Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks, Vol. 9: Harry Adams Field House, U. of Montana 5/14/74

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Dave's Picks, Vol. 9: Harry Adams Field House, U. of Montana 5/14/74 finds the Grateful Dead in the midst of their "Wall of Sound" phase, utilizing a complex system of amplifiers, monitors, and other various audio rigging to create one of the most complex stereo PA systems known to live performance at that time. Saying the band was deep into one of its jammier phases would be a tremendous understatement, with the set list getting into exploratory versions of crowd favorites like "Jack Straw" as well as a stunning rendition of "Weather Report Suite" that blurs into a particularly epic "Dark Star," as well as some of the most jazz-influenced playing the Dead would branch into that year on "Playing in the Band." This set collects audio from the entire show, which spans more than three hours of music over the course of its three sets.