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Blues for Allah

Grateful DeadAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their ... Read more in Amazon's Grateful Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Rhino
  • ASIN: B000E6EHGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Help On The Way/Slipknot
2. Franklin's Tower
3. King Solomon's Marbles: Part I: Stronger Than Dirt/Part II: Milkin' The Turkey
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 (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
9. Groove #2 (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
10. Distorto (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
11. A To E Flat Jam (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
12. Proto 18 Proper (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
13. Hollywood Cantata (Studio Outtake)

Editorial Reviews

Following the Dead's early Warner Bros. LP's and their evolution from a San Francisco hippie phenomenon to one of the biggest bands on the planet, these five album masterpieces chronicle the creatively expansive portion of their long, strange, and amazing trip beginning in 1973 when they launchd their own label. Rhino's remastered & expanded editions celebrate the Dead's immortal music with state-of-the-art sonics and a wealth of fresh-from-the-archives bonus rarities. Rhino. 2006.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S A RAINBOW FULL OF SOUND... April 21, 2006
By t'amant
Format:Audio CD
I can't think of any recording that seemed to give more to me than this one. Many albums are cherished by me from many a great band, but this one is what I most remember from the days of my youth in the 70's. I played guitar to this endlessly, I cycled it over and over some days (the music literally never stopped). It carried me off to the sand castles on many an evening. This GD studio album is about as good as any of their best material in my opinion (I love many other albums of theirs, of course, but this one captured my imagination the most for the journey it takes you on). I was going to their concerts in the late 70's and this is the highlight material if it made it onto the show any particular evening. What more intricate material does the Dead have to work with than this? Older Dead was great, but for this period of their journey, this is a crown jewel. They really get the collaborative energy going like it may be their last adventure. Again, what more beautiful instrumental is there than Sage & Spirit in their whole repertoire? Is there a sweeter and more expressive guitar lead than the Crazy Fingers tearjerker on any studio album? The build-up of Help/Slipknot/Franklin's Tower into the Roll Away Mantra is like coming out of a dream! And that jazzy but powerful feedback lead that punctuates the trip is heavenly. They are on a tear on King Soloman's Marbles, Mahavishnu might fall behind! All of side one (or even the first six songs) was a perfect transition. Marbles scattered on a vortex coming together at the end to complete the experience. Feels like an concept album that flows over you like a wave (it might have been the wind). This album is inspired to say the least. Everybodies dancin'! I will vouch for the weirdness of BFA/Sand Castles, and I like it. Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album That Made Me A Deadhead August 31, 1999
By A Customer
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The Dead emerged from their mid 70's break from touring with this powerhouse of jazzy, spacey soon-to-be classic tunes. Many remained in their repertoire throughout the remainder of their touring career. Help On The Way/Slipknot/Franklin's Tower was the trio that first grabbed my ear, and embodied a wholly new sound for the Dead. The Music Never Stopped became mainstay, and Crazy Fingers was an occasional treat that always made the trip worthwhile. King Solomon's Marbles displayed another spurt of growth in the bands new sound, and the beautiful Sage and Spirit carries you like a breeze through the rushes. Blues for Allah is leap for even some hardcore heads, but well worth an occasional listen when playing the rest of the collection. Irecommend this title hands down over just about any other Dead studio album out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aging hippie offers thumbs-up February 21, 2005
By Maelje
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I'll betray my age right from the beginning by saying the strength of this CD lies in its first "side" -- referring to the old LP format, of course. From "Help on the Way" to "The Music Never Stopped," the Dead blast away with an energy they rarely found in the studio; the best of these songs are no less than NIMBLE, and that's saying something for this band. The "Help on the Way"/"Slipknot"/"Franklin's Tower" axis alone would be enough to recommend this disc -- and that medley of tunes became an absolute monster in concert. But "King Solomon's Marbles" weighs in to show off a band that was feeling its rhythmic oats, thanks in part to the return of Mickey Hart to the fold after an absence of about three years. And the Weir/Barlow "Music Never Stopped" really works as a summation of everything the Grateful Dead stood for: Individual identity flourishing within committed community.

And then we come to ... Side Two. Arrgghhh. "Crazy Fingers" has not worn well musically for me, though Robert Hunter's haiku lyric construction still intrigues. "Sage & Spirit" is, in my opinion, a somewhat tepid instrumental, though with some beautiful melodies. But I think the "Blues for Allah" suite almost redeems the second side; it's challenging music, to be sure, with all the Middle Eastern sounds and atmospheres. Yet the closing "under eternity blue" motif is one of the most uplifting, purely spiritual pieces this band ever did.

To sum it up: I'll take this album over anything else the band did in the studio in the 1970s. If you're not that into the Dead but want one great disc from each of the band's three decades when they were making studio recordings, buy this for the 1970s, "Workingman's Dead" for the 1960s and "In the Dark" for the 1980s.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cohesive effort with clean and pure guitar licks. The October 18, 1999
Format:Audio CD
album has a flow of continuity. This, Mars Hotel and Wake of the Flood are the Dead's three strongest improvisational studio albums. Crazy Fingers is absolutely beautiful. Help On the Way> Slpiknot! are the Dead at their jazziest and I dare you to try to not smile during Franklin's Tower. The Music Never Stopped is a great rocker with great intro bass and guitar licks. Sage & Spirit is a lesser known Bobby instrumental that mimics children's laughter. King's Solomon's Marbles is an innovative number adding more credibility to the Dead's jazzy side. And Blues For Allah closes out the album with studio weirdness and sound effects. Give it a try, you won't regret it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus Track Instrumentals! March 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Of all the bonus tracks appearing on this remaster, all but one are

instrumentals; and all these instrumentals are far better than very good; so if you (as I do) like to collect Grateful Dead instrumentals, the remaster of Blues for Allah has a generous selection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, but not as much as real Deadheads...
The album has two classic Dead songs on it, "Franklin's Tower," and "The Music Never Stopped," which merit their classic status. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll Away the Dew!
What a grate album! Truly one of the Dead's best. I think this is the point where the synthesis form one song into the next in their live show became more fluid. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album and artwork
I've been curious about this album for years, but had never listened to it or bought it until recently. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Garry A. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars What I Thought of Blues for Allah
I had the album when it 1st came out so I new I would love this DVD. I listen to it alot & it makes me feel like I'm flowting in peace and quiet. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laura Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars love the dead
i lost this cd as well on a boat down the jersey shore. thankfully amazon made it easy once again.
Published 11 months ago by llinda clinger
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is one of my all time favorite studio produced Dead albums. I have lost and then re-bought this album about 3 times.
Published 14 months ago by Sophia Reinhard
4.0 out of 5 stars The product, fantastic. Recommend it to anyone. The purchase...
Thought I was selecting an option that would include AutoRip. Missed the distinction in choices, so am missing the satisfaction that would have come from Cloud access. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shawn Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dead
There are some good jams here, downloaded this mostly for the unreleased material. And my personal favorite Grateful Dead album cover.
Published 15 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Life May be Sweeter for this I Don't Know
This finds the Dead in a really interesting period. They were on a break from the road and trying to incorporate Mickey back into the fold. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Matthew A. Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Disc!
All that I have to say is if you like the Dead, you will like this disc. Gotta love the Dead!
Published 16 months ago by CptProton
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