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10 best grateful dead albums

grew up in the 1960s
The list author says: "there are so many grateful dead cds out there i thought i'd create a list for the discriminating connoisseur."
Live / Dead
Live / Dead
"the grateful dead's masterpiece. the best live recording in rock history. psychedelic jamming has never been done better. before or since. get the old version of this cd (that corresponds with the original lp)."
Workingman's Dead
Workingman's Dead
"the first and best album of the dead's cosmic cowboy phase. every song is great."
American Beauty
American Beauty
"the dead's second album from their cosmic cowboy phase. almost as good as "workingman's dead". faulters a little on side two (of the original lp)."
Dick's Picks, Vol. 8: Harpur College, Binghamton, NY, 5/2/70
Dick's Picks, Vol. 8: Harpur College, Binghamton, NY, 5/2/70
"3 cd set. cd 2 and 3 are almost as good as "live/dead". the dead were obviously tripping this night. garcia's on psychedelic fire. unfortunately both cd 2 and 3 are in mono. cd 1 is a throwaway acoustic set. in stereo of course. ps. dicks pick's vols. 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,12,14,15,16, 18,19,22,23,26,28,31 are also highly recommended."
Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)
Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)
"album 3 of the dead's cosmic cowboy phase. a live mixed bag with many great songs. considered something of a disappointment when it first came out, it still sounds good to me. ps. the recently released "three from the vault" from the same time period is also very good."
Europe '72
Europe '72
"like the skull and roses album, something of a mixed bag. recorded live with studio overdubs it has many great songs. "steppin' out with the grateful dead england '72" from the same tour of europe is also very good. ps. so are "hundred year hall" and "rockin' the rhein" (from the same tour)."
Anthem of the Sun
Anthem of the Sun
"the dead wasted (?) a lot of warner bros. money on this album. discovering the studio so to speak. part live, it's not entirely sucessful but it has many high points. very psychedelic. dick's picks vol. 22 (2/23-24/68) from the same time period is also very good."
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead
"the dead's first album. more pop orientated and speedy than any other dead album. i really liked it as a teenager in 1967. ps. i still really like this album and the new versions of both this one and "anthem of the sun" have great live bonus material. get those versions."
Garcia
Garcia
"garcia's first solo album. it's really a dead album. the songs on the first side (of the original lp) became staples of the dead's live sets. ps. "LET IT ROCK" (with nicky hopkins),"LIVE AT THE KEYSTONE"(with merl sanders) and "AFTER MIDNIGHT KEAN COLLEGE" are some other great (live) garcia solo."
Ace
Ace
"bob weir's first (and best) solo is really a dead album also. it has many very good songs, some of which became live (dead) set staples. includes the definitive versions of "playing in the band" and "one more saturday night"."
Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack
Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack
"one bonus. this cd set is a tremendous bargain. 7 hours of live music for 35 bucks. the dead were in top form when this was recorded. the more expensive "winterland 73" is also very good."