Wake of the Flood [Bonus Tracks]

Wake of the Flood [Bonus Tracks]

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After satisfying their nine-title/dozen-disc deal with Warner Brothers, the Dead began their own record labels -- Grateful Dead Records (for group releases) and Round Records (for solo projects). Wake of the Flood was the first Dead disc issued entirely under the band's supervision -- which also included manufacturing and marketing. Additionally, the personnel…  See more details below

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After satisfying their nine-title/dozen-disc deal with Warner Brothers, the Dead began their own record labels -- Grateful Dead Records (for group releases) and Round Records (for solo projects). Wake of the Flood was the first Dead disc issued entirely under the band's supervision -- which also included manufacturing and marketing. Additionally, the personnel had been altered as Ron "Pigpen" McKernan had passed away. The keyboard responsibilities were now in the capable hands of Keith Godchaux -- whose wife Donna Jean Godchaux also provided backing vocals. It had been nearly three years since American Beauty -- their previous and most successful studio album to date -- and, as always, the Dead had been honing the material in concert. A majority of the tracks had been incorporated into their live sets -- some for nearly six months -- prior to entering the recording studio. This gave the band a unique perspective on the material, much of which remained for the next 20-plus years as staples of their concert performances. However, the inspiration and magic of the Grateful Dead's music has always been a challenge to capture in the non-reciprocal confines of a studio. Therefore, while Wake of the Flood was certainly as good -- if not arguably better than -- most of their previous non-live efforts, it falls far short of the incendiary performances the band was giving during this era. There are a few tracks that do tap into some of the Dead's jazzier and exceedingly improvisational nature. "Eyes of the World" contains some brilliant ensemble playing -- although the time limitations inherent in the playback medium result in the track fading out just as the Dead start to really cook. Another highlight is Bob Weir's "Weather Report Suite," which foreshadows the epic proportions that the song would ultimately reach. In later years, the band dropped the opening instrumental "Prelude," as well as "Part One," choosing to pick it up for the extended "Let It Grow" section. The lilting Jerry Garcia ballad "Stella Blue" is another track that works well in this incarnation and remained in the Dead's rotating set list for the remainder of their touring careers. [In 2004, Rhino released a remastered, expanded edition of Wake of the Flood as part of the exhaustive 12-disc box Beyond Description (1973-1989); in 2006, this expanded CD was released separately. The expanded disc contained three bonus tracks: a 17-minute live version of "Eyes of the World" recorded in September 1973 at Nassau Coliseum in New York; an acoustic demo of "Weather Report Suite"; and an interesting outtake of "China Doll," which showed up on the Dead's next album, From the Mars Hotel.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2006
Label:
Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC:
0081227327620
catalogNumber:
73276
Rank:
23579

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Doug Sahm   12-string Guitar
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bill Atwood   Trumpet
Vassar Clements   Violin
Joe Ellis   Trumpet
Martin Fierro   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Fulcher   Vocals
Donna Jean Godchaux   Background Vocals,Group Member
Keith Godchaux   Group Member
Matthew Kelly   Harmonica
Bill Kreutzmann   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Phil Lesh   Group Member
Frank Morin   Tenor Saxophone
Pat O'Hara   Trombone
Benny Velarde   Timbales

Technical Credits

Eric Andersen   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Grateful Dead   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Tom Anderson   Engineer,Liner Notes
James Austin   Reissue Producer
John Perry Barlow   Composer
Keith Godchaux   Composer
Dan Healy   Engineer
Rick Griffin   Artwork
Reggie Collins   Annotation
Peter Coyote   Liner Notes
Cameron Sears   Executive Producer
David Lemieux   Reissue Producer

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