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How can you not enjoy the one of 3 (?) versions of World to give the boys did at Winterland in Oct. 78. Well, the original is here, and sometimes the album version has the dedication and care that you don t get live. At least that s in the eyes of European record collectors. The Dead s laboratory was onstage, but these tunes still sound great here. Very disco, but like I said, they became unforgetable numbers to hear live (Fire, MIracle, Stagger lee to name a few).
Plus the whole concept of Shakedown St. was just SO part of our culture, the Deadhead's that made it to as many shows as we could. When we arrived at a show, the Shakedown was in progress, and we could purchase anything from killer t shirts to beers you wouldn t find in Indiana to give an example = )
So aside from the great tunes, I think the art is pretty funky for the album too = ) Get it ! = )
I'm of the former opinion. I think 'Shakedown Street' is a fine album. If this had been a, let's just say, Fleetwood Mac album, it would have garnered universal praise. But because it is the Grateful Dead and it does not have that "live" feel to it, Deadheads and critics are often very quick to write this album off as useless. Not so, I say.
The album offers many concert staples that the Dead performed frequently over the years, including 'Fire on the Mountain,' the title track (which many people call the Dead's "disco" track -- while it does have a disco beat, yes, it does sound mighty funky and I really do love it, especially live), 'All New Minglewood Blues' (frequently shortened to 'New Minglewood Blues' on concert releases and bootlegs), and 'I Need a Miracle' were all concert staples, and they all appear here in their studio form.
There is a lousy tune here, I'm afraid. Donna Jean Godchaux's 'From the Heart of Me' is an utterly disposable ballad. Yes, Donna Jean could sing. She had a fine voice. But she was absolutely wrong for the Grateful Dead, in my opinion. This is another area in which Deadheads are divided. Some will say she fit the band's harmonies perfectly; others (like myself) think that she was a tad annoying and overbearing, especially in concert. But this seems to be the only one here.Read more ›
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I bought this album as an 8-track soon after it was released in 1978. It was my first Grateful Dead album, so I had to have the cd! Read morePublished 22 months ago by GregOkla
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