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The Best of the Grateful Dead Live / 2CD set and double vinyl volumes

The Grateful Dead‘s live archive appears to the be the gift that keeps on giving. Coming in March, is Live, a new two-disc collection of performances selected from the band’s official live albums on Warner Bros. and Arista (plus a few tracks from their many archival live releases).

The collection kicks off with St. Stephen – from 1969’s Live/Dead (the groups first official live album) – and concludes with So Many Roads, taken from the band’s final concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field in July of 1995.

This album was devised to complement the 2015 studio collection The Best of the Grateful Dead. The track listing below indicates which albums the tracks are from, but no less than five are pulled from the highly rated Europe ’72, including Sugar Magnolia and Morning Dew.

This release comes as a two-CD set but such is the length of some of the performances, that it has had to be split into two double vinyl sets. Vol 1: 1969-1977 is issued alongside the full 2CD set, and volume two will be issued later this year.

The Best of the Grateful Dead Live will be issued on 23 March 2018.

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The Best of the Grateful Dead Live Volume 1: 1969-1977

CD Track Listing

Disc One
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

Disc Two
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

The Best of the Grateful Dead Live Volume 1: 1969-1977

LP Track Listing

Side A
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)

Side B
1.    “Jack Straw” – Olympia Theatre (5/3/72) from Europe ’72
2.    “Truckin'” – Lyceum Theatre (5/26/72) from Europe ’72

Side C

1.    “Sugar Magnolia” – Olympia Theatre (5/4/72) from Europe ’72
2.    “Morning Dew” – Lyceum Theatre (5/26/72) from Europe ’72

Side D
1.    “Brown-Eyed Women” – Tivoli Concert Hall (4/14/72) from Europe ’72
2.    “The Music Never Stopped” – Great American Music Hall (8/13/75), One From The Vault
3.    “Estimated Prophet” – Barton Hall (5/8/77) from Cornell 5/8/77

10 responses to The Best of the Grateful Dead Live / 2CD set and double vinyl volumes

  1. Ian says:

    I’m barely a fan but even I know the elephant is Dark Star. Still, distilling their recorded archive onto just two CD’s must have been quite the task! It will be ideal for those wanting to dip a toe in and see what the fuss is about. Cheaper than the 80 cd live box they put out a couple of years ago! You’ve got to give them credit for making the music available in so many different ways and for everyone’s pocket. Once you discover the band for yourself, seeing what else is out there is like opening a door to an extremely well stocked sweet shop. It would probably take a year to listen to their online live archive, assuming you did nothing else.

  2. The Golden Age of Definitive Live Album Sets says:

    The chance of a definitive live set from the Crims, the Dead, Springy, anybody is rarer than the chance of Aliens residing in The White House…

  3. Kennysucina says:

    Coming soon more 2cd sets – The Best Of King Crimson Live, The Best of Bob Dylan Live, The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Live………..lol

  4. noyoucmon says:

    A definitive live Dead set seems like a fool’s errand.

  5. JJK says:

    Wow! Talk about squeezing every last dollar! WTF?

  6. Rogério says:

    Been waiting for years for a live best of, but they’ve really messed up the song selection. Can’t believe that live staples like China Cat+I Know You Rider, Scarlet+Fire, Playing in the Band and Not Fade Away were left off. This should have been at least a 3-disc album.

  7. Jim Decker says:

    Why ??!!??

  8. Ian Skelton says:

    Who wants to be the first to point out the elephant in the room! (Or more accurately the elephant NOT on the album!)

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