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Shakedown Street

Grateful DeadAudio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VCV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,050 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop arguing and get the cd 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Damn Good 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential record 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dead show some diversity 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE A WHOLE PAIL OF WATER JUST TO COOL YOU DOWN! November 15, 2005
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Funky fresh, I believe I have one more shout out left for the Grateful Dead at least. SHAKEDOWN STREET, the bands eclectic offerings from 1978.

This album was recorded near the end of the DONNA JEAN/KEITH GODCHEAUX era. These years closed when Keith Godcheaux died in a severe bike accident. Most will say what he brought to the band was a more funky feel- he also brought his wife- who had sex with everyone in the band on the reg.(Don't quote me on that.)

I'm really no extreme DEAD HEAD, but I can hold my own. Hey, I know what I like and what I don't, ain't that good enough. I play this record at parties all the time. Its great fun times.

GOOD LOVIN' yeah, its that one you are thinking of covered by Bobby Weir on vocals. Of course Pig Pen covered it years earlier with the Dead and was WAY better, this version isn't bad.

FRANCE is a strange worldly track with Donna Jean on vocals. Theres steal drums and stuff going on, you better not leave your seat.

SHAKEDOWN STREET* this song kicks. Very groovy, with a hard steady drum beat and cool lyrics. Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart....

SERENGETTI another worldly tune, still good.

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN* More funky stuff, this song goes well to accompany a white reggae revolution. bands like SUBLIME took there cues from this song.

I NEED A MIRACLE* A bluesy one by Bobby Weir. Some good lyrics in the Bobby weir fashion. "I need a woman 'bout twice my age..."

FROM THE HEART OF ME a little too much Donna Jean for one album but still, I can dig it here and there.

STAGGER LEE This song makes me picture Jerry pimpin' on a sidewalk. This is a lost time for the DEAD I think and that is why these tracks are so underated. I love this stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dead is Still Alive!
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 more
Published 18 days ago by GregOkla
5.0 out of 5 stars cd item received
the item above which is the grateful dead cd was received right on time with no problems. the cd itself was in perfect condition as well as case. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eric Stuart Massar
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD DEAD
Published 19 months ago by roger remour
3.0 out of 5 stars sorry, can't agree with the majority that it's bad
I'm not a Grateful Dead fan just so everyone knows. I love Jerry Garcia's guitar style but I simply have an *enormous* amount of trouble sitting through several minutes of *his*... Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, you can't please everybody
Out of all of the Dead's studio output, this one and 1989's 'Built to Last' seem to be the two albums that divide Deadheads. Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by Johnny Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favs
So nice to click click click go to mailbox and boom all done. :) wonderful price too
Published on November 1, 2010 by Stefani
4.0 out of 5 stars "If I had the World to Give" is the sleeper tune on this album.
I like the Dead. I like a ton of other music too. Is this album what people would consider a typical Dead album? No. Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by K. Koellner
4.0 out of 5 stars Grateful Feat or is it Little Dead
As a newly appointed 'Deadhead' I have to say that this album was a pleasant suprise. As you can tell from the reviews this is not one of the Dead's most likable albums. Read more
Published on March 26, 2007 by Jerkat1
1.0 out of 5 stars Shakedown reaks :{
The Song Shakedown Street is cool,better Live,the rest is garbage,this is there worst album not "Steal your face"even thou it sounds way to sleepy,ask a real Deadhead in your area... Read more
Published on October 5, 2005 by Laurence E. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop what your doin', cause' I'm about to ruin...
Alright, those who are not yet converted to the GD flock: here is your opportunity to ease you in. Purchase this cd then feel yourself being whisked away to such global locations... Read more
Published on February 21, 2005 by K. Hancock
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