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Shakedown Street

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Grateful Dead ~ Shakedown Street

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VCV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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I've heard it said many times that the Dead were not a great studio band. Even Dead members lament their studio recordings. I beg to differ! This is an exceptional collection of Dead recordings! Tight, well rehearsed and energetic. "France" alone is worth the price. Wonderful recording of "Good Lovin'".
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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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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. Some Deadheads will praise 1978's 'Shakedown Street' for being different and risky in the Dead's catalogue (I think the Dead took chances here and created music on this one that they would never attempt to do again); others will say that it is a mess and a horrendously-doctored studio product.

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.
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Bought this album after learning that the MLB Giants' starting pitcher Jake Peavey listens to it in the clubhouse prior to each game he starts. The younger players don't get why, but the secret is why you listen to the Dead in the first place. Its about love and loving each other. That being said, this album holds up well. It's a real slice of the 70s.
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