Grateful Dead

Truckin'

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

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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 Warner Bros. 5:05
No Image 1970 Warner Bros. 0:00
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead [Warner Bros.] 1974 Warner Bros. 5:09
What a Long Strange Trip It's Been: The Best of the Grateful Dead 1977 Warner Bros. 5:03
Highs of the 70's, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 5:09
Anthem to Beauty [Video] 1998 Rhino 5:34
The Number Ones: Classic Rock 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:15
Feel the Buzz: No Pain 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:15
Rolling Stone Presents: The 70's California Sound 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 5:07
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:04
The Very Best of Grateful Dead 2003 Rhino 5:08
Guitar Rock: Classic 70s 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 5:03
Legends: Crank It Up 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:05
Casey Kasem's Rock N' Roll Goldmine: San Francisco 2004
Various Artists
Standing Room Only
Hippie: Music from the '60s Generation 2004
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:07
Ultimate 16: Power of Rock 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 0:00
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:05
No Image 2009 Grateful Dead 7:21
Flashback with the Grateful Dead 2011 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 5:04
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 5:02
Driving Songs: The Collection 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 5:02
Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock Vol. 3: 1970 2015
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 5:06
Harding Theater, 1971 2016 Left Field Media 12:46
New Jersey Broadcast 1977 2017 Left Field Media 10:05
No Image Grateful Dead / Rhino
Complete Studio Rarities Collection Grateful Dead / Rhino 3:14
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 5:02
Road Trip
Various Artists
Rhino 5:03
Ultimate '70s Rock Legends
Various Artists
Rhino