Dave's Picks Volume 25: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY 11/6/77 - SOLD OUT
"We left with our minds sufficiently blown and still peaking..."
We're headed back to that peak with the newly returned tapes from Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, 11/6/77. The Grateful Dead's last touring show of 1977 finds them going for broke, taking chances on fan favorites like "Jack Straw," "Friend Of The Devil," and "The Music Never Stopped," carving out righteous grooves on a one-of-kind "Scarlet>Fire" and a tremendous "Truckin'." An ultra high energy show, with a first set that rivals the second? Not unheard of, but definitely rare. Hear for yourself...
DAVE'S PICKS VOLUME 25 features liner notes by Rob Bleetstein, photos by Bob Minkin, and original art by our 2018 Dave's Picks Artist-In-Residence Tim McDonagh. As always, it has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman and it is limited to 18,000 individually numbered copies*.
*Limited to 2 per order. Very limited quantity available.
Get one before they are gone, gone, gone.
3 Disc set
Limited to 18,000 individually numbered copies
Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman
Digipak made of 100% recycled and PCW materials
Vol. 25 Listening Party
"Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo"
"The Music Never Stopped"
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They used to call it, the FLA, back in the TWA days. I'm sure you remember.
What a cool, interesting thing for you to do. It should be required for everyone. I respect you being able to do this, doing it, and relaying it here. It sounds like, "guerilla camping" to me.
In other news, I found a - gasp! - commercially available recording of 6/21/84 Kingswood Music Theatre, Maple, Ontario. Radio broadcast. Tinny high end but good enough sound, decent really, and a great performance.
Best I have ever heard Brent. He's on, playing his ass off and singing equally well. Delightful shout out to Pig and rap from Wavy Gravy, on the summer solstice. Obviously archive.org also has it.
I'm done being an era snob. Also been blasting the shit out of Nightfall of Diamonds and Crimson, White & Indigo of late.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Grateful Dead, God's house band.
Congrats on your walkabout. I am trying to plan one myself.. but on a smaller scale.
I am very curious how you charged your IPod using solar technology.. my retirement gift to myself will involve a multi-week sea kayak trip and I want a few hours of music per day.. so how to do that, where there are no plugs?
Ive been on a 4 month self imposed blackout from the WWW.
I wandered around Florida for 8 weeks, living in a tent, only getting food from Farmers Markets (for the most part), cooking with camp stoves and alcohol stoves, using my phone only to call the wife, and staying in far removed natural settings when possible.
I used solar panels to power my iPhone and iPod. Listened to jazz primarily, no rock, mostly nothing released after 1970.
I purged my mind of lots of bullshit and needless worry. Met a lot of weird wild people all escaping the modern situation. Learned how to exist without many modern toys. And in a nutshelll found out that if you want it, the pre web world can still be found and enjoyed.
I wrote a ton of songs and ramblings in a notebook, and ignored the news and tv.
The wife handled the day to day stuff back home and dealt with all the shit for me.
Now being plugged back in, Im finding that an hour a day is all that feels right.
Gonna play a show tonight, the first in a long time, and indulge in some ice cream!!!!
Hope y’all have been well and enjoying your days…………….
David, you are right about this show. It has been one of my most listened to shows in Boxzilla!
2/20/71: except for "Ripple" and a first set "TIFTOO > Wharf Rat", meh.
Yes = 10 points
OK = 5 points
except, meh = 2 points
30 + 10 + 2 = 42/60 = .700 batting average. pretty, pretty good.
February 22, 1974
San Francisco, California
This is a gnarly, epic three-set show from Winterland that is definitely worth the listen. We get the first Ship of Fools, Must Have Been the Roses, and U.S. Blues. It was the first of a three-night run at Winterland and the first show of 1974.
February 22, 1973
What you have here is a phenomenal show from the campus of the University of Illinois. The whole thing sparkles, but the Dark Star is truly transcendent.
Dead of the Day: February 22, 1969
Out of a welter of concerts on this date, our Dead of the Day is February 22, 1969 at the Dream Bowl in Vallejo, California. There really are no bad 1969 Grateful Dead shows, and this one is better than most. Every single tune this night has something really special going on, from the sweet noodling at the end of Mountains of the Moon that, unbeknownst, suddenly arrives at Dark Star to the building, eventually roaring Doin' That Rag with its sharp drums, prominent organ, and awesome guitar riffs. You don't want to miss any of this show, but the Stephen> Eleven is an absolute masterpiece. And the Lovelight shines as Pig puts in another funky, bluesy rap...
The "Dark Star>Mind Left Body Jam>Morning Dew" triptych from this show is really sweet. Love how it all rolls into one...
