The Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead

Music CD - 2017
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Publisher: [S.l.] : Grateful Dead Productions, [2017]
Edition: 50th anniversary deluxe edition
Branch Call Number: CD POP/ROCK GRATEFUL
Characteristics: 2 audio discs : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
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Last weekend the Grateful Dead performed the 'Fare Thee Well' concerts. The ultimate Hippie band officially reforming 20 years after Jerry Garcia's death in order to officially call it quits. The final football stadium shows in Santa Clara and Chicago received an ample amount of ink. Besides Jon Pareles' bloodless review, stories seemed to focus on the exorbitant ticket prices. In any event, never a Deadhead, I decided to take another listen to the band's debut album, THE GRATEFUL DEAD (1967). Recorded in Los Angeles for the Warner Bros. label during the month of January 1967, the most illuminating takeaway for me is how dated the record sounds. This is no AMERICAN BEAUTY (1970) or WORKINGMAN'S DEAD (1970). A majority of the tracks are governed by a Go-Go dancers beat, proving, like Moby Grape's debut, that the San Francisco Sound in 1967 was evolving out of a L.A.-dominated Sunset Strip Freak Scene. In the run-up to Monterey Pop and the Summer of Love, Jefferson Airplane's SURREALISTIC PILLOW (1967) is a far more innovative, defining record than THE GRATEFUL DEAD. Nonetheless "Good Morning, Little School Girl," "Morning Dew" and "Viola Lee Blues" are certainly a statement of great things to come.

Mar 16, 2015

In April of 2015 their is an auction of Grateful Dead souvenirs in St. Louis at an Auction House. Details are on the internet. The band is getting ready for its last short tour and then the members are breaking up the band forever. This "Grateful Dead" album is a good way to remember one of the great band which started in San Francisco in the 1960's.

DAVIDG11 Aug 23, 2014

Please note that the notes in the "alert" are wrong. The 2 bonus tracks listed are from the LIVE album "Grateful Dead" (sometimes referred to as "Skull & Roses" due to the cover), NOT the debut, which is shown here & is a studio album. Not sure what happened to the live album...thought it used to be in the catalog.

MrSinatra Aug 19, 2014

the CD I got from NYPL only has the first 9 tracks, and therefore is NOT the "expanded version" that the website claims it is.

in other words, the CD u get is not the 2003 remaster with bonus tracks that was part of the beyond description box set. I hope that version is floating around somewhere still in the NYPL system.


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