Dick's Picks 24 review
Picks Volume 24 will
no doubt get complaints as being incomplete since ten songs of the
concert are missing, listed below. Personally, I would
have rather paid more for a three-disc release, and if there's room
at the end put some filler on it, however, I'll gladly take what
Grateful Dead Merchandise has released. The music on these
CD’s was performed on March
at the Cow
Palace in San Francisco, CA.
first disc on Dick’s
Picks Volume 24 is
from the first set of the concert (four songs from it were omitted).
The show starts off with "U.S. Blues," a song that was at
it's best in 1974. Two songs were debuted this evening,
"Scarlet Begonias" and "Cassidy."
They are good, but don't “open up” as they do in later
versions after the band became more familiar with them. For sure,
the highlight of the set is the "China Cat Sunflower" >
"I Know You Rider." This song was spectacular in 1974 and
this version is evidence of it, complete with the "Feeling
Groovy Jam" and the climatic peaks that make this song great.
Following it is another extended song, "Weather Report
Suite" that clocks in at over fifteen minutes and featuring
plenty of jamming.
second set begins with the third and final sequence of the Grateful
Dead’s famous "Playin’” medley, that is, "Playing In
The Band" > "Uncle John's Band" > "Morning
Dew" > "Uncle John's Band," > "Playing In
The Band." This is the third and final
version of it and it is certainly awesome; the release is worth
buying for it alone.
first part of "Playing in the Band" is surely the most
experimental music of the whole show. After taking their time it
leads into to a great "Uncle John's Band." The
transition is tight, but not as seamless as the next three within
this masterpiece. The ending jam of "Uncle John's
Band" has Garcia peeling the notes from his instrumental,
incredible, how does he do that? The jamming continues and gets more
intense and it begins to sound like they are still performing
"Playing In The Band" and that the current song,
"Uncle John’s Band" is an illusion. The spacey
playing continues as it transitions effortless into "Morning
have been many great versions of "Morning Dew" released; we
now have one more. This one is quite different than the others from
this period such as Dick’s
Picks Volume 19, Dick’s Picks Volume 14, and Dick’s Picks Volume
all the band members make themselves heard throughout the song. The
second instrumental passage, especially towards the conclusion, is
much more focused on rhythmic phrasing than the note building and
the peaks and plateaus that the song is known for. It also includes
some great interplay between Jerry and Bobby. The mighty crest
that leads to "I guess it doesn't matter anyway" is left
out as it replaced with a smooth transition back to
next ten minutes require the band to find their way back!
Several minutes of jamming on the "Uncle John's Band"
theme leading back to a power building "Playing in the
Band" conclusion brings the band and audience home, what a
Picks Volume 24 is
a great performance with great sound! by Barry