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Skeletons From The Closet: The Best Of The Grateful Dead
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Skeletons From The Closet: The Best Of The Grateful Dead
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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All Artists: Grateful Dead
Title: Skeletons From The Closet: The Best Of The Grateful Dead
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 4
Label: Warner Bros UK
Original Release Date: 1/1/1974
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Import
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock, Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands, Country Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075992728225, 075992728218

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Robert M. from MIAMI SHORES, FL
Reviewed on 3/12/2011...
A great collection of the Dead's best numbers.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mark L. (MarkL) from WALNUT CREEK, CA
Reviewed on 2/17/2007...
I'm a Jerry fan, not a Bob fan, but this disc has a smokin' version of "Turn on Your Love Light" that shows just how hard Bob can rock. Lots of other tasty tunes on this disc too.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 9/30/2006...
One of the greatest CD ever recorded.
1 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Lux V. (LuxValentino) from AURORA, CO
Reviewed on 6/20/2006...
"Truckin'", "Casey Jones", even "Turn on Your Love Light"! What a great CD for any dead-head.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

CD Reviews

For The Casual Grateful Dead Fan (If Such A Thing Exists)
Anthony G Pizza | FL | 02/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Knowing, working with Dead heads having bureaus of Grateful Dead concert tapes (including some from the group's Warlocks origin), how do you justify, let alone buy, a rarities/greatest hits collection like this? Easy...these are the songs that made the Dead's radio and songwriting reputation before the live traveling circus show became the entire show. "Skeletons" succintly proves the Dead's abilities as harmony singers ("Uncle John's Band" is tighter than anything CSNY did then), rustic new folk-rockers ("Sugar Magnolia," "Mexicali Blues" and "Friend of the Devil" feel like they were created in Death Valley in July) and live blues-boogie jammers (a strained Bob Weir vocal on "One More Saturday Night" and some Pigpen grease on Bobby Bland's "Turn On Your Love Light" represents what they did so well for so long).Now that the fair has moved on, Dead Heads would do well not to dis this collection completely. It is often discounted at music stores, and younger listeners may buy it as the first step on the long, strange (now recorded) trip."
Most Likely Album To Turn A Novice Into A Deadhead
Eric R. Last | San Bruno, CA United States | 01/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The criticism from the Deadheads over this album just doesn't wash. This is unquestionably the best single disc of studio music in the Dead catalog. It is by far the best place to start for the uninitiated. Of course the live albums are more representative of what the whole Dead scene was/is all about, but someone who is not already a fan will almost certainly be more impressed with this than with any of the Dead's live albums. Once they fall in love with these classic songs, they most likely will seek out more. Some may (like me) explore quite deeply without ever becoming a major Deadhead. Others will be won over completely, and still others will be satisfied to stop fairly early in their journey. But the point is, no other Dead album will whet the appetite of a newcomer more effectively than "Skeletons From The Closet". Not "American Beauty", not "Workingman's Dead", not "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been", and certainly not any of the live albums. As tight as the Dead could be in concert at times, the vocal sound is just never as good as the studio recordings. If you really want a non-believer to understand why you love the Dead so much, start them with this one."