The Best of the Grateful Dead

March 31, 2015 5:25 PM

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Only the second major career-spanning retrospective of the Dead, The Best of the Grateful Dead — released in the spring of 2015, just before a series of farewell shows in the summer — takes advantage of the extra disc 2003's The Very Best of Grateful Dead lacked.

Weighing in at 32 tracks — a full 16 cuts longer than Very Best — The Best of the Grateful Dead also follows a strict chronological sequence, so it takes a little while for the psychedelic haze to lift and the Dead to settle into the rangy, rootsy groove that characterized so much of their existence...

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