Friday, July 15
Take a Listen to the Grateful Dead Album that could have been. In the Nineties, a CD Emerged that had all the Best Nineties Material on it but it never came to be.
Take a listen to what the last Grateful Dead record could have sounded like. From, "So Many Roads" and "Days Between" to "Corinna" and "Easy Answers". A live/concert-sourced version of this "album" surfaced in the late 90's. It was written on the file/cd cover that it was the tracks that were going to be on the new album and the tracklist was leaked by a band member. However, the rumour mill said that it was near impossible to get the band into the studio at that point. One of the versions that was released was called "Earthquake Country" (which was a title actually kicking around for Aoxomoxoa instead...) and also referenced a little known song called "California Earthquake" and it only utilized live concert recordings and not studio quality recordings. This is a sonic upgrade/ album oriented version, compared to that "live" version. Many felt that the Grateful Dead, who true to form, played many songs live before they took them into the studio, had built up enough material for a new album and one look at the tracklist and you can see the best album since the early 70's. WIth Garcia's early passing, it put the kibosh on the project and all we are left with are the songs. Which knowing the Dead's album track record, may have been a good thing. Only kidding, but "Go to Heaven", really?
I don't think anyone will make the claim that the band were at their best in the late 90's but the genius of some of those tunes can't be denied and are still played today and loved as if they were being sung by Jerry himself. I, myself, would trade " Broken Arrow" for "Wave to the Wind" but since it doesn't matter, the tracklist is all up to the listeners. So if you were around for the last shows and want a trip back or a new fan that didn't get a chance to hear the old, new songs, here is your chance. My only problem is that some of them are not song by the Grateful Dead when there are plenty of SBD versions out there. The bootleg tape (yes, tape) I had was all Grateful Dead versions but let us know what you think.
1. Liberty (0:00)
2. Wave to the Wind (5:18)
3. Corinna (13:04)
4. Lazy River Road (22:13)
5. Eternity (29:03)
6. So Many Roads (36:30)
7. Way To Go Home (42:26)
8. Days Between (47:56)
9. Easy Answers ( 58:57)
10. Childhood’s End ( 1:02:50)
Thank you to the Tapers, and more importantly the Grateful Dead for all the good times.
Buy official releases at Double-u Double-u Double-u (Dot) DEAD (Dot) Net.
A conversation with Starfinder, Bear's grandson and the man behind preserving his family's Holy Grail of live music. Learn all the details how the first release came to be.... Doc & Merle Watson: Never the Same Way Once – Live at the Boarding House – May 1974. “A legend recording a legend,” Order your for just 80$ that's just 20 a CD.
A conversation with Starfinder, Bear's grandson and the man behind preserving his family's Holy Grail of live music. Learn all the d...