DICK'S PICKS VOLUME NINE is currently available through mail-order by contacting Grateful Dead Merchandising at 1-800-CAL-DEAD or online at www.dead.net.
DICK'S PICKS VOLUME NINE is the ninth in a series of archival live Dead CDs that were overseen by the late Dick Latvala. It differs from the band's "From The Vault" series in that the "Dick's Picks" releases do not feature entire concerts and are mastered from two- and four-track recordings, rather than eight- and sixteen-track recordings. Latvala was the official keeper of the Dead's tape archives; the Grateful Dead organization describes him as "one of the original Dead tapers."
The Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Vince Welnick (keyboards, background vocals); Phil Lesh (bass, background vocals); Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzman (drums).
Additional personnel: Bruce Hornsby (vocals, accordion, keyboards).
Engineers include: Dan Healy, John Cutler, Jeffrey Norman.
Recorded at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York on September 16, 1990.
Personnel: Jerry Garcia (vocals, guitar); Bruce Hornsby (vocals, accordion, keyboards); Vince Welnick (vocals, keyboards); Phil Lesh (vocals, electric bass); Bob Weir (vocals); Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann (drums).
Recording information: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (09/16/1990).
Photographer: Susana Millman.
The scene: early fall Madison Square Garden, eight weeks following the death of Brent Mydland, Vince Welnick's eighth show as the Dead's new keyboardist, and Bruce Hornsby's second as the band's gun-for-hire. The feeling in the air is of uneasiness--no one's sure whether the band will be able to regain the indescribable IT. All regard this tour as a public rehearsal of the new Dead, expectations are low. The lights go down.
The set begins to raise eyebrows when Garcia and Hornsby furiously trade lines on "Deal." Then the deluge: In the midst of "Samson and Delilah"s jam, Hornsby, Garcia and Lesh wrap their solos around each other like multiple heads of a fire-breathing hydra, as Weir, Welnick and the drummers power the gospel-blues onward. On "He's Gone" (Mydland on everyone's mind), Garcia's voice is tinged with sheer heartbreak, and as the song dies down, Lesh and the keyboardists drop into some modernist, semi-classical free-form ("No MSG"). "Lunatic Preserve" is an angry ball of dissonance, spiraling out of the musicians' control, shaking its fist at fate, and, just as it becomes hard to bear, Garcia and Weir unleash the Deadhead mantra--"I Need a Miracle."