Songs of the Grateful Dead

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Octogenarian singer/mandolin player Jesse McReynolds is quick to point out in his liner notes that Songs of the Grateful Dead does not mark the first time this venerable bluegrass musician has ventured into the rock realm, having played on the Doors' Soft Parade and, with his brother in their duo Jim & Jesse, cut a Chuck Berry tribute album, Berry Pickin' in the Country. This tribute is not nearly as much of a stretch as that one, however. As Deadheads know, Dead leader Jerry Garcia was a big bluegrass fan, and his songs for the group often reflected that taste. Also, he sometimes played bluegrass in his side projects, and McReynolds has enlisted some of Garcia's ...
See more details below
CD
$12.34
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $10.11   
  • New (5) from $10.11   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Octogenarian singer/mandolin player Jesse McReynolds is quick to point out in his liner notes that Songs of the Grateful Dead does not mark the first time this venerable bluegrass musician has ventured into the rock realm, having played on the Doors' Soft Parade and, with his brother in their duo Jim & Jesse, cut a Chuck Berry tribute album, Berry Pickin' in the Country. This tribute is not nearly as much of a stretch as that one, however. As Deadheads know, Dead leader Jerry Garcia was a big bluegrass fan, and his songs for the group often reflected that taste. Also, he sometimes played bluegrass in his side projects, and McReynolds has enlisted some of Garcia's sidemen in this effort, the "friends" of the artist credit specifically referring to David Nelson of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and Stu Allen of the Jerry Garcia Band, with Garcia friend Sandy Rothman picking a banjo on "Deep Elem Blues" and penning his own liner notes in which he attests to his and Garcia's affection for Jim & Jesse. With all this mutual admiration, then, it's not surprising that the album comes off so well. McReynolds has not restricted himself to what might seem like the obvious choices from such country-oriented Dead albums as Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, also including some of the later songs by Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, such as "Black Muddy River" and "Standing on the Moon." Just as Garcia's melodies reveal bluegrass and country influences, so Hunter's aphoristic lyrics, full of Western imagery, work just fine with McReynolds' rural inflections. And the players are not averse to going for some Dead-style space jamming on such selections as "Bird Song" and "Franklin's Tower." It all comes to an appropriate close with a new McReynolds/Hunter composition, the lightly philosophical "Day by Day." "If Jerry was here, he'd be playing on this album," writes Rothman, and that's hard to doubt; even without his actual presence, his spirit is evoked.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • Label: Woodstock Records
  • UPC: 687241003320
  • Catalog Number: 33
  • Sales rank: 97,147

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Muddy River (5:37)
  2. 2 Ripple (4:29)
  3. 3 The Wheel (5:55)
  4. 4 Bird Song (8:07)
  5. 5 Franklin's Tower (5:29)
  6. 6 Standing On the Moon (5:24)
  7. 7 Loser (5:26)
  8. 8 Fire On the Mountain (6:15)
  9. 9 Stella Blue (6:42)
  10. 10 Deep Elem Blues (5:57)
  11. 11 Deal (5:08)
  12. 12 Alabama Getaway (4:16)
  13. 13 Day By Day (4:39)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse McReynolds Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals
Randy Brown Bass
Buck White Piano
David Ferguson Bass
David Nelson Electric Guitar, Vocals
Sandy Rothman Banjo
Tommy White Steel Guitar
Steve Thomas Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Keyboards
Tony Wray Acoustic Guitar
Shawn Apple Drums
Stu Allen Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Pat McErney Drums
Garrett McReynolds Vocal Harmony
Amanda McReynolds Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Jerry Garcia Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Jesse McReynolds Producer
David Ferguson Mastering
Sandy Rothman Producer, Liner Notes
Steve Thomas Producer, Engineer
Marie Spinosa Art Direction
Traditional Composer
McReynolds Composer
Etsuko Rosenblum Graphic Design
William Hawkins Cover Painting
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously