Evening Moods

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although the members of the Grateful Dead did allot time for outside projects over the years, three-plus decades of togetherness blurred musical edges to the point that it was often tough to tell where one member's output ended and another's began. Since Jerry Garcia's death, those lines blurred to the point where none of the band's surviving members seemed willing to shoulder the responsibility of moving the Dead's legacy forward, but Bob Weir finally seems ready to do just that with RatDog. Unlike, say, Mickey Hart, who's gone on to explore the further no pun intended flung regions of world music, Weir and company don't stray far from the admittedly wide swath of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although the members of the Grateful Dead did allot time for outside projects over the years, three-plus decades of togetherness blurred musical edges to the point that it was often tough to tell where one member's output ended and another's began. Since Jerry Garcia's death, those lines blurred to the point where none of the band's surviving members seemed willing to shoulder the responsibility of moving the Dead's legacy forward, but Bob Weir finally seems ready to do just that with RatDog. Unlike, say, Mickey Hart, who's gone on to explore the further no pun intended flung regions of world music, Weir and company don't stray far from the admittedly wide swath of territory colonized by the guitarist's "old" band. From the slow burn of the Willie Dixon-styled original "Bury Me Standing," which gains an extra layer of hoodoo from Jeff Chimenti's dark, burnished organ tones, to the elegant road ballad "Two Djinn," the best songs unfold slowly, revealing new textures at each turn. Weir certainly doesn't disappoint those tuning in to hear his trademark six-string work: He laces "Lucky Enough" with an effortlessly head-turning solo and buoys the pensive "Ashes and Glass" which does a nifty job of paraphrasing the classic "Mockingbird" with an intricate mesh of notes that recall his best concert improvisations. Yes, there are a couple of missteps -- the horn-driven choogle of "Odessa" sounds a bit forced, and the reworking of the Dead staple "Corinna" slightly out of place -- but for jonesing Deadheads and devotees of old-school jam-rock in general, those will be but small breaks in a very good Mood, indeed.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
The long-awaited release from former Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir's jam band Ratdog shouldn't disappoint hungry Deadheads. The bluesy/folky/country/jazz feel of the Dead's live sets have been reborn in this incarnation as well, accented by guest Mickey Hart's loose percussion on a couple of tracks notably the cover of "Corinna". Weir's friend and frequent collaborator, bassist Rob Wasserman, anchors the tracks and allows for plenty of bluesy jamming, and the band opens up to make room for gritty keyboard solos and even a bright horn section. After five years of touring without a single album for rabid fans to take home with them in their VW vans and BMW convertibles, the inevitable question is "When does the tour start?"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2005
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • UPC: 081227899424
  • Catalog Number: 78994
  • Sales rank: 42,815

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bury Me Standing - RatDog (9:03)
  2. 2 Lucky Enough - RatDog (5:10)
  3. 3 Odessa - RatDog (6:14)
  4. 4 Ashes and Glass - RatDog (5:55)
  5. 5 Welcome to the World - RatDog (6:52)
  6. 6 Two Djinn - RatDog (9:03)
  7. 7 Corrina - RatDog (8:52)
  8. 8 October Queen - RatDog (7:45)
  9. 9 The Deep End - RatDog (5:16)
  10. 10 Even So - RatDog (9:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Weir Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Mickey Hart Percussion
Rob Wasserman Bass
Mark Karan Guitar, Background Vocals
Matthew Kelly Harmonica
Jay Lane Drums, Background Vocals
Marty Wehner Trombone, Soloist
Robbie Kwock Trumpet
Kenny Brooks Saxophone
Jeff Chimenti Keyboards, Background Vocals
Eric Crystal Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
RatDog Musician
Mike McGinn Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Weir Producer, Executive Producer
John Perry Barlow Composer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Geoff Gans Art Direction
RatDog Composer
Mike McGinn Producer, Engineer
Justin Phelps Engineer
Mike McGinn Producer, Engineer
Blotter Brothers Producer
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