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Dick's Picks Volume 16 Dick's Picks Volume 16, Dick's Picks 16_Grateful_Dead

November 8, 1969

Fillmore West, S.F., CA

 
 
 
Dick's Picks direct from the GD 
Order: Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks, Vol. 16: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 11/8/69
 

Dick's Picks 16 review

Dick’s Picks Volume 16 is a release that you get to hear two styles of early Grateful Dead music merge. It includes both the early psychedelic and blues style, and a glimpse of what was to come next with the Workingman’s Dead and  American Beauty material.  Included is the complete concert performed November 8, 1969, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. 

The show gets off to a bluesy start with a Pig Pen led "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl."  After, Jerry sings a few songs and is showed up by what follows, "Easy Wind," again, featuring Pig Pen.  Jerry counters with "China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider," a solid version.  The "High Time" that follows is strong vocally, though CSN&Y fans may disagree.  “Cumberland Blues" appears in its infancy and it shows.     

The treasure of Dick’s Picks Volume 16 is disc two that begins the second set. It demonstrates perfect transitions between songs that is signature Grateful Dead.  It begins with a stunning "Dark Star” that includes a “Feeing Groovy Jam,” which would later become the trademark riff transitioning "China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know you Rider."  It flows into "The Other One" that leads back into "Dark Star" into an "Uncle John's Band Jam" and back to "Dark Star," wow. Now that's a "Dark Star." 

The band continues into familiar territory, effortlessly flowing into "St. Stephen”  > “The Eleven” > ”Caution” > “Feedback" all is if it is one song.  Frankly, I am baffled at how they could pull this set off without stopping.  Hearing the band incorporate the newer material into their repertoire, particularly the “Uncle John’s Band” within “Dark Star,” keeps the songs and music sounding fresh.  

Last, there is a twenty-five minute version of "Turn on your Lovelight" to enjoy. It was recorded the previous night. 

Dick’s Picks Volume 16 is one of the best releases from the Pig Pen era. I'll say it again; the second set is great.  by Barry Small © 
Grade 
A

Track List

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Disc 1  

 1. Good Morning Little School Girl (Williamson) - 13:33
 2. Casey Jones (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:51
 3. Dire Wolf (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:24
 4. Easy Wind (Hunter) - 9:02
 5. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia / Hunter) - 3:45
 6.  I Know You Rider (Traditional) - 5:40
 7.  High Time (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:48
 8.  Mama Tried (Haggard) - 3:10
 9.  Good Lovin' (Resnick) - 9:17
10. Cumberland Blues (Garcia / Hunter/ Lesh) - 4:19

Disc 2

 1. Dark Star
     (Garcia / Hunter   Kreutzmann  / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) -  14:09
 2. The Other One (Kreutzmann / Weir) - 12:02
 3. Dark Star -1:00 (Garcia Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan / Weir /Hunter)
 4. Uncle John's Band Jam (Garcia / Hunter) - 2:33
 5. Dark Star -3:05(Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh/ McKernan/Weir/ Hunter)
 6. St. Stephen (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 7:44
 7. The Eleven (Hunter / Lesh) - 14:01

Disc 3

 1. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (Grateful Dead) - 17:28
 2. The Main Ten (Hart) - 3:10
 3. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (Grateful Dead) - 9:02
 4. Feedback (Grateful Dead) - 7:57
 5. We Bid You Goodnight (Traditional) - 3:28
 6. Turn on Your Lovelight (Malone / Scott) - 25:29

Musicians:       

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Tom Constanten - organ
Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - keyboard, vocals, harmonica
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Mickey Hart - percussion

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Released February 2000
Tape Archivist - Dick Latvala
Label - Grateful Dead Records