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Blues For Allah Review - Grateful Dead

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Blues For Allah  Blues For Allah

1975

 

 

 
 
Order: Re-mastered|Orig.
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Blues For Allah Review - Grateful Dead

Blues For Allah review

Note: A re-mastered version of Blues For Allah was released on Oct. 26, 2004, with bonus material that was initially only  available in the box-set, Beyond Description, The individual CD's are now available. The re-mastered versions include loads of bonus material. Be sure to get that one. 

My review is on the original album before the bonus material. 

Blues For Allah is one of ways the Grateful Dead spent their retirement. The album has some of the more complex song structures that the Grateful Dead recorded in the studio resulting in one of their strongest studio efforts. Around half of the material from Blues For Allah became concert staples, while the other half were half were only performed a few times in 1975. 

The tracks from Blues For Allah that were performance rotations all sound fantastic in studio format too. The albums opener, "Help On The Way" > "Slipknot" > "Franklin's Tower" is bouncy bright and uplifting, and the rocking "The Music Never Stops" has a punch to it; the horns add a nice touch. While "Crazy Fingers" reggae beat and infectious melody give that song its charm.

There are three songs from Blues For Allah that were not part of their concert rotations. Of them, the title track that is a lengthy 12 minute musical suite, that song is ok, while the other instrumental pieces are excellent. "King Solomon's Marbles" takes an electric approach, sort of in the vein of "Slipknot," while "Sage and Spirit" is an acoustic piece with a flute accompaniment.

Perhaps the reason Blues For Allah is so good is that they really put a lot of effort into it. There are a plethora of tapes of studio outtakes from these sessions that circulate among traders that offer lots of interesting listening. 
by Barry Small
Grade A

 
Blues For Allah Tracks - Grateful Dead
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Blues For Allah

1. Help On The Way
2. Slipknot!
3. Franklinís Tower
4. King Solomonís Marbles, Part I: Stronger Than Dirt
5. Part II: Milkiní The Turkey
6. The Music Never Stopped
7. Crazy Fingers
8. Sage & Spirit
9. Blues For Allah
10. Sand Castles & Glass Camels
11. Unusual Occurrences In The Desert

BONUS MATERIAL:
12. Groove #1 (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
13. Groove #2 (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
14. Distorto (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
15. A To E Flat Jam (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
16. Proto 18 Proper (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
17. Hollywood Cantata (Studio Outtake)

Blues For Allah musician List - Grateful Dead
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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Keith Godchaux - keyboards
Donna Godchaux - vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums

Blues For Allah notes - Grateful Dead
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Released - 1975
Label - Arista, originally on Grateful Dead records

A re-mastered version was initially released as part of the box-set, Beyond Description on Oct. 26, 2004 on Rhino.
Released individually March 2006

The Grateful Dead's very first vault release One From the Vault  captures the band performing much of the Blues For Allah material.  The songs from this album that stayed in the repertoire were extremely well played in 1977 and '78 for example,  "Help > Slip > Franklins" on Dick's Pick Volume 3, and "The Music Never Stopped" on Dick's Pick Volume 15  and Dick's Pick Volume 18 .

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