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The Music Never Stopped - The Roots Of The Grateful Dead - Various Artists

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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 1999-10-01 at Shanachie

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      09.02.2010 21:48
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      Enjoyable but not that insightful

      Having just reviewed an album by Gus Canon, one of the first artists to be involved in a jug band, I thought I'd review this compilation album which contains one of his tracks. Some years ago, I lived with a guy nicknamed "The Yeti" who was particularly fond of The Grateful Dead, I've never particularly been a fan but during this time, it seemed Jerry Garcia would be living with us too whether I liked it or not. One of the more interesting albums in the collection of this particular Dead Head's was a 94 compilation labelled "The Music Never Stopped - Roots of the Grateful Dead", it does pretty much what it says on the case, there's a range of hand-picked tracks, most of if not all that have been covered by The Grateful Dead at sometime, fortunately for me though they were the original versions of the tracks. To be honest, despite the undoubted quality on this album - there's no big surprises - Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and even Bob Dylan make it in to the combination. There's a Charley Patton song thrown in and the aforementioned Gus Canon track. The only artist I hadn't come across before was the fiddler Obray Ramsey, I found the Rain and Snow track quite delightful, so decided to find out a bit more about the band but couldn't really dig up much in the way of an album, it seems other than an appearance at folk festivals in the 60s and appearing in eccentric 70s film Zachariah, it's hard to hear more of them. Generally this is no better than any other compilation of a handful of songs from inspiring artists in blues and country folk music, it's a nice introduction though particularly if you happen to be a fan of The Grateful Dead. 1 Rain And Snow - Ramsay, Obray 2 Mama Tried - Haggard, Merle 3 Iko Iko - Dixie Cups 4 Samson And Delilah - Davis, Rev. Gary 5 Big Railroad Blues - Cannon's Jug Stompers 6 El Paso - Robbins, Marty 7 It's All Over Now Baby Blue - Dylan, Bob 8 Spoonful - Patton, Charley 9 Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf 10 Promised Land - Berry, Chuck 11 Don't Ease Me In - Thomas, Henry 12 Big Boss Man - Reed, Jimmy (1) 13 Turn On Your Lovelight - Bland, Bobby 'Blue' 14 Morning Dew - Dobson, Bonnie 15 Not Fade Away - Holly, Buddy 16 Goin' Down This Road Feelin' Bad - Guthrie, Woody 17 I Bid You Good Night - Spence, Joseph

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Rain And Snow - Ramsay, Obray
    2 Mama Tried - Haggard, Merle
    3 Iko Iko - Dixie Cups
    4 Samson And Delilah - Davis, Rev. Gary
    5 Big Railroad Blues - Cannon's Jug Stompers
    6 El Paso - Robbins, Marty
    7 It's All Over Now Baby Blue - Dylan, Bob
    8 Spoonful - Patton, Charley
    9 Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf
    10 Promised Land - Berry, Chuck
    11 Don't Ease Me In - Thomas, Henry
    12 Big Boss Man - Reed, Jimmy (1)
    13 Turn On Your Lovelight - Bland, Bobby 'Blue'
    14 Morning Dew - Dobson, Bonnie
    15 Not Fade Away - Holly, Buddy
    16 Goin' Down This Road Feelin' Bad - Guthrie, Woody
    17 I Bid You Good Night - Spence, Joseph