Nope..we somehow escaped being immortalized in print.
The whole thing was a lot more fun than I expected.. something about the dead playing in the lawlessness of old Mexico and having what seemed like the whole resort to ourselves made for a unique mix.
I also thought they played exceptionally well and the band seemed to be having a good time themselves..
Thanks for the shout-out!
As far as Cow Palace, yer gonna LOVE it! Play it somewhere that you can appreciate Phil - he sounds great on this release! Plus, an EPIC Playin' (as Dave mentions in the booklet, its more 74 than 76/77,) a GREAT Scarlet that gets to some really groovy places, a fast Eyes that has Jerry ripping every solo,... and then there's the entire third disc. The show does start out a little slow, like many shows, but the sound quality is so strong that I didn't really mind.
give it a listen
you'll be glad you did
While Im sure it was a hoot and ill have to wait to hear the music before I form a real opinion, that GQ article makes the whole thing seem pretty lame!
Writer said it was mostly well-financed doctors, lawyers and their trustafarian kids. From the photos it looks like everyones fashion (save a few of the grey heads) is dime a dozen india/china-made chotchies from the sticker wall at the college head shop.
Cue sad trombone and I'll be waiting for the states side freak fest.
Now 1971 Dead shows thats for me, lately it is the Boston Music Hall run 4/7 & 4/8. But oddly enougj that Porchester run has been poping up too.
Just wow on the playing, archive has some very tasty SBDs of these shows too. There is even away to download off archive.org again, but MP3 only, unfortunately can't get them FLACS again yet. PM me if dont know the new magic key!
Oops double post
Fascinating, looking at those pictures from the recent festival in Mexico. It all looks great. But it made me think about the difference between listening to the Dead a long way from the action-like here in England-and listening in the States, where such events are more accessible. The photos underlined the difference between listening to a cd, compared to be immersed in the culture.
It made me think that for a lot of people, listening to The Dead is far more than listening to the music. Its about joining in with a particular lifestyle, community and philosophy. I would say that the further away you are form the action, the less likely it is that you do this. Maybe the philosophy, as indicated in certain lyrics, travels well-but the lifestyle doesn't. You cant have a community of one! I guess that is why forums like this are so important, providing a touchstone for people like me, with people like you, who share similar tastes and attitudes. Everybody is the same here-with infinite variety. ( A quote I read somewhere once about something else.)
Sixtus, Jim: Is this you guys?
Man, this looks like about the most fun thing ever. I am now officially quite jealous :)
Hey guys & gals,
New to this community but have loved the dead since introduced in the early 90's. I was only a youngster then and unfortunately I never made it to any of the Jerry shows.....but like a few others on this site have commented, my interest has grown greatly over time! Recently, I would say, that interest has blossomed into an obsession with this band that is unshakeable!! Quite frankly....I have a hard time listening to anything else????!!!
Anyways, I don't ever comment, but was laughing out loud reading tonight so felt rude to not chime in.....So why I'm at it here goes my takes, as I listen to DaP22 Felt Forum for the first time:
Thats_Otis.......thanks for the Cow Palace suggestion.....I've been so busy listening to Dicks Picks on Spotify and Dave's that I can get my hands on, that I didn't pay attention to some of the easier to get releases....I purchased Cow Palace tonight along with a lighting bolt ball cap to grace my ugly head and make it look beautiful! Can't wait to listen!
Sixtus.....(Re to "When dead heads took over): Sound's like heaven man.....I bought the 3 day live webcast and was able to suffer through the first night.....I saw everything but it was interrupted.....Nugs sent a recording of the first night the next morning and that was good...of course the rest was cancelled......I have already spoke with the wife, and if they do it again next year, WE ARE THERE! Here's hoping we can toast to that in person!
JimInMD....sounds like you are one lucky dude, taking the wife's place and all in Mexico?....good for you my friend. I enjoy reading your comments almost daily. Thank you for contributing all that you do to this site.....sounds like you guys had a great time in Mexico!
The Era Wars......the fact that we can even argue this, ends the argument. It's a beautiful thing, and if I have to explain, you wouldn't understand!
Dick's Picks Vinyl 8......listening party at my house on Saturday!
The next box set........who cares?.....smile, smile, smile....can't wait!
Sixtus is way too smart to get tripped up by customs, for example I just found out yesterday his real name might not be Sixtus and he may or may not be responsible for both the internet and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.
Unfortunately, the wayback was parked outside Magoo's Pizza parlor just last week and somehow Nikita Khrushchev wound up with it. I doubt if they will ever figure out how it works though.. The controls are set for 2/18/1971. We seem to be safe for now.. but if anyone finds it, toss some mushroom dust into the flux capacitor and get it back to us. The Russians should not wind up with this wonderful, patchouli smelling piece of technology.
