Dick's Picks Volume Thirty-five

A Live Recording of August 7, 1971 at Golden Hall in San Diego, CA and August 24, 1971 in Auditorium Theater in Chicago

Released: 2005


Big Railroad Blues [4:02]
El Paso [5:40]
Mr. Charlie [3:44]
Sugaree [7:24]
Mama Tried [3:05]
Bertha [6:43]
Big Boss Man [5:39]
Promised Land [3:56]
Hard To Handle [8:45]
Cumberland Blues [5:36]
Casey Jones [5:53]
Truckin' [10:08]

China Cat Sunflower [5:28]
I Know You Rider [5:59]
Next Time You See Me [4:34]
Sugar Magnolia [6:28]
Sing Me Back Home [10:50]
Me & My Uncle [3:39]
Not Fade Away [6:25]
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad [6:10]
Jam [4:08]
Johnny B. Goode [4:32]

Uncle John's Band [7:12]
Playin' In the Band [5:04]
Loser [6:09]
Hurts Me Too [7:48]
Cumberland Blues [5:42]
Empty Pages [5:22]
Beat It On Down the Line [3:45]
Brown-Eyed Woman [4:11]
St. Stephen [5:31]
Not Fade Away [4:08]
Me & Bobby McGee [6:18]
Big Boss Man [4:30]
Brokedown Palace [5:03]

Good Lovin' [11:37]
The Other One [8:06]
Me & My Uncle [3:14]
The Other One [6:25]
Deal [5:48]
Sugar Magnolia [7:01
Morning Dew [11:29]
Turn On Your Lovelight [25:42]


Liner Notes:

A Note About Dick's Picks 35:

The Legend of the Houseboat Tapes

Although the Grateful Dead's vault is enormous and impressively full, the band certainly doesn't have a tape of every show it played; in fact, they don't even have a copy of every show they recorded. Tapes drifted off in a variety of ways--including Jerry Garcia handing them out...And therein lies the story of Dick's Picks 35.

This spring, our archivist David Lemieux got a call from Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay. It seems that in the late summer of 1971, just before Keith Godchaux began rehearsals with the Dead, Garcia handed him a big box of tapes and said, "Here, this is our most recent tour. Learn our music." The irony was that Donna Jean doubts mightily Keith ever bothered to listen to them--he'd never listened to the Dead all that much before he auditioned, first with Garcia and then the rest of the band--he just had an uncanny innate facility for music. In any case, he left the tapes on his parents' houseboat in Alameda, CA, and there they stayed. For almost 35 years.

In the spring of 2005, his brother Brian and son Zion were cleaning out the houseboat, found the tapes, and gave them to Donna, whose jaw dropped. One call to Lemieux later, and the Dead's long-lost missing tour from the summer of 1971 had resurfaced. Master tapes include April 28 and 29 at the Fillmore East (released as "Ladies and Gentlemen," which was mixed from the multi-track masters), the 7/31 Yale Bowl (alas, the reels were blank), a small piece of the second Hollywood Palladium show, the complete shows from Berkeley Community Theatre 8/14 & 8/15, and others.

Dick's Picks 35 is the complete San Diego (8/7/71) show, all that was salvageable of the 8/24 Chicago show, and an hour-plus of the Hollywood Palladium (8/6), which is all that existed on the tapes.

Barely a soundboard-recorded note of that tour's music circulates among Dead Heads, so this is a truly remarkable find. How they survived 35 years in a watery environment simply proves, yet once again--if you needed convincing--that God smiles on the Grateful Dead.

Dennis McNally


Dick's Picks Volume 35 was mastered directly from the original 1/4 track stereo tapes, which had been stored in less-than-optimal conditions for nearly 35 years. Miraculously, the tapes survived remarkably well, and have been resurrected from the ashes. Some minor sonic anomalies remain, resultant from the ravages of time and the unorthodox storage methods.


Jerry Garcia - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - Drums
Phil Lesh - Electric Bass, Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Vocals, Harmonica, Organ, Percussion
Bob Weir - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

Recording by Rex Jackson
Tape Archivist: David Lemieux
CD Mastering by Jeffrey Norman
Archival Research: Eileen Law/Grateful Dead Archives
Cover Art and Package Design: Robert Minkin/www.minkindesign.com/photo
Photography: Chuck Pulin, J.C. Overlock, Emerson-Loew
Extra Special Thanks: Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Zion Godchaux, Brian Godchaux, Jean Godchaux
Introduction to "The Other One" on CD Four is from an audience source, recorded by Harvey Kaslow and Craig Todd. We thank Harvey and Craig for generously allowing us to use this segment.



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