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Dick's Picks, Vol. 14: Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 11/30/73 & 12/2/73 [Live, Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00005V8PN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Morning Dew
2. Mexicali Blues
3. Dire Wolf
4. Black-Throated Wind
5. Don't Ease Me In
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Here Comes Sunshine
2. Weather Report Suite
3. Dark Star Jam
4. Eyes Of The World
5. Sugar Magnolia
Disc: 3
1. Cold Rain & Snow
2. Beat It On Down The Line
3. Brown-Eyed Woman / The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down / Beer Barrel Polka
4. Jack Straw
5. Ramble On Rose
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Playing In The Band
2. Jam
3. He's Gone
4. Truckin'
5. Stella Blue
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Audio CD.

One of the odder collections in the Dick's Picks series, this four-disc set includes most of the music played on the first and last nights of a three-night run at Boston Music Hall in late fall 1973. With Donna Godchaux off the road to give birth, the band was back down to a quintet, and they're mostly found here in a mellow and airy vibe. Many of the tunes are taken at slower tempos than some fans may be used to--with the exception of "They Love Each Other," which is done here in a seldom-heard peppy style with additional verses that didn't make the final cut. There's some duplication of material as well, though you can't argue with any of the performances. --Marc Greilsamer

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boston Cream Pie shows September 2, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
SHORT REVIEW: collection is very good. I highly recommend them. Shows are sweet.
LONG REVIEW: This is a really good collection. All the musicians are in fine form. As far as the criticism about the "playin in the band" version, both are very good, the second one being the better of the two IMHO. Practically flawless.
Stand out disks: 2, 3, & 4, although 1 is not to go unnoticed. If you read concert description insert you will get a feel for where things were for the group at this well as the 2(3) Boston shows themselves.
Between the two shows, the 2nd one is tighter then the first, BUT NOT STIFF or BORING. The band can turn on a dime in the song changes for both second sets. They really have a smooth touch on the instruments, although a ragtimey syncopated rhythm feel is prominent throughout alot of the first set songs. Like I mentioned earlier...they are not stiff. Standout tracks: both WRS, the Jam sections, Sugar mags, 2nd Morning Dew, Wharf Rat, Missi 1/2 step,Beer Barrel Polka(flawless rendition), Brown-eyed women, DW, Ramble on Rose, both Playins, Truckin, & Stella. could I forget...the Eyes was tops.
Why does a band have to always play a speed metal set to prove something? Even some punk and metal bands have a sweet side to them when they are in the mood. (although i was too young to experience first hand) '73 was the year alot of bands did some slower orchestrated rock ballad stuff that was really good. "love reign o're me" or the "rain song". Both slow for Zep & the Who, but very instrumentally good songs. The rhythm sections were both ON. The same for these 73 Dead shows. Lesh & K are both ON. The band is very sharp, especially the 2nd show cds.
Tape sound quality is excellent is some places, but some areas show age.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good one. February 4, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I can't say that I agree with the lukewarm reviews of this volume of the DICK'S PICKS series. In some places, yes, it's pro forma Live Dead, but it's certainly no worse pro forma than, say, the SKULL AND ROSES album. In other cases, though, it's darn near transcendent. There are two versions of "Weather Report Suite" on here and the first one is mind-bogglingly great! This seques into a jam based upon "Dark Star" and then into a fantastic version of "Eyes Of The World" with Garcia playing some of his best guitar ever. The version of "Wharf Rat" included here is also a stunner. Where things get a little flabby is on Disc 1; this is a pretty faithful representation of the Dead's tendency to use the first set as a "warm-up" for more exciting excursions later in the show, and "Dire Wolf," "Mexicali Blues" and "Don't Ease Me In" particularly sound pretty rote here. But don't be deterred, there's some great(ful) Dead on this set which you won't be sorry you heard if you pick this up.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Dick's Picks February 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The versions of Weather Report Suite are alone worth the price of admission on these discs. There is also a really killer version of Morning Dew. This is a great Dick's Pick for people who can actually appreciate the slower stuff by the Dead, and you have to appreciate the slower stuff in order to be a true Deadhead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I don't get the bad reviews on this. Sure if you want quintessential 73 listen to disc three of Dick's Picks 19 but these are still good shows. Both of the closing sets are great and disc three which is the first set of the last night and the one I grab for the most often has great versions Cold Rain and Snow, Jack Straw and one of my favorite versions of Wharf Rat. There is a trippy version of Eyes on disc two and the gorgeous Jam (feedback into Mind Body Jam) into Stella Blue and Dew on disc four is worth the price of the set alone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Gawd... November 25, 2010
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Listen people and listen good. These shows are a definite creative peak for the band. This is late '73 Dead transitioning into early '74 Dead. If you want that '73 Dead sound, listen to the rest of '73 (I'd suggest starting with the 1973-06-22 P.N.E show found on the Internet Archive).

