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Dave's Picks Vol. 1 - May 25, 1977 The Mosque - Grateful Dead Road - New release

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Dave's Picks Vol. 1 Dave's Picks Vol. 1 May 25, 1977 The Mosque, Richmond, VI  - Grateful Dead
May 25, 1977
The Mosque
Richmond, VA
 
 
 
 
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Dave's Picks Vol. 1 - May 25, 1977 The Mosque - Grateful Dead Road - New release

Dave's Picks Vol. 1
May 25, 1977
The Mosque - Richmond, VA

Introducing Dave's Picks. Following the recently retired Road Trip's series, the newest release offering is entitled Dave's Picks, named after David Lemieux, the vaultmeister, archivist, release producer among the hats he wears.  The 2012 plan is to have four releases and limited to 12,000 individually numbered copies each. The initial focus is on whole shows whenever possible, along with the great packaging we've come to enjoy with photos and liner notes, and engineered with HDCD technology. 

The new series starts with bang. Is there too much of a good thing? They tap into a month and era that has many previous releases with the full performance of their concert on May 25, 1977, at The Mosque in Richmond VA.  

I can't think of a better opener than a May 1977 "Mississippi Half-Step"; a gem of a version along the lines of Dick's Picks Vol. 34, and Winterland 1977 The Complete Recordings. I suppose "Sugaree" could challenge it. The band follows with another favorite on my list of set one material, "Jack Straw." A few songs later, Jerry delivers a perfect version of "Peggy-O," what a smooth vibe, and when Jerry picks his solo it is oh so sweet, with Keith following right along. Bobby counters with "Cassidy," Jerry digs in deep and executes the closing ever so tightly. "Lazy Lightning" > "Supplication" always fires me up, and for the set closer the energy remains high for "The Promised Land." A tremendous set for sure, and these are just the highlights.

The second set begins on disc 2. The pre-drums festivities commence with the duo of "Scarlet Begonias" > "Fire on the Mountain" that reaches a high level of execution. The ending solo of "Fire On The Mountain" Jerry builds it to perfection and the ending is amazingly smooth. Following is a relaxed "Estimated Prophet." With "He's Gone" The outro jams of it can go different in directions; this theme has a blues feel with a psychedelic overlay, at times hitting the melody of "New Speedway Boogie."

The third disc continues the second set. Judging from the song list, I was surprised at how good the last disc is. "The Other One" vibes as you'd expect and has a pretty nifty ending jam, that eventually leads to "Wharf Rat," well sung and dynamic. Following it, the band segue back to "The Other One," where you hear a second Phil introduction and they finish the second verse. I didn't realize they skipped a verse the first time around. More good stuff, "The Wheel" bounces along effortlessly and more Chuck Berry numbers, "Around and Around" to close the set and "Johnny B. Goode" for the encore. 

This release contains an excellent concert with the sonics making the listening it all that much sweeter. Did I mention Jerry's voice is in fine form!? All three discs contain highlights. The first disc is littered with excellence and is certainly one of the best 1977 first sets released. A top shelf "Scarlet" > Fire," highlights the second disc. While the third disc certainly has a one of a kind "The Other One" sandwich and other cool sounds.  

This is a mighty fine way to launch the new Dave's Picks series. There was an hour long live chat with David introducing Dave's Picks.  Dave's Picks Vol. 2 due for release in May is announced, which is from July 31, 1974, a tremendous show. 

By Barry Small
Grade A

 
Dave's Picks Vol. 1 - May 25, 1977 The Mosque - Grateful Dead Road - New release
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Dave's Picks Vol. 1 - May 25, 1977 The Mosque - Grateful Dead Road - New release
Track List

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Disc 1
1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
2. Jack Straw
3. They Love Each Other
4. Mexicali Blues
5. Peggy-O
6. Cassidy
7. Loser
8. Lazy Lightning>
9. Supplication
10. Brown-Eyed Women
11. Promised Land

Disc 2
1. Scarlet Begonias>
2. Fire On The Mountain
3. Estimated Prophet>
4. He's Gone>
5. Drums

Disc 3
1. The Other One>
2. Wharf Rat>
3. The Other One>
4. The Wheel>
5. Around And Around
6. Johnny B. Goode
Dave's Picks Vol. 1 - May 25, 1977 The Mosque - Grateful Dead Road - New release
Musicians:       

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Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums
Donna Jean Godchaux - Vocals
Keith Godchaux - Piano

Dave's Picks Vol. 1 - May 25, 1977 The Mosque - Grateful Dead Road - New release
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Release date - Feb. 2012 
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by - David Lemieux
CD mastering - Jeffrey Norman 
Recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson
Archival Research - Nicholas Merriweather
Tape Research - Michael Wesley Johnson
Cover Art - Scott McDougall
Photos - Jim Anderson
Art Direction and Design - Steve Vance

