Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks 14

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Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks 14

4 CD set from Boston Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts on 11/30/73 and 12/2/73.

Jerry Garcia - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Keith Godchaux - Keyboards
Bill Kreutzmann - Drums
Phil Lesh - Bass, Vocals
Bob Weir - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

Disc One:
Morning Dew (14:29) Dobson, Rose
Mexicali Blues (3:47) Weir, Barlow
Dire Wolf (5:10) Garcia, Hunter
Black Throated Wind (7:02) Weir, Barlow
Don't Ease Me In (4:45) Trad. Arr. by Grateful Dead
Big River (5:31) Cash
They Love Each Other (6:02) Garcia, Hunter
Playing In The Band (23:18) Weir, Hart, Hunter

Disc Two:
Here Comes Sunshine (11:54) Garcia, Hunter
Weather Report Suite > (1:18) Weir
Part 1 (4:10) Weir, Andersen
Part 2 - Let It Grow (9:17) Weir, Barlow
Dark Star Jam > (9:19) Garcia, Kreutzmann, Lesh, McKernan, Weir, Hunter
Eyes Of The World > (19:26) Garcia, Hunter
Sugar Magnolia (10:16) Weir, Hunter

Disc Three:
Cold Rain and Snow (7:22) Grateful Dead
Beat It On Down The Line (3:40) Fuller
Brown Eyed Woman (6:11) Garcia, Hunter
The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (:17) C. Friend, D. Franklin
Beer Barrel Polka (1:08) Zeman, Vejvoda, Timm, Brown
Jack Straw (5:22) Weir, Hunter
Ramble On Rose (8:05) Garcia, Hunter
Weather Report Suite > (1:21) Weir
Part 1 (4:51) Weir, Andersen
Part 2 - Let It Grow (9:41) Weir, Barlow
Wharf Rat > (10:38) Garcia, Hunter
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > (8:03) Garcia, Hunter

Disc Four:
Playing In The Band > (12:09) Weir, Hart, Hunter
Jam > (15:39) Grateful Dead
He's Gone > (10:27) Garcia, Hunter
Truckin' > (13:34) Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Hunter
Stella Blue (10:15) Garcia, Hunter
Morning Dew (14:31) Dobson, Rose

Recorded By Bill Candelario
Tape Archivist Dick Latvala
CD Mastering by Jeffrey Norman
Ferromagnetist John Cutler
Design by Gecko Graphics
Photography by Michael J. Sanditen

Blair Jackson's review: ****
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I know Dick Latvala was very excited by this release, but good as it is, it seems somewhat redundant with other Dicks Picks to me, and it breaks very little new ground. That said, there are many high moments here, including one of those smoldering, twisted, dissonant "Playing" jams that completely melts down at one point (actually not my favorite style of "Playing" jam for repeated listenings); an excellent "Here Comes Sunshine," somewhat similar in style to the epic Tampa version on Dick’s Picks Vol. 1 (below) recorded a couple of weeks later; a fine "Nobody’s Fault But Mine" jam following "Truckin’"; and an interesting "Dark Star" jam that comes out of one of the two versions of "Weather Report Suite." There are also two versions each of "Morning Dew" and "Playing in the Band"; in each case they’re different enough from each other to warrant their inclusion.

All things considered, my favorite tracks are probably "Wharf Rat" (a second set opener!) and "Eyes of the World"; both are exceptional. But a lot of what’s on these four discs is a tad slow and "soft" for me. Perhaps it will grow on me more, as other Picks have, over time.