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Deadicated: A Tribute to The Grateful Dead Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (July 1 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VHS
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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1. Bertha - Los Lobos
2. Jack Straw - Bruce Hornsby And The Range
3. U.S. Blues - The Harshed Mellows
4. Ship Of Fools - Elvis Costello
5. China Doll - Suzanne Vega
6. Cassidy - Suzanne Vega
7. Truckin' - Dwight Yoakam
8. Casey Jones - Warren Zevon with David Lindley
9. Uncle John's Band - Indigo Girls
10. Friend Of The Devil - Lyle Lovett
11. To Lay Me Down - Cowboy Junkies
12. Wharf Rat - Midnight Oil
13. Estimated Prophet - Burning Spear
14. Deal - Dr. John
15. Ripple - Jane's Addiction

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The best tracks here are keepers for the ages; but the duds have only withered over time. Originally released in the late 1980s, this tribute album offers the original covers by artists who followed up by keeping the Dead tracks in their performing repertoires. Los Lobos' "Bertha" is a classic. Dwight Yoakam's "Truckin'" stayed in his live shows for years. Lyle Lovett's "Friend of the Devil" likewise. And the all time keeper of this collection must be Burning Spear's "Estimated Prophet," which captures the spirit of the song in a way even the Dead never imagined. I remember hearing an NPR interview with Winston Rodney, Burning Spear's leader and founder, in which he said he'd never heard of the band much less heard the song before. But that learning it, playing it and recording it changed him. He still plays the song to this day. The midlin' tracks on the CD are Hornsby's "Jack Straw", " Dr. John's "Deal", Indigo Girls' "Uncle John's Band", David Lindley ("Casey Jones") and Elvis Costello ("Ship of Fools"). All are good, some reach for great. A few even make it. But the duds ... ouch! ... are Jane's Addiction's murderous misinterpretation of "Ripple", Midnight Oil's bewilderingly clueless "Wharf Rat" (they'd never heard of the Dead and were included by the producers to take full advantage of the band's popularity at that time), Suzanne Vega's whispy-voiced "China Doll", which reaches for tragedy and ends up just plainly annoying, and Cowboy Junkie's meandering "To Lay Me Down."
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Though the edition of Ripple by Jane's Addiction is beyond description or compare, I can scratch together a few meagre words of praise: this is an apocalyptic, visionary, wailing reinterpertation of an echoing Garcia/Hunter masterpiece drawn from the transdimensional ethers where time stands still. Estimated Prophet by Burning Spear rings with a similar eternal quality, Suzanne's performances of Cassady and China Doll are unforgettable and call forth the meaning of these songs in a way that the Dead's own performances can barely touch. This disc could live in your CD player for days on end as you travel into its fractal-like recesses. It is a fine introduction to the Grateful Dead and to many artists who were their friends, conspirators and admirers. It is a place to begin appreciating the lyrics of Hunter and John Perry Barlow. Mikio Kennedy, who started in the parking lot hawking tie-died silk screens in the late 70s, did a fine job on the cover art. Okay, okay. Enough. Gratefully, Eric Francis / Planet Waves
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You know those CDs that you can listen to again and againwithout ever skipping over a song? Those CDs I call perfection. If"Deadicated" had just a few less songs it would be that much closer to perfection. Since I'm a positive person, I will ignore the songs that irritate me and focus this review on the tracks that rock my world. "Uncle John's Band" as sung by the Indigo Girls is one of the best covers I've heard in my life. The guitar work is great, as usual, and the Girls really know how to pay tribute without changing the meaning of the song. Elvis Costello is as smooth as ever and brings a new feeling to "Ship of Fools." Although I don't know the reasons why, I'm really glad Suzanne Vega sings two tracks on this CD. Her voice is so soothing...the version of "Cassidy" on this album is my favorite. Lyle Lovett can't be beat--I'd heard his version of "Friend of the Devil" on a local radio show and knew I had to have this CD. Burning Spear certainly does justice to "Estimated Prophet"--Spear is a fantastic reggae group, their cover is excellent but I also recommend checking out their original work; brilliant! Lastly, who would have thought of Perry Farrel and his boys covering the Dead? Well, it works--and "Ripple" is the perfect song for Jane's to tackle. Despite the few low points in this CD, the good songs are VERY good. Thank goodness for the "track skip" button. Enjoy!
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This CD hits its highest point with the first tune, Los Lobos' cover of "Bertha," which they actually perform from time to time in their own shows. From there, it's a gradual slide up and down. Some of the covers are great while some (Indigo Girls' cover of Uncle John's Band) are just plain dull. You can click on all but one of these tunes and hear a snippet and judge for yourself. I had the good luck to find a used copy of this and I ended up just burning a CDR and selling the original CD. If you like the Dead, there is SO much out there to choose from. So why go with imitations? Stick with the real thing. As compilations go, this is so-so, but it's certainly MUCH better than the "picking on the Dead" CDs and the two reggae CDs covering the Dead, all of which should be avoided at all cost. Deadicated is OK. Not great, not bad, just OK. So, if mediocrity's your bag, go for it!
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Before hearing this album, I was not the biggest of Dead fans. But two things blew me away: the astounding songwriting of Garcia et al. and the range of bands that appeared on this disc. From Elvis Costello to Dwight Yoakam to Jane's Addiction to Burning Spear. Midnight Oil's revelation that selecting a song nearly broke the band up is priceless, and it sums up the effect that the Dead have on music. Each artist brings something different to the songs they choose, from faithful covers (the Harshed Mallows U.S. Blues and Los Lobos' Bertha f'rinstance) to inspired interpretations (Jane's Addiction's Ripple and Lyle Lovett's Friend of the Devil - with Little Feat's Bill Payne sitting in on piano). A great album I recommend without any hesitation.
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