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October 19, 1973

Fairgrounds Arena 

Oklahoma City, OK

 
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Order: Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks, Vol. 19: Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, OK 10/19/73
 
 

Dick's Picks 19 review

Dick's Picks Volume 19 is the first complete concert release from 1973. This performance was recorded October 19, 1973, at Fairgrounds Arena in Oklahoma City, OK.  

Disc one of Dick’s Picks Volume 19 has nothing to complain about, but the meat of the release is in set two.  Including the encore it contains solid versions my five favorite Jerry Garcia songs, "China Cat Sunflower,” "Mississippi Half Step," "Dark Star," "Morning Dew," and "Eyes of the World."   

The "China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider" is great, but not the beast that is on Dick's Picks Volume 12.  The "Mississippi Half Step" is real good, but the instrumental could be a bit longer.  The "Dark Star" is solid and flows effortlessly to "Mind Left Body" and eventually into "Morning Dew."

The highlight of the set is the "Morning Dew."  It contains everything you want in a "Dew"; perfectly sweet vocals, melodic riffs, Phil bombs, Keith and Bobby riffs, and Jerry's phrasing. The peaks and valleys shine, and Garcia lays it all out. During the start of the second instrumental the song is so quiet and still. Then, slowly and melodically it picks up energy; it then builds, and builds, and builds into an explosive peak. It’s not just the energy though; the melodies that bring the song to its crest are just as beautiful and important. Pure bliss.

That's not all Dick's Picks Volume 19 has to offer.  The "Sugar Magnolia" that follows is great with some fine soloing.  How about an encore with "Eyes of the World”  > “Stella Blue”  Wow!  If that isn’t enough we are treated to a second encore of "Johnny B. Goode."  

I can’t think many discs better than the third one from this release. Dick's Picks Volume 19 is superb. by Barry Small © 
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Disc 1
 1. Promised Land (Berry) - 3:44
 2. Sugaree (Garcia/Hunter) - 8:18
 3. Mexicali Blues (Barlow/Weir) - 3:58
 4. Tennessee Jed (Garcia/Hunter) - 8:00
 5. Looks Like Rain (Barlow/Weir) - 8:05
 6. Don't Ease Me In (Grateful Dead) - 4:24
 7. Jack Straw (Hunter/Weir) - 5:32
 8. They Love Each Other (Garcia/Hunter) - 5:44
 9. El Paso (Robbins) - 4:51
10. Row Jimmy (Garcia/Hunter) - 9:23

Disc 2
 1. Playing in the Band (Grateful Dead) - 18:23
 2. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia/Hunter) - 9:11
 3. I Know You Rider (Grateful Dead) - 5:18
 4. Me and My Uncle (Phillips) - 3:34
 5. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (Garcia/Hunter) - 7:30
 6. Big River (Cash) - 4:52

Disc 3
 
1. Dark Star (Garcia/Hunter/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir) - 15:45
 2. Mind Left Body Jam (Grateful Dead) - 10:41
 3. Morning Dew (Dobson/Rose) - 13:55
 4. Sugar Magnolia (Hunter/Weir) - 10:10
 5. Eyes of the World (Garcia/Hunter) - 14:31
 6. Stella Blue (Garcia/Hunter) - 7:57
 7. Johnny B. Goode (Berry) - 4:08

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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 2000
Tape Archivists - Dick Latvala, David Lemieux
Label - Grateful Dead Merchandise