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

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 2000 archival release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227439828
  • Catalog Number: 74398
  • Sales rank: 4,270

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
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
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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  • Posted May 2, 2013

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    Easily one of the best live albums the band ever recorded. Enjo

    Easily one of the best live albums the band ever recorded. Enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)

    Well, although not as musical as Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, this still stands out as one of the Dead's best albums. This has to be one of the best live recordings I've ever heard. My favorite songs are Bertha, Mama Tried and Wharf Rat. One thing you can say about the Dead: they know how to put on a good live show. The drum solo on The Other One is incredible. Pick this one up if you already have the other two albums mentioned.

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