The Golden Road (1965-1973)

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.

Deadheads will think all their birthdays have come at once.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227440121
  • Catalog Number: 74401
  • Sales rank: 12,696

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Early Morning Rain (3:22)
  2. 2 I Know You Rider (2:41)
  3. 3 Mindbender (Confusion's Prince) (2:41)
  4. 4 The Only Time Is Now (2:24)
  5. 5 Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (3:17)
  6. 6 Can't Come Down (3:04)
  7. 7 Stealin' (2:40)
  8. 8 Stealin' (2:36)
  9. 9 Don't Ease Me In (2:01)
  10. 10 Don't Ease Me In (2:02)
  11. 11 You Don't Have to Ask (3:35)
  12. 12 Tastebud (7:04)
  13. 13 Tastebud (4:35)
  14. 14 I Know You Rider (2:36)
  15. 15 Cold Rain and Snow (3:15)
  16. 16 Cold Rain and Snow (3:17)
  17. 17 Fire in the City (3:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Viola Lee Blues (9:39)
  2. 2 Don't Ease Me In (2:43)
  3. 3 Pain in My Heart (4:24)
  4. 4 Sitting on Top of the World (3:51)
  5. 5 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (5:12)
  6. 6 I'm a King Bee (8:52)
  7. 7 Big Boss Man (5:11)
  8. 8 Standing on the Corner (3:46)
  9. 9 In the Pines (4:55)
  10. 10 Nobody's Fault But Mine (4:15)
  11. 11 Next Time You See Me (2:47)
  12. 12 One Kind Favor (3:44)
  13. 13 He Was a Friend of Mine (4:45)
  14. 14 Keep Rolling By (7:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) (2:11)
  2. 2 Beat It on Down the Line (2:30)
  3. 3 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (6:35)
  4. 4 Cold Rain and Snow (2:29)
  5. 5 Sitting on Top of the World (2:46)
  6. 6 Cream Puff War (3:20)
  7. 7 Morning Dew (5:19)
  8. 8 New, New Minglewood Blues (2:44)
  9. 9 Viola Lee Blues (10:23)
  10. 10 Alice D. Millionaire (2:24)
  11. 11 Overseas Stomp (The Lindy) (2:27)
  12. 12 Tastebud (4:21)
  13. 13 Death Don't Have No Mercy (5:23)
  14. 14 Viola Lee Blues (3:05)
  15. 15 Viola Lee Blues (23:13)
Disc 4
  1. 1 That's It for the Other One: Cryptical Envelopment/Quadlibet for ... (7:40)
  2. 2 New Potato Caboose (8:26)
  3. 3 Born Cross-Eyed (2:07)
  4. 4 Alligator (11:20)
  5. 5 Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (9:50)
  6. 6 Alligator (18:43)
  7. 7 Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (11:38)
  8. 8 Feedback (6:58)
  9. 9 [Untitled Track] (2:55)
Disc 5
  1. 1 St. Stephen (4:27)
  2. 2 Dupree's Diamond Blues (3:34)
  3. 3 Rosemary (2:00)
  4. 4 Doin' That Rag (4:44)
  5. 5 Mountains of the Moon (4:04)
  6. 6 China Cat Sunflower (3:42)
  7. 7 What's Become of the Baby (8:13)
  8. 8 Cosmic Charlie (5:44)
  9. 9 Clementine Jam (10:51)
  10. 10 Nobody's Spoonful Jam (10:09)
  11. 11 The Eleven Jam (15:05)
  12. 12 Cosmic Charlie (6:47)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Dark Star (23:18)
  2. 2 St. Stephen (6:31)
  3. 3 The Eleven (9:18)
  4. 4 Turn on Your Love Light (15:05)
  5. 5 Death Don't Have No Mercy (10:28)
  6. 6 Feedback (7:49)
  7. 7 And We Bid You Goodnight (3:13)
  8. 8 [Untitled Track] (2:44)
  9. 9 [Untitled Track] (1:00)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Uncle John's Band (4:45)
  2. 2 High Time (5:14)
  3. 3 Dire Wolf (3:14)
  4. 4 New Speedway Boogie (4:06)
