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The definitive overview of the Dead's celebrated live show releases. Hosted by music journalist and podcaster Steven Hyden and fellow music journalist Rob Mitchum, this series will chronicle each live release, breaking down the historical context of the show while discussing musical, political, and sports-related trends of the time. Brought to you by Osiris Media.

36 From the Vault Osiris Media

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    • 4.4 • 349 Ratings

The definitive overview of the Dead's celebrated live show releases. Hosted by music journalist and podcaster Steven Hyden and fellow music journalist Rob Mitchum, this series will chronicle each live release, breaking down the historical context of the show while discussing musical, political, and sports-related trends of the time. Brought to you by Osiris Media.

    Dick's Picks Vol. 24 - 03/23/74, Daly City, CA

    Dick's Picks Vol. 24 - 03/23/74, Daly City, CA

    In this week’s episode we join the Dead in early 1974 for the very first Wall of Sound show. Just five shows removed from the Dick’s Picks one selection, we hear the band in a loose, soundchecky vibe, as they work through the kinks of their revolutionary PA, and begin to dip their toes in the wild and exploratory sounds of 1974. One of the most laid-back Dick’s Picks ever, it’s a great warts & all peek into the Dead on the cusp of one of their most experimental & challenging years. 


    Disc One is a trot through some DP standards, here played with space and patience in a way that fits the airiness of the Wall Of Sound they were plugged into. We hear the big machine slowly turn on in a choogly “US Blues” before great takes on “Brown-Eyed Women” and “Black-Throated Wind” settle everyone in. The debut of “Scarlet Begonias” and “Cassidy” prelude a truly 1974 take on “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Ride” before a gorgeous “Weather Report Suite” closes out the set. Disc Two is anchored by an emotive, 45min palindrome segment which reads: “Playing In The Band -> Uncle John’s Band -> Morning Dew -> Uncle John’s Band -> Playing In The Pand.” The raw power of the band in 1974 is heard clearly here, while their sectional jamming of Fall 1973 is on full display as well. The set ends with some standard takes on out of place tunes, while “Wharf Rat” serves as the emotional climax we all needed during the set. The seeds of the band we’d hear on full display in Dick’s Picks 7 and 12 is here in its earliest origins. 


    36 from the Vault is a production of Osiris Media. It is edited, produced and mastered by Brian Brinkman. All music composed by Amar Sastry, unless otherwise noted. Logo design by Liz Bee Art & Design. The executive producer of 36 from the Vault is RJ Bee. 


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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Dick's Picks Vol. 23 - 09/17/72, Baltimore, MD

    Dick's Picks Vol. 23 - 09/17/72, Baltimore, MD

    In this week’s episode we return to the Dick’s Picks cannon for our second of three shows in the set from the hallowed month of September 1972. Just ten days prior to the Dick’s Picks Vol. 11 show from 9/27/72 in Jersey City, NJ, we hear the band play a similar setlist while highlighting a different centerpiece jam. It’s a classic example of The Grateful Dead in a peak month, which showcases the best of the band while highlighting the subtle differences between the band at their best. 


    Disc One is a standard ride through ‘72 dead with staples like “Sugaree,” “Black-Throated Wind,” and “Tennessee Jed” scattered throughout, all played standard-great. The peak of the disc is found in “Bird Song,” that, while it doesn’t reach its heights of the DP11 or (coming soon) DP36 versions, is still quite blissful. One Disc Two we’re treated to a 20min exploration of “Playing In The Band” before excellent takes off “Truckin’” and “Loser” kick off Set II. Disc Three is highlighted by a monster “He’s Gone -> The Other One.” The former caps off at 39 min, it’s the longest jam in the entire DP Set and showcases a band on a musical high, shifting gears, embracing risk, weaving in and out of ideas, and displaying their overall penchant for exploration during this period. Like so much of September 1972, we hear two versions of The Dead. One is still breaking out of its shell, reveling in the post-European Tour bliss, moving forward as the unit we’d know through the 70s. The other is already looking ahead to the acid jazz explorations that would define their best experimentations until their hiatus in 1974. 




    36 from the Vault is production of Osiris Media. It is edited, produced and mastered by Brian Brinkman. All music composed by Amar Sastry, unless otherwise noted. Logo design by Liz Bee Art & Design. The executive producer of 36 from the Vault is RJ Bee. 


