Grateful Dead Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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The Grateful Dead begin the celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary with the release of The Best of the Grateful Dead, a career-spanning, two-disc collection with nearly three hours of the group’s best studio work. The music will be available physically and digitally on  April 3, 2015.

The collection’s 32 tracks feature music from every Grateful Dead studio album and cover the key points in the band’s musical career. Arranged chronologically, the tracks reflect the evolution of the group’s sound – and its membership – across more than two decades – from 1967’s The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) to 1989’s Standing on the Moon. In between, there are also essential tracks and fan favourites including ‘St. Stephen,’ ‘Casey Jones,’ ‘Sugar Magnolia,’ ‘Friend of the Devil,’ ‘Scarlet Begonias,’ and ‘Hell In a Bucket.’

The Best of the Grateful Dead also highlights the original versions of songs that would later become staples of the band’s transcendent concerts, such as Truckin’, China Cat Sunflower, Uncle John’s Band, and Fire On the Mountain.

The rare single version of ‘Dark Star’ is also included here in its two-and-a-half minute incarnation. On stage, the Dead transformed the song into an improvisational showcase that often stretched out for 30 minutes. The longest song found on the collection is the 16-minute Terrapin Station. Released in 1977, this suite of songs (an entire album side) is widely considered to be the Dead’s magnum opus. ‘Touch of Grey,’ the band’s only hit single, which cracked the Billboard Top Ten in 1987 is also included.

The remaining original members are reuniting for three final shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field this July dubbed Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead. A documentary about the Grateful Dead from award-winning filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev and executive producer Martin Scorsese has also been announced.

The Best Of The Grateful Dead

Track Listing

Disc One

1. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)

2.  Cream Puff War

3. Born Cross-Eyed

4. Dark Star (Single Version)

5. St. Stephen

6. China Cat Sunflower

7. Uncle John’s Band

8. Easy Wind

9. Casey Jones

10. Truckin’

11. Box Of Rain

12. Sugar Magnolia

13. Friend Of The Devil

14. Ripple

15. Eyes Of The World

16. Unbroken Chain

17. Scarlet Begonias

18. The Music Never Stopped

Disc Two

1. “Terrapin Station”

2. “Shakedown Street”

3. “I Need A Miracle”

4. “Fire On The Mountain”

5. “Feel Like A Stranger”

6. “Far From Me”

7.  “Touch Of Grey”

8. “Hell In A Bucket”

9. “Throwing Stones”

10. “Black Muddy River”

11. “Blow Away”

12. “Foolish Heart”

13. “Standing On The Moon”

 

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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