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The Golden Road (1965 - 1973)

Grateful Dead

Initial release : 2001

Rhino R2 74401

12 CD box set reissue of all the Grateful Dead albums on the Warner Brothers label. In addition to remastered versions of the albums the set includes two CDs of early material and many bonus tracks. In total there's over 15 hours of music, 7 hours of which is previously unreleased. Also includes an 80 page booklet.

Tracks

Disc 1: The Studio Sessions

    The Autumn Sessions
  • Early Morning Rain (Lightfoot)
  • I Know You Rider (Traditional)
  • Mindbender (Confusion's Prince) (Garcia/Lesh)
  • The Only Time Is Now (Garcia/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) (Garcia/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • Can't Come Down (Garcia/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)

    The Scorpio Sessions

  • Stealin' (Instrumental) (Cannon)
  • Stealin' (With vocal) (Cannon)
  • Don't Ease Me In (Instrumental) (Traditional)
  • Don't Ease Me In (With vocal) (Traditional)
  • You Don't Have To Ask (Garcia/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • Tastebud (Instrumental) (McKernan)
  • Tastebud (With vocal) (McKernan)
  • I Know You Rider (Traditional)
  • Cold Rain And Snow (Instrumental) (Traditional)
  • Cold Rain And Snow (With vocal) (Traditional)

    The Hendricks Sessions

  • Fire in the City (with Jon Hendricks) (Hendricks)
Disc 2: Birth of the Dead: The Live Sides
  • Viola Lee Blues (Lewis)
  • Don't Ease Me In (Traditional)
  • Pain in My Heart (Neville)
  • Sitting on Top of the World (Jacobs/Carter)
  • It's All Over Now Baby Blue (Dylan)
  • I'm A King Bee (Moore)
  • Big Boss Man (Smith/Dixon)
  • Standing on the Corner (Garcia/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • In the Pines (Traditional / McMichen / Bryant)
  • Nobody's Fault But Mine (Traditional)
  • Next Time You See Me (Forrest/Harvey)
  • One Kind Favor (Traditional / Taub / Hopkins)
  • He Was a Friend of Mine (Traditional)
  • Keep Rolling By (Traditional)
Disc 3: Grateful Dead (1st LP)
  • The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) (McGannahan Skjellyfetti)
  • Beat It On Down The Line (Jesse Fuller)
  • Good Morning, Little School Girl (H.G. Demarais)
  • Cold Rain And Snow (McGannahan Skjellyfetti)
  • Sittin' On Top Of The World (Full length version) (Jacobs/Carter)
  • Cream Puff War (Full length version) (Jerry Garcia)
  • Morning Dew (Full length version) (Dobson/Rose)
  • New, New Minglewood Blues (Full length version) (McGannahan Skjellyfetti)
  • Viola Lee Blues (Noah Lewis)

    Bonus tracks

  • Alice D. Millionaire (Garcia/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • Overseas Stomp (Lindbergh Hop or The Lindy Hop) (Jones/Shade)
  • Tastebud (McKernan)
  • Death Don't Have No Mercy (Edited studio take) (Davis)
  • Viola Lee Blues (Edited version) (Noah Lewis)
  • Viola Lee Blues (Live) (Noah Lewis)
Disc 4: Anthem Of The Sun
  • That's It For The Other One
    I. Cryptical Envelopment (Garcia)
    II. Quadlibet For Tender Feet (Weir)
    III. The Faster We Go, The Rounder We Get (The Grateful Dead)
    IV. We Leave The Castle (The Grateful Dead)
  • New Potato Caboose (Lesh/Petersen)
  • Born Cross-Eyed (Weir)
  • Alligator (Lesh/McKernan/Hunter)
  • Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) (McKernan)

    Bonus tracks (All live versions)

  • Alligator (Lesh/McKernan/Hunter)
  • Caution (McKernan)
  • Feedback (Grateful Dead)

