Go to Heaven [Bonus Tracks]

Go to Heaven [Bonus Tracks]

by Grateful Dead
     
 

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Time has somewhat mellowed the general disdain that critics and Deadheads alike leveled at Go to Heaven upon its release in May of 1980. Granted, none of these readings come close to their perfunctory live counterparts. However, that argument holds true for a vast majority of the Grateful Dead's studio catalog -- which had now grown to include 16 albums. Additionally,… See more details below

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Time has somewhat mellowed the general disdain that critics and Deadheads alike leveled at Go to Heaven upon its release in May of 1980. Granted, none of these readings come close to their perfunctory live counterparts. However, that argument holds true for a vast majority of the Grateful Dead's studio catalog -- which had now grown to include 16 albums. Additionally, this disc marked the beginning of keyboardist Brent Mydland's tenure; he had joined the band in the spring of the previous year and would remain for a decade. All eight of the songs -- not including "Antwerp's Placebo (The Plumber)," which is a 38-second instrumental percussion track -- had either already worked their way into the Dead's live performance repertoire, or would in due time. These include "Althea," "Feel Like a Stranger," and "Saint of Circumstance," as well as the raucous rock & roll opening cut, "Alabama Getaway" -- which was likewise often the band's opening number in concert during the early '80s. In a somewhat Prankster-esque sense of irony, "Don't Ease Me In" -- the disc's final number -- also closed many a first set during this era. Additionally notable about the track is that it was one of the first songs the band performed back in 1965, when they were known as the Warlocks. In terms of the quality of material, Go to Heaven includes few stone gems. Primary among them are Bob Weir's "Lost Sailor" and "Saint of Circumstance" pairing. While obviously not as thoroughly developed as it would become in concert, the lilting melody and fluctuating tempos are reminiscent of his "Weather Report Suite" from the 1973 release Wake of the Flood. The groovin' Jerry Garcia-sung ballad "Althea" is yet another example of a tune that would take on bolder and brighter hues as a concert staple for the remainder of the Dead's performance life. [In 2004, Rhino released a remastered, expanded edition of Go to Heaven as part of the exhaustive 12-disc box Beyond Description (1973-1989); in 2006, this expanded CD was released separately. The expanded disc contained six bonus tracks: studio outtakes of "Peggy-O," "What'll You Raise," and "Jack-A-Roe," plus live versions of "Althea," "Lost Sailor," and "Saint of Circumstance."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC:
0081227328122
catalogNumber:
73281
Rank:
22662

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Mickey Hart   Group Member
Jerry Garcia   Group Member
Bob Weir   Group Member
Bill Kreutzmann   Group Member
Phil Lesh   Group Member
Brent Mydland   Group Member

Technical Credits

Mickey Hart   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Grateful Dead   Arranger
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
James Austin   Reissue Producer
John Perry Barlow   Composer
Betty Cantor-Jackson   Engineer
John Cutler   Engineer
Bill Kreutzmann   Composer
Gary Lyons   Producer,Engineer
Bob Matthews   Engineer
Brent Mydland   Composer
Jim Welch   Producer,Art Direction
Pete Thea   Engineer
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Rock Scully   Direction
Stanley Mouse   Producer,Art Direction,Illustrations
Alan Trist   Direction
Richard Loren   Direction
Traditional   Composer
Cameron Sears   Executive Producer
David Lemieux   Reissue Producer

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