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Dave's Picks Vol. 7 -  Horton Field House, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release

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Dave's Picks Vol. 7 Dave's Picks Vol. 7 - April 24, 1978 Normal, IL - Grateful Dead
4/24/78
Horton Field House
Illinois State University
Normal, IL
 
 
 
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Dave's Picks Vol. 7 -  Horton Field House, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release

Dave's Picks Vol. 7
Horton Field House
Illinois State University, Normal, IL 
4/24/78

Dave's Picks Vol. 7 is a complete concert from the spring 1978 tour performed April 24, 1978, at Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

A general comment about the release is that the sound has a good separation in that you can hear each of the members contribution quite clearly, but certainly not the fidelity of Rocking the Cradle from later in year. What seems to dominate in the mix more than normal is the two drummers. So a bit charm of the release is their contributions, both as they add accents and highlights, as well as drive the energy with unstoppable force.

The first set has many awesome moments. In fact there are four songs that are performed as well as one could want. Starting with the Jerry tracks, "Friend of the Devil" electric versions in my view are exceptional in 1978 and this version is a testament as such. He also delivers a gorgeous rendition of "Maybe it was Roses." Bobby delivers a version of "The Music Never Stopped" that is over the top in excellence, and "Cassidy" is just as tight. With both Bobby songs, the drummers really add an intensity, and get all of the transitions just right.

Finally in set one, There is much discussion of the little disco tease of "Staying Alive" that precedes, "Me and My Uncle," and the way they blend the melody a bit into "Uncle." Don't overlook during "Big River" before the vocals, Bobby fancies up his rhythm that hints of "Staying Alive," Jerry counters by playing the melody, Staying Alive, Staying Alive. That part was way cool as it really shows the band listening to each other and throwing musical ideas off of each other.

The second set takes up discs two and three. I prefer the Garcia song selections, Weir's are all fast rockers. I'm not the biggest fan of "Not Fade Away" or "Around and Around," and these version did not change my mind. Now to Bobby's slide playing. I do not care for it most of the time. In songs like "Brother Esau" where it is written into the composition it works, but just jamming on it like he does throughout this concert, well, not good. 

The opener, "Scarlet Begonias" > "Fire on the Mountain" has tons of great moments, but there are a few segments where the slide is bothersome. During Black Peter," the use of slide is shorter in duration, and the riffs Bobby uses it for blend in nicely yielding a really stellar rendition; "Terrapin Station" is near perfect."

The encore is a Warren Zeon cover, "Werewolves of London." Musically it is laughable, but the band is having fun, take it for what it is.

All in all, I probably won't replay the second set much, though "Terrapin Station" and "Black Peter" are keepers. The first set has a handful of near definitive versions of several songs. 
 
by Barry Small 
Grade B

 
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Tracklist

Disc 1
1 Promised Land [5:14]
2 Ramble On Rose [8:07]
3 Me and My Uncle> [3:10]
4 Big River [6:21]
5 Friend Of The Devil [9:33]
6 Cassidy [5:38]
7 Brown-Eyed Women [5:57]
8 Passenger [5:45]
9 It Must Have Been The Roses [8:07]
10 The Music Never Stopped [8:51]

Disc 2
1 Scarlet Begonias> [12:55]
2 Fire On The Mountain> [11:08]
3 Good Lovin'[7:06]

Disc 3
1 Terrapin Station> [10:51]
2 Rhythm Devils [13:53]
3 Space> [6:41]
4 Not Fade Away> [11:19]
5 Black Peter> [11:47]
6 Around and Around [9:11]
7 Werewolves Of London [7:46]
Dave's Picks Vol. 7 -  Horton Field House, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Grateful Dead Road - 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
Donna Jean Godchaux - Vocals
Keith Godchaux - Piano

Dave's Picks Vol. 7 -  Horton Field House, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release
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Release date - Aug. 2013
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by - David Lemieux
CD mastering - Jeffrey Norman 
Recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson
Liner Notes - Blair Jackson

Limited to 13,000 individually numbered copies

Listening Party
4/24/78, Normal, IL

The Music Never Stopped - One of the top versions according to David Lemieux

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. 7 -  Horton Field House, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release

From the Grateful Dead website

The Grateful Dead may have wrapped up the final show of the first leg of their 1978 Spring Tour in a town called Normal, but this night was anything but! Yes, on this fine evening, the Rhythm Devils shook the room with an exotic tribal assault. Bob found his groove with the slide guitar, contrasting nicely with Keith's block chording, Phil's thundering and swooping bass-lines, Jerry's articulated leads. Heck, they even dabbled in disco, teasing the audience with an unmistakable riffs from "Stayin' Alive." What does all this juiced-up, cranked to the max, sonic savagery add up to? Top-level deliveries of fan favorites like "The Music Never Stopped," "Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain," and "Ramble On Rose," a jungle-vibed 14+ minute Rhythm Devils interlude, an over-the-top take on Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" and much, much more.

Dave's Picks Vol. 7 -  Horton Field House, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release
Dave's Picks Vol. 7 -  Horton Field House, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Grateful Dead Road - New release