Grateful Dead

Best of the Grateful Dead Live CD


THE BEST OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD LIVE is the ultimate live collection, a two-disc set with recordings selected from the band’s official live albums on Warner Bros. and Arista, plus a few tracks from their many archival live releases, beginning with “St. Stephen” – from the group’s first official live album, 1969’s Live/Dead – and ending with the poignant “So Many Roads,” taken from the band’s final concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field in July of 1995

“We wanted to follow up the 2015 The Best Of The Grateful Dead studio set with a live counterpart, and have focused our efforts on the band’s primary live albums as well as some key tracks from archival concert releases,” says band archivist and producer David Lemieux. “Just as there was nothing like a Grateful Dead concert, there is also nothing like a live Grateful Dead recording; it’s no secret that as good as the Dead’s studio recordings were, they excelled in front of an audience, and this set provides an overview of just how great the Dead were live in concert.”

THE BEST OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD LIVE will also be available as Apple Lossless and HD FLAC digital downloads on release day.

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2-Disc Set
Release Date: March 23, 2018

Product Details

THE BEST OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD LIVE

Disc One
1. “St. Stephen” – Fillmore West (2/27/69) from Live/Dead (1969)
2. “Bertha” – Fillmore East (4/27/71) from Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) (1971)
3. “Wharf Rat” – Fillmore East (4/26/71) from Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) (1971)
4. “Sugar Magnolia” – Olympia Theatre (5/4/72) from Europe ’72 (1972)
5. “Jack Straw” – Olympia Theatre (5/3/72) from Europe ’72 (1972)
6. “Truckin’” – Lyceum Theatre (5/26/72) from Europe ’72 (1972)
7. “Morning Dew” – Lyceum Theatre (5/26/72) from Europe ’72 (1972)
8. “Brown Eyed Women” – Tivoli Concert Hall (4/14/72) from Europe ’72 (1972)
9. “The Music Never Stopped” – Great American Music Hall (8/13/75), One From The Vault (1991)
10. “Estimated Prophet” – Barton Hall (5/8/77) from Cornell 5/8/77 (2017)

Disc Two
1. “Friend Of The Devil” – Radio City Music Hall (10/27/80) from Dead Set (1981)
2. “Feel Like A Stranger” – Warfield Theatre (10/4/80) from Dead Set (1981)
3. “Fire On The Mountain” – Radio City Music Hall (10/31/80) from Dead Set (1981)
4. “Bird Song” – Warfield Theatre (10/14/80) from Reckoning (1981)
5. “Ripple” – Warfield Theatre (10/4/80) from Reckoning (1981)
6. “Eyes Of The World” – Nassau Coliseum (3/29/90) from Wake Up To Find Out (2014)
7. “Touch Of Grey” – Rich Stadium (7/4/89) from Truckin’ Up To Buffalo (2005)
8. “Blow Away” – JFK Stadium (7/7/89) from Crimson, White & Indigo (2010)
9. “So Many Roads” – Soldier Field (7/9/95) from So Many Roads (1999)

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Happy 50 2-14-68
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Anthem 50th ?

We have all been hopefully expecting a commemorative edition of Anthem to be released-along with a complete show from 1968,- but has there been any official indication that this might happen? I haven't seen anything. It would be a real wasted opportunity if nothing is released. The first album was okay, but Anthem was the classic. That was the one that got me into them in the first place.

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Anthem 50th

The Grateful Dead 50th anniversary album was released in November 2016 four months before the 50th anniversary of it's original release. Anthem was released on July 18 1968 so if they release it four months prier to it's 50th that would be March 18th. Hoping that it is released with the February 2 1968 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR.

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Anthem 50th

Are there any rumblings about an Anthem of the Sun 50th anniversary release?

Fingers crossed they treat us to something similar as last years Grateful Dead release with a nice vintage 67 or 68 show tacked on. I really have no interest in purchasing the album again, but I will if I can pick up 67-68 along with it!

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Long Strange Trip

I am not buying this new one-but I thought Long Strange Trip was excellent. I only got it for the Dark Star-but I found myself listening to both cds all the way through. Like you, I have got most of it-but not all-and what I have got works well being placed in this strange new concept.

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I'm in, to hell with it.

Like many I probably have all of this, but I'm intrigued enough to hear these songs in this order. I pre-ordered it on amazon with that new Doors thing coming out.

Almost the same with the Long Strange Trip soundtrack, which I oddly enough enjoyed immensely. Sometimes a particular song juxtaposition elevates the proceedings.

