Rolling Thunder

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Along with Bobby Weir's Ace 1972 and Jerry Garcia's Garcia 1972, Mickey Hart percussion issued his debut solo in 1972. Some unfortunate business dealings involving his father Lenny Hart -- who briefly managed the Grateful Dead -- resulted in Mickey extricating himself from the band in 1971. However none of the other members blamed Mickey and remained supportive of his sabbatical. It was as a result of suddenly having some time off the road that the Rolling Thunder project was completed -- primarily in the barn of his Novato, California ranch. Unlike Garcia and Weir, Hart ventured beyond the confines of the Dead for support, featuring a bevy of rock and roll heavies -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Along with Bobby Weir's Ace 1972 and Jerry Garcia's Garcia 1972, Mickey Hart percussion issued his debut solo in 1972. Some unfortunate business dealings involving his father Lenny Hart -- who briefly managed the Grateful Dead -- resulted in Mickey extricating himself from the band in 1971. However none of the other members blamed Mickey and remained supportive of his sabbatical. It was as a result of suddenly having some time off the road that the Rolling Thunder project was completed -- primarily in the barn of his Novato, California ranch. Unlike Garcia and Weir, Hart ventured beyond the confines of the Dead for support, featuring a bevy of rock and roll heavies -- many of whom were also fellow Bay Area residents. The results are uniformly inspired and are the closest that the percussionist would come to recording a 'traditional' pop
ock album until the release of Mickey Hart's Mystery Box 1996 over two decades later. The disc begins with a traditional Native American invocation courtesy of Rolling Thunder himself. This leads into a marimba duet which is followed by Allah Rahka and Zakir Hussain's hypnotic rain sticks. Their percussive downpour segues into a seminal version of "Playing In The Band" which is titled "The Main Ten" in reference to the song's time signature. In addition to Dead mate Weir vocals
hythm guitar, the track also features Stephen Stills bass, John Cipollina guitar, the Tower Of Power horns, as well as legendary jazz percussionist Carmelo Garcia timbales. With the notable exception of the formidable brass section, the Dead's early arrangements correlate with Hart's interpretation. "Pump Song" is the only other track to have been incorporated into the Dead's repertoire. It was inspired by the rhythms inherent in an actual water pump located on Hart's ranch -- which can be heard during the intro. After a few minor rearrangements, the Dead worked it up as the "Greatest Story Ever Told." There are several other stunningly original compositions on Rolling Thunder, among them are "Blind John" -- which was the a-side b/w "Pump Song" of the only 7" single to be extracted from the long player. This folkie flavoured number features Jefferson Airplane -- soon-to-be-Jefferson Starship membersGrace Slick piano/vocals, Paul Kantner vocals and David Freiberg guitar/vocals as well as Barry Meltonguitar/vocals from Country Joe & The Fish. The equally intriguing full-blown rockers "Young Man" and especially the instrumental "Deep, Wide and Frequent" are worth mentioning as they contain some of the album's most aggressive performances. The latter track is also highlighted by a quartet of lead guitarists including Jerry Garcia, Robbie Stokes, John Cipollina and from the Sons Of Champlin, Terry Haggerty. Deadhead or naught, classic rock enthusiasts are encouraged to seek out this somewhat obscured classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2005
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • UPC: 081227892920
  • Catalog Number: 78929
  • Sales rank: 77,046

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mickey Hart Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Timpani
Jerry Garcia Guitar
Grace Slick Piano, Vocals
Stephen Stills Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Tower of Power Horn, Horn Section
Bob Weir Guitar, Vocals
Bill Champlin Organ, Keyboards
John Cipollina Guitar
Paul Kantner Vocals
Barry Melton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Sam Andrew Guitar
Greg Errico Drums
David Freiberg Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Viola, Vocals
Carmelo Garcia Percussion, Conga, Timbales
Terry Haggerty Bass, Guitar
Zakir Hussain Tabla
Michael Hinton Marimbas
Nancy Hinton Marimbas
Phil Lesh Bass, Vocals
Steven Schuster Flute
Steven Shuster Flute
Robbie Stokes Bass, Guitar
Mike Hinton Marimbas
Technical Credits
Mickey Hart Arranger, Engineer
David Freiberg Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering, Remastering
Zakir Hussain Contributor
Dan Healy Engineer
Rolling Thunder Horns Composer
Alla Rakha Contributor
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
G.J.R. Krishnan Contributor
Rock Scully Director, Direction
John Wollman Engineer
Rick Davis Engineer
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