    Hidden track

  • Born Cross-Eyed (Single version) (Weir)
Disc 5: Aoxomoxoa
  • St. Stephen (Garcia/Lesh/Hunter)
  • Dupree's Diamond Blues (Garcia/Hunter)
  • Rosemary (Garcia/Hunter)
  • Doin' That Rag (Garcia/Hunter)
  • Mountains Of The Moon (Garcia/Hunter)
  • China Cat Sunflower (Garcia/Hunter)
  • What's Become Of The Baby (Garcia/Hunter)
  • Cosmic Charlie (Garcia/Hunter)

    Bonus tracks

  • Clementine Jam (Excerpt) (Garcia/Hart/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • Nobody's Spoonful Jam (Excerpt) (Garcia/Hart/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • The Eleven Jam (Excerpt: live in studio) (Garcia/Hart/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • Cosmic Charlie (Live) (Garcia / Hunter)
Disc 6: Live/Dead
  • Dark Star (Hunter / Garcia / Lesh / McKernan / Weir / Hart / Kreutzmann)
  • Saint Stephen (Hunter / Garcia / Lesh)
  • The Eleven (Hunter / Lesh)
  • Turn On Your Lovelight (Scott/Malone)
  • Death Don't Have No Mercy (Rev. Gary Davis)
  • Feedback (Mcgannahan Skyjellyfetti)
  • And We Bid You Goodnight (Traditional)

    Hidden tracks

  • Dark Star (single version)
  • Radio spot
Disc 7: Workingmen's Dead
  • Uncle John's Band (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • High Time (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Dire Wolf (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • New Speedway Boogie (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Cumberland Blues (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / Phil Lesh)
  • Black Peter (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Easy Wind (Robert Hunter)
  • Casey Jones (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)

    Bonus tracks

  • New Speedway Boogie (Alternate mix) (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Dire Wolf (Live) (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Black Peter (Live) (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Easy Wind (Live) (Hunter)
  • Cumberland Blues (Live) (Garcia / Lesh / Hunter)
  • Mason's Children (Live) (Garcia / Lesh / Weir / Hunter)
  • Uncle John's Band (Live) (Garcia / Hunter)

    Hidden track

  • 30 sec radio spot
Disc 8: American Beauty
  • Box Of Rain (Robert Hunter / Phil Lesh)
  • Friend Of The Devil (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / John Dawson)
  • Sugar Magnolia (Robert Hunter / Bob Weir)
  • Operator (Ron McKernan)
  • Candyman (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Ripple (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Brokedown Palace (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Till The Morning Comes (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Attics Of My Life (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Truckin' (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / Phil Lesh / Bob Weir)

    Bonus tracks

  • Truckin' (Single version) (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / Phil Lesh / Bob Weir)
  • Friend of the Devil (Live) (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / John Dawson)
  • Candyman (Live) (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • 'Till the Morning Comes (Live) (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Attics of My Life (Live) (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Truckin' (Live) (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / Phil Lesh / Bob Weir)

    Hidden track

  • Ripple (Single version) (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • 30 sec radio spot
Disc 9: Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)
  • Bertha (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
  • Big Railroad Blues (Noah Lewis arr. Grateful Dead)
  • Playing In The Band (Weir / Hunter)
  • The Other One (Kreutzmann / Weir)
  • Me and My Uncle (Phillips)
  • Big Boss Man (Smith / Dixon)
  • Me and Bobby McGee (Kristofferson / Foster)
  • Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
  • Wharf Rat (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Not Fade Away (Petty / Hardin)
  • Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)

    Bonus tracks

  • Oh Boy! (Live)
  • I'm A Hog For You (Live) (Leiber / Stoller)

    Hidden track

  • 1 min radio spot
Disc 10: Europe '72 part 1
  • Cumberland Blues (Jerry Garcia / Phil Lesh / Robert Hunter)
  • He's Gone (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • One More Saturday Night (Bob Weir)
  • Jack Straw (Bob Weir / Robert Hunter)
  • You Win Again (Hank Williams)
  • China Cat Sunflower (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • I Know You Rider (Traditional)
  • Brown Eyed Woman (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Hurts Me Too (Elmore James/Marshall Sehorn)
  • Ramble On Rose (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)
  • Sugar Magnolia (Bob Weir / Robert Hunter)
  • Mr. Charlie (Ron McKernan / Robert Hunter)
  • Tennessee Jed (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter)

