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Grateful Dead: Dave's Pick's Vol. 19: Honolulu, Hawaii, 1/23/70

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Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux has done yeoman's work to distinguish his archival series of recordings from that of his esteemed predecessor Dick Latvala and Vol. 19 is no exception . But this edition of Dave's Picks, from Honolulu, Hawaii in January of 1970, has much in common with a release from Dick's Picks, while simultaneously setting itself apart from those which preceded it (except for the fact it too sold through its limited run). The most significant ...

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Grateful Dead ‎– Dave's Picks Volume 18: Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco 7/17/76

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The Grateful Dead exhibit the positive effects of their self-imposed 1975 hiatus on Dave's Picks Volume 18 and its accompanying bonus disc recorded at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Of course, the quietly relaxed approach to the setlist, and the choices thereon, might well be signaled by the opening of Chuck Berry's “Promised Land"--the band played his material when they already felt REALLY good or were anxiously trying to--and the first set closing of “Johnny B. Goode."

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Grateful Dead: Red Rocks 7/8/78

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As much of a bonafide treasure trove is the existing Grateful Dead vault as maintained by David Lemieux, Nicholas Meriweather and their team(s), there are some holes where the aforementioned archivists are constantly in the process of filling with research and negotiations to uncover and regain ownership of items not already ensconced in their rightful location. The source of this recording, the so-called 'Betty Boards' (so named for Dead sound engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson), is just such content. The ...

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Dick's Pick's Volume One: Tampa, Florida 12/19/73

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Concluding a reissue program begun in 2011, the Real Gone Music release of Grateful Dead Dick's Picks Volume One brings fitting perspective to a series that, in more ways than one, created a template for archiving an artist's work. And in an unusual approach that is peculiarly appropriate to the mindset of the iconoclastic band and its followers, to begin at the end of the thirty-six volumes and end with the beginning, informs the individual titles and the sequence as ...

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies 5-11-2016

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Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies: Sullivan Stadium, July 2, 1989 Palace 9 Cinemas South Burlington, VT May 11, 2016 The sixth annual Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies constitutes the third 're-run' of a sort within the series. The previous five yearly film showings of the iconic band traversed their fifty-year history, finding them in locales as divergent as a German television studio, the grounds of Ken Kesey's creamery in ...

BOOK REVIEWS

No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

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No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead Peter Richardson 384 Pages ISBN: # 1250010624 St. Martin's Press 2015 The declarative tone Peter Richardson adopts and maintains throughout No Simple Highway renders his depiction of the evolution of the Grateful Dead seem like nothing less than destiny. In fact, the way this erudite writer follows the evolution of the band, it's as if any story of modern American culture would be ...

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Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Volume 17 - Selland Arena, Fresno, CA 7/19/1974

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The debate is ongoing and will certainly remain so, but with each Grateful Dead archive release from the “Wall of Sound" era, the 1973-4 phase of the iconic band's history rises further in prestige. And it should hardly be surprising, given that the impeccable sound translates through recording and Jeffrey Norman's remastering. On this title, that uncanny clarity allowed the group to play at an elevated level precisely because they could hear themselves so well, individually and collectively.

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Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks Volume Two: Columbus, Ohio 10/31/1971

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As Real Gone Music winds down its the four-year long reissue campaign devoted to the Grateful Dead's 'Dick's Picks' o the label presents one of the most distinctive titles in the archive series. recorded on Halloween night in 1971 at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. In a single cd, the only one of its kind the late Latvala curated, the album consists of the second set of the concert, comprising of a remarkable cross section of material culled from ...


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