Dave's Picks Volume 8

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Dave's Picks Volume 8
Three skeletons wearing Civil War-era clothing play acoustic guitars and a snare drum. One of them sits on a cannon that has flowers in its muzzle.
Live album by Grateful Dead
Released November 1, 2013
Recorded November 30, 1980, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genre Rock
Length 188:03
Label Rhino
Producer Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead chronology
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(2013)
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(2013)
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(2013)

Dave's Picks Volume 8 is a three-CD live album by the rock band the Grateful Dead. It contains the complete concert from November 30, 1980, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. It was produced as a limited edition of 13,000 numbered copies, and was released on November 1, 2013.[1][2]

This album is the first officially released Grateful Dead matrix recording. Matrix recordings digitally synchronize an amateur audience recording with the soundboard audio in order to add the natural, reverberative sound of the performance hall and the excitement of the audience. This can increase the "live feel" of what might be a "dry", or sometimes relatively lifeless recording. Various ratios of the two can be blended to reduce sound errors from microphone bleeding or errant mixing levels while adding the ambient sounds of the venue and lessening the possibly amateurish sound quality captured by microphones in the audience.[3]

It is the first of the Dave's Picks series of albums to feature Brent Mydland on keyboards.

In a November 2012 article in The New Yorker about the vast recorded legacy of the Grateful Dead, Nick Paumgarten had written about an audience recording of this concert.[4] He was then asked to write the album liner notes, which discuss the provenance of the unusually high quality audience recording (captured from the balcony by Bob Wagner) and reference the popular Martin Mull quote comparing writing about music to "dancing about architecture".[5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
First set:
  1. "Feel Like a Stranger" (Bob Weir, John Perry Barlow) – 9:19
  2. "Loser" (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 8:17
  3. "Cassidy" (Weir, Barlow) – 5:14
  4. "Ramble On Rose" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:55
  5. "Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) – 9:33
  6. "Bird Song" (Garcia, Hunter) – 9:22
  7. "Me and My Uncle" > (John Phillips) – 2:59
  8. "Big River" (Johnny Cash) – 5:55
  9. "It Must Have Been the Roses" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:13
Disc 2
  1. "Lost Sailor" > (Weir, Barlow) – 6:34
  2. "Saint of Circumstance" (Weir, Barlow) – 6:31
  3. "Deal" (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:03
Second set:
  1. "Scarlet Begonias" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 11:44
  2. "Fire on the Mountain" (Mickey Hart, Hunter) – 10:50
  3. "Samson and Delilah" (traditional, arranged by Weir) – 7:40
  4. "Ship of Fools" (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:49
Disc 3
  1. "Playing in the Band" > (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 15:53
  2. "Drums" > (Hart, Bill Kreutzmann) – 11:25
  3. "Space" > (Garcia, Phil Lesh, Weir) – 4:23
  4. "The Wheel" > (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Hunter) – 6:49
  5. "China Doll" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:50
  6. "Around and Around" > (Chuck Berry) – 4:01
  7. "Johnny B. Goode" (Berry) – 4:49
Encore:
  1. "Uncle John's Band" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:46

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead
Production
  • Produced by Grateful Dead
  • Produced for release by David Lemieux
  • Executive producer: Mark Pinkus
  • Associate producers: Doran Tyson, Ryan Wilson
  • Mastering: Jeffrey Norman
  • Recording: Dan Healy
  • Additional recording: Bob Wagner
  • Art direction, design: Steve Vance
  • Cover art: Timothy Truman
  • Tape research: Michael Wesley Johnson
  • Archival research: Nicholas Meriwether
  • Photography: Jay Blakesberg
  • Liner notes essay "The Fox's Den" by Nick Paumgarten

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dave's Picks Volume 8 to be 1980 Fox Theater Show", Jambands.com, October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Dave's Picks Volume 8: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA 11/30/80", dead.net, October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Norman, Jeffrey. "Jeffrey Norman talks about Dave's Picks vol 8". Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Paumgarten, Nick (November 26, 2012). "Deadhead: The Afterlife", The New Yorker. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Grateful Dead Dave's Picks Volume 8 Details Emerge", JamBase, October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.