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1965 - 1973

12 Disc Warner Brother Reissue 

 

 
 
 
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The Golden Road - Grateful Dead Box Set review

The Golden Road review

The Golden Road is a twelve disc Warner Brother reissue.  Included is a new double disc called Birth of the Dead, which consists of one disc of pre Grateful Dead studio recordings and one of live performances from 1966.

The packaging of the box set is super.  Each disc is in it's own package with the original art work, but they added a small booklet with liner to each CD.  Then the individual discs are packaged neatly in a box and a 75 page book sits on top. The book is pretty good and it contains plenty of rare photos.

What makes this box set so special though is the music that was added to each CD. Each of the previously released albums have additional tracks that complement the original recordings exquisitely. 

My complements can not be stronger for superb selection of the bonus material and the repackaging of these albums.  The grade of an A is based of the overall product, the music is reviewed separately. by Barry Small  
Grade 
A  

Read reviews of the individual CD's from the Golden Road.

Birth of the Dead
The Grateful Dead
Anthem of the Sun
Aoxomoxoa
Live Dead
Workingman's Dead
American Beauty
Skull and Roses
Europe 72
The History of the Grateful Dead Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice)

 

The Golden Road - Grateful Dead Box Set track list
Track List

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Disc 1

 

Birth of the Dead -  The Studio Sessions

The Autumn Sessions 
 1. Early Morning Rain  (Lightfoot) - 3:22
 2. I Know You Rider (Traditional) - 2:41
 3. Mindbender (Confusion's Prince)  (Garcia / Lesh) - 2:41
 4. The Only Time Is Now  
     (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 2:24
 5. Caution (Do Not Stop on the Tracks) 
     (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 3:17
 6. Can't Come Down (Garcia / Kreutzmann/ Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 3:04

The Scorpio Sessions (1966)
 7. Stealin' [instrumental] (Cannon) - 2:40
 8. Stealin' [With Vocals] (Cannon) - 2:36
 9. Don't Ease Me In [instrumental] (Traditional) - 2:01
10. Don't Ease Me In [With Vocals] (Traditional) - 2:02
11. You Don't Have to Ask  
     (Garcia/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir) - 3:35
12. Tastebud [instrumental] (McKernan) - 7:04
13. Tastebud  (McKernan) - 4:35
14. I Know You Rider  (Traditional) - 2:36
15. Cold Rain and Snow  (Traditional) - 3:15
16. Cold Rain and Snow [With Vocals] (Traditional) - 3:17

The Hendricks Sessions (3/67)
17. Fire in the City (Krug) - 3:19
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Birth of the Dead - The Live Side

The tracks were recorded in July 1966. 

1. Viola Lee Blues  (Lewis) - 9:39
 2. Don't Ease Me In  (Traditional) - 2:43
 3. Pain in My Heart  (Neville) - 4:24
 4. Sitting on Top of the World  (Carter / Jacobs) - 3:51
 5. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue  (Dylan) - 5:12
 6. I'm a King Bee  (Moore) - 8:52
 7. Big Boss Man (Dixon / Smith) - 5:11
 8. Standing on the Corner  
      (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 3:46
 9. In the Pines  (Bryant / McMichen) - 4:55
10. Nobody's Fault But Mine  (Traditional) - 4:15
11. Next Time You See Me (Forest / Harvey) - 2:47
12. One Kind Favor  (Hopkins/Taub) - 3:44
13. He Was a Friend of Mine  (Traditional) - 4:45
14. Keep Rolling By  (Traditional) - 7:57
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The Grateful Dead 

 1. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
        (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 2:11
 2. Beat It on Down the Line (Fuller) - 2:30
 3. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [Full Length Version] (Williamson) - 6:35
 4. Cold Rain and Snow (
      Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 2:29
 5. Sitting on Top of the World [Full-Length Version] (Carter / Jacobs) - 2:46
 6. Cream Puff War [Full Length Version] (Garcia) - 3:20
 7. Morning Dew [Full Length Version] (Dobson/Rose) - 5:19
 8. New, New Minglewood Blues [Full Length Version] (Traditional) - 2:44
 9. Viola Lee Blues (Lewis) - 10:23

