The Best of the Grateful Dead

The Best of the Grateful Dead

by Grateful DeadGrateful Dead

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

Only the second major career-spanning retrospective of the Dead, The Best of the Grateful Dead -- released in the spring of 2015, just before a series of farewell shows in the summer -- takes advantage of the extra disc 2003's The Very Best of Grateful Dead lacked. Weighing in at 32 tracks -- a full 16 cuts longer than Very Best -- The Best of the Grateful Dead also follows a strict chronological sequence, so it takes a little while for the psychedelic haze to lift and the Dead to settle into the rangy, rootsy groove that characterized so much of their existence -- right around "St. Stephen" and "China Cat Sunflower," both from 1969's Aoxomoxoa. From there, many -- but by no means all -- of the group's warhorses are marched out, all in their studio incarnations. This structure perhaps invites some griping about their sometimes ill-advised attempts to ride commercial waves -- there's no disguising the disco diversion of "Shakedown Street" -- but by celebrating the warts and providing space for that unexpected late-'80s commercial comeback, The Best of the Grateful Dead is a good capsule history of a band that usually defies such straightforward narratives. [The Best of the Grateful Dead was re-released on LP in 2015.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC: 0081227954659
catalogNumber: 549112
Rank: 1222

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Golden Road
  2. (To Unlimited Devotion)
  3. Cream Puff War
  4. Born Cross-Eyed
  5. Dark Star (Single Version)
  6. St. Stephen
  7. China Cat

Disc 2

  1. Uncle John’s Band
  2. Easy Wind
  3. Casey Jones
  4. Truckin’

Disc 3

  1. Box of Rain
  2. Sugar Magnolia
  3. Friend of the Devil
  4. Ripple
  5. Eyes of the World

Disc 4

  1. Unbroken Chain
  2. Scarlet Begonias
  3. The Music Never Stopped
  4. Estimated Prophet

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