The Grateful Dead’s new archival release, the 17th installment in the the Dave’s Picks series will feature the July 19, 1974 performance at Selland Arena in Fresno, CA. During a time when the Dead were utilizing Owsley “Bear” Stanley’s infamous Wall of Sound, this show is a great representation of the Dead’s maturation process.
Among the highlights of this marathon show are a half hour long “Playing In The Band” to close out the first set and an unforgettable sequence in the second set of “Weather Report Suite > Let It Grow > Spanish Jam > Eyes Of The World > China Doll”. In addition, this show includes the experimental pairing of Phil Lesh and keyboard player Ned Lagin as Seastones. This is sure to be one of the most exciting Dave’s Picks to date!
Check out Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux explaining the new release in more detail as well as what else to look for in this upcoming year in GD archival releases:
Setlist: Grateful Dead at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA – 7/19/74
Set I: Bertha, Mexicali Blues, Deal, Beat It On Down The Line, Row Jimmy, Me & Bobby McGee, Scarlet Begonias, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, Playing In The Band
Set II: Brown Eyed Women, Me & My Uncle, It Must Have Been The Roses, Jack Straw, He’s Gone > U.S. Blues, Weather Report Suite > Let It Grow > Spanish Jam > Eyes Of The World > China Doll
Encore: One More Saturday Night
[Photo by Kirk West]