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Dick's Picks 34 review

Dick's Picks 34 review

Dick's Picks 34 captures the Grateful Dead in the middle stop of their three-night New York swing on November 5, 1977, at the Community War Memorial in Rochester NY. Further, seven stunning supplementary tracks from a one night stop in Toronto, Canada from November 2 are included.

The first disc of Dick's Picks 34 contains the first set in its entirety. Overall a very enjoyable set. I've had this show on tape for years. I remember making a copy for a friend and writing in a note along with the recording that this is no "Half-Step," rather a Full Step. Indeed, this would rank on my list of favorite 1977 versions along with, but below 11/6, 5/7, and 9/3

The first set offers some other Jerry tracks including, "Dire Wolf" and "Candyman." The latter is generally always a treat to hear, and Donna's background vocals help out nicely, as they also do on "Looks Like Rain." Jerry lets loose on a superb "Big River." Lots of power to close the show with energetic and completely satisfying renditions "Jack Straw" and "Deal."

The second set starts off with some Phil noodling. It leads to a definitive version of "Take a Step Back." Really! That segues smartly into strong version of "Eyes of the World." The jams within are bright, clean, and lengthy, though, Jerry is missing for several minutes during the outro jam. He must have broken a string. Not a sensational segment, but different and worth hearing. The anticipation is high, where's Jerry? Phil and Bobby interact with Phil the taking the lead. Finally Jerry joins them tossing out a brief "Eyes" run and then shifts gears to a must hear transition into > "Samson and Delilah."

Any Phil fans? He continues to dominate the show joining the drummers for the "Rhythm Devils" and leads us into the second set highlight, "The Other One." The middle jam they take their time slowly exploring and building giving the crowd a lesson in dynamics and intensity. The jam is whisper like and slowly builds power with Jerry taking the intensity to an astonishing peak with some in your face runs, and on a dime, even more subtlety, the intensity quiets leading to the next verse "skipping across ..." 

Unfortunately Keith is more of a rhythm than a lead player not adding much. However, Bobby comes through the mix quite nice both sonically and performance wise. 

From the bonus material the main segment is taking from set two from "Estimated Prophet" through "Around and Around"; Jerry is absolutely brilliant throughout. The "Estimated" jam is thrilling with an abrupt ending. The transition from a solid "St. Stephen" starts with a brief "Cosmic Charlie" inference before beginning a "Truckin'" that builds into an eruption. A version that packs a lot a lot into eight minutes. For certain, "Lazy Lightning" fans will be quite pleased with this rendition.

Dick's Picks 34 brings us some strong 1977 performances, a well represented year in the Dick's Picks series. The featured show reminds me quite a bit of Dick's Picks 15 as some of songs that are highlights from this show are the highlights from that show. If you don't have that release, this is a must have, as it is for fans of "The Other One."  

No question, Dick's Picks 34 is another excellent 1977 Grateful Dead performance to hear in brilliant sonic quality. Not to mention some exceptional bonus material from a few days earlier. 
by Barry Small  
Grade B +

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Community War Memorial in Rochester, NY

Disc One - Set 1
1. New Minglewood Blues - 5:52 (Trad. Arr. by Bob Weir)
2. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo - 12:08 
    (Garcia, Hunter)
3. Looks Like Rain - 8:26 (Weir, Barlow)
4. Dire Wolf - 4:23 (Garcia, Hunter)
5. Mama Tried > - 2:24 (Haggard)
6. Big River - 7:22 (Cash)
7. Candyman - 7:54 (Garcia, Hunter)
8. Jack Straw - 6:28 (Weir, Hunter)
9. Deal - 6:45 (Garcia, Hunter)

Disc Two - Set 2
1. Phil Solo - 2:06 (Lesh)
2. Take A Step Back > - 1:06 (Grateful Dead)
3. Eyes Of The World > - 15:00 (Garcia, Hunter) 
4. Samson and Delilah - 8:26 (Trad. Arr. by Bob Weir)
5. It Must Have Been The Roses - 7:16 (Hunter)

Bonus Tracks: 11/2/77 Seneca College Field House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
6. Might As Well - 5:35 (Garcia, Hunter)
7. Estimated Prophet > - 11:08 (Weir, Barlow)
8. St. Stephen > - 7:23 (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter)
9. Truckin' > - 8:20 (Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Hunter) 
10. Around and Around - 8:46 (Berry)

Disc Three Set 2 cont.
1. Estimated Prophet > - 11:13 (Weir, Barlow)
2. He's Gone > - 12:00 (Garcia, Hunter)
3. Rhythm Devils > - 2:15 (Hart, Kreutzmann)
4. The Other One > 12:23 (Weir, Kreutzmann)
5. Black Peter > - 11:02 (Garcia, Hunter)
6. Sugar Magnolia - 10:54 (Weir, Hunter)
7. One More Saturday Night - 5:04 (Weir)
Bonus Tracks: 11/2/77 Seneca College Field House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
8. Lazy Lightning > - 3:31 (Weir, Barlow)
9. Supplication - 5:19 (Weir, Barlow)

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Jerry Garcia - Lead guitar, vocals
Donna Jean Godchaux - Vocals
Keith Godchaux - Piano
Mickey Hart - Drums
Bill Kreutzmann - Drums
Phil Lesh - Electric bass, vocals
Bob Weir - Rhythm guitar, vocals

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Released - Feb. 2005
Label - Grateful Dead 
Tape Archivist - David Lemieux
CD Mastering - Jeffrey Norman
Recording by Betty Cantor-Jackson
Photography: Jim Anderson, Robert Minkin, Brian Walski
Cover Art and Package Design: Robert Minkin

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Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks 34review
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