Album review: The Grateful Dead- “Dave’s Picks Vol. 2”
Published: Friday, May 18, 2012
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2012 20:05
The Grateful Dead uniquely blends Americana, jazz, acid rock, and folk coupled with their long, kaleidoscopic improvisational jams.
With this exceptional second installment in the “Dave’s Picks” series, “Dave’s Picks” is proving to be just as groundbreaking as its former counterpart, “Dick’s Picks.” Tape archivist, David Lemieux, re-masters each concert from the original soundboard reels, transforming shows with mediocre sound quality into wonderfully crisp masterpieces that would tantalize any audiophile. At times it becomes hard to believe that “Vol. 2” was recorded in 1974.
Recorded on July 31, 1974, “Dave’s Picks Vol. 2” contains many heady favorites such as “Jack Straw,”“China Cat Sunflower”and a rare “Scarlet Begonias”show opener. This version of “Weather Report Suite” cannot be missed. However, the highlight of “Vol. 2” is undoubtedly the 40 minute “Truckin’ > Mind Left Body Jam > Spanish Jam > Wharf Rat.”
“Dave’s Picks Vol. 2” is a perfect introduction to the Dead for music lovers who haven’t had the chance to get into them yet. This album is also recommended as yet another gem for the Deadhead who’s listened to and grooved with it all.