The Best of the Grateful Dead Live

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The Best of the Grateful Dead Live
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Compilation album by
ReleasedMarch 23, 2018
Recorded1969–1995
GenreRock
LabelRhino
Grateful Dead chronology
Dave's Picks Volume 25
(2018)
The Best of the Grateful Dead Live
(2018)
Fillmore West 1969: February 27th
(2018)

The Best of the Grateful Dead Live is a compilation album by the rock band the Grateful Dead. It contains songs that were recorded live in concert and previously released on other Grateful Dead albums. It was released on March 23, 2018.[1][2][3][4][5]

Production[edit]

According to producer David Lemieux, "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."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

On AllMusic, Timothy Monger said, "Created as a counterpart to their 2015 two-disc Best of the Grateful Dead studio collection, The Best of the Grateful Dead Live includes highlights culled from the band's commercially released concert albums on the Warner Bros. and Arista labels as well as a handful of live selections from their own personal archives."[6]

In All About Jazz, Doug Collette wrote, "The Best of the Grateful Dead Live doesn't purport to be comprehensive, but it does offer the novice virtually all the necessary touch-points by which to become more intimately acquainted with the unit's entire body of work (the exception, omitted no doubt by time constraints: any example of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan's extended stage spotlights)."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Recorded Previously released Length
1. "St. Stephen" Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Robert Hunter February 27, 1969
Fillmore West
San Francisco
Live/Dead 6:37
2. "Bertha" Garcia, Hunter April 27, 1971
Fillmore East
New York City
Grateful Dead 5:42
3. "Wharf Rat" Garcia, Hunter April 26, 1971
Fillmore East
New York City
Grateful Dead 8:32
4. "Sugar Magnolia" Garcia, Hunter May 4, 1972
Olympia Theatre
Paris
Europe '72 7:10
5. "Jack Straw" Bob Weir, Hunter May 3, 1972
Olympia Theatre
Paris
Europe '72 4:48
6. "Truckin'" Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Hunter May 26, 1972
Lyceum Theatre
London
Europe '72 13:07
7. "Morning Dew" Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose May 26, 1972
Lyceum Theatre
London
Europe '72 11:28
8. "Brown-Eyed Women" Garcia, Hunter April 14, 1972
Tivoli Concert Hall
Copenhagen
Europe '72 4:37
9. "The Music Never Stopped" Weir, John Barlow August 13, 1975
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco
One from the Vault 5:28
10. "Estimated Prophet" Weir, Barlow May 8, 1977
Barton Hall
Ithaca, New York
Cornell 5/8/77 8:44
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Recorded Previously released Length
1. "Friend of the Devil" Garcia, John Dawson, Hunter October 27, 1980
Radio City Music Hall
New York City
Dead Set 7:32
2. "Feel Like a Stranger" Weir, Barlow October 4, 1980
Warfield Theatre
San Francisco
Dead Set 5:46
3. "Fire on the Mountain" Mickey Hart, Hunter October 31, 1980
Radio City Music Hall
New York City
Dead Set 6:47
4. "Bird Song" Garcia, Hunter October 14, 1980
Warfield Theatre
San Francisco
Reckoning 7:38
5. "Ripple" Garcia, Hunter October 4, 1980
Warfield Theatre
San Francisco
Reckoning 4:26
6. "Eyes of the World" Garcia, Hunter March 29, 1990
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, New York
Without a Net 16:13
7. "Touch of Grey" Garcia, Hunter July 4, 1989
Rich Stadium
Orchard Park, New York
Truckin' Up to Buffalo 6:30
8. "Blow Away" Brent Mydland, Hunter July 7, 1989
John F. Kennedy Stadium
Philadelphia
Crimson White & Indigo 12:19
9. "So Many Roads" Garcia, Hunter July 9, 1995
Soldier Field
Chicago
So Many Roads 9:35

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead

  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Phil Lesh – bass, vocals
  • Bill Kreutzmann – drums, percussion
  • Mickey Hart – drums, percussion on "St. Stephen", "The Music Never Stopped", "Estimated Prophet", "Friend of the Devil", "Feel Like a Stranger", "Fire on the Mountain", "Bird Song", "Ripple", "Eyes of the World", "Touch of Grey", "Blow Away", "So Many Roads"
  • Ron "Pigpen" McKernan – organ, harmonica, percussion, vocals on "St. Stephen", "Bertha", "Wharf Rat", "Sugar Magnolia", "Jack Straw", "Truckin'", "Morning Dew", "Brown-Eyed Women"
  • Tom Constanten – keyboards on "St. Stephen"
  • Keith Godchaux – keyboards on "Sugar Magnolia", "Jack Straw", "Truckin'", "Morning Dew", "Brown-Eyed Women", "The Music Never Stopped", "Estimated Prophet"
  • Donna Jean Godchaux – vocals on "Sugar Magnolia", "Jack Straw", "Truckin'", "Morning Dew", "Brown-Eyed Women", "The Music Never Stopped", "Estimated Prophet"
  • Brent Mydland – keyboards, vocals on "Friend of the Devil", "Feel Like a Stranger", "Fire on the Mountain", "Bird Song", "Ripple", "Eyes of the World", "Touch of Grey", "Blow Away"
  • Vince Welnick – keyboards, vocals on "So Many Roads"

Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[8] 37
US Billboard 200[9] 167

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sterling, Scott T. (January 23, 2018). "Grateful Dead Announce Greatest Hits Live Collection". Radio.com. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Hinson, B. (January 24, 2018). "New Grateful Dead Compilation Due in March, Focusing on Live Release Highlights". WENK-WTPR. Archived from the original on January 29, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Announcing The Best of the Grateful Dead Live". Grateful Web. January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Best of the Grateful Dead Live CD". Dead.net. January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live ". Rhino.com. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Monger, Timothy. "The Best of the Grateful Dead Live". AllMusic. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Collette, Doug (April 27, 2018). "Grateful Dead: The Best of the Grateful Dead Live". All About Jazz. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2018. 13. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Grateful Dead Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.