Go to Heaven review
Note: A re-mastered version
of Go To Heaven 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
The review is on the
original album before the bonus material.
Go to Heaven is not
nearly as weak as so many deadheads proclaim, this album has only
one piece of filler, a 37 second... well I don't know what the heck
it is, but it ain't good! Brent's tunes aren't great, but both of
them have nice melodies, if bad vocals. Weir has three compositions
on the album, and all of them are at least good, the strongest of
which is "Saint of Circumstance," which has a great
refrain of "I don't know what I'm going for, but I'm
gonna go for it for sure!" Jerry's tunes, un-surprisingly,
are the strongest on the album, the highlight of which is "Althea,"
an odd rocker with wonderful mystical Hunter lyrics. The album
is far from the best of the Grateful Dead, but with an open mind,
you can enjoy it as well.
Grade - B +
To Nassau release includes many of songs from Go to
Heaven performed live.