Thursday, November 14, 2013
Albums I Should Hate, But Don't #1: Grateful Dead's Go To Heaven
I don't think anyone, including Deadheads, think much of "Go To Heaven." As a matter of fact, I had never heard a note of it, with the exception of the pretty weak "Alabama Getaway," until yesterday, when I picked up a copy in a small collection of LPs.
This may not be what Dead fans wanted from the band, but that doesn't make "Go To Heaven" any less musical. As a matter of fact, it's one of the most melodic and accessible Dead records I have heard.
Two of the best tracks come from keyboardist Brent Mydland. Neither sounding much like what you'd expect from the GD, but more like lost tracks from The Eagles or Poco.
Here's one of them:
And while I've always leaned more towards Jerry Garcia's contributions, Bob Weir's 1-2 punch that opens Side Two, "Lost Sailor" and "Saint Of Circumstance," is damn good, the latter of which would not be out of place along side some classic late-70's Hall & Oates, no matter how much that may annoy some Dead fans I know.
Check it out:
A very pleasant surprise, indeed.