Postcards of the Hanging
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Postcards of the Hanging  

The Grateful Dead perform

Bob Dylan songs

 

 
 
 
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Postcards of the Hanging review

Postcards of the Hanging is a collection Bob Dylan songs performed by the Grateful Dead. Most of the songs were recorded from the mid to late 1980’s. They did include one song from June 10, 1973, “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” with members of the Allman Brothers Band as guests. 

Not surprising, the majority of the compositions from Postcards of the Hanging are sung by Bob Weir, though Garcia sings a few, Phil chips in for one, the whole band helps out in on “Maggie’s Farm,” and Bob Dylan sings “Man of Peace,” from the summer 1987 Dylan and the Dead tour rehearsals. It is nice to hear the seldom-played “Ballad of a Thin Man” and “Stuck Inside of Mobile With Those Memphis Blues Again.”  

Postcards of the Hanging is a solid collection of Bob Dylan covers. It would have been better to have a second disc with The Jerry Garcia Band performing Dylan songs. If this one is successful, perhaps that will be Postcards of the Hanging Volume 2.  Postcards of the Hanging includes a bonus disc that includes two songs: “Queen Jane Approximately” and “Quinn The Eskimo / The Mighty Quinn” while supplies last.   

If you collect the Grateful Dead’s live recordings then you will certainly have versions of some or perhaps all of these songs already, but these renditions are all superb, and they are all in one place. by Barry Small © 
Grade 
B

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Track List

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Disc 1

 

 1. When I Paint My Masterpiece (Dylan) - 6:11

10/11/89

East Rutherford, NJ
 2. She Belongs to Me (Dylan) - 7:20

9/15/85

Chula Vista, CA
 3. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Dylan) - 4:29

7/12/89

Washington, D.C.
 4. Maggie's Farm (Dylan) - 6:16

10/3/87

Mountain View, CA
 5. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis... (Dylan) - 8:07

7/16/88

Berkeley, CA
 6. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train... (Dylan) - 7:35 **

6/10/73

Washington, D.C.
 7. Ballad of a Thin Man (Dylan) - 6:40

4/1/88

East Rutherford, NJ
 8. Desolation Row (Dylan) - 9:55

3/24/90

Albany, NY
 9. All Along the Watchtower (Dylan) - 5:44

7/4/89

Buffalo, NY
10. It's All Over Now Baby Blue (Dylan) - 7:26

12/31/81

Madison, WI
11. Man of Peace (Dylan) - 5:51 *

6/9/87

Rehearsal
Musicians:       

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Keith Godchaux - keyboards
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums

Guests
*Bob Dylan
**Dickey Betts
**Butch Trucks

Notes:

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Released - March 2002
Tape Archivists - Dick Latvala, David Lemieux
Label - Artista
Liner notes Mikal Gilmore
Compliation produced by David Gans

Album title comes from the lyric within "Desolation Row."

Bonus disc -
The initial printing of Postcards From the Edge  includes a bonus disc that includes two songs: “Queen Jane Approximately” from 12/29/88 and “Quinn The Eskimo/The Mighty Quinn” from 12/30/85 while supplies last.