Amir Bar-Lev's critically acclaimed, Martin Scorsese-executive produced 2017 film, Long Strange Trip is the first full-length documentary to explore the fiercely independent vision, perpetual innovation, and uncompromising commitment to their audience that made the Bay Area band one of the most influential musical groups of its generation. Artfully assembling candid interviews with the band, road crew, family members and notable Dead Heads, Bar-Lev reveals the untold history of the Grateful Dead and the freewheeling psychedelic subculture that sprouted up around it. The Grammy-nominated film also provides poignant insight into the psyche of late lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, whose disdain for authority clashed with his de facto leadership of the sprawling collective that kept the show on the road.
Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and director Bar-Lev co-produced the soundtrack. "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," says Lemieux. "Long Strange Trip expertly captures the story of the Grateful Dead and at the center of it all is the true star of the film: the music," says producer Alex Blavatnik. "This soundtrack gives you a taste of everything that makes the band magical, from their uniquely crafted studio recordings to their unparalleled live performances."
The condensed 2LP version of the Long Strange Trip Motion Picture Soundtrack highlights the band's career and captures many of their greatest studio recordings alongside several of their most dynamic performances. Among the live material is "St. Stephen" recorded at The Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969 while classic studio tracks include "Ripple" and "Brokedown Palace." It also features unreleased performances like the legendary "Dark Star" from February 14, 1970 at The Fillmore East in New York and the magnificent "Dear Mr. Fantasy">"Hey Jude" jam recorded on July 2, 1989 at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.