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Wake of the Flood
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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A Must-Have for Collectors
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Containing some of their most well-loved songs, Wake of the Flood is a necessary selection for a Dead collection.Some of the songs on this album continued to be played live by the band even twenty years after it was released. "Mississippi Half-Step" oftened opened shows while the beautiful "Eyes of the World" was often blended into other songs and drums/space solos in concert.While the review published by Amazon above may reflect the views of some mainstream music listeners, songs on this album have been loved by thousands of Deadheads for years. Referring to any of their music as "country rock," even those songs which were spawned from Jerry Garcia's bluegrass background, illustrates a very shallow understanding of the band's history and the wide variety of musical styles and influences to be found in this album as well as others. These guys were never taking cues from Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, or any of that particular genre.While some may decry the influence during the 70's of Keith and Donna Godchaux, to many their era was another interesting and diversifying stop on this "long, strange trip" which helps to separate the Dead from so many "classic rock" bands that continue to play the same songs with the same group of band members endlessly with very little innovation.Try it for yourself and you be the judge! It's a classic!"
Fine fine effort for non-Deadheads too
Phasedin | New Jersey | 11/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been more of a fan of jazz, classical, and "new age" music for decades now. But every once in awhile I indulge myself in the music that was new and happening during my high school years.
I remember reading a Rolling Stone review of "Wake Of The Flood" when it was a new release. I loved the cover, but , being a metal-head at the time, I had no time for the Dead. Well, times and tastes (thankfully) change. Although 90% of my time is spent listening to music that could never fall into the catagory of "popular song/vocal music", I do on occasion find myself pulling out a few recordings of popular music from the deep dark past. And in the early 90's I bought this minor little jem.
I have only maybe about 6 Dead discs. I have to wholly recommend this. especially if one appreciates jazz music at all. Not that this IS Jazz, but jazzers and other more forward-thinking music fans won't shy away from this because it is pretty much a relaxed "laid back" recording.
The sound is very clean and crisp. Maybe it can't hold a light to todays digital studio recordings, but this recording sounds a hell of allot better than most of the muddy sounding recordings of popular music from the early 70's. The guitars are all very clean sounding (which is what should appleal to jazz fans), the "Weather Report Suite" has a nice saxophone solo, and there's snatches of some beautiful pedal-steel guitar throught the album which is very effective without having a country music feel to it.Jerry's voice is wonderfully soft and relaxed. He doesn't sound at all to be straining and on this recording it really seems he has found his niche as a vocalasit and is quite comfortable in his role.
Too bad there aren't more recordings like this one!"
The Best Studio Dead Album
C. Marshall | Durham, NC | 03/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wake of The Flood (WOTF) is, IMHO, the single best studio Dead
recording. ... If you
don't like the Dead (...), you won't like WOTF. If you like
the Dead, you must own this disk. First of all, it contains Weather
Report Suite -- one of the Dead's very finest pieces ever. Secondly,
everything else on the album is great too. Check out Stella Blue:
slow? yes -- and soul shakingly sublime. Check out Eyes of the World
-- A classic Dead jam piece. You should also check out other Dead
albums Blues For Allah, Terrapin Station, and From The Mars Hotel.
These are not "pop" records. You will have to listen to
them carefully and learn them. But your efforts will be repaid 1000
times over. Enjoy!