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Grateful Dead [Import]

Grateful DeadAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 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 (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KBN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bertha
2. Mama Tried
3. Big Railroad Blues
4. Playing In The Band
5. The Other One
6. Me & My Uncle
7. Big Boss Man
8. Me & Bobby McGee
9. Johnny B. Goode
10. Wharf Rat
11. Not Fade Away/Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SKULL & ROSES -- one of the Dead's absolute best June 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Many years have come and gone, and many records have come along by the Dead, especially with the Dick's Picks series of "official bootlegs." Some of those are fantastic (see my reviews of DP22 from 1968, DP16 from 1969, DP4 & DP8 from 1970, DP23 from 1972, and DP10 from 1977). But SKULL & ROSES still stands among the absolute best of all Dead live recordings! Every time I play it I think to myself "why have I been listening to anything else?" It has lost nothing to time, not to my ears. There is a lot of "first set" material here, the sort of songs the band would basically warm up with before launching off into cosmic jams, but they're all of high quality. On the original vinyl it was easy to deal with -- Sides 1 and 3 were the "first set" songs, and Sides 2 ("The Other One") and 4 ("Wharf Rat" and "Not Fade Away/Goin' Down the Road") were the jams. I played Side 3 less often than the others, but listening now, it sounds great. This makes great driving music, and nowadays that's how I'm most likely to hear it.

The highlights are the amazing jams -- "The Other One," the end of "Wharf Rat," and "Not Fade Away/Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad," with one of those patented instrumental transitions from one to the other. Garcia's guitar throughout is just PERFECT, from his solos on "Bertha" right on through -- SKULL & ROSES definitely captures some of his best playing. The band sounds tight -- Mickey Hart had left, but Kreutzmann is right on it, you don't miss him at all.

There are purists who want only entire shows (which is what many of the Dick's Picks are), and this patches together shows from Winterland, the Fillmore East and the Manhattan Center (no dates provided, though I know the Fillmore material overlaps with LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...). The solution is -- don't be a purist if you don't want to miss out!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live album with no audience noise September 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a live album with almost no annoying background noise from the audience. That alone would make it worth 5 stars. I don't know why there is a need to add in cheering on live albums. It doesn't have to be there. When a group is recorded live, there are specially arranged microphones to pick up the audience cheers. I don't need to hear an audience cheer to know what is good. It is like adding a laugh track to a TV show. I know what is funny.

Listening to this album, it is hard to believe it was recorded live, especially by the Grateful Dead. The sound quality is very good (but not perfect).

What is really amazing is the live performance of the Dead. It is crisp, tight and controlled. It is like they are playing in the studio, with retakes and overdubs. Even the 18 minute Other One sounds like it is under control. I love the long winded, rambling jams of the Dead, but this change of pace is also great.

The song selection and interpretation of the songs is great. There are a number of country songs from contemporary song writers of the time, like Merle Haggard. They are played in new and interesting ways (for that time). Then there are the longer songs, like Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away and the Other One. You can tell that the Other One was pulled out of a longer jam. It would be interesting to hear the entire piece.

Rhino records has done a wonderful job of remastering all of the original Warner Brothers Dead LP's. The original CD release was not bad, but here the sound is enchanced even more with HDCD. Each remastered CD contains extensive liner notes and bonus tracks, filling all 80 minutes of the CD length. Since the original album was 74 minutes long, there is not too much room for extras here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Rock and Roll's ultimate live album October 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album is well reviewed by various listeners. I appreciate Alan Sandler's review pointing out Bob Weir's work on the bridge between Not Fade Away and Goin'Down the Road. Another excellent example of Bobby's ability to lead the transition between songs in medleys can be found in Europe 72's China Cat/I Know You Rider combo. In both of these recordings, Weir lays out the plot with Jerry providing punctuation, then when the mood is set, Garcia is able to elaborate on the story with soaring lines that truly define the Dead during this era. Listen closely to the stereo separation on these recordings and it becomes easier the distinguish these two very different guitar styles that blended so seamlessly together.
Another facet of the Skull and Roses recordings that is underappreciated in my mind is the drumming of Bill Kreutzman throughout this album. Kreutzman once said that drumming should feel like dancing, and if you want to hear a drummer dancing to the sound of a band in its prime, just listen to the drum tracks here. I love Mickey Hart and his contributions not only to the Dead, but to percussion in general, but to my ears,the single drum set on this recording lends a simplicity and purity that is seldom evident on Dead outings with the full double drum set-up.
One more item that stands out and separates this live recording from others that came before and after, was the engineering of the sound. The Dead were surrounded by technical people who loved the music and found a way to give it life on vinyl (and digital media). The sound here is remarkable, especially in light of the fact that the technological leaps that were just around the corner, were not at the disposal of the bands at that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lives up to the hype --- there is nuthin like a grateful dead concert...
lives up to the hype --- there is nuthin like a grateful dead concert ---never was was and never will be !!!
Published 10 days ago by joe jacovino
5.0 out of 5 stars I've enjoyed this material for close to forty years
I've enjoyed this material for close to forty years. The 2 additional tracts are pretty good. A must for any Deadhead.
Published 1 month ago by Perry P Diamaduros
5.0 out of 5 stars GrOOvy
Every tune on this one is a staple in the Grateful Dead collection. This is a GRATE one, and I can and will and have listened to it over and over.
Published 2 months ago by Gina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another good recording of Jerry and friends!
Published 2 months ago by David Tunison
5.0 out of 5 stars Im gonna keep it short and sweet! THIS ALBUM IS ROCK N' ROLL
Hey deadheads! Im gonna keep it short and sweet! THIS ALBUM IS ROCK N' ROLL!!
Published 2 months ago by hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yeah, Deadheads!
You know you need this CD! From Bertha,(my personal fave), to Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad!!!! Skull and Roses, some call this Skeletons from the Closet. Read more
Published 6 months ago by heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever!
I listened to a lot of dead over the years but I kept coming back to this one...listen to it!
Published 8 months ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories from music.The song remembers when
The Grateful Dead C.D.was a gift for my husband.He absolutely loved it.We had the album new years ago that we listened to all the time when we were young. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Deb Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the dead, nothing else needs to be said
I needed a copy of Bertha. It was the song for the father daughter dance when my daughter got married. Nothing to do with her name, we both just love the song.
Published 11 months ago by Mark Vosteen
5.0 out of 5 stars Mama Tried
In these days of monotone and rehash we must maintain the beauty of real music played with passion. Are there other bands of the era that exemplify this ? Of course. Read more
Published 12 months ago by keith long
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