• Grateful Dead
  • Meet The Grateful Dead! A Compilation of Beatles Covers
  1. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1993/03/17- Landover MD, Capital Centre)
  2. Day Tripper (1984/12/28- San Francisco, CA, Civic Auditorium)
  3. I Want to Tell You (1994/07/19- Noblesville, IN, Deer Creek Music Center)
  4. Blackbird (1988/07/17- Berkeley, CA)
  5. Revolution (1983/10/17- Lake Placid, NY, Olympic Arena)
  6. It’s All Too Much (1995/03/26- Atlanta, GA)
  7. Dear Prudence Jam (1991/12/30- Oakland, CA, Oakland Coliseum Arena)
  8. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road -> (1984/11/03- Berkeley, CA, Community Theater)
  9. Jam -> (1984/11/03- Berkeley, CA, Community Theater)
  10. Drums -> (1984/11/03- Berkeley, CA, Community Theater)
  11. Tomorrow Never Knows (1992/05/31- Las Vegas, NV, Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, U.N.L.V.)
  12. Get Back (1987/01/28- San Francisco, CA, Civic Center)
  13. Hey Jude (1989/07/18- East Troy WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre)
  14. Rain (1994/02/27- Oakland, CA, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
  15. Paperback Writer (1995/03/28- Atlanta, GA [Soundcheck])

The Grateful Dead playing a cover? Doubtless, you probably assume it’ll be a Dylan song. He was a major influence and they paid tribute to his work not only very early on, and later even had an assumed ‘Dylan slot’ regular to their sets. Unsurprisingly, compilations for both the Dead and Garcia solo have been officially released featuring those. Postcards of the Hanging and Garcia Plays Dylan are great and I highly recommend you get them if that’s something of interest to you.

Here’s what you can’t buy. Mostly overlooked is the next largest artist covered- The Beatles. Since the beginning, Garcia and co. were also big fans of the Fab Four, though they didn’t venture into their covers all that often till the 80’s, and still fairly infrequently. Special note goes to their final keyboardist Vince Welnick for increasing that interest in the band’s twilight era. Unfortunately, he gets a lot of undue flack in Deadhead fandom. Here’s to you, Vince!

For this compilation, I decided to structure the songs like a typical Dead concert, just comprised of entirely Beatles songs. There are alternating singers and shorter, stand-alone songs to start. Some selections are one-off performances (“Get Back”) while others are simply personal preference out of many options (“Revolution”). There was also enough space for part of a drums sequence 3/4 the way through. “Hey Jude” exists as it almost always did, as a rave-down towards the end. The final encore, if you will, is even an incomplete attempt from a soundcheck (“Paperback Writer”). It ends in the comp in most perfect Beatles/Dead way. Hope you agree and enjoy!


3 thoughts on “Meet The Grateful Dead! A Compilation of Beatles Covers

    1. Glad to hear it piqued your interest! Generally, I don’t think Beatles covers work well for many bands. The Dead’s delivery isn’t necessarily perfection, but they tap into the mood and often have a lot of fun with them!

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