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Where are the selections from

Where are the selections from STEAL YOUR FACE (1976) and DYLAN & THE DEAD (1989)? It's a shame these albums don't get any love because I sure love them! "Stella Blue" "IT Must Have Been The Roses" "Mississippi Half Step" are all great tracks from Steal Your Face. "Joey", "Knockin on Heaven's Door" "All Along the Watchtower" from Dylan & The Dead

WITHOUT A NET also is conspicuous in its absence. China/Rider, Let It Grow. Of course the selected Eyes of the World is also on Without a Net

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grateful dead live best of

how can you have a best of live grateful dead with out any pigpen tracks. rewriting history again. a total disgrace.

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grateful dead live best of

how can you have a best of live grateful dead with out any pigpen tracks. rewriting history again. a total disgrace.

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So Far

Jerry said it was another attempt to try an explain the unexplainable.

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So Far

Had it on VHS.
Yeah, the tarot cards during Terrapin, that’s the point when my Dad walked in the room....

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So Far-JimJohn

I had completely forgotten about the "So Far" dvd. I bought it on video when it came out, about 1987, and played it so many times. Nevertheless, when I first read your post, I thought it was a strange idea to show this to someone who had never heard the band, as a means of turning them on. But when I think back, 30 years ago, I can remember doing precisely that. I took it round to my parents house to watch, so they and my brother could see what the band was all about. I also lent it to a girl I had started going out with about that time too.

Its many years since I have seen it-I never got a dvd of it. In fact I don't even know if one came out in England. My favourite track, apart from "Uncle Johns", was the "Playing In The Band". I can remember liking the way the film synchronised with the music. I also seem to remember images from a pack of Tarot cards being shown during "Terrapin Station.

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Re: For the ultimate intro to

I would supplement with the "So Far" DVD. It's kind of like the concept of Dead show in a nutshell. I also really like the Uncle John's on it. Btw, that DVD should to be sold individually instead of just as a part of that big DVD collection.

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I agree w/ daverock

When you limit yourself mostly to Warner/Arista choices, you limit a lot of the great live jam material. Within those confines, I'd like to have at least seen some of the hybrid Anthem tunes. Nothing from from GDead Records and later Rhino archival releases (plus DP recordings) certainly short-change any truly great live compilations. Also, "career-spanning" tends to weaken the collection. I do like the few selections from Skull F*ck and Europe.

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Ladies...

I counter with, "Ladies and Gentlemen... the Grateful Dead."

\m/

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For the ultimate intro to

For the ultimate intro to Live GD, I recommend "Without a Net"

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Scarlet fire estimated

How can thete been a live list without those 3 from may 77 i mean really. That is Dead 101 friends
Peace and love Greg

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nice collection - glad no unreleased tracks

Good to see them regenerating previously released material to attract more future fans and glad there's not an "unreleased" track which may have made me contemplate an unnecessary purchase.

Prices do see steeper on this summer tour at least at Great Woods (Xfinity Ctr) vs last two at Fenway. Wished it was at Harborlights (BoA Pav) instead.

Careful at Great Woods - they used to use an undercover cop that looked like an older hippie complete with Tie Dye. Seen him in action a bunch of times. Nabbed a buddy back in the 90's.

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Definition of a "hippie."

When I was a kid, growing up in Boulder, Colorado, hippies were everywhere. It was a beautiful place, in the '60's, and a great state of mind.
Anyway, my father's favorite joke, at that time, was his definition of a hippie: "A Jack that looked like a Jill that smelled like a John." He thought this was one of the funniest things he had ever heard. I guess after four or five martini's anything is....funny!
Needless to say we often had very loud discussions about the Vietnam war. We would rant and rave at the dinner table until my little redheaded mother would tell us to be quiet.
God I miss all my hippie friends.

Mr. Pete-------------->
aging hippie

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Compilations

It always surprises me how Dead compilations are constructed. They have always had an image, in England, of playing very far out "acid rock". So it is likely that anyone interested in hearing them, who has not done so before, would be expecting something a bit more out there than a simple collection of songs. Compilations like this one seem to present the band as song based rather than jam based.

It was ever thus. I was quite shocked when I bought my first Dead album-Working Mans Dead, back in 1975. It sounded alright-but it was hardly cutting edge. The next one I got Steal Your Face was even more of a surprise. It was only when I heard Anthem that I heard something I could relate to. From that point on my interest snowballed. But to give newcomers a sense of the bands power, I would base a compilation more on extended jams-Dark Star-St Stephen-The Eleven, The Other One, Playing in The Band and so on and so forth.

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Live CD Collection

Nice set, although I wish they included a China Cat>I Know You Rider from '72.

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Live CD Collection

Nice set, although I wish they included a China Cat>I Know You Rider from '72.

