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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VCV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Lovin'
2. France
3. Shakedown Street
4. Serengetti
5. Fire On The Mountain
6. I Need A Miracle
7. From The Heart Of Me
8. Stagger Lee
9. All New Minglewood Blues
10. If I Had The World To Give

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Very groovy, with a hard steady drum beat and cool lyrics.
wally gator
Stop arguing that it's not the greatest GD cd, or that this or that song is better live (no duh),and just get the cd.
Mark D. Smith
Shakedown Street is one of the more lively and unique recordings of the Dead in my opinion.
t'amant

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Smith on December 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Stop arguing that it's not the greatest GD cd, or that this or that song is better live (no duh),and just get the cd. I was an impressionable teen when this came out is 78 and it made a nice impression on me. I can remeber playing bball with my friends to this (tape) and it propelled the game along. What a start to an album with 'Good Lovin', poppy dead at their best covering a great song,yet making it their own, 'France' is a nice song for Donna G's vocals, 'Shakedown Street' a groovy,smooth song, 'Serengetti' is just an ok instrumental (filler really),'Fire on the Mountain' is a great dead song, 'I need a miracle' everyday (don't we all!), great Weir vocals and crisp guitar work, 'From the Heart of me' again a nice song by Donna G.,'Stagger Lee'is only an ok Jerry song and vocal, 'All new minglewood blues'-play it loud, play it often,and 'If I had the world to give' is a nice mellowending with beautiful vocals by Jerry, just melodically beautiful. Obviously this is not the place for a newbie to the Dead to start with (try Workingmans,Blues for Allah,American Beauty, One From the Vault,etc), but if you did start here, you would be drawn in none the less and continue your exploration of the wonderful music of the Great Grateful Dead...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. J Wiener on March 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Boy, some Dead Heads are a picky bunch. This CD is very solid from start to finish. Perfect no, but solid yes. I really like their version of Good Lovin' and each of the other songs explore some interesting rhythms and textures that have made the Dead great. Don't let the nay sayers steer you wrong. This recording is A OK with me.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keys to the Rain on May 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Let me try and give this record some justice. It s not the favorite Dead in the studio by consensus in the GD community. It is although the fruit of many tunes that came to be monsters and legendary songs in shows. 2nd sets to be exact.
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 ! = )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This album has several "must have" tracks on it. Good Lovin', Shakedown Street,Minglewood Blues,Fire on the mountain & more. Whats not to like?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Russell M. Gullo on December 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I gave this album five stars to balance the ridiculous one star ratings that a few people gave. In reality, it is a four star album. Sure, a lot of people trashed this album because it does not sound like the Dead that they were used to, but different does not equal bad. This is a great, visionary album. American Beauty and Workingman's Dead introduced a new sound for the Grateful Dead years earlier and was hailed. Shakedown Street should have done the same. The Grateful Dead survived for over 30 years for a reason. In conjunction with their extremely loyal fans, the band was always willing to improvise and add new styles and facets to their music. Shakedown Street is a perfect example of this.

The album starts with Bob singing a catchy version of Good Lovin' and moves on to a very underrated song, France, which for some reason was never played live. It is really quite catchy. Shakedown Street, a quintessencial Dead song of their latter years is brilliant. Who doesn't get excited when one hears the first few notes of Shakedown starting off a set? Serengetti is a neat little percussion sequence that leads into Fire on the Mountain, another awesome song and the latter of the long, improvisional Scarlet/Fire masterpiece. I was never crazy about I Need A Miracle, but it is still a decent song. Can the Dead ever go wrong? From The Heart Of Me, sung by Donna Jean is a nice, rhythymic song. Also check out the version on the Winterland DVD. Stagger Lee is a quirky, fun version that brings up Minglewood Blues, not the rocking, all-out version that is played live, but good nonetheless. the album ends with Jerry's If I Had The World To Give, a beautiful song played only a few times live. Jerry really sing with a lot of emotion in this song.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By t'amant on February 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are a few bands I love enough to throw in an opinion when a "good work" is unfairly maligned. Shakedown Street is one of the more lively and unique recordings of the Dead in my opinion. Maybe it is because I was a teenager when this was released, but this Dead is fun and unique stuff. France, Fire on the Mountain, Shakedown Street, and others on here all sound very different which is testament to a band at a creative peak. Fun with an envelope filter. A treasure trove of new ideas flying around here. Listen to that guitar work in France! Out of left field, Garcia is swingin' like usual and Weir is on a tear! Fire on the Mountain is one of the best to me. This album grooves throughout!! The drumming on this album, seems to me, is outstanding. Oh, and Donna Godchaux puts some nice vocal touches on this one, better than most! I recorded most (1 or 2 aren't essential) of these songs to take with me on my travels and shared it with Tunisian sheepherders, Algerian teenagers, etc. (and many in Europe)who had never heard it before. I remember one of them picking up some silverware and just going nuts with the cool rhythms. I was begged to trade the tape for a local favorite, I couldn't part with it. Now I wish that I left them that present. Anyway, my take on sampling world opinion and my Western take on it - get it, Charming, GOOD STUFF!
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