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CD review: Grateful Dead “Dave's Picks Vol. 1 — The Mosque, Richmond, Va., 5/25/77”

CD review: Grateful Dead “Dave's Picks — The Mosque, Richmond, Va., 5/25/77”
BY GENE TRIPLETT etriplett@opubco.com Published: February 24, 2012
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This show finds the Dead tighter, more disciplined and more confident than ever in live performance. Included here is the epic, free-form jam sequence of “Estimated Prophet”> “He's Gone”> “Drums”> “Wharf Rat”> “The Other One”> “The Wheel,” along with such crowd-pleasers as “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo,” “Jack Straw,” “Scarlet Begonias,” “Fire On the Mountain” and a rollicking, one-two-punch Chuck Berry-penned finale consisting of “Around and Around” and “Johnny B. Goode,” all sprawling across three CDs.

The “Dave's Picks” packages will be released quarterly and annual subscriptions are available for $95.50. For more information, go to dead.net.

— Gene Triplett