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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Real Gone Music - Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Volume 24 - New Release Review

I just received the newest in the line of Dick's Picks Grateful Dead releases by Real Gone Music and there are some real gems here. This 2 cd set was recorded on March 23, 1974 at the Cow Palace in California. Hot tracks on disc one are U.S. Blues, Scarlet Begonias, Deal and a great cut of Weather Report Suite. This particular cut is terrific and a special gem. Disc two opens with crowd favorite Playing In The Band and continues into Uncle John's Band. Garcia is really on tonight and his extended soloing on this track is particularly tasty. I am also particularly fond of this particular cut of Morning Dew and the handling of the vocals in particular. Second runs, or a refrain if you wish, on Playing In The Band and Uncle John's Band give the band ample opportunity to jam. Another sparkling guitar solo appears on Bertha. A slower than usual tempo is presented on Sugar Magnolia, the closer on this recording. One more chance for a tight and cohesive isn't missed and vocal harmonies are particularly good. This release won't of course appeal to everyone, but it is a great addition to Dead fans collections and is also a great addition for someone not having a lot of live Dead music!  

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