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"you bring home one van of

"you bring home one van of Hippy Murderers and suddenly that's all your about"

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Beat Club

thank you thank you thank you

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4/21/72 Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (full show on video)

...a taste of the classic era. For the old of soul and young at heart. ;=P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6Uu57h7H18

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Reckoning and Anthem

Reckoning and Anthem were my first two albums too. I was just starting to get into the Dead and tripping. I was probably turned on by the pictures on the covers. But they turned out to be a couple of favorites still 30 years later. Soon after hearing these I started touring and my life has changed and is still changing dramatically. Grateful Dead.

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Love on Haight
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Definitions depends on culture generation etc

20 years ago at work I was explaining to a young brother the difference between hippies and freaks ( something about 1 political the other not...SF v Berkeley) anyway I told him I was a freak and jis eyes bugged out....No no not Rick James
All depends on where you stand

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Manson - Hippies

So, I'm curious: what's a hippie?
I first heard of the term from the back of a Bobby Darin LP, back in 1959 or so. I really don't think anyone can agree on a definition, besides the most common one having to do with long hair, beards and drugs(per Wikipedia)

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manson was no hippie

Manson was a product of a really messed up family and the US penal system. He preyed on 'hippies' and manipulated a cult following.

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MANSON?

Manson a hippy? lol~ not in any of my definitions of a hippy ~ and i said "deadheads" not "hippies "

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@Tin Hat

Anytime, man. I'm also a friend of the devil...

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My 2 cents

I think, as far as Dead complitations go, this has a decent selection. While there are certainly omissions, and this is release #4 with the 3/29/90 Eyes (plus Without a Net, Wake Up, S'90-TOO), the song choices and flow look palpable.

Definitely for super hardcore collectors and new fans. I have at least one version of everything in this set, so a low priority acquasition for me personally. The vinyl might be cool just for the dancing skeleton artwork.

My formal introduction to the Dead was first seeing them live on 7/1/84 Pine Knob when I was 16 years old. My first album introductions about this same time frame were "Anthem of the Sun", "Live Dead", "E'72", "Dead Set" and "Reckoning". As far as compilations go, I think I actually heard "What a Long Strange Trip" before "Skeletons From The Closet".

A friend of mine purchased the "Dead Zone" boxed set when it first came out, which covered 10 years of releases. "Bears Choice" was another I heard early on in the '80's.

I believe "Reckoning" was the actual first one I purchased myself, followed by "Anthem of the Sun", then "Live Dead" then it snowballed from there.

If you know a potential newbie who might be into the Dead, and depending how progressive their ear/personal tastes lean, I would recomend going big and take them straight to "Live Dead". If they like that, they pass the acid test.

edit - forgot to mention that "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty" were early introductions for me as well. For a new fan that might be more into songs, singer/songwriting, I would suggest these two plaus "In The Dark".

"In The Dark" brought the masses in, and I still believe that's one of their top four or five studio albums (right along with Anthem, American Beauty, Workingman's and Blues for Allah....though Wake of the flood is nice).

Myself, I tend to stear away from compilations, unless I'm not familiar with a band, then I take the sample size taste test. If I really dig it, I may do my darndest to be a completist, within budget.

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SkullTrip

Thank you ~ you are a friend of mine :)

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Stereotypes

Don’t be mislead by them.

Charles Manson was a hippy. There goes the stereotype that all hippies are friendly.

All Dead Heads are friendly and unselfish. Also not true.

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Re: "Newbies"

Sorry, Tin Hat. Things can sadly get a tad cantankerous around here. Whereas most Deadheads will share a hemp sandwich and give you the tie-dye shirt off their backs at a concert, here in Cyber-Land it's quite a different story. I got a jolt of online culture-shock after I joined the site myself.

Plenty of us take the negativity with a grain of salt (and a sense of humor). But there remains a small legion of perpetually dissatisfied, eternally combative types who believe that their personal preferences define them as individuals, so disagreeing with their tastes means you must either dislike them or that they're somehow "wrong" (the never-ending, tiresome 70s vs 80s debate, for example).

In my opinion, Grateful Dead music was always (and still is) about the journey, not the destination. Ever fluid, ever evolving, and ever expanding. With plenty of room on the bus for everyone, Pranksters and Cranksters alike...

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@Tin hat "newbies"

You wrote:
"i thought deadheads were supposed to be cool and welcoming"

In my 50+ years of collecting all kinds of different music, I realized that Deadheads are not any more cool or more welcoming than any other group of fans. Or any less for that matter.

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"Oh, the humanity!"

