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What a Long Strange Trip It's Been: The Best of the Grateful Dead
     

What a Long Strange Trip It's Been: The Best of the Grateful Dead

by Grateful Dead
 
Released in 1977, What a Long Strange Trip It's Been is an 18-track collection of the Grateful Dead's years at Warner Bros. Records, 1967-1972, heavy on studio recordings. The album makes the same "greatest-hits" appeal as Skeletons from the Closet did in 1974,

Overview

Released in 1977, What a Long Strange Trip It's Been is an 18-track collection of the Grateful Dead's years at Warner Bros. Records, 1967-1972, heavy on studio recordings. The album makes the same "greatest-hits" appeal as Skeletons from the Closet did in 1974, presenting more accessible, bite-sized chunks for curious newcomers to the Dead or listeners who liked a few radio singles but weren't ready to dive into the endless well of live recordings, bootlegs, and the entire culture that grew around the band. "Truckin'," "Ripple," "High Time," and a few other tunes show up from the Dead's commercial peak of mellow rootsiness on Workingman's Dead/American Beauty, and their early days of nascent psychedelia get a nod with the inclusion of tunes like "Cosmic Charlie" and "St. Stephen." Beautiful live tracks from the early '70s like "Jack Straw" and "Playin' in the Band" show up, but always in drastically truncated versions. Considering they could stretch the same song into an hourlong set in the live arena, the two-and-a-half-minute studio rendition of "Dark Star" that shows up here speaks to a decidedly different side of the band.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992732222
catalogNumber:
3091
Rank:
68112

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Weir   Guitar
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Phil Lesh   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mickey Hart   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Grateful Dead   Producer
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
David Hassinger   Producer
Bill Kreutzmann   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer
Bob Matthews   Producer,Engineer
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Composer
Owsley Stanley   Producer
Paul Wexler   Executive Producer
Betty Cantor   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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