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May 2, 1970

Harpur College

Binghamton, NY
 
 
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Dick's Picks 8 review

Dick’s Picks Volume 8 is a monster. It is a complete concert less one song, “Cold Rain and Snow.” The performance took place May 2, 1970, at Harpur College, Binghamton, NY. 

 The first disc begins with the first set which is acoustic. It includes many folk cover songs as well as material from their Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty CD’s. If you are familiar with these songs it is hard not to sing along.    

The second disc of Dick’s Picks Volume 8 is exceptional 1970’s electric Grateful Dead. It begins the first of the two electric sets.  The “Cryptical Envelopment” suite is long and energetic and leads beautifully into a splendid “Cosmic Charlie.” Even the often-played “Good Lovin’” is a keeper with a heavy “It’s a Mans World” jam thrown in. 

The third disc of Dick’s Picks Volume 8 continues the second set and includes the shorter third set. The first two songs bring set two to a stunning finish. The “Midnight Hour” hints of “Cosmic Charlie” giving it an interesting conclusion. With Jerry Garcia penned songs playing a lesser role in the second set he takes over the final one by taking the lead on all three songs. The “Viola Lee Blues” is one of the best versions that I’ve heard.

The songs on Dick’s Picks Volume 8 certainly have all been heard before, but the renditions performed this particular evening are all smoking. This is certainly top shelf material. Partner this with Dick’s Picks Volume 4 another classic from this era. by Barry Small © 
Grade  A + 

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Disc 1
 
1. Don't Ease Me In (Traditional) - 4:38
 2. I Know You Rider (Traditional) - 7:53
 3. Friend of the Devil (Dawson / Garcia / Hunter) - 5:57
 4. Dire Wolf (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:56
 5. Beat It on Down the Line (Fuller) - 3:13
 6. Black Peter (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:02
 7. Candy Man (Garcia / Hunter) - 1:43
 8. Cumberland Blues (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 5:47
 9. Deep Elem Blues (Traditional) - 7:30
10. Cold Jordan (Traditional) - 2:34
11. Uncle John's Band (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:28

Disc 2

 1. St. Stephen (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 3:33
 2. Cryptical Envelopment (Garcia) - 1:54
 3. Drums (Hart / Kreutzmann) - 3:28
 4. The Other One (Kreutzmann / Weir) - 13:56
 5. Cryptical Envelopment (Garcia) - 8:59
 6. Cosmic Charlie (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:22
 7. Casey Jones (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:45
 8. Good Lovin' (Clark / Resnick) - 15:10

Disc 3
 
1. It's a Man's Man's Man's World (Brown / Jones / Newsome) - 10:04
 2. Dancing in the Street (Gaye / Hunter / Stevenson) - 15:48
 3. Morning Dew (Dobson / Rose) - 12:40
 4. Viola Lee Blues (Lewis) - 16:36
 5. We Bid You Goodnight (Traditional) - 4:59

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - keyboard, vocals, harmonica
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Mickey Hart - percussion

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Released June 1997
Label - Grateful Dead Merchandise
Tape Archivist - Dick Latvala

Grateful Dead's Dick's Picks Volume 8 review