The Very Best of Grateful Dead

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The Very Best of Grateful Dead
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Greatest hits album by Grateful Dead
Released September 16, 2003
Recorded Various
Genre Rock
Length 77:05
Language English
Label Warner Bros./Rhino Records
Producer James Austin
David Lemieux
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The Very Best of Grateful Dead is a single-CD compilation album chronicling all the years of the San Francisco psychedelic band the Grateful Dead. It is the first release to document every label the band recorded on: Warner Bros. Records, Grateful Dead Records/United Artists Records and Arista Records. It was released on September 16, 2003.

A songbook under the same name was released alongside this album which provides lyrics and musical tablature.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

On AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine said, "The Very Best of Grateful Dead marks the first attempt to do a thorough single-disc overview of the group's career, encompassing not just their classic Warner albums but also the records they cut for their own Grateful Dead/UA and Arista. As always with the Dead, it's hard to condense the band's free-ranging, freewheeling output onto one disc [..] but the 17 tracks here do present nearly all sides of the Dead while hitting their biggest songs. [..] The collection would have been better if sequenced a little more chronologically, but nevertheless it provides a first-class introduction to a band whose catalog can often seem a little unwieldy."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Truckin'" (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir) – 5:08
  2. "Touch of Grey" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:50
  3. "Sugar Magnolia" (Hunter, Weir) – 3:19
    • Originally released on American Beauty
  4. "Casey Jones" (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:28
  5. "Uncle John's Band" (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:46
    • Originally released on Workingman's Dead
  6. "Friend of the Devil" (Dawson, Garcia, Hunter) – 3:24
    • Originally released on American Beauty
  7. "Franklin's Tower" (Garcia, Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann) – 4:33
  8. "Estimated Prophet" (John Perry Barlow, Weir) – 5:38
  9. "Eyes of the World" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:20
  10. "Box of Rain" (Hunter, Lesh) – 5:20
    • Originally released on American Beauty
  11. "U.S. Blues" (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:40
  12. "The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)" (Garcia) – 2:12
  13. "One More Saturday Night" (Weir) – 4:50
    • Originally released on the 1972 live album Europe '72
  14. "Fire on the Mountain" (Mickey Hart, Hunter) – 3:48
  15. "The Music Never Stopped" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:35
    • Originally released on Blues for Allah
  16. "Hell in a Bucket" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:38
    • Originally released on In the Dark
  17. "Ripple" (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:10
    • Originally released on American Beauty


Grateful Dead
Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • James Austin, David Lemieux – compilation producers
  • Cameron Sears – album coordination
  • Robin Hurley – associate producer
  • Jimmy Edwards – product manager
  • Joe Gastwirt – remastering
  • Gary Peterson – discographical annotation
  • Vanessa Atkins – editorial supervision
  • Stanley Mouse – cover art, lettering
  • Hugh Brown – art direction
  • Linda Cobb – design
  • Michael Ochs Archive, Bob Seidemann, Herb Greene, Bruce Polonsky, Fred Ordower – photography
  • Hale Milgrim, Kevin Gore, Scott Pascucci, Mark Pinkus, Tim Scanlin, Steven Chean, Dennis McNally, Jeffrey Norman – project assistants


Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 69[2]
  • The album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart on October 4, 2003. It spent 4 weeks on the chart.