Grateful Dead Dave's Picks 2020 Subscriptions

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by mgb70, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. I333I

    I333I Forum Resident

    The USPS got in touch with me and told me that the package wasn’t delivered because there was a menacing dog standing near the community mailbox. Kinda hilarious. Got the cd yesterday and listening right now. It’s an energetic show, but Jerry’s voice has had better days!
  2. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

    New Jersey
    Anyone check the pitch on this new one yet?
  3. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Agitation: Dead Crimson Cow.

    I will if I ever get it.
  4. SJR

    SJR Senior Member

    I posted my “review” on The Grateful Thread. Apologies if you’ve already read it—

    Hitting more early-80’s Dead, 1983 — yet another year I’ve neglected to listen to for so long.

    This week’s pick — #27 BSU Pavilion, Boise State University, Boise, ID, 02/09/83 . . .

    “Citizens of Boise, submit or perish — you are a conquered people”

    Wang Dang Doodle
    kicks off the 1st set — I don’t hear this one often, but it’s a good bluesy rocker, with cool Jerry solos into a solid Jack Straw. After that opener, things slow down with a mid-paced They Love Each Other then Mama Tried > Big River, which is played fast. A big, firing on all cylinders Brown-Eyed Women up next. A hot, smokin’ version of NewMinglewood Blues with great guitar shredding, followed by a fierce and relentless Big Railroad Blues — which just rocks and gallops along, Jerry in particular letting it rip. One of the best versions of this one I’ve heard yet. A Looks Like Rain, which whilst not the best has some nice shimmering guitar playing from Jerry, then a really long, bouncy Deal closes the set.

    A rather sloppy, flubbed Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower opens the 2nd set. There’s some great playing during a melodic Franklin’s Tower but the perfectly played, cohesive Slipknot! jam is the highlight here — I’ve heard better versions of this sequence though (any from the 70’s). Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World comes next, both nicely played with amazing jamming and there’s a great improvised jam section at the end of Eyes Of The World between Bob, Brent and the drums. [There’s a striking section in Eyes Of The World where it sounds like they’ve patched in an AUD recording for a few seconds and are there lyrics missing here?] Jam > Drums > Space is cool and especially the Space section, beautifully melodic, which segues into a fairly chaotic but funky (real early version of) Throwing Stones, with the guitars loud in the mix. Then comes a rippin’ up-tempo Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad into an emotional Black Peter, with beautiful bridge section, before ending on a highly energetic Sugar Magnolia. A cover of Bob Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue closes the show — this is really becoming a favourite encore of mine, though not as good as the one from The Spectrum, 06/04/82.

    Overall a fun, high-energy show with some great versions through the sets. The vocals, and at points the keys and guitars, are way up front in the mix and loud, which takes a moment to get used to!

    Jerry’s singing and soloing is pretty great throughout, despite some forgotten words and musical screw-ups.

    It’s been interesting hearing some shows from 1981, ‘82 and ‘83 these past few weeks — they’re admittedly not the greatest years for the band, in terms of what came before and what was to come after, but there’s some good stuff around.

    Fast-forwarding through the mid-80’s (as I’ve not got anything from that time) to their comeback in 1987 next.

    1983/2018 Rhino Records (2) ‎– R2-565021, Grateful Dead Records ‎– R2-565021
  5. Grateful Griller

    Grateful Griller Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Thanks! Agree with your review... I've now made it through Eyes...The Slipknot is intense! I do struggle with Jerry's guitar tone in the early 80's and of course his voice is not what is was even a few years earlier. Regardless is great to hear inspiration from a band that had been at it for so long at that point.

    I definitely see myself revisiting this and DaP35....maybe creating an early 80's mix from them..Did that recently with the 89 Giant's, RFK and Crimson, White & Indigo which was a great soundtrack for some hot yard work!
  6. scoutbb

    scoutbb Forum Resident

    Received 8903 Friday. No shipping notice whatsoever.
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  7. Matthew Tate

    Matthew Tate Forum Resident

    Richmond, Virginia

    late 80's summer shows were always good
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  8. WaterLemon

    WaterLemon Forum Resident

    My beef with Boise is I was at a very similar show a few days later at a Red Rocks (9/6/83) that I think includes a FAR better Help-Slip, and post drums a similar (excellent) space, just Jerry and Bob doing an improvised duet, but 9/6 they go into UJB... to me, it’s just a better show. Of course, I don’t know what sort of tape they have in the vault. Anyway, this is all subjective I know, and this is exactly what ReListen is for.
  9. dsdu

    dsdu Forum Resident

    Santa Cruz, CA
  10. diamondstylus

    diamondstylus Forum Resident

    Greenfield, MA
    I hope mine arrives tomorrow, tracking says it has been in Hartford, about 80mi south of me, since Thursday.
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  11. DrLunchbox

    DrLunchbox Forum Deadhead #1604

    Hillsborough, NC
    I actually listened to it this past week. Finished it up this weekend when doing chores around the house. I liked it much more than I remembered, warts and all.
  12. Echoes71

    Echoes71 Forum Resident

    My copy of 35 arrived today with a very low number: 870!!

    Now, I'm hoping that I dig it. This is my first real foray into the world of 80s Dead...
  13. dsdu

    dsdu Forum Resident

    Santa Cruz, CA
    Out for delivery.
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  14. Dahabenzapple

    Dahabenzapple Forum Resident

    Livingston NJ
    Still no sign of mine

    thank jah it isn’t a 68-78 show!!!
  15. *Zod*

    *Zod* So, this is planet Houston

    New England
    no problems whatsoever with Boise 9/2/ would have been my 1983 pick as well, either that or 12/28/83
  16. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Agitation: Dead Crimson Cow.

    It's not off by much, but it appears to run very slightly slow/flat. I chose Let it Grow as my sampling point.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2020
  17. GRC

    GRC Forum Resident

    Southeastern USA
    not delivered yet - local post office got it 6 days ago - I'm dyin' here...................
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  18. ScramMan2

    ScramMan2 Forum Resident

    Portland OR
    Tracking shows my copy is here, but no delivery yet. Tracking shows UPS Surepost which means the USPS does the final mile. Looks like they have switched fulfillment vendors again, I think this is the third switch.

    I was able to buy a sealed copy here on SHF and it arrived today, via Media Mail from SC. Thanks Lee!
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  19. Taylor16

    Taylor16 Forum Resident

    Billings, Montana
    Couldn’t agree more. I never quite got 80’s Dead until I learned to re-calibrate my listening to AUD files. Websites like and really pushed me to find AUD recordings that enhanced the listening experience and I’ll gladly take a solid 80’s AUD recording on part with a Betty Board from the band’s 70’s peak.
  20. dsdu

    dsdu Forum Resident

    Santa Cruz, CA
    16683 and 20691 arrived today. Threw out 20691 immediately unopened.
  21. US Blues

    US Blues Undermining Consensus Reality

    Safety first!
  22. notesofachord

    notesofachord Get Ya Hands Outta Your Pockets

    It’s a very good, if but a bit sloppy (Help on the Way=yikes!!) show. However, it suffers from a less than ideal mix (Brent too loud, Jerry much too quiet).
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2020
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  23. notesofachord

    notesofachord Get Ya Hands Outta Your Pockets


    Lalalalalalala... I don’t want to know this! I’d rather live in innocence and naïveté.

  24. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Agitation: Dead Crimson Cow.

    The question was asked and I answered it.
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  25. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag The West Coast bzfgt

    Pacifica, CA
    Well, after receiving 3o volumes through the mail no problem,I finally got one where about three inches of the top right corner is severely creased and the plastic tray inside is cracked. Hello, customer service.
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