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11/30/73 & 12/2/73

Boston Music Hall ~ Boston, MA

 

 
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Dick's Picks  14 review

Dick's Picks 14 is a compilation of the November 30, 1973, and the December 2, 1973, concerts at the Boston Music Hall.  A release that begins and ends with the classic "Morning Dew."   

The first disc of Dick's Picks 14 is the majority of the first set from November 30.  What more could one want with a set that begins with "Morning Dew" and ends with "Playing In The Band"? In later years that would be a second set!   

The music from the second disc is from set two of November 30.  The first few songs of it are not included, but the best parts are, including the encore.  We are treated a fantastic "Here Comes Sunshine." The highlight of this set though is without question, "Dark Star Jam" > "Eyes Of The World."   

The third disc of Dick's Picks 14 begins the December 2 concert. It covers a few highlights of the first set, a real nice sampling of set one material. In particular, "Ramble On Rose" is one of the best versions I've heard. The disc starts off with "Cold Rain and Snow" that is a superb listen, Bobby hits the inflections, Phil is deadly, Keith adds great fills to add a sweet sounding dimension that the great 1971 versions of the song don't have, while Billy holds down the fort, and finally Jerry's vocals come shining through. The later part of the disc is the beginning of the second set that starts with "Wharf Rat" > “Mississippi Half Step"; it must be heard. 

Set 2 continues on the fourth disc. It includes some really diverse playing that ranges from the spacey  "Playing in the Band" to the bluesy treatment given to "He's Gone" > "Truckin'." However, the encore of "Morning Dew" is the true gem.  

Dick's Picks 14 captures the major portions of two concerts. There was definitely a lot of music from them left off, but what is here leaves nothing to complain about.  Further, the major jams of both second sets are included and we have some great set one material too. The sound quality is excellent; really nice clarity as well as instrument separation. Keith's parts are prominent and Phil is dominant, vibrant, and deadly. Do not pass Dick's Picks 14 by. 

by Barry Small © 
Grade  A +

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Disc 1
1. Morning Dew (Dobson / Rose) - 14:29
2. Mexicali Blues (Barlow / Weir) - 3:46
3. Dire Wolf (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:09
4. Black-Throated Wind (Barlow / Weir) - 7:01
5. Don't Ease Me In (Traditional) - 4:44
6. Big River (Cash) - 5:30
7. They Love Each Other (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:01
8. Playing in the Band (Hart / Hunter / Weir) - 23:18

Disc 2
1. Here Comes Sunshine (Garcia / Hunter) - 11:54
2. Weather Report Suite: Prelude/Pt. 1/Pt. 2... (Anderson / Barlow / Weir) - 14:44
3. Dark Star Jam 
 (Garcia / Hunter / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 9:18
4. Eyes of the World (Garcia / Hunter) - 19:26
5. Sugar Magnolia (Hunter / Weir) - 10:16

Disc 3
1. Cold Rain and Snow (Grateful Dead) - 7:21
2. Beat It on Down the Line (Fuller) - 3:40
3. Brown Eyed Woman (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:48
4. Jack Straw (Hunter / Weir) - 5:21
5. Ramble on Rose (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:04
6. Weather Report Suite: Prelude/Pt. 1/Pt. 2... 
    (Anderson / Barlow / Weir) - 15:54
7. Wharf Rat (Garcia / Hunter) - 10:38
8. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:03

Disc 4
1. Playing in the Band (Hart / Hunter / Weir) - 12:09
2. Jam (Grateful Dead) - 15:39
3. He's Gone (Garcia / Hunter) - 10:27
4. Truckin' (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh / Weir) - 13:34
5. Stella Blue (Garcia / Hunter) - 10:15
6. Morning Dew (Dobson / Rose) - 14:31

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

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Released June 1999
Tape Archivist - Dick Latvala
Label - Grateful Dead Merchandise
7” reel-to-reel tapes running at 7.5 IPS recorded by Kidd

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