Dick's Picks Volume Twenty-four

A Live Recording of March 23, 1974 at the Cow Palace, Daly City, CA

Released: 2001


U.S. Blues [6:16]
Promised Land [4:04]
Brown-Eyed Woman [5:27]
Black-Throated Wind [7:05]
Scarlet Begonias [7:13]
Beat It On Down The Line [3:46]
Deal [5:29]
Cassidy [4:09]
China Cat Sunflower --> [8:41]
I Know You Rider [6:02]
Weather Report Suite [15:35]

Playing In the Band --> [14:11]
Uncle John's Band --> [9:16]
Morning Dew --> [12:31]
Uncle John's Band --> [6:27]
Playing In the Band [4:11]
Big River [5:54]
Bertha [6:35]
Wharf Rat --> [9:29]
Sugar Magnolia [8:57]


Liner Notes:

The Wall of Sound was a staging design devised at a time the band wanted to move to large venues and not have to rely on renting extra PA gear from local sound companies to do it. I told them before we began I was sure it could be done, the technology was available, but I was also sure they would not like it once they were locked into using it.

We set up the various instruments' speakers (full range, single element) in high columns (line arrays) across the back of the stage, with a central, large full range vocal cluster and a second smaller cluster for the piano. It was the first successful use of line arrays in a large-scale sound reproduction. All of our lines were mounted tightly together as a single unbroken wall. Modern "line arrays," although popular at the moment, do not work like this system did, because they are hung in isolation as two single, separated, multi-element line arrays. This arrangement will not radiate a cylindrical wave. Our only multi-element arrays were multiple-line clusters. The Wall was just that: a radiating wall. The entire surface was working, the lines and clusters combining to produce a kind of sound no modern system can duplicate.

We developed a differential vocal mic, using a pair of Bruel and Kjaer instrumentation microphones. This mic design caused a loss of low frequencies in the voice, but it did limit spill quite nicely. Further development of the differential design might have eliminated the low frequency loss.

Each musician had control of the levels of his instrument, and each could adjust their own vocal level. It was a system which needed no soundman.

I had a lot of help in realizing this system. Ron Wickersham, John Curl, John Meyer, who was with McCune sound at the time, and Bob Matthews, Dan Healy and virtually everyone in the crew had some part in constructing this monster. Sparky Raizene built the large vocal cluster cabinet of wood and I built the smaller piano cluster of honeycomb.

This was arguably the best large venue system for amplified music ever built. It required a small army of workers to handle it. We had three complete staging rigs and crews, one was being town down, one was being erected and one was in use at any given time during the tour.

Cheers, Bear 12/15/01


Dick's Picks Vol. 24 was mastered from the original 2 track analog source tapes recorded at 7.5 IPS. Some minor sonic anomalies remain, but as much as is humanly and mechanically possible has been done to make this recording as good as it can be. Enjoy.



Grateful Dead
Cow Palace
Daly City CA 3/23/74

Jerry Garcia: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Donna Jean Godchaux: Vocals
Keith Godchaux: Piano
Bill Kreutzmann: Drums
Phil Lesh: Electric Bass, Vocals
Bob Weir: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

Live Recording: Bill Candelario
CD Mastering: Jeffrey Norman
Tape Archivists: Dick Latvala, David Lemieux
Archival Research: Eileen Law/Grateful Dead Archives
Cover Art and Design: Tina Carpenter/www.tinacarpenter.com
Cover Photos: Brad Perks, Kim Steele, Jeremy Woodhouse
Wall of Sound Photos: Mary Ann Mayer
Layout Design: Robert Minkin/www.minkindesign.com
Special Thanks: Bruce Ede, Dorene Will - Cow Palace



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Dick's Picks Volume Twenty-four was released in 2001 and is a live recording of the concert on March 23, 1974 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA.

This recording is missing a number of songs that were played in the original concert (for example "El Paso" before "Deal" in the first set and the "Saturday Night" encore among others). This was the first ever live performace of "Cassidy" and "Scarlet Begonias!"

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