Son of a gun,
Sixtus made it through customs.
Any word if Jim was detained? Rumor has it that Trump is trying to get his hands on the way back machine.
This 1969 gem will just blow your sneakers off. Top to bottom it is a pure, unadulterated stunner of a show. And don't miss Phil's NSFW scream at the end of Doin' That Rag!
In this case, why did I wait so long to pick up NYE Cow Palace 76?
Just got it today, spent the afternoon and most of this evening with it. What an AWESOME release! (I am well aware that 98% of you all know this already, hence the heading...)
Anyways, hope all is well with you all! FloridaBob, it may seem pretty boring around these parts, but were you here when JimMD went au-natural, climbed a telephone pole, and grooved to Veneta? (According to locals, he was still smiling when they pulled him down. Reports say he was confused, and couldn't quite explain how his WayBack machine had landed him into a February winter in Western Maryland '18 rather than sunny Oregon 72, or the frostbitten ass...)
Damn... this is one Snaky Samson!!! (Cow Palace)
same ole- same ole
Good idea, if I understand you right. I would have more faith in a release policy that was sourced from this board, for example, than from whichever group of people is currently responsible. Some of the recent releases have been unfathomable to me. Always interesting...but odd choices.
Most exciting release for a while, for me, is this Dicks Picks 8 on vinyl.
Spectrum 11/5 & 11/6 were very good shows and would seem appropriate for release consideration. Regarding release deliberations, of which we know almost nothing, i think the band/Rhino are missing some community opportunity. I've lost about 75% of the interest I once had in their approach (and their picks), but it's never too late and I would be down for some sanctioned crowd-sourced picks.
That might be my all time favorite Dew, for the reason you stated. Not sure if you're aware - it's on the RT 2.3 Bonus Disc. So hard to choose between that one and the one from the Movie Soundtrack. Both great for different reasons.
Listening to the Morning Dew encore from 6-18-74 Louisville is just beautiful. Keith has some tasty piano about 9 minutes in. It's just a shame it didn't make the RT 2.3 release.
but I did see one woman there in a tie-dye, so that must have been her.
Thanks for the tip off. I think.
Did you see my wife there? She was wearing a tie-dye tee.
Englishtown disc three is top ten of all-time GD.
I've spent time over the past 26 years since my last GD show and 46 years since my first one, saying:
"What was thaaat??"
In my mind, I hear Jack Skellington saying, "What is thiiiis?" pause. "Englishtown?"
derp or no derp, that's what I hear.
11/21/85: solid playing, awesome set list.
if you give this a listen, avoid looking at the set list. like avoiding movie or TV show spoilers.
Brentski's keys sound magnificent to me.
the thing missing in latter day GD is PHIL. His bass used to be so PRESENT. later it became plinky.
oh, Phil, whyyyyyy???
Autumn 85 GD is a really good sandwich, while pre-hiatus GD is an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet. with ranch dressing for dipping.
say, RFK '73, Watkins Glen or Englishtown.
Glad to hear that festivals have improved a bit on the porto-sans, etc.
Propaganda? If you'd bothered listening to the video from Brookvale the timing for # 7 came just when Rhino and the Dead wer negociating a new contract. It was an up in the air period. And now he doesn't have exclusivity. So he went to 8 one of the arguably more popular shows released.
I'm tempted, I was lucky enough to get the first five secondhand at a good price from the same seller here in the UK.
Volume 6 was quite pricey with import fees, the price of this latest edition is enough to make me wince, but we all know how great a show this is.
I also tend to watch a music DVD once and then shelve it!
Dick's Picks 7 is not released on vinyl, because of Grateful Dead Records & Rhino objections, according to the Brookvale Record propaganda, speaks volumes of a forthcoming remastered release of DP7, and the full 3 Ally Pally shows, and the rest of the European tour in a lavish box.
I can't help but think, that this is the reason Dave was so excited about the next box set with the subscription video.
Does anyone know the real reason a release in a vinyl series would be omitted unless the tapes/reels have been mislaid?
Freshly back from Mexico and Playin' in the Sand....all I can say is....WOW.
What a unique, memorable, amazing experience. My immediate company was top notch, as JimInMD was sequestered at the last minute to sub-in for my wife Ingrid who was unfortunately unable to attend (all is well with Iggy though!). Jimmy being the best dude ever that he is, was an absolutely exquisite partner in crime. My other buddy Charlie was there with his wife as well; and let's just say, that Senior Charles is one of those truly unique, extremely kind “go get 'em” kind of guys. He had so many party favors and mood enhancers already lined up by the time we got there it was unbelievable. Aside from Charlie needing a potential tether to keep him in sight at various times, the refreshing thing about all of this was that it was nearly impossible to truly lose someone, and even if you did, all you had to do was start walking back to your section of the resort and you would inevitably find them...
