Grateful Dead

Truckin'

Composed by Bob Weir / Jerry Garcia / Phil Lesh / Robert Hunter

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One of the Grateful Dead's few hits, "Truckin'," like their other 1970 hit, "Casey Jones," fel victim to censorship due to the overt cocaine reference. The song is a virtual travelogue, taking in the changing San Francisco street scene, as well as the band's touring experiences. Their much-publicized New Orleans bust is well documented here, but with more of a sense of whimsy than regret. Musically, the song shines with a straight-ahead blues/boogie feel that never lets up. This is crossed with the band's excellent harmony vocals, and Bob Weir's strong lead vocals. The song admonishes the hippie culture on one hand to cool out, but there is also an underlying zeal to keep doing what they're doing to change their world. A great statement, it also ends the fabulous American Beauty album with style and energy.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
American Beauty 1970 Rhino
No Image 1970 Warner Bros.
Europe '72 1972 Rhino / Warner Bros. 13:06
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead [Warner Bros.] 1974 Warner Bros. 5:09
The Grateful Dead Movie [Video] 1976 Monterey Video
What a Long Strange Trip It's Been: The Best of the Grateful Dead 1977 Grateful Dead / Rhino 5:03
Highs of the 70's, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 5:09
Sounds of the Seventies: 1971 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:16
Dick's Picks, Vol. 1: Tampa, FL 12/19/1973 1993 Real Gone Music 9:18
Daybreak on the Land 1994 VigoTone
Hundred Year Hall: 4-26-72 1995 Grateful Dead / Rhino 17:44
No Image 1995 Moonlight Records 8:43
Fillmore at Last 1996 DP
Dick's Picks, Vol. 7: Alexandra Palace, London, England 9/9-9/11/74 1997 Real Gone Music 10:31
The Number Ones: Classic Rock 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:15
Feel the Buzz: No Pain 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:15
Hard Rock Cafe: Rockin' Down the Highway 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:14
Dick's Picks, Vol. 14: Boston Music Hall 11/30/73 & 12/2/73 1999 Real Gone Music 13:33
Dick's Picks, Vol. 15: Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ 9/3/77 1999 Real Gone Music
Dick's Picks, Vol. 12: Providence Civic June 26, 1974/Boston Garden June 28, 1974 2000 Real Gone Music 11:05
Fillmore East: April 1971 2000 Grateful Dead/Arista / Arista 9:57
Mountain View 2000 Alternative Edge
Rolling Stone Presents: The 70's California Sound 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 5:07
The Golden Road (1965-1973) 2001 Grateful Dead / Rhino 9:03
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:04
Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 2002 Rhino 10:14
View from the Vault III 2002 Monterey Video 10:06
Dead Ahead: New York City, October 1980 [Video] 2002 Shout! Factory
View from the Vault III 2002 Monterey Video 10:06
Dick's Picks, Vol. 28: 2/26/73 Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, NE - 2/28/73 Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT 2003 ATG / Atlantic 12:01
The Very Best of Grateful Dead 2003 Grateful Dead / Rhino 5:05
Road Rock 2003
Various Artists
Flashback / Rhino / Rhino Flashback 5:02
Dick's Picks Vol. 30: Live at Academy of Music, New York, NY 2003 Real Gone Music 9:48
Legends: Crank It Up 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:05
Dick's Picks, Vol. 31: 8/4-5-6/74 2004 Real Gone Music 9:46
Casey Kasem's Rock N' Roll Goldmine: San Francisco 2004
Various Artists
Standing Room Only
Rockin' the Rhein with the Grateful Dead 2004 Grateful Dead / Rhino 11:04
Hippie: Music from the '60s Generation 2004
Various Artists
Warner / Warner Special Products 5:07
Dick's Picks, Vol. 34: 11/5/77 Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY 2005 Real Gone Music 8:19
The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack: 5-CD Set 2005 Rhino 9:48
Dick's Picks 35: 8/7 & 24/71 2005 Real Gone Music / Rhino 10:08
Greetings from the West Coast 2005
Various Artists
American Beat Records 5:06
Ultimate 16: Power of Rock 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:18
Rhino Hi-Five: The Grateful Dead 2005 Warner Bros. 5:05
Ultimate Seventies 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
California Dreaming: 40 of the Finest West Coast Classics 2007
Various Artists
WEA 5:00
Three from the Vault 2007 Rhino 8:09
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:05
Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978 2008 Rhino
No Image 2008 Grateful Dead / Rhino 9:06
Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings 2008 Wake of the Flood 8:48
No Image 2009 Grateful Dead 7:21
Ladies and Gentlemen...The Grateful Dead: Fillmore 2009 Grateful Dead/Rhino 9:57
Dead on Wax (The Warner Bros. Studio Albums - The Grateful Dead/Anthem of the Sun/Aoxomoxoa/Workingman's Dead/American Beauty) 2010 Grateful Dead / Rhino 5:09
The Music Never Stopped 2011
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Rhino / Roadside Records 8:33
Flashback with the Grateful Dead 2011 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 5:04
No Image 2011 Grateful Dead / Rhino 6:42
No Image 2012 Rhino
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 5:02
Driving Songs: The Collection 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 5:02
Dave's Picks, Vol. 11: Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS 11/17/72 2014 9:57
Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock Vol. 3: 1970 2015
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 5:06
Magic Bus 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 5:05
30 Trips Around the Sun [80-CD Set] 2015 Grateful Dead / Rhino 7:57
The  Best of Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead 2015 Rhino 14:00
July 1978: The Complete Recordings 2016 Grateful Dead 7:29
Bickershaw Festival
Various Artists
Oz/T Morpheus 10:57
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 6:42
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 5:06
Crushing the Crowd
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 10:53
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 11:52
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 19:26
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 10:55
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 11:37
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 11:08
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 9:33
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 11:18
Europe '72 Vol 9: 4/26/72 [Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt, West Germany] Grateful Dead / Rhino 14:10
Grateful Dead Download Series, Vol. 10: Paramount Northwest Theatre Grateful Dead / Rhino 10:31
Grateful Dead Download Series, Vol. 3 Grateful Dead / Rhino 10:34
Grateful Dead Download Series, Vol. 7 Grateful Dead / Rhino 8:11
Grateful Dead Download Series, Vol. 8: Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, VA Grateful Dead / Rhino 9:00
Live Albums Collection Grateful Dead / Rhino 13:07
Live at the UCLA Pauley Pavilion Big Sur
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 5:02
Road Trip
Various Artists
Rhino 5:03
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino 10:23
Rock the Dock [Mood Media]
Various Artists
3:15
Ultimate '70s Rock Legends
Various Artists
Rhino 5:06
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