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About The AlbumEdit

Dylan & the Dead is a collaborative live album by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, released in 1989 on Dylan'slabel Columbia Records. It consists of seven songs written and sung by Dylan, with the Dead providing accompaniment. Originally, there was additional songs to be used on the cd but that would have meant that the lp version of the album would have run a album and a half. 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.


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. 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."'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." 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."


  • Slow Train
  • I Want You
  • Gotta Serve Somebody
  • Queen Jane Approximately
  • Joey
  • All Along The Watchtower
  • Knockin' On Heaven's Door


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