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If a novice or a casual fan is seeking an introduction to—or a brief summary of—one of rock 'n' roll's legendary bands, this 2003 Dead collection does a satisfactory job of going over the "hits" for a group not often overly concerned about its hitmaking potential. Throwing 1987's "Touch of Grey" into the second position refutes chronology in favor of a sequence that plays like a natural album. Five tracks here are from the excellent 1970 album American Beauty, with the remainder coming from across the band's career, regardless of the labels that first issued the material. Deadheads will insist that even a casual fan should own a half-dozen live albums to better understand the band's dynamic, and that's not a bad idea for someone wishing to better know the Dead. However, most people looking for familiar songs will be satisfied: "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Casey Jones," "Uncle John's Band," and "Friend of the Devil," for starters, are all classic rock 'n' roll.

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Great For What It Is

I know so many people jump up and down saying "Only LIVE Grateful Dead Matters!" and "where's THIS obscure song?? that's my fave!" But you die-hards have to understand that a best-of/greatest hits collection is NOT for you. This is just a compilation of all the most popular songs of the group, assembled for the casual listener's convenience as an introduction to the band. And this is a marvelous compilation. Of course it's missing stuff, because GD has more great songs than can fit on an 80 minute capacity CD. "Shakedown Street" is my favorite, and it's not here, but I guess it doesn't need to be. Give the new listeners a chance to fall in love with the studio songs here, then they'll seek out the albums, and want to hear them jammed live. Don't bash on studio recordings or greatest hits albums. Especially when they're done well, like here

great set of songs

Good songs

Grateful Dead Rips!

This album is great! I especially recommend Casey Jones, Truckin', and Fire on the Mountain. BUY IT NOW


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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