Anthem of the Sun is one of my most favorite psychedelic albums ever. Live Dead is really good, too, double drum action!! Anything that Phil Lesh was most involved in gets really deep into music experimentation, Garcia's involvement is way too bluegrassy for me, and the other cats were into pop music a lot. So, look for the Philzone, and you can't go wrong. Live Music archive sets from 70 and back are great, Europe 72 is really about the last of the good stuff, IMO
Prophase records was supposed to come out with this
Left Hand Monkey Wrench: A Burnt Psych Tribute to the Grateful Dead, but I don't think it ever happened
Philly/NYC instrumental trio the Notekillers turn in a blazing guitar heavy take on one of the Dead’s early originals with “Cream Puff War.”
Georgia by way of Philly mod rockers Photon Band twist “He’s Gone” into a bouncy sunny psych jam
Genre defying Aleister X walks out of the club and down “Shakedown Street.”
Iowa’s Mondo Drag visit the vaults for a watery perfect take on “Rosemary”
The lush Lehigh Valley organic sound of We Have Heaven swells and envelopes “China Cat Sunflower”
Chicago psych punks Plastic Crimewave Sound meet up with the ultimate paint peeling improv guitar hippie, Djin Aquarian of the Father Yod "thing" for “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)”
Mellow down with the tri state area easiness of Twin Atlas as they make “The Wheel” all blurry.
Raunch the hell out with Philadelphia’s Birds of Maya on their ultra jam of the ultra Bobby “The Music Never Stopped”
Ethan Miller (Howlin Rain/Comets on Fire) crafts a slowed down epic out of “Til the Morning Comes”
Washington DC/Saturn’s Dark Sea Dream bleed “Fire on the Mountain” to the very essence of the riff and things turn utterly beautiful.
Japan’s psych heroes Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno make the sun come up in the West with a long, gorgeous take on “Eyes of the World”
Like a Fox hail from Philadelphia and turn “Cosmic Charlie” into a sound soaked shift changing blast from the noise pop future.
And what Grateful Dead tribute album would be complete with out a drum break? Kohoutek’s Nathan Bowles & Scott Verastro blast out and off with a “Drums” that will keep you twirling.
Croatia’s Seven that Spells rockets off with a precision take on “The Eleven”
Pouring High Water, a mysterious project from Japan turns in a slow motion drone epic with “Franklin’s Tower”
From NYC, La Otracina take “The Other One” into a tripped out metal prog war!
Things finish up with a smiling, life affirming take on “Ripple” from Baltimore’s Mopar Mountain Daredevils