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Go to Heaven

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Editorial Reviews

This 1980 LP marked their 15th anniversary and introduced the Hunter-Garcia staples Alabama Getaway and Althea and Bob Weir faves Saint of Circumstance and Lost Sailor . Six bonus cuts include live versions of the last three tracks mentioned above and a studio outtake of Jack-A-Roe !

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Alabama Getaway
  2. Far From Me
  3. Althea
  4. Feel Like A Stranger
  5. Lost Sailor
  6. Saint of Circumstance
  7. Antwerp's Placebo (Plumber)
  8. Easy to Love You
  9. Don't Ease Me In
  10. Peggy-O (Bonus) (Studio Outtake)
  11. What'll You Raise (Studio Outtake)
  12. Jack-A-Roe (Studio Outtake)
  13. Althea (Live)
  14. Lost Sailor (Live)
  15. Saint of Circumstance (Live)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 2006)
  • Rmst Dig ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Rhino
  • ASIN: B000EOTFE4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Richard D. Hodgson on June 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ok, granted, nobody's gonna mistake this album for "Workingman's Dead" or "American Beauty". But it isn't a genuinely bad album, either. It appears that I'm the first to review the Rhino re-issue, but judging by some of the reviews of the earlier Arista release you'd think that the Dead had commited some kind of crime against humanity in releasing this album. 'Tain't so! The fact is, if you listen to it for what it is (and what it isn't) and with an open mind, you'll soon realize that there's some pretty good stuff here. Althea, for example, is a great song and would have fit in very nicely on, say, "Mars Hotel". "Lost Sailor" and "Saint Of Circumstance" are both decent cuts as well-- despite some other people's negative views-- and would not be out of place on Weir's "Heaven Help The Fool". And the updated "Don't Ease Me In" is a fun and well-played alternate version. In fact, in my opinion, there's not a truly bad song on this album. A lot of people knock Brent's contributions. Alright, no one will ever confuse him with Robert Hunter. But his songs aren't really bad, either. It seems that some people who smugly consider themselves "experts" on the Dead (the same, presumably, who continually bash "Steal Your Face") have tried to make beating up on this release some kinda national passtime, and it was actually out of print for awhile as a result. That's really too bad. If you TRULY love 'em, you know that ANY Dead is good Dead-- some is perhaps just a little bit "less" good. This album is, in general, "less good" compared to some. But it ain't at all bad, either. And by the way, about the cover art. Doesn't anybody get the joke?Read more ›
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I remeber this album as one of the first Dead albums that the production started sounding full and worthy of the dead rythym section in the studio. Alabama Getaway is a perfect blend of commercially slick radio friendly sound while still retaining Jerry and Bob's superior technique and road earned mastery of subtle riffing and rythmic augmentation. Althea is so Deadly it defines the power of artistic hippy musical apptitude. I love this album because it is presentable to the mainstream but retains its freak flag flying high buried deep in the highest production fidelity money can buy. If you don't have a fully developed dead ear for psychadelic sound you can start your journey on track number one of Go to Heaven and work your way back to the first Dead Album. Enjoy the research. My the force be with you.
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I had to jump on here and comment on this, as only one other person had bothered to do so thus far.

Except for the original vinyl pressing, every other copy of this album I've ever heard sounds like CRAP. The original CD release was particularly insulting. Leave it to Rhino to dig out the original master and lovingly transfer it to CD, as usual. This album now has a full-bodied and dynamic sound that it's NEVER had before; you're definitely hearing what the band heard in the studio when they listened to the final master. I can assure you that if you have the appropriate equipment, you'll be floored by the sound.

As far as the album itself, yeah, it's not one of the best things the band has ever done (hence the 4 stars), but it's worth buying just for Lost Sailor, which has been my long-time favorite Dead cut. You can get better Live versions of most of the other cuts on here but the studio version of Lost Sailor is something special. Not to be missed, especially given how great it sounds now.
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By A Customer on December 8, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Well, there's been much criticism for the title and indeed the sleeve photograph, but actually this Dead record can be judged more favourably on the contents. Side two is a little dark, with the exception of "Saint of Circumstance", but side one contains some jewels. "Feel like a stranger" is very strong, "Alabama Getaway" surprising and "Lost sailor" and "Far from me" quite nice. But prince among ordinary citizens is "Althea", which has become one of my favourite Dead songs.
"Go to Heaven" may not be an excellent studio album, but we all know that the Dead were at their best when playing live. You won't go to heaven with this one, but you won't go unrewarded.
Hans Wigman.
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Maybe it was the cover art, who knows? Or else, maybe the rock world in 1980 just wasn't as receptive(to a new DEAD album) as they were in 1970. Whatever the cause, THE GRATEFUL DEAD-"Go To Heaven" was destined to remain a black sheep of the DEAD's back catalogue. It is truly tragic that so many DEAD fans have avoided "Go To Heaven" over the years. In many cases, the album is verbally trashed by people who have never actually heard it! Admittedly, I fell victim to this phenomenon. Due to the constant bad-mouthing of "Go To Heaven" I just assumed that it must really be THAT bad. Well, when I finally HEARD the album I was quite surprised. Actually, I was rather shocked! "Go To Heaven" is a GREAT album!!! Flawless no, but certainly vintage DEAD. Now without a doubt this album will be most enjoyed by fans of the post-1975 albums. The DEAD circa-1980 were quite different from the DEAD of 1970. However, the quality of music produced by the GRATEFUL DEAD did NOT change during this period. "Go To Heaven" is filled with powerful tracks such as the forgotten Hunter/Garcia classic "Althea" and Bob Weir's brilliant "Lost Sailor" and "Saint of Circumstance"(two of Weir's most emotional and mature compostitions). New guy keyboardist Brent Mydland contributes two tracks which despite their commercial appeal are both well written and quite enjoyable. The album opens with the classic "Alabama Getaway" one of the DEAD's most rockin' tunes. Another highlight is Bob Weir's killer "Feel Like A Stranger" which is probably the DEAD's most funk-based tune(next to "Shakedown Street", of course)and sure to get you in the groove. The album ends with a short and uptempo version of "Don't Ease Me In".Read more ›
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