Evening Moods

Evening Moods

by Bob Weir


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Evening Moods

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC: 0081227899424
catalogNumber: 78994
Rank: 73607

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
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
RatDog   Composer
Mike McGinn   Producer,Engineer
Justin Phelps   Engineer
Mike McGinn   Producer,Engineer
Blotter Brothers   Producer

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