Grateful Dead – The Best Of The Grateful Dead (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – The Best Of The Grateful Dead (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 02:38:45 minutes | 3,31 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Rhino Entertainment
Recorded: 1967–1989

The Best of the Grateful Dead kicks off 2015 and the 50th anniversary of the Dead.This is the first time that there has been a 2 CD best of collection. The existing “The Very Best of the Grateful Dead” is a single disc of tracks selected based on the popularity/sales of the tracks. This new collection has been compiled to highlight classic favorites from a fan point of view.

The Best of the Grateful Dead’s 32 tracks feature music from every Grateful Dead studio album and cover the key waypoints on the band’s mystical musical journey. Arranged chronologically, the tracks reflect the evolution of the group’s sound – and its membership – across more than two decades – from 1967’s “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” to 1989’s “Standing on the Moon.” In between, listeners will find the essential tracks that made the band such a cultural phenomenon, including such fan favorites as “St. Stephen,” “Casey Jones,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Scarlet Begonias,” and “Hell In a Bucket.”

The Best of the Grateful Dead also highlights the original versions of songs that would later become staples of the band’s transcendent concerts, such as “Truckin’,” “China Cat Sunflower,” “Uncle John’s Band,” and “Fire On the Mountain.” Perhaps the best example is “Dark Star.” The rare single version included here is only two-and-a-half minutes long. On stage, the Dead transformed the song into an improvisational showcase that often stretched out for 30 minutes. The longest song found on the collection is the 16-minute “Terrapin Station.” Released in 1977, this suite of songs (an entire album side) is widely considered to be the Dead’s magnum opus. Of course the set wouldn’t be complete without “Touch of Grey,” the band’s only hit single, which cracked the Top Ten in 1987.

1. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) [2:09]2. Cream Puff War [2:28]3. Born Cross-Eyed [2:04]4. Dark Star (Single Version) [2:41]5. St. Stephen [4:26]6. China Cat Sunflower [3:40]7. Uncle John’s Band [4:42]8. Easy Wind [4:59]9. Casey Jones [4:24]10. Truckin’ [5:03]11. Box Of Rain [5:17]12. Sugar Magnolia [3:17]13. Friend Of The Devil [3:21]14. Ripple [4:10]15. Eyes Of The World [5:16]16. Unbroken Chain [6:45]17. Scarlet Begonias [4:19]18. The Music Never Stopped [4:35]19. Estimated Prophet [5:35]20. Terrapin Station [16:10]21. Shakedown Street [4:59]22. I Need A Miracle [3:36]23. Fire On The Mountain [3:46]24. Feel Like A Stranger [5:06]25. Far From Me [3:39]26. Touch Of Grey [5:47]27. Hell In A Bucket [5:35]28. Throwing Stones [7:18]29. Black Muddy River [5:58]30. Blow Away [6:09]31. Foolish Heart [5:10]32. Standing On The Moon [5:20]

Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh – bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann – drums, percussion
Mickey Hart – drums, percussion
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan – organ, harmonica, percussion, vocals
Tom Constanten – keyboards
Keith Godchaux – keyboards
Donna Jean Godchaux – vocals
Brent Mydland – keyboards, vocals