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The Grateful Dead transitioned into the '70s with ease, having grown their Deadhead base with live albums that captured their shows' spirit while expanding into the pop market with studio albums that focused on their underrated songwriting. Wake of the Flood was the Dead's sixth studio album and the first released on their own Grateful Dead Records. The death of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan looms over this album. The style of new pianist Keith Godchaux leans away from blues and into jazz, while the backing vocals of his wife, Donna Jean Godchaux, add a female tone (previously heard only on live recordings). Keith's only song for the group, "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away," best exemplifies this new influence, complete with a horn section. Jerry Garcia is in top form here on mellow, soulful tunes that became standards for the group, such as  "Row Jimmy" and "Stella Blue." Bob Weir contributes another future live favorite in its early form with the three-part "Weather Report Suite." The intricate "Eyes of the World" is but a tease of its live possibilities.

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Wake Of The Flood

Very good studio album by The Grateful Dead. You can obviously tell some changes have been made, Pigpen is gone, and Keith Godchaux has replaced him on keyboards. This leads the band to do more jazz influenced music than country and blues as the band did previously. You have two Jerry Garcia ballads- Row Jimmy and Stella Blue, standard dead songs like Mississippi half step, Here Comes Sunshine, and Eyes Of The World, then the album ends with the excellent Weather Report Suite. This album was a new direction for the dead, but that is why the Grateful Dead are THE Grateful Dead, right?


Nice. I liked Here Comes Sunshine the most of all tracks on here. However, the Dead have made several way better albums like Mars Hotel, American Beauty, and Workingmans Dead.


Jonny and I had planned to go to Mount Shasta and climb to the summit. Somehow we ended up in San Francisco instead. We immediately went to Tower Records on Columbus Street. When we entered, they were playing the new Dead album "Wake of the Flood". We both bought copies. Still listen to it. Just gets better with time.


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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