Monday, October 19, 2015
After almost fifty years of trying I found a Grateful Dead album I really like
That's all changed now. In the spirit of Alan Bennett's parents who delightedly announced "we've finally found an alcoholic drink we like" – it was bitter lemon – I've found a Grateful Dead album I can listen to all the way through. Well, apart from the drum solo.
The band wanted to call it "Skull Fuck". The official name is "Grateful Dead". The fans call it "Skull & Roses". It's live, of course. Most of the songs are standard blues band warhorses like "Not Fade Away", "Going Down The Road Feeling Bad", "Johnny B. Goode" and "Big Boss Man". It's a delight to find that here they finally achieve that benign shuffling sound I've read about so much and never heard.
When was it made? 1971, of course.