Bonus Tracks Studio (Jan/Feb. 1967)
10. Alice D. Millionaire  
      (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 2:24
11. Overseas Stomp (The Lindy)  (Jones / Shade) - 2:27
12. Tastebud  (McKernan) - 4:21
13. Death Don't Have No Mercy (Davis) - 5:23
14. Viola Lee Blues  (Lewis) - 3:05

Bonus Track Live (9/3/67)
15. Viola Lee Blues (Lewis) - 23:13:42
      September 3, 1967, in Rio Nido, CA (Same date as the famous
      Midnight Hour, released on Fallout From the Phil Zone.)
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Anthem of the Sun 

 1. That's It for the Other One: Cryptical
     (Constanten / Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 7:40
     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)     
 2. New Potato Caboose (Lesh / Petersen) - 8:26
 3. Born Cross-Eyed (Weir) - 2:07
 4. Alligator (Hunter / Lesh / McKernan) - 11:20
 5. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)   
     (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 9:50

Bonus Tracks (8/23/68)
 6. Alligator (Hunter / Lesh / McKernan) - 18:43
 7. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (Garcia / 
     Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 11:38
 8. Feedback (Constanten / Garcia / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / 
      McKernan / Weir) - 6:58
     August 23, 1968, at the Shrine Exhibition Center - Los Angeles, CA

Hidden track
 9. Born Cross-Eyed (Single version) (Weir)
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Aoxomoxoa

 1. St. Stephen (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 4:27
 2. Dupree's Diamond Blues (Garcia / Hunter) - 3:34
 3. Rosemary (Garcia / Hunter) - 2:00
 4. Doin' That Rag (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:44
 5. Mountains of the Moon (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:04
 6. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia / Hunter) - 3:42
 7. What's Become of the Baby (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:13
 8. Cosmic Charlie (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:44

Bonus Tracks Studio (8/13/68) 
The following tracks were recorded at the Pacific Recording Studio in San Mateo, CA
 9. Clementine Jam 
     (Garcia / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 10:51
11. Nobody's Spoonful Jam 
     (Garcia / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 10:09
12. The Eleven Jam (
      Garcia / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 15:05

Bonus Tracks Live (1/25/69)
13. Cosmic Charlie (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:47
      January 25, 1969, at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco.
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 Live Dead (Early 1969)
 1. Dark Star 
   (Garcia / Hart / Hunter / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 23:18

2/27/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 
 2. St. Stephen (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 6:31

2/27/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 
 3. The Eleven (Hunter / Lesh) - 9:18

1/26/69

Avalon Ballroom, S.F., CA
 4. Turn on Your Love Light (Malone / Scott) - 15:05

1/26/69

Avalon Ballroom, S.F., CA
 5. Death Don't Have No Mercy (Rev.Gary Davis) - 10:28

3/2/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 
  6. Feedback
   (Constanten / Garcia / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 7:49

3/2/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 
 7. And We Bid You Goodnight (Traditional) - 3:1310. Dire Wolf

3/2/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 

Hidden Tracks 
8. Dark Star (single version)
9. Radio spot
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Workingman's Dead 

 1. Uncle John's Band (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:45
 2. High Time (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:14
 3. Dire Wolf (Garcia / Hunter) - 3:14
 4. New Speedway Boogie (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:06
 5. Cumberland Blues (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 3:16
 6. Black Peter (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:43
 7. Easy Wind (Hunter) - 4:58
 8. Casey Jones (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:38

Bonus Tracks Studio
 9. New Speedway Boogie (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:10

Bonus Tracks Live

 10. Dire Wolf  (Garcia / Hunter) - 2:31

6/27/69

Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Hall, Santa Rosa, CA
 11. Black Peter (Garcia / Hunter) - 9:07

