The Best Of The Grateful Dead


As part of the band’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, a new Grateful Dead compilation will be issued in March, prosaically titled The Best Of The Grateful Dead.

The tracks are arranged chronologically and span more than two decades with this two-CD collection featuring music from every Dead studio album, from 1967’s The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) to Standing on the Moon from 1989.

Live stalwarts Truckin’, China Cat Sunflower, Uncle John’s Band and Fire On the Mountain and all present and correct, and this set also includes the rare two-minute single edit of Dark Star. In total The Best of the Grateful Dead features 32 tracks. including the 16-minute Terrapin Station.

The music has been newly remastered by David Glasser (from the original tapes) and The Best of the Grateful Dead is released on 30 March 2015.

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Disc 1

1. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) [2:09]
2. Cream Puff War [2:28]
3. Born Cross-Eyed [2:04]
4. Dark Star (Single Version) [2:41]
5. St. Stephen [4:26]
6. China Cat Sunflower [3:40]
7. Uncle John’s Band [4:42]
8. Easy Wind [4:59]
9. Casey Jones [4:24]
10. Truckin’ [5:03]
11. Box Of Rain [5:17]
12. Sugar Magnolia [3:17]
13. Friend Of The Devil [3:21]
14. Ripple [4:10]
15. Eyes Of The World [5:16]
16. Unbroken Chain [6:45]
17. Scarlet Begonias [4:19]
18. The Music Never Stopped [4:35]
19. Estimated Prophet [5:35]

Disc 2

1. Terrapin Station [16:10]
2. Shakedown Street [4:59]
3. I Need A Miracle [3:36]
4. Fire On The Mountain [3:46]
5. Feel Like A Stranger [5:06]
6. Far From Me [3:39]
7. Touch Of Grey [5:47]
8. Hell In A Bucket [5:35]
9. Throwing Stones [7:18]
10. Black Muddy River [5:58]
11. Blow Away [6:09]
12. Foolish Heart [5:10]
13. Standing On The Moon [5:20]

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here’s hoping they release a “best of” the live albums. it would be way more interesting than this.


Wait, one thing occurs to me. Though it’s not specifically mentioned here, this is a studio-only compilation, right? Which means that the only choice from “Anthem Of The Sun” had to be “Born Cross-Eyed”, since that is the only track from the album that was wholly created in the studio.


Hmm, and from “Anthem Of The Sun” (always a tricky album) we only get “Born Cross-Eyed”, which is seemingly not the single version with the extra noise section at the end. (For that reason, the “What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been” CD may still be a better purchase.) Not worth asking I presume if these are the original “Aoxomoxoa” LP mixes, which would give this something to crow about?

Some more strange choices: “Unbroken Chain” from “Mars Hotel”, “The Music Never Stopped” from “Blues For Allah”, and do we really need the entire “Terrapin Station” rather than just “Lady With A Fan”? Most bizarre of all, the two “Go To Heaven” choices are baffling, when late Garcia classic “Althea” has been utterly overlooked.


I pretty great selection! Except for too many songs off of In The Dark and too few from Blues For Allah.