Grateful Dead is a band that I’ve learned to love over the years, it has been a struggle. The reason for that is the not very good album collaboration with Bob Dylan (Dylan and The Dead, 1987). I bought it on casette and tried so hard to like it, but in my young and inexperienced ears this was all over the place and without energy. I like the album better now, but it is not among my favorite Dylan albums.
More important, it was unfair to judge Grateful Dead because of that record. I love American Beauty and I love Workingman’s Dead, and I think there are a lot of great live recordings of the band. With Bob Dylan and without Bob Dylan.
I think they are very skilful Dylan interpreters and they have even released an album with Bob Dylan’s songs.
Here are my top 10 Grateful Dead playing Bob Dylan:
Grateful Dead – Maggie’s Farm (19-09-1987)
Grateful Dead performs a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” for Farm Aid III live via satellite from Madison Square Garden. Introduction by Dick Clark.
Grateful dead – Knockin’ on Heaven’s door (07-07-1989)
FK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
Grateful Dead – All Along The Watchtower (09-30-1989)
Grateful Dead – Visions Of Johanna (03-19-1986)
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA:
Grateful Dead – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (07-08-1990)
Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pa
Grateful Dead – Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (07-07-1989)
JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
Grateful Dead – It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (12/28/83 – San Francisco):
Grateful Dead-Desolation Row (03-24-1990)
Albany, New York
Grateful Dead – Queen Jane Approximately (09-19-1988)
Grateful Dead – When I Paint My Masterpiece (07-26-1987)
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