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Dick's Picks, Vol. 4. Fillmore East 2/13-14/70 Import

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Audio CD, Import, February 20, 1997

Disc: 1
1. Intro by Zacherle
2. Casey Jones
3. Dancing in the Street
4. China Cat Sunflower
5. I Know You Rider
6. High Time
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. That's It for the Other One
2. Turn on Your Love Light
Disc: 3
1. Alligator
2. Drums
3. Me & My Uncle
4. Not Fade Away
5. Mason's Children
6. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
See all 8 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Msi
  • ASIN: B000005RIF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By gratefulshrink on July 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Dick's Picks series is immortalizing the the Dead's concert experience. The Dead were the first band to wholly embrace bootleg recordings, rather than to be afraid that they would lose profits from such unofficial "albums". This was partly due to the fact that they were never concnerned about lack of sales at record stores (their albums typically did not sell well), and were able to make alot of money by touring. That being said, over the last 35+ years several of the bootlegs have become undergound classics. The shows at the Fillmore East on 2/13 and 2/14/70 were such shows. Many deadheads will argue that the Dark Star on this disc is "top five" (if not the best), which is no small feat, given that they played it live hundreds of times. The music shifts through many moods, akin to a symphony. Note the happy upbeat segment somewhere in the middle -- deadheads refer to this as the "feelin groovy" jam, as it has a similar chord structure to the Simon & Garfunkel tune. The continuous jam on Disc 3 is amazing -- this kind of jamming from one tune into (and often back into) another is what made their concerts so exciting: you never knew what was going to happen next. While I admit that the first disc is the weakest, people should know that the philisophy behind Dicks Picks is not "greatest hits Live", but rather presenting the music, as played, and as in a much entirety as possible. I suppose I could give 4 1/2 stars because the first part of Disc 1 is weaker, but having Discs 2 and 3 keeps it as five stars (just stick with these two and you'll be ok).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Although not as learned in Dead-science as many of my fellow American Deadheads, the Dead has been my favourite band for a decade. Nevertheless, I'm not very easily satisfied when it comes to music, and sometimes even the Dead must be judged harshly. Experience has taught me to buy anything the Dead produced before 1971 - I just love the early years. After '71, it got more mellow and less fierce and energetic, and although they've written a great many nice songs since (like those on "Blues for Allah", or songs like "Althea") the music doesn't have that primal urgency and those unexpected twists and turns that I like so much.
Dick's Picks Vol.4 shows them in what I think is the best shape they've ever been. All 3 cd's are just great, and if I had to pick one Dead album to take with me on some deserted island I'd pick this one (leaving behind my former favourite "Live Dead" with some pain in my heart).
The "acoustic" songs on cd 1 are great, while cd 2 features a splendid version of "The other one" and a "Lovelight" that might have ended sooner. cd 3 has no flaw whatsoever - great dynamics and inspired playing throughout, and the song choice is wonderful (I've always loved any song off the "Anthem" album). And if that wasn't enough, we're presented with the best "Dark Star" I've ever heard - and I thought the "Live Dead" version couldn't be surpassed ! This is really magical stuff !
Many will urge you to buy records like "American Beauty", "Workingman's Dead", "Live Dead" or even "Reckoning", and I think you should. But if you want the Dead's rolling thunder at its mightiest, don't hesitate. Buy Dick's Picks Vol. 4.
Hans Wigman
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David M. Johnson on November 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I own about 100 dead/jerry band albums ... this and vol. 8 are my absolute favorites. I try imagining the scene at a particular show and view each show as a snapshot in time like you would a photograph since most were performed before I was born. This show took place in 1970 on Valentine's day in New York City.
This selection opens with an intro of "It's glorious Sunday morning ... THE GRATEFUL G*DAMN DEAD!!!" then right into a rockin' "Casey Jones" ... the "China Cat" is alittle choppy but that's just fine because the Dead would play songs live typically for a year before recording a studio version and this is an opportunity to hear that evolution ... the version of "Dire Wolf" is especially good with Jerry's voice sounding as sweet as I have ever heard it ...
Now to the reason you must own this Dick's Picks. "Darkstar" is my favorite song because of this version. It starts with Jerry teasing the crowd with "Alligator?" followed by the begining notes of "Darkstar", the groove they acheive in this song is unreal and I've never heard anything even approach it ... WOW ... as "Darkstar" comes to an end you get a glimpse of "The Other One" that follows on next disc.
The second disc is an all out jamfest with only two songs that fill it's entire length. Versions of "That's It for the Other One" and "Lovelight" that you can lose yourself in.
On the third disc they finally get around to playing "Alligator" a rockin' "Not Fade Away" into "Mason's Children" the latter having only been played a handful of times, ever. A must for any collector. I've heard that the Dead also played CCR's "Lodi" at one of the two shows ... I'd love to hear it.
I don't know if all the shows during this run were as good as this one but I think the Dead wanted to show the opening act, The Allman Brothers, something. Maybe they felt like they had something to prove or the Brothers just set the tone but for whatever reason this show is unreal.
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