    Bonus tracks

  • The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion) (McKernan)
Disc 11: Europe '72 part 2
  • Truckin' (Jerry Garcia / Phil Lesh / Bob Weir / Robert Hunter)
  • Epilogue (Grateful Dead)
  • Prelude (Grateful Dead)
  • Morning Dew (Rose / Dobson)

    Bonus tracks

  • Looks Like Rain (Weir / Barlow)
  • Good Lovin'> (Resnick / Clark)
  • Caution (Don Not Stop On Tracks) > (Garcia/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • Who Do You Love> (McDaniel)
  • Caution (Don Not Stop On Tracks) > (Garcia/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir)
  • Good Lovin' (Resnick / Clark)

    Hidden track

  • Yellow Dog Story
Disc 12: History of the Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice)
  • Katie Mae (Hopkins)
  • Dark Hollow (Browning)
  • I've Been All Around This World (Traditional, arr. Grateful Dead)
  • Wake Up Little Susie (Bryant/Bryant)
  • Black Peter (Garcia/Hunter)
  • Smokestack Lightnin' (Burnett)
  • Hard To Handle (Redding/Isabell/Jones)

    Bonus tracks: Fillmore East 2/70

  • Good Lovin' (Resnick / Clark)
  • Big Boss Man (Smith / Dixon)
  • Smokestack Lightnin' (Burnett)
  • Sitting on Top of the World (Jacobs / Carter)
Musicians

Musicians on all CDs;

  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, piano, kazoo, vibraslap, vocals
  • Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, kazoo, vocals
  • Ron (Pigpen) McKernan - keyboards, organ, celesta, acoustic guitar, harmonica, congas, claves, percussion, vocals
  • Phil Lesh - bass, guitar, piano, harpsichord, trumpet, kazoo, timpani, guiro, vocals
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums, percussion
On Fire In The City, plus;
  • Jon Hendricks - vocals
On discs 4 to 8 and 12, plus;
  • Mickey Hart - drums, percussion
On discs 4 to 7, plus;
  • Tom Constanten - keyboards, prepared piano, piano, electronic tape
On discs 10 and 11, plus;
  • Keith Godcahux - piano
  • Donna Godchaux - vocals
Some guest musicians appear in some of the original LPs. For more detailed information about the musicians on each of the other discs see the musician information in the entry for the original albums; Credits / track sources

Credits for the box set.

  • Boxed set produced for release by - James Austin, David Lemieux
  • Birth Of The Dead concept & compilation - Dennis McNally, Lou Tambakos
  • Executive producer / Grateful Dead Productions - Peter McQuaid
  • Associate producer / Research coordination - Michael Wesley Johnson
  • Archival research / Grateful Dead Archives - Eileen Law
  • Grateful Dead coordinator - Cassidy Law
  • Grateful mentor - Dennis McNally
  • Additional mixing (for previously unissued selections) - Jeffrey Norman
  • Mastering / Production consultant - Joe Gastwirt at Oceanview Digital, Los Angeles, CA
  • Product manager - Jimmy Edwards
  • Project coordination - Jo Motta
  • Discographical annotation - Gary Peterson
  • Liner notes coordination - Shawn Amos
  • Editorial supervision - Vanessa Atkins
  • Editorial research - Daniel Goldmark
  • Reissue art direction - Hugh Brown
  • Business affairs / Rhino Entertainment - Malia Doss
  • Project assistance - Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Bill Inglot, Steve Lang, Patrick Kraus, Jan Simmons, Blair Jackson, Steve Silberman, Hale Milgrim, David Gans, Owsley Stanley, Jeff Gold, Connie Mosley, Gary Lambert, Bill Belmont, Neil Ruttenberg
  • Rhino wishes to thank - Alan Trist, Mark Pinkus, Susanna Millman, Ihor Slabicky, Steve Woolard, "Golden John" Robinson, Ira Gastwirt, Nick Merriwether...& the vast universe of Dead Heads & everyone at Grateful Dead Productions

