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...from the current (February 2002) issue of ICE magazine:

"Grateful Dead/Arista plans March 19 for 'Postcards of the Hanging: Grateful Dead Perform the Songs of Bob Dylan.' The single disc presents 10
previously unreleased Dylan covers played by the Dead in concert in the 70's and 80's. Although the songs had been finalized at press time, a couple of the
exact performances had not, but the complete track list was shaping up thusly: 'It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry' (from 1973); "It's All Over
Now, Baby Blue' (probably from 1981); 'She Belongs to Me' (1985); 'Desolation Row' (whose first line was utilized for the album's title)(New Year's Eve
1986/1987); 'Maggie's Farm' (1987); 'All Along the Watchtower'; 'Ballad of a Thin Man'; and 'Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again'
(1988); 'When I Paint My Masterpiece' (1989); and 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues' (probably 1989). The set will most likely include an unreleased bonus
track on which Dylan himself appears, drawn from tapes of the rehearsals that Dylan and the Dead did before touring together in 1987. 'We don't know
what it is yet,' project producer David Gans tells ICE, 'It'll be a last-minute decision.' All of the tracks are stereo soundboard recordings; no audience tapes
were required. 'Bobby Weir is actually participating in the selections for this, a very welcome thing,' Gans adds. Are any of the performances particularly
rare? ''Ballad of a Thin Man' was performed only twice, ever,' Gans says. 'And 'It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry' is a one-off from
Washington D.C. with The Allman Brothers' Dickey Betts and Butch Trucks sitting in.'"

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