The Other Ones was a rock group composed of former members of the Grateful Dead. They later changed their name to The Dead. The Strange Remain is the only album released by either The Other Ones or The Dead.
On Allmusic, Michael B. Smith said, "Some members of the media have called the Other Ones the 'ultimate Dead cover band,' but this group is far from a cover band. The Other Ones' versions of Dead songs are immaculate, and many times they prove to be actually better than the Dead versions. Soaring saxophone, Hornsby's on-target piano, and the other 'new' band members add a whole new set of colors to the palette.... Garcia's spirit is alive and well, and the Other Ones are the perfect successors to the Grateful Dead empire. Fans can delight in the sheer spirit that comes through by way of this live document."
In Rolling Stone, Marc Weingarten wrote, "On this double-CD set, the band shows off its tight interplay. Guitarist Steve Kimock's slippery-necked leads capture the feel, if not the fire, of Jerry Garcia's playing, and drummer John Molo provides the kind of sturdy, in-the-pocket grooves that the Dead frequently lacked.... On The Strange Remain, the Other Ones provide plenty of reasons for loyalists to hold out hope for yet another tour."