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September 27, 1972 

Stanley Theatre, Jersey City, NJ

 
 
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Dick's Picks 11 review  

Dick's Picks  11 review

Dick’s Picks 11 is a live recording from September 27, 1972, at the Stanley Theater, in Jersey City, NJ. At the time of its issue, it represented the third live release from 1972, though the first full concert.  

The first set of Dick’s Picks 11 has some fine moments thanks to Jerry Garcia.  The show opens with a very beautiful version of “Morning Dew,” which is usually the sign of a good show.  A few other Grateful Dead concerts with a “Morning Dew” opener that are extraordinary performances include April 29, 1971, available as Ladies and Gentlemen, and November 30, 1973, Boston Garden, available as Dick’s Picks 14. Other first set highlights from Dick’s Picks 11 include two songs from American Beauty, “Friend of the Devil” and “Brokedown Palace.” Certainly the later renditions of “Brokedown Palace” with Brent Mydland’s tasteful keyboard touches are sweet, but this version has warm youthful vocals to savor.  Nineteen Seventy Two was a good year for “Bird Song” and Dick’s Picks 11’s version is grand.

 The second disc 2 of Dick’s Picks 11continues set one with “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” where it sounds as if Bob Weir’s guitar is slightly out of tune for his opening melody. Thankfully he is redeemed when Phil leads in with his authoritative lines followed by Garcia’s melodic runs.  The third disc continues the second set and it includes the defining moments of the evening; it begins with “Dark Star.” This version doesn’t get too spacey sticking more to a jazz-rock improvisation ground. It leads to a “Cumberland Blues” that has some furious leads like I’ve never heard before.

 This concert presented on Dick’s Picks 11 has a variety of songs written from different times of their career including their solo albums.  Thankfully, this show includes a bit more songs than is typical in 1972 from their Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty material.

The performance on Dick’s Picks 11 is outstanding. Hopefully a future Dick’s Picks will be from the next evening September 28, 1972, that features a monstrous “The Other One” > “Me and Bobbie McGee” > “The Other One.”  by Barry Small © 
Grade  A + 

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Disc 1
 
1. Morning Dew (Dobson / Rose) - 12:38
  2. Beat It on Down the Line (Fuller) - 3:34
  3. Friend of the Devil (Dawson / Garcia / Hunter) - 4:06
  4. Black-Throated Wind (Barlow / Weir) - 6:52
  5. Tennessee Jed (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:08
  6. Mexicali Blues (Barlow / Weir) - 3:39
  7. Bird Song (Garcia / Hunter) - 11:46
  8. Big River (Cash) - 4:51
  9. Brokedown Palace (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:59
10. El Paso (Robbins) - 4:42

Disc 2
  1. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:25
  2. I Know You Rider (Traditional) - 5:26
  3. Playing in the Band (Hart / Hunter / Weir) - 16:14
  4. He's Gone (Garcia / Hunter) - 13:30
  5. Me and My Uncle (Phillips) - 3:38
  6. Deal (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:51
  7. Greatest Story Ever Told (Hart / Hunter / Weir) - 5:29
  8. Ramble on Rose (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:28

Disc 3
  1. Dark Star 
     (Garcia / Hunter / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 30:49
  2. Cumberland Blues (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 6:55
  3. Attics of My Life (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:11
  4. Promised Land (Berry) - 3:04
  5. Uncle John's Band (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:43
  6. Casey Jones (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:29
  7. Around and Around (Berry) - 5:18

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Keith Godchaux - piano
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals

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Released June 1998
Tape Archivists - Dick Latvala
Label - Grateful Dead Merchandise

Dick's Picks 11