What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

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What a Long Strange Trip It's Been
A dimly-lit silhouette of a skeleton
Greatest hits album by Grateful Dead
Released September 1977 (1977-09)
Recorded 1962–1972
Genre Rock, country, folk, jam
Length 85:38
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Grateful Dead and Paul L. Wexler
Grateful Dead chronology
Terrapin Station
(1977)
What a Long Strange Trip It's Been
(1977)
Shakedown Street
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

What a Long Strange Trip It's Been, subtitled The Best of the Grateful Dead, is a compilation album by the Grateful Dead. It was initially a two-record LP released September 1, 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. Even though the band left Warner Bros. after their contract was up in order to form their own label, Grateful Dead Records, Warner Bros. continued to release older material from during the contract period.

The title of the compilation comes from one of Robert Hunter's most famous lyrics, the line from "Truckin'": Lately it occurs to me: What a long, strange trip it's been.

The album was reissued as both a 2-CD set and on cassette tape, by Warner Bros. in 1989 when the band was revitalized by their latest albums In the Dark and Built to Last.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "New Minglewood Blues" (traditional, credited to McGannahan Skjellyfetti) – 2:34
  2. "Cosmic Charlie" (Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter) – 5:30
  3. "Truckin'" (Garcia, Hunter, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir) – 5:03
  4. "Black Peter" (Live, February 13, 1970) (Garcia and Hunter) – 7:27
  5. "Born Cross-Eyed" (Weir) – 2:55
Side two
  1. "Ripple" (Garcia and Hunter) – 4:10
  2. "Doin' That Rag" (Garcia and Hunter) – 4:40
  3. "Dark Star" (Garcia and Hunter) – 2:41
  4. "High Time" (Garcia and Hunter) – 5:12
  5. "New Speedway Boogie" (Garcia and Hunter) – 4:05
Side three
  1. "St. Stephen" (Live, February 27, 1969) (Garcia, Hunter, and Lesh) – 5:22
  2. "Jack Straw" (Live, May 3, 1972) (Hunter and Weir) – 4:48
  3. "Me and My Uncle" (Live, April 29, 1971) (John Phillips) – 3:03
  4. "Tennessee Jed" (Live, May 3, 1972) (Garcia and Hunter) – 7:11
Side four
  1. "Cumberland Blues" (Live, April 8, 1972) (Garcia, Hunter, and Lesh) – 5:41
  2. "Playing in the Band" (Live, April 6, 1971) (Mickey Hart, Hunter, and Weir) – 4:38
  3. "Brown-Eyed Woman" (Live at the Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen concert April 14, 1972) (Garcia and Hunter) – 4:37
  4. "Ramble On Rose" (Live, May 23, 25 or 26, 1972) (Garcia and Hunter) – 6:01

Production details[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead
Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Billboard

Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 121[citation needed]

Certifications[edit]

Certification Date
Gold[4] August 24, 2001
Platinum[4]

References[edit]