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Dick's Picks, Volume Eight

Grateful Dead

Initial release : June 1997

Grateful Dead Records GDCD-4028

Three CD set from the May 2, 1970 show at Harpur College, Binghamton.


Disc 1

  • Don't Ease Me In (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)
  • I Know You Rider (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)
  • Friend Of The Devil (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / John Dawson)
  • Dire Wolf (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Beat It On Down The Line (Fuller)
  • Black Peter (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Candyman (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Cumberland Blues (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / Phil Lesh)
  • Deep Elem Blues (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)
  • Cold Jordan (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)
  • Uncle John's Band (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
Disc 2
  • St. Stephen (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / Phil Lesh)
  • Cryptical Envelopment (Jerry Garcia)
  • Drums (Mickey Hart / Bill Kreutzmann)
  • The Other One (Bob Weir / Bill Kreutzmann)
  • Cryptical Envelopment (Jerry Garcia)
  • Cosmic Charlie (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Casey Jones (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Good Lovin' (Resnick/Clark)
  • It's A Man's World (Brown/Jones/Newsome)
  • Dancing In The Streets (Stevenson/Gaye/I. Hunter)
  • Morning Dew (Dobson/Rose)
  • Viola Lee Blues (Noah Lewis)
  • And We Bid You Goodnight (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)

  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Ron McKernan (Pigpen) - organ, harmonica, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals

  • Recorded by - Bob Matthews
  • Tape Archivist - Dick Latvala
  • CD mastering - Jeffrey Norman
  • Ferromagnetist - John Cutler
  • Design - Gecko Graphics
  • Band photograph - Morris Zwerman
  • Special thanks to Ron Drumm, Katie Ellis

  • CD liner notes - reprinted article from Colonial News by Richard Wolinsky

  • Recorded live at the May 2, 1970 show at Harpur College, Binghamton, NY

The rear cover of Dick's Picks 8 carries the following message.

Caveat Emptor:

These compact discs were mastered directly from the original half track 7.5 ips analog tapes recorded at this show. The acoustic set was recorded in stereo. The electric sets were monaural. While the reason for this remains a mystery, spurious electrical activity is suspected.
The rear cover of Dick's Picks, Vol. 1 carried a similar message and also a message briefly explaining the reason for the Dick's Picks series;
Dick's Picks differs from our From The Vault series in that we simply did not have access to complete shows (nor the modern mixing capabilities afforded by multitrack tapes) But we think the historical value and musical quality of these tapes more than compensates for any technical anomalies... In other words what you hear is what you get. And what you get ain't bad!
Related releases

Dick's Picks 8 was made available as a download from Grateful Dead Productions in November, 2005

Dick's Picks 8 was released for the regular retail market by Real Gone Music in April 2015.

Candyman and Cumberland Blues from Dick's Picks 8 were included on the promotional sampler;

For information about other releases that include music from this period see the 1970 section of the Dead by Date page.

Dick's Picks is a series of archive releases. For a complete list of releases in the series see the Dick's Picks page.

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