These shows in Boston are about the band doing something very different from what they had been doing all year. This is experimentation at its best. Some of the songs fall flat, others will absolutely floor you. I've listened to every show available on the Archive from '73 and this is a definite deviation from that wonderful "73 sound". The best kind of deviation, mind you.

Sit down with these discs with an open mind. I mean after all this is the Grateful Dead, delivering a mind opening experience is what this band was all about.

And for all of you Keith fans, these are your shows. He is way up in the mix and thank god he was. His playing is impeccable. He approaches the keys with a fierceness you will seldom hear throughout his playing career. The man was possessed.

This is the Dead at their best, guaranteed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow out. February 15, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I just bought this and I love it. The improvisation is smooth and intricate. People who get bored with the extended jams have no business listening to this band. Patience is well rewarded on these disks. This show does have some rough spots, as do all GD concerts. Bob tends to bark out lyrics rather than sing in parts, but the rest of the band is right on. Sure, it lacks the raw energy of DP 8 and 16, and it isn't as enthusiastic as DP 10, however I could listen to it over and over. 1973 was a great year for the Dead. I love Dicks Picks #1 and many other '73 shows. So kick back, relax, and enjoy these sets. It's very jazzy, soothing music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Primo '73 Dead kiddies
I know you look at this setlist and see that there are some duplicate songs (ie Morning Dew, Weather Report Suite) Do not let this deter you from getting this collection of the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a fine wine (which I can't afford) gets better with time
Having acquired way too much dead (if that's possible) in the last 2 years, the reviews from this site and others had me interested in this collection. Read more
Published 18 months ago by jam2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Back In Stock
Short story: Back in stock at
Slightly longer story: This pick does have some patchy moments, playing and recording-wise, but there are certainly moments of... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sebastian Gerber
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show, Mellow but very tight playing.
Ok, so if you are here reading reviews for one of the hundreds of live albums released by TGD you are most likely already a fan so I'm not going to go into tremendous detail about... Read more
Published on September 15, 2012 by Usablefiber
4.0 out of 5 stars QuinDead
I really like this short-lived version of the Dead...1 drummer, no Donna J and anything goes. This is like a great burnt out laid back late night power jam session with some... Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by Melbatunes
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what is was.
Was there for this run.The music hall was a majestic place.Sort of like a dignified Fillmore East-Boston style.The show was warm, serene, mellow and beautiful. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by monks time
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Dead Heads'
I bought for my son-in-law for Christmas. He really likes The Greatful Dead. He chose the Volume along with Volume #15 (I hope to get for him later).
Published on January 13, 2012 by Jacqueline A. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars 1973 in bean town
it could be said that each and every dead show had a soul all it's own. there are similarities however, and it's easy and convenient to sort dead eras by year. dp. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by st.steven
2.0 out of 5 stars sorry pick
this has got to be the sorriest of the dick's picks. the band was really off on this night. every song is just not there in my opinion. i bought this pick once, then sold it. Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by Laura S. Dowell
4.0 out of 5 stars don't understand the hate
OK, the bottom line about this pick is you're not gonna find the best versions of these songs you've ever heard here (or of 1973 for that matter), but there are some great gems on... Read more
Published on January 28, 2010 by J. Larsen
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