The Very Best of Grateful Dead

The Very Best of Grateful Dead

by Grateful DeadGrateful Dead


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Winnowing down three decades' worth of material from this pioneering rock juggernaut into a single-disc retrospective would seem to be a daunting task -- particularly given the Dead's notorious propensity for jamming and stretching out. This challenge is answered by the decision to focus on studio material -- only a '72 version of "One More Saturday Night" nods to the Dead's live prowess. This wide-ranging disc does a fine job of capturing the band's often-overlooked ability to spin a musical yarn concisely without losing the magical "x-factor." While not organized chronologically, The Very Best reaches clear back to the Dead's first Warner Bros. single, "The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion," and makes pit stops at every tune that would be recognizable even to non-Deadheads. That means "Truckin' " shows up, as does "Casey Jones" and the band's sole hit single, "Touch of Grey" -- making it an essential, portable encapsulation of a vastly influential band. Initial pressings of the disc include a replica pass from the band's final tour in 1995.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227389925
catalogNumber: 73899
Rank: 162090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Mickey Hart   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Lyricon
Tom Constanten   Piano,Keyboards
Merl Saunders   Organ
Howard Wales   Organ
Jordan Amarantha   Percussion
English Chorale   Vocals
Martyn Ford   Conductor
Donna Jean Godchaux   Vocals
David Grisman   Mandolin
Matthew Kelly   Harp
Bill Kreutzmann   Percussion,Drums
Phil Lesh   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Conga,Keyboards,Vocals
Brent Mydland   Keyboards,Vocals
David Nelson   Electric Guitar
Steven Schuster   Saxophone
Dave Torbert   Bass
Robert Howes   Conductor

Technical Credits

Mickey Hart   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer,Producer
Grateful Dead   Producer
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Lowell George   Producer
James Austin   Producer,Liner Notes
John Perry Barlow   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Paul Buckmaster   Orchestral Arrangements
John Cutler   Producer
John Dawson   Composer
David Hassinger   Producer
John Kahn   Horn Arrangements
Bill Kreutzmann   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer
Bob Matthews   Producer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Betty Cantor   Producer
Stanley Mouse   Cover Art
David Lemieux   Producer

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