August 1, 2018 Playlist

"Blues For Allah" by Grateful Dead (1975)
Grateful Dead "Blues For Allah"  1975 (USA)
Today is Jerry Garcia's 76th birthday, so I figured it's time for another classic album by The Dead. They were one of the great live bands of all time, but their success at making studio albums was very hit or miss. In particular, they rarely achieved the psychedelic majesty they were famous when they weren't on stage. So I think their most classic albums are their first three live albums, and their second "studio" album which was largely edited together from concert recordings (though the Official History of Rock says it would be their two best-selling albums from 1970, which I have not made classic albums because Workingman's and Beauty represent the lighter side of the Dead; basically sounds like CSN). In particular, I think their studio LPs from 1973-1980 are particularly dull, with one interesting exception: this week's Classic Blues for Allah. The title track is their most out-there progadelic epic (much more interesting than the orchestrated sidelong suite about turtles on their next studio LP), and this record also added a couple of classics to their concert repetoire: the jazz raga "Help On The Way/Slipnot!" and endless groover "Franklin's Tower".
Artist Song Album Year Country
The ZodiacLeoThe Zodiac Cosmic Sounds1967USA
Jefferson AirplaneIt's No SecretJefferson Airplane Takes Off1966USA
Big Brother & The Holding CompanyCombination Of The TwoCheap Thrills1968USA
Country Joe & The FishDonovan's ReefHere We Are Again1969USA
Grateful DeadSt. StephenAoxomoxoa1969USA
Frank ZappaTeenage WindYou Are What You Is1981USA
Eric Burdon & The AnimalsYear Of The GuruEvery One Of Us1968USA
TrafficMedicated GooLast Exit1969USA
Strawberry Alarm ClockStrawberries Mean LoveIncense & Peppermints1967USA
Iron ButterflyFlowers And BeadsIn-A-Gadda-Da-Vida1968USA
The Guess WhoLove And A Yellow RoseWheatfield Soul1969USA
Blue CheerI'm The LightOh! Pleasant Hope1971USA
Grateful DeadHelp On The Way/Slipknot!Blues For Allah
Grateful Deada. Blues For Allah
b. Sand Castles And Glass Camels
c. Unusual Occurences In The Desert
Blues For Allah
NektarRecognition / Let It GrowRemember The Future1973UK/Germany
Grateful DeadCryptical Envelopment/The Other One
   --> New Potato Caboose
   --> Born Cross-Eyed
   --> The Spanish Jam
Audience recording from Carousel Ballroom
San Francisco, February 14, 1968
Howard Wales & Jerry GarciaMorning In MarinHooteroll?1971USA
New Riders of the Purple Sage (Jerry Garcia on banjo)Duncan And Brady (trad.)Powerglide1972USA
Neil YoungFor The TurnstilesOn The Beach1974Canada
Joni MitchellCaliforniaBlue1971Canada
Buffy Sainte-MarieGenerationBuffy1974Canada
Bob DylanBallad Of A Thin ManHighway 61 Revisited1965USA
Fairport ConventionSlothFull House1970UK
Kyary Pamyu PamyuSunngoi Aura ("Awesome Aura")Pika Pika Fantajin2014Japan
Kyary Pamyu PamyuChan Chaka Chan ChanPamyuPamyuRevolution2012Japan
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