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Many live rarities were appended to the deluxe or expanded versions of The Grateful Dead’s albums in the years after Jerry Garcia’s death. In addition, two critically acclaimed career-retrospective box sets—2001’s The Golden Road and 2004’s Beyond Description—further increased the amount of “alternate” live recordings available in solid fidelity. This collection (like its companion Complete Studio Rarities Collection) mops up the loose ends in one spellbinding place. These tracks are best understood in context with the new digital book The Golden Road and Beyond: A Grateful Dead Primer, which has two essays written for those aforementioned box sets by the band’s longtime publicist Dennis McNally. You don’t need to read a thing, though, to understand the special vibes running through the band’s 1966 performances of Otis Redding’s “Pain in My Heart” and Lead Belly’s “In the Pines” or to feel the rough, raw energy flowing through “Easy Wind” at Springer’s Ballroom near Portland, Ore., in 1970. Welcome to the deeper

Customer Reviews

Nice collection

I wish I could download Dancing in the Streets and Fire on the Mountain individually. Those 2 tracks were the best of what I sampled.

Upset with Album only tracks

Really upset you can’t buy the 17 minute eyes of the world. I lost all of my iTunes and I was hoping to buy it again and now you have to spend $60 to get it instead of $1.. Saddening :/


Formed: 1965 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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 numbers and devotion legendary in their own right -- they were the ultimate cult band, creating a self-styled universe all...
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