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The May release of Dave’s Picks, Volume 2 is just around the corner. The thousands of you who bought the full-year Dave’s Picks subscription have nothing to worry about. Your CDs (and the bonus disc that comes with this one for subscribers) will be winging their way to you shortly. But NOW is the time when all you other good people who are interested in purchasing this potent slice of Dead history can submit your orders.
The show in question is a three-set wonder from Hartford’s Dillon Stadium during the heart of the Wall of Sound era, July 31, 1974, four days after the release of the Dead’s fine Mars Hotel album. Dwarfed by the Wall’s irregular columns of speakers on a hot and humid Wednesday afternoon, the band thrilled the sold-out crowd of 20,000 with a far-ranging collection of tunes and jams that showed how far they’d come as musicians, songwriters and interpreters of others’ songs in their decade together.
As always, Dave's Picks, Volume 2 has been mastered to HDCD specs from the original vault tapes by Jeffrey Norman, and includes a booklet containing an essay about the show and period photos. The Digipak is made of 100% recycled and PCW materials, in heavier stock due to high demand. This limited edition consists of 12,000 numbered copies and we've only got 2500 copies left...
We said there was a chance that the limited edition Dave’s Picks releases could sell out. And sure enough, Volume 1 sold out. So you’ll probably want to pre-order Volume 2 before it's gone, gone, gone.