Grateful Dead (and Family) Play The Beatles: Stream and Downloads

Updated 9/22/11 with Soundboard Abbey Road.

With Furthur putting the exclamation point on their Abbey Road adventure earlier this week, Deadheads were all abuzz about the collision of worlds between The Beatles and The Dead.  And as a result, a couple of new mixes surfaced which give us reason to celebrate and contemplate the affinity that members of the Grateful Dead have had for the Fab Four.

Incidentally, the admiration was (somewhat) reciprocated by Sir Paul as he directed a short film about the band (featuring his late wife's 60's photographs) in the nineties.  Check this interview for some choice quotes by Macca.

Neither of these mixes were my creation.  I  just stumbled upon both this week, and thought it'd be useful to provide as a stream and in convenient iPod ready download for our blog visitors.

The Dead Play The Beatles fits nicely on 2 CD's and features several Grateful Dead, a couple of different Jerry bands, and a smattering of post GD (Phil Lesh Quintet is featured prominently) versions of Beatles classics.  I love the  late era Dead take on "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and the rare JGB "I Want To Tell You".  Interestingly, each cover comes from the post-Rubber Soul era.  The creator evened out the levels and added some fades, which makes for a very pleasing listen.  Here's a link to all the relevant details.

The stream (click to activate):

Download iPod Ready mp3s of  Entire Mix (zip)

No Furthur on the mix above, but that's okay.  We now have both an audience and band sanctioned (via soundboard version of Furthur's complete Abbey Road.  An inspired idea, taking each of the Abbey Road covers performed and compiling them to form a cover album.  Listening this way gives a feel for the fun and creative energy that this band experienced while performing this album over the course of a little over a week.


Download Entire Mix (.zip mp3)

Audience Recording

Download iPod Ready mp3s of  Entire Mix (rar)

Disc I

Day Tripper   GD 06-25-85
Come Together   Dead 07-07-03
Eleanor Rigby Jam JGB 02-12-80
Tomorrow Never Knows GD 11/29/94
Blackbird   Ratdog 11-09-99
Get Back   PLQ 10-16-00
Why Don't We Do It In The Road   GD  04-07-85
Hey Jude   GD  03-22-90  *Complete version; Jude>Reprise patched together, no Fantasy
Strawberry Fields Forever   PLQ 02-08-02
Rain   GD  10-09-94

Disc II

Revolution   GD  07-02-85
She Said   Dead 07-07-03
Dear Prudence   Reconstruction 7-8-79
All Too Much   GD  03-26-95
I Want To Tell You   JGB 03-08-87  *1 of 2 JGB times played; other in '76
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds    GD  03-17-95
I Am The Walrus   PLQ 09-01-02
While My Guitar Gently Weeps   PLQ 11-30-01  *Only time played

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