The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead

The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead


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An interesting concept: a compilation of the original versions of 17 songs frequently covered by The Grateful Dead in concert. Thoughtfully assembled, it showcases several aspects of their eclectic roots, encompassing jug band folk, country & western, Appalachian mountain music, country blues, '50s Chicago electric blues, R&B, Dylan, Guthrie, Holly, Berry, and more. Some of the recordings are very famous (Dylan's "It's All over Now, Baby Blue," Holly's "Not Fade Away"); others are downright obscure (Obray Ramsey's "Rain and Snow," the rare original version of "Morning Dew" by little-known Canadian folkie Bonnie Dobson). If you're a Dead fan, this is a valuable, very listenable collection of some of their key influences. It may seem churlish to point this out to Deadheads, but if you're not a Dead fan, you'll find this to be a first-rate collection of roots music that's much more enjoyable than hearing The Dead's interpretations of the same tunes.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1995
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351601421
catalogNumber: 6014
Rank: 35871

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Track Performer
Cannon's Jug Stompers   Track Performer
Charley Patton   Track Performer
Jimmy Reed   Track Performer
Henry Thomas   Track Performer
Merle Haggard   Track Performer
Marty Robbins   Vocals,Track Performer
Woody Guthrie   Track Performer
Joseph Spence   Track Performer
Chuck Berry   Track Performer
Bob Dylan   Track Performer
Buddy Holly   Track Performer
Dixie-Cups   Track Performer
Bonnie Dobson   Track Performer
Howlin' Wolf   Track Performer
Rev. Gary Davis   Track Performer
Obray Ramsey   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Joseph Spence   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Henry Kaiser   Producer
Bob Weir   Composer
Tim Rose   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
David Gans   Producer
Bill Kreutzmann   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Composer
Joan Pelosi   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer

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