We're in the thick of the feeding frenzy, Stoltzfus. Can't you hear the bones crunching?

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they can't all be Dave's Picks

such vitriol everywhere I go.

I am really amazed humanity hasn't eaten itself yet.

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"newbies"

wow ~ i thought deadheads were supposed to be cool and welcoming ~ not superior to anyone wanting to get on the bus at any point or anytime but welcoming them like a family ~ im embarrassed ~ and i apologize for the rudeness and ignorance of many of these post ~ i hope this mean spirited group posting all of these demeaning prideful threads do not discourage anyone from buying this music and enjoying it and the wonderful spirit it brings ~ i too have a big dead catalogue and this one will be a welcome addition to bring along when i hop in my friends cars and take a ride ~ rain or shine ~ welcome young and old! buy one and smile ,smile ,smile !

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Uncle Sam

You need to learn how to accept and love people for who they are, forgive them of their shortcomings, and help them understand your point of view. That's good sense for all of us. You sound so unbalanced, blaming the people who buy the tickets, but not the band selling them? You forgive the rich band because they provide something you enjoy, but you persecute the rich consumers because they have something you don't. Hypocrisy through and through. Love, accept, forgive, teach. Peace.

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andyman 1970

snowflakes, really? lol, what a used up old trumpian saying. If I was a newbie, which this is obviously geared to, then I would want the cream right off the top, not rehashed, re-released stuff, this is just another money grab. Anyone seen the price of those 2018 summer dead and co tickets? Wow, must be nice to be rich and young, I had to work for a living when I was a kid, not get it from mommy and daddy. Oh by the way andyman, your boy is about to go down, and we can't wait.

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SFTC

bought it after my first show in 82. I still have it.

great cover art.

I remember St. Stephen.

This release also reminds me of So Many Roads. that's a great release. disc one always makes me horny for more 66 GD.

Mindbender...

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Skeletons from the closet

I had that on cassette and listened to it many, many times before seeing my first show.
At this point I remember listening to it, but don’t remember anything on it.
So I looked it up on Wikipedia and don’t really remember the song list but see that there were 2 live tracks which clicked a switch in my brain and I remembered that those 2 live tracks grabbed me unlike any of the other tracks on the cassette. I was always drawn to live recordings before ever seeing a concert. A lot of that caused by the live recording of Heard It Through The Grapevine on the CCR Greatest Hits cassette I had.
Live music recordings found me and guided me to the bus stop......

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American Top 40

I hope this compilation charts high and sells estimably well. You don't need this, but it going out into the world is a good thing. Yes, it kicks the hell out of Skeletons From The Closet! I had that damn record.

I'd probably buy this to take on a road trip or vacation somewhere, for a soundtrack. It's a good playlist with cool packaging and you know it'll sound great.

Should have come out before Christmas. Would have made a great stocking-stuffer.

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redemption searcher (and others)

The song selection is designed to:

1) Have excellent sound (most are multi tracks)

2) Allow the buyer an opportunity to buy each song's entire source album. So they are only drawing from widely distributed "unlimited" releases. Europe '72, Skull F***, Cornell, Dead Set, Crimson White and Indigo, etc.

It's a marketing campaign for newbies, right down to the vocal overdubs of E72 and Skull F***

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Don’t want that stuff?

In the immortal words of Bob Odenkirk:

“It’s not *for* you!!!!”

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So Many Roads

If you like this sort of release also check out the 5 CD set "So Many Roads". Is that still available? Some truly amazing stuff on there from every era.

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a better idea.

if you're going to rerelease something... how about releasing the downloadable series on CD?

i'd probably buy them all given the opportunity, especially the brent & pigpen era ones.

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WhathappenedtosoandsoversionthateveryoneIknowsaysisbestever?

Can't believe it's got the Cornell Estimated, which is great, but so were so so many versions from that year, whereas the Brown Eyed Woman and the Dancin' from that show are two of the best ever. (Not to mention the Dew, which are superior to '72 versions) Anyway that and the spring 90 were just put out not long ago. Very Europe '72 heavy. Can see the appeal of this to casual fans, just wish the selections were a little more exotic. Aside from it being the last show-why put out So many Roads again? Other nuggets from 90s from shows that will never come out but are great single versions. The Bucket opener from 9/29/93 Boston is one. The Samson from 12-6-92 is killer. The Saint from 6-17-91, as well as the Eyes are great, not as great as 3-29-90, but, again, that just came out already. Oh well.

The UJB with the Cosmic Charlie tease from 2-27-94! Guess that would've been a little long and adventurous. Whole show may not be worthy, but that part is great. Another bitchin' deadhead.

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