Grateful Dead- Wake of the Flood

Grateful Dead — Wake of the Flood

This is the first Grateful Dead music I ever heard and I didn’t know what to think. It was January 1974, I was a senior in high school, and I was very impres­sion­able as far as music was con­cerned. I lis­tened and lis­tened, fell in love with it, and so began my life­long obses­sion with the Dead. I have also had this album (CD) in my col­lec­tion since.

This is the first Grateful Dead self-pro­duced album after their split from Warner Brothers Records and the begin­ning of the band’s lega­cy of mas­sive releas­es includ­ing reis­sues, live per­for­mances, box-set col­lec­tions, and anniver­sary reis­sues. We’re cur­rent­ly in the 50-year era of reis­sues; I can’t wait for the 100-year era.

Apparently the Grateful Dead orga­ni­za­tion has become quite a cor­po­ra­tion (Dead.net) and the Jerry Garcia fam­i­ly has formed its own cor­po­ra­tion called Garcia Family Provisions. Check them both out for every­thing “Dead Head.”

Album Information

All songs writ­ten by Garcia and Hunter except where noted

1.      “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”                   5:42

2.      “Let Me Sing Your Blues Away” Hunter Godchaux     3:15

3.      “Row Jimmy”                                                                    7:11

4.      “Stella Blue”                                                                      6:22

5.      “Here Comes Sunshine”                                                 4:37

6.      “Eyes of the World”                                                         5:16

7.      “Weather Report Suite”

                   “Prelude” (Weir)        

                   “Part I” (Andersen, Weir)

                   “Part II (Let it Grow)” (Barlow, Weir)”  12:41

Released     October 15, 1973

Recorded     August 4–15, 1973

Studio          The Record Plant, Sausalito CA

Length         45:34

Label            Grateful Dead

Producer     Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia – gui­tar, ped­al steel gui­tar, vocals

Donna Jean Godchaux – vocals

Keith Godchaux – key­boards, vocals

Phil Lesh – bass guitar

Bill Kreutzmann – drums

Bob Weir – gui­tar, vocals

Bill Atwood – trumpet

Vassar Clements – violin

Joe Ellis – trumpet

Martín Fierro – sax­o­phone (alto, tenor)

Sarah Fulcher – vocals

Matthew Kelly – harmonica

Frank Morin – sax­o­phone (tenor)

Dan Healy- sound

Pat O’Hara – trombone

Doug Sahm – bajo sexto

Benny Velarde – timbales

Dan Healy — sound

Tom Flye — engineer

Tom Anderson — engineer

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  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.