  • The Grateful Dead was never five or six guys on a stage; it was everybody in the room. This collection is dedicated to all Deadheads everywhere
The 80 page booklet includes the following essays and album liner notes;
  • Dead on the Tracks by James Austin
  • One Man Gathers . . . by David Lemieux
  • Remembering The Warlocks by Connie Bonner Mosley
  • The Dead at Warner Bros. by Dennis McNally
  • The Compleat Grateful Dead Discography by Ihor Slabicky
  • Birth Of The Dead by Dennis McNally & Lou Tambakos
  • Grateful Dead by Blair Jackson
  • Anthem Of The Sun by Blair Jackson
  • Aoxomoxoa by Gary Lambert
  • Live/Dead by Lenny Kaye
  • Workingman's Dead by Steve Silberman
  • American Beauty by David Gans
  • Grateful Dead by Paul Nichols & Hale Milgrim
  • Europe '72 by Steve Silberman
  • History Of The Grateful Dead, Vol. I (Bear's Choice) by Bear
The original recording credits, when know, for the material on the box set is given below.

Disc 1 - Autumn Records sessions (tracks 1 to 6);

  • Producer - Tom Donahue, Bobby Mitchell
  • Engineer - Leo De Gar Kulka
  • Recorded on November 3, 1965 at Golden State Recorders, San Francisco
Disc 1 - Scorpio Records sessions (tracks 7 to 16);
  • Producer, engineer - Gene Estribou
  • Recorded during June, 1966 at Buena Vista Studio, San Francisco
Disc 1 - Fire In The City;
  • Producer, arranged - Jon Hendricks
  • Recorded during March, 1967 at Columbus Recorders, San Francisco
Disc 2 - live performances;
  • Engineers - Bear, Rock Scully
  • Live recording from July 1966
Disk 3 - Grateful Dead 1st LP;
  • Producer - Dave Hassinger
  • Arranger - The Grateful Dead
  • Engineer - Dick Bogert
  • Recorded mainly at RCA Studio A in Hollywood
Disk 3 - studio outtakes;
  • Recorded on February 2, 1967 at RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood
Disk 3 - live Viola Lee Blues;
  • From September 3, 1967 at Dance Hall, Rio Nido, CA
Disk 4 - Anthem Of The Sun;
  • Producer - Grateful Dead
  • Arranger - Grateful Dead

    Studios:
  • (Producer - Dave Hassinger)
  • Sept '67 - RCA Studio A, Hollywood
    Oct '67 - American Studios, No. Hollywood
    Dec '67 - Century Sound, New York; Olmstead Studios, New York

    Live:

  • (Producer - Dave Hassinger)
  • 11/10-11/67 Shrine Exposition, LA
    Producer - Grateful Dead
    Executive engineer - Dan Healy
    Asst. engineer - Bob Matthews
  • Stereo mix mastering - Columbus Recorders, San Francisco; Criteria Studio, Miami; Apostolic Studios, New York

    Live venues:

  • Eureka - 20 Jan 1968
  • Eagles Auditorium, Seattle - 26-27 Jan 1968
  • Crystal Ballroom, Portland - 2-3 Feb 1968
  • Carousel Ballroom, SF - 14 Feb 1968
  • Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe - 22-24 Feb 1968
  • Carousel Ballroom, SF - 15-17 Mar 1968
  • Carousel Ballroom, SF - 29-31 Mar 1968

