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Dick's Picks, Vol. 17: Boston Garden, Boston, MA, 9/25/91 [Live, Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00005V8PQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Help On The Way
2. Slipknot!
3. Franklin's Tower
4. Walkin' Blues
5. It Must Have Been The Roses
6. Dire Wolf
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Victim Or The Crime
2. Crazy Fingers
3. Playing In The Band
4. Terrapin Station
5. Boston Clam Jam
6. Drums
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. That Would Be Something
2. Playing In The Band
3. China Doll
4. Throwing Stones
5. Not Fade Away
6. The Mighty Quinn
See all 8 tracks on this disc

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Only the second Dick's Picks set to come from the 1990s, Volume 17 comes from the middle of a six-night run at Boston Garden and boasts a prominent and playful Bruce Hornsby, who by this point had become fully integrated (along with keyboardist Vince Welnick) into the band's sound. The first set especially finds the band as tight and together as they ever were in the '90s. As an added bonus, the third disc adds a pair of strong tunes from a Greensboro, North Carolina, show from the previous March, including a marathon "Eyes of the World." When looked at in the context of the Dead's entire career, this date doesn't really stand out, but as a characteristic document of Hornsby's early-1990s tenure, it works just fine--and it's definitely a cut above Volume 9, the other '90s-era Dick's Pick set. --Marc Greilsamer

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated Pick February 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Dick�s Picks 17 is underrated. The 90�s are now regarded as the weakest period of the band�s output with 1991 largely considered "the last strong year." And when this set came out many fans complained that one of the other Boston Garden shows from the run-there were six nights to choose from-should have come out. (For one, they played "Dark Star" not one but two nights!) But regardless, this set is excellent. It features fun interplay between the band members and it�s the only pick to feature Bruce Hornsby who played with the band regularly for 18 months in the early 90�s. He lights a spark under the proceedings and the musical texture of this short-lived septet version of the band is nicely unique.
The first disk (and first set) is consistent and well played so if you like the songlist you should enjoy it. I particularly like this version of "Tennessee Jed" because of Vince Welnick�s fiddle line throughout. I�ll be the first to complain about his tenure with the band but this works.
The second disk is my favorite. The transition from "Victim Or the Crime" into "Crazy Fingers" is the Dead at their best, carving through very raucous waters. Also, with "Playing In the Band" and "Boston Clam Jam" the listener gets to hear plenty of free jamming. "Terrapin Station" is solid too.
When disk three starts, Garcia only does "That Would Be Something" for a couple minutes, the first time the Dead covered that McCartney tune. After more jamming with "Playing", Garcia goes into the relatively rarely played "China Doll". The "Throwing Stones-Not Fade Away" set closer is energetic and the Band�s "The Mighty Quinn" is fun to hear. At the end of the disk you get bonus material of "Samson and Delilah" and a 23-minute "Eyes Of the World" with plenty of Garcia leads.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable night for all... March 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Just picked it up and I really enjoyed the energy of the show. For me, the Queen Jane Approximately track, the Terrapin Station track, Playing In The Band track, and Samson and Delilah tracks were all standouts. I am a relatively new Dead fan--having purchased Dead releases after the "Touch of Grey" single. Please don't damn me for being a late starter. By the way, Throwing Stones on this one is incredible. I really enjoy this band--now that I am older.
For me, this show is something I can respect--as I am not bogged down by the 1970s shows that I missed and did not once appreciate. Now I do, of course. I have gone back and bought all of the Dead commercial releases and a few of the Dick's Picks, and I rank this up there with the best. Is it as good as the Fillmore East show on Ladies and Gentlemen...The Grateful Dead? Nope. Is it better than most music on the radio today? Yep! Is it better than no Dead at all? Resoundingly yes!
I think this is one of the best-drving-forty-minutes-to-work CD's I own. The drive home actually soothes me as I look forward to it. Fellow Dead fans, you know you will buy it anyway.
