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Dick's Picks, Vol. 8: Harpur College, Binghamton, NY, 5/2/70 [Limited Edition, Live]

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Limited Edition, Live
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00004TYB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Don't Ease Me In
2. I Know You Rider
3. Friend Of The Devil
4. Dire Wolf
5. Beat It On Down The Line
6. Black Peter
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. St. Stephen
2. Cryptical Envelopment
3. Drums
4. The Other One
5. Cryptical Envelopment
6. Cosmic Charlie
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. It's A Man's World
2. Dancing In The Streets
3. Morning Dew
4. Viola Lee Blues
5. We Bid You Goodnight

Editorial Reviews

One of the best-known bootlegs in Dead history checks in as the eighth installment in the Dick's Picks series. In 1970, the band began to rein in their experimental tendencies and overtly acknowledge their debt to old-time blues and folk. Their two studio albums from that year reflected this new direction and they also started to open their shows with acoustic sets featuring Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir. This May 2 show from Binghamton, New York's Harpur College showcases both sides of the Dead. It's interesting how nicely acoustic Dead originals like "Dire Wolf," "Black Peter," "Cumberland Blues," and "Uncle John's Band" (all four from the soon-to-be-released Workingman's Dead) fit next to traditional blues tunes like "Deep Elem Blues," "I Know You Rider," and "Don't Ease Me In." The remainder of the set reverts to the frenetic, far-reaching electric Dead, highlighted by stirring readings of James Brown's "It's a Man's World" and the old jug tune "Viola Lee Blues"--both stretched to their gills and featuring Pigpen's coarse vocals and Garcia's bold guitar work. --Marc Greilsamer

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Audio CD release.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Pick June 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I own almost all of the Dick's Picks series, and I can honestly say that this is my favorite by far. It was recorded at a small college in New York in 1970, when they had, in my opinion, their best lineup (Pigpen was still there in full force, and Donna was nowhere to be found.) The show opens up with an amazing acoustic set featuring the best versions of some Dead classics that you will ever hear. ("Don't Ease Me In", "I Know You Rider", "Dire Wolf", "Black Peter", and "Deep Elem Blues" are some of the highlights. For those only familiar with popular Dead songs, great versions of "Friend of the Devil" and "Uncle John's Band" are also present.) This first set is absolutely flawless - rarely will you hear the Dead this on-target and synchronized. But as if that wasn't enough, they come back on the second disc with a nearly 40-minute Cryptical Envelopment that begins with St. Stephen, encompasses Drums and The Other One, and ends with Cosmic Charlie. They follow that with the best version of Casey Jones they've ever done. Period. On Disc Three Pigpen shines with his bluesy version of James Brown's "It's A Man's World" that goes on for almost ten minutes. A wonderful version of "Morning Dew" follows (but honestly, have you ever heard a bad version of this song?) The spotlight of this disc, however, and perhaps of the whole show is the blistering "Viola Lee Blues" that rises to not one, not two, but three crescendos, and eases down with a rather lengthy "We Bid You Goodnight" - they go through the song about two times because the crowd just won't let them leave, and after hearing this show, you can't blame them. If you even remotely like the Dead, I cannot recommend this album enough. I own lots of Dead, but this one gets played more than any of them. It shows them at their absolute best and most versatile. This is some of the best music you'll ever have the privilege of hearing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Concert July 13, 2000
By Taylor
Format:Audio CD
The CD really showcases the multiple talents of the Dead. The first CD is the acoustic first set of the concert. It features a guest apearance by marmaduke. The highlights of this CD is "...Rider" and "Uncle John's Band". Disk 2 is the electric Dead. St. Stephen is an excellents version that goes into a short "Cryptical" into a nice "other one" back into a longer "cryptical" and then into a nice "cosmic charlie". This CD is one of the best I have ever heard. Disk 3 does good covers of "Man's World" and "Dancin in the Streets". "morning dew" is kinda typical but still nice. "viola lee blues" is the best version I have ever heard. They do a great job in the song building of to the climax of "goodnight". All in all a great show that showcases the Dead's great talent to go from one extreme to the other in music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer early Dead February 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The middle disc on this set stands out as one of the best single discs of Dead music ever, with a 40-odd minute St. Stephen >Cryptical Envelopement > Other One . Jerry's Guitar on the Other One will send you on a cosmic journey to another planet. The first disc is also solid, with a very unique acoustic jam covering many of the great tunes from Workingman's Dead. Wish I could've been there. Maybe in another life I'll pay a visit to that particular, magical time and place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse and Duality July 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This show in 1970 took place in between two events that shook America: the US invasion of Cambodia in a war that was supposedly winding down and the National Guard killings of four students during an antiwar protest at Kent State University in Ohio. The Grateful Dead took the stage on May 2, 1970 not only with the knowledge that the audience was restless almost to the point of riot but that their job as a band was to take that potentially negative energy and transform it into one hell of a good time. Like the best Dead performances from any time of their thirty-year traveling medicine show and carnival, they did! The acoustic version of the traditional (and Dead standard)"I Know You Rider" has as much energy as any electric version they ever did. With a crowd eager to burn off their energy via an all-night dance-a-thon, it was up to Jerry Garcia and the boys to provide the music.
The first set is an acoustic marvel. Beginning with a bouncy version of "Don't Ease Me In," the musical trip wanders into the aforementioned "I Know You Rider", where Jerry's licks blend beautifully with the rhythm guitar backing of Bob Weir and the always sound bassman Phil Lesh. Stepping back, the outlaw ballad "Friend of the Devil" is rendered with a conviction much like many of America's youth believed themselves to be in the US of 1970. A bouncy "Dire Wolf" follows as the boys beat it on down the musical line to the an evocative "Black Peter" that brings the pain of death to the concert floor. Five more songs--including two from the Dead's masterpiece Workingman's Dead and two traditionals: Deep Elem Blues and the bluegrass gospel piece "Cold Jordan" finish out the set. That's when the fun really kicks in.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A turning point for the Dead October 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was a freshman at Harpur College in the Spring of 1970, and I went to this show. It was my first Dead concert. The first set was all acoustic, and even though Working Man's Dead and American Beauty were out, many in the crowd seemed unprepared for the acoustic set. They kept yelling things like "Get it on, man!" and Jerry and the boys had to ask them to calm down and be patient---the electric stuff would come later. But on this CD you can hear some early first live performances of many songs that have long ago now become Dead standards. It's worth getting the CD for these tracks alone.