  • Recorded in the studio - September - December 1967
  • Recorded live - November 10, 1967 - March 31, 1968
Disc 4 - live tracks;
  • From August 23, 1968 at Shrine Exhibition Center, Los Angeles, CA
Disc 4 - Born Cross-Eyed;
  • Originally released in 1968 as a Warner Bros. single (#7186)
Disc 5 - Aoxomoxoa;
  • Producer - The Grateful Dead
  • Arranger - The Grateful Dead
  • Engineer - Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor
  • Additional engineers - Ron Wickershim, Dan Healy, Owsley
  • Recorded at Pacific Recording Studios in San Mateo in late 1968 and early 1969
  • Completed at Pacific High Recording in San Francisco
Disc 5 - live studio outtakes;
  • Recorded on August 13, 1968 at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo
Disc 5 - live Cosmic Charlie;
  • From January 25, 1969 at Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco
Disc 6 - Live/Dead;
  • Producer - The Grateful Dead, Bob Matthews, Betty Cantor
  • Executive engineer - Bob Matthews
  • Engineer - Betty Cantor
  • Consulting engineer - Owsley, Ron Wickersham
  • Live recording - Alembic Recording Studios, Novato
  • Mixed at Muggles Gramophone, San Francisco
  • Sound - Bear
Disc 7 - Workingman's Dead;
  • Producer - Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor in association with The Grateful Dead
  • Engineer - Alembic
  • Recorded at Pacific High Recording Studio, San Francisco
Disc 7 - New Speedway Boogie;
  • Alternate mix recorded in 1970
Disc 7 live recordings;
  • Dire Wolf - June 27, 1969 at Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Hall, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Black Peter - January 10, 1970 at Golden Hall Community Concourse, San Diego, CA
  • Easy Wind - January 16, 1970 at Springer's Ballroom, Portland, OR
  • Cumberland Blues - January 17, 1970 at Oregon State University (Gymnasium), Corvallis, OR
  • Mason's Children - January 24, 1970 at Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, HI
  • Uncle John's Band - the booklet states that this is from the December 23, 1970 Winterland show. It is believed that this information is incorrect and that the song is from the October 4, 1970 Winterland show
Disc 8 - American Beauty;
  • Producers - The Grateful Dead
  • Co-producer - Audio-Steve Barncard
  • Recorded at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Disc 8 - Truckin';
  • Originally released in January, 1971 as a Warner Bros. single (#WB-7410)
Disc 8 - live recordings;
  • Friend Of The Devil - May 15, 1970 at Fillmore East, New York, NY
  • Candyman - April 15, 1970 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA
  • Till The Morning Comes - October 4, 1970 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA
  • Attics Of My Life - June 6, 1970 at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
  • Truckin' - December 26, 1970 at Legion Stadium, El Monte, CA
Disc 8 - Ripple;
  • Originally released in January, 1971 as a Warner Bros. single (#WB-7410)
Disc 9 - Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses);
  • Producer - Grateful Dead
  • Engineer - Bob and Betty (Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor)
  • Live recording for Alembic by Bob and Betty (Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor)
  • Selections taken from recordings made live at Winterland, San Francisco; Manhattan Center, New York City; Bill Graham's Fabled Fillmore East, New York City
Disc 9 - additional live tracks;
  • From April 6, 1971 at Manhattan Center, New York
Disc 10 & 11 - Europe 72;
  • Equipment - Heard, Jackson, Kid, Parrish, Ramrod, Razine, Winslow, Barry, Rudzo
  • Technical assistance - Dan Healy
  • Stage lighting - Candace Brightman, Ben Haller
  • Recording - Betty Cantor, Jim Furman, Bob Matthews, Rosie, Wizard
  • Recorded live in Europe by Alembic Sound
  • Mixed at Alembic Studios, San Francisco by Bob and Betty and the Grateful Dead
Disk 10 - additional live track;
  • From April 26, 1972 at Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt, West Germany
Disk 11 - additional live tracks;
  • Looks Like Rain - April 7-8 at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London, England
  • Good Lovin'> Caution> Who Do You Love> Caution> Good Lovin' - April 14, 1972 at Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
Disk 12 - Bear's Choice;
  • Recorded Live by Bear on February 13-14, 1970 at the Fillmore East, New York, NY
  • Producer - Owsley Stanley
Disk 12 - additional live tracks;
  • Good Lovin' - February 13, 1970 at Fillmore East, New York, NY
  • Big Boss Man - February 5, 1970 at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
  • Smokestack Lightnin' - February 8, 1970 at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
  • Sitting On Top Of The World - February 8, 1970 at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
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Fire In The City was originally released on a single; The original releases that comprise the main parts of discs 3 to 12 in this set are; The CD packages that comprise Golden Road were released separately in 2003. The links above give details for the re-released versions of the albums as well as the original releases. The 2003 release included the first separate release of;
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