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  • Audio CD (Sept. 23 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino / Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0000C23DO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Truckin'
2. Touch Of Grey
3. Sugar Magnolia
4. Casey Jones
5. Uncle John's Band
6. Friend Of The Devil
7. Franklin's Tower
8. Estimated Prophet
9. Eyes Of The World
10. Box Of Rain
11. U.S. Blues
12. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
13. One More Saturday Night
14. Fire On The Mountain
15. The Music Never Stopped
16. Hell In A Bucket
17. Ripple

Product Description

Time to bury your Skeletons in the Closet "best-of"-this one spans the Dead's years with Warner Bros., Grateful Dead Records and Arista! Includes Truckin'; Touch of Grey; Sugar Magnolia; Casey Jones; Box of Rain; Fire on the Mountain; U.S. Blues; Friend of the Devil; Franklin's Tower; One More Saturday Night , and more.

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Format: Audio CD
This is the very first compilation that covers the band's entire career, including works from both Warner Brothers (1967-72), Grateful Dead Records (1973-75) and Arista (1977-89). This 17 track CD is to be considered a "greatest hit" rather than a "best of" collection, which would have contained more live material. This album contains some of their most famous songs, like "Truckin'", "Touch of grey", "Sugar magnolia", "Eyes of the world", "Friend of the devil", "Estimated prophet", "U.S. blues" and "Uncle John's band". Grateful Dead was never a single's band, so this CD doesn't pay a fair duty to the band, but it's perfect as a starting point. This is definitely the place to start. And if you're satisfied with one Grateful Dead CD only, this should probably be the one.
But this CD shouldn't be you only Grateful Dead CD in your collection. Grateful Dead was, by all means, a LIVE BAND, and on this CD you'll find only one live version ("One more Saturday night"). So, if you should happen to like this CD, check out some of their live recordings too. There are a whole bunch of live albums available, so it's often hard to decide which one to buy and which one to avoid. Well, let me help you. You can't go wrong if you buy either of the following three albums: "Ladies and gentlemen..." consists of live recordings from five shows at the closing of Fillmore East, April 1971. "Stepping out...England '72" is a compilation of highlights from their UK gigs on their famous European tour in April and May 1972. "The closing of Winterland" covers the entire New Year's show at Winterland 1978/79. All three CDs show Grateful Dead on top of their career, and it will sure give you an experience of a lifetime!
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For a band with a duration of nearly thirty years, the Grateful Dead haven't been anthologized nearly as much as people might assume. Their San Francisco peers, the Steve Miller Band and the Jefferson Airplane have produced so many anthologies that it has underminded the integrity of their original releases. The Dead, on the other hand, have had a much longer career trajectory and this is the first single cd anthology that covers their entire career span...well, sort of. This anthology is overly reliant on their Twin Towers studio albums, "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty". I have probably heard "Truckin'" over 10,000 times in my life and sitting though that song is the sonic equivalent of fingernails on a chalk board. "Uncle John's Band" seems to never wear thin and thousands of listenings later, it remains the most unique and powerful statement of the Dead's collective metaphysics.

Among the missing and unaccounted for are; "Dark Star," "Jack Straw," "Black Peter," "Stella Blue," "Brokedown Palace," "Playing in the Band," "Wharf Rat," and "Terrapin Station." The biggest puzzler is what happened to "Aoxomoxoa" and "Anthem To Sun?" The tribal elders of the Deadhead nation are certain to frown upon any collection that omits "St. Stephen", "China Cat Sunflower", "The Other One" or "Alligator." These two albums broke open more musicial space than any other Dead albums, and are the cornerstones of the Haight Ashbury psychedelic renissance.
Now that the Grateful Dead has remastered all of the 22 official albums, the hardcore Deadheads will probably want to recollect all of the orginal releases, because there is a significant improvement on the sound of the remastered editions.
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Format: Audio CD
The Rhino/Warner Brothers compilation "The Very Best of The Grateful Dead" is the first to span the band's entire career in a single disc. It is also the first Dead compilation to encompass material from different record labels. So not only is the Dead's formative years with Warner Bros. covered, material from Arista and United Artists labels are also included.
This CD includes the Grateful Dead's most commercial material and its best known hits such as the signature classics "Truckin'", "Uncle John's Band", "Box Of Rain" and "Ripple" as well as their only top 40 smash "Touch Of Grey" from 1986.
Elsewhere are Deadhead favorites such as "Estimated Prophet", "Franklin's Tower", "Fire On The Mountain" and "U.S. Blues".
This is only one side of The Grateful Dead. The bands other side is what they are better known for - extended jams. Unfortunately "The Very Best Of" does not capture the bands improvisational and experimental side. It does however display the Dead's diverse range and their ability to craft radio-friendly material flawlessly and effortlessly.
This compilation is highly recommended for beginning Deadheads who'd like to hear the more commercial side of the band. For their improvisational side, "Live/Dead" is an excellent place to start. For their more experimental work, check out "Anthem Of The Sun", "Aoxomoxoa" or "Blues For Allah". These albums as well as this compilation provide a well-rounded textbook for those starting their collection of Dead recordings.
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