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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Rhino
  • ASIN: B000E6EHGI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Help On The Way / Slipknot!
  2. Franklin's Tower
  3. King Solomon's Marbles King Solomon's Marbles (Stronger Than Dirt Pt. 1 & Milkin' The Turkey Pt. 2)
  4. The Music Never Stopped
  5. Crazy Fingers
  6. Sage & Spirit
  7. "Blues For Allah, Sand Castles & Glass Camels & Unusual Occurrences In The Desert"
  8. Groove #1
  9. Groove #2
  10. Distorto
  11. A To E Flat Jam
  12. Proto 18 Proper
  13. Hollywood Cantata

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This is the first studio album after the Winterland Shows which were declared everywhere as 'The last One'. Great evocative pieces throughout. An album you can let play in the background or sit and contemplate over. The band went into the studio deliberately with nothing in order to attempt to get the whole group cohesion into their writing as they did with their playing on stage. This they managed with great success.
One thing I personally don't like about this or any other album with extras on it is that they are tacked onto the end of the original thereby destroying the much loved original. I have always preferred extras to be added on a separate disk as this keeps the integrity of the original and hardly costs any extra.
A final note, this is a digi pack, ie card sleeve and so will deteriorate quickly and does not fit many cd racks. I wish companies would not opt for this money scrimping option. I personally hate it. Sellers should make effort to tell buyers of the type of packaging. I would have refrained from buying this; now I am more distrustful of Amazon as a seller.
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Flippin' 'eck, listening to the Dead makes you come over all pretentious, doesn't it?? Well, I'm not a Deadhead so hopefully I can avoid the purple prose of the previous reviews.

I used to read about the Dead in NME in the early Seventies. I'd see pictures of them with their huge "Wall of Sound", playing in front of the Pyramids, Garcia looking like a bear of a man with his big beard and big, well, self. I'd read about their marathon shows and think "Man, this must be the loudest, heaviest, most kick-ass band on the planet!" but I never actually got to hear any of their music - music on TV and radio was severely limited in those days (and we're getting back to that again now).

Blues For Allah came out shortly after I started my first job, so I decided to treat myself, still sight unseen, as it were. I just LOVED the cover, and still do - one of the finest pieces of music art ever. (Imagine my joy at discovering an animated version of it in the Grateful Dead movie, years later). But when the needle hit the vinyl, boy was I disappointed! Where were the power chords, the screaming heavy metal and crashing drums? What was this spindly guitar playing and these reedy vocals? Surely that big bear of a man didn't have a voice like Kermit the Frog? As for side two, I don't think I listened to it more than three times. It sounded like aimless, drifting, pretentious drivel. I can't remember how I disposed of my copy, but I did.

The decades roll by, I flirt with punk (but not with the New Romantics) but remain faithful to my beloved Seventies rock - Glam, West Coast, Hard Rock - and, after years of adulthood and child rearing decide to give "Blues" another try.

What has happened to me? Have I blanded out? It sounds great to me now!
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The last time the Dead ever had the courage to really experiment was this on album, the fruit of their year-long hiatus from touring.
It has a particular jazz-rock feel characterised by the fertile mix of effects pedals from Garcia meeting some memorable electric piano from Keith Godchaux. The album is self-confident, tender, funny, and sparkles in a very un-Dead-like way. A lot of it is laughing music.
Stand-out tracks are the lithe Franklin's tower, the melancholy Crazy Fingers - with Garcia's best ever recorded solo, a beautiful unstated Zen sequence to really contemplate - and the long, atmospheric Blues for Allah.
The album, of course, got lost pretty quickly. it was never a commercial smash and the Dead never cut quite such intelligent music again. But, for once, in some mysterious way, they seemed ahead of the pack, not a plodding note in sight (or sound). This is vital! Buy it!
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I had this album on vinyl back in the 70's and played it to death. It is not one of the most praised albums by the die-hard dead-heads and I think that is because it is slightly more accessible than the dead's usual rambling jam sessions, it has more 'commercial potential' as the late, great Mr. Zappa would say, apart from, that is, the title track which is 12 minutes of Arabian chanting and ambient effects. If your into that stuff that's fine but the strength of the rest of the album is such that it lifts the album to new heights. There are some really strong, 'catchy', tracks, incredible improvised musicianship that never goes on long enough to become boring and a wonderful variation of different genres ranging from Jazz, Funk, Country and Rock through to Soul and Reggae. There are some masterful compositions that contain tight, complex timing that should be a delight to any prog-rocker worth his salt and unlike some Dead albums, the sound engineering is top notch. The only fault I can find with this album is that it is not long enough, when it ends I just wish there was more. If you don't know the Dead and you are looking for somewhere to start, this is it, trust me you won't be disappointed, it's brilliant!
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Back in the 1970s, when I had this on vinyl, I usually only listened to the first side. With some of the Dead's best jazz-tinged songs - On The Way / Slipknot! and Franklin's Tower - this is some of the finest music the band ever recorded in the studio. But side two, with the long, sinuous Blues for Allah, is something I didn't listen to often.

Now, I delight in listening to Blues for Allah. Greatly experimental at the time, it now seems like it fits perfectly in the Dead's oeuvre. They only performed this live twice, curiously (one great recording is on the first From the Vault live recording from 1975), but it's the Dead's Close to the Edge: a long, complex work, which merits more attention.
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