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Dave's Picks Vol. 9 -  Dave's Picks Volume 9: Harry Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT May 14, 1974 - Grateful Dead Road - New release

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Dave's Picks Vol. 9 -  Dave's Picks Volume 9: Harry Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT May 14, 1974 - Grateful Dead Road - New release

Dave's Picks Vol. 9
May 14, 1974
University of Montana, 
Missoula, Montana 

Dave's Picks Vol. 9 brings us the second complete 1974 Grateful Dead concert with this series. There have been some great 1974 releases, however, before the Dave's Picks series, none were full shows. More, much first set material from 1974 was left off so it is nice to have more of that with this edition. 

The first set is generous in length comprising of disc one and half of disc two. Most of the material sticks to the framework of the songs, with jamming interplay within that context. The set one song selection by Garcia is derived from his solo albums, Garcia, Reflections, and some tracks not released on any studio album, but did appear on the Grateful Dead Europe '72 album, and Mars Hotel

I enjoyed all of the Garcia songs. "Bertha" seemed to have a nice feel to it. "Tennessee Jed" has some interested Garcia tones. No definitive moments in the set, but the arrangements sound nice and offer a generous helping of that 1974 Wall of Sound and grand piano melodies, oh yeah. Bobby played a few too many of the cowboy songs for my taste, but does serve good versions of "Black Throated Wind," and "Jack Straw." 

They do stretch out the jamming a bit with "Scarlet Begonias," but don't say much. After the "Scarlet" jam, Jerry hits the melody of "Maybe it Was the Roses" and the way Phil follows along is quite nice. 

They end set one with "Playing in the Band," a song that stretched out to 20 minutes, which was commonplace in those days. One unique thing about this rendition is a major flub as they venture to the jam closing cord sequence that leads to the vocals. Bobby keeps the band on track and they get back in synch pretty quickly. Donna's wailing that follows is not pretty, but after she stops, the band plays the end of the song really hard, and to me that is the best part of this rendition.

The second set is about the same length as first set. The second disc has three songs, shall we say the warm up. "U.S. Blues" in 1974 are usually good as is this one.  

If my notes are complete, only six "Dark Star's" were performed in 1974, and four of the six have been released. See the bottom of the review for a list. The band executes the various stages of the song in dazzling fashion, which includes a brief "St. Stephen" tease, and a furious Tiger Jam. The outro transition jam is really remarkable too leading flawless into "China Doll." Jerry commands the band through it in heartfelt fashion; the nice bass lines throughout are noteworthy. 

The rest of the evening is devoted to rock 'n roll. Very well played indeed. We'll give Keith props to some nice contributions to "Promised Land." The "Not Fade Away" has some frenzied energetic peaks, leading into a tightly played rendition of "Going Down the Road Feeling Band." 

The encore of "One More Saturday Night" has power, ivory touches, Phil bombs, and more. 

Regarding the sound and mix. The Wall of Sound 1974 releases all seem to have great separation of the instruments allowing you to hear each of their parts clearly. Phil is dropping bombs, especially on the third disc. Keith displays his brilliance throughout the entire concert, which is a key reason why I like 1974 so much. The mix nicely showcases Bobby's rhythm guitar passages. 

While Dave's Picks Volume 9 doesn't unseat the top tier 1974 releases, it is a solid full concert that you'll be ecstatic to have. While the jewel of this release is "Dark Star," many of my favorite 1974 repertoire compositions are not performed at this show, like "China Cat Sunflower," "Morning Dew," "Eyes of the World," "Ship of Fools," and "Truckin'." Therefore, it is hard to rank this show at the level of the very best of that year. Though, the third disc is quite magical and there are countless moments of cool grooves throughout. This is a show that will get repeated listens when a 1974 mood arises. 

by Barry Small
Grade A -

Dark Star 1974
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2/24/1974 Winterland Arena
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Dave's Picks Vol. 9 -  Dave's Picks Volume 9: Harry Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT May 14, 1974 - Grateful Dead Road - New release
Track List

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Disc 1
1. Bertha [6:15]
2. Me And My Uncle [3:15]
3. Loser [6:39]
4. Black-Throated Wind [6:52]
5. Scarlet Begonias> [7:21]
6. It Must Have Been The Roses [5:44]
7. Jack Straw [5:18]
8. Tennessee Jed [8:18]
9. Mexicali Blues [3:39]
10. Deal [4:46]

Disc 2
1. Big River [5:21]
2. Brown-Eyed Woman [5:13]
3. Playing In The Band [20:49]
4. U.S. Blues [5:48]
5. El Paso [4:44]
6. Row Jimmy [8:52]

Disc 3
1. Weather Report Suite [16:08]
Prelude [1:26]
Part I [4:32]
Part II (Let It Grow) [10:10]
2. Dark Star> [26:39]
3. China Doll [5:52]
4. Promised Land [3:46]
5. Not Fade Away> [6:15]
6. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad [9:58]
7. One More Saturday Night [4:50] 
Dave's Picks Vol. 9 -  Dave's Picks Volume 9: Harry Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT May 14, 1974 - 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. 9 -  Dave's Picks Volume 9: Harry Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT May 14, 1974 - Grateful Dead Road - New release
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Release date - Feb. 2014
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by - David Lemieux
CD mastering - Jeffrey Norman 
Recorded by Dan Healy

Limited to 14,000 individually numbered copies
Dave's Picks Vol. 9 -  Dave's Picks Volume 9: Harry Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT May 14, 1974 - Grateful Dead Road - New release

From the Grateful Dead website
We're kicking off Dave's Picks 2014 with a visit to the Wall Of Sound era. Dave's Picks Volume 9 features the complete show from May 14, 1974, at Adams Field House at the University of Montana in Missoula, the Grateful Dead's only appearance in the state of oro y plata. This monstrously hot show is the third official show of the Wall Of Sound, which had debuted in March 1974. Highlights run deep including the second performance of “Scarlet Begonias,” a 22+ minute “Playing In The Band” that leans heavily on the band's jazz chops, and a second set jam of “Weather Report Suite>Dark Star” that contains some of the deepest jamming of 1974, and that's saying a heck of a lot! It also features one of only a handful of versions of “Dark Star” played in 1974, a song heading toward a long hiatus, and this one digs deep into some of the wildest spaces you'll ever hear. Rockers, ballads, and jams, 5/14/74 covers all the bases, with plenty of nuances to revel in, each and every listen.

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. 9 -  Dave's Picks Volume 9: Harry Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT May 14, 1974 - Grateful Dead Road - New release
Dave's Picks Vol. 9 -  Dave's Picks Volume 9: Harry Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT May 14, 1974 - Grateful Dead Road - New release