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Dave's Picks Vol. 3 - J10/21/71 Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release

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10/22/71 (filler 10/21/71)
Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
 
 
 
 
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Dave's Picks Vol. 3 - J10/21/71 Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release

Dave's Picks Vol. 3
October 22, 1971

Dave's Picks Vol. 3 is from a period of Grateful Dead history that was very transitional in nature. For this tour, they were without Pigpen and brought in the newest band member, pianist Keith Godchaux. It also was within their most fertile song writing period of their career. The featured performance is the complete concert from October 22, 1971, at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago IL. This show was the second consecutive night at the Auditorium Theater and the release includes a third disc that takes the highlights from the Oct. 21 show, and only one song is repeated, "Me and Bobby McGee."

This was the third performance with Keith Godchaux on board. his debut was three days earlier in Minneapolis, MN on October 19 and they debuted six songs that evening, all of which were also played during this featured concert. They are: “Tennessee Jed,” “Jack Straw,” “Mexicali Blues,” “Ramble On Rose,” “Comes A Time” and “One More Saturday Night,” and "Ramble on Rose." 

The evenings first set takes up the entire first disc and the first two tracks of the second disc. The material is primarily culled from 1970's Workingman's Dead and later with a few exceptions. With so many new tracks, they do them justice, however, the songs did improve over time. The best listens in the first set to me are Jerry sung songs, "Black Peter," and "Cold Rain and Snow," neither new. The version of "Playing in the Band" the band gets out of synch in a key portion of the jam, making that track anti-climatic.

On to the second set they continue with a new number, "Ramble on Rose," and head back to Workingman's Dead for a strong version of "Cumberland Blues." You can really feel the band changing music directions from their psychedelic roots up to this point. Then Jerry peels off the notes to "Cryptical Envelopment" where we are reminded of the bands genesis. A good version, Keith's second live performance of the track. A bit of improvising ensues after the drum solo, and it is clear, the new guy can surely keep up. As the band gets to end of "The Other One," it sounds like a "Cosmic Charlie" tease, before they opt for a cool transition into "Deal." 

The third disc are the key parts from the previous evening. The highlight is "Dark Star." The early Keith versions of "Dark Star" are shorter than the Europe '72 renditions, and they often sandwiched a song in within. Here they segue into "Sitting On Top of This World" then back to "Dark Star" > "Me and Bobby McGee." A very fine musical segment, my favorite of the release. With Keith on board, "Sitting On Top of This World" has barrelhouse style piano in place of the organ tones that Pigpen favored, much more to my liking. 

I find the most interesting pieces of this Grateful Dead era are the versions of "Dark Star" and "The Other One." The rest of the music, I tend to favor the songs from different periods. It is certainly worth hearing the early shows with Keith for historical purposes, but to my ears, not for definitive versions. Jerry's voice sounds magnificent, especially on songs like "Black Peter," Cumberland Blues," and "Comes a Time." 

Barry Small ©
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Dave's Picks Vol. 3 - J10/21/71 Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release
Track List

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Track list 

October 22, 1971
CD 1
1.Bertha
2.Me and My Uncle
3.Tennessee Jed
4.Jack Straw
5.Loser
6.Playing In The Band
7.Sugaree
8.Beat It On Down The Line
9.Black Peter
10.Mexicali Blues
11.Cold Rain and Snow
12.Me and Bobby McGee

October 22, 1971
CD 2
1.Comes A Time
2.One More Saturday Night
3.Ramble On Rose
4.Cumberland Blues
5.That's It For The Other One>
i.Cryptical Envelopment
ii.Drums
iii.The Other One
iv.Cryptical Envelopment
6.Deal
7.Sugar Magnolia
8.Casey Jones>
9.Johnny B. Goode

October 21, 1971
CD 3
1.Truckin'
2.Big Railroad Blues
3.Frozen Logger
4.Dark Star>
5.Sitting On Top Of The World>
6.Dark Star>
7.Me and Bobby McGee
8.Brown-Eyed Women
9.St. Stephen>
10.Johnny B. Goode

Dave's Picks Vol. 3 - J10/21/71 Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release
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Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Keith Godchaux - Piano

Dave's Picks Vol. 3 - J10/21/71 Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release
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Release date - July. 2012 

CD Mastering - Jeffrey Norman
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by David Lemieux
Executive Producer Mark Pinkus

DAVID LEMIEUX ON VOLUME 3 & MORE
David Lemieux sits down for a seaside chat about his favorite moments on Dave's Picks, Volume 3: October 22, 1971 - Chicago, IL Watch the video here: Bottom of the page.

