Note: A re-mastered version
of Shakedown Street 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
My review is on the
original album before the bonus material.
was certainly not Bob Weir's best moment. Of the three tracks that
he takes the lead vocals on one is an original and two are cover songs, and
none of them go beyond average. He did co-write
"France" and that is really a very good song. It offers a nice
upbeat groove, mellow acoustic guitar and keyboard phrases. But
better than that is Donna's lead vocal, and even better than that, the duet singing
between Bobby and Donna.
and Hunter collaborated to pen a few exceptional songs,
"Shakedown Street," "Fire on the Mountain," and
"If I Had the World to Give." Add on top of that a well
done cover of "Stagger Lee." All the tracks come across
sounding good in studio format.
It is uncommon for a band
at this stage of their career to release a studio album with so many
cover songs. Nevertheless, the overall flow to Shakedown Street is
good and for the most part bright and upbeat. A few gems that did
not get performed live frequently include "If I Had the World to Give"
Grade C +
On the Grateful Dead's DVD Closing
of Winterland, they brilliantly perform five of the tracks
from this album. Unfortunately "Shakedown
Street" is not one of them. Though, a great version was
performed the evening before at the Pauley Pavilion.