They also introduced a new group called "The New Riders of the Purple Sage," whose album would be released later that year, and whose personnel were still sketchy enough that Phil had to play bass, Garcia pedal steel, and Kreutzman drums. It was still magical stuff, and one of my disappointments about this CD is that none of those songs were included. Oh, well, not to worry.

Because still, it was a 6-hour concert of at least 3 sets, and this CD has given us a generous sampling of what went on that night. For years after, Garcia used to say this concert he remembered as at or near the top of his list for best Dead concerts ever. This CD is a must for the Dead collector just for the historical significance of the concert alone. But the music itself is a rare example of early Dead onstage genius in the still-young, still raw and vital days of the band's psychedelic heyday. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I love it. one of the best live dead, excellent sound too. very highly recommended to anybody who wants to start listening to the dead
Published 6 months ago by mercante
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best...of course
No need for further praise on this one. One of the best of all time. Too bad the show from the 15th is so hard to come by.
Published 7 months ago by Vijay Vadlamani
5.0 out of 5 stars The Summit
This is Grateful Dead at the height of their powers. Cryptical Envelopment>The Other One>Cryptical is the best 20 odd minutes of 30 years. The rest of this show is outstanding. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars my fave live compilation
best compilation of the group's earlier days, in my opinion. Live with all the nuances of a dead show, like: sound problems, breaking out new material and just getting into some... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dave Farley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
The show starts off with a great acoustic set including one of my favorite Dead songs Cumberland Blues. It goes into an electric set with 2 versions of Cryptical Envelopment, St. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gooch
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
They are not the best at what they do, they are the only one's who do it!
Thank you Jerry!
Published 15 months ago by A.E.Neuman
5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic & Electric Heaven & Hell
A giant amongst giants. This gig has it all. The warmth of an acoustic set. The ferocity of a lion in the electric sector. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Puffany
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadhead ear-candyy!
i have only heard disc 1 &half of the second disc. all i can say it's worth shelling out the $20-$25 if you're lucky to come across it in that price range (sorry, i cannot justify... Read more
Published 22 months ago by d. sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars Dick's Picks Vol.8 CD, Grateful Dead
This particular Dead CD is widely considered one of if not the best shows ever recorded catching the band in great form. Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live Volume 8!
A live 3-CD set; the first disc is acoustic, the others electric. All of the performances are strong here. I have about seven "Dick's Picks. Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by Telamon
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