Golden Road (1965-1973)

The Golden Road (1965-1973)

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by Grateful Dead
     
 

Capturing the whole story of the Grateful Dead's most creative period in one package might seem a nearly impossible task, but this remarkable 12-CD collection comes pretty darn close. Using the band's seminal Warner Bros. studio albums as a foundation, The Golden Road builds out and up, appending more than seven hours of previously unreleased studio material…  See more details below

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Capturing the whole story of the Grateful Dead's most creative period in one package might seem a nearly impossible task, but this remarkable 12-CD collection comes pretty darn close. Using the band's seminal Warner Bros. studio albums as a foundation, The Golden Road builds out and up, appending more than seven hours of previously unreleased studio material that connects the dots of the creative process and illuminates the band's earliest days in fascinating detail. The latter effort comes to fruition on a two-disc foray dubbed "Birth of the Dead," which collects recordings made under the names the Warlocks and the Emergency Crew. Those tracks display both a disarming gentleness (in evidence on a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain") and the nascence of that fierce improvisation (in full effect on two versions of "Pigpen" McKernan's "Tastebud"). By the time they'd recorded their self-titled debut, the Grateful Dead had developed a dual reputation as stylists and jammers, and both skills are driven home on the bonus tracks appended to the remastered disc contained here -- included are a topsy-turvy version of the pre-WWII dance hit "The Lindy Hop" as well as a 23-minute spiral into "Viola Lee Blues." Each of the discs -- which are packaged separately, with individual 16-page booklets containing new essays by such noted Dead associates as Owsley "Bear" Stanley, David Gans, and Blair Jackson -- is outfitted with several bonuses. The additional tracks on Anthem of the Sun emphasize the live side of the band, via extended versions of "Alligator" and "Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)," both of which date to an 8/23/68 Los Angeles date. Those on Aoxomoxoa zero in on the band's in-studio improvisations, unspooling 15 jaw-dropping minutes of "The Eleven" and a bubbling 10-minute "Nobody's Spoonful Jam." And while epic jams are a big part of the band's appeal, scattered gems like the rare single edits of "Dark Star" and "Truckin' " reveal that size isn't the only thing that matters in the Dead catalogue. Workingman's Dead, revamped with live versions of several songs from the original release, boasts a surprisingly dark alternate version of "New Speedway Boogie," while the expanded American Beauty adds several live tracks that gently amplify the disc's rustic acoustic nature. The set winds up with extended versions of their two early-'70s live albums. Live/Dead appends sinewy versions of "I'm a Hog for You Baby" (their last-ever performance of the song) and "Oh Boy" (the first and only electric performance of the tune), while Europe '72 adds a six-pack of bonus tracks, including a searing "Who Do You Love?" Extravagantly packaged and immaculately annotated (the custom box includes an 80-page booklet featuring a band history from longtime Dead spokesman Dennis McNally, rare photos, reproductions of memorabilia, and a detailed group discography), this fascinating set is sure to sate -- and create -- Deadheads for many a moon to come.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The primary impetus behind this ambitious 12-disc box set is to gather all nine of the Grateful Dead's Warner Brothers titles. However, the staggeringly high quotient of previously unissued bonus material rivals -- and at times exceeds -- the content of those original albums. The Golden Road (1965-1973) truly has something -- and usually a lot of it -- for every degree of Deadhead. Working chronologically, the bonus material begins before the beginning so to speak, with the two-disc sub-compilation aptly titled "Birth of the Dead," a project actually green-lighted by Jerry Garcia in the mid-'80s. Disc one features studio recordings by a primordial incarnation of the band known as the Warlocks and later the Emergency Crew. Disc two contrasts their studio efforts with some of the earliest surviving live Grateful Dead recordings from July of 1966. While enthusiasts and critics have long been divided in their assessment of the Grateful Dead's pre-psychedelia, there is no denying the decidedly raw and vital garage rock intensity that became unique to this era. Even ballads and standards, such as "In the Pines" or the flawlessly emotive cover of Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue," resonate and glisten with an inarticulate, yet palpable energy. The Dead would ink a deal with Warner Brothers in late 1966, yielding four and a half studio albums and four and a half live packages. It is difficult to ultimately classify this collection, as it contains both live and studio performances, sometimes simultaneously. While each of these albums have been on CD prior to this collection, the remastering and use of HDCD technology renders those discs superfluous. Purists should take note, however, as several tracks from the Grateful Dead's self-titled debut -- including "Good Morning Little School Girl," "Cream Puff War," and "Sitting on Top of the World" -- have in fact been remixed as well as fadeouts extended to include the entire performance. There are a few significant studio tracks added as bonus material on the other albums within the box. Of particular note are the trio of instrumental jams which augment Aoxomoxoa. However, the vast majority of the additional content consists of previously unissued concert performances. Most of these reflect on-stage what was happening concurrently in the studio. Each album is individually housed in a cardboard digi-pack with a 15-page liner-notes booklet. Additionally, there is a separate full-color 75-plus-page softbound book which features an extended essay by Grateful Dead biographer Dennis McNalley, as well as a selected discography and page upon page of rarely published photographs and memorabilia.
Blender - Peter Kane
Deadheads will think all their birthdays have come at once.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227440121
catalogNumber:
74401
Rank:
35579

