Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks 13

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Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks 13

CD set from Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York on 5/6/81.

Jerry Garcia - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Mickey Hart - Drums
Bill Kreutzmann - Drums
Phil Lesh - Bass, Vocals
Brent Mydland - Keyboards, Vocals
Bob Weir - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

Disc One:
Alabama Getaway (5:01) Garcia, Hunter
Greatest Story Ever Told (4:25) Hart, Weir, Hunter
They Love Each Other (7:08) Garcia, Hunter
Cassidy (5:17) Weir, Barlow
Jack-A-Roe (4:56) Trad. Arr. by Grateful Dead
Little Red Rooster (9:32) Dixon
Dire Wolf (3:26) Garcia, Hunter
Looks Like Rain (9:05) Weir, Barlow
Big Railroad Blues (3:55) Lewis, Arr. by Grateful Dead
Let It Grow (10:07) Weir, Anderson, Barlow
Deal (7:33) Garcia, Hunter

Disc Two:
New Minglewood Blues (7:16) Trad. Arr. by Weir
High Time (9:49) Garcia, Hunter
Lost Sailor (6:15) Weir, Barlow
Saint of Circumstance (6:35) Weir, Barlow
(+ hidden bonus tracks)


Disc Three
He's Gone (11:53) Garcia, Hunter
Caution/Spanish Jam (15:25) Grateful Dead
Drums (7:24) Hart, Kreutzmann
Jam (3:42) Grateful Dead
The Other One (6:04) Weir, Kreutzmann
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad (5:33) Trad. Arr. by Grateful Dead
Wharf Rat (9:19) Garcia, Hunter
Good Lovin' (7:46) Resnick, Clark
Don't Ease Me In (3:27) Trad. Arr. by Grateful Dead

Recorded by: Dan Healy
Tape Archivist: Dick Latvala
CD Mastering: Jeffery Norman
Ferromagnetist: John Cutler
Album Design: Gecko Graphics
Photography: Jim Anderson

Blair Jackson's review: ****
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It's obvious that Dick picked this show mostly because of the long, furious jam following "He's Gone" (which Weir dedicates to Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands, who died that day). There are hints of "Caution" in the jam and a fine Spanish section as well; overall it's a serious group excursion into the unknown. The rest of the show only occasionally matches that level of intensity. The first set is wild and woolly, with a good blend of uptempo and slower numbers and a powerful "Let It Grow" near the end that flies all over the place.

On Disc Two, the beginning of the second set, there appear to be just four songs. On "High Time" (a treat at any show) you can hear that Garcia is very slightly out of sync with the rest of the band, and that feeling crops up at other points in the show as well. But Disc Two also contains a "hidden" unlisted filler track (which begins almost two minutes after the supposed "end" of track four, "Saint of Circumstance") a version of "Scarlet Begonias" > "Fire on the Mountain." It starts out very slowly, but by mid-"Scarlet" the band is cooking, and then the jam between "Scarlet" and "Fire" is the Dead in exploration mode, and the "Fire on the Mountain" has many exciting moments. Presented with the opportunity to pick any "Scarlet > Fire" from the early '80s as filler I don't think I would've chosen this one, but hey, everybody's a critic! Disc Three after the "Bobby Sands" jam contains more solid playing, including a churning, if abbreviated, "Other One."