Dick's Picks Volume 8

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Dick's Picks Volume 8
Live album by Grateful Dead
Released 1997
Recorded May 2, 1970
Genre Rock, Jam
Length 176:38
Label Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead chronology
Fallout from the Phil Zone
(1997)
Dick's Picks Volume 8
(1997)
Terrapin Station (Limited Edition)
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
The Music Box 5/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars [3][4]

Dick's Picks Volume 8 is the eighth live album in the Dick's Picks series of releases by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded on May 2, 1970 at Harpur College in Binghamton, New York. It was released in mid-1997.

The album contains the entire concert, except for one song — "Cold Rain and Snow", which followed "Good Lovin'" and preceded "It's a Man's Man's Man's World". The first two verses of St. Stephen are also missing. The first set of the concert was acoustic, and was recorded in stereo. The second and third sets were electric, and were recorded in monaural.

In a 1993 poll of Grateful Dead tape traders, the 5/2/70 show was ranked #6 on the list of all-time favorite Dead concert tapes.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

First set
  1. "Don't Ease Me In" (traditional) – 4:38
  2. "I Know You Rider" (traditional) – 7:51
  3. "Friend of the Devil" (Garcia, Dawson, Hunter) – 5:57
  4. "Dire Wolf" (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:56
  5. "Beat It on Down the Line" (Fuller) – 3:13 ->
  6. "Black Peter" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:02
  7. "Candyman" (Garcia, Hunter) – 1:43 ->
  8. "Cumberland Blues" (Garcia, Hunter, Lesh) – 5:47
  9. "Deep Elem Blues" (traditional) – 7:30
  10. "Cold Jordan" (traditional) – 2:35
  11. "Uncle John's Band" (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:28

Disc two[edit]

Second set
  1. "St. Stephen" (Garcia, Hunter, Lesh) – 3:23 ->
  2. "Cryptical Envelopment" (Garcia) – 1:54 ->
  3. "Drums" (Hart, Kreutzmann) – 3:28 ->
  4. "The Other One" (Weir, Kreutzmann) – 13:56 ->
  5. "Cryptical Envelopment" (Garcia) – 8:59 ->
  6. "Cosmic Charlie" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:23
  7. "Casey Jones" (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:45
  8. "Good Lovin'" (Resnick, Clark) – 15:10

Disc three[edit]

Second set, continued
  1. "It's a Man's World" (Brown, Jones, Newsome) – 10:04
  2. "Dancing in the Streets" (Stevenson, Gaye, I. Hunter) – 15:42
Third Set
  1. "Morning Dew" (Dobson, Rose) – 12:40
  2. "Viola Lee Blues" (Lewis) – 16:35 ->
  3. "We Bid You Goodnight" (traditional) – 4:59

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Bob Matthews - recording
  • Dick Latvala - tape archivist
  • Jeffrey Norman - CD mastering
  • John Cutler - ferromagnetist
  • Gecko Graphics - design
  • Morris Zwerman - band photo
  • Richard Walinsky - CD liner notes

Caveat emptor[edit]

Each volume of Dick's Picks has its own "caveat emptor" label, advising the listener of the sound quality of the recording. The label for volume 8 reads:

"These compact discs were mastered directly from the original half track 7½ ips analog tapes recorded at this show. The acoustic set was recorded in stereo. The electric sets are monaural. While the reason for this remains a mystery, spurious electrical activity is suspected."

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Dick's Picks Volume 8 at AllMusic
  2. ^ Metzger, John (October 1997). Dick's Picks Volume 8, The Music Box
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (May 27, 1999). Review of Dick's Picks volumes 1 through 13, Rolling Stone
  4. ^ The Grateful Dead Album Guide, Rolling Stone
  5. ^ Scott, John W; Dolgushkin, Mike; Nixon, Stu. DeadBase VIII: The Complete Guide to Grateful Dead Song Lists, 1994, DeadBase, ISBN 1-877657-15-8, p. 356