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    • 2 hr 4 min
    Play It F***ing Loud! (Let's Talk About Bob Dylan)

    Play It F***ing Loud! (Let's Talk About Bob Dylan)

    In this week’s episode we take a momentary pause from our march through the Dick’s Picks series to discuss one of the best (some would say the best) live performance of all time: Bob Dylan & The Hawks 05/17/1966 concerts from the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, UK, known throughout history as the “Royal Albert Hall” Concert. Catching Dylan in the midst of a creative peak, just weeks prior to the release of his monumental album, Blonde On Blonde, and just months before he’d disappear from live performances for 8 years, it’s an incredible peek into an artist challenging the norms of his era, battling with an audience of imbeciles, and playing some of the best rock & roll ever made with The Hawks.


    Disc One is a complete acoustic set, which shows Dylan playing songs from Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and the yet-unreleased Blonde On Blonde. Every song has a claim for The Greatest Dylan Song of All Time, but highlights are found in the languid “Visions Of Johanna,” the haunting “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” the wild and atonal “Desolation Row,” and the stunning energy in “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Disc Two opens with stray guitar riffs before launching into “Tell Me, Momma.” From there we’re off. One of the greatest sets of rock & roll ever played. Reworking old songs like “I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met,” “Baby Let Me Follow You Down,” and “One Too Many Mornings” as well as blasting tunes from his latest releases, “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and “Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat,” Dylan battles his audience for the whole set, chastising them “It used to be like this….now it goes like that….” “...If only you wouldn’t clap so loud…” and forcing some of the best rock music ever played upon their ears. The boo’s are hurtled from afar from a crowd of f*****g morons who want Dylan to be the Dylan they want them to be, and all the while the band plays louder and tighter and groovier. The set peaks following a searing “Ballad Of A Thin Man” with an audience member calling Dylan “Judas!” before Dylan responds with: “I don’t believe you….you’re a liar,” before instructing The Hawks to “Play it f*****g loud!” They do just that, and one of the greatest versions of “Like A Rolling Stone” is unleashed on the world. 


    The show is an absolutely stunning picture of Dylan, who, at 24, was at an early creative peak - some would say his highest - and on the tail end of a 18mo dive into amphetamine abuse. Strung out, exhausted, angry, but writing some of the best music he ever will, he combines all of this into a dual performance, acoustic/electric, that showcases the sheer genius of Dylan, and the lasting legacy of his craft.




    36 from the Vault is production of Osiris Media. It is edited, produced and mastered by Brian Brinkman. All music composed by Amar Sastry, unless otherwise noted. Logo design by Liz Bee Art & Design. Special Curveball logo design by Mark Dowd. The executive producer of 36 from the Vault is RJ Bee. 


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    • 2 hr 17 min
    Dick's Picks Vol. 22 - 02/23-24/68, Kings Beach, CA

    Dick's Picks Vol. 22 - 02/23-24/68, Kings Beach, CA

    In this week’s episode we jump back in time to February 1968 for a pair of shows - unheard prior to their Dick’s Picks Release - from the King’s Beach Bowl in King’s Beach, California. Primordial Dead. We hear the band working through a number of tunes that would find their way onto Anthem Of The Sun while experimenting with dynamic-less jamming. As Steve notes at the top, this show kicks off at 11 before ending up at 35. It’s a wild ride. 


    Disc One opens with a near-20min jam off “Viola Lee Blues” and doesn’t look back. Both discs in this set flow with thematic precision & youthful vigor that defines the overall period for the dead. From there, we hear Pigpen croon on “Hurts Me Too” before segues take over in “Dark Star -> China Cat Sunflower -> The Eleven> Turn On Your Lovelight” and finally a wild “Born Crosseyed -> Spanish Jam.” In Disc Two we hear the early power of “Morning Dew” before Pigpen lets loose again in a massive “Good Morning Little School Girl.” From there we’re back into the segues, as we hear part of the band’s Anthem Of The Sun segment in “That’s It For The Other One -> New Potato Caboose -> Alligator -> China Cat Sunflower -> The Eleven -> Alligator> Caution -> Feedback.” The volume closes with noise & sonic energy as the visceral power of the Grateful Dead comes through with tape hiss, piss, and vinegar. We’re not yet at the foundation of The Dead, we’re somewhere just before the Live Dead/Workingman’s Dead/American Beauty era that would set the band up for their 25yr period of greatness. The sounds are weird, the jams are heavy, and the songs aren’t fully formed. We can hear The Dead in there, ready to break out of their shell. 


