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

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Product Details

  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,577 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

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Audio CD.

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

Customer Reviews

Please let me start by saying that I have loved this band all my life.
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Again, it's an enjoyable listen and I don't think anyone will buy it and be disappointed.
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I prefer this to the 90's releases I've From the Vault series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jack Jones on 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 By Eric D. Sweetwood on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Niklas P. Andersson on August 16, 2012
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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 sound. Now for the good news, and there's plenty. Bruce Hornsby is like a shot in the arm (haha) to the band. He's alive and well and ready to play. The drummers are in top form (since when did drums/space become interesting?) Vince is tastefully in the background adding organ and this and that fill. I actually love the tinkly, etherral feeling to the first tracks, Slipknot/Help on the Way--set an expectation that wasn't fully met. Another plus for this diehard 71-74 and 77 Dead fan is that there's some new material here compared to the seventies. Not all of it stellar: but it's the Dead and it's new (to me)! Loved the Macca "That Would be Something." The main difference I hear in this release is the predominance of the keyboards--would of loved to hear Keith Godchaux, the keyboardist after the demise of Pigpen, to play with the Gusto of Bruce: Just grap the lead and push it! Keith seldom was feeling his oats like that. Anyway the keyboardist flavor this release, and it is what it is: dead Dead. And I'm grateful to have it none-the-less...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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 By David Field VINE VOICE on 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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