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Blues for Allah (Exp.) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 1 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000E6EHGI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Help On The Way / Slipknot!
2. Franklin's Tower
3. King Solomon's Marbles King Solomon's Marbles (Stronger Than Dirt Pt. 1 & Milkin' The Turkey Pt. 2)
4. The Music Never Stopped
5. Crazy Fingers
6. Sage & Spirit
7. "Blues For Allah, Sand Castles & Glass Camels & Unusual Occurrences In The Desert"
8. Groove #1
9. Groove #2
10. Distorto
11. A To E Flat Jam
12. Proto 18 Proper
13. Hollywood Cantata

Product Description

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg on June 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
Album starts off with a great funky song, Slip Knot/Help on the Way which breaks down into one of the tightest segments of Dead jam I've ever heard( the part with the repeating guitar riffs over the steady drumbeat before the guitar solo at the end). The first song transitions beautifully into Franklin's Tower, a classic in and of itself.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on Nov. 13 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Grateful Dead are not known for their studio work, this album however stands out as one of the few shining jewels in the Dead's studio recording. these Spacier songs which really came alive on the stage are presented in interesting, slower versions on the album. The listener is able to pick apart subtle guitar licks and phrases in Help->slip. Also, Crazy fingers is Clutch! this track gives me chills every time I listen to it. sure a lot of the same songs are also available on "One from the Vault", however was made the Dead great was the fact that no two recordings are alike, to the keen listener, their are subtle differences to be appreciated in both albums.
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Format: Audio CD
This is the funkiest the Grateful Dead had ever gotten in the studio, 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.
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Format: Audio CD
The review featured with this album is obviously written by a man that does not appreciate the depth and complexity of this music. This album is a huge jump from earlier Dead material - we hear Jerry at his crispist & cleanest & it is a work of art. I'm very familiar with all the Dead material, both live and studio. I am also sympathetic to the arguement that the live tunes have an energy that is not always reflected in the studio tunes. However, there is a precision that is captured on a some of the studio albums that is remarkable and should not be missed under any circumstances.
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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Format: Audio CD
I was shocked to find any reviews here for this album that were less than 5 stars. Here is an album that has such life/head changing potential that any petty argument of "live vs. studio" of GD is for posers. It makes sense to me that this album came out in 1975 marking, in my opinion, the peak of the band's quality and the peak of the best decade for music. It has often been argued that this was the point when rock and roll's true heavy-ness started to go downhill (spawning the era of punk) This album is so spiritual that one could have nothing but pure reverence for it while increasing the desire to collect as many live versions of "Help On The Way" as possible. The version of Crazy Fingers has organ and congo drum sounds that you could never get from any live recording and as for the title track.. shouldn't every album (including Black Sabbath as they demonstrated) have a song that, if relaxed enough, might put you to sleep?.. "Without love in the dream it'll never come true."
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