Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Grateful Dead - workingman's dead

Recorded in 1970 at a time of great turmoil for the Dead, the band hammered out this album in quick time amid the drug busts and being ripped off. The album moved the band into country rock territory and introduced harmonies and layered vocals to the Dead repertoire. As such its a perfect 1970 album, a celebration of country, folk and Americana.

Laid back and rooty, "Uncle John's Band" starts the album off in fine style. A highlight of the album though is the bluesy "New speedway boogie", a lovely shuffle of a song. "Casey Jones" is driving that train, high on cocaine. What a great way to start a song!

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