    36 from the Vault is production of Osiris Media. It is edited, produced and mastered by Brian Brinkman. All music composed by Amar Sastry, unless otherwise noted. Logo design by Liz Bee Art & Design. The executive producer of 36 from the Vault is RJ Bee. 


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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Dick’s Picks Vol. 21 - 11/01/85, Richmond, VA

    Dick’s Picks Vol. 21 - 11/01/85, Richmond, VA

    In this week’s episode we dive into the heart of the 1980s for a complete show at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmon, VA on November 1, 1985, as well as a segment of the September 2, 1980 show at Community War Memorial in Rochester, NY. The main show finds the band competing with the intense vibe of the scene and working to will the crowd back from the brink. As a result, it features some of the most unique setlisting we’ve heard featured on a Dick’s Picks release, regardless the era. In the 1980’s segment, we hear the band toying with “Space.” before showcasing Brent’s initial impacts on the band, through a stunning “Morning Dew.”


    Disc One gives us our third “Dancing In The Streets” in the last two releases. The remainder of the set is upbeat, and updated takes on 70’s Dead classics here with their full band from the 80’s. Disc Two might be the most mellow set in Dick’s Picks history as “Samson & Delila” is really the only upbeat song of the night. What follows is an hour of deeply methodical and meditative music that only makes sense when one knows the intensity of the events of the night. “High Time>He’s Gone -> Spoonful>Comes A Time>Lost Sailor>Drums -> Space -> Saint Of Circumstance” bridges the second and third discs in stunning fashion. In Disc Three we move from the contemplative to the wedding party as “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “She Belongs To Me” and “Gloria” cap off a weird set that has to be heard. Finally, the set ends with a segment from 9/2/80 with a deeply engaged “Space” fading into “Iko Iko” before a stunning “Morning Dew” and “Sugar Magnolia” closes things down. It’s a wild and unique release in the overall catalogue, one that showcases The Dead at their most 80’s in 1985.


    This episode is dedicated to Thoughts On The Dead.


    36 from the Vault is production of Osiris Media. It is edited, produced and mastered by Brian Brinkman. All music composed by Amar Sastry, unless otherwise noted. Logo design by Liz Bee Art & Design. The executive producer of 36 from the Vault is RJ Bee. 


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    • 2 hr 8 min
    Dick's Picks Vol. 20 - 09/25/76 & 09/28/76, Landover, MD / Syracuse, NY

    Dick's Picks Vol. 20 - 09/25/76 & 09/28/76, Landover, MD / Syracuse, NY

    In this week’s episode we explore 1976 for the first time in the series with two shows culled together from the Fall of 1976: September 25, 1976 from the Cap Centre in Landover, MD, and September 28, 1976 from the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, NY. Offering a peek into the transition the Dead was embarking on as they returned to the road, we hear new songs debut, old songs return, the band tighten up, and jams flow with more song-oriented focus, rather than atmospheric jamming.


    Disc One, in Landover, hears the band showcase energy and tightness as “Bertha” and “New Minglewood Blues” hit on a high. “Let It Grow” features the jamming peak of the disc. Disc Two provides insight into what 1971 Dead would sound like mid-decade as older tunes return, while in the midst of a fluid set. Highlights include a pre-77 “Dancing In The Streets” groove, a “Scarlet Begonias” with a “Fire” jam, some five months before the debut of “Fire On The Mountain,” and a languid “St Stephen/NFA” suite. Disc Three kicks us up to Syracuse with a few repeats, and great playing in “New Minglewood Blues” + another killer “Let It Grow,” this time segueing into “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad.” Disc Four might be the peak of the whole release with a transcendent segment that reads: “Playing In The Band -> The Wheel -> Samson & Delila -> Comes A Time> Drums -> Eyes Of The World -> Orange Tango Jam -> Dancing In The Streets -> Playing In The Band.” A full “Playing” suite Set II, a great preview of the highs of 77/78.


    36 from the Vault is production of Osiris Media. It is edited and produced and mastered by Brian Brinkman. All music composed by Amar Sastry, unless otherwise noted. Logo design by Liz Bee Art & Design. The executive producer of 36 from the Vault is RJ Bee. 


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    • 2 hr 1 min

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