3 comments on “…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

  1. For the absolute most gone version of “Dark Star,” pick up the double CD Grayfolded. It’s John Oswald doing his Plunderphonic thing all over 100-some different live versions of the song from the Dead’s own tape vault. Bob Weir commissioned it and apparently was a bit disappointed that the end result wasn’t as wraped as some of Oswald’s previous work (an EP of his called Plexure quoted over 1000 music sources in just under 20 minutes), but it’s still interesting to hear three different generations of Jerry Garcia singing together.

  2. Yes, I am aware of this version: apparently it’s the only recording that features all members of the Dead, past and present, on the same track…but that was from Wikipedia too, so don’t quote me.

  3. Yup, that’s correct. Pigpen, Tom Constanten, Keith & Donna Godchaux, Brent Mydland, Bruce Hornsby, Vince Welnick plus everyone else, they’re all on there.

    This is a very cool ode to DS. I’ve been fortunate to have been in the audience for a few… never like it was on recordings from the 60’s and early 70’s… but still so darn sweet none-the-less!

    I’d have to disagree as to what the definitive Dark Star is. Heads on various GD forums over the years have discussed this topic… and will again discuss this with everyone throwing in their 2 cents on the best versions… and I’m not sure a true winner can ever be decided.

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