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!
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....
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. 1960's Dire Wolf, High Time, China/Rider, Black Peter, Dark Star 1970's Wharf Rat, Scarlet/Fire, Loser, Row Jimmy, Morning Dew, The Other One 1980'S Touch of Grey, Althea, Terrapin, Bird Song, Cassidy 1990's Days Between, Comes a Time, Reuben and Cerise, Crazy Fingers Peace to All.
Thank you both so much! Love to hear from more folks too :)
60s: lovelight. viola lee blues. st stephen/eleven70s: 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.