I Know It's A Sin
Composer: Jimmy Reed / M. Reed

I Know It's A Sin was performed about a dozen times by the Grateful Dead during the 1966 to 1969 period. A jam based on I Know It's A Sin was played at one show in 1974.

The title used on Grateful Dead set lists and tapes is usually It's A Sin. However the full title on Jimmy Reed recordings is I Know It's A Sin. This title is used for the version of the song on the All Good Things box set which is a previously unreleased take from the recording sessions for the 1974 Jerry Garcia solo album, Garcia (Compliments).

On some recordings writing credits are J. Reed / M. Reed on others Jimmy Reed is credited as sole composer.

Jimmy Reed

no info Single (I Know Its A Sin / Down In Virginia), Jimmy Reed, 1958 (Vee-Jay 287)
info Rockin' With Reed, Jimmy Reed, 1959
info Big Boss Man: Memorial Album Vol. 1, Jimmy Reed, 1976
info EP Collection...Plus, Jimmy Reed, 2000
info Big Boss Man (Box set), Jimmy Reed, 2001
info The Essential Boss Man: The Very Best of the Vee-Jay Years, 1953-1966, Jimmy Reed, 2005

Other recordings

no info Bad To The Bone, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, 1982
no info Edge of the Valley, Terry Garland, 1992
no info I Looked Down That Railroad, Clarence Edwards, 2003
no info Seth Walker, Seth Walker, 2006

Grateful Dead

info Dick's Picks, Vol. 26, 2002
info Grateful Dead Download Vol 12: 4/17/69, 2006
info Road Trips: Vol 2, No 3: June 1974, Wall Of Sound, 2009

Jerry Garcia

info All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions, 2004
info Garcia (Compliments of Garcia), 2005 (bonus track)
info Garcia Live: Vol 12: Jan 23, 1973, Garcia / Saunders, 2019
info Garcia Live: Vol 15: May 21st, 1971, Garcia / Saunders, 2020

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