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Just Released: Dick's Picks, Volume 35


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From www.dead.net :

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.



Jerry Garcia: Lead Guitar, vocals

Bill Kreutzmann: Drums

Phil Lesh: Electric bass, vocals

Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan: Organ, harmonica, vocals

Bob Weir: Rhythm Guitar, vocals

Disc One

San Diego 8/7/71

1 Big Railroad Blues 4:02 (Lewis, Arr. By Grateful Dead)

2 El Paso 5:40 (Robbins)

3 Mr. Charlie 3:44 (McKernan, Hunter)

4 Sugaree 7:24 (Garcia, Hunter)

5 Mama Tried 3:05 (Haggard)

6 Bertha 6:43 (Garcia, Hunter)

7 Big Boss Man 5:39 (Smith, Dixon)

8 Promised Land 3:56 (Berry)

9 Hard To Handle 8:45 (Redding, Jones, Isbell)

10 Cumberland Blues 5:36 (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter)

11 Casey Jones 5:53 (Garcia, Hunter)

12 Truckin' 10:08 (Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Hunter)

Disc Two

1 China Cat Sunflower > 5:28 (Garcia, Hunter)

2 I Know You Rider 5:59 (Trad. Arr. By Grateful Dead)

3 Next Time You See Me 4:34 (Harvey, Forest)

4 Sugar Magnolia 6:28 (Weir, Hunter)

5 Sing Me Back Home 10:50 (Haggard)

6 Me and My Uncle 3:39 (Phillips)

7 Not Fade Away > 6:25 (Petty, Hardin)

8 Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > 6:10 (Trad. Arr. By Grateful Dead)

9 Jam > 4:08 (Grateful Dead)

10 Johnny B. Goode 4:31 (Berry)

Chicago 8/24/71

11 Uncle John's Band 7:12 (Garcia, Hunter)

12 Playing In The Band 5:04 (Weir, Hart, Hunter)

13 Loser 6:09 (Garcia, Hunter)

Disc Three

1 Hurts Me Too 7:48 (James)

2 Cumberland Blues 5:42 (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter)

3 Empty Pages 5:22 (McKernan)

4 Beat It On Down The Line 3:45 (Fuller)

5 Brown-Eyed Woman 4:11 (Garcia, Hunter)

6 St. Stephen > 5:31 (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter)

7 Not Fade Away > 4:08 (Petty, Hardin)

8 Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > 8:25 (Trad. Arr. By Grateful Dead)

9 Not Fade Away 3:13 (Petty, Hardin)

10 Me and Bobby McGee 6:18 (Kristofferson, Foster)

11 Big Boss Man 4:30 (Smith, Dixon)

12 Brokedown Palace 5:03 (Garcia, Hunter)

Disc Four

1 Good Lovin' 11:37 (Resnick, Clark)

Hollywood 8/6/71

2 The Other One > 8:06 (Weir, Kreutzmann)

3 Me and My Uncle > 3:14 (Phillips)

4 The Other One 6:25 (Weir, Kreutzmann)

5 Deal 5:48 (Garcia, Hunter)

6 Sugar Magnolia 7:01 (Weir, Hunter)

7 Morning Dew 11:29 Dobson, Rose)

8 Turn On Your Lovelight 25:42 (Scott, Malone)

I fucking love the Grateful Dead.

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