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Grateful Dead / Long Strange Trip / new documentary soundtrack

Long Strange Trip, the forthcoming documentary on the Grateful Dead will get a brief theatrical release in the USA in May before being made available exclusively to Amazon Prime Video in June. While that sounds really interesting, there’s going to be a soundtrack which will mix studio and live recordings, with several unreleased performances.

The soundtrack is being issued as a two-CD set, but the amazon exclusive expanded three-CD edition will be of interest to most fans.

A two-LP vinyl edition will offer highlights from the two-CD set, but there will be a mammoth six-LP vinyl collection which delivers the entire contents of the three-CD set (limited to 2,500 copies).

The soundtrack has been curated by Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and director of the documentary, Amir Bar-Lev.

Lemieux’s enthusiasm is palpable: “All in all, this is unlike any other Grateful Dead release we’ve ever produced – just as the film is unlike any other Grateful Dead audio-visual document ever made. Then again, it’s simply unlike any other music documentary ever made, which is appropriate considering that there’s no band like the Grateful Dead,” he says.

The 3CD edition of Long Strange Trip will be released on 26 May 2017. It’s worth noting that the UK ‘import’ price for this is very competitive. It’s only 58p more than the 2CD set right now! No pre-order links for either vinyl version right now – they will be available “this summer”.

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CD One
“Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
“St. Stephen” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
“Uncle John’s Band” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)
“Dark Star” (Live At The Fillmore East, New York, NY, 2/14/1970)*
“Easy Wind” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)
“Candyman” (American Beauty, 1970)
“China Cat Sunflower”> (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
“I Know You Rider” (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
“Morning Dew” (Europe ’72, Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, England, 5/26/1972)

CD Two
“He’s Gone” (Sunshine Daydream, Live At Veneta, OR, 8/27/1972)
“The Music Never Stopped” (Live At The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 8/13/1975)*
“Scarlet Begonias”> ( Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
“Fire On The Mountain” (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
“Althea” (Go To Nassau, Live At Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 5/16/1980)
“Touch Of Grey” (In The Dark, 1987)
“Dear Mr. Fantasy”> (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
“Hey Jude” (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
“Ripple”> (American Beauty, 1970)
“Brokedown Palace” (American Beauty, 1970)

CD Three – Amazon Exclusive (CD and LP)
“Playing In The Band” (Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings, Live At Beat-Club, West Germany, 4/21/1972)
“Eyes Of The World” ( Dick’s Picks, Vol. 31, Live At Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 1974)
“St. Stephen”> (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
“Not Fade Away”> (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
“St. Stephen” (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
“Dark Hollow” (Reckoning, 1981)
“Stella Blue” (Live At Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK, 7/5/1981)*
“Days Between” (Live At Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 10/18/1994)*

2-LP Track Listing

“Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
“St. Stephen” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
“Easy Wind” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)
“Dark Star” (Live At The Fillmore East, New York, NY, 2/14/1970)*
“China Cat Sunflower”> (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
“I Know You Rider” (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
“The Music Never Stopped” (Live At The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 8/13/1975)*
“Touch Of Grey” (In The Dark, 1987)
“Dear Mr. Fantasy”> (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
“Hey Jude” (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
“Ripple”> (American Beauty, 1970)
“Brokedown Palace” (American Beauty, 1970)

*Previously unreleased

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[…] mentioned back in April, when this was announced, the soundtrack to the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip is […]

Geoff G

Yea Phillip, this would be a good buy for a newbie. As there is some good stuff on this release. Don’t see much use for a long-time fans though, as we generally hate any release that is not a full concert. It would have been nice if there was some unreleased studio stuff? Anyway, I’m excited to see this from Marty. I haven’t watched a Dead documentary in a long time. Btw, did Linda McCartney’s Dead documentary ever get released on physical media?

Paul English

Nice looking set but I am suffering from GD fatigue and have been gradually offloading a number of their live sets over the last 12 months or so.

LedMan

Preordered Exclusive Edition…. I already have most of these tracks however not all of them. Looking forward….

Mark Lavallee

My mistake, they did do Dark Star on the 14th, at the early show. The late show is on Dick’s Vol. 4.

However, they did not play Death Don’t Have No Mercy on February 27th. The version on Live/Dead is from March 2nd.

Still holding out hope this isn’t the correct tracklisting!

Philip Guest

I’m a GD newbie, so this looks like an essential buy for me.

Cheers for the heads-up, Paul!

William Keats

Amazon UK link for exclusive version yields an ambiguous result: no mention of number of discs or Amazon Exclusive content. Just the cover art and a few basic details. Oh, and price is different than described here, too. Dare I purchase?

Gerry

The link is working fine shows the following information, have ordered it.

