Grateful Dead

Dick's Picks

Vol. 27: Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland

Dec 16, 1992

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Dick's Picks 27

  • Filler from 12/17/92 II & Encore

As Grateful Dead Records approaches the tenth anniversary of the Dick’s Picks series of archival recordings, we find ourselves, appropriately enough, making a visit to the decade in which the Grateful Dead tape vault first began to yield these never-before-released treasures: presenting Dick’s Picks, Volume 27, featuring, in its entirety, the Dead’s performance at the Oakland Coliseum Arena on December 16th, 1992, with some tracks from the following night’s show thrown in as a bonus.

This edition of Dick’s Picks is notable for numerous reasons: it is not only the most recent show thus far released in the series, but the first featuring the Dead lineup with Vince Welnick as sole occupant of the keyboard chair (the two previous releases on which Vince is heard, Volumes 9 and 17, were recorded in 1990 and 1991, respectively, during the period that the band boasted a two-keyboardist configuration including Bruce Hornsby); the 3-disc set also marks the Dick’s Picks debut of more than a half-dozen songs, including Willie Dixon’s “The Same Thing,” the Hunter-Garcia rocker “Loose Lucy” and the terrific medley of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

The Dead were coming back from a lengthy layoff when they played these home-turf shows in Oakland, and their enthusiasm at being back on the boards shines through: the shows of December ’92 were, in the estimation of many longtime observers, among the high points of the band’s later years. It’s all captured here much as the audience heard it, beautifully mastered from the original two-track source tape.


  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Phil Lesh - electric bass, vocals
  • Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Vince Welnick - keyboard, vocals


  • Recording - Dan Healy
  • Tape Archivist - David Lemieux
  • CD Mastering - Jeffery Norman
  • Archival Research - Eileen Law/Grateful Dead Archives
  • Design, layout - Robert Minkin
  • Photography - Ken Friedman
  • Special thanks to Mark Kaufman, Gregg Perloff, Sherry Wasserman



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Setlist at Dick's Picks, Vol. 27: Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA on Dec 16, 1992

Set One

Feel Like A Stranger 560


Brown-Eyed Women 322


The Same Thing 489


Loose Lucy 441


Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again 558


Row Jimmy 610


Let It Grow 785


Set Two

Shakedown Street 779


Samson And Delilah 448


Ship of Fools 459


Playing In The Band 753


Drums 881


Space 657


Dark Star 536


All Along The Watchtower 398


Stella Blue 523


Good Lovin' 510



Casey Jones 338



Throwing Stones 583


Not Fade Away 658


Baba O'Riley 208


Tomorrow Never Knows 287


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