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.
*Re/ 2021 Releases & More RSD 2021
Thanks, THAT MIKE! Yes, very much agreed. I owned many of his albums on CD, but the CDs have long since deteriorated and my mp3 backup copies were mostly lost in computer crashes. Live 1990 is great, love hearing his Box of Rain in particular.
Other magical moments that come to mind, but certainly not all of them:
Tiger Rose - "Cruel White Water" and "Yellow Moon" (not to be confused with the Neville Brothers tune, which is also great)
Liberty - personally I dig "The Song Goes On," full of references to Krazy Kat & Ignatz, a great old comic strip, and "Come and Get It"
Rock Columbia - IMO every track on this album is stellar. "Eva," "Aim at the Heart," "What'll You Raise," and "Who , Baby, Who?" are probably my favorites from this batch but like I said they're all great.
Paris 5/3/72 and JGB "30th anniversary" release. Also of note, Jefferson Airplane "Acid, Incense and Balloons"...the cover is a trip, literally(100+ of them actually)
Curious choice? I like every show on this tour, but some I have no memory of - and 5/3 is one of those. The Dark Star from 5/4 came out on vinyl on few years ago, so it makes a companion piece.
I never got many Robert Hunter albums, so I would welcome a reissue programme for them. I used to play Tales of the Great Rum Runners a lot in the vinyl days, and I had one called Liberty on vinyl too. Apart from those, and Armagellan Street on cd thats it.
Just got an email from Real Gone Music
Hmmm . . . Utepils Springbok . . . Summit Oatmeal Stout . . . seems like it should be American beer, at least today . . . ?
....like i need an excuse.
That was sweet, especially dug the sax!
Isn’t that every day?
Working on a 16oz Bell’s Oberon.
Interesting that the GD announcement of RSD, and the Rhino website, says 10000 copies, whereas the RSD drop list says 6700.
3300 being sent directly to internet resellers?
April 7th, 1972, Wembley Empire Pool, London, England. Ah, my favorite part of the year. The kickoff date for the anniversary of the E72 tour. Every year I set out to listen to each show on it's anniversary date....and every year I go off the rails around Hamburg or Paris. Well, I got it down the first year since acquiring all the shows...
Some of the best banter ever on this tour:
Bobby: "Begging your indulgence, we're going to play on with another tune that's uh.......What the fuck are we doing?"
Jerry: "What indeed...."
Or there's Jerry when the acid kicked in: " look that guy's got a trailer!"
Good stuff. Great kick-off with Greatest Story Ever Told. Possibly my favorite of the tour. I really like done is half-scream on the "cool clear water well you can't ever tell" verse. Sometimes you got it once in the song sometimes twice. On this one you got it twice.
I really like the 8 minute part two of The Other One into Wharf Rat. I consider these this tour's 5 Wharf Rats my favorites ever. Dig Donna, but prefer Wharf Rat pre-hiatus when she doesn't sing on it.
when the acid kicked in
Anybody ever shoot hoops "While electric?" :-)
It has been eons for me.
But we used to do so while playing softball..we’d get a keg and go to the little league fields on like a Sunday when no one was there.
4-5 people on each side spread across a big grass area, tossing 4-5 frisbees at the same time. The trick is to get all the frisbees on one side, then throw them all at the same time at one person.
....hiking. And roller coasters.
50 years ago today…..
April 8, 1971
Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
Set 1: Truckin'-Bertha-Next Time You See Me-Playing In The Band-Loser-Beat It On Down The Line-Second That Emotion-Sugar Magnolia-China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider-Casey Jones
Set 2: Dark Star>St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>Not Fade Away-Sing Me Back Home-Cumberland Blues-Greatest Story Ever Told>Johnny B. Goode
Encore: Good Lovin'
O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars……
Here the Dead treat the faithful in Boston to a fine, and in historical hindsight, very underrated show. Both sets start high. Mix with minimal amounts of grease and absolutely no country-Weir-and-western, throw in some Garcia-soul, rock and roll, and jamming and voila!!! Quirky April 1971 gooey goodness!!!
Interesting and unusual positioning of both the Dark Star and the Good Lovin’. And, pray tell, where did Second That Emotion come from?
Please, my friends, check it out!! You won’t regret it!!
Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship…..
Nobody can beat Dock Ellis for sports accomplishments while dosed. Pitching a perfect game is one for the books. How he even saw home plate 60’+ away still amazes...
“Ellis D”, indeed.
That Doc Ellis feat is one to behold. I watched a documentary on that incident a few years back and was blown away. I could see how he could've honed in on home plate to atomic proportions given his headspace. That accomplishment is definitely one for The Books.
