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Dylan and the Dead

Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead

Initial release : January 1989

Columbia OC-45056(Grateful Dead GDCD-41012)

Single CD of material taken from the Dylan / Grateful Dead sets from 1987.


  • Slow Train (Bob Dylan)
  • I Want You (Bob Dylan)
  • Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob Dylan)
  • Queen Jane Approximately (Bob Dylan)
  • Joey (Bob Dylan / J. Levy)
  • All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan)

  • Bob Dylan - guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Phil Lesh - bass
  • Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals

  • Producer - John Cutler, Jerry Garcia
  • Engineer - Guy Charbonneau, John Cutler
  • Additional engineers - Gary hedden, David Roberts, Peter Miller, Billy Rothschild, Chris Wiskes
  • Digital mastering - Joe Gastwirt
  • Concert sound - Dan healy
  • Cover art - Rick Griffin
  • Photography - Herb Greene
  • Layout - Allen Weinberg
  • Recorded live - July 1987
  • Mixed at Club Front, San Rafael - November 1988
  • Grateful Dead crew - Ram Rod, Bill Candelario, Steve Parish, Harry Popick, Robbie Taylor, Billy Grillo, Bob Bralove
  • Lighting designer - Candace brightman
  • Trucking - Mike Fischer
  • Album coordination/Tour manager - John McIntire
  • Assistant tour manager - Cameron Sears
  • Legal counsel - Hal Kent
  • Grateful Dead Office - Eileen Law, Janet Knudsen, Sue Stephens, Mary Jo Meinolf, Maruska Nelson, Annette Flowers, Basia Raizene, Diane Geoppo, Nancy Mallonee
  • Club Front - Bill Legate, Brian Williams, Dick Latvala
  • Publicity - Denis McNally

There were six Dylan / Dead shows in 1987.

The shows were;

  • Foxboro, July 4, 1987
  • Philadelphia, July 10, 1987
  • East Rutherford, July 12, 1987
  • Eugene, July 19, 1987
  • Oakland, July 24, 1987
  • Anaheim, July 26, 1987
The album tracks are taken from the following shows;
  • Slow Train and Joey - 4 July 1987
  • Queen Jane Approximately - 19 July 1987
  • I Want You - 24 July 1987
  • Serve Somebody, All Along The Watchtower and Knockin' On Heaven's Door - 26 Jul 1987
After Garcia death in August 1995 Dylan released the following press statement;
There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player. I don't think any eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great, much more than a superb musician, with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He's the very spirit personified of whatever is Muddy River country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know. There's a lot of spaces and advances between The Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There's no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep.
The album was mixed by Garcia and John Cutler with some input from Dylan. Garcia commented on Dylan's contribution in an interview with Rolling Stone;
When you're collaborating with Dylan and he says 'Hey, I think that my voice is too out front,' what am I going to do? Punch him? I'll say 'okay' against my own instincts.
Tapes of all the Dylan / Dead sets circulate. Material from the pre-tour rehearsal at Club Front in San Rafael also circulates on tape.

Related releases

A limited edition colored vinyl edition was released in 2018.

Remastered version released in 2009.

Released on CD in 1989, Columbia CK-45056.

Slow Train was released as a promotional single;

Slow Train was included on; One track by Dylan and the Grateful Dead is included on the collection that comprises the Grateful Dead performing Dylan songs; For information about other releases that include music from this period see the 1987 section of the Dead by Date page.

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