The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack

The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack is a five CD live album by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded October 16–20, 1974, and was released on March 15, 2005. Unlike Dick's Picks, Road Trips, Dave's Picks, and certain other of the band's archival series of live album releases, which are simply two-track stereo recordings made from the soundboard during the concert, the shows on the album were recorded on a 16-track multitrack recorder and were mixed down to stereo just prior to the album's 2005 release.

The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack
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Live album by
ReleasedMarch 15, 2005
RecordedOctober 16 – 20, 1974
GenreJam rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock
Length387:54
LabelGrateful Dead Records
ProducerDavid Lemieux, Jeffrey Norman
Grateful Dead chronology
Dick's Picks Volume 34
(2005)
The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack
(2005)
Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic [1]
The Music Box[2]

In 1974 the Grateful Dead were exhausted from touring, and it had proven too expensive and cumbersome to tour with the "Wall of Sound" sound system. In response, the group decided to stop touring for an indefinite period of time. In October they played five nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California. As they were the last concerts before the hiatus, the Grateful Dead wanted them to be properly recorded and documented by a film crew.

The results were a rather unsuccessful live album, Steal Your Face, and a film, The Grateful Dead Movie. The movie was released in theaters in 1977, and on videotape in 1981. In 2004 it was expanded to a double DVD with bonus cuts and documentaries. A few months later, a five CD album was released as The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack. The album included even more previously unreleased tracks, including a rare "Tomorrow Is Forever". The DVD contains one track not released on the soundtrack ("Sugaree" from October 18, which was previously released on Steal Your Face). Likewise, half of the selections are unique to this box set and not included in the DVD movie.[3] Furthermore, despite being a rather comprehensive five-disc box set, it only captures about half of the nearly 60 different songs played across this five-night stand.

Track listingEdit

Disc oneEdit

  1. "U.S. Blues" (Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia) – 5:13
  2. "One More Saturday Night" (Bob Weir) – 6:33
  3. "China Cat Sunflower" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:14
  4. "I Know You Rider" (traditional, arr. Grateful Dead) – 6:07
  5. "Eyes of the World" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 13:01
  6. "China Doll" (Hunter, Garcia) – 6:16
  7. "Playing in the Band" (Hunter, Mickey Hart, Weir) – 31:44

Notes:

  • "U.S. Blues" is an edited version with the fourth verse excised
  • "Eyes of the World" is an edited version previously released in full on So Many Roads (1965–1995)

Disc twoEdit

  1. "Scarlet Begonias" (Hunter, Garcia) – 13:56
  2. "He's Gone" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 13:01
  3. "Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 7:31
  4. "Weirdness" > (Grateful Dead) – 8:05
  5. "The Other One" > (Bill Kreutzmann, Weir) – 7:34
  6. "Spanish Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 1:48
  7. "Mind Left Body Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 3:10
  8. "The Other One" > (Kreutzmann, Weir) – 2:28
  9. "Stella Blue" (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:04
  10. "Casey Jones" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:23

Notes:

"Casey Jones" is an edited version previously released in full on Steal Your Face

Disc threeEdit

  1. "Weather Report Suite" – 16:44
"Prelude" (Weir)
"Part I" (Eric Andersen, Weir)
"Part II: Let It Grow" (John Barlow, Weir)
  1. "Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 8:54
  2. "Dark Star" > (Hunter, Garcia, Hart, Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Pigpen, Weir) – 24:10
  3. "Morning Dew" (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose) – 13:54
  4. "Not Fade Away" > (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 8:34
  5. "Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 7:33

Notes:

"Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" is an edited version with the first solo removed and soundcheck dialogue added from the film

Disc fourEdit

  1. "Uncle John's Band" (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:08
  2. "Big Railroad Blues" (Noah Lewis) – 5:02
  3. "Tomorrow Is Forever" (Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner) – 6:26
  4. "Sugar Magnolia" (Hunter, Weir) – 5:26
  5. "He's Gone" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 13:49
  6. "Caution Jam" > (Grateful Dead) – 4:30
  7. "Drums" > (Kreutzmann) – 1:23
  8. "Space" > (Grateful Dead) – 9:14
  9. "Truckin' " > (Hunter, Garcia, Lesh, Weir) – 9:48
  10. "Black Peter" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 10:10
  11. "Sunshine Daydream" (Hunter, Weir) – 3:14

Notes:

"Sugar Magnolia" is an edited version, without its "Sunshine Daydream" coda (though the coda from another date appears as the last track of the disc)

Disc fiveEdit

  1. "Playing in the Band" > (Hunter, Hart, Weir) – 13:24
  2. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzmann) – 4:09
  3. "Not Fade Away" > (Holly, Petty) – 14:44
  4. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzmann) – 4:53
  5. "The Other One" > (Kreutzmann, Weir) – 10:56
  6. "Wharf Rat" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:35
  7. "Playing in the Band" (Hunter, Hart, Weir) – 8:38
  8. "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) – 3:55
  9. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo" > (Hunter, Garcia) – 7:34
  10. "And We Bid You Goodnight" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 1:59

Notes:

"Johnny B. Goode" is an edited version with part of the first solo, and all of the second, excised

Recording datesEdit

  • October 16, 1974 – Disc 1 track 7 (an additional track from this date was released as a bonus on From the Mars Hotel)
  • October 17, 1974 – Disc 1 tracks 3-4, Disc 2 tracks 2-10, Disc 4 track 4 (see Beyond Description for an additional track from this date)
  • October 18, 1974 – Disc 1 track 1, Disc 3
  • October 19, 1974 – Disc 1 tracks 2 & 5-6, Disc 2 track 1, Disc 4 tracks 1-3 & 5-11
  • October 20, 1974 – Disc 5

PersonnelEdit

Grateful DeadEdit

ProductionEdit

  • David Lemieuxproducer
  • Jeffrey Norman – producer
  • Bill Wolf – audio engineer
  • Jeffrey Norman – audio mixer
  • Eileen Law – archival research
  • Gary Gutierrez – cover art
  • Bruce Polonsky – photography
  • Dave Patrick – photography
  • Robert Minkin – package design and production

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack: 5-CD Set". AllMusic. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Metzger, John (2011). "Grateful Dead - The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack (Album Review)". musicbox-online.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  3. ^ "The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack (DeadDisc)". Retrieved 7 April 2015.