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As is true for all artists with extensive careers, boiling down the Grateful Dead’s sprawling catalog into a single definitive volume—in this case, 32 tracks for an exploration of double-CD length—is a noble goal and a fool’s errand. That said, in terms of hearing the group’s evolutionary trip, this collection does an admirable job. It serves as both a basic narrative and a general overview for anyone too overwhelmed to know where to start. Live albums are still needed to comprehend that element of the group’s appeal, but “Dark Star,” “St. Stephen,” “Sugar Magnolia,” and “Ripple” should pique curiosity about this uniquely American institution.

Customer Reviews

Greatest Band in the Land

Well, they were for a time anyway. A nice primer for the unitiated. These fine folks married electric rock with the folk/ country tradition and founded both now what they call "Americana" and the entire genre of "Jam Bands." Jump in, the water's fine, and once you start swimming, you're in luck, because there are thousands of recorded hours out there for you to discover. Always Grateful...

More of the same.

5 stars because they're the Dead, but I already have these songs scattered out in my library do Dead music. Not in this order, woop-de-dew! I don't buy greatest hits albums, not into it. I'd rather see more live shows from the late 70's and mid 80's. Maybe release Chicago's final show. I may purchase this on disc from my local record stop. What's the lyrics, "Too much of everything's just enough" How fitting.

Dancing bears this is not

To anyone new to the Dead, don't waste your time and money on studio albums of the Grateful Dead. If you truly want to hear the soul of the Dead, buy the recordings of the live shows or the live show albums. These are where you will hear the music the way it is meant to be appreciated.


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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