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Blues for Allah (Exp.) Original recording remastered
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|5. Crazy Fingers|
|6. Sage & Spirit|
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|8. Groove #1|
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Following the Dead's early Warner Bros. LP's and their evolution from a San Francisco hippie phenomenon to one of the biggest bands on the planet, these five album masterpieces chronicle the creatively expansive portion of their long, strange, and amazing trip beginning in 1973 when they launchd their own label. Rhino's remastered & expanded editions celebrate the Dead's immortal music with state-of-the-art sonics and a wealth of fresh-from-the-archives bonus rarities. Rhino. 2006.
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The next song is a nice instrumental piece with an excellent percussive emphasis. Bob Weir follows up with one of his better tunes, "The Music Never Stopped," a feel-good number that makes you want to groove and dance. "Crazy Fingers" complements the dance feel with a smooth near-reggae guitar beat that is certain to ease and please.
The last two songs of the album are the only weak spots. The end of the album is your obligatory, "trippy" part of the album and tends to drone on and on. I like experimental, free-form imporvisational music, but the ending is quite tedious to listen to.
Overall, great album, only second to Workingman's Dead in my opinion.
The slick runs and blistering solos that characterize this album are among the best the Dead have ever recorded. Songs that had become concert standards abound here. The gliding "Help is On the Way," the tricky "Slipnot!" and the rolling "The Music Never Stopped" all appear here. Also, one of my favorite Dead tunes (and the reason I started listening to them in the first place), "Franklin's Tower" is on this album. Each time "Roll away the dew" is chanted, it gets better and better.
Other good tracks include the oddly-metered "Stronger than Dirt" and the Indianesque "Blues for Allah." There's a little bit of filler here, but not so much that it gets in the way.
The jazz influence on this album is very evident. That, combined with the incredible jamming talent of the Dead, makes this their best studio album outside of "American Beauty." It's true, the Dead are truly a live band, and though much of their studio material seems less powerful, I think a lot of it is retained on this album.
Blues for Allah is one of the albums that define why the Grateful Dead, and Jerry Garcia in particular, are legends in the music world. The guitar licks, keyboards, vocals, percussion, bass, everything, is clean and cool and crisp and absolutely beautiful. After nearly 20 years of listening to Grateful Dead music, this album still brings smiles to my face and dances to my body.
The only tune I don't like is the last - and title - tune. Its a bit too strange for my tastes. However, Franklin's Tower and The Music Never Stopped are pure joy, and the tracks in between never fail to satisfy me.
This album is a necessity and wonderful. Enjoy!
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The Dead put out a lot of terrible records (Go To Heaven and Shakedown Street come to mind), but some of their studio stuff is quite good and is a welcome respite from the live... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004
At the age's 12-15 I may have agreed with the attitude about the live recordings being better, but that was the late '70's-early '80's and I was tripping almost constantly. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by peter tucci
this is a pretty decent grateful dead album. it has a great beginning, starting off with help on the way/slipknot! a great jam song with a good rhythm. Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by Diana L. Bell
i wasn't going to write this review since i didn't buy my copy offa amazon, but then i saw some [person] dissin' The Music Never Stopped, and i couldn't control myself. Read morePublished on April 22 2002
An early run of some of their best material, Blues for Allah marked a continuing step up in the Dead's evolution at the time. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2001 by Dszquphsbnt
"Franlin's Tower" and "The Music Never Stopped" are great, but the rest is kinda lame. The last song has this dark part in it that is weird and scary. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 1999
album has a flow of continuity. This, Mars Hotel and Wake of the Flood are the Dead's three strongest improvisational studio albums. Crazy Fingers is absolutely beautiful. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 1999 by Robert Andrews
Along with Bowie's "Low" and a few others I can't think of now, "Blues for Allah" has a great side 1; side 2, though worthwhile, never found its way onto my... Read morePublished on Oct. 13 1999