The Grateful Dead‘s next live album release as part of their Dave’s Picks live series will feature a recording of the famous jam band’s January 1970 concert at The Fillmore East. The band announced on Wednesday that Dave’s Picks: Vol. 30 will be one of four live releases curated by Grateful Dead Archivist David Lemieux to arrive next year, along with some unique bonus items.
The concert initially took place back on January 2nd, 1970, and would help kickstart what could be considered the most significant year in Grateful Dead history. Although the band was never revered for their studio recordings, they would go on to release their two career-defining albums a few months later with Workingman’s Dead in June followed by American Beauty in November.
Some of the songs performed during the January 2nd concert, which would ultimately be featured on the two beloved albums, included “Casey Jones”, “Black Peter”, “Cumberland Blues”, “Uncle John’s Band”, “High Time”, “Dire Wolf”, and “Easy Wind”. The performance also featured a mix of early psychedelic Dead favorites including “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”, “Dark Star”, and “The Eleven”.
The 30th edition of Dave’s Picks will even come with a bonus disc containing two hours of the band’s performance from the following evening on January 3rd. The bonus disc will only be available for fans who purchase the album through the year-long subscription. In total, the live album series’ 2019 subscription will include Volumes 29-32, including an instant download of the Dead.net graphic, if you’re into that kind of thing. All four numbered releases will be delivered quarterly throughout the coming year. The previously announced Dave’s Picks Vol. 29 will feature the band’s February 26th, 1977 concert at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
Lemieux recently discussed some of the plans for the 2019 Dave’s Picks subscription series in one of his outdoor video blogs, which can often be as entertaining as the live albums themselves.
David Lemieux Seaside Chat: Dave’s Picks In 2019
[Video: Grateful Dead]
Deadheads can click here to pre-order their subscription for access to the four Dave’s Picks releases in 2019 for a reasonable price of just $115. Undecided buyers have until December 20th at 11:59 p.m. PST to do so. The full fan-recorded audio from the 1970 performance can also be previewed below.
Grateful Dead – The Fillmore East – 1/2/1970
[Audio: Jonathan Aizen]
In 2 weeks, it will have been 49 years since @GratefulDead played the Fillmore East in New York City on 1/2/70, an A+ show that is Dave’s Picks Vol. 30, along with almost two hours from the next night. Subscriptions end in a little over 36 hours at https://t.co/W0NpGI55Gu. pic.twitter.com/0HSikUnoZ3
— David Lemieux (@lemieuxdavid) December 19, 2018