes...ya gotta go pee somewtimes ya know...
....I may not have gotten pinched on St. Patricks Day, but i got poked! Hopefully, my stimulus is enough to buy that elusive Fillmore West '69 box!