Grateful Dead – Celebrating Jerry Garcia & The Days Between
Format: CD / Label: Rhino
Releasedatum: 1 augustus 2017

Tekst: Iain Patience

Like a never-ending merry-go-round, we have yet another Grateful Dead release, an album recorded back in 1970??, that in parts, at least, seems a fine representation of this truly iconic US band at pretty near their best. Dead have a legion of fans worldwide, always ready to snap up a new offering from the guys and always seemingly happy to have yet another version of a song they already have on countless earlier releases.

With ‘Celebrating Jerry Garcia‘ they won’t be disappointed. Again, much as might be expected, Dead have rifled through their enormous back-catalogue to find a few pearls, a load of normal takes and a whole basket-full of typical Dead traditional influenced covers of blues and what might now be termed ‘Americana.’ Comprising a mix of live performances from the 1970s and 80s, this is an album that could only be Grateful Dead.

In many ways it might be accurate to suggest that Grateful Dead actually created – or if not, were involved in the true genesis of – Americana music. Their love of traditional blues sparkles as usual while Bonnie Dobson’s wonderful ‘Morning Dew,’  a track that became very much a Dead signature sound, also features. Other takes include an over thirty minute take on Dark Star and another signature track, Ripple, always a crowd pleaser over the years.

In some ways, this is an admirable offering. But in other ways, it’s hard not to feel that with every ‘new’ Dead release, there is just too much of a sense of this band – or rather, its few surviving members – being as much money making machines as music makers. That aside, this remains an enjoyable, albeit entirely predictable, release from a band that remains ripe in the popular memory while being securely rooted in a legacy of blues and traditional American music. A heritage industry as much as a band, in reality.

01. Touch Of Grey
02. Terrapin Station
03. Eyes Of The World
04. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
05. Dark Star
06. Brown-Eyed Women
07. Scarlet Begonias
08. Morning Dew
09. Ripple

Website: Grateful Dead

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