Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks 23

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Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks 23

3 CD set from 9/17/72 at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland. HDCD.

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

Disc One:
Promised Land (3:39) Berry
Sugaree (7:59) Garcia, Hunter
Black-Throated Wind (6:34) Weir, Barlow
Friend Of The Devil (4:19) Garcia, Dawson, Hunter
El Paso (5:11) Robbins
Bird Song (10:55) Garcia, Hunter
Big River (5:22) Cash
Tennessee Jed (8:05) Garcia, Hunter
Mexicali Blues (3:57) Weir, Barlow
China Cat Sunflower (5:18) Garcia, Hunter
I Know You Rider (6:16) Trad. Arr. By Grateful Dead

Disc Two:
Playing In The Band (18:48) Weir, Hart, Hunter
Casey Jones (6:12) Garcia, Hunter
Truckiní (12:19) Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Hunter
Loser (7:20) Garcia, Hunter
Jack Straw (5:22) Weir, Hunter
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (8:38) Garcia, Hunter
Me and My Uncle (3:16) Phillips

Disc Three:
Heís Gone (10:21) Garcia, Hunter
The Other One (39:07) Weir, Kreutzmann
Sing Me Back Home (10:50) Haggard
Sugar Magnolia (9:25) Weir, Hunter
Uncle Johnís Band (7:22) Garcia, Hunter

This time around, weíve come up with a gem from the Baltimore Civic Center, on September 17, 1972.

1972 was quite a creatively bountiful year for the Grateful Dead, topped off by their first full-fledged tour of Europe that spring. The momentum of the overseas trip carried over to the bandís stateside shows (despite their having to bid a regretful adieu to Pigpen, whose final illness precluded his traveling), and by the time the Dead got to Baltimore in September of í72 (nearly a decade before Cal Ripken first laced up the spikes for the Orioles!) the band was playing at the top of its game. The Deadís musical reach and grasp were growing in all sorts of ways in 1972. Even as they honed and tightened their ability to work within concise song forms, the bandís jamming on the more open-ended material became more expansive and jazzily exploratory than ever.

The Baltimore show displays both these facets of the bandís artistry beautifully: the former with crisply played versions of such favorites as "Friend Of The Devil ," "Loser," "Jack Straw" and Merle Haggardís "Sing Me Back Home"; and the latter with some spectacular and lengthy leaps into several of the Deadís most rewarding jamming vehicles, including an 18-minute "Playing In The Band" and a brilliantly complex 39-minute "The Other One" that some Deadheads number among the best ever played.

Live Recording: Owsley Stanley
CD Mastering: Jeffrey Norman
Tape Archivists: Dick Latvala, David Lemieux
Archival Research: Eileen Law/Grateful Dead Archives
Cover Art and Design: Tina Carpenter
Cover Photos: David DeNoma, Ed Degginger, Tina Carpenter
Band Photos: Mary Ann Mayer
Layout Design: Robert Minkin © 2001

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