Dick's Picks Volume 32

Dick's Picks Volume 32 is a two-CD live album by the rock band the Grateful Dead. It was recorded on August 7, 1982 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. It was released on July 20, 2004.

Dick's Picks Volume 32
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Live album by
ReleasedJuly 20, 2004
RecordedAugust 7, 1982
LabelGrateful Dead Records
Grateful Dead chronology
Rockin' the Rhein with the Grateful Dead
Dick's Picks Volume 32
Beyond Description (1973–1989)

Alpine Valley, an outdoor theater in the rural, southeastern part of the state, was well known among Deadheads of the era. 1982 was the first year that the band played multiple days at the venue. It is also the site of the Grateful Dead concert video Downhill From Here.

Critical receptionEdit

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

On AllMusic Lindsay Planer said, "By some accounts, early-'80 shows could often be accurately classified as hit-or-miss affairs; on this evening the Grateful Dead are particularly inspired throughout.... Even though this volume was mastered from a cassette tape, the powerful performance far outweighs any audible sonic anomalies."[1]

In The Music Box John Metzger wrote, "...the two-disc collection offers a time capsule of sorts to the group's most avid fans... For them, the notion that it also features some rather explosive music, particularly during its latter half, is reward enough for enduring a few of the bumpier moments contained within the show."[2]

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 one for volume 32 reads:

"By now, after 11 years and 31 previous volumes of Dick's Picks, most of you ignore these dire audio warnings. Therefore, every once in a while I need to remind you of the inherent problems of some of our music sources. The master for Alpine 8-7-82, is a cassette... yes, the lowly, forgotten cassette. It is quite well preserved, but it is a sonically limited cassette none-the-less. In addition to that, because of overriding considerations at the time of the show, this mix is bass instrument shy. That being said, this is a great show, and that's the foremost DP consideration, right? So, let the music and performance jump out and grab you, and enjoy! - Love, JN"

Track listingEdit

Disc One
First set:
  1. "The Music Never Stopped" > (Bob Weir, John Barlow) – 4:19
  2. "Sugaree" > (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 9:51
  3. "The Music Never Stopped" reprise (Weir, Barlow) – 4:00
  4. "Me and My Uncle" > (John Phillips) – 3:02
  5. "Big River" (Johnny Cash) – 6:12
  6. "It Must Have Been the Roses" (Hunter) – 5:51
  7. "C.C. Rider" (traditional, arranged by the Grateful Dead) – 7:34
  8. "Ramble On Rose" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:31
  9. "Beat It On Down the Line" > (Jesse Fuller) – 3:11
  10. "On the Road Again" (traditional, arranged by the Grateful Dead) – 3:04
  11. "Althea" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:56
  12. "Let It Grow" (Weir, Barlow) – 11:39
  1. "U.S. Blues" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:16
Disc Two
Second set:
  1. "China Cat Sunflower" (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:42
  2. "I Know You Rider" (traditional, arranged by the Grateful Dead) – 7:43
  3. "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" (Span) – 8:29
  4. "Ship of Fools" (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:39
  5. "Playing in the Band" > (Weir, Mickey Hart, Hunter) – 11:15
  6. "Drums" > (Hart, Bill Kreutzmann) – 5:31[a]
  7. "Space" > (Garcia, Phil Lesh, Weir) – 5:31[a]
  8. "The Wheel" > (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Hunter) – 5:51
  9. "Playing in the Band" > reprise (Weir, Mickey Hart, Hunter) – 4:09
  10. "Morning Dew" > (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose) – 10:11
  11. "One More Saturday Night" (Weir) – 4:59


  1. ^ a b Edited version of performance


Grateful Dead


  • Dan Healy – recording
  • Jeffrey Norman – cd mastering
  • David Lemieux – tape archivist
  • Eileen Law – archival research
  • Robert Minkin – photography, cover art and package design
  • Bill Turley – photography


  1. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. "Dick's Picks, Vol. 32". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Metzger, John (November 2004). Dick's Picks Volume 32, The Music Box