Grateful Dead — Dick's Picks Volume Eleven 9/27/72
(Grateful Dead Records , 1972/1998, 3CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 2017-10-12
I had a tradition for a long time after clicking with the Grateful Dead of playing a show every Sunday. This created a very strong impression on me of a sort of "deep time" vibe with their music, like their music could almost be the soundtrack of my life — and in many ways it is. Those listens were always a medicine of some sort and had a really calming influence on me and I especially remember them during the summer. This was one of my earliest Dick's Picks (hey! knock that off!) purchases and it's one of the band's most cosmic, deep shows, a true masterpiece in a really great month. It opens with "Morning Dew," a choice that I always think changed the tangent of their performance, and then moved through a bunch of songs, many of them often Set 2 choices like "Brokedown Palace" or the great "Bird Song," still to this day one of the finest compositions the band ever played live. The "China Cat" > "Rider" and "Playin in the Band" renditions are also truly excellent here as well as the last hour or so of the show with the "Dark Star" > "Cumberland Blues" suite as well as a fantastic and very cosmic "Uncle John's Band." It's interesting that this wasn't actually listed in this tier to write up, the one I had meant to pull was Dave's Picks Vol, 11 and yet somehow fate made the right choice for me. I think I might need to pull out Dick's Picks 23 while I'm at it.
Related artist(s): Grateful Dead
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