The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack

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The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack
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Live album by the Grateful Dead
Released March 15, 2005
Recorded October 16 – 20, 1974
Genre Folk rock, jam
Length 387:54
Label Grateful Dead Records
Producer David Lemieux, Jeffrey Norman
Grateful Dead chronology
Dick's Picks Volume 34
(2005)
The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack
(2005)
Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
The Music Box 5/5 stars[2]

The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack is a five CD live album by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded from October 16–20, 1974, and was released on March 15, 2005.

In 1974 the Grateful Dead were exhausted from touring, and it had proven too expensive and cumbersome to tour with the "Wall of Sound" sound system. In response, the group decided to stop touring for an indefinite period of time. In October they played five nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California. As they were the last concerts before the hiatus, the Grateful Dead wanted them to be properly recorded and documented by a film crew.

The results were a rather unsuccessful live album, Steal Your Face, and a film, The Grateful Dead Movie. The movie was released in theaters in 1977, and on videotape in 1981. In 2004 it was expanded to a double DVD with bonus cuts and documentaries. A few months later, a five CD album was released as The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack. The album included even more previously unreleased tracks, including a rare "Tomorrow Is Forever". The DVD contains one track not released on the soundtrack ("Sugaree" from October 18, which was previously released on Steal Your Face). Likewise, half of the selections are unique to this box set and not included in the DVD movie.[3] Furthermore, despite being a rather comprehensive 5-disc box set, it only captures about half of the nearly 60 different songs played across this 5 night stand.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "U.S. Blues" (Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia) – 5:13
  2. "One More Saturday Night" (Bob Weir) – 6:33
  3. "China Cat Sunflower" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:14
  4. "I Know You Rider" (traditional, arr. Grateful Dead) – 6:07
  5. "Eyes of the World" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 13:01
  6. "China Doll" (Hunter, Garcia) – 6:16
  7. "Playing in the Band" (Hunter, Mickey Hart, Weir) – 31:44
  • "U.S. Blues" is an edited version with the fourth verse excised
  • "Eyes of the World" is an edited version previously released in full on So Many Roads (1965–1995)

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Scarlet Begonias" (Hunter, Garcia) – 13:56
  2. "He's Gone" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 13:01
  3. "Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 7:31
  4. "Weirdness" > (Grateful Dead) – 8:05
  5. "The Other One" > (Bill Kreutzman, Weir) – 7:34
  6. "Spanish Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 1:48
  7. "Mind Left Body Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 3:10
  8. "The Other One" > (Kreutzman, Weir) – 2:28
  9. "Stella Blue" (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:04
  10. "Casey Jones" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:23
  • "Casey Jones" is an edited version previously released in full on Steal Your Face

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Weather Report Suite" – 16:44
  2. "Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 8:54
  3. "Dark Star" > (Hunter, Garcia, Hart, Kreutzman, Phil Lesh, Pigpen, Weir) – 24:10
  4. "Morning Dew" (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose) – 13:54
  5. "Not Fade Away" > (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 8:34
  6. "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 7:33
  • "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" is an edited version with the first solo removed and soundcheck dialogue added from the film

Disc four[edit]

  1. "Uncle John's Band" (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:08
  2. "Big Railroad Blues" (Noah Lewis) – 5:02
  3. "Tomorrow Is Forever" (Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner) – 6:26
  4. "Sugar Magnolia" (Hunter, Weir) – 5:26
  5. "He's Gone" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 13:49
  6. "Caution Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 4:30
  7. "Drums" > (Kreutzman) – 1:23
  8. "Space" > (Grateful Dead) – 9:14
  9. "Truckin'" > (Hunter, Garcia, Lesh, Weir) – 9:48
  10. "Black Peter" (Hunter, Garcia) – 10:10
  11. "Sunshine Daydream" (Hunter, Weir) – 3:14
  • "Sugar Magnolia" is an edited version, without its "Sunshine Daydream" coda (though the coda from another date appears as the last track of the disc)

Disc five[edit]

  1. "Playing in the Band" > (Hunter, Hart, Weir) – 13:24
  2. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzman) – 4:09
  3. "Not Fade Away" > (Holly, Petty) – 14:44
  4. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzman) – 4:53
  5. "The Other One" > (Kreutzman, Weir) – 10:56
  6. "Wharf Rat" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:35
  7. "Playing in the Band" (Hunter, Hart, Weir) – 8:38
  8. "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) – 3:55
  9. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 7:34
  10. "We Bid You Goodnight" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 1:59
  • "Johnny B. Goode" is an edited version with part of the first solo, and all of the second, excised

Recording dates[edit]

  • October 16, 1974 – Disc 1 track 7 (an additional track from this date was released as a bonus on From the Mars Hotel)
  • October 17, 1974 – Disc 1 tracks 3-4, Disc 2 tracks 2-10, Disc 4 track 4
  • October 18, 1974 – Disc 1 track 1, Disc 3
  • October 19, 1974 – Disc 1 tracks 2 & 5-6, Disc 2 track 1, Disc 4 tracks 1-3 & 5-11
  • October 20, 1974 – Disc 5

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead[edit]

Production[edit]

  • David Lemieuxproducer
  • Jeffrey Norman – producer
  • Bill Wolf – audio engineer
  • Jeffrey Norman – audio mixer
  • Eileen Law – archival research
  • Gary Gutierrez – cover art
  • Bruce Polonsky – photography
  • Dave Patrick – photography
  • Robert Minkin – package design and production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay (2011). "The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack: 5-CD Set - Grateful Dead | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Metzger, John (2011). "Grateful Dead - The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack (Album Review)". musicbox-online.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack (DeadDisc)". Retrieved 7 April 2015.