Probably one of the coolest, best things about this entire adventure, aside from the music directly, was the mere fact that everywhere you looked - LITERALLY everywhere, you saw Deadheads. You saw tie dye. You smell the sweet, sweet smell of greenery on the breeze. And this place was HUGE. Probably the largest of any such beachy resort I have ever been to – by a factor of 10. Just think about that – and the sea of deadheads….it felt like home. The kindness of the group washed over the entire complex and it truly felt like you were a part of this unique sequestering of a tribe. People were SO kind, the energy was simply amazing all throughout the trip.
As for the music, and I will say to those who may have tried streaming, that it sucks it didn’t work out and what a bummer and I am sorry if you missed it. Bandwidth seemed to be an issue in the end probably with some infrastructure issues. But otherwise, I had my first gander at the actual set lists this morning and holy shit, they really did it. I mean, to simply OPEN THE SHOWS with a 19-minute Playin in the Band, that invariably set the tone right then and there. Zero rust. Post-appendix Mayer is equally as good if not better than appendix-included Mayer. It seemed like he never even put his guitar down during that little break since fall tour. Let's just say that each subsequent evening unfurled with a beauty and uniqueness that I will definitely cherish and remember forever.
The people who put on this event absolutely did it right as well; took care of all of us and then some - I mean, when have you EVER been dancing with the mob 10 rows back and have like fifteen servers working through the crowd with trays full of beer and drinks over their heads, just for the taking??? You didn’t ever have to leave your spot if you didn’t want to. There were even way more than enough portapotties that I never had to wait in line. Ever. And as for the venue itself - literally right there on the beach with the tide-line creating the left flank of the crowd; it was all responding in unison to the casting call of nature and the band, in unison.
All in all, what an experience. It was absolutely worth it and I'd do it again. Apologies to those who wished to stream it but were unable to, or who wished to be there but could not. At least there are already copies of the shows circulating.
Back to reality - it's good to be home. But I’ll be flirting with these past few days’ memories on and off for some time to come….
While I am deciding about the vinyl Dicks Picks 8, I thought I would chip in on the Dead on dvd. It doesn't really do much for me, either, I'm afraid. The only one I really go back to on a regular basis is Sunshine Daydream. I really like the China Cat-Rider on there, and the crazy dancing in the crowd. I thought the other dvds were interesting at first, looking at how they interact visually and seeing something of Bob and Jerry's guitar techniques. But I don't watch them now. The last film clip I watched was on youtube-30th December 1983-Jerry looks so ill it actually makes for uncomfortable watching.
Right-I'm going to go for it!
What a massive temptation. I don't normally collect music on vinyl, just the odd one here and there, but this looks soooo tempting. Very expensive-and Ill bet the postage to England will be a pretty penny - for music I have already got. But this show was my favourite for decades. I first got this on a bootleg tape in the late 1980s, and it included a set by The New Riders as well. I get the impression the electric set will still be in mono, but with improved sound. It will probably be gone soon....what to do?
You've done it now..
Just had to post about Dick's 8 in vinyl, had to, right! Cost me 150 bucks that damn post and I'm not even set up to play vinyl! But there are only going to be 2,000, HAND NUMBERED, copies! I had to, it's a compulsion.
Thanks for the post, it truly is impossible to keep track of everything that's out there. I may never listen to these bad boys, but maybe they'll go up a chunk and I can rehash for a few bucks. How's the value of 1-6 they've already done? I should have looked before I leapt maybe :-)
You're right, KJD1. The entire show is hella sweet. Confident and cool from beginning to end. But the "Let It Grow" blows the door off the hinges. Love when those unexpected explorations happen. Gives me a new appreciation for a song that I wouldn't necessarily listen to on its own.
I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I could care less about video. Release 91 summer tour box is fine, but include or sell separate cd's of the music. I never watch band video, well almost never. A little Peter Gabriel is fine, he puts on a very visual show. But the Dead? To me they were never a visual band, a blind man would enjoy a show every bit as much, maybe more. (as long as there were no talkers!!, Bastards!)
I chortled my tequila when I read that one.. good analogy.. thin.
Did someone say they were not going to release a full length 68 show as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of Anthem? Sacrilege! We need more 68. Much more 1968. Immediately. If not sooner.
Free webcast here:
And on YouTube here: