Grateful Dead Dave’s Picks Vol. 4 – Uncirculated 1976 Show

The Grateful Dead have just announced the fourth volume of the Dave’s Picks live archival series and we’re pleased to see that it features a soundboard recording of a 1976 show that doesn’t circulate among Deadheads. Recorded on September 24th, 1976 at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virgina; Dave’s Picks Vol. 4 looks to be a winner thanks to some inventive segments and a relentless second set.

A Playing In The Band > Supplication > Playing In The Band Reprise song suite stands out as the highlight of the first set, while the whole second set is of the “must-hear” variety. Of particular note is the zippy tempo infused in nearly everything they played that set, particularly a “double-time” Slipknot! and an unusually fast-paced Stella Blue. And don’t sleep on the majestic Franklin’s.

The original tapes were “lovingly mastered” to HDCD specs by Grateful Dead mastering guru Jeffrey Norman. Limited to 12,000 numbered copies, only 2,800 of them are available for sale due to all the people who ponied up for the Dave’s Picks subscription package during the holiday season. A pre-order has started now with the set due to ship at the beginning of November.

Here’s the tracklist for Dave’s Picks Volume 4…

College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA 9/24/76

Disc 1
1 Promised Land [4:41]
2 Deal [5:07]
3 Cassidy [4:34]
4 Sugaree [10:25]
5 Looks Like Rain [7:53]
6 Row Jimmy [9:48]
7 Big River [5:33]
8 Tennessee Jed [8:55]

Disc 2
1 Playing In The Band> [11:53]
2 Supplication> [4:55]
3 Playing In The Band [4:43]
4 Might As Well [7:36]
5 Samson and Delilah [7:02]
6 Loser [8:06]
7 New Minglewood Blues [4:30]

Disc 3
1 Help On The Way> [5:06]
2 Slipknot!> [5:07]
3 Drums> [5:36]
4 Slipknot!> [5:28]
5 Franklin’s Tower> [8:12]
6 The Music Never Stopped> [5:49]
7 Stella Blue [7:35]
8 Around and Around [6:54]
9 U.S. Blues [5:56]

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