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Shakedown Street
Grateful Dead
Shakedown Street
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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All Artists: Grateful Dead
Title: Shakedown Street
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arista
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Disco, By Decade, 1970s, Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands, Country Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 078221822824

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wally gator | USA | 11/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Funky fresh, I believe I have one more shout out left for the Grateful Dead at least. SHAKEDOWN STREET, the bands eclectic offerings from 1978.

This album was recorded near the end of the DONNA JEAN/KEITH GODCHEAUX era. These years closed when Keith Godcheaux died in a severe bike accident. Most will say what he brought to the band was a more funky feel- he also brought his wife- who had sex with everyone in the band on the reg.(Don't quote me on that.)

I'm really no extreme DEAD HEAD, but I can hold my own. Hey, I know what I like and what I don't, ain't that good enough. I play this record at parties all the time. Its great fun times.

GOOD LOVIN' yeah, its that one you are thinking of covered by Bobby Weir on vocals. Of course Pig Pen covered it years earlier with the Dead and was WAY better, this version isn't bad.

FRANCE is a strange worldly track with Donna Jean on vocals. Theres steal drums and stuff going on, you better not leave your seat.

SHAKEDOWN STREET* this song kicks. Very groovy, with a hard steady drum beat and cool lyrics. Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart....

SERENGETTI another worldly tune, still good.

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN* More funky stuff, this song goes well to accompany a white reggae revolution. bands like SUBLIME took there cues from this song.

I NEED A MIRACLE* A bluesy one by Bobby Weir. Some good lyrics in the Bobby weir fashion. "I need a woman 'bout twice my age..."

FROM THE HEART OF ME a little too much Donna Jean for one album but still, I can dig it here and there.

STAGGER LEE This song makes me picture Jerry pimpin' on a sidewalk. This is a lost time for the DEAD I think and that is why these tracks are so underated. I love this stuff.

NEW NEW MINGLEWOOD BLUES Oh wait, I'm sorry, this is the ALL NEW MINGLEWOOD BLUES, this is a rehashed version of a song they covered way back in the mid sixties. The original was better, but they added more verses on this one that are quite enjoyable.

IF I HAD THE WORLD TO GIVE as is usual, Jerry closes us out with a nice somewhat lengthy inspirational jam. God bless, Jerry.

SO thats it. SHAKEDOWN STREET is a classic studio DEAD.

I would recommend ONE FROM THE VAULT first for anyone trying to break into the DEAD, but if you want a funky, reggae, blues, psychedelic disco album for your next FREAK don't gotta poke around, get SHAKEDOWN STREET."
Stop what your doin', cause' I'm about to ruin...
K. Hancock | California | 02/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Alright, those who are not yet converted to the GD flock: here is your opportunity to ease you in. Purchase this cd then feel yourself being whisked away to such global locations as France, a mountain, Serengetti, Donna Godchaux's heart, and Minglewood. It is clear that this cd was recorded with the intent to win over the entry level GD listener. Let me say, Mission Accomplished. It is a precious gift waiting for you to unlock its mysteries. All you have to do is buy it. I can hear the cd calling to you right now... Mortimer... Kristen... Charles... Buy the cd and be born again in the living fire of the mountain."
Grateful Feat or is it Little Dead
Jerkat1 | San Diego | 03/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a newly appointed 'Deadhead' I have to say that this album was a pleasant suprise. As you can tell from the reviews this is not one of the Dead's most likable albums. Maybe it's the purists that are still praising the material from the 60's and early 70's needlessly maligning this album, but for what ever reason just give it a chance.

This album was produced by Lowell George of Little Feat, and his presence is certainly noted here. It has that funky Little Feat feel to it. If your a fan of island/funk/reggae/rock this is the album for you, even if you don't expect it to come from the Grateful dead...."