KeithFan, always awesome to be on the receiving end of your giddy Europe '72 shout outs; you provide the timbers to fuel that fire in my head and I go seeking the gems that haven't had ears on them in some time.
This goes for Doc, too, the '71 offerings are a continued treat. I've realized I need to check out today's droppage too.
Be Well People!
P.S. When the psychedelics kick-in, play GD - LOUD!
Back in the 80's I had a job polishing the tops of airplanes. After a number of weekday shows I went from show to work. It's quite an experience walking on top of a 747, dc8 etc while sparking
In another lifetime, in a galaxy far far away, certain individuals were known to indulge in a little “magic coffee” before skiing. (The recipe for magic coffee: take one thermos of coffee, add 1-2 purple microdots, shake vigorously. Serves 2-4.) Benefits of magic coffee included increased energy and improved ability to “trust your body.” Side effects included pink or purple snow and uncontrollable giggling.
As a side note, I only ever played music twice while, uh, feeling cosmic. The first time, I felt like Jimi Hendrix. All I had to do was think a musical thought, and the notes went flying effortlessly out into the universe as I, a mere spectator, stood in slack jawed wonder at the spectacularly cool shit coming outta my amp. The second time, I couldn’t get in tune, my hands felt like oven mitts, couldn’t remember any of the songs, and couldn’t wait for it to be over. So there was no third time. (Yet.)
....kudos to the Boyz for mastering that feat. And here we are.
....better pack my party favors.
Phishs summer tour is still up and running. I got my second shot yesterday.
Gonna check on Ween. Still have my 3.19.20 unused tix.
Mary Jane; (the ski area added to Winter Park, not the herb) First chair to last chair of the day. At least 23 runs as I recall. Couldn't conceive of eating on the lunch break. Needlepoint mescaline gave incredible focus and boundless energy. My only experience with that. Moguls on long skis with 6" of fresh. Great fun with the Park St. crew. Cheers mates!
Does Trap shooting while tripping count as sport? Best score I ever had. Clay pigeons had tracers...couldn't miss.
Also, and maybe some of you have done this, jumping off the rocks at Ric's Cafe in Negril after downing some of Miss Brown's special tea.
Saw your call out - always nice to hear from you man. I hope it's all good in Sixstusville.
Vguy - you spoke what I've often wondered - how on earth they kept it together tripping onstage. I also wonder how they procured while overseas during E72 tour. I guess that was Cutler's job.
Dead Storm Britain! 4/8/72. Lotta energy from Jerry on this one. Lots of fills between chords and solos. I guess I would say it's aggressive playing in general. Aggressive for Jerry anyway. He's always working on this one. I noticed it in Bertha a while back, and I've always dug some cool stuff he does in this Good Lovin'. Yesterday's run through made me realize he's doing it in just about every song. Tennessee Jed - smokin' solo.
Bobby: "We're going to start this set off once again just like last night with a song that rose straight to the top of charts in Turlock, California. This was number one, Numero Uno...."
Jerry (laughing): "That's just like you did last night man!"
50 years ago today……
April 10, 1971
Mayser Gymnasium, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster Pennsylvania
Set 1: Casey Jones-Me And Bobby McGee-Next Time You See Me-Loser-Beat It On Down The Line-Hard To Handle-Bertha-Playing In The Band-Deal-Good Lovin'
Set 2: Truckin'-Sing Me Back Home-Me And My Uncle-China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider-Cumberland Blues-Sugar Magnolia-Midnight Hour-Uncle John’s Band
If there must be “standard” or (heaven forbid, lol) “average” April 1971 shows, let it be like this.
For many, this show “suffers” for lack of a big jam. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, can’t we all just enjoy some well played rock and roll Dead? As previously, both sets start high, the grease and country/western is back, you get a rare Good Lovin’ to close the first set, and a rarer still Midnight Hour. What’s not to like---or even love---about all that???
Unknown, unheralded, gathering only the faintest of whispers from 1971 aficionados, lost in the glare of what came after, yet still worth a listen!!
Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind
An interesting set list, Doc, and as always, you provide a great synopsis. I’ve had the NRPS in rotation lately, so this set list (with the “country/Weir” as you like to say) compliments that nicely.
.... and a Midnight Hour. Already a decent show in my book.
The Grateful Dead could play concerts high on LSD because they practiced high on LSD.
I seem to remember reading that Jerry once said that one of the pleasures of playing the acid tests was having the freedom not to play if he didn't feel like it. Maybe after 1966 they took lower doses to avoid feeling they had to play music when they felt too high to do so. Pure conjecture, of course.
