Dave's Picks Volume 18

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Dave's Picks Volume 18
A giant skeleton, with giant roses, picks up a cable car in downtown San Francisco
Live album by
ReleasedMay 1, 2016
RecordedJuly 17, 1976
VenueOrpheum Theatre,
San Francisco
GenreRock
Length207:05
(bonus disc 69:25)
LabelRhino
ProducerGrateful Dead
Grateful Dead chronology
Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 4/25/77
(2016)
Dave's Picks Volume 18
(2016)
Red Rocks: 7/8/78
(2016)
Alternative cover
Dave's Picks 2016 Bonus Disc
Dave's Picks 2016 Bonus Disc

Dave's Picks Volume 18 is a three-CD live album by the rock band the Grateful Dead. It contains the complete concert recorded on July 17, 1976 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, California. It was produced as a limited edition of 16,500 copies, and released on May 1, 2016.[1][2][3][4]

The album also includes seven songs recorded live at the same venue the previous night. A bonus disc, included with shipments of the album to 2016 Dave's Picks subscribers, contains eight more songs from the July 16 concert.

Recording[edit]

In July 1976 the Grateful Dead played a six-show, seven-night concert run at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. The shows were promoted by Bill Graham. The final show of the run, on Sunday, July 18, was broadcast by KSAN radio. Each audience member was provided with a glass of champagne, used for a surprise toast to the band at the beginning of the concert.[5]

At the July 17 concert, vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux was absent from the second set.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
First set:
  1. "Promised Land" (Chuck Berry) – 4:37
  2. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo" (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 9:42
  3. "Mama Tried" (Merle Haggard) – 3:04
  4. "Deal" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:03
  5. "New Minglewood Blues" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 4:58
  6. "Peggy-O" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 9:14
  7. "Big River" (Johnny Cash) – 6:23
  8. "Sugaree" (Garcia, Hunter) – 11:30
  9. "Johnny B. Goode" (Berry) – 4:24
Second set:
  1. "Samson and Delilah" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 7:41
Disc 2
  1. "Comes a Time" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 16:00
  2. "Drums" > (Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann) – 1:39
  3. "The Other One" > (Bob Weir, Kreutzmann) – 5:46
  4. "Space" > (Garcia, Phil Lesh, Weir) – 10:00
  5. "Eyes of the World" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:37
  6. "Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 7:21
  7. "The Other One" > (Weir, Kreutzmann) – 3:36
  8. "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" > (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 7:10
  9. "One More Saturday Night" (Weir) – 6:12
First encore:
  1. "U.S. Blues" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:16
Disc 3
Second encore:
  1. "Not Fade Away" (Norman Petty, Charles Hardin) – 14:26
Selections from July 16, 1976:
  1. "Big River" (Cash) – 7:02
  2. "Brown-Eyed Women" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:50
  3. "Looks Like Rain" (Weir, John Barlow) – 7:35
  4. "Peggy-O" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 9:19
  5. "The Music Never Stopped" > (Weir, Barlow) – 5:53
  6. "Scarlet Begonias" (Garcia, Hunter) – 10:56
  7. "U.S. Blues" (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:33
Bonus disc
Selections from July 16, 1976:
  1. "Playing in the Band" > (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 15:54
  2. "Cosmic Charlie" (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:03
  3. "Spanish Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 9:08
  4. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzmann) – 3:53
  5. "The Wheel" > (Garcia, Hunter, Kreutzmann) – 6:35
  6. "Playing in the Band" (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 5:51
  7. "High Time" (Garcia, Hunter) – 10:13
  8. "Sugar Magnolia" (Weir, Hunter) – 9:50

Sites that archive information about Grateful Dead concerts[6][7][8] break down track 1 on the bonus disk into two songs. "Playing in the Band" occupies the first three minutes or so, and is followed by "Stronger than Dirt" for about twelve minutes. The latter is the first section of an instrumental suite called "King Solomon's Marbles" which appears on the Blues for Allah album. This concert is well known as the last of the five times that the band played "Stronger than Dirt".

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead
Production
  • Produced by Grateful Dead
  • Produced for release by David Lemieux
  • Executive producer: Mark Pinkus
  • Associate producers: Doran Tyson, Ivette Ramos
  • CD mastering: Jeffrey Norman
  • Recording: Betty Cantor-Jackson
  • Art direction, design: Steve Vance
  • Cover art: Justin Helton
  • Photos: Walter Jebe
  • Tape research: Michael Wesley Johnson
  • Archival research: Nicholas Meriwether
  • Liner notes: Blair Jackson, Joel Selvin, Kim Paris

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernstein, Scott (January 13, 2016). "Grateful Dead to Release Dave's Picks Volume 18 San Francisco 1976", JamBase. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "The New Grateful Dead Archival Release Features Performance from San Francisco 1976", Live for Live Music, January 14, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Dave's Picks Vol. 18 Revealed along with 2016 Subscription Service", jambands.com, January 13, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "Dave's Picks Volume 18: Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, CA 7/17/76", dead.net, April 18, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Arnold, Corry (April 28, 2016). "Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, CA – Summer 1976", Lost Live Dead. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "The SetList Program - Grateful Dead Setlists, Listener Experiences, and Statistics". Setlists.net. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  7. ^ "deadlists home page". Deadlists.com. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  8. ^ "Internet Archive Search: title:(Grateful Dead) AND date:1976-07-16". Archive.org. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  9. ^ "Grateful Dead Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2016.