  5. 5 Cumberland Blues (3:16)
  6. 6 Black Peter (5:43)
  7. 7 Easy Wind (4:58)
  8. 8 Casey Jones (4:38)
  9. 9 New Speedway Boogie (4:10)
  10. 10 Dire Wolf (2:31)
  11. 11 Black Peter (9:07)
  12. 12 Easy Wind (8:09)
  13. 13 Cumberland Blues (4:52)
  14. 14 Mason's Children (6:32)
  15. 15 Uncle John's Band (7:57)
  16. 16 [Untitled Track] (0:31)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Box of Rain (5:18)
  2. 2 Friend of the Devil (3:24)
  3. 3 Sugar Magnolia (3:19)
  4. 4 Operator (2:25)
  5. 5 Candy Man (6:13)
  6. 6 Ripple (4:09)
  7. 7 Brokedown Palace (4:09)
  8. 8 Till the Morning Comes (3:09)
  9. 9 Attics of My Life (5:14)
  10. 10 Truckin' (5:17)
  11. 11 Truckin' (3:17)
  12. 12 Friend of the Devil (4:21)
  13. 13 Candy Man (5:18)
  14. 14 Till the Morning Comes (3:20)
  15. 15 Attics of My Life (6:31)
  16. 16 Truckin' (10:10)
  17. 17 [Untitled Track] (3:01)
  18. 18 [Untitled Track] (1:10)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Bertha (5:43)
  2. 2 Mama Tried (2:43)
  3. 3 Big Railroad Blues (3:35)
  4. 4 Playing in the Band (4:40)
  5. 5 The Other One (18:07)
  6. 6 Me & My Uncle (3:04)
  7. 7 Big Boss Man (5:14)
  8. 8 Me and Bobbie McGee (5:42)
  9. 9 Johnny B. Goode (3:44)
  10. 10 Wharf Rat (8:32)
  11. 11 Not Fade Away/Goin' Down the Road Feelin Bad (9:26)
  12. 12 Oh, Boy! (2:50)
  13. 13 I'm a Hog for You (5:20)
  14. 14 [Untitled Track] (1:00)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Cumberland Blues (5:43)
  2. 2 He's Gone (6:57)
  3. 3 One More Saturday Night (4:49)
  4. 4 Jack Straw (4:49)
  5. 5 You Win Again (4:00)
  6. 6 China Cat Sunflower (5:32)
  7. 7 I Know You Rider (5:03)
  8. 8 Brown-Eyed Woman (4:38)
  9. 9 It Hurts Me Too (7:20)
  10. 10 Ramble on Rose (6:04)
  11. 11 Sugar Magnolia (7:10)
  12. 12 Mr. Charlie (3:39)
  13. 13 Tennessee Jed (7:18)
  14. 14 The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion) (6:50)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Truckin' (13:06)
  2. 2 Epilogue (5:10)
  3. 3 Prelude (7:38)
  4. 4 Morning Dew (11:41)
  5. 5 Looks Like Rain (7:37)
  6. 6 Good Lovin' (18:30)
  7. 7 Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (4:39)
  8. 8 Who Do You Love? (0:23)
  9. 9 Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (1:44)
  10. 10 Good Lovin' (3:09)
  11. 11 [Untitled Track] (5:59)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Katie Mae (4:44)
  2. 2 Dark Hollow (3:52)
  3. 3 I've Been All Around This World (4:18)
  4. 4 Wake Up Little Susie (2:31)
  5. 5 Black Peter (7:27)
  6. 6 Smokestack Lightnin' (17:59)
  7. 7 Hard to Handle (6:29)
  8. 8 Good Lovin' (8:56)
  9. 9 Big Boss Man (4:53)
  10. 10 Smokestack Lightnin' (15:11)
  11. 11 Sitting on Top of the World (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Percussion, Drums
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Guitar, 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
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
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 I 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Golden Road to Musical Bliss

    Jerry Garcia and Co.are out of sight man.Dig it.......DIG IT!!!!!!!!

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