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Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging

 

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Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging

Grateful Dead Perform Dylan 

The Grateful Dead are obviously big fans of Bob Dylan's writing, with the large number of his songs they have performed, and the fact that Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Phil Lesh all led some of his material show it was a  band appreciation, not just one member.  In fact, Bob Dylan covers appeared all the way back to 1966 where they performed "It's All Over Now Baby Blue," and "She Belongs To Me" at their January 6, 1966, Matrix Theater concert.  The former stayed in the song rotation while the latter was retired for 20 years before appearing again.

Since that debut, the Grateful Dead performed many Dylan covers.  In the mid 1980's Dylan songs began to become common in Dead sets.  This trend began in 1985 when Garcia added to his song rotation "She Belongs to Me, " and "Quinn the Eskimo," while Lesh broke out "Just Like Tom Thumb Blues."  

The following year saw the introduction of "Visions Of Johanna," "Desolation Row" into Grateful Dead sets.  During that summer Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead co-headlined five few summer shows.  

The grand event was 1987, when the six Dylan and the Grateful Dead performances. In addition, the Grateful Dead added four more Dylan songs into their sets. Then in 1998 Weir added two more Dylan songs.  Two of Grateful Dead's performances from this run are available on DVD, View From the Vault IV.

A great Bob Dylan song, "It Takes A Lot To Laugh A Train To Cry," that was first performed  June 10, 1973, with members of the Allman Brothers Band as guests, was returned to the line-up  May 12, 1991, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA. This time paired with (>) "C.C. Rider," sort of sequenced as one song. 

Postcards of the Hanging
The Grateful Dead released a superb album of called Postcard of the Hanging that is the Grateful Dead performing Dylan songs. One track " Man of Peace" is from their rehearsals, and ten are live tracks.  This album is a great way to enjoy this material. 

Jerry Garcia: Garcia Plays Dylan
Both Jerry Garcia Band and the Grateful Dead performing Bob Dylan songs. More JGB, than GD. Review
Order: Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan

We have additional information about Bob Dylan's relationship with the Grateful Dead such as:
Their 1987 tour and
Dylan sitting in with the Dead
Garcia sitting in with Dylan
, etc. This page is not for those one time events. It is for the Bob Dylan songs that the Grateful Dead performed without him; songs that were part of their regular rotation. 

Below is list of the Bob Dylan songs that were performed by the Grateful Dead. It includes who sang the song, the debut date (excludes Dylan and the Dead 1987 shows). 

With the abundance of releases, we haven't been able to keep this page up-to-date with the latest archival releases. 

Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
Bob Dylan Song Debut Lead
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
All Along The Watchtower  6/20/87 Weir
Dozin' At The Knick - 3/24/90 
Dylan and The Dead - 7/26/87
Postcards Of The Hanging - 7/4/89
Dick's Picks Vol. 27 - 12/16/92
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
Ballad Of A Thin Man  3/27/88 Weir
Dozin' At The Knick - 3/24/90 
Dylan and The Dead - 7/26/87
Postcards Of The Hanging  - 7/4/89
Dick's Picks Vol. 27 - 12/16/92
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
Desolation Row  3/25/86 Weir
Downhill From Here - 7/19/89
Postcards Of The Hanging  - 3/24/90
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
It Takes A Lot To Laugh,
It Takes A Train To Cry 
6/10/73 Garcia
Postcards Of The Hanging  - 6/10/73
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue  1/7/66 Garcia
Birth Of The Dead - 7/?/66
Postcards Of The Hanging  - 12/3/81
View From The Vault III - 6/16/90
Dick's Picks Vol. 9 - 9/16/90
View From The Vault II - 6/14/91
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues  3/27/85 Lesh
Postcards Of The Hanging  - 7/12/89
Terrapin Limited - 3/15/90
View From The Vault - 7/8/90 
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
Knockin' On Heaven's Door  7/6/87 Garcia
Dylan and The Dead - 7/13/87
Ticket To New Year's - 12/31/87
View From The Vault - 7/8/90
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
Maggie's Farm  9/19/87 Group
Postcards Of The Hanging  - 10/3/87
View From The Vault II - 6/14/91
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
The Mighty Quinn 
(Quinn The Eskimo)
12/30/85 Garcia
Postcards Of The Hanging  (bonus disc)  12/30/85
Dick's Picks Vol. 17 - 9/25/91
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again  3/17/88 Weir
Postcards Of The Hanging  - 7/16/88
Nightfall Of Diamonds - 10/16/89
Dick's Picks Vol. 27 - 12/16/92
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
Queen Jane Approximately  9/8/87 Weir
Dylan and The Dead - 7/19/87
Postcards Of The Hanging  (bonus disc) - 12/29/88
Dick's Picks Vol. 9 - 9/16/90
Dick's Picks Vol. 17 - 9/25/91
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
She Belongs To Me  1/7/66, 4/4/85 Garcia
Postcards Of The Hanging g - 9/15/85
Dick's Picks Vol. 21 - 11/1/85
According to Deadbase, performed once in 1966, then not again till 1985.
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
Visions Of Johanna  3/19/86 Garcia
Fallout From The Phil Zone - 3/18/95
Bob Dylan song's that the Grateful Dead performed - Postcartds of the Hanging
When I Paint My Masterpiece  6/13/87 Weir
View From The Vault IV - 7/24/87
View From The Vault III - 10/3/87 
Ticket To New Year's - 12/31/87
Postcards Of The Hanging  - 10/11/89
Dozin' At The Knick - 3/25/90
Notes:
"Forever Young" was performed as an encore on 11/3/91; the Bill Graham Memorial at the Polo Field Fields in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Neil Young joined the Grateful Dead.  
Music DVD's
Postcards of the Hanging Top 
Postcards of the Hanging is a compilation album of Bob Dylan songs performed by the Grateful Dead.

The initial release included a bonus disc with a few extra songs.

 

 

Track List 

1. When I Paint My Masterpiece
2. She Belongs To Me
3. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 
4. Maggie's Farm 
5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again 
6. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
7. Ballad Of A Thin Man
8. Desolation Row
9. All Along The Watchtower
10. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
11. Man Of Peace

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