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Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) [Bonus Tracks]
     

The Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) [Bonus Tracks]

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The Grateful Dead's second live release was an eponymously titled double LP whose cover bears the striking skull-and-roses visual motif that would become instantly recognizable and an indelibly linked trademark of the band. As opposed to their debut concert recording, Live/Dead (1969), this hour-and-ten minutes concentrates on newer

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The Grateful Dead's second live release was an eponymously titled double LP whose cover bears the striking skull-and-roses visual motif that would become instantly recognizable and an indelibly linked trademark of the band. As opposed to their debut concert recording, Live/Dead (1969), this hour-and-ten minutes concentrates on newer material, which consists of shorter, self-contained originals and covers. Coming off of the quantum-leap success of their studio country-rock efforts, Workingman's Dead (1969) and American Beauty, The Grateful Dead offers up a pair of new Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter compositions -- "Bertha" and "Wharf Rat" -- both of which garnered a permanent place within the band's live catalog. However, "The Other One" -- joined in progress just as Bill Kreutzmann fires up a blazing percussion solo -- sprawls as the album's centerpiece. The Dead also begin incorporating several traditional folk, blues, and R&B cover tunes, such as Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," and Kris Kristofferson's "Me & Bobby McGee," as well as a few that had been in their songbook for several years, including John Phillips' "Me & My Uncle" and "Big Boss Man," a blues standard popularized by Jimmy Reed. Their formidable improvisational chops have begun to take on new facets of lean intricacy as Mickey Hart (percussion) and Tom Constanten (keyboards) were no longer in the band. Additionally, the arrival of Keith Godchaux (organ) and his wife, Donna Godchaux (vocals), had yet to occur. As such, the Grateful Dead spent the spring and summer of 1971 in their original five-piece configuration -- which is when these recordings were documented. The 2003 remastered version of The Grateful Dead includes two additional covers -- Buddy Holly's "Oh, Boy!" as well as Leiber & Stoller's "(I'm A) Hog for You" -- plus an unmarked vintage radio spot for the album. Enthusiasts should note that this era is likewise represented on the four-CD Ladies and Gentlemen...{|The Grateful Dead">The Grateful Dead">Ladies and Gentlemen...{|The Grateful Dead (2000) archival release.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227439828
catalogNumber:
74398
Rank:
10509

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Weir   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Merl Saunders   Organ
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Phil Lesh   Bass,Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Organ,Harmonica,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Garcia   Arranger
Grateful Dead   Composer,Producer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Bob Weir   Arranger
Norman Petty   Composer
James Austin   Reissue Producer
Bill Kreutzmann   Arranger
Phil Lesh   Arranger
Bob Matthews   Engineer
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Arranger
Paul Nichols   Liner Notes
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Betty Cantor   Engineer
Stanley Mouse   Cover Art
Alton Kelley   Cover Art
Shawn Amos   Liner Note Coordination
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Michael Wesley Johnson   Research Coordination
David Lemieux   Reissue Producer

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