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Dave's Picks Vol. 11 -   Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead - New release

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Dave's Picks Vol. 11 Dave's Picks Vol. 11 - Dave's Picks Volume 11: Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead
Century II Convention Hall, 
Wichita, KS 
11/17/72
Filler
11/15/72 Oklahoma City
 
 
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Dave's Picks Vol. 11 -   Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead - New release

Dave's Picks Vol. 11
Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 
11/17/72 

Review
Dave's Picks Vol. 11 brings us a 1972 full concert from 11/17/72 from Wichita, KS, and filler from 11/15/72, Oklahoma City.

Upon listening to this release you have quite a bit of music. First, I am reminded of some generalizations of 1972, superb, musicianship, but weak back-up vocal harmonizing, whether it is Phil or Donna. 

The first set was quite long which extends to the second disc. The traditional fall 1972 songs, were certainly highlights in 1972, notably "Bird Song" and "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider." I especially enjoyed "Bird Song," which really soars, Jerry's Stratocaster tone really shines on this track. I also really loved hearing "Box of Rain." While Phil's back up vocals detract from some songs during the tour, I do enjoy when he delivers lead vocals on this classic song. Also noteworthy is a great guitar solo by Garcia on "Me and My Uncle," with the ending of it that is perfect. The set closer, "Casey Jones" is solid and is delivered how I like it, with Keith's rhythmic contributions. 

The second set starts with "Cumberland Blues." What makes this version interesting is at the end of the instrumental, Jerry throws in a melody that sounds familiar that I couldn't place. Though, it sounded really cool and then just before the band regroups before the verse, Bobby throws out the riff again. A top shelf "Cumberland Blues" indeed.

Other highlights, well, "He's Gone" is tremendous, great melodically piano riffs, vocal coda, and jamming Grateful Dead style. Truckin' has some great outro blues riffs with lots of "Nobody's Fault But Mine" references. The version of "The Other One" is a classic 1972 rendition, some great interplay, everyone is superb. Phil and Keith sure are not shy, Garcia goes wild with wah wah effects. They fall into a version of "Brokedown Palace," a real treat. 

The third disc has the second set closer, "Uncle John's Band" and the encore, "Johnny B. Goode."  There is plenty of space left and what was previously common place in the pre-Rhino days, lots of filler to round out the discs. It contains key portions from the previous evening, "Playing In The Band" from set one and from set two "Wharf Rat," and the "Not Fade Away" > "Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad" > "Not Fade Away" segment. I did not have a chance to play the thirty plus minute "Playing in the Band," but did think the "Wharf Rat" was exceptional, Phil really drives the song. The "Not Fade Away" > "Goiní Down The Road Feeling Bad" > "Not Fade Away" medley was typical for this time, solid, but not perfect as "Not Fade Way" drags on too long.

Dave's Picks Volume 11 does not hit the tough top tier level of post Europe '72 releases of "Veneta" or Phlly, a nearly impossible barrier. Though, it is a notch below. To date the fall 1972 releases are noted below and all recommend. While I do not want the next release to be from the fall of 1972, another classic show from this period in that too distant future would be welcome. 

Aug 27, 1972 - Sunshine Daydream, Veneta, 
Sept 03, 1972 Dick's Picks, Vol. 36
Sept 17, 1972 Dick's Picks, Vol. 23
Sept 21, 1972 Dick's Picks, Vol. 36
Sept 27, 1972 Dick's Picks, Vol. 11

by Barry Small
Grade A

 
Dave's Picks Vol. 11 -   Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead - New release
Dick's Picks, Vol. 11: Stanley Theatre, Jersey City, NJ, 9/27/72 Dick's Picks Vol. 36 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 9/21/72 Grateful Dead: Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD, 9/17/72
     
Dave's Picks Vol. 11 -   Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead - New release
Track List

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Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS (11/17/72)

Disc 1 
1. Promised Land [3:12] 
2. Sugaree [7:01] 
3. Me And My Uncle [3:11] 
4. Tennennee Jed [7:47] 
5. Black-Throated Wind [7:04] 
6. Bird Song [11:01] 
7. Jack Straw [5:00] 
8. Box Of Rain [4:54] 
9. Donít Ease Me In [3:16] 
10. Beat It On Down The Line [3:26] 
11. Brown-Eyed Women [5:11] 
12. Big River [4:39] 
13. China Cat Sunflower> [7:10] 
14. I Know You Rider [4:46] 

Disc 2 
1. Around And Around [3:55]
2. Casey Jones [6:33]
3. Cumberland Blues [6:31]
4. El Paso [4:17]
5. Heís Gone [14:12]
6. Truckiní> [9:57]
7. The Other One> [19:49]
8. Brokedown Palace [5:57]
9. Sugar Magnolia [8:24] 

Disc 3 
1. Uncle Johnís Band [8:07]
2. Johnny B. Goode [3:57]

Bonus material
Live In Oklahoma City (11/15/72)
3. Playing In The Band [30:57]
4. Wharf Rat [10:38]
5. Not Fade Away> [7:47]
6. Goiní Down The Road Feeling Bad> [7:12]
7. Not Fade Away

Dave's Picks Vol. 11 -   Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead - New release
Musicians:       

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Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums
Keith Godchaux - Keyboards
Donna Godchaux - vocals

Dave's Picks Vol. 11 -   Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead - New release
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Release date - Aug. 2014
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by - David Lemieux
CD mastering - Jeffrey Norman 

Sold out prior to shipping day

Limited to 14,000 individually numbered copies

Listening Party
"Bird Song"
"He's Gone"
"Box Of Rain"

A comment about the packaging, the release came with a colored booklet, but the outer packaging was black and white. 

Dave's Picks Vol. 11 -   Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead - New release

Introducing Dave's Picks

The New Limited Edition Numbered Archival Series

What happens when you take the spirit of Dick's Picks and combine it with the very best aspects of Road Trips? Dave's Picks! Esteemed archivist, vaultmeister, and all-around Dead fiend David Lemieux will curate the finest unreleased shows from the master tapes, brought to life with HDCD sonics by Jeffrey Norman, period photos, and informative liner notes. All four CD releases in 2012 will be limited to 12,000 individually numbered copies and each will come in a digipak printed on Orford stock. The entire packaging, including the trays, will be made of 100% recycled and PCW materials. Here's a sneak peek of the packaging


From the Grateful Dead website
Jack Straw may have been from Wichita but the Grateful Dead only played there once and what a show it was! Whether the band knew they would only have one shot to show the "Doo-dah" city what they were all about, we just don't know but they sure did nail it. Dick's Picks producer Dick Latvala initially considered this one for release and with a single listen, you'll know why. From the epic 90-minute 16-song first set to super tight ditties from the massively popular Workingman's Dead and American Beauty albums and newly minted Europe '72 classics like "He's Gone," "Brown-Eyed Women," and "China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider," you're bound to agree. Lest we forget to mention the great sounding tapes and excellent acoustics at the Century II Convention Hall. (Oh, and as a little bonus, we've thrown in the best of the bunch from Oklahoma City 11/15/72!)

Mastered in HDCD from the original soundboard recordings produced by Owsley Stanley, with fresh artwork from Tony Millionaire (and his little dog too), and liner notes from original handbill artist and then first-time Grateful Dead concert attendee Gary Houston, this sonic adventure is one to cross off the old bucket list.

Dave's Picks Vol. 11 -   Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead - New release
Dave's Picks Vol. 11 -   Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 - Grateful Dead - New release