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September 9 - 11

Alexandra Palace ~ London 

 

 
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Dick's Picks Vol. 7 - Review - Grateful Dead  

Dick's Picks 7 review

Dick's Picks Volume Seven is a compilation from the September 1974 shows played at the Alexandria Theatre in London.  This release gets more than it's share on negative comments. I wonder if they are listening to the same compact discs as me.  The only logical conclusion is the complaints and negative criticisms is that so much good music of this run was left off.  Personally, I prefer to enjoy what is released rather than obsess with what is missing from it.    

The first of the three discs covers standard first set material for 1974. None of the song versions are weak and the following are top notch: "Black Throated Wind," "Beat It On Down The Line," and "Tennessee Jed." Especially noteworthy is the "Mississippi Half Step" which is one of my favorite versions; it doesn't rock as hard as the one from Dick's Picks Volume 15, Englishtown, instead it takes a more gentle tone.

 I like to think of the two remaining discs as little pockets of greatness that are perfect for occasions when your seeking a great 20 minutes of music, not a whole show. To me those times are frequent.

Disc 2 has three pockets of nuggets.  The "Weather Report Suite" > "Stella Blue" is solid. It is followed by three standard first set songs, all terrifically played, and make a perfect choice for a fifteen-minute drive. It concludes with a "Truckin'" > "Wharf Rat" that has an instrumental between them so interesting that it was given it's own name, "Wood Green Jam." Fans of Keith Godchaux will enjoy his piano contributions in "Wharf Rat."  

 Disc 3 has two pockets of gems. First off is a "Me and My Uncle" and an extended "Not Fade Away." Next up is the grand treasure, a spectacular "Dark Star" that goes in many different directions before flowing into a unforgettable "Morning Dew." 

Dick's Picks Volume Seven has no real weak moments and it gets plenty of playing time on my cd player.  However, it is the not best from the pre retirement Keith era as there is heavy competition from that time period for those honors.  by Barry Small  
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Dick's Picks Vol. 7 - Track List - Grateful Dead
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Disc 1
1. Scarlet Begonias (Garcia / Hunter) - 9:29
2. Mexicali Blues (Barlow / Weir) - 3:36
3. Row Jimmy (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:21
4. Black-Throated Wind (Barlow / Weir) - 7:20
5. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:48
6. Beat It on Down the Line (Fuller) - 3:30
7. Tennessee Jed (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:59
8. Playing in the Band (Hart / Hunter / Weir) - 23:30

Disc 2
1. Weather Report Suite (Anderson / Barlow / Weir) - 18:18
2. Stella Blue (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:32
3. Jack Straw (Hunter / Weir) - 5:19
4. Brown Eyed Woman (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:07
5. Big River (Cash) - 5:14
6. Truckin' (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh / Weir) - 10:31
7. Wood Green Jam (Grateful Dead) - 5:56
8. Wharf Rat (Garcia / Hunter) - 11:13

Disc 3

1. Me and My Uncle (Phillips) - 3:30
2. Not Fade Away (Hardin / Petty) - 16:27
3. Dark Star 
    (Garcia / Hunter / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 24:08
4.. Space Jam (Grateful Dead) - 7:13
5. Morning Dew (Dobson / Rose) - 13:15
6. U.S. Blues (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:41

The songs are from the following dates: 

September 9, 1974
Scarlet Begonias
Mexicali Blues
Row Jimmy
Truckin'
Wood Green Jam
Wharf Rat

September 10, 1974
Black Throated Wind
Mississippi Half Step
Weather Report Suite
Stella Blue
Me And My Uncle
Not Fade Away
Dark Star
Space Jam
Morning Dew
U.S.Blues

September 11, 1974
Beat It On Down The Line
Tennessee Jed
Playing In The Band
Jack Straw
Brown-Eyed Women
Big River

Dick's Picks Vol. 7 - Musicians - Grateful Dead
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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Keith Godchaux - piano
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Donna Godchaux - vocals

Dick's Picks Vol. 7 - Notes - Grateful Dead
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Released - March 1997
Tape Archivist - Dick Latvala
Label - Grateful Dead Merchandise

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