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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: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. New, New Minglewood Blues - The Grateful Dead
2. Cosmic Charlie - The Grateful Dead
3. Truckin' - The Grateful Dead
4. Black Peter - The Grateful Dead
5. Born Crossed-Eyed - The Grateful Dead
6. Ripple - The Grateful Dead
7. Doin' That Rag - The Grateful Dead
8. Dark Star - The Grateful Dead
9. High Time - The Grateful Dead
10. New Speedway Boogie - The Grateful Dead
Disc: 2
1. St. Stephen - The Best OF The Grateful Dead
2. Jack Straw - The Best OF The Grateful Dead
3. Me & My Uncle - The Best OF The Grateful Dead
4. Tennessee Jed - The Best OF The Grateful Dead
5. Cumberland Blues - The Best OF The Grateful Dead
6. Playing In The Band - The Best OF The Grateful Dead
7. Brown-Eyed Woman - The Best OF The Grateful Dead
8. Ramble On Rose - The Best OF The Grateful Dead

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Certified Platinum by the RIAA. (8/01)

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This is basically the best of the studio dead with a few live cuts.
James Wax
Nothing new or mind expanding, but a good re-hash of tunes that most Dead Heads have already in their libraries.
Bob-le DeadHead
This from a huge dead fan, if you dig the dead then this is a great album.
aaron younger

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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
While there are some excellent cuts, both live and studio, this two disk set fails to include some absolutely classic dead songs. I know I sound like some fanatical fan going off on some rant, but that's not it. Like most of the uninitiated, I bought "What a Strange Trip.." years ago because I thought it would be a great introduction to the band. Furthermore, I assumed that "best-of" usually means I'm going to get just that. However, this record comes up way short. While it's good to see "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty" well represented, how could Warners leave off "Box of Rain", "Friend of the Devil" and "Sugar Magnolia"! The above songs are all outright classics and Warners was wrong by not including them.I might as well be idiosyncratic and say that it would have been nice to see at least one of either "mountains of the moon" or "rosemary" included. As for the live material, where is "bertha" or even "mama tried"?And certainly one cannot appreciate the hallucinatory power of "St. Stephen" or "Dark Star" as they appear here in their severely truncated versions. All these songs are classics because they epitomize what's so fantastic about the dead: the fierce yet subtle playing, the juxtaposition of beautiful melodies and strong song structure with searching improvisation, the synthesis of some many musical styles: pop, jazz, country, blues, r&b and classical. Simply put, I would hate for someone to buy this record thinking they are getting the truly "best" that the dead offers because they will miss out on some of the most fantastic music ever.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eric R. Last on January 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Grateful Dead recorded their first 8 albums for Warner Brothers before leaving to form their own record label in 1972. This era of the Dead produced most of their most well known songs, including "Truckin'", "Sugar Magnolia", "Casey Jones", "Dark Star", etc. Warners' initial attempt to compile the best songs from this period resulted in the greatest hits album "Skeletons From The Closet". Then in 1977 they put out this 2 record set (now 2 CDs), which makes an ideal companion to the earlier hits album. Only one song, "Truckin', is repeated from "Skeletons...". They also include a live version of "St. Stephen", the studio version of which had appeared on the earlier collection. It was certainly misleading of them to subtitle this "The Best Of The Grateful Dead". In reality, most of the best songs got put on the first hits album, and this album has the best of what's left over. But what wonderful leftovers! "Ripple" is fantastic, it certainly would have made the cut for the first hits collection if I had compiled it. Other standouts include "Jack Straw", "Me And My Uncle", "Cumberland Blues", "Brown-Eyed Woman", and "Playing In The Band". The previously-mentioned "Dark Star", which has long been a concert favorite of the deadheads (although it doesn't really do much for me), is also here. This album also includes more live recordings than "Skeletons...", so it begins to paint a more accurate portrait of what the Dead were all about than that collection did. If you own "Skeletons..." and are looking for the logical next step, this is it. If you don't already have "Skeletons...", then start there, not here. Of course, many hard-core deadheads would advise skipping the compilations altogether and just going with all the original albums, but for those of us who don't really feel the need to own 15-20 Dead CDs, the compilations work quite nicely.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on March 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Grateful Dead have not been well served by label compilations. Their windblown, exhilirating, rootless roots rock hardly contains itself on the band's relatively few studio releases, let alone stands slicing into radio-friendly pieces. This is why every Deadhead gathers his personal best-of from hundreds of worldwide concerts trapped on tapes.
Warner's 1977's "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been" covers the group's 1967-72 period as well as expected being neither fish nor fowl. The 2CD set (adding up to just over 86 minutes), compiled with the band and well-remastered by Joe Gastwirt, balances the disparate studio/live faces of this legendary American phenomenon. It misses several FM hits ("Skeletons From The Closet" is your first stop other than the original LPs for "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend Of The Devil," etc., although "Truckin'" repeats here) but balances the Dead's first five years' studio and live releases.
What "Strange Trip" does best is refocus attention on the band's first, most creative years: the band, still young; the studio, still suitable laboratory; the following, still new and gaining for music as for the social experience; the goal, to grow a body of original work rather than expand on familiar music and memories. Indeed, only Elvis Presley among American rockers drew so easily from as many influences as the Dead did in the years covered here.
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