11 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whereas the Grateful Dead’s first official live album, 1969’s Live/Dead, explored the band’s early interest in jazz-infused psychedelia, Skull & Roses exposes its down-home roots. More than half the album is comprised of covers of classic country, blues, and early rock ’n’ roll songs. In 1971, to hold up Merle Haggard and Buddy Holly as your heroes was still a bold position, but the Dead’s love for Americana was so pure and unaffected that even the naysayers were drawn in by sweet, shuffling renditions of “Mama Tried” and “Not Fade Away.” The Garcia/Hunter original “Bertha” and covers of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Big Railroad Blues” (originally done by Cannon’s Jug Stompers) reasserted the band’s love for old-fashioned rollicking rock, in spite of their growing reputation as the preeminent purveyors of space music. The album’s pinnacle is the first appearance of the classic “Wharf Rat,” a hallucinatory lament that captures the anger, sorrow, and grace of all the long lost blues records beloved by this band.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whereas the Grateful Dead’s first official live album, 1969’s Live/Dead, explored the band’s early interest in jazz-infused psychedelia, Skull & Roses exposes its down-home roots. More than half the album is comprised of covers of classic country, blues, and early rock ’n’ roll songs. In 1971, to hold up Merle Haggard and Buddy Holly as your heroes was still a bold position, but the Dead’s love for Americana was so pure and unaffected that even the naysayers were drawn in by sweet, shuffling renditions of “Mama Tried” and “Not Fade Away.” The Garcia/Hunter original “Bertha” and covers of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Big Railroad Blues” (originally done by Cannon’s Jug Stompers) reasserted the band’s love for old-fashioned rollicking rock, in spite of their growing reputation as the preeminent purveyors of space music. The album’s pinnacle is the first appearance of the classic “Wharf Rat,” a hallucinatory lament that captures the anger, sorrow, and grace of all the long lost blues records beloved by this band.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
91 Ratings
91 Ratings
webersfca ,

A perfectly human album

I am 72 yrs. old now 2017 and although I am not a 'deadhead' , I have always loved the Dead prior to this record and beyond . This record just blew my mind . Every song is probably the best version ever played by anybody , even the originators… It is an unbelievable album !

tch11111 ,

a must have. Trust a 40 yr Dead Head

Europe 72 has what Dead Heads affectionatly love, which are epilogs where they kind of somehow go off on a tangent ,then somehow bring it back with an amazing precision. Which makes you wonder can you even practice something like that. A question that ony they know , but we love to listen to. Enjoy,the best way to enjoy the Dead is related to Jerry's nickname. But certainly not necessary.

Bonnybeth ,

So good

So good
If you're familiar with the dead then you need no help in understanding how good this album is. If you're new to the dead this is a great starter album. Jerrys soul pours through his guitar here. Pig pen on big boss man is golden. "You ain't so big, you just tall, that's just about all."

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