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Dylan & the Dead
A drawing of a train with a winged circle to its left that has a skeleton inside of it and a winged circle to its right with Dylan's face inscribed
Live album by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead
Released February 6, 1989 (1989-02-06)
Recorded July 1987
Genre Rock
Length 43:07
Label Columbia
Producer John Cutler and Jerry Garcia
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Dylan & the Dead is a collaborative live album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, released on February 6, 1989 by Columbia Records. The album consists of seven songs written and sung by Dylan, with the Grateful Dead providing accompaniment. The album was produced by Jerry Garcia and John Cutler.

Dylan & the Dead was recorded in 1987, during a successful stadium tour of the same name. Songs from two of the Grateful Dead performances are documented on the album View from the Vault IV.

The album sold well, reaching #37 on the Billboard charts in the U.S., #38 in the UK, and earning gold status in the United States.

In 1992 a bootleg of the first concert in 1987 was released under the title Orbiting Uvula. This includes the first ever live performance of Queen Jane Approximately, the first live performance of John Brown since 1963 and the first live performance of Chimes of Freedom since 1964.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau C−[4]

Despite strong initial sales, the album was poorly received by critics. Rolling Stone stated that the record "makes you wonder what the fuss [over the tour] was about," although they did have some kind words for several of the tracks.[5] Writing for The Village Voice, influential music critic Robert Christgau said that what Dylan "makes of his catalogue here is exactly what he's been making of it for years—money."[6] Amazon.com's Steve Appleford lamented that "if these were the stadium tour's best performances, pity anyone who actually sat through one of these concerts with a clear head."[7] Stephen Thomas Erlewine's review for AllMusic was particularly harsh, giving it one star out of a possible five, and calling it "quite possibly the worst album by either Bob Dylan or the Grateful Dead" and "a sad, disheartening document."[8] Music listeners outside the music press, particularly Dylan's and the Grateful Dead's audiences, often voiced other views.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Slow Train" (Recorded in Foxborough, Massachusetts on July 4, 1987) Bob Dylan 4:54
2. "I Want You" (Recorded in Oakland, California on July 24, 1987) Dylan 3:59
3. "Gotta Serve Somebody" (Recorded in Anaheim, California on July 26, 1987) Dylan 5:42
4. "Queen Jane Approximately" (Recorded in Eugene, Oregon on July 19, 1987) Dylan 6:30
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Joey" (Recorded in Foxborough, Massachusetts on July 4, 1987) Dylan, Jacques Levy 9:10
6. "All Along the Watchtower" (Recorded in Anaheim, California on July 26, 1987) Dylan 6:17
7. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Recorded in Anaheim, California on July 26, 1987) Dylan 6:35


Technical personnel
  • Guy Charbonneau – engineering
  • John Cutler – production, engineering
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering
  • Herb Greene – photography
  • Rick Griffin – art direction
  • Gary Hedden – engineering
  • Peter Miller – engineering
  • David Roberts – engineering
  • Billy Rothschild – engineering
  • Chris Wiskes – engineering

See also[edit]