The Grateful Dead’s 1971 ‘Skull And Roses’ Set For Expanded Release


Coming on June 25th is the double-disc expanded remastered of the Grateful Dead’s 1971 live “Skull And Roses” album. The original album, officially titled Grateful Dead, now features over an hour of unreleased music. A previously unreleased version of the band’s “The Other One" is now available on all streaming services.

A remastered version of the original double-LP will be available the same day exclusively at on black vinyl with a limited edition, black & white propeller vinyl.

The newly added performances were taped on July 2nd, 1971 at San Francisco’s Fillmore West — which marked the band’s last gig at the hallowed venue. Highlights include the 17-minute Pigpen spectacular “Good Lovin’,” a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Sing Me Back Home,” and the newly-released version of “The Other One”.”

As far as guitarist Bob Weir is concerned, the Grateful Dead's music has always been reflective of what their audience has been "vibing" back to them on stage: ["The Grateful Dead started out as a dance band. We started out in clubs, and we played for people who were on the dance floor. We've always interacted with the people listening to our music — they give us energy back, we wrap it up, polish it up, or whatever we're gonna do with it, give it back to them, and it's just back-and-forth. To share it, there's something wonderful about that. It's pretty much the closest thing to religion that I find myself doing."] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . find myself doing)

Bob Weir Says The Live Interaction Between The Dead And Fans Is A Near-Religious Thing :