Fallout from the Phil Zone

Fallout from the Phil Zone

by Grateful Dead
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Overview

In contrast to then-recent Grateful Dead archival releases, this two-disc, two-hour-plus live album does not present a particular show or group of shows, but rather is a compilation, courtesy of bassist Phil Lesh (hence the title) of what he calls "rarer material (P.A. tapes and other reference sources culled from shows that wouldn't have made it out complete) that [can] stand on its 'historical relevance.'" What this means is that, even though Fallout from the Phil Zone was picked up for distribution by Arista (rather than going the mail-order route typical of then-recent Dead material), it is, if anything, even more arcane, even more of a fan-oriented release than the others. The material spans the years 1967-1995, practically the Dead's entire career. For the most part, the historical relevance is hard to discern, though the album does contain a 1970 version of "Mason's Children," which, as Lesh notes, "never made it onto an 'official' album." Rather, the choices are often idiosyncratic. Recalling that the Dead were once accused of playing "In the Midnight Hour" for 45 minutes, Lesh includes "the longest one I could find," which runs almost 32 minutes. There is a particularly well-received performance of the Ron "Pigpen" McKernan showcase "Hard to Handle" from 1971 that makes you wish for a higher-quality source than the audience tape included (or a video), if only to give a clue as to what the fuss was about. ("Maybe Pig was doing some strange dance," Lesh speculates.) Elsewhere, Lesh includes many familiar tunes in what he takes to be exceptional performances. There may be Deadheads who agree, though the less fanatical probably should steer clear of this album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2004
Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC: 0081227893729
catalogNumber: 78937

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Tom Constanten   Group Member
Donna Jean Godchaux   Group Member
Keith Godchaux   Group Member
Bill Kreutzmann   Group Member
Phil Lesh   Group Member
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Group Member
Brent Mydland   Group Member
Vince Welnick   Group Member
J. Alcalde García   Group Member

Technical Credits

Mickey Hart   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Grateful Dead   Arranger
Otis Redding   Composer
Bob Weir   Composer,Contributor
Robert Hunter   Composer
John Perry Barlow   Composer
Betty Cantor-Jackson   Engineer
John Cutler   Producer,Engineer
Donna Jean Godchaux   Composer
Keith Godchaux   Composer
Bill Kreutzmann   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Bob Matthews   Engineer
Jeffrey Norman   Engineer
Owsley Stanley   Engineer
Dick Latvala   Tape Archivist
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Shawn Kenney   Cover Design,Cover Art
Allen Jones   Composer

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Fallout from the Phil Zone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A previous review noted: 'There is a particularly well-received performance of the Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan showcase 'Hard to Handle' from 1971 that makes you wish for a higher-quality source than the audience tape included (or a video), if only to give a clue to what the fuss was about. ('Maybe Pig was doing some strange dance,' Lesh speculates.)' There in no need to speculate, no need for a higher quality recording. This recording captured the moment perfectly. It was done on a reel-to-reel by two guys standing very close to the stage holding a microphone. Turn up the volume and listen for yourself - Jerry's jam explodes. This is an infamous audience tape from the Hollywood Palladium in L.A., 1971. You want this CD for this one cut alone, although all of the songs are jems. New Speedway like you've never heard it before. You want this one.