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Dick's Picks, Vol. 7: Alexandra Palace, London, England, 9/9-9/11/74
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Dick's Picks, Vol. 7: Alexandra Palace, London, England, 9/9-9/11/74
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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Culled from a three-night stand at London's Alexandra Palace in September 1974, Volume 7 gives a pretty accurate account of the breadth of the Grateful Dead's repertoire. In the early '70s, their playing had become more fo...  more »

      
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All Artists: Grateful Dead
Title: Dick's Picks, Vol. 7: Alexandra Palace, London, England, 9/9-9/11/74
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arista
Original Release Date: 1/1/1974
Re-Release Date: 7/11/2000
Album Type: Limited Edition, Live
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Folk Rock, Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands, Country Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 078221402729

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Culled from a three-night stand at London's Alexandra Palace in September 1974, Volume 7 gives a pretty accurate account of the breadth of the Grateful Dead's repertoire. In the early '70s, their playing had become more focused and succinct in some spots and more adventurous in others. Keyboardist Keith Godcheaux, who'd joined the band to augment an ailing Pigpen in 1972, was a fully integrated and important member at this point, using sophisticated jazz chords that added depth to the material. His acoustic piano work gave them an earthier sound on the rootsy material, and his electric sounds beefed up the more ambitious stuff. There's a preponderance of country-tinged material here: Bob Weir's "cosmic cowboy" persona trots out for readings of "Mexicali Blues," "Big River," and "Me and My Uncle," while lyricist Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia's fascination with Old West mythology reveals itself on "Mississippi Half-Step," "Tennessee Jed," and "Brown-Eyed Women." Fans of a more inquisitive spaced-out Dead will relish the 23-minute "Playin'" and the half-hour-long "Dark Star/Spam Jam," which eventually turns into a rather affecting, demonstrative "Morning Dew." --Marc Greilsamer

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CD Reviews

Solid collection that I listen to often....
alan j. sandler | san francisco, ca. United States | 10/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have all 19 Dick's Picks. Most of them have a few songs I consider the "best version available", and some I usually skip. DP 7 has neither! It's just a real good show, with fun song selection, sharp playing and no rough patches. Some of the high lights include a great Scarlett Begonias, and a Not Fade Away that really moves. There are several good versions of "first set" tunes, like Mexicalli Blues, Half Step Miss. Uptown and Brown Eyed Women. Big River and Wharf Rat are also here. The band was tight, their voices were clear, and even with Dark Star, the mood was not very spacey. When I want some solid, easy listening Dead in the background, either in my office, in the car or at home, I often reach for DP 7, and I'm always happy I did."
Better than average Dead show = average Dick's Picks
James Wax | San Diego, CA | 01/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Basically I'd like to support Alan Sandler's review. My only qualm with this set is that with better Dick's Picks out there including 4,8,10,11,12,14,15,16 and 18 to name a few, casual fans would be best to hold off on this one until they amass a decent Dick's Pick's collection. If you have most of those shows, then by all means pick this one up. Phil's bass thunders on Scarlet Begonias, Not Fade Away, and especially Wharf Rat. Also listen for the King Bee tease during the jazzy outro jam of a veteran Weather Report Suite. For those interested, these shows come from a three-night stand at Alexandra Palace in London from 9/9/74 - 9/11/74."
Filled with jams
Shawn | IL United States | 10/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I like 1974 Dead a lot, and this has some fine music. I think the DP12 showcases more innovative music, however DP7 is one I do play a lot.

The Scarlet Begonias is very nicely played, as are all the long jams. The long jams are the main attraction in this release..."