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Dick's Picks, Vol. 13: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 5/6/81 Live, Original recording remastered


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00005V8PM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Alabama Getaway
2. Greatest Story Ever Told
3. They Love Each Other
4. Cassidy
5. Jack-A-Roe
6. Little Red Rooster
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. New Minglewood Blues
2. High Time
3. Lost Sailor
4. Saint Of Circumstance
Disc: 3
1. He's Gone
2. Caution / Spanish Jam
3. Drums
4. Jam
5. The Other One
6. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
See all 9 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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A number of unique and interesting moments distinguish Volume 13 of the Dick's Picks series, which offers a complete Nassau Coliseum performance from May of 1981. The long and strong 11-song first set picks up steam at the end with the always welcome "Big Railroad Blues," a daring "Let It Grow," and a fiery "Deal." Disc two is where the real fun begins, featuring a powerful reading of "High Time" followed by the "Sailor"/"Saint" combo, while disc three boasts an absolutely wild "Caution/Spanish Jam" following "He's Gone." As an added bonus on the second disc, check out the hidden "Scarlet"/Fire" from another (unnamed) show, which reaches some pretty high peaks during the transition and powers along for 35 minutes of action! --Marc Greilsamer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hoppy Doppelrocket on February 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This three Disc set from May 1981 (Nassau Coliseum)contains the usual healthy handful (over three hours of inspired, often improvised moments) of music by this great band (consisting at the time of Garcia, Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, Weir, and Mydland).
Disc One is a fairly laid back affair, but is smooth throughout. Disc Two picks up the pace a little (there is a very bluesy feel throughout this set) and concludes with an unlisted, rollicking 30+ minute performance of "Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountain" which will prepare you for the fireworks on Disc Three. As is typical with the Dick's Picks discs, the energy continues to build and the band's last performance of "Caution" and "Spanish Jam" is truly something to hear. The disc closes with the oft-played "Good Lovin'" and a nice, restrained "Don't Ease Me In" closes a fine collection.
A terrific performance from the somewhat inconsistent 80s and well worth purchasing. It's good! HHD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
From the first track (Alabama Getaway) you know the band is on tonight! Jerry delivers a bluesy rendition of this Go to Heaven classic. Brent had a great sound in '81 and he fits in perfectly within the rythem section, and also delivers some nice solos. Check out the shifting tempo in Let it Rain, kinda disco, Kinda dark, beautiful none the less. Warning to all, Bob is enthusiastic tonight! Also worth noting on the first disc are the great versions on GSET, Red Rooster, and Cassidy.
The set on disk two is fantastic. Except for the average Minglewood, the High Time, Sailor and Saint are tremendously played! In addition, there is a hidden Scarlet/Fire on this disc which is mind-blowing... Disc three, what can I say? To sum it up, speed and virtuosity- After an inspired He's Gone, the Dead turn it out! He's Gone almost moves into an Irish jig. The rest you have to hear for yourself its just too much to describe!!!! One more thing, this version of Wharf Rat is one of the best!
Enjoy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Mcausland on August 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a popular tape that's been circulated since... 1981. Ha! It's a good show with some unusual transitions and breakdowns that lend to its longevity as a favorite tape. Also, the entire performance has an ethereal quality to it... that is... for lack of a better word... enchanting. Maybe this is why it's such a popular tape? So now it's officially on CD. Brent's keyboards are a bit too forward in the mix, but overall, these CDs beat listening to old hissy cassettes. Disk 2 has a bonus Scarlet/Fire which lasts 30 minutes and, in my opinion, is OK but nothing special.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nyctc7 on March 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The review of this show in the Grateful Dead Compendium states that it is one of the strongest shows of the Dead's career. I attended the previous night, 5/5/81, and that was a great show. But this one--5/6/81--is awesome. Fully deserving of 5 stars in my opinion. A must have.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kendall A. Whitney on April 11, 2013
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Been enjoying a number of the great Dick's Picks series and I wanted to expand out of the 72-74 + '77 era Dead to include more of the Brent Mydland era in my collection. There are indeed great shows from the 80s and one can't live on '72-'74 + '77 Dead alone. I also was looking for a version of "Saint of Circumstance" (not the most popular Dead song and only on one other Dick's Picks that I can tell). I was excited to listen to this show.

Jerry is playing well and Mydland is keeping things moving. But I have to say I was really disappointed in the sound quality, which was muddled and muffled and the entire time I was listening I felt like I was far away from the music. During the week I'd been giving this DP 13 a try I had also been listening a lot to Steppin' Out, the recordings of the Dead in England in 1972. The sound quality is so much better on Steppin' Out. I felt like I was there. Maybe comparing '72 Dead to '81 Dead is my problem, but when there were good moments I could hear that this DP 13 had great, great music. It was just the sound quality that bummed me out so much on this one.

Can anyone tell me why the sound quality is so much better on recordings from the 70s versus this one? DP 13 just feels so sloppy after listening to Steppin' Out, the Movie Soundtrack, and the DP's from '77.

I will concur with other reviewers that you should get DP 5, which has much better sound quality and some really intense Mydland-Garcia duos, over this one.

*Also, it must be noted that there is a hidden Scarlet-Fire included on the Saint of Circumstance track. This is a monumental 30+ minutes of Jerry absolutely on fire and it is truly amazing. Save for the mediocre sound quality.
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