After 17 releases in four years, Grateful Dead announced this month that the current edition of its popular Road Trips series of two-track concert recordings is also its last. While the Road may be ending, the journey will continue for the two-track faithful as the band introduces its new, limited edition archival series: Dave’s Picks.
The new series is named after the group’s esteemed archivist David Lemieux, who has produced dozens of acclaimed releases from the Dead’s vault over the years. In 1999, Lemieux succeeded the band’s original archivist Dick Latvala, who oversaw the Grateful Dead’s legendary, original two-track series Dick’s Picks, which ran from 1993 to 2005.
Lemieux promises the new series will mix the best aspects of both Dick’s Picks and Road Trips. “We’re getting back to the philosophy behind Dick’s Picks by featuring complete shows whenever possible and combining that with the Road Trips’ tradition of offering rare photos, great liner notes, and HDCD sound quality engineered by Jeffery Norman,” he says.
Dead.net is currently offering an annual subscription to Dave’s Picks for $95.50. It includes all four 2012 releases shipped quarterly, a highly collectible bonus CD available exclusively to subscribers, and free standard shipping for each title. All four CD releases in the Dave’s Picks series in 2012 will be limited to 12,000 individually numbered copies.
Dave’s Picks will debut in February 2012 and feature the Grateful Dead’s complete May 25, 1977 concert from the Mosque in Richmond, Virginia. “We wanted to start with a bang,” Lemieux says. “Few tours are as highly-regarded as the spring tour of 1977 and the Richmond
show is one of the best. It features a magnificent jam sequence of “Estimated Prophet”>“He’s Gone”>Drums>“The Other One”>“Wharf Rat”>“The Other One”>“The Wheel” that is one of the best sequences from the entire tour; both unique and inspired.”
The Dead family continues to embrace change this year as the venerable Grateful Dead Almanac, which for years has been a printed direct mail piece, will be available only in digital form. The Grateful Dead Almanac is available now for download at dead.net and will also be available soon as an app on the iTunes App Store. Going digital with the Almanac brings all kinds of innovation to the Dead’s legendary missive, which now features audio, video, and other cool embellishments.
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