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Artist:Grateful Dead [ more ]
Song:Help On The Way/Franklin's Tower
Album:Blues For Allah [ info ]
Released:1975
Last Played:Apr 18, 2014 - 08:58
Avg. Rating:6.4  (Total Ratings: 660)
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Shimmer
(Bethesda, MD)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:17 

 Tombanjo wrote:

Wow...I feel the exact opposite.  Melody, rhythm, progression, nice hook...

 
Yes, at times, but he doesn't sustain it or try to build intensity. And sometimes he's clearly just noodling around trying to get back into the groove.
johkir
(Davis, CA)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:16 

There's a great blues riff in here somewhere.  Where did I put that riff?
bitbanger
(Just South of the Willy B)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:13 

 timmywilson wrote:
Loved this when I first heard it.  So unlike anything else from the mid 70's.  Still quite unique in so many ways.  Thanks, Bill.

 
I do know that there are a lot of people that feel the Dead were very progressive. Sadly, all I hear is a lot of incompletely assimilated country and folk in their work. There was much more inventive stuff happening in rock music at the time, not to mention other musical genus that were way out there on the edge.

Dead always seemed pretty conservative to me. I must be missing something.

IMHO, of course. 
Tombanjo
(nY)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:11 

 Shimmer wrote:
There's no doubt that Jerry Garcia was a talented guitar player with a distinctive sound, but this piece shows how unfocused and uninspired he could be as well.

 
Wow...I feel the exact opposite.  Melody, rhythm, progression, nice hook...
GaryG
(Ottawa, Ontario)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:10 

I think I'd like this if it was remastered; sounds like it was recorded inside a fur hat.
Tombanjo
(nY)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:08 

 black321 wrote:
Honestly, why do the dead get banged around so much with the drug jokes? What rock band out of the 60s/70s (and for the 80s, 90s, 00s) didnt have a drug issue...and the same for its fan base? Clapton and all his bands, the Stones, Beatles, Who...or is it just a bias against psychedelics?


 
gonna bump this because of the rehash of inane drug comments. 
Keef
(Confluence of the American River)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:08 

Sounds good to me. Roll away the doo...
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:06 

O-U-C-H. If this was all I could listen to, I might be grateful to be dead. Sort of a lull and a low at RP. What drugs could turn this into some musical nirvana? 
 
Shimmer
(Bethesda, MD)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:05 

There's no doubt that Jerry Garcia was a talented guitar player with a distinctive sound, but this piece shows how unfocused and uninspired he could be as well.
ChicoCyclist
(Chico, CA)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:04 

 pinem wrote:
this blows

 
Indeed.
pinem
(Chattanooga Tn)
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 - 09:04 

this blows
CrackerjaxATX
(ATX)
Posted: Jun 06, 2013 - 11:17 

my fav dead album
unclehud
(now 50 feet above the planet in Boston)
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 - 12:04 

Note to my main bloke fredriley:  I hear you, bro.  Back then, I was creating enough smoke to close down Heathrow and just didn't catch the Dead vibe.  If you had to be there to understand, well, that doesn't wash, because — like you — I was there.

Does this qualify me for a handicap parking space?
leafmold
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 - 12:01 

I like the Dead well enough, but this song is going on too long.
Limpopoking
(The Parish of St. Alfonzo)
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 - 12:01 

I'd forgotten that this album existed... immediately took me back to my teens. Lovely!!!! This awesomeness that is Radio Paradise {#Biggrin}
timmywilson
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 - 12:00 

Loved this when I first heard it.  So unlike anything else from the mid 70's.  Still quite unique in so many ways.  Thanks, Bill.
k-man
(SCruz, CA)
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 - 11:59 

 fredriley wrote:
Maybe I should have been strapped down, made to smoke stiff spliffs, then had the Dead played at me for ten hours straight.
 

I'm very sad to report, but I don't think this prescription would address your condition.

Try instead to get outside more and enjoy the sounds of nature.


bbryan
(Don't believe everything you think)
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 - 11:57 

I grew up on live versions and have to say that this is one of their studio tracks that pales in comparison. This one just seems to draaaaag relative to live versions
mitchscott
Posted: Apr 09, 2012 - 09:28 

 tkosh wrote:


so true!
 


cohifi
(Denver)
Posted: May 15, 2011 - 21:12 

 BlueHeronDruid wrote:
I'm guessing this is one of those "you had to be there" moments.
 


Not necessarily
tkosh
(Minnesota)
Posted: May 15, 2011 - 21:10 

 jerrieberrie wrote:
Hi Fred,

I'm not taking offense as a deadhead but it is pretty easy to see why you don't get it.   If you've hit mute, you just can't hear it.  

The Dead are in most cases an acquired taste (that being neither good nor bad) but if you don't give it a chance or two or three, you probably won't ever appreciate any part of it.   IMO there's a lot more to it than drugs or having to have been there.  We all seek different things from music and it may be that you are looking for more or less than the Deads' introspection and musings offer.  These are stories, exercises, essays- if you will.  For some of us, their reflections  "get" to the core of life and existance and our thoughts and experiences as human beings.
 
btw, I enjoy your comments on RP.

tkosh:
What a great description.  I was only part way there for the Dead, but enjoy their music tremendously.  To me it's like jazz—once you get the groove, it just gets in your blood, right to your heart.  And that just doesn't seem to go away.
 
 

cohifi
(Denver)
Posted: May 15, 2011 - 21:08 

 BlueHeronDruid wrote:
I'm guessing this is one of those "you had to be there" moments.
 


Not necessary
BlueHeronDruid
Posted: May 15, 2011 - 21:05 

I'm guessing this is one of those "you had to be there" moments.
jerrieberrie
(Omaha)
Posted: Apr 14, 2011 - 09:19 

Hi Fred,

I'm not taking offense as a deadhead but it is pretty easy to see why you don't get it.   If you've hit mute, you just can't hear it.  

The Dead are in most cases an acquired taste (that being neither good nor bad) but if you don't give it a chance or two or three, you probably won't ever appreciate any part of it.   IMO there's a lot more to it than drugs or having to have been there.  We all seek different things from music and it may be that you are looking for more or less than the Deads' introspection and musings offer.  These are stories, exercises, essays- if you will.  For some of us, their reflections  "get" to the core of life and existance and our thoughts and experiences as human beings.
 
btw, I enjoy your comments on RP.

 
fredriley wrote:
This starts, so I hit mute, listen to two tracks on iTunes, go answer the phone and spend 5 minutes on the conversation, come back, and this lot are still  feckin' going. How long is this blasted toon anyway?

I don't get the thing about the Dead and drugs. Back in the day when I smoked grass like there was no tomorrow, this would have been seriously excruciating to listen to when I was high. The thing about blow is that it magnifies your appreciation of physical sensation, particularly hearing, and the thought of the Dead ten times as ear-mangling is frightening. Maybe I should have been strapped down, made to smoke stiff spliffs, then had the Dead played at me for ten hours straight. That would have been some serious aversion therapy and would have kept me off blow for life.

I know, ya hadda be there, but I wasn't so don't get it at all. Kudos to RP for mixing up oldies with 'newies', but sometimes oldies just don't travel through time well, and the Dead are such a group. IMHO, naturally, and no offence intended to Deadheads, stoned or straight :*)

 


fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Apr 14, 2011 - 07:28 

This starts, so I hit mute, listen to two tracks on iTunes, go answer the phone and spend 5 minutes on the conversation, come back, and this lot are still  feckin' going. How long is this blasted toon anyway?

I don't get the thing