Long Strange Trip Soundtrack Import
Grateful Dead (Artist) Format: Audio CD
Price: £14.63

Product details
Audio CD (26 May 2017)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Import
Label: Rhino
ASIN: B06XWL3FDJ

Lennymogwai

Just saw that the documentary lasts four hours. That’s almost five songs long….

richie

Ha Ha, like it.

Paul E.

Exactly…Kinda explains why we don’t have much in the way of Grateful Dead extended versions. I’m not big on the Dead but love Jerry’s “Pizza Tapes” release.

JJK

Geez, can they milk any more out of the Dead? Every month there is another Grateful Dead “Box Set” it started with “Fare Thee Well” The big farewell. Now, the same group sans Bob Weir are back on the road as Dead and Company. And shouldn’t Prime members see it first THEN the theaters?

Mark Lavallee

They didn’t play Dark Star on February 14, 1970, must be the one from the 13th (Dick’s Picks Vol. 4.)

Is this information correct? Terrible if so. The previously rumored tracklisting is infinitely better and makes a lot more sense…

DISC ONE — all tracks from 4-21-69
Dark Star ->
St. Stephen ->
The Eleven ->
Turn On Your Lovelight

DISC TWO
New Minglewood Blues (12-1-66)
St. Stephen (2-27-69)
Uncle John’s Band
Dark Star -> Wharf Rat (4-26-71)
Easy Wind
Friend Of The Devil
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider (6-21-71)
Morning Dew (6-18-74)

DISC THREE
Truckin’ -> Drums And Bass Jam (5-26-73)
The Music Never Stopped
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain (5-8-77)
Althea (9-6-80)
Touch Of Grey
Dear Mr. Fantasy -> Hey Jude -> Sugar Magnolia (7-2-89)

DISC FOUR
Shakedown Street (6-22-91)
Throwing Stones -> Not Fade Away (3-24-93)
Liberty (3-30-94)
Terrapin Station (10-1-94)
So Many Roads (7-9-95)
We Bid You Goodnight (2-28-69)

Still way too much previously released material but enough vault material to excite us compeltists.

Mikael

Man, what ‘s with that cover? It looks like the Aladdin Sane flash bled over a bunch of roses and was left white in the middle.
Or am I missing some crucial Dead reference here, I am not a Dead fan, as you can probably tell ;)?

MiG

Skeletons draped in flowers have been GD iconography since the 1972 live album that was untitled but is generally known as “Skull And Roses”. The 13-pointed lightning bolt was devised by Owsley Stanley to be stencilled on the band’s stage equipment to differentiate it. It’s commonly shown splitting a skull in half, and has become the band’s brand mark, more or less. It first appeared on LP on “Steal Your Face” in 1976, which this new cover basically reproduces.

Oh, and this new cover is atrocious in my opinion.

Can’t really see the point of this album. Newbies are better served with “Live Dead” or “Dick’s Picks Volume 4”. As usual, the album heavily emphasizes the two Crosby Stills And Nash-style Americana albums the band released in 1970, “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty.” Fine though they are, I’d say new listeners should start with the original 1968 mix of “Anthem Of The Sun” — but hold on tight!

El Nino

The Barton Hall gig is released on the 5th May on Rhino (?)- looking forward to that one and replacing my old bootleg.

This soundtrack CD is a good starter for newbies though.

Lennymogwai

The Dark Star listed on disc 2 is rare and well-regarded; as noted MNStopped seems to be the one from One from the Vault, although Dead.net wouldn’t have got away with that mistake for very long. The overlap with the release of Cornell is silly, as is the absurd practice of limiting releases. It’s not like they wouldn’t sell ten times that amount of vinyl. They limit the annual box sets, too. They sell out and then it’s off to the blogosphere with the rest of us. And if you’re looking for someone to review it while you’re listening to all the versions of Sgt Pepper coming your way, Paul, you can send me your Dead promo!

madman

Long-time lurker, first-time poster.

I was interested in this until I saw the track listing. It looks like a cross-section of the “Dick’s Picks” series. If you buy the Dead’s official releases, you probably have most of this already. There’s not even that much “new” stuff.

I find it odd that the 6 LP edition is so limited. The Dead know that their audience is fanatical; that set is probably already sold out now. Why not give the not-quite-as-die-hard fans a chance to get it?

Thanks for everything you do on this site, Paul!

madman

Thanks, Paul!

Ha, what I meant was that their fan base could create enough demand to sell out all 2500 copies right now, if it was out there. What about the rest of the universe? Can’t they/we get a chance to get it?

Eric

The Music Never Stopped listed as 8/13/75 was released on One From The Vault

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_from_the_Vault