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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • ASIN: B0002T2Q6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When I Paint My Masterpiece
2. She Belongs to Me
3. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
4. Maggie's Farm
5. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
6. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
7. Ballad of a Thin Man
8. Desolation Row
9. All Along the Watchtower
10. It's All Over Now Baby Blue
11. Man of Peace [*]

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 31-AUG-2004

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Wendell Chancellor on December 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There is a danger in reviewing the Grateful Dead. As a guy with kids, a job, and a mortgage, I am certain to fumble details that are common knowledge among true deadheads. I apologize in advance.

"Postcards from the Hanging" makes me believe there is a different way to live. It combines the loose, behind-the-beat Dead interpretations of some of the best poetry of the twentieth century. The result is a longing to live cleaner, easier, more creatively, and closer to the heart. This is what art is supposed to do.

So maybe I am not as discriminating as some of the other reviewers (there probably are better verisions), but nervertheless I was moved.

"Postcards" for me combined two sentimental memories. I was taken back to when I was thirteen, taping "Blood on the Tracks" off of Stereo X in the basement on a Sunday night. I was taken back to when I was 21, working in the lumber yard and listening to all-Grateful-Dead Saturdays on Utah's start-up community radio station. How could I resist this combination of two heroes from simpler times?

I was unable to resist another combination--"Dylan and the Dead." Ouch. (Who wanted to include eleven minutes of "Joey"?) Stay away from "Dylan and the Dead." Confidently immerse your ears in "Postcards."

Look, for the Dead to be about psychedelic interpretation of folk music--which on some level they were, they had to do Dylan's work. Dylan was and is the godfather of all post-modern American folk music. The combination is a natural one. For the casual fan of the Dead, this is probably the most accessible package of their Dylan work.

And yes I do agree that Jerry is by far the better voice for Dylan's lyrics. When Bob and Jerry got together, what did they talk about?
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Goodman on March 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps you're wondering whether or not to buy this CD. Well, I bought it and am glad to report...it's good! Don't let that other unfortunate CD, "Dylan and the Dead," steer you away from this. Jerry really shines throughout, voice and guitar.
His solos, for example, on She Belongs To Me are at the level of Morning Dew, i.e., it's like listening to an angel play. I defy anyone to listen to the rousing All Along The Watchtower without concluding that's it's just as good as the immortal Hendrix version. Dickie Betts makes a great guitar contribution on It Takes A Lot to Laugh, and Jerry is A+ on Baby Blue. The last song on the CD, Man of Peace, is a fantastic rehearsal with Bob (Dylan) not Weir, ha ha. Bob's voice is tough and Jerry's guitar phenomenal. On the bonus CD, check out Mighty Quinn. It really swings in a Mississippi Half-Step style. All in all, NICE!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alan Thornton on March 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Its been a long time since i played tracks over and over again before i got to the end of a new record. These are peak performances, though, that kept me re-listening. When Phil started singing 'just like tom thumb's blues' i thought, oh, no, its too early in the day for a phil song, but then i heard him start to play with the lyrics. 'my best friend the drummer won't even tell me what it is that i dropped!' i was laughing and playing it a second time, then i remembered, i was supposed to be a picky deadhead. and i played it again.
There is an Allman's inflected 'It takes a train to laugh...' that features Dickie Betts and Butch Trucks (well, Mickey isn't on the track and the Dead never seems to want to run out of drummers) and a version of 'Man of Peace' with Bob from the Dylan/Dead rehersals in in 1987. The early versions of the package feature and extra disc with a "Queen Jane..." from 12/29/88 and a "Quinn the Eskimo" from 12/30/85.
If David Gans keeps producing compilations of the quality of this one, 'Stolen Roses', 'Might as Well...Persuasions sing Grateful Dead' and 'So Many Roads' (where he co-produced with Steve Silberman and Blair Jackson) we might have a quite a few more 'studio' albums that beat some of the good old years when the band was around and around.
The notes say that Bobby Weir was really into the project and listend to many of the possible choices. Between him and the GDH mailing list and the Well's deadlit conference and 'big-eared version chooser' David Lemieux (whew) SOMEBODY did a great job of putting the right stuff together for this time and space.
'Postcards'is a great souvenir for a season when Dylan is back on tour and Ratdog is blazin away.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Canter on August 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Grateful Dead is probably the most famous "cover band" of all time. And the artist they covered more than any other was Bob Dylan, and this is their best work covering his songs.

Whether you are a fan or not, or a fan of Bob Dylan or not, you should enjoy this cd very much. "Desolation Row" is the best track on the disc, though "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again", "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" are strong efforts. A previous reviewer recommends "Dylan and The Dead" vs. "Postcards.........", but trust me, this is a MUCH BETTER collection. Do yourself a favor and pick this up. If you are Dead fan it is a must have. If you are not, it is still a great disc to listen to and you will soon be a Dead-head afterwards.
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