Grateful Dead is a social and musical phenomenon that grew into a genuine American treasure. In 1965 an entire generation was linked together by common ideals, gathering by the hundreds and thousands. This movement created a seamless connection between the band and its fans. As the band toured, Dead Heads would follow. Not because it was a part of popular culture, but because it is a true counterculture that exists to this very day-one that earnestly believes in the value of its beliefs. By 1995 Grateful Dead had attracted the most concert goers in the history of the music business, and today remain one of the all-time leaders in concert ticket sales. Eventually, the caravan evolved into a community with various artists, craftsmen and entrepreneurs supplying a growing demand for merchandise that connected them to the music. Today, the connection is as strong as ever.
The Best of The Grateful Dead includes songs from all the studio albums in the band's discography, along with one non-album single "Dark Star", recorded in 1968 as a part of the "Anthem of the Sun" studio sessions.