Is there a SBD recording of 4/29/77? Possibly a primo Charlie Miller remaster? If so, could one of you kind heads point me in the right direction? Shoring up the few remaining gaps in my collection.
I don't have a soundboard of this show and I am not seeing one on the Archive. It could be this one either doesn't exist or doesn't circulate for some reason.
I've searched high and low for a soundboard of this one. Not so much because I need another 1977 show, but I've been wanting a good copy of the last remaining Help / Slip / Franklin from 1977. They only played it seven times that year, and the Slipknots were really really good.
...A Touch of Grey & Built To Last come to my mind as I sit here writing with a saddened with a wounded heart & Spirit my 91 Year Old Aunt Passed thru the Pearly gates yesterday night. She will be truly missed by a very large family that extends into the history of the Grateful Dead believe it or not. I’m writing a book for quit some time and she plays a huge part & character from the past with a guest list of entertainers artists musicians any part of the arts consider it done snd has passed thru her stories and history. Her name , she was known most as Tiger-lily, she cast a vast spider like web in the NYC Lower east side arts section & more as the times scenes changed she never seemed to let go! May she Rest In Peace! Man, I have hundreds of stories I could share, I bet everyone here would just Smile smile smile!
Here’s to my Aunt , May she dance together forever with her greatest lover, her late Husband! Love is real not fade away!...Have a grateful weekend everyone, peace be with you all, be safe be kind! 🙏❤️💀🌹
I see 3 songs tagged on to the end of the disc 3 from that date. Assume there's a SB somewhere. ("Sugaree" - 14:18, "Scarlet Begonias" - 9:45, "Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad"- 10:17)
I have the mp3 played on Taper's Section. It's 192 Kbps only though.
I, too, have not been able to find quality recordings of these shows, except for the Download Series #1 from 4/30. And that's a good one. I recall not seeing any tapers at my first show on 5/1, although there is a mid quality recording out there, probably from the balcony. My guess is that taping was verboten for this run. Somebody mentioned a wish for a Palladium Box not too long ago...YES PLEASE!
The Sugaree, Scarlet, and GDTRFB are the bonus tracks, and they are from 4/29.
....but the search goes on.
Imagine if they are actually in the vault, and we were all taken for a ride and they unleash them.
I like to take that ride just one more time.
Right on. That's my primary motivation for finding it as well. Blues For Allah was my first Dead album, and remains my favorite studio recording. Any performance of H>S>F that I can lay hands and ears on, I will. That's why I was stoked when 9/28/75 made official release. Thanks again for that one, btw.
I have a fairly good copy I downloaded years ago (over15) from the archive. Not sure of it's origins since I didn't make any notes on who remastered it. I do know that I most of my downloads were CM remasters, also If you look Charlie was on a roll remastering that
Was reading about searches for 4/29/77.
SBD does not currently circulate.
That being said, DL has played a number of tracks on Taper's Section in addition to the 3 tracks released on Download Series as follows:
Set 1 - Taper's Section tracks:
1. Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
2. New Minglewood Blues
Set 2 - Taper's Section tracks:
1. Samson & Delilah, Sugaree > El Paso, Brown Eyed Women
2. Scarlet Begonias > GDTRFB (Download Series Volume 1 Filler)
3. Drums > The Wheel > Wharf Rat > Around n Around, Uncle John's Band
Them there are the SBD tracks I've been able to track down.
LMK if anybody has any of the other missing tracks.
You've got 5 songs missing from end of Set 1 and Estimated & Drums missing from Set 2.
There's an audience tape that includes those tracks in circulation.
Hope that helps somebody find some music they want to hear :)
Anyone who thinks they expand or open doors to being a better artist is...ah...on drugs
I'm not as think as you stoned I am.
50 years ago today…..
April 12, 1971
Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Set 1: Cold Rain And Snow-Me And My Uncle-Bertha-Next Time You See Me-Playing In The Band-Loser-Cumberland Blues-Hard To Handle-Greatest Story Ever Told>Johnny B. Goode
Set 2: Truckin'>drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat-Me And Bobby McGee-Casey Jones-Sugar Magnolia-Deal-Not Fade Away>Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>Turn On Your Love Light
A very solid show that one rarely, if ever, hears about. Why is that? Because it was Pittsburgh?
Truth be told, the folks in the steel city got a real treat and seriously good show that night. Hard rockin’ mix of rock & roll, grease, and Bobby. Big jam to open the second set and a Lovelight in the classic show-closing position.
Underrated and worthy of your consideration!
I have turned lots of people on to this show, no complaints so far!!
Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody….
For better and worse, some drugs seem to transform people into more extreme versions of what they already are.