The Music Never Stopped b/w Help on the Way
After a few years of trying to run their own label, the band ran into problems with distribution, quality control, counterfeiting, warehouse flooding (ironically destroying copies of 'Wake of the Flood' on green vinyl), and the stress of running the company. At this point they looked to one of the majors to distribute their product. All Grateful Dead Records catalog were now pressed and distributed by United Artists.
This single was from the 'Blues for Allah' album. It was not a hit single. Both sides have a different mix from the album.
Touch of Gray b/w My Brother Esau
Now the band gave up on even running a distributed label. They signed with Arista.
Finally, there was a hit single for the Grateful Dead. Pulled from the 'In the Dark' album. The band had been playing most of these songs for about 5 years before they went into the studio with them. The single, 'Touch of Gray' put them in the top 10. I heard Casey Kasem say the name of the band once.
And contained a B-Side that was not included on the album
And came wrapped in a poster sleeve