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TypeReleasedRYM RatingRanked Genres
ArtistGrateful Dead
Compilation
February 1974
3.58 / 5.00.5 from 525 ratings
#68 for 1974, #1,413 overall

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jaysonle Apr 24 2007 3.00 stars
This album is simple, direct, and a perfect representation of The Dead (studio wise). It was my introduction back in the 8th grade. It caused a lot of problems with my parents who suspected that I was smoking pot. Their worst fears came true. I would always go over to a buddy's house with my g/f and her friend and we all would take long walks smoking, talking, and listening to Grateful Dead songs. My parents saw it as a bad influence, all I can say is that I look back on it as good ole' times, whatever the answer - this music it timeless.

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beckers Oct 18 2001 4.50 stars
Any self-respecting Deadhead doesn't have this album in their collection. Compiled by Warner Bros. with little to no input from the band, Skeletons from the Closet presents a rather distorted image of the band, not including anything from Anthem of the Sun, and only including two live cuts from the most well-known live band of all time (one of which is heavily edited). Yet despite all of this, this album is the most exciting, energized record of the Dead's entire discography. By cutting away the meandering jams and taking a non-chronological approach to the track sequencing, what results is the group's most focused and eclectic set of material. True, there are minor quibbles to be made about what's here and what's isn't, and in all honesty it's not the most honest portrait of the band out there. But the power of the music can't be denied, and in that way, Skeletons in the Closet becomes the perfect album for non-Grateful Dead fans such as myself who respect their artistry and legacy but find their official albums pretty tiring and uninteresting.
A lot of excellent Grateful Dead material here, especially for one that isn't the biggest fan of their incessant noodling. However, there are also quite a number of songs that range from bad to boring. It's a shame, since many of the band's shorter songs are their best, and I'm sure that there could have been a better selection.

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Screw the deadhead purists, this comp gathers together a fistful of fun, radio-friendly pop numbers with no free-form half-hour noodlings.