Grateful Dead ‘Dave’s Picks Volume 32’ Features March 1973 Concert

By Scott Bernstein Oct 8, 2019 12:05 pm PDT

The next installment of the Grateful Dead’s Dave’s Picks live archival series will feature a legendary concert from 1973. Dave’s Picks Volume 32 contains an official recording of the band’s March 24, 1973 performance at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.

The Grateful Dead’s March 24, 1973 show was a marathon affair featuring 31 different songs. Highlights from the first set include Phil Lesh leading the group through “Box Of Rain” early in the first set, one of 15 versions of “U.S. Blues” predecessor “Wave That Flag,” a gorgeous “Here Comes Sunshine” and exploratory “Playing In The Band.”

The lineup of Lesh, guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, keyboardist Keith Godchaux, drummer Bill Kreutzmann and vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux charged through “The Promise Land” to kick off the second set and then deliver a “China Cat Sunflower”/”I Know You Rider” pairing during one of the best eras for the sequence. However, the must-hear portion of the show is the string of “He’s Gone” > “Truckin'” > “Jam” > “Dark Star” > “Sing Me Back Home” > “Sugar Magnolia” that brings the second set to a close. The 22-minute improvisation features the “Spanish Jam” theme and touches on “Dark Star” before the band launches into the shortest version of the song on record.

News of the forthcoming release as well as the late era Ready Or Not compilation was included in the October edition of the Grateful Dead Bulletin. Dave’s Picks Volume 32: The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 3/24/73 will be available for pre-order on Tuesday, October 22 at 10 a.m. PT via and is expected to sell out. Orders are limited to two copies.

Setlist (via

Set One: Bertha, Beat It On Down The Line, Don’t Ease Me In, The Race Is On, Cumberland Blues, Box Of Rain, Row Jimmy, Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain, Wave That Flag, El Paso, Here Comes Sunshine, Me & Bobby McGee, Loser, Playing In The Band

Set Two: The Promised Land, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Big River, Stella Blue, Me & My Uncle, He’s Gone > Truckin’ > Jam > Dark Star > Sing Me Back Home > Sugar Magnolia

Encore: Johnny B. Goode

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