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

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992732222
  • Catalog Number: 3091
  • Sales rank: 48,351

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New, New Minglewood Blues (2:34)
  2. 2 Cosmic Charlie (5:30)
  3. 3 Truckin' (5:03)
  4. 4 Black Peter (7:27)
  5. 5 Born Cross-Eyed (2:55)
  6. 6 Ripple (4:10)
  7. 7 Doin' That Rag (4:40)
  8. 8 Dark Star (2:41)
  9. 9 High Time (5:12)
  10. 10 New Speedway Boogie (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 St. Stephen (5:22)
  2. 2 Jack Straw (4:48)
  3. 3 Me & My Uncle (3:03)
  4. 4 Tennessee Jed (7:11)
  5. 5 Cumberland Blues (5:41)
  6. 6 Playing in the Band (4:38)
  7. 7 Brown-Eyed Woman (4:37)
  8. 8 Ramble on Rose (6:01)
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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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