Grateful Dead Score Highest-Charting Album Since 1987

Grateful Dead have scored their highest charting album in over 25 years. The group’s new “Dave’s Picks, Vol 40” has debuted in the 13th spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

The record, which documents the band’s 1990 performances at Deer Creek Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, debuted with nearly 23,000 equivalent album units in the United States in the week ending November 4th. All of those units came from pure album sales, as the set was released exclusively as a limited-edition four-CD set.

That’s the biggest sales week for a Dead album since 1978, when “In The Dark” peaked in the sixth spot. Along with being their highest-debuting album, “Dave’s Picks, Vol 40” is also the group’s third-highest charting album on the Billboard 200, behind “In The Dark” and 1975’s “Blues for Allah.”