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Dick's Picks, Vol. 7: Alexandra Palace, London, England, 9/9-9/11/74 [Limited Edition, Live]

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Dick's Picks, Vol. 7: Alexandra Palace, London, England, 9/9-9/11/74 + Dick's Picks Vol. 31: 8/4-5 Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA 8/6/74, Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ (4 CD)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Limited Edition, Live
  • Label: Grateful Dead Records
  • ASIN: B00004TYB5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Scarlet Begonias
2. Mexicali Blues
3. Row Jimmy - Grateful Dead
4. Black-Throated Wind
5. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
6. Beat it on Down the Line
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Disc: 2
1. Weather Report Suite
2. Stella Blue
3. Jack Straw
4. Brown-Eyed Woman
5. Big River
6. Truckin'
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Disc: 3
1. Me and My Uncle
2. Not Fade Away
3. Dark Star
4. Spam Jam
5. Morning Dew
6. U.S. Blues

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Culled from a three-night stand at London's Alexandra Palace in September 1974, Volume 7 gives a pretty accurate account of the breadth of the Grateful Dead's repertoire. In the early '70s, their playing had become more focused and succinct in some spots and more adventurous in others. Keyboardist Keith Godcheaux, who'd joined the band to augment an ailing Pigpen in 1972, was a fully integrated and important member at this point, using sophisticated jazz chords that added depth to the material. His acoustic piano work gave them an earthier sound on the rootsy material, and his electric sounds beefed up the more ambitious stuff. There's a preponderance of country-tinged material here: Bob Weir's "cosmic cowboy" persona trots out for readings of "Mexicali Blues," "Big River," and "Me and My Uncle," while lyricist Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia's fascination with Old West mythology reveals itself on "Mississippi Half-Step," "Tennessee Jed," and "Brown-Eyed Women." Fans of a more inquisitive spaced-out Dead will relish the 23-minute "Playin'" and the half-hour-long "Dark Star/Spam Jam," which eventually turns into a rather affecting, demonstrative "Morning Dew." --Marc Greilsamer

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid collection that I listen to often.... October 27, 2000
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I have all 19 Dick's Picks. Most of them have a few songs I consider the "best version available", and some I usually skip. DP 7 has neither! It's just a real good show, with fun song selection, sharp playing and no rough patches. Some of the high lights include a great Scarlett Begonias, and a Not Fade Away that really moves. There are several good versions of "first set" tunes, like Mexicalli Blues, Half Step Miss. Uptown and Brown Eyed Women. Big River and Wharf Rat are also here. The band was tight, their voices were clear, and even with Dark Star, the mood was not very spacey. When I want some solid, easy listening Dead in the background, either in my office, in the car or at home, I often reach for DP 7, and I'm always happy I did.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average Dead show = average Dick's Picks January 18, 2001
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Basically I'd like to support Alan Sandler's review. My only qualm with this set is that with better Dick's Picks out there including 4,8,10,11,12,14,15,16 and 18 to name a few, casual fans would be best to hold off on this one until they amass a decent Dick's Pick's collection. If you have most of those shows, then by all means pick this one up. Phil's bass thunders on Scarlet Begonias, Not Fade Away, and especially Wharf Rat. Also listen for the King Bee tease during the jazzy outro jam of a veteran Weather Report Suite. For those interested, these shows come from a three-night stand at Alexandra Palace in London from 9/9/74 - 9/11/74.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Dead Heads only October 13, 2000
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Here is a collection of music that is for the hard-core dead heads. There are some short simple songs,along with the long jams. The best parts are the long jams. This is what made the Dead different from all other bands, the ability to jam on and on and on. Who else could play Not Fade Away for 15 minuets or longer. The Truckin jam has Phil Lesh showing the world why he is a world class musician. Dark Star is vintage Dead with song structure being unimportant, but the ability to improvise while maintaning focus and make tremendous music is sheer brillance. Capped off with the the most touching version of Morning Dew makes this worth the price alone. Playing in the Band gets the royal 20 minuet space jam treatment as well. Execpt for the off key screaming of Donna everything is played with confidence and passion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars filled with jams October 6, 2006
By Shawn
Format:Audio CD
I like 1974 Dead a lot, and this has some fine music. I think the DP12 showcases more innovative music, however DP7 is one I do play a lot.

The Scarlet Begonias is very nicely played, as are all the long jams. The long jams are the main attraction in this release...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1974 Dead via Miles June 25, 2009
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Not as jazzy as the epic DP 31, but a thoroughly solid effort from my favorite era of Dead (1972-1974). Underrated by others here...a gem and true value relative to other available used DP's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Because of what I'd assumed from other opinions, when I first listened to this I was very pleasantly surprised.
I am a fan with arguably too many different versions of the same songs (although I love it and many would relate), and being somewhat of a completist, especially with Dick's Picks, there was no question about buying this.
I have 'read it said' several times that the band sound tired here. Well, maybe,
but I can't help thinking that they were probably tired during countless concerts that have been appreciated with that familiar Dead joy.
I find this mellow, fat and spunky. Perhaps it is this mellow aspect where some perceive the fatigue. Maybe the recording: it is a little cloudy, but to me it does not detract.
Some highlights are the compact and tight jams; the Dark Star -not represented on many official 74' releases- which has the sounds of the year written all over it, making it unique to the "Wall of Sound" era; and the hint at "Not Fade Away" with just a couple of Bass notes from Phil and the beat on just the drum pedal from Bill, which gets the London crowd clapping the rhythm before the song starts proper and then the band are all in and off we go. Really nice and a fascinating glimpse of the Deadhead network operating far and wide before the more mainstream popularity of the Grateful Dead.
I love this and am so grateful.
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