Career spanning Grateful Dead live collection detailed

Rhino Records has detailed a new 2 CD career-spanning live collection of the Greateful Dead, called The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live. The ultimate live collection features recordings selected from the band’s official live albums on Warner Bros. and Arista Records, plus a few tracks from their many archival live releases, beginning with “St. Stephen” – from the group’s first official live album, 1969’s Live/Dead – and ending with the poignant “So Many Roads,” taken from the band’s final concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field in July of 1995.

The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live will be available as a 2 CD set on March 23rd. The music will be available through digital and streaming services as well. On the same date, Volume One of the collection will also be available on 180-gram vinyl as a 2 LP set, covering the first half of the album with Volume Two coming to vinyl at a later date.

“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,” says band archivist and producer David Lemieux. “Just as there was nothing like a Grateful Dead concert, there is also nothing like a live Grateful Dead recording; it’s no secret that as good as the Dead’s studio recordings were, they excelled in front of an audience, and this set provides an overview of just how great the Dead were live in concert.”

The live albums the band released during its 30-year career are the primary source for the collection, including tracks like “Bertha” from Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) (1971), “Fire On The Mountain” from Dead Set (1981), and “The Music Never Stopped” from One From the Vault (1991). A testament to its ongoing popularity, the revered double-album Europe ’72 (1972), is represented by no less than five tracks, including “Sugar Magnolia,” “Jack Straw” and a searing rendition of “Morning Dew.”

Other performances on the set were selected from the growing number of live releases that have emerged since the death of founding member Jerry Garcia in 1995. Some of those recordings include “Touch Of Grey” from Truckin’ Up To Buffalo (2005), a 1990 version of “Eyes Of The World” with saxophonist Branford Marsalis featured on Wake Up To Find Out (2014), and “Estimated Prophet,” which debuted earlier this year as part of Cornell 5/8/77, a recording of the Grateful Dead’s mythic show at Cornell University in 1977, thought by many to be the band’s greatest live performance.

2 CD | 2 LP

CD 1:

1. “St. Stephen” – Fillmore West (2/27/69) from Live/Dead
2. “Bertha” – Fillmore East (4/27/71) from Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)
3. “Wharf Rat” – Fillmore East (4/26/71) from Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)
4. “Sugar Magnolia” – Olympia Theatre (5/4/72) from Europe ’72
5. “Jack Straw” – Olympia Theatre (5/3/72) from Europe ’72
6. “Truckin'” – Lyceum Theatre (5/26/72) from Europe ’72
7. “Morning Dew” – Lyceum Theatre (5/26/72) from Europe ’72
8. “Brown Eyed Women” – Tivoli Concert Hall (4/14/72) from Europe ’72
9. “The Music Never Stopped” – Great American Music Hall (8/13/75), One From The Vault
10. “Estimated Prophet” – Barton Hall (5/8/77) from Cornell 5/8/77

CD 2:

1. “Friend Of The Devil” – Radio City Music Hall (10/27/80) from Dead Set
2. “Feel Like A Stranger” – Warfield Theatre (10/4/80) from Dead Set
3. “Fire On The Mountain” – Radio City Music Hall (10/31/80) from Dead Set
4. “Bird Song” – Warfield Theatre (10/14/80) from Reckoning
5. “Ripple” – Warfield Theatre (10/4/80) from Reckoning
6. “Eyes Of The World” – Nassau Coliseum (3/29/90) from Wake Up To Find Out
7. “Touch Of Grey” – Rich Stadium (7/4/89) from Truckin’ Up To Buffalo
8. “Blow Away” – JFK Stadium (7/7/89) from Crimson, White & Indigo
9. “So Many Roads” – Soldier Field (7/9/95) from So Many Roads

Author: Buddy Iahn

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