Buy it, enjoy it, and respect it for what it was--an enjoyable night for all. Plus, what a great price!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a strong show... thank you Mr. Hornsby February 17, 2002
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This is a solid 90's show, although it does not represent the best of this era. Bruce Hornsby inspires the band to play well, set list is great, rest of the band is in good form.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost there September 10, 2002
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Unless you just don't "get" the Dead at all, a live album is always worth a listen. This one falls short of a few others I've been listening to lately (Steppin' Out, Ladies and Gentlemen), but is still great. It runs at a high standard broken by a few inexplicable bloopers and uninspired performances.
However, the band is right there on so many tracks I'm prepared to forgive the two Dylan tunes and Tenessee Jed. Contrast those with the outstanding performances of Crazy Fingers, Drums, Throwing Stones, China Doll, and the blistering 23-minute version of Eyes of the World that closes the set, and the balance falls well on the positive side.
I agree with most of the other comments here. This isn't the best choice for the Dead album you start with. Every now and then you're reminded that the concert was recorded on digital two-track as Jerry's voice or guitar is hard to hear.
But there's such a wealth of Live Grateful Dead albums we forget that they all display fantastic musicianship and ensemble playing. If this was the the only live album the group ever released it would be on everyone's top ten live albums.
I'm looking to get all the Dick's Picks, and although this isn't quite as good as Volume 13, I'll be happy to buy any of them unheard.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Please let me start by saying that I have loved this band all my life. They are a part of my life everyday, and are rooted deep within my soul. I own countless GD cds and needless to say all of the Dick's Picks Series,a FANTASTIC COLLECTION of music! Thank-you Dick R.I.P. While my Dead preference is probably the 60's and the 70's, I want to say that I have been Very Pleasantly Pleased by this pick! It is crisp and clean, and crackling with life and joy. I find the band to be happy and enjoying the evening. Gettin'It On GOOD. The jams are tight and I find them interesting, fun, and inspirational. I tell you this because Dead Heads tend to give the 90's a bad rap. While I acknowledge and respect various opinions, I myself have a hard time giving any "ERA" of this band a bad rap. All that aside, I find Dick's Picks 17 to be a VERY ENJOYABLE LISTEN and I have a feeling that you will soon be singing, smiling, and dancing too... soon after you puchase and play this cd for yourself! HIGHLY RECOMENDED. Enjoy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hornsby era Dead
I have been in a Hornsby mood since Christmas, and this definitely scratched the itch . it's also nice pick up more Dick's Picks to my Cloudplayer .
Published 21 months ago by Martin Kirby
4.0 out of 5 stars Dick's Picks 17
Overall, I would say this is a really good show. My only criticism would be the lack of vocal harmonies with respect to Vince. This is especially evident during The Mighty Quinn. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by UofM Head
3.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Lite Dead
First the Bad news: vocals, both Jerry's and Bob's are not at their best, Jerry has a so-so night overall, all instruments are modernized including Phil's much beloved IMHO bass... Read more
Published on August 16, 2012 by Niklas P. Andersson
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Dick's Picks....
This was the first Dick's Picks that I bought as a young lad. I must say that it took years for it to grow on me, but any hardcore fan of the Dead will thoroughly enjoy. Read more
Published on May 3, 2011 by T.Roy
4.0 out of 5 stars Mental Palate Cleanser
I'm one who loves the Grateful Dead best from approximately 1969 through 1974, so the possibility of me even considering purchasing a performance from 1991(! Read more
Published on November 12, 2010 by Kenneth M. Goodman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, maybe very good, but not great
I know many reviewers have mentioned that there are better shows during the '91 Boston Garden run and that this was a surprise choice. Read more
Published on September 6, 2010 by Jonathan Landry
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars only to compensate for low rating
While there are many other releases and eras of Dead I prefer, this is an entertaining show from a period I usually dont go for. Read more
Published on September 15, 2009 by aspiring saint
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Evening
This was a beautiful evening and the DP package is nice. Disk 2 is a favorite. 9/20/91 would have been a better choice with the Help/Slip/Fire.
Published on September 10, 2009 by E. H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Boston Run
the Boston runs were always fun, and with Bruce Hornsby added to the mix it made the '91 run that much more memorable. he added such a great mix to the band especially in '91. Read more
Published on February 16, 2007 by T. E. Abrahamsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely underrated
First of all, I agree with the Franklin's Tower review. This Franklin's is one of, if not the best I have heard, ever. Read more
Published on May 10, 2006 by John
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