1/10/70

Golden Hall Community Concourse, San Diego, CA
 12. Easy Wind (Hunter) - 8:09

1/16/70

Springer's Ballroom, Portland, OR
 13. Cumberland Blues (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 4:52

1/17/70

Oregon State University (Gymnasium), Corvallis, OR
 14. Mason's Children  (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh / Weir) - 6:32

1/24/70

Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, HI
 15. Uncle John's Band (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:57

12/23/70

Winterland, San Francisco, CA

Hidden Track

 16. Radio Spot
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American Beauty

 1. Box of Rain (Hunter / Lesh) - 5:18
 2. Friend of the Devil (Dawson / Garcia / Hunter) - 3:24
 3. Sugar Magnolia (Hunter / Weir) - 3:19
 4. Operator (McKernan) - 2:25
 5. Candyman (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:13
 6. Ripple (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:09
 7. Brokedown Palace (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:09
 8. Till the Morning Comes (Garcia / Hunter) - 3:09
 9. Attics of My Life (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:14
10. Truckin' (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh / Weir) - 5:17

Bonus Tracks Studio
11. Truckin' (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh/Weir) - 3:17 - (single version)

Bonus Tracks Live

 12. Friend of the Devil (Dawson / Garcia / Hunter) - 4:21

5/15/70

Fillmore East, New York, NY
 13. Candyman (Garcia / Hunter) - 11:37 

4/15/70

Winterland, San Francisco, CA
 14. Till the Morning Comes (Garcia / Hunter) - 3:20

10/4/70

Winterland, San Francisco, CA
 15. Attics of My Life (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:31

6/6/70

Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
 16. Truckin' (Garcia / Hunter / Lash / Weir) - 10:10

12/26/70

Legion Stadium, El Monte, CA


Hidden Tracks

17. Ripple (Garcia / Hunter) - Single version
18. Radio Spot

The Golden Road - Grateful Dead Box Set Skull and Rose bonus tracks
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The Grateful Dead (Skull and Roses)
 1. Bertha (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:43

4/27/71

Fillmore East, NY
 2. Mama Tried (Haggard) - 2:43

4/26/71

Fillmore East, NY
 3. Big Railroad Blues (Lewis) - 3:35

4/5/71

Manhattan Center, NY
 4. Playing in the Band (Hart / Hunter / Weir) - 12:24

4/6/71

Manhattan Center, NY
 5. The Other One (Kreutzmann / Weir) - 18:07

4/28/71

Fillmore East, NY
 6. Me and My Uncle (Phillips) - 3:04

4/29/71

Fillmore East, NY
 7. Big Boss Man (Dixon / Smith) - 5:14

4/26/71

Fillmore East, NY
 8. Me and Bobby McGee (Foster / Kristoferson) - 5:42

4/27/71

Fillmore East, NY
 9. Johnny B. Goode (Berry) - 3:44

3/24/71

Winterland Arena, S.F., CA
10. Wharf Rat (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:32

4/26/71

Fillmore East, NY
 11. Not Fade Away/Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
       (Hardin / Petty / Traditional) - 9:26

4/5/71

Manhattan Center, NY
 
Bonus Tracks
12. Oh, Boy! (Petty / Tilghman / West) - 2:50

4/6/71

Manhattan Center, NY
13. I'm a Hog for You (Leiber / Stoller) - 5:20

4/6/71

Manhattan Center, NY
 
Hidden Track

 Radio Spot
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Europe '72 - 1 of 2
 1. Cumberland Blues (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 5:43 

4/8/72

Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley
   2. He's Gone (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:57

5/10/72

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
   3. One More Saturday Night (Weir) - 4:49
 ? Lyceum, London
    4. Jack Straw (Hunter / Weir) - 4:49

5/3/72

Olympia Theatre, Paris
   5. You Win Again (Williams) - 4:00

5/24/72

Lyceum, London
   6. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:32

5/3/72

Olympia Theatre, Paris
   7. I Know You Rider (Traditional) - 5:03

5/3/72

Olympia Theatre, Paris
   8. Brown-Eyed Woman (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:38

