Dick's Picks Volume 18

Dick's Picks Volume 18 is a three-CD live album by the rock band the Grateful Dead. It was recorded on February 3, 1978, at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin and on February 5, 1978, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. There are also two songs from the February 4, 1978 show at the Milwaukee Auditorium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The album was released in June 2000.

Dick's Picks Volume 18
Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Volume 18.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedJune 2000
RecordedFebruary 3–5, 1978
GenreRock, jam
LabelGrateful Dead
Grateful Dead chronology
Dick's Picks Volume 17
Dick's Picks Volume 18
View from the Vault, Volume One

Disc 1 combines songs from the February 3, 4, and 5 concerts in an order designed to simulate a first set of a Dead concert from that era. Disc 2 contains most of the second set plus the encore from the February 3 show. Disc 3 includes all of the second set from February 5.

This release is known to have a patched cut in the original soundboard tapes. If certain soundboards are missing parts of a song those creating the release will attempt to patch the cut if possible. Sometimes this is from an audience source or from an entirely different show. However, there is no database for these fixed soundboards and hence it is up to the listeners to stumble upon such a discovery. Track 4 on Disc 3, Truckin', contains a patch from the Truckin' recorded on 1978-01-31. The patch from 1978-01-31 starts at ~2:00 and ends at ~3:40 on the official release.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [1]
The Music Box      [2]
Rolling Stone      [3]

On AllMusic, William Ruhlmann said, "The jury-rigged first set is an interesting combination of old and recent material, but the meat of the album comes on the second and third discs, which feature long medleys full of exploratory instrumental passages.... And the performances are typical, with first-set songs like "Passenger" and "The Music Never Stopped" getting feisty treatment, while the second sets run on and on with the kind of unhurried improvising that delights Deadheads and bores people not attuned to the band's tendencies."[1]

In The Music Box, John Metzger wrote, "Each of the songs that appear on Dick's Picks 18 is exquisitely performed. Consequently, this is not just a collection for those most rabid of Grateful Dead fans with countless hours of bootleg tapes lying around their abode. Anyone who has wondered just what the big deal was with this band, just might find the answer lurking among the three hours and fifty minutes of music contained in this collection."[2]

Track listingEdit

Disc 1

  1. "Bertha" (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 6:42
  2. "Good Lovin'" (Rudy Clark, Arthur Resnick) – 6:14
  3. "Cold Rain and Snow" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 6:17
  4. "New Minglewood Blues" (traditional, arranged by Bob Weir) – 5:42
  5. "They Love Each Other" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:42
  6. "It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack) – 7:40
  7. "Dupree's Diamond Blues" (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:37
  8. "Looks Like Rain" (Weir, Barlow) – 7:59
  9. "Brown-Eyed Women" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:34
  10. "Passenger" (Phil Lesh, Peter Monk) – 5:41
  11. "Deal" (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:35
  12. "The Music Never Stopped" (Weir, Barlow) – 8:06

Disc 2

  1. "Estimated Prophet" > (Weir, Barlow) – 12:16
  2. "Eyes of the World" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 14:38
  3. "Playing in the Band" > (Weir, Mickey Hart, Hunter) – 24:35
  4. "The Wheel" > (Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Hunter) – 5:44
  5. "Playing in the Band" (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 9:02
  6. "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) – 4:38

Disc 3

  1. "Samson and Delilah" (traditional, arranged by Weir) – 11:22
  2. "Scarlet Begonias" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 12:46
  3. "Fire on the Mountain" (Hart, Hunter) – 17:03
  4. "Truckin'" > (Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Hunter) – 9:17
  5. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzmann) – 1:57
  6. "The Other One" > (Weir, Kreutzmann) – 9:02
  7. "Wharf Rat" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:58
  8. "Around and Around" (Berry) – 8:35

Recording datesEdit

The recording dates of the songs are:[4]

  • Disc 1
    • "Cold Rain and Snow", "They Love Each Other", "Looks Like Rain", "Brown Eyed Women", "The Music Never Stopped" – February 3
    • "It's All Over Now", "Dupree's Diamond Blues" – February 4
    • "Bertha", "Good Lovin'", "New Minglewood Blues", "Passenger", "Deal" – February 5
  • Disc 2 – February 3
  • Disc 3 – February 5


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  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Dick's Picks, Vol. 18: Dane County Coliseum 2/3/78 & Uni-Dome, University Of N. Iowa 2/5/78". AllMusic. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Metzger, John (October 2000). Dick's Picks Volume 18, The Music Box
  3. ^ The Grateful Dead Album Guide Archived 2013-12-28 at the Wayback Machine, Rolling Stone
  4. ^ "Dicks Picks Volume 18". Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved November 14, 2020.