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Album: Grateful Dead [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Golden Road, The (To Unlimited Devotion)
2)    Beat It Down the Line
3)    Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - (full length version)
4)    Cold Rain and Snow
5)    Sitting on Top of the World - (full lenth version)
6)    Cream Puff War - (full length version)
7)    Morning Dew - (full length version)
8)    New, New Minglewood Blues - (full length version)
9)    Viola Lee Blues
10)    Alice D. Millionaire
11)    Overseas Stomp (The Lindy)
12)    Tastebud
13)    Death Don't Have No Mercy
14)    Viola Lee Blues - (edited version)
15)    Viola Lee Blues - (live)
 
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Performer Notes
  • The Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); Phil Lesh (vocals, bass); Bill Kreutzmann (drums, percussion).
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood, California and Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California. Includes liner notes by Blair Jackson.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
  • Personnel: Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); Phil Lesh (vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Jeffrey Norman.
  • Liner Note Author: Blair Jackson.
  • Recording information: Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA (01/1967-09/1967); Dance Hall, Rio Nido, CA (01/1967-09/1967); RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood, CA (01/1967-09/1967).
  • Photographers: Jim Marshall ; Herbert Greene; Bob Seidemann; Gene Anthony.
  • Arrangers: Grateful Dead; Phil Lesh; Ron "Pigpen" McKernan; Bob Weir.
  • The Grateful Dead's self-titled first album contains the main ingredients of the unique musical stew the band would brew over the coming years. Upon its release in March 1967, it brought the musical and philosophical ideals of the freak counter-culture out of the Bay Area and into the ears of mainstream America.
  • "The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)" is a Summer Of Love anthem nonpareil. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" shows off the Dead's ability to reinterpret the blues, and Pigpen's natural front-man qualities. The hyperactive rockabilly of Jesse Fuller's "Beat It On Down The Line" and the rearranged traditionals "Sitting On Top Of The World" and "Cold Rain And Snow" are proof that, despite the group's anti-establishment fashions, their lyrical symbols and musical forms were as time-honored as the English folk-tale that provided their name. While the cover of Bonnie Dobson's eerie anti-war epic "Morning Dew" and the women-and-wine rocker "New, New Minglewood Blues" are energetic portrayals of hippie values, the closing number, Noah Lewis's "Viola Lee Blues," is the album's grand, mind-blowing concoction and a highlight. The remastered version's live bonus tracks include some never-recorded garage-rock and blues cuts and a 23-minute "Viola Lee Blues" bearing the first hints of the modal riff at the foundation of Dead milestone "Dark Star."
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.152) - "This is the Dead as garage band....It's improved with age and re-mastering, restoring faded guitars solos and adding prime outtakes..."

Uncut (magazine) - "[T]he reissue argues the case that the Dead initially had the fuzz-and-Farfisa sound that would still get them on the hippest garage-rock compilations today."
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