Introducing Dave's Picks

The New Limited Edition Numbered Archival Series

What happens when you take the spirit of Dick's Picks and combine it with the very best aspects of Road Trips? Dave's Picks! Esteemed archivist, vaultmeister, and all-around Dead fiend David Lemieux will curate the finest unreleased shows from the master tapes, brought to life with HDCD sonics by Jeffrey Norman, period photos, and informative liner notes. All four CD releases in 2012 will be limited to 12,000 individually numbered copies and each will come in a digipak printed on Orford stock. The entire packaging, including the trays, will be made of 100% recycled and PCW materials. Here's a sneak peek of the packaging:

Dave's Picks Vol. 1 - May 25, 1977 The Mosque - Grateful Dead Road - New release

From the Grateful Dead website.

Dave's Picks Volume 1

Dave's Picks Archival Series Kicks Off With 5/25/77

You’ve all been so patient. It’s been a couple of months since the first mention of the new Dave’s Picks archival release series—created and curated by vaultmeister David Lemieux—and our initial offering, the killer May 25, 1977 Grateful Dead show from The Mosque in Richmond, Virginia. A lot of you have taken advantage of the subscription offer (the year’s four Dave’s Picks releases, plus a bonus disc and free shipping), but many of you preferred to wait and buy the first set individually. Well, your time has come: We are now accepting orders for Dave’s Picks, Volume One, set to ship early February.

Chances are if you’re a Dead Head you’re already well-versed in the glorious spring of 1977. Back a year since their mid-’70s performing hiatus, and fresh from recording their Terrapin Station album in L.A. with producer Keith Olsen, the Dead returned to the road invigorated and excited that spring. There were fantastic new songs (including the “Terrapin Station” suite, “Estimated Prophet” and “Fire on the Mountain”) and their older tunes seemed imbued with new vigor and vitality. Every stop of the tour, which stretched from the third week of April (beginning at the Spectrum in Philadelphia) through the first week in June (back at Winterland in San Francisco), presented some new wrinkle or interesting variation on the repertoire, as songs were moved around, unusual combinations were explored and the septet continue to solidify and mature. Which is a fancy way of saying the band was on fire—y’see, there’s a reason why this is the ninth show from that tour to be released!

The song list from 5/25/77 might not reveal much out of the ordinary (though it’s great selection of tunes), but the playing is definitely extraordinary. The first set contains outstanding versions of favorites such as “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Jack Straw,” “Cassidy” and “Lazy Lightning” > “Supplication.” And the second set is primo-grade ’77 from start to finish. The buoyant “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” that kicks things off sets the tone, but then the rest of the set is a deftly played medley starting with “Estimated” and moving into “He’s Gone,” a primal drum workout from Mickey and Bill, a heart-pounding version of “The Other One” that’s split by “Wharf Rat” (the only time those songs were played in that sequence), a joyful “Wheel,” and then a double-dose of Chuck Berry to bring it all back to rock ’n’ roll basics. Talk about a thrill ride!

The three-disc Dave’s Picks, Volume One was mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman, includes a colorful booklet with photos and a lively historical essay, and comes in a digipak made of 100% recycled and PCW materials. This and future Dave's Picks releases will be limited to just 12,000 individually numbered copies, so if you don’t want to get gauged on eBay lookin’ for one of these babies in a couple of years, order your copy now! For the complete rundown of what songs appear on which disc, as well as ordering info, click here.


The song list from 5/25/77 might not reveal much out of the ordinary (though it’s great selection of tunes), but the playing is definitely extraordinary. The first set contains outstanding versions of favorites such as “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Jack Straw,” “Cassidy” and “Lazy Lightning” > “Supplication.” And the second set is primo-grade ’77 from start to finish. The buoyant “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” that kicks things off sets the tone, but then the rest of the set is a deftly played medley starting with “Estimated” and moving into “He’s Gone,” a primal drum workout from Mickey and Bill, a heart-pounding version of “The Other One” that’s split by “Wharf Rat” (the only time those songs were played in that sequence), a joyful “Wheel,” and then a double-dose of Chuck Berry to bring it all back to rock ’n’ roll basics. Talk about a thrill ride!

The three-disc Dave’s Picks, Volume One was mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman, includes a colorful booklet with photos and a lively historical essay, and comes in a digipak made of 100% recycled and PCW materials. This and future Dave Picks releases will be limited to just 12,000 individually numbered copies, so if you don’t want to get gauged on eBay lookin’ for one of these babies in a couple of years, order your copy now!

Dave's Picks Vol. 1 - May 25, 1977 The Mosque - Grateful Dead Road - New release
Dave's Picks Vol. 1 - May 25, 1977 The Mosque - Grateful Dead Road - New release