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6/26/74 ~ Providence

 6/28/74 ~ Boston

 

 
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Order: Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks, Vol. 12: Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI 6/26/74 & Boston Garden, Boston, MA 6/28/74
 
Dick's Picks 12 review: Grateful Dead  

Dick's Picks 12 review

Dick's Picks 12 is most of the second set and the encores from two nights of their summer 1974 tour, from June 26 at Providence, RI and June 28 at Boston, MA. What is omitted is the "Ship of Fools" and the "Me and My Uncle” from June 26; although, "Ship of Fools" is represented from the June 28 show on disc 3 as the encore.   

The first disc of Dick's Picks 12 begins with a little "Jam" that leads into "China Cat Sunflower."  Then it is another four minutes of noodling before the singing begins. With an introduction like this you know you are in for a treat, but who knew it would be this delicious, well, maybe Phil? In my opinion, this rendition of "China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider" is one of the best they've ever done.    

Between the "China Cat Sunflower" and "I Know You Rider" the CD is labeled "Mind Left Body Jam."  This is inaccurate, but the important thing is that Grateful Dead Merchandising realized the interplay was special enough that it was worthy of naming it, enough said. During the songs transition the interplay is incredible with the whole band making significant contributions. Bobby and Phil get things rolling.  Jerry soon takes over where he and Phil build a foundation. And not to be left out Keith throws in his rolling piano runs in all the right places. Perfect!  They finally get around to playing "I Know You Rider" and in brilliant fashion, Phil fans will not be disappointed.   

Next up is "Truckin'."   As the singing concludes and they begin the instrumental Garcia peels off some guitar riffs of an old Freddie King Blues song, "Hide Away," a song they've performed twice (An essay about this  classic blues song.) This leads to lots of interesting playing most notable is "The Other One” > “Spanish Jam."

The third disc of Dick's Picks 12 concludes the second set from June 28 and there are many high moments.  Perhaps the best part is the "U.S. Blues" that includes some playing that is not typical.  The encore that night, "Ship Of Fools" is one of the best versions I've heard thanks to Phil’s brilliant bass lines.  

DP12 is a must have top tier release.  One only needs to play the first song "China Cat Sunflower”  > “I Know You Rider" to deem this pick worthy; the other two and a half discs are a bonus.  by Barry Small © 
Grade  A + 

Dick's Picks 12 Track list: Grateful Dead
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Disc 1
1. Jam (Grateful Dead) - 2:29
2. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia / Hunter) - 11:24
3. Mind Left Body Jam (Grateful Dead) - 1:39
4. I Know You Rider (Traditional) - 6:11
5. Beer Barrel Polka (Brown / Timm / Vejvoda / Zeman) - 1:07
6. Truckin' (Garica / Hunter / Lesh / Weir) - 11:05
7. Other One Jam (Grateful Dead) - 3:06
8. Spanish Jam (Grateful Dead) - 15:13
9. Wharf Rat (Garcia / Hunter) - 9:50
10. Sugar Magnolia (Hunter / Weir) - 9:52

Disc 2
1. Eyes of the World (Garcia / Hunter) - 11:45
2. Seastones (Lagin / Lesh) - 4:52
3. Sugar Magnolia (Hunter / Weir) - 6:12
4. Scarlet Begonias (Garcia / Hunter) - 9:30
5. Big River (Cash) - 5:43
6. To Lay Me Down (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:23
7. Me and My Uncle (Phillips) - 3:17
8. Row Jimmy (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:16

Disc 3
1. Weather Report Suite: Prelude/Pt.1/Pt. 2
     (Andersen / Barlow / Weir) - 14:34
2. Jam (Grateful Dead) - 27:53
3. U.S. Blues (Garcia / Hunter) - 9:40
4. Promised Land (Berry) - 3:01
5 Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (Traditional) - 8:23
6. Sunshine Daydream (Hunter / Weir) - 4:45
7. Ship of Fools (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:38

Dick's Picks 12 musicians: Grateful Dead
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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Keith Godchaux - piano
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Donna Godchaux - vocals

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Released - October 1998
Tape Archivist - Dick Latvala
Label - Grateful Dead Merchandise

Article - Freddie King's "Hide Away" as interpreted by Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.  

Dick's Picks 12 review: Grateful Dead