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Dick's Picks Volume 6 Dick's_Picks_ Volume_06_Grateful_Dead

October 14, 1983

Hartford Civic Center 

 

 
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Order: Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks, Vol. 6: Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT 10/14/83
 
Dick's Picks Volume 6 review  

Dick's Picks 6 review

Dick’s Picks Volume 6 represents a complete concert recorded October 14, 1983, at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT.   At the time of this release there was high demand to include a “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain,” and this one delivers that.  Surprisingly, this was the second consecutive release from the early Brent tenure.  

Disc one of Dick’s Picks Volume 6 is a typical song list, but it has some strong moments. The set begins with “Alabama Getaway” > “Greatest Story Ever Told” setting the tone with vigor and quick guitar soloing. I happened to think that the highlight of the first set is a heartfelt version of “Althea” where the band gets it just right. The “Tennessee Jed” hits some nice string bending within the instrumental, but it is a bit weak vocally.  Most fans have heard “Hell in a Bucket” repeatedly through the late 1980’s and after. It is interesting to hear an early version; it did improve with time. 

The second disc of Dick’s Picks Volume 6 begins the bands second set. This is an evening that the band is in no hurry. The band begins with “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” that builds and builds expertly instrumentally; however, Jerry’s voice is a bit rough. The pair of songs clock in at over thirty minutes. The band decides on another crowd pleaser, the pairing of “Estimated Prophet” > “Eyes of the World.”  This duo is also lengthy and clock is more than thirty minutes. Many dead fans are happy to hear one of these pairing a night, but this evening we got both. If you’ve done the math the pre drums segment clocks in at over an hour, a tapers nightmare!

Dick’s Picks Volume 6’s third disc is the remainder of the concert.  The “Spinach Jam” is quite interesting as it gives the band an avenue to explore new boundaries. It leads perfectly into “The Other One.”  During the instrumental of “Stella Blue” Bobby’s playing complements Jerry’s lead helping to create a beautiful passage that starts gently and builds the song to its plateau.

The bottom-line on Dick’s Picks Volume 6 is that it is a good collection, but not their best. by Barry Small © 
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Disc 1
 
1. Alabama Getaway (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:06
 2. Greatest Story Ever Told (Hart / Hunter / Weir) - 4:52
 3. They Love Each Other (Garcia / Hunter) - 9:10
 4. Mama Tried (Haggard) - 2:48
 5. Big River (Cash) - 6:31
 6. Althea (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:49
 7. C.C. Rider (Traditional) - 8:01
 8. Tennessee Jed (Garcia /Hunter) - 8:33
 9. Hell in a Bucket (Barlow / Weir) - 5:53
10. Keep Your Day Job (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:57

Disc 2
 1. Scarlet Begonias (Garcia / Hunter) - 14:20
 2. Fire on the Mountain (Hart /Hunter) - 16:36
 3. Estimated Prophet (Barlow / Weir / Weir) - 13:11
 4. Eyes of the World (Garcia / Hunter) - 17:53

Disc 3
 1. Drums (Hart / Kreutzmann) - 5:25
 2. Spinach Jam (Grateful Dead) - 13:05
 3. The Other One (Kreutzmann / Weir) - 6:09
 4. Stella Blue (Garcia / Hunter) - 9:10
 5. Sugar Magnolia (Hunter / Weir) - 9:26
 6. U.S. Blues (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:40

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Brent Mydland - keyboards vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums

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Released - October 1996
Tape Archivists - Dick Latvala
Label - Grateful Dead Merchandise

Dick's Picks Volume 6 review