Dick's Picks Volume 2

Dick's Picks Volume 2 is the second live album in the Dick's Picks series of releases by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded on Halloween night in 1971 at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. The album consists of the second set of the concert. It was released in March 1995.

Dick's Picks Volume 2
Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Volume 2.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMarch 1995
RecordedOctober 31, 1971
LabelGrateful Dead
Grateful Dead chronology
Dick's Picks Volume 2
Hundred Year Hall
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
The Music Box4/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars [3][4]
Entertainment WeeklyA– [5]

Dick's Picks Volume 2 is the only one of the Dick's Picks that is a single CD. The other albums in the series have either two, three, or four CDs, except for Dick's Picks Volume 29, which contains six CDs.

Set listEdit

The complete concert set list for the 10/31/71 show at the Ohio Theatre was:[6]

1: "Bertha", "Me and My Uncle", "Deal", "Playing in the Band", "Loser", "El Paso", "Tennessee Jed", "Jack Straw", "Big Railroad Blues", "Brown Eyed Women", "Mexicali Blues", "Casey Jones", "Cumberland Blues", "One More Saturday Night"

2: "Dark Star"* > "Jam"* > "Sugar Magnolia"*, "St. Stephen"*, "Not Fade Away"* > "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad"* > "Not Fade Away" reprise*

E: "Johnny B. Goode"

Note: New Riders of the Purple Sage were the opening act.

* appears on Dick's Picks Volume 2

The jamEdit

The jam that appears on the set list after "Dark Star" is generally referred to as "Tighten Up Jam" by collectors due to its similarities to the Archie Bell & the Drells tune "Tighten Up". The Grateful Dead would jam on the theme only a handful of times, mostly from 1969 until 1971.

Also notably rare is a "Cold Rain and Snow" tease on the way back into playing "Not Fade Away" from "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad". The Grateful Dead were known for teasing bits of songs, often they would play a song they teased at a different show.

Caveat emptorEdit

Each volume of Dick's Picks has its own "caveat emptor" label, advising the listener of the sound quality of the recording. The label for Volume 2 reads:

"This compact disc has been digitally remastered directly from the original quarter track 7½ ips analog tape. It is a snapshot of history, not a modern professional recording, and may therefore exhibit some technical anomalies and the unavoidable effects of the ravages of time."

Track listingEdit

  1. "Dark Star -> Jam ->" (Garcia, Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, McKernan, Weir, Hunter) – 23:14
  2. "Sugar Magnolia ->" (Weir, Hunter) – 6:33
  3. "St. Stephen" (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter) – 7:10
  4. "Not Fade Away ->" (Petty, Hardin) – 7:25
  5. "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad ->" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 10:38
  6. "Not Fade Away" (Petty, Hardin) – 3:19


Grateful Dead


  • Rex Jackson – recording
  • Dick Latvala – tape archivist
  • Gecko Graphics – design

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Dick's Picks, Vol. 2: Columbus, Oh, 10/31/71". AllMusic. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Metzger, John (May/June, 1995). Dick's Picks Volume 2, The Music Box
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (May 27, 1999). Review of Dick's Picks volumes 1 through 13, Rolling Stone
  4. ^ The Grateful Dead Album Guide Archived 2013-12-28 at the Wayback Machine, Rolling Stone
  5. ^ Brunner, Rob (November 27, 1998). "A Look at Dick's Picks, Volumes One–Six". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Scott, John W; Dolgushkin, Mike; Nixon, Stu. DeadBase XI: The Complete Guide to Grateful Dead Song Lists, 1999, DeadBase, ISBN 1-877657-22-0

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