Picks Vol. 12
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
the entire third disc
Seneca College Field House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
One of trademarks of an excellent release to me is after I
listen to it; am I in the mood to play it again or if other things
are making their way into my CD player? Then, after the subsequent listen, are there new things you're hearing and enjoying, rewinding
certain passages and the like.
listened to the 11/4 show and repeated much of it and a light listen to
disc three from 11/2. While I am not done yet, here are the initial thoughts
about the release.
- Very nice for a two-track. All parts clear, I especially like the
way Bobby's parts come through as you can hear the nuances of his
playing throughout the release. The drums come through very nice;
Definitive moments - Not all releases have definitive moments. The
version of "Stella Blue" is certainly exceptional and if
it is not a definitive version, it is right on the border. Beautiful
dynamics and they really get things rolling at the end with some of
the drumming really pushing Jerry, or was it the other way around:),
gorgeous singing, not a bad transition into the "Playing
set one, the "Bertha" > "Good Lovin'" was
really solid. I thought Jerry delivered "Brown-Eyed Women"
superbly, and "Maybe it was the Roses" is a favorite of
mine, a respectable version, though, Jerry does miss a vocal line. Bobby tops it all with the set closer, "Let it
-"Iko" - A nice change of pace for a
77 show, the fourth version according to Deadbase. However, the
framing of the song improved over time. This is a bit slow and
sounds like a cousin of "Not Fade Away" at times. I didn't
care much for the tempo or beat. The faster punchier renditions that
"Iko" would eventually become are more enjoyable. Still,
it is welcome to have a fresh song. Also, "Dupree's" and
"Cold Rain" were additions to the Dead's fall 1977
rotation - no May 1977 sets have those for bragging rights.
Rain and Snow" was nice so nice to hear. Really powerful
energy build up to close the song.
- The version of "The Other One" was quite good and they
only needed a few minutes to make that musical declaration, a
tremendous "Estimated Prophet," and sizzling "Playing
in the Band Reprise." "Eyes of the World" had a
couple of ear catching Garcia lines.
Phil - Real nice playing throughout.
Picks Vol. 12 certainly has a lot great music and is a great
off topic plug, if your collection is light of Garcia Band from
1978, do check out Garcialive
the Grateful Dead website
Dave's Picks Volume 12: Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 11/4/77
The fourth and final Dave's Picks release of 2014 heeds the long awaited call for one of the best shows of the coveted year of 1977. A top candidate for release for many years, Grateful Dead archivist extraordinaire Dick Latvala wrote of 11/4/77, "this show must have destroyed everyone's mind, with the unique material ("Dupree's Diamond Blues" & "Aiko Aiko") and great performance. One can easily tell that this was a special occasion by the way Lesh carries on at the beginning of the 2nd set." His praise of the
show, replete with plenty of "we should definitely mention" notes, continued from the day he received the tape all the way through the '90s, so you know this one stands the test time. We're sure you'll agree after just a few listens to an inspired "Let It Grow," an intense "Other One," an other-worldly take on "Stella Blue," and much, much more. And if that (for some strange reason) isn't enticing enough, we've rounded out the 3-CD set with over 75+ minutes of super hot material from Seneca College Field House, Toronto, 11/2/77.
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