Listening Party feature prior to the release - "Cumberland Blues," "Brown-Eyed Women," and "Comes A Time" 

From Deadlists 

From Dead lists
Venue Auditorium Theatre
Location Chicago, IL
Date 10/21/71 - Thursday
One Truckin' ; Loser ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Tennessee Jed ; Playing In The Band [5:54] ; Big Railroad Blues ; Jack Straw ; Cumberland Blues [4:57] ; Comes A Time [6:52] ; Mexicali Blues [3:11] ; The Frozen Logger [0:13] ; Cold Rain And Snow [5:22] ; One More Saturday Night
Two Casey Jones ; Me And My Uncle [2:48] ; Dark Star (1) [15:09] > Sittin' On Top Of The World [3:16] > Dark Star [2:03] > Me And Bobby McGee [5:56] ; Brown Eyed Women ; Ramble On Rose [6:06] ; Sugar Magnolia (2) [6:08]
Encore Saint Stephen [5:49] > Johnny B. Goode [3:54]
Comments (1) {Dark Star jam [6:52] > 1st verse [2:01] > spacey jam [4:12] > happy Jam [1:13] > spacey Jam [0:51]} (2) {Sugar Magnolia [4:47] ; [0:05] ; Sunshine Daydream [1:16]}

Bold - Disc 3

Dave's Picks Vol. 3 - J10/21/71 Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release

From the Grateful Dead website

DAVE’S PICKS VOL.3 FEATURES SHOWS FROM KEITH’S FIRST TOUR!

In all the years that archival Grateful Dead recordings have been coming out, there have been just three from the red-hot fall of 1971, Keith Godchaux’s landmark first tour with the band. Those would be Dick’s Picks Vol. 2, a rippin’ single-disc release of the second set of the group’s Halloween show at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Download Series Vol. 3 from the 10/26 Rochester show and Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 2 from November 15, 1971 in Austin, Texas. Now there is a fourth: Dave’s Picks Vol. 3 features the complete October 22, 1971 concert from the beautiful Auditorium Theatre in Chicago on two discs, with a third disc culled from the previous night’s scorcher at the same venue.

Keith came into the band in mid-September ’71, at a time when Pigpen was desperately ill and the band was hungering for something new to help fill out their sound. A sparkling pianist, Keith was a complete unknown at the time, yet, miraculously it seemed, fit in with the Dead immediately. The live “Skull & Roses” double-album (recorded in the winter-spring of ’71) had just come out, and the band was still enjoying a surge of unprecedented popularity since Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty were released the previous year. They were on a roll!

Never ones to rest on their laurels, however, the band continued their torrid pace of introducing new songs: “Sugaree” and “Brown-Eyed Women” first appeared in the summer of ’71, and that fall, when the band with Keith hit the road, starting out in Minneapolis (10/19) and then moving on to Chicago (10/21-22), they had a whole bunch of other freshly minted tunes waiting to be born—“Tennessee Jed,” “Jack Straw,” “Mexicali Blues,” “Ramble On Rose,” “Comes A Time” and “One More Saturday Night,” all of which appear on this set.

The sparkle and verve that Keith brought to the band is immediately apparent, as he tears through rockers and bouncy mid-tempo numbers with the confidence of someone who had been playing this music forever. If the quiet keyboardist was nervous or unsure of himself on this first jaunt, it certainly wasn’t apparent. And you can feel the electricity in the rest of the band, as Jerry, Phil, Bob and Bill absorb and play off of the amazingly inventive musings of their new recruit. Of course Pigpen’s absence was deeply felt (and the band acknowledged it at every stop), but Keith’s entrance was so seamless and the energy he injected into the music so impressive, the group didn’t appear to lose any of the momentum they had been building tour after tour.

The songs are a blend of old, still-recent (from Workingman’s Dead on) and brand-new. One forgets that crowd-pleasers such as “Bertha,” “Deal” and “Playing in the Band” had come into the repertoire only eight months earlier, and “Truckin’” and “Sugar Magnolia” were just over a year old. Even a bunch of the cover tunes were relatively recent additions—“Big Railroad Blues,” “Me & Bobby McGee” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Keith handles all of those (and earlier chestnuts like “Cold Rain and Snow” and “Beat It On Down the Line”) with his characteristic aplomb, but perhaps most impressive is how he fares on the Dead’s big jamming numbers. On Disc Two, you’ll hear his thoughtful and inventive contributions to a truly stellar, 29-minute version of “That’s It for the Other One.” And on Disc Three (from 10/21), listen to him as he navigates through a spectacular “Dark Star,” which is split by a spirited romp through “Sitting on Top of the World.” The encore of 10/21 also features the first of only three “old school” (pre-hiatus) versions of “St. Stephen” Keith played on.

Most of the 12,000 limited edition copies of Dave’s Picks Vol. 3 are already spoken for by subscribers to the series, but there are a still a few thousand available through Dead.net only. These will definitely sell out—and fast—so if you want make sure you get your copy, order today! As always, the 3-CD set has been lovingly mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman from the original vault reels, and the eco-friendly Digipak includes a booklet with an essay about the show and, in this case, some very cool photos of the interior of Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre. For the complete song lists and ordering info, click here.

—Blair Jackson

This item is now available for PRE-ORDER ONLY. Item is estimated to ship August 1, 2012.

This limited edition of 12,000 numbered copies (with just 2800 copies left for purchase) will definitely sell out - and fast - don't delay!

Dave’s Picks Vol. 3 features the complete October 22, 1971 concert from the beautiful Auditorium Theatre in Chicago on two discs, with a third disc culled from the previous night’s scorcher at the same venue.

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:

Dave's Picks Vol. 3 - J10/21/71 Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release
Dave's Picks Vol. 3 - J10/21/71 Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release