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Best of Skeletons From the Closet: Greatest Hits

Grateful DeadAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their ... Read more in Amazon's Grateful Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (May 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0002VEPHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Rosemary
4. Sugar Magnolia
5. St. Stephen
6. Uncle John's Band
7. Casey Jones
8. Mexicali Blues
9. Turn on Your Love Light
10. One More Saturday Night
11. Friend of the Devil

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The classic Dead best-of. Includes Truckin'; Casey Jones; Sugar Magnolia; Uncle John's Band; Friend of the Devil and more.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent October 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album contains many of the Dead's popular songs, and it was the first album that I bought when I started listening to this band. However, it does not have many of their best songs. For a better listening experience and a more representative sample of the Grateful Dead, try "The Very Best of the Grateful Dead", "American Beauty", or "Workingman's Dead". Any of these three are far, far better than this album, and in my opinion, "American Beauty" is nearly perfect. It is a GREAT album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead November 22, 2009
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Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead was the first compilation album from the Grateful Dead and was released 1974. The album was met by surprisingly low marks from the critics. Allmusic gave it 3.5/5 and Rolling Stone gave it a mixed review. To me this is too low and 4/5 is more a fair mark. The booklet contains no lyrics and is very sparse with no photographs and just one picture on the front. Even so this is Grateful Dead 101 at its best and I would recommend it to people interested in listening to the Dead. 4/5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grateful Dead 101 August 18, 2008
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When the vinyl version of this record was released in '74, there was almost no way I would have picked up on it. I had a fair amount of Dead albums already (although I wasn't quite the completist some of my friends were). But in principle, I objected to buying "best of" albums in general, especially of artists I basically admired. That was for dilettantes. Or for people on a very limited budget.

Of course, as a poor college student, I probably should have been on a budget and was sort of on a de facto one, always INTENDING to pick up this or that record eventually. There were any number of Dead albums I never did manage to buy. Still, I at least got to hear pretty much all the Dead I wanted in friends' apartments or dorm rooms. It was like the wallpaper. Getting a "Best Of" release seemed kinda redundant.

But a lot can change in 34 years. All these format changes (to say nothing of real life budgetary issues) have forced me to look at "best of" and "greatest hits" packages in a new light. And even if I were a much harder core Deadhead than I am, there's so much other Dead product out there now to sample (I've only heard a fraction of Dick's famous Picks, for instance) that maybe I really DON'T want to repurchase every single pre-74 release on CD quite yet.

Besides I got this one on sale for just a couple of bucks. And what a treat it is. I love the fact that it's not sequenced chronologically. It begins with "Golden Road" from the very first album but then proceeds on to "Truckin'" from AMERICAN BEAUTY. When I was a kid, I might have been upset that over six years of musical history was seemingly blithely ignored in this sequencing. Now I see it as quite canny marketing (in a good way).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic songs, so-so collection. April 6, 2011
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Format:Audio CD
Chances are, if your reading this review your looking for one "best" Grateful Dead cd, compilation or not. Even if this was twice as long you would still be missing many essential Dead tracks. However, if you really do want just one disc, the newer "Very Best of Grateful Dead" is better than this. It has 17 remastered tracks, some that are missing here. Of course what's on here is all great. There is also the "What a long strange trip it's been" best of. That's 2 discs but needs remastering bad. If you wanted just ONE live disc, which is hard to come by, I would suggest "Dead Set". That's a good 14 track selection. You could always just get one of the classic studio albums. Of those, my favorites are "American Beauty", "Mars Hotel", and "Workingman's Dead", in that order. Just remember, when in doubt, play Dead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great songs,taste:o.k. August 4, 2005
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The songs are great but they are in better form live or on the album they origionally came from.to my ear the sound of a live song done right blows doors over a greatest hits,buts I had the vinyl when it came out and its well o.k Peace Larry
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