I’ve enjoyed listening to music of the Grateful Dead for many years, though haven’t purchased a compact disk in a very long time. Here’s a list of some of my favorite songs (in order) from the CD’s which I own:

Grateful Dead | American Beauty (1970)

  • Ripple
  • Sugar Magnolia
  • Box of Rain

Grateful Dead | Europe ’72 (1972) – double CD set

  • He’s Gone
  • Cumberland Blues
  • China Cat Sunflower

AND

  • Tennessee Jed
  • Mr. Charlie
  • Truckin’

Grateful Dead | Skeletons From The Closet (1974)

  • Uncle John’s Band
  • St. Stephen
  • Friend of The Devil

Grateful Dead | In The Dark (1987)

  • West L.A. Fadeaway
  • Throwing Stones
  • Hell In A Bucket

Grateful Dead | Built To Last (1989)

  • Victim Or The Crime
  • Built To Last
  • Just A Little Light

Concerts

What A Long Strange Trip

A friend from Cleveland, Brian Daley, showed up at my apartment in Holland, Michigan during the summer of 1985, asking if I’d be interested in traveling to Wisconsin to hear the Grateful Dead perform. After gathering my backpack, we scoured the town in order to purchase the only remaining original Coca Cola – following the recent change in formula – and hit the road in his Honda Prelude.

Along the way, we must have bumped into nearly a dozen people on the road that Brian, a Deadhead, knew from various shows he’d attended. That seemed rather unlikely – what were the odds? – though, less so upon arrival at the venue.

We set up a tent on the edge of a farmer’s field near the concert grounds, purchased tickets and proceeded to the first show, on Friday night. It was an excellent concert, though it took quite a while to exit the amphitheater, afterwards; something was obstructing the door at the top of the hill.

Once finally outside, we saw that a large car – an Oldsmobile Delta 88, as I recall – had parked directly in front of the exit, crosswise. That car belonged to friends of ours – Bernie, Libby, Roger – from Holland, Michigan, who heard that we had gone and took a road trip to join us. Knowing that we might be difficult to locate, they decided to be as conspicuous as possible. Indeed!

3 thoughts on “ My Favorite Grateful Dead Songs ”

  1. That’s a great story Phil! I have to agree with you on your top 3 favorite songs, mine as well. I recall the 3 day shows in Vegas as my favorite shows, that was in the early 90’s, total mayhem!

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