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Grateful Dead Archivist Announces New Live Releases

David Lemieux announces limited edition album releases

The series is based upon the Dead's Dick's Picks series, which was discontinued in 2005 - six years after its namesake, Dick Latvala, passed away. Lemieux is the band's current archivist and he has now announced Dave's Picks.

"Every show by the Dead - whether it was in the Sixties, Seventies, Eighties or Nineties - was a journey," Lemieux tells Rolling Stone. "They weren't writing out setlists before the show, but wherever that show took them was part of a journey that became part of what was special about that show. And one of the great things about the Grateful Dead was that every show was a complete and unique adventure - for them and for us. Here we are 16 years after the Grateful Dead stopped playing and I think one of the best ways to bring people back to that Grateful Dead experience is by presenting this music to them."

The first release, scheduled for January 2012, will feature the Dead's complete concert from May 25, 1977 at the Mosque in Richmond, Virginia.

Dave's Picks will be available both individually and by subscription through the Grateful Dead's official website. Subscribers will get all four quarterly 2012 releases as well as a collectable bonus CD. Each Dave's Picks release will be limited to 12,000 numbered copies.

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