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Wake of the Flood Review - Grateful Dead

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Wake of the Flood  Wake of the Flood

1973

 

 

 
 
Order: Re-mastered |Orig.
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Wake of the Flood review

Note: A re-mastered version of Wake of the Flood 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. 

Wake of the Flood includes some of the better Grateful Dead compositions, and some of their more complex arrangements, of which also worked well in live settings. 

Most of the material from Wake of the Flood went onto become concert staples with the exception of the Keith Godchaux led "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" that features horns. The song "Here Comes Sunshine" is not too exciting in the studio format, but they performed some stunning live versions in 1973.

The album starts wonderfully with a version of "Mississippi Half Step" that is a keeper. It includes Garcia's band mate from Old and In The Way, Vassar Clement's on the fiddle adding dazzling solos and fills. 

The meat of Wake of the Flood are the last two tracks, "Eyes Of The World," and "Weather Report Suite." With "Eyes Of The World" the band creates the essence of the bright, flowing, jazzy upbeat track quite effectively musically, though, Garcia's sings in a higher range than usual. Meanwhile "Weather Report Suite" is exceptional with the nice acoustic piece to open and the instrumental passage that follows is quite good, this version offers some horn arrangements to supplement. 

Overall, Wake of the Flood is a moderately satisfying collection of first class compositions. For full satisfaction, crank up the live versions of these songs especially from the 1973 - '77 period.
by Barry Small
Grade B

Wake of the Flood Tracks - Grateful Dead
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Wake of the Flood

1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
2. Let Me Sing Your Blues Away
3. Row Jimmy
4. Stella Blue
5. Here Comes Sunshine
6. Eyes Of The World
7. Weather Report Suite: Prelude
8. Part I
9. Part II (Let It Grow)

BONUS MATERIAL:
10. Eyes Of The World (Live)
11. Weather Report Suite: (Studio Acoustic Demo) Prelude
12. Part I
13. Part II (Let It Grow)
14. China Doll (Studio Outtake)

Wake of the Flood 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

Additional musicians
Bill Atwood - Trumpet
Vassar Clements - Violin
Joe Ellis - Trumpet
Martin Fierro - Alto and Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Fulcher - Vocals
Matthew Kelly - Harmonica
Frank Morin - Tenor sax
Pat O'Hara - Trombone
Doug Sahm - 12 String Guitar
Benny Velarde
 

Wake of the Flood notes - Grateful Dead
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Released - 1973
Label - Arista, originally on Grateful Dead recordsA re-mastered version was initially released as part of the box-set, Beyond Description on Oct. 26, 2004 on Rhino.
Released individually March 2006.
Many renditions of these songs are available live. Dick's Picks 1 and Dick's Picks 19 are good examples from tours promoting this album.

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