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Dave's Picks, Vol. 9 Live, Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live, Limited Edition
  • Label: Rhino / Grateful Dead Productions
  • ASIN: B00I83XD14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the second release from the Dave's Picks series featuring a 1974 Wall of Sound show. The earlier one was an outdoor shoe from the summer in Hartford, CT. The Wall of Sound has both fans and detractors because of the nature of the sound from the Wall of Sound. Pro: excellent instrument clarity and separation with huge, distortion -free volume. Con: muffled and/or thin volcals due to microphone type. To me the Dead sounded more like an electric chamber orchestra during this period. Generally their playing was focused, detailed and strong with some excellent jams. For me this Missoula concert is way better than the Hartford show-it locks into a deliberate energetic vibe from the getgo and the tape recording(done by Kidd Candelerio) locks in to a great balance early in the first set. To me 1974 was the last gasp of the experimental Dead. Their jams still had a non-rock jazz, fusion, Stockhausen, avant-garde, exploratory visionary thing going-on. Sometimes not easy listening at all. The Americana streak was going on as well at the same time. This was a huge varied musical journey for those with ears ready to hear. NOT YOUR STANDARD ROCK AND ROLL. This particular show has all of that in spades. The vocals, even with the notorious WOS are clear, non-phase distorted. This right now-so far is my favorite Wall of Sound release-other than the farewell shows at Winterland which are multitrack and must-have, IMHO. BTW, I am a classical and jazz music fan-this is right there-music for the ages.
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vol.9 of the dave's picks series just arrived and another fine wall of sound show is now snuggled into my collection. it did occur to me that this is one of many really good wall of sound shows i now have a copy of. this led me to pondering some of the dialog i have witnessed and been a part of over on the dead's web site regarding the dave's picks series and what is being released. no question the quality of dave's choices, as all so far have been absolutely top shelf ! what is open for debate is what will or should be released and when. iv'e come to realize that, the different eras of the dead's history are enjoyed more and less by their fans based on which era they personally like best . i.e.the pigpen era, the keith and donna era, the brent era, and then the 90's ..i only mention this in this review now because it seems to me that, if your a fan of the wall of sound you will like this release. if you are a fan of the 80's or 90's i don't believe there is anything here that will change your mind about wall of sound shows. in other words we all are going to have our preferences regardless of any one show, this one included. i guess at the end of the day all we can hope for is some balance in what the band releases and i'm starting to develop some empathy for fans of the later years.. by the way this cd is a wonderful show with great wall of sound clarity; the whole show has a soft, mellow vibe to it that i like. the recording itself is crystal clear and in typical wall of sound detail you can here everyone nicely. if you are a keith fan in particular you will enjoy this since he is out front in the mix a little more than normal and sounds great as do the rest of the band. highlights are a sweet, 'playing in the band',at 20+ min. it's a nice jam.Read more ›
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May 12th, 1974 marks the band's only appearance in the state of Montana. The was the second show of the first tour to feature the Wall Of Sound with the first show a couple of nights earlier at the University of Nevada. The Reno show experienced a heavy wind storm known as a Washoe Zephyr which blew the speakers around and had the band fearing for their safety.

The show opens with a muscular version of Bertha although it does take a minute for the mix to get dialed in. Me And My Uncle feels right at home in "Big Sky Country". Loser and Black-Throated Wind are nice versions. Next up is the second live version of Scarlet Begonias which falls into a nice and upbeat early version of It Must Have Been The Roses. The western feel continues with great versions of Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Mexicali Blues, Deal, Big River and Brown-Eyed Women. The first set ends with a great Playing In The Band that has a great jam despite missing the return back into the song.

The second set opens with the then new, U.S. Blues and is followed by a nice El Paso. Row Jimmy is simply gorgeous. The band then launches into outer space again with a phenomenal version of Weather Report Suite. The Dark Star that comes out of Weather Report simply rips apart the fabric of time and space. This gives way to China Doll. The band rock the set to a close with hot versions of Promised Land and Not Fade Away->Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad. Unfortunately, before the encore, someone in the crowd threw a beer stein at the stage and it hit Bobby in the head. The band rock the encore with a blazing One More Saturday Night.
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I bought this for my son in law, a major Dead fan, for his birthday. He was delighted and we immediately listened to some of it. He said some of his favorite songs were on it . He was very pleased with the sound and I was very happy of have found such a perfect gift for a man who already has almost everything he wants.........but not this album! It was a big hit with him.
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