We've had a request from Jacky T, who's new in these parts and seeks your thoughts on which songs define each era of the Grateful Dead.
"I'm doing some sound consulting for a theatre show about Deadheads and was looking for some info that fans would know.. Basically, I was looking to find their 'iconic sounds' as they've shifted from each decade.. Any seminal tracks, maybe 3 from each 'period' of their different styles?"
This is a little different from the time-honored question of what was the band's best era. However, I foresee a diversity of opinion on this subject. Help Jacky out and weigh in!
60s: lovelight. viola lee blues. st stephen/eleven
70s: terrapin and/or estimated (with or without eyezzzzz), sugar magnolia
80s: NFA, china/rider, Peggy-O
90s: bertha, cold rain and snow, STOM
70s thru now: scarlet/fire
some of these are personal favorites...but mostly these songs just popped in my head when I read this question. Little to no thought involved...these are just one person's impressions.
EDIT: as I read other people's lists I am just amazed at the soundtrack this project could produce.
Thank you both so much!
Love to hear from more folks too :)
Here's my list, if not abbreviated? by decade:
These songs are not necessarily the greatest from each decade, but these songs hold memories for me during these years. First show for me was 1972 Bickershaw Festival.
Dire Wolf, High Time, China/Rider, Black Peter, Dark Star
Wharf Rat, Scarlet/Fire, Loser, Row Jimmy, Morning Dew, The Other One
Touch of Grey, Althea, Terrapin, Bird Song, Cassidy
Days Between, Comes a Time, Reuben and Cerise, Crazy Fingers
Peace to All.
1960's New Viola Lee Blues, Good Lovin'
1969 Dark Star
Early 1970's Truckin, Morning Dew
Mid 70's Playin' In the Band, Bertha
Late 1970's Estimated>Eyes
Early 1980's Sailor>Saint
Late 1980's Terrapin
1990's anything we could get
Your mileage may vary.....
I miss Jerry....