School me, briefly, on the Grateful Dead essential album or two.

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  1. Mexitele Blues

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    I think everyone is correct about American Beauty and Workingman's Dead. Their later studio albums are hit or miss in my opinion; I love Terrapin Station, but could never get into Blues for Allah. Europe '72 and Fillmore East are great for the early live era.
     
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    Europe 72 is the one I would recommend.
     
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    I love Blues for Allah. But, if that's the first album you hear, it might give a skewed impression, without the context of the earlier material. But it's a cool album.
     
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    I'm not really a Dead fan...jam bands ultimately just bore the living hell out of me.
    That said...there are A LOT of Dead songs I love.
    I'll echo American Beauty and Working Man's Dead they're great albums and classics.
    What A Long Strange Trip It's Been is a good "sample" collection. To people like me who aren't Deadheads...it dips it's toe into the late 60's- mid 70's Dead material to give an indication of what the band is like while still remaining accessible to a general audience.

    Big fan of some of Garcia's solo songs too....love this one.
     
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    I don't like Workinman's Dead as much, I don't hate it but it wouldn't be on my top list.
     
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    "Hundred Year Hall." Live from the '72 European Tour. A transition album as Pigpen was still alive and Keith and Donna were in the band.

    I've been listening to "Dylan and the Dead" a lot lately.

    The original "Live Dead" from '69 is still my favorite.
     
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    Another vote for:
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  8. Mike Eskimo

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    All live.

    If you like them after that , then the two from 70.

    Cornell and Veneta would get my vote but any Filmore shows from 70-71 would too.

    This may seem harsh but the quickest way to turn a new listener off the GD is to play them stuff from the late 80’s to the end.

    It’s just not the best era of their playing/sound. The new tunes aren’t great and their are no definitive versions of any of their older material.
     
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    I'd start with Live Dead if only for dark star and st stephen. And then I would listen to steal your face. That's the live album where a lot of people get off the bus. If you still like them then there's a ton of stuff on archive.org
     
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    I'm not a big Dead fan by any stretch of the imagination. But Workingman's Dead is just a great album from start to finish.

    Also completely enjoyable is the album that Garcia recorded with David Grisman in 1991.
     
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    I'm partial to Europe 72. The first Dead song I ever heard was Cumberland Blues from that album. Every song is smart, super tight, and energetic, (okay, Prelude and Epilogue don't count).
    Reckoning is pure joy. A lot of fun but not typical.
    Skull and Roses is really good. The band was really rocking but it's not as varied as Europe 72.
    Anyway, welcome to the club...and stay in touch.
     
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    I don't know if this is just a European release, but I bought a 32-track budget price double cd The Best Of The Grateful Dead (with a very informative booklet) that more or less spans the band's whole career -- or as well as you can do that in 32 tracks. From this you can pick which era best floats your boat and so seek out particular periods of their work.
     
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    Dylan and the Dead is often classified as the rock bottom worst ever by both artists! It suffers from song selection IMO. Couple of ok cuts but .....

    A lot of just comping the classic Dead hambone riff that makes it all sound the same.

    If you can find a copy of the rehearsals they did kinda cool!
     
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    Nothing wrong with suggestions so far (I've been a fan for quite a while) but it also depends on what type of music you're into. As I was introducing them to my Dad, I started with the Jerry Garcia Band album (1991, I think recorded at the Warfield) as well as the 'Pink' Garcia & Grisman album because it has covers of some old folk songs that he knew. When I was introducing them to my Mom - I went with 'Not for kids only' also by Garcia & Grisman, and also because it had songs she knew from her childhood.

    Both the above were gateway-albums that ultimately led them to Workingman's Dead, American Beauty, etc. Not everyone can jump right into the long spacey jams on Two from the Vault (among my favorites) or Dick's Picks...
     
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    Europe '72 & the Skull & Rose's albums did it for me, as far as albums go. But, the shows are where it is/was.
     
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    Yes to both to get the must-have 'live' experience!!
    And, of course 'Workingman's Dead' & 'American Beauty' for classic studio cuts.
     
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    American Beauty. Or Europe 72 (if you want the live sound). These represent the same era and the transition from psychedelia to Americana.

    Later era I would go with Steal Your Face (another live recording), Shakedown Street, or the live Barton Hall recording, Cornell/8/77.

    In the Dark probably represents the peak of their popularity (when most peoples' interest was piqued), and contains their only real hit, but the earlier recordings have more songs that were (and are again) long-time staples of the repertoire.

    My favorite era for live sound was 80-85, but I don't have a particular recording to recommend for that. Pick a couple off the list above, then maybe find something off of Dick's or Dave's picks from this era to round it out a little.
     
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    Maybe at first? But, it was written out. Explained the etymology, 'piquer' - to *****, and all that. They just oddly resisted. Some sort of 'I've never heard of that therefore it can't be real' kind of thing. Oh well.

    Thanks for the other info.

    Pax/
    Dean

    Edit: wow, the site software seems to have censored me! The "*****" above has been inserted in place of the verb I used. Starts with "p" and ends in "rick," as in, with a needle.
     
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    Certainly wasn't the case Soldier's Field Philidelphia. Jerry s solo on Watch Tower couldn't t have been done better by Jimi himself. Killer live show. I ve never heard the album since your opinion is pretty much the concensious and I want to keep my rememberance unsullied.
     
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