Grateful Dead To Release 1981 Show As ‘Dave’s Picks Volume 20’

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The next installment of the Grateful Dead’s long running Dave’s Picks series of archival releases has been announced. Dave’s Picks Volume 20 features the band’s December 9, 1981 concert at CU Events Center on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The last Dave’s Picks installment of the year comes from the Brent Mydland era. Included within is a second set that starts with a pair of the band’s most beloved song suites: “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” and “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain.” There’s also plenty of covers such as what Lemieux describes as “potentially the very best version of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ that the Dead ever did do.” Jerry stars on “Friend Of The Devil” and “Bird Song” in a first set which also featured a rare double dose of Bobby songs: “Cassidy” and “Looks Like Rain.”

Due on November 1, Dave’s Picks Volume 20 was culled from 7″ reel-to-reel master tapes that were mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman. The release is limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies. Head here to pre-order and to listen to a few choice cuts from the release.

Watch archivist David Lemieux’s Seaside Chat about Volume 20:

Grateful Dead Dave’s Picks Volume 20 Tracklist

DISC 1

  • 1. Cold Rain and Snow 6:38
  • 2. Jack Straw 6:26
  • 3. Friend of The Devil-> 8:10
  • 4. Little Red Rooster 8:48
  • 5. Bird Song 9:01
  • 6. Mama Tried-> 2:25
  • 7. Mexicali Blues 5:15
  • 8. Candyman 6:11
  • 9. Cassidy 6:16
  • 10. Looks Like Rain 8:11

DISC 2

  • 1. China Cat-> 6:01
  • 2. I Know You Rider 6:31
  • 3. Scarlet Begonias-> 10:27
  • 4. Fire On The Mountain-> 8:44
  • 5. Estimated Prophet-> 10:31
  • 6. He’s Gone-> 14:53
  • 7. Rhythm Devils-> 6:16
  • 8. Space-> 9:37

DISC 3

  • 1. The Other One-> 7:40
  • 2. Stella Blue-> 9:31
  • 3. Around and Around-> 3:40
  • 4. Good Lovin 9:23
  • 5. U.S. Blues-> 4:59
  • 6. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 6:31