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5/10/78 ~ New Haven, CT 

5/11/78 ~ Springfield, MA

 

 
 
 
Order:  GDM | Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks, Vol. 25: Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT 5/10/78 & Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, MA 5/11/78
Dick's Picks 25 - Review

Dick's Picks Volume 25 review

Dick's Picks volume 25 is almost two complete Grateful Dead concerts from 1978; May 10 from Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in New Haven CT, and May 11 from Springfield Civic Center Arena in Springfield, MA. From the first evening "Maybe it was the Roses" the third song in set two, and the encore "U. S. Blues" were left off, and from the second evening "Mexicali Blues," > "Mama Tried"  and "Peggy-O" from set one. As a result of the cuts "Tennessee Jed" and "New Minglewood Blues" order was switched to give the songs a better flow. 

The first set of the Grateful Dead’s May 10 concert at New Haven is great throughout. A powerful “Jack Straw” sets the stage for a perfect beginning to a great evening.  The less than five-minute version of “Cassidy” proves that a Grateful Dead song doesn’t have to be ten minutes or longer to jam. The set closer of  “Let it Grow” > “Deal” is what Dead Heads hunger for. 

The second set of Dick’s Picks Volume 25 from May 10, 1978, is the best of the four sets by far. The first songs two songs of the set end the first disc, “Bertha” > “Good Lovin’” a splendid opening indeed. However, the highlight of the set is a spring flowing “Estimated Prophet” > “Eyes of the World.” 

Discs 3 and 4 include most of the Grateful Dead’s May 11, 1978, performance in Springfield, MA. Some highpoints of the first set include “Loser” where Garcia not on wails on his guitar, but after the instrumental he wails on the vocals with a growl, a la Tony the Tiger; a warm up for their encore. Even better is the “Friend of the Devil,” that has a great instrumental that starts out slow and builds to a powerful peak. The set closer, “Lazy Lightning” > “Supplication” is another gem seeping with rhythm, melody, and power. 

The second begins on the first disc with a good “Scarlet” > “Fire on the Mountain.” The last disc has good versions of all the songs, but no real definitive ones. “Dancing in the Streets” hits some interesting rhythmic patterns, but they got carried away with the ending vocals dialogue that goes on too long. The “Stella Blue” is stellar with great dynamics and an outstanding closing instrumental. The “Werewolves of London” is a fun selection, featuring some cool vocal interchange between Jerry and Donna, and Weir seems to be enjoying his opportunity to play slide guitar. 

Overall, Dick’s Picks volume 25 has lots to offer featuring nearly two complete concerts from May 1978. It does feature a bit too much slide guitar and not enough Keith for me to rank as high as some of the other gems previously released from this marvelous era of Grateful Dead music. by Barry Small  
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Dick's Picks 25 - Track List
Track List

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Disc 1
1 Jack Straw (6:51) (Weir, Hunter)
2 They Love Each Other (7:45) (Garcia, Hunter)
3 Cassidy (5:22) (Weir, Barlow)
4 Ramble On Rose (7:30) (Garcia, Hunter)
5 Me and My Uncle (3:00) (Phillips)
6 Big River (6:56) (Cash)
7 Peggy-O (7:52) (Trad. Arr. By Grateful Dead)
8 Let It Grow (9:40) (Weir, Barlow)
9 Deal (7:05) (Garcia, Hunter)
10 Bertha (8:07) (Garcia, Hunter)
11 Good Lovin’ (6:20) (Clark, Resnick)
Disc 2

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1 Estimated Prophet (12:04) (Weir, Barlow)
2 Eyes Of The World (12:18) (Garcia, Hunter)
3 Drums (18:00) (Hart, Kreutzmann)
4 The Other One (16:31) (Weir, Kreutzmann)
5 Wharf Rat (10:14) (Garcia, Hunter)
6 Sugar Magnolia (9:33) (Weir, Hunter)
Disc 3

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1 Cold Rain and Snow (7:03) (Grateful Dead)
2 Beat It On Down The Line (3:31) (Fuller)
3 Friend Of The Devil (8:36) (Garcia, Dawson, Hunter)
4 Looks Like Rain (9:13) (Weir, Barlow)
5 Loser (7:48) (Garcia, Hunter)
6 New Minglewood Blues (5:47) (Trad. Arr. By Bob Weir)
7 Tennessee Jed (8:47) (Garcia, Hunter)
8 Lazy Lightnin’ (3:21) (Weir, Barlow)
9 Supplication (6:31) (Weir, Barlow)
10 Scarlet Begonias (9:41) (Garcia, Hunter)
11 Fire On The Mountain (8:35) (Hart, Hunter)
Disc 4

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1 Dancing In The Streets (15:12) (Stevenson, Gaye, I. Hunter)
2 Drums (19:53) (Hart, Kreutzmann)
3 Not Fade Away (10:21) (Petty, Hardin)
4 Stella Blue (8:46) (Garcia, Hunter)
5 Around and Around (9:15) (Berry)
6 Werewolves Of London (8:30) (Marinell, Wachtell, Zevon)
7 Johnny B. Goode (4:15) (Berry)
Dick's Picks 25 - Musicians
Musicians:       

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Keith Godchaux - piano
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums
Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals

Dick's Picks 25 - Notes
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Released - July 2002
Tape Archivists - Dick Latvala, David Lemieux
Label - Grateful Dead Merchandise
Photos - Jim Anderson and Robert Minkin and others

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Photo by Jim Anderson©

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