Grateful Dead Reveals ‘Long Strange Trip’ Soundtrack Details

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As reported, a soundtrack for Amir Bar-Lev’s Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip is due on May 26, the same day the movie will be released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles ahead of its Amazon Prime Video premiere on June 2. Today, details of the soundtrack including the tracklist have been revealed.

Filmmaker Bar-Lev co-produced the soundtrack with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux. There will be two versions of the Long Strange Trip soundtrack released on CD. One is a 2-CD set that will also be shared on digital and streaming services, while the second is an expanded version that will be available exclusively from Amazon as a 3-CD set and via Amazon’s streaming service. Then, later this summer, highlights from the 2-CD set will be issued on vinyl as will full audio from the Amazon exclusive version as a 6-LP collection, limited to 2,500 copies.

“All in all, this is unlike any other Grateful Dead release we’ve ever produced-just as the film is unlike any other Grateful Dead audiovisual document ever made. Then again, it’s simply unlike any other music documentary ever made, which is appropriate considering that there’s no band like the Grateful Dead,” said Lemieux in a statement. “This is music from the time before selfies, when things were more fun and commercial free,” added Bar-Lev. “It’s just right for these troubled times and I’m honored to be a tiny part of getting it out there.”

All versions of the Long Strange Trip soundtrack include previously unreleased material. The soundtrack mixes studio recordings with live performances. The 2-CD version features unreleased performances such as “Dark Star” from February 14, 1970 at The Fillmore East in New York City and the Brent Mydland-led “Dear Mr. Fantasy” > “Hey Jude” jam from July 2, 1989 at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Amazon-exclusive version adds nine tracks including a nearly 20-minute “Eyes Of The World” from August 6, 1974 at Roosevelt Stadium in New Jersey, a “Stella Blue” from July 5, 1981 in Oklahoma City and “Days Between” from October 18, 1994 at Madison Square Garden. Check out the tracklistings below.

Long Strange Trip Soundtrack Tracklist

Disc One
  1. “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
  2. “St. Stephen” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
  3. “Uncle John’s Band” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)
  4. “Dark Star” (Live At The Fillmore East, New York, NY, 2/14/1970)*
  5. “Easy Wind” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)
  6. “Candyman” (American Beauty, 1970)
  7. “China Cat Sunflower”> (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
  8. “I Know You Rider” (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
  9. “Morning Dew” (Europe ’72, Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, England, 5/26/1972)

Disc Two

  1. “He’s Gone” (Sunshine Daydream, Live At Veneta, OR, 8/27/1972)
  2. “The Music Never Stopped” (Live At The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 8/13/1975)
  3. “Scarlet Begonias”> ( Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
  4. “Fire On The Mountain” (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
  5. “Althea” (Go To Nassau, Live At Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 5/16/1980)
  6. “Touch Of Grey” (In The Dark, 1987)
  7. “Dear Mr. Fantasy”> (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
  8. “Hey Jude” (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
  9. “Ripple”> (American Beauty, 1970)
  10. “Brokedown Palace” (American Beauty, 1970)

Disc Three – Amazon Exclusive (CD and LP)

  1. “Playing In The Band” (Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings, Live At Beat-Club, West Germany, 4/21/1972)
  2. “Eyes Of The World” ( Dick’s Picks, Vol. 31, Live At Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 1974)
  3. “St. Stephen”> (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
  4. “Not Fade Away”> (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
  5. “St. Stephen” (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
  6. “Dark Hollow” (Reckoning, 1981)
  7. “Stella Blue” (Live At Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK, 7/5/1981)*
  8. “Days Between” (Live At Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 10/18/1994)*

2-LP Track Listing

  1. “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
  2. “St. Stephen” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
  3. “Easy Wind” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)
  4. “Dark Star” (Live At The Fillmore East, New York, NY, 2/14/1970)*
  5. “China Cat Sunflower”> (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
  6. “I Know You Rider” (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
  7. “The Music Never Stopped” (Live At The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 8/13/1975)
  8. “Touch Of Grey” (In The Dark, 1987)
  9. “Dear Mr. Fantasy”> (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
  10. “Hey Jude” (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
  11. “Ripple”> (American Beauty, 1970)
  12. “Brokedown Palace” (American Beauty, 1970)

* -Previously unreleased

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