Blues for Allah

Blues for Allah

Blues for Allah is the eighth studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded between February 27 and May 7, 1975 and originally released on September 1, 1975. It was the third release under the band's own label, Grateful Dead Records, after fulfilling their contract with Warner Bros. Records.

It was the first album with Mickey Hart in over four years, and the band's first album since their short hiatus from touring in 1974. Possibly because of late arrival, Mickey Hart's picture does not appear on the back cover.

The album's title track was only performed a handful of times in 1975 and never played again after that. This is interesting in light of that most of the tracks on the album were performed for the rest of the Dead's career.

The album was released for the first time on CD in 1995 by Arista before being remastered, expanded, and released as part of the Beyond Description (1973-1989) 12-CD box set in October 2004. The remastered version was later released separately on CD on March 7, 2006 by Rhino Records.

Track listing

Original release

Side one

  1. "Help on the Way/Slipknot!" (Garcia, Godchaux, Hunter, Kreutzmann, Lesh) – 7:18
  2. "Franklin's Tower" (Garcia, Hunter, Kreutzmann) – 4:32
  3. "King Solomon's Marbles" (Lesh) – 5:20
    1. "Part I: Stronger Than Dirt" (Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh)
    2. "Part II: Milkin' The Turkey" (Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh)
  4. "The Music Never Stopped" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:35

Side two

  1. "Crazy Fingers" (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:41
  2. "Sage & Spirit" (Weir) – 3:07
  3. "Blues for Allah" (Garcia, Hunter) – 12:31
    1. "Sand Castles and Glass Camels" (Garcia, Godchaux, D. Godchaux, Kreutzmann, Lesh, Weir)
    2. "Unusual Occurrences in the Desert" (Garcia, Hunter)

2004 reissue

  1. "Help on the Way/Slipknot!" (Garcia, Godchaux, Hunter, Kreutzmann, Lesh) – 7:21
  2. "Franklin's Tower" (Garcia, Hunter, Kreutzmann) – 4:33
  3. "King Solomon's Marbles" (Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh) – 5:16
  4. "The Music Never Stopped" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:36
  5. "Crazy Fingers" (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:42
  6. "Sage & Spirit" (Weir) – 3:06
  7. "Blues for Allah" (Garcia, Godchaux, D. Godchaux, Kreutzmann, Lesh, Weir, Hunter)– 12:44
  8. "Groove #1" (instrumental studio outtake) – 5:45
  9. "Groove #2" (instrumental studio outtake) – 7:35
  10. "Distorto" (Garcia) (instrumental studio outtake) – 8:14
  11. "A to E Flat Jam" (instrumental studio outtake) – 4:39
  12. "Proto 18 Proper" (instrumental studio outtake) – 4:18
  13. "Hollywood Cantata" (Hunter, Weir) (studio outtake) – 4:14

Personnel

Grateful Dead:

Additional performers:

  • Steven Schuster - flute, reeds

Production:

  • Philip Garris - Cover, illustrations
  • Joe Gastwirt - remastering
  • Dan Healy - engineer, mixing
  • Robert Taylor - assistant engineer

Bonus tracks production details

Reissue production credits

  • David Lemieux, James Austin - reissue producers
  • Reggie Collins - annotation
  • David Fricke - liner notes
  • Sheryl Farber - editorial supervision
  • Rob Zi Taylor - assistant engineer
  • Cameron Sears - executive producer
  • Jimmy Edwards, Robin Hurley, Hale Milfgrim, Scott Pascucci - associate producer
  • Joe Gastwirt - mastering, production consultant
  • Eileen Law - research
  • Ed Perlstein, Richard McCaffrey - photography
  • Hugh Brown, Steve Vance - design, reissue art directors
  • Vanessa Atkins, Steven Brown, Betty Cantor, Steven Chean, Brett Cohen, Bill Inglot, Bob Matthews, Jeffrey Norman, Randy Perry - project assistants

Charts

Album - Billboard
Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 12

Singles - Billboard

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "The Music Never Stopped" Pop Singles 81

See also

External links

References

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