Dylan & the Dead

Dylan & the Dead
Dylan & the Dead
Live album by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead
Released January 30, 1989
Recorded July 1987
Genre Rock
Length 43:07
Label Columbia
Producer Jerry Garcia
John Cutler
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Dylan & the Dead is a collaborative live album by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, released in 1989 by Columbia Records. It consists of seven songs written and sung by Dylan, with the Dead providing accompaniment. The album was produced by Jerry Garcia and John Cutler.

Dylan & the Dead was recorded in 1987, during a successful stadium tour of the same name. Songs from two of the Grateful Dead performances are documented on the album View from the Vault IV.

The album sold well, reaching #37 on the Billboard charts in the U.S., #38 in the UK, and earning gold status in the United States.

Contents

Reviews

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (C-)[3]

Despite strong initial sales, the album was poorly received by critics. Rolling Stone stated that the record "makes you wonder what the fuss [over the tour] was about," although they did have some kind words for several of the tracks.[4] Writing for The Village Voice, influential music critic Robert Christgau said that what Dylan "makes of his catalogue here is exactly what he's been making of it for years — money."[5] Amazon.com's Steve Appleford lamented that "if these were the stadium tour's best performances, pity anyone who actually sat through one of these concerts with a clear head."[6] Stephen Thomas Erlewine's review for AllMusic was particularly harsh, giving it one star out of a possible five, and calling it "quite possibly the worst album by either Bob Dylan or the Grateful Dead" and "a sad, disheartening document."[7]

Track listing

All songs by Bob Dylan except as noted.

  1. "Slow Train" – 4:54
  2. "I Want You" – 3:59
  3. "Gotta Serve Somebody" – 5:42
  4. "Queen Jane Approximately" – 6:30
  5. "Joey" (Dylan, Levy) – 9:10
  6. "All Along the Watchtower" – 6:17
  7. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" – 6:35

Personnel

Recording dates

  • "Slow Train" and "Joey" recorded at Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 4, 1987
  • "Queen Jane Approximately" recorded at Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon on July 19, 1987
  • "I Want You" recorded at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California on July 24, 1987
  • "Gotta Serve Somebody", "All Along the Watchtower" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" recorded at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California on July 26, 1987

Hear a complete, unreleased concert, by Dylan and The Dead here: http://www.archive.org/details/gd1987-07-10.sbd-set2.unknown.97490.shnf

See also

  • List of Grateful Dead covers

References


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