Day of the Dead
Various Artists - Day of the Dead
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
User Score
Based on 16 ratings
May 20, 2016 / Release Date
Box Set / Format
4AD / Label
Roots Rock / Genres
Your Review



Day of the Dead serves a variety of purposes, and at its best engenders genuinely fresh perspectives combined with excellent performances. Like many a Dead show, it doesn’t always hit the mark, but unexpected magic emerges often enough to make the whole operation worthwhile.

The Line of Best Fit

If the aim of Day Of The Dead - alongside raising funds for an important cause, of course - is to get casual dabblers in the Dead mythology to actually investigate the legendary band's output, it's definitely fit to achieve its aim.

Drowned in Sound
It’s overblown, it’s almost too much to take in, it's got a sizeable chunk of dodgy singing, and it’s way too long - and as such it’s a wonderful tribute to The Grateful Dead, unlikely to ever get topped.
If you don't know the Dead from a ham sandwich, you may well hear tunes on this collection that turn you toward exploring that chaotic, marvellous, maddening, singular American band. Proceed with caution.
The Guardian

The album even might be more suited to neophytes than Deadheads – a route into a complex, multifaceted and, to the outsider, faintly forbidding world of music; a long trip, not quite as strange as some might have hoped, but one worth taking.

At five and a half hours, the 59-track album -- divided into three separate sets, like any good Grateful Dead concert -- is longer than any individual Dead show but it's not necessarily as far-reaching.
Rolling Stone
What emerges is a beautiful crosscutting conversation – about life and death, the ways we recover the past and honor it and remake it to suit our needs.
Consequence of Sound

Day of the Dead is not a never-ending jam session full of Anastasio-esque guitar wankfests. Instead, the Dessner brothers manage to curate a kind of open-ended question for each artist regarding how their individual musical language translates the work of The Grateful Dead.

Dec 26, 2017
At three discs worth of material, some of it works beautifully. Unfortunately the high quality of recordings isn't found throughout and as a result you have a few stellar covers padded with a lot of filler and weak performances. I understand paying respect to the Dead with a tribute album, but as a listening experience this could have been shaved off a bit for greater clarity. As it is, Day of the Dead is a daunting listen best to be taken in small doses and once you've worked your way through ... read more
May 25, 2016
Took me an entire week to listen to all of the songs, but it was totally worth it.
May 20, 2016
You can pick your favorites from each disc and make a great album.
May 20, 2016
One third of the covers are great, one third of them are ok, and one third are simply awful
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#47/Entertainment Weekly
Track List

Thunder (Vol. 1)

  1. The War on Drugs: "Touch of Grey"
  2. Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends: "Sugaree"
  3. Jim James & Friends: "Candyman"
  4. Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends: "Cassidy"
  5. Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison: "Black Muddy River"
  6. Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends: "Loser"
  7. The National: "Peggy-O"
  8. Kurt Vile and the Violators: "Box of Rain" [ft. J Mascis]
  9. Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Friends: "Rubin and Cherise"
  10. Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends: "To Lay Me Down"
  11. Courtney Barnett: "New Speedway Boogie"
  12. Mumford & Sons: "Friend of the Devil"
  13. Lucius: "Uncle John's Band"
  14. The Lone Bellow & Friends: "Me and My Uncle"
  15. Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends: "Mountains of the Moon"
  16. Anohni and yMusic: "Black Peter"
  17. Bryce Dessner: "Garcia Counterpoint"
  18. Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and the National: "Terrapin Station (Suite)" [ft. Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion and Brooklyn Youth Chorus]
  19. Angel Olsen: "Attics of My Life"
  20. Wilco and Bob Weir: "St. Stephen (Live)"

Lightning (Vol. 2)

  1. Bonnie "Prince" Billy: "If I Had the World to Give"
  2. Phosphorescent & Friends: "Standing on the Moon"
  3. Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band: "Cumberland Blues"
  4. Tallest Man on Earth & Friends: "Ship of Fools"
  5. Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Friends: "Bird Song"
  6. The National: "Morning Dew"
  7. Marijuana Deathsquads: "Truckin'"
  8. Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends: "Dark Star"
  9. Nightfall of Diamonds: "Nightfall of Diamonds"
  10. Tim Hecker: "Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald"
  11. Lucinda Williams & Friends: "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad"
  12. Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends: "Playing in the Band"
  13. Local Natives: "Stella Blue"
  14. Tal National: "Eyes of the World"
  15. Bela Fleck: "Help on the Way"
  16. Orchestra Baobab: "Franklin's Tower"
  17. Luluc With Xylouris White: "Till the Morning Comes"
  18. The Walkmen: "Ripple"
  19. Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream: "Brokedown Palace" [ft. Garth Hudson]

Sunshine (Vol. 3)

  1. Real Estate: "Here Comes Sunshine"
  2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra: "Shakedown Street"
  3. Hiss Golden Messenger: "Brown Eyed Woman"
  4. This Is the Kit: "Jack-a-Roe"
  5. Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear: "High Time"
  6. The Lone Bellow & Friends: "Dire Wolf"
  7. Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura: "Althea"
  8. Orchestra Baobab: "Clementine Jam"
  9. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: "China Cat Sunflower - I Know You Rider"
  10. Bill Callahan: "Easy Wind"
  11. Ira Kaplan & Friends: "Wharf Rat"
  12. The Rileys (Terry and Gyan Riley): "Estimated Prophet"
  13. Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida: "Drums - Space"
  14. Fucked Up: "Cream Puff War"
  15. The Flaming Lips: "Dark Star"
  16. s t a r g a z e: "What's Become of the Baby"
  17. Vijay Iyer: "King Solomon's Marbles"
  18. Mina Tindle & Friends: "Rosemary"
  19. Sam Amidon & Friends: "And We Bid You Goodnight"
  20. The National With Bob Weir: "I Know You Rider (live)"
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Added on: March 17, 2016