quinta-feira, 10 de julho de 2008

The Grateful Dead - First Album 1967

MINHA HOMENAGEM A ESTA GRANDE BANDA E UM DISCO QUE CONSIDERO "DISCOTECA BÁSICA"!! O PRIMEIRO ALBUM DO GRATEFUL DEAD!! O INÍCIO DE TUDO!! FOLK, ROCK E BLUES NUM GRANDE ALBUM DE ESTRÉIA QUE TRAZIA VERSÕES DE "GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL" DO VELHO BLUESEIRO SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON E "VIOLA LEE BLUES" UM CLÁSSICO DOS ANOS 20 DA BANDA JUG BAND BLUES E BASTANTE CONHECIDO PELA VOZ DE JERRY LEE LEWIS!! VENENO ALTAMENTE RECOMENDADO DE UMA BANDA ÍCONE DO "FLOWER POWER" E DO PSICODELISMO DOS ANOS 60!! JERRY GARCIA, O LÍDER, MALUCO BELEZA!!

The Grateful Dead's eponymously titled debut long-player was issued in mid-March of 1967. This gave rise to one immediate impediment -- the difficulty in attempting to encapsulate/recreate the Dead's often improvised musical magic onto a single LP. Unfortunately, the sterile environs of the recording studio disregards the subtle and often not-so-subtle ebbs and zeniths that are so evident within a live experience. So, while this studio recording ultimately fails in accurately exhibiting the Grateful Dead's tremendous range, it's a valiant attempt to corral the group's hydra-headed psychedelic jug-band music on vinyl. Under the technical direction of Dave Hassinger -- who had produced the Rolling Stones as well as the Jefferson Airplane -- the Dead recorded the album in Los Angeles during a Ritalin-fuelled "long weekend" in early 1967. Rather than prepare all new material for the recording sessions, a vast majority of the disc is comprised of titles that the band had worked into their concurrent performance repertoire. This accounts for the unusually high ratio (seven:two) of folk and blues standards to original compositions. The entire group took credit for the slightly saccharine "Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)," while Jerry Garcia (guitar/vocals) is credited for the noir garage-flavored raver "Cream Puff War." Interestingly, both tracks were featured as the respective A- and B-sides of the only 45 rpm single derived from this album. The curious aggregate of cover tunes featured on the Dead's initial outing also demonstrates the band's wide-ranging musical roots and influences. These include Pigpen's greasy harp-fuelled take on Sonny Boy Williamson's "Good Morning Little School Girl" and the minstrel one-man-band folk of Jessie "the Lone Cat" Fuller's "Beat It On Down the Line." The apocalyptic Cold War folk anthem "Morning Dew" (aka "[Walk Me Out in The] Morning Dew") is likewise given a full-bodied electric workout as is the obscure jug-band stomper "Viola Lee Blues." Fittingly, the Dead would continue to play well over half of these tracks in concert for the next 27 years.Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide.

Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan - keyboards, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums

1. Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
2. Beat It on Down the Line
3. Good Morning Little School Girl
4. Cold Rain and Snow
5. Sitting on Top of the World
6. Cream Puff War
7. Morning Dew
8. New, New Minglewood Blues
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