Real Gone Music
Vinyl Box Sets
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30th Anniversary 4LP 180-gram vinyl
Hand-numbered edition limited to 3,000 copies!
Remastered for vinyl by Jeffrey Norman from the original analog tapes — for the first time!
Pressed at Gotta Groove
Features the greatest version of "Here Comes Sunshine" recorded, the perfect distilation of the Dead's ensemble brilliance!
Also includes the rarely-performed "Nobody's Fault by Mine" that leads into a stellar 16-minute jam!
The road to Dick's Picks Vol. 1 began in 1985, when Grateful Dead archivist Dick Latvala sat bassist Phil Lesh down and virtually forced him to listen to some tapes from older shows. It still took Dick eight years to get the band to agree to release the first volume of Dick's Picks, and the second one didn't come until two years later...but Dick's persistence paid off with a series of live recordings that revolutionized the way bands approach archival material.
Now, on the 30th anniversary of its release and the 50th anniversary of the show itself, Real Gone Music is proud to reissue Dick's Picks Vol. 1, remastered for vinyl by Jeffrey Norman from the original analog tapes for the
first time ever (the previous LP release was taken from digital files). Right off the bat it's easy to understand why Dick chose this show; the version of "Here Comes Sunshine" that leads off disc one is pretty much universally
considered the best ever, a piece of seamless and gently swinging ensemble work featuring lyrical Jerry Garcia guitar leads that distills the essence of the band's mythos and appeal.
Throw in a great rendition of the rarely-performed "Nobody's Fault but Mine" that leads into a stellar 16-minute jam that flirts with a full-fledged "The Other One" but dances spacily away, and a moving "Stella Blue" before the "Around and Around" finale and you have another legendary night — in fact, the LAST night — from a great year (1973) of touring....and, as such, the perfect way to begin the long strange trip that is the Dick's Picks series.
Real Gone Music's release actually includes some material (featuring the long-lost Phil Lesh bass solo) that was left off previous iterations of this show, and, with lacquer cutting by Clint Holley and Dave Polster at Well Made Music and pressing on 180-gram black vinyl by Gotta Groove Records, the sound on this 4-LP box set — which, again, comes straight from the original analog tapes for the first time — is simply sublime. Original graphics included...limited to 3,000 hand-numbered copies!
|1. Here Comes Sunshine
|1. Big River
|2. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo
|1. Weather Report Suite
|2. Big Railroad Blues
|1. Playing in the Band
|1. He’s Gone
|2. Nobody’s Fault but Mine
|2. The Other One
|1. Stella Blue
|2. Around and Around