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Early Morning Rain
  2. I Know You Rider
  3. Mindbender (Confusion's Prince)
  4. The Only Time Is Now
  5. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
  6. Can't Come Down
  7. Stealin'
  8. Stealin'
  9. Don't Ease Me In
  10. Don't Ease Me In
  11. You Don't Have to Ask
  12. Tastebud
  13. Tastebud
  14. I Know You Rider
  15. Cold Rain and Snow
  16. Cold Rain and Snow
  17. Fire in the City

Disc 2

  1. Viola Lee Blues
  2. Don't Ease Me In
  3. Pain in My Heart
  4. Sitting on Top of the World
  5. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  6. I'm a King Bee
  7. Big Boss Man
  8. Standing on the Corner
  9. In the Pines
  10. Nobody's Fault But Mine
  11. Next Time You See Me
  12. One Kind Favor
  13. He Was a Friend of Mine
  14. Keep Rolling By

Disc 3

  1. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
  2. Beat It on Down the Line
  3. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  4. Cold Rain and Snow
  5. Sitting on Top of the World
  6. Cream Puff War
  7. Morning Dew
  8. New, New Minglewood Blues
  9. Viola Lee Blues
  10. Alice D. Millionaire
  11. Overseas Stomp (The Lindy)
  12. Tastebud
  13. Death Don't Have No Mercy
  14. Viola Lee Blues
  15. Viola Lee Blues

Disc 4

  1. That's It for the Other One: Cryptical Envelopment/Quadlibet for ...
  2. New Potato Caboose
  3. Born Cross-Eyed
  4. Alligator
  5. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
  6. Alligator
  7. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
  8. Feedback
  9. [Untitled Track]

Disc 5

  1. St. Stephen
  2. Dupree's Diamond Blues
  3. Rosemary
  4. Doin' That Rag
  5. Mountains of the Moon
  6. China Cat Sunflower
  7. What's Become of the Baby
  8. Cosmic Charlie
  9. Clementine Jam
  10. Nobody's Spoonful Jam
  11. The Eleven Jam
  12. Cosmic Charlie

Disc 6

  1. Dark Star
  2. St. Stephen
  3. The Eleven
  4. Turn on Your Love Light
  5. Death Don't Have No Mercy
  6. Feedback
  7. And We Bid You Goodnight
  8. [Untitled Track]
  9. [Untitled Track]

Disc 7

  1. Uncle John's Band
  2. High Time
  3. Dire Wolf
  4. New Speedway Boogie
  5. Cumberland Blues
  6. Black Peter
  7. Easy Wind
  8. Casey Jones
  9. New Speedway Boogie
  10. Dire Wolf
  11. Black Peter
  12. Easy Wind
  13. Cumberland Blues
  14. Mason's Children
  15. Uncle John's Band
  16. [Untitled Track]

Disc 8

  1. Box of Rain
  2. Friend of the Devil
  3. Sugar Magnolia
  4. Operator
  5. Candy Man
  6. Ripple
  7. Brokedown Palace
  8. Till the Morning Comes
  9. Attics of My Life
  10. Truckin'
  11. Truckin'
  12. Friend of the Devil
  13. Candy Man
  14. Till the Morning Comes
  15. Attics of My Life
  16. Truckin'
  17. [Untitled Track]
  18. [Untitled Track]

