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Editors’ Notes

Though Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead emerged on different coasts a few years apart, both were among the '60s survivors whose music stood outside of the mainstream no matter how much it had been included in it. They'd toured together and released Dylan & the Dead from concerts together in 1987, but here is a collection, selected by Bob Weir, that features mostly Weir's vocal performances with the band performing Dylan's songs. (A Garcia Plays Dylan album came later.) With the exception of a 1973 performance of "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" (with Keith Godchaux on keyboards, Dickey Betts on guitar, and Butch Trucks on drums) and a 1990 performance of "Desolation Row," the songs here are from concerts throughout the '80s. "Man of Peace" features Dylan himself on vocals, taken from a rehearsal in San Rafael for the tour accompanying Dylan & the Dead.

Customer Reviews

Like Licorice

Jerry Garcia once said that the Grateful Dead are like licorice -- not everybody likes licorice, but the ones who do, REALLY like licorice! And one deadhead to another, some of their concert recordings just didn't have the same special sauce as others. This album is special -- every cherry-picked live song rocks. Every recording is beautiful, and all in honor of that amazing bard and frequent stage-sharer, Bobby Dylan. When Dylan and the Dead played together, it was incredible, but to me, the really superb work was in 88'-92, when Dylan's influence and song-writing was seen in virtually every show, but the boys had absorbed his vibrations and made them their own. The majority of the tracks are from that special era, with a few thrown in from the early-mid '80's and a terrific '73 It Takes a Train to Cry. When I first picked up the album, I was blown away to see that my own first show was represented here -- and I can clearly remember the taste of that ice cold beer during Tom Thumb's Blues at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on 7/12/89. For the ex-tourers, this album will take you back wonderfully to your shows of the period, and for the yet-to-be-indoctrinated deadheads out there -- the ubiquity of Dylan's structures will pull you in and connect you to the phenomenal musical interplay between the members of the Dead. When Dylan satirically wrote "they're selling postcards of the hanging", it wasn't supposed to be a good thing… but rest assured, The Dead's Postcards of the Hanging is a very, very, very good thing.

Bob Would Approve

This collection is a great example of the deep respect the boys have for Mr. Dylan. Jer and Bobby take Zimmy's songs, and make them their own. My favorites are Jerry's readings of "She Belongs to Me" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"; along with Weir's renditions of "Ballad Of A Thin Man" and "When I Paint My Masterpiece." The "Train to Cry" jam with The Allman Brothers Band is a standout, as is the "Man Of Peace" studio rehearsal with Dylan. This is a must have for anyone who digs both the Dead and Dylan.

Grateful dead Postcards of the Hanging

Great album! Can not think of anybody who like good music that would not love it!

Biography

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...
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