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    Dick's Picks 35 (Grateful Dead content)

    Alway wondered why there were no soundboard tapes from that era... Now I know why!


    from GDStore.com
    Dick's Picks 35 is a 4 CD set featuring recently unearthed material from the August 1971 tour. The 8/7 show from San Diego is featured in its entirety, as well as all that could be recovered from the 8/24 show in Chicago, IL. Bonus tracks on disc 4 feature more than an hour of highlights from the 8/6 show at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA. Of course, the CD is mastered in HDCD. For setlist information, please click here.

    A Note About Dick's Pick 35: The Legend of the Houseboat Tapes:

    Although the Grateful Dead's vault is enormous and impressively full, the band certainly doesn't have a tape of every show it played; in fact, they don't even have a copy of every show they recorded. Tapes drifted off in a variety of ways - including Jerry Garcia handing them out. And therein lies the story of Dick's Picks 35.



    This spring, our archivist David Lemieux got a call from Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay. It seems that in the late summer of 1971, just before Keith Godchaux began rehearsals with the Dead, Garcia handed him a big box of tapes and said, "Here, this is our most recent tour. Learn our music." The irony was that Donna Jean doubts mightily Keith ever bothered to listen to them - he'd never listened to the Dead all that much before he auditioned, first with Garcia and then the rest of the band - he just had an uncanny innate facility for the music. In any case, he left the tapes on his parents' houseboat in Alameda, CA, and there they stayed. For almost 35 years.

    In the spring of 2005, Keith's brother Brian and son Zion were cleaning out the houseboat, found the tapes, and gave them to Donna, whose jaw dropped. One call to Lemieux later, and the Dead's long-lost missing tour from the summer of 1971 had resurfaced. Master tapes include April 28 and 29 at the Fillmore East (released as "Ladies and Gentlemen," which was mixed from the multi-track masters), the 7/31 Yale Bowl (alas, the reels were blank), a small piece of the second Hollywood Palladium show, the complete shows from Berkeley Community Theatre 8/14 & 8/15, and others. Dick's Pick #35 is the complete San Diego (8/7/71) show, all that was salvageable of the 8/24 Chicago show, and an hour-plus of the Hollywood Palladium (8/6), which is all that existed on the tapes.

    Not a soundboard-recorded note of that tour's music circulates among Dead Heads, so this is a truly remarkable find. How they survived 35 years in a watery environment simply proves, yet once again - if you needed convincing - that God smiles on the Grateful Dead.
    "Sometimes the rock n roll life is not all rainbows & fairy dust..." - Fake Jerry

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    Cool little story. I think that is on the purchase list. I like the piano sound. The Closest I got to that was Hornsby in the early 90's. Nice bit DMC. BTW the Greatful Dead movie is back on PBS I saw it Sunday night again.
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    Gotta love 1971. Pigpen could still sing and Garcia was on top. #35 should be a good one.

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    I'd like to hear some of that, but not sure I'd go in for a purchase of the whole set.

    What is it about the Grateful Dead? I was driving somewhere yesterday...hot and annoyed in my car. Flipping off other drivers. Irritated by life's many irritations. Then "Eyes of the World" came on the radio (not sure what concert it was from tho). By the time I got where I was going, I felt like a new woman. So relaxed and happy...joyful even.

    That's what it is about the Dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowspritect
    I'd Then "Eyes of the World" came on the radio (not sure what concert it was from tho). By the time I got where I was going, I felt like a new woman. So relaxed and happy...joyful even.
    "Eyes" has a habit of doing that to people... Very upbeat and jazzy... Great hopeful lyrics.. Full of references to birds, winter summer homes, lazy gates, redeemers, silent seeds bursting to bloom...
    Awesome song!!

    Always enjoy playing Eyes on drums..
    "Sometimes the rock n roll life is not all rainbows & fairy dust..." - Fake Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmc
    Quote Originally Posted by snowspritect
    I'd Then "Eyes of the World" came on the radio (not sure what concert it was from tho). By the time I got where I was going, I felt like a new woman. So relaxed and happy...joyful even.
    "Eyes" has a habit of doing that to people... Very upbeat and jazzy... Great hopeful lyrics.. Full of references to birds, winter summer homes, lazy gates, redeemers, silent seeds bursting to bloom...
    Awesome song!!

    Always enjoy playing Eyes on drums..
    I caught an "eyes" yesterday here in NYC. I couldn't believe it ... normally you're lucky if you get a casey jones or uncle johns band on the radio here .... thank goodness for my ipod. Anyhoooo BobR mentions the piano sound of Keith. That was a big sticking point for the rest of the band. They wanted him to use more electronic sounds throughout the 70's, but Keith didn't like to. I had heard that it was the reason they wanted to get rid of him in his later years. My .02 on Donna? I hate when she drowns out Jerry's sweet voice. She pairs up much better with Bobby on his tunes. (Estimated for example)

    on another note ... I just started my vacation ... I'm off for the next 70 days!

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    Enjoy BeanoNYC pop in and post. Eyes... Spingfield mass 1985 2nd night spring tour got me into this family traveling thing. At least thats how I remember it.
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    Sweet - sweet - early 70's Dead....

    Can't wait for it to arrive... Also ordered this shirt.... Need a new GD gig tee...
    "Sometimes the rock n roll life is not all rainbows & fairy dust..." - Fake Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanoNYC
    I caught an "eyes" yesterday here in NYC.
    WFUV?


    Total agreement on the Donna thing... Better on Bob songs...
    "Sometimes the rock n roll life is not all rainbows & fairy dust..." - Fake Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmc
    Sweet - sweet - early 70's Dead....

    Can't wait for it to arrive... Also ordered this shirt.... Need a new GD gig tee...
    dmc - is that shirt available on dead.net? Being a native upstate New Yorker myself, I may just have to order that.....

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