Box of Rain

CD: Dave’s Picks Vol. 40

Cozy up with two exceptional back-to-back shows, shows with precision and clarity, shows with more than a lion’s share of exploratory jams, and most importantly, shows that were simply a damn good time for all. Highlights from night one include the bookends of a spectacular “Help>Slip!>Franklin’s” and an epically intricate “Morning Dew” followed by a classic cover of “The Weight.” Night two, is the sleeper hit, with flawless playing from start to finish, the set list inviting you to find new favorites in top-notch renditions of “Foolish Heart” or “Victim Or The Crime,” and if that’s not one of the finest versions of “Desolation Row” Bobby ever did do! We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that these shows were among Brent’s last and they are some of his finest of the era at that.

Recorded by Dan Healy
Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman

Release Date: October 29, 2021

Track Listings:
Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN (July 18, 1990)
(Set 1)

  1. Help On The Way >
  2. Slipknot! >
  3. Franklin’s Tower
  4. New Minglewood Blues
  5. Easy To Love You
  6. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  7. Brown Eyed Women
  8. Cassidy
  9. Deal
    (Set 2)
  10. China Cat Sunflower >
  11. I Know You Rider >
  12. Looks Like Rain >
  13. Terrapin Station >
  14. Drums >
  15. Space >
  16. The Other One >
  17. Morning Dew
  18. The Weight

Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN (July 19, 1990)
(Set 1)

  1. Jack Straw
  2. They Love Each Other
  3. Desolation Row
  4. Row Jimmy
  5. Picasso Moon
  6. Althea >
  7. Promised Land
    (Set 2)
  8. Victim Or The Crime >
  9. Foolish Heart >
  10. Playing In The Band >
  11. China Doll >
  12. Uncle John’s Band >
  13. Drums >
  14. Space >
  15. All Along The Watchtower >
  16. Black Peter >
  17. Not Fade Away
  18. U.S. Blues*

Grateful Dead:
Jerry Garcia – Guitar
Bob Weir – Guitar
Brent Mydland – Keyboards
Phil Lesh – Bass
Bill Kreutzmann – Drums
Mickey Hart – Drums


CD Rip via dBpoweramp > [16-44]

19 thoughts on “CD: Dave’s Picks Vol. 40

  1. dcarey

    what mook David Lemieux is, putting the shows out on 2 cds each and putting the cd break between the jam in Foolish Heart and Playing In The Band and then not including the US Blues encore for the 7/19/90 show. Betty Cantor Jackson was spot on with her thoughts about him

    1. mikehunt

      lemieux, uggggh……don’t get me started. bonehead extraudinaire. Start with how many of his releases have needed speed correction and go from there.

    1. Bufford T Justice Post author

      Unless it comes across from someone who treats it properly, DP’s are only CD [16-44].
      Box Sets come w/ a 24bit option. A shame DP’s aren’t available for Digital D/L as well.
      I would think they would benefit from that $$.

      * I read where folks thought the CD’s of Listen To The River sound better than digital D/L’s of it… I would not know and YMMV

      1. Joe

        I didn’t realize these were CD only. People like options Dave. HDCD being 20bit will translate well to 24bit via dbPoweramp or am I showing my lack of CD knowledge. I skipped the CD generation completely back in the day.

        I’m only curious about this one cause, A. I was at these shows, B. In the CD tray there is a picture of a cassette labeled “master” & at first listen these have a DSD cassette quality to it. Perhaps my mind was just playing tricks on me. I’ve since compared it to the circulating DAT master (48k) & they are comparable.

        At any rate, I’m grateful for the share & welcome any feedback.

        1. Astro

          Utter non-wizard level listener here, but I see on the scans of cd packaging and each of the 4 discs the all have the HDCD label. Are they not actually hi def? If they truly are hi def discs, couldn’t they be ripped in ALAC as hi def 24 bit files?

          Just a grateful downloader over here, I’m too cheap to actually buy the subscription so I don’t have the discs to do this potential ripping.

          1. Joe

            Right you are Mister Stargazer. These are in fact HDCD as are all the Dave’s Pick selections. I think our intrepid uploader is on this.

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