4/14/72

Tivoli, Copenhagen
   9. Hurts Me Too (James / Sehorn) - 7:20

5/24/72

Lyceum, London
   10. Ramble on Rose (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:04

5/26/72

Lyceum, London
   11. Sugar Magnolia (Hunter / Weir) - 7:10

5/4/72

Olympia Theatre, Paris
   12. Mr. Charlie (Hunter / McKernan) - 3:39

5/26/72

Lyceum, London

   13. Tennessee Jed (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:18

5/3/72

Olympia Theatre, Paris
  
Bonus Track

   14. The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)  (McKernan) - 6:50
April 26, 1972 Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt, West Germany 
same venue as Hundred Year Hall
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Europe '72 - 2 of 2

Tracks 1 - 4 were performed:
5/26/72 ~ The Strand Lyceum - London, England

 1. Truckin' (Garica / Hunter / Lesh / Weir) - 13:06
 2. Epilogue (Garcia/Godchaux/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir) - 5:10
 3. Prelude (Garcia/Godchaux/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir) - 7:38
 4. Morning Dew (Dobson / Rose) - 11:41

5/26/72

The Strand Lyceum - London, England

Bonus Tracks

 5. Looks Like Rain (Barlow / Weir) - 7:37

4/8/72

Wembley Empire Pool - London England

Tracks 6 - 10 were performed:
4/14/72 ~ Tivoli Concert Hall - Copenhagen, Denmark
 
 6. Good Lovin'  (Clark / Resnick) - 18:30
 7. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) 
     (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 4:39
 8. Who Do You Love?  (McDaniel) - :23
 9. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) 
     (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 1:44
10. Good Lovin'  (Clark / Resnick) - 3:09

4/14/72

Tivoli Concert Hall - Copenhagen, Denmark


Hidden track
Yellow Dog Story

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History of the Grateful Dead Vol. 1, Bears Choice
 1. Katie Mae (Hopkins) - 4:44

2/13/70

Fillmore East, NY
 2. Dark Hollow (Browning) - 3:52

2/14/70

Fillmore East, NY
  3. I've Been All Around the World (Traditional) - 4:18

2/14/70

Fillmore East, NY
 4. Wake Up, Little Susie (Bryant / Bryant) - 2:31

2/13/70

Fillmore East, NY
 5. Black Peter (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:27

2/13/70

Fillmore East, NY
 6. Smokestack Lightnin' (Howlin' Wolf) - 17:59

2/13/70

Fillmore East, NY
 7. Hard to Handle (Isbell / Jones / Redding) - 6:29

2/14/70

Fillmore East, NY

Bonus Tracks
 8. Good Lovin'  (Clark / Resnick) - 8:56

2/13/70

Fillmore East, NY
 9. Big Boss Man  (Dixon / Smith) - 4:53

2/5/70

Fillmore West, S.F.
 10. Smokestack Lightnin' Howlin' Wolf) - 15:11

2/8/70

Fillmore West, S.F.
 11. Sitting on the Top of the World (Carter / Jacobs) - 3:20  

2/8/70

Fillmore West, S.F.
 


The Golden Road - Grateful Dead Box Set musicians
Musicians:      

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals 1-12
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals 1-12
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals 1-12
Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan - vocals 
     keyboards, harmonica
1-12
Tom Constanten - keyboards 4,5,6,7
Keith Godchaux - keyboards 10, 11
Bill Kreutzmann - drums 1-12
Mickey Hart - drums 4,5,6,7,8,12
Donna Godchaux - vocals 10, 11
 
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Released - 2001
Tape Archivists - David Lemieux
Label - Rhino

CD liner notes with each CD
A book is included with photos and essays and a discography.

Article - A great interview with David Lemieux where he discusses The Golden Road. 

Read reviews of the individual CD's from the Golden Road.

 
The Golden Road - Grateful Dead Box Set review