Dylan & the Dead

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Dylan & the Dead
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Live album by
ReleasedFebruary 6, 1989 (1989-02-06)
RecordedJuly 1987
Genre Rock
Length43:07
Label Columbia
Producer John Cutler and Jerry Garcia
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Dylan & the Dead is a collaborative live album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, released on February 6, 1989 by Columbia Records. The album consists of seven songs written and sung by Dylan, with the Grateful Dead providing accompaniment. The album was produced by Jerry Garcia and John Cutler.

Contents

Dylan & the Dead was recorded in 1987, during a successful stadium tour of the same name, that featured the two artists performing separately and together. Songs from two of the Grateful Dead's performances from the tour are documented on the album and video View from the Vault IV , and one of the tour-rehearsal songs is on the album Postcards of the Hanging .

Though ultimately poorly received, the album initially sold well, reaching No. 37 on the Billboard charts in the U.S., No. 38 in the UK, and earning a Gold certification in the U.S.

In 1992, a bootleg of the first concert of the tour was released under the title "Orbiting Uvula". It includes the first-ever live performance of "Queen Jane Approximately", the first live performance of "John Brown" since 1963, and the first live performance of "Chimes of Freedom" since 1964. [1]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Robert Christgau C– [3]
MusicHound Star full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [5]

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. [6] Writing for The Village Voice , 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". [7] 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 [8]

Track listing

Side One
No.TitleWriter(s)RecordedLength
1."Slow Train" Bob Dylan Foxborough, Massachusetts on July 4, 19874:54
2."I Want You"Dylan Oakland, California on July 24, 19873:59
3."Gotta Serve Somebody"Dylan Anaheim, California on July 26, 19875:42
4."Queen Jane Approximately"Dylan Eugene, Oregon on July 19, 19876:30
Side Two
No.TitleWriter(s)RecordedLength
1."Joey"Dylan, Jacques Levy Foxborough, Massachusetts on July 4, 19879:10
2."All Along the Watchtower"DylanAnaheim, California on July 26, 19876:17
3."Knockin' on Heaven's Door"DylanAnaheim, California on July 26, 19876:51

Personnel

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Grateful Dead

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  3. Robert Christgau review
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