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1967 (2001)



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The Grateful Dead - self titled

The Grateful Dead review

The Grateful Dead's first album is an eclectic mixture of cover songs and two originals.  Much of the material  were staples of the band throughout their 30 year career such as, "Beat It On Down The Line," "Cold Rain and Snow," "Minglewood Blues," and the epic "Morning Dew."  Most of the songs were reworked into better renditions later in their career. Easily the best song from the Grateful Dead's self titled album is the cover version of Lewis' "Viola Lee Blues." 

The bonus material is superb and gives an album that otherwise has limited appeal worthy consideration.  The live version of "Viola Lee Blues" from September 3, 1967, is one of the best versions of the song I've heard.  It is from the same venue as the famous 30 + minute version of "In the Midnight Hour," that is available on Fallout From the Phil Zone. Compare this version of "Viola Lee Blues" with the version that is included on the Birth of the Dead album and you can appreciate how fast the band developed.  There are five additional studio tracks that include a killer version Reverend Gary Davis' "Death Don't Have No Mercy."   

The bonus material complements the original album exquisitely  and makes the CD warrant much consideration.  An argument could be made that the live version of "Viola Lee Blues" makes the CD worth owning leaving the other fourteen tracks as a bonus.  by Barry Small  

Original Album - C
Bonus Material - B+
Final Grade -

The remastered version of their self titled album is available in the box set The Golden Road.

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 1. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
        (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 2:11
 2. Beat It on Down the Line (Fuller) - 2:30
 3. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [Full Length Version] (Williamson) - 6:35
 4. Cold Rain and Snow (
      Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 2:29
 5. Sitting on Top of the World 
    [Full-Length Version] (Carter / Jacobs) -  2:46
 6. Cream Puff War [Full Length Version] (Garcia) - 3:20
 7. Morning Dew [Full Length Version] (Dobson/Rose) - 5:19
 8. New, New Minglewood Blues [Full Length Version] (Traditional) - 2:44
 9. Viola Lee Blues (Lewis) - 10:23

Bonus Tracks Studio (Jan/Feb. 1967)
10. Alice D. Millionaire  
      (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 2:24
11. Overseas Stomp (The Lindy)  (Jones / Shade) - 2:27
12. Tastebud  (McKernan) - 4:21
13. Death Don't Have No Mercy (Davis) - 5:23
14. Viola Lee Blues  (Lewis) - 3:05

Bonus Track Live (9/3/67)
15. Viola Lee Blues (Lewis) - 23:13:42
      September 3, 1967, in Rio Nido, CA (Same date as the famous
      Midnight Hour, released on Fallout From the Phil Zone.)

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan - keyboards, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums

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Released - 1967
Reissue - 2001 
Tape Archivist - Davis Lemieux
Article - A great interview with David Lemieux where he discusses The Golden Road

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