Covering an interesting period of the Grateful Dead's history, Dave's Picks, Vol. 30 brings listeners to January 1970, when the band was transitioning out of the exploratory electric psych rock of the late '60s and into their more acoustic Americana period. Captured on January 1, 1970 at New York's Fillmore East, the lineup here includes the core Dead lineup which at that time still included Ron "Pigpen" McKernan on harmonica and vocals, as well as early keyboardist Tom Constanten. Along with "China Cat Sunflower" and a rollicking 18-minute version of "That's It for the Other One" are a host of newer songs like "Dire Wolf," "Black Peter," and "Uncle John's Band," which would become set staples of the '70s and would all appear five months later on their classic Workingman's Dead album.
AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger
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