Disc 9

  1. Bertha
  2. Mama Tried
  3. Big Railroad Blues
  4. Playing in the Band
  5. The Other One
  6. Me & My Uncle
  7. Big Boss Man
  8. Me and Bobbie McGee
  9. Johnny B. Goode
  10. Wharf Rat
  11. Not Fade Away/Goin' Down the Road Feelin Bad
  12. Oh, Boy!
  13. I'm a Hog for You
  14. [Untitled Track]

Disc 10

  1. Cumberland Blues
  2. He's Gone
  3. One More Saturday Night
  4. Jack Straw
  5. You Win Again
  6. China Cat Sunflower
  7. I Know You Rider
  8. Brown-Eyed Woman
  9. It Hurts Me Too
  10. Ramble on Rose
  11. Sugar Magnolia
  12. Mr. Charlie
  13. Tennessee Jed
  14. The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)

Disc 11

  1. Truckin'
  2. Epilogue
  3. Prelude
  4. Morning Dew
  5. Looks Like Rain
  6. Good Lovin'
  7. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
  8. Who Do You Love?
  9. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
  10. Good Lovin'
  11. [Untitled Track]

Disc 12

  1. Katie Mae
  2. Dark Hollow
  3. I've Been All Around This World
  4. Wake Up Little Susie
  5. Black Peter
  6. Smokestack Lightnin'
  7. Hard to Handle
  8. Good Lovin'
  9. Big Boss Man
  10. Smokestack Lightnin'
  11. Sitting on Top of the World

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Mickey Hart   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Garcia   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals,Vibraslap
Bob Weir   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Tom Constanten   Piano,Keyboards,Prepared Piano
Merl Saunders   Organ
Ned Lagin   Piano
Howard Wales   Organ,Piano
John Dawson   Musician
Debbie   Musician
Donna Jean Godchaux   Vocals
Keith Godchaux   Vocals
Peter Grant   Musician
David Grisman   Mandolin
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Bill Kreutzmann   Percussion,Drums
Phil Lesh   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Trumpet,Harpsichord,Kazoo,Vocals,Timpani,Guiro
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Celeste,Conga,Vocals,Claves
David Nelson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dave Torbert   Bass
Wendy   Musician
Mouse   Musician

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Mickey Hart   Arranger
Jerry Garcia   Arranger,Composer
Grateful Dead   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bob Weir   Arranger,Composer
Tom Constanten   Arranger,Electronic Tape
Robert Hunter   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Tim Rose   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Wizard   Engineer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Bear   Engineer
Bonnie Dobson   Composer
James Austin   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
John Perry Barlow   Composer
Stephen Barncard   Producer
Dick Bogert   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Rev. Gary Davis   Composer
Earl Forest   Composer
David Gans   Liner Notes
Keith Godchaux   Arranger
Bill Graham   Introduction
Bill Harvey   Composer
David Hassinger   Producer
Dan Healy   Engineering Consultant
Jon Hendricks   Arranger,Producer
Lightnin' Hopkins   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Lenny Kaye   Liner Notes
Bill Kreutzmann   Arranger,Composer
Phil Lesh   Arranger,Composer
Bob Matthews   Producer,Engineer
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Arranger,Composer
Bobby Mitchell   Producer
Paul Nichols   Liner Notes
Owsley Stanley   Producer,Liner Notes,Engineering Consultant
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Wes Wilson   Poster Design
Rosie   Engineer
Leo de GarKulka   Engineer
Tom Donahue   Producer
Robert Peterson   Composer
Bill Walker   Cover Art
Gary Lambert   Liner Notes
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction
Rick Griffin   Cover Illustration
Steve Vance   Art Direction
Betty Cantor   Producer,Engineer
Hale Milfgrim   Liner Notes
Rock Scully   Engineer
Steve Silberman   Liner Notes
Rudy Clark   Composer
Bill Tilghman   Composer
Bill Browning   Composer
Sonny West   Composer
Mouse Studios   Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Photo
Shawn Amos   Liner Note Coordination
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Blair Jackson   Liner Notes
Michael Wesley Johnson   Research Coordination
Traditional   Composer
Arthur Resnick   Composer

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The Golden Road (1965-1973) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jerry Garcia and Co.are out of sight man.Dig it.......DIG IT!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a compilation of joy! Greeat music remastered, plus extra tracks and a nice booklet. after buyng most of these albums on vinyl, casette, then a battered CD or two, I have all of it in one safe place!