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Though The Grateful Dead had hardcore Deadhead fans who followed the band from town to town, in 1978 there were no guarantees that the Dead's fortunes wouldn't fall dramatically if they didn't keep up with the times. This was before classic rock had become a viable radio format and when punk, new wave, and disco were potential threats in the youth market (which popular wisdom said sustained a band's career). The group hired Little Feat's Lowell George to produce this album, and despite his sympathies, Shakedown Street doesn't sound much like the band people were coming to see in concert. This may have made commercial sense at the time, but it now leaves the album sounding dated. The title track adds funk grooves with a slap bass that moves into disco territory. Similarly, Donna Jean Godchaux's "From the Heart of Me" and "France"—written by Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter, and Bob Weir and sung by Godchaux—sound more like the Dead serving as her backing band for a potential solo album. But the Dead needn't have worried. Their fans continued to pack houses to hear the band deliver in concert.

Customer Reviews

Feeling Strong ?

Smoke the teeniest hit
of weed, think about the person you loved the most ever, and try listen to 'If I Had The World To Give' without shedding a tear... Go ahead, I dare you.

Sell Outs

The Grateful Dead really did themselves a disservice with this overly produced nightmare. But, unfortunately, it was a sign of the times with other great rock and roll bands falling into the nightmarish disco trap.

Ain't Got No Heart

This is my least favorite of all the Dead's studio albums ...... In fact it's the only one I don't like. Fire on the Mountain is one of their best songs but this version is the worst.


Formed: 1965 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their numbers and devotion legendary in their own right -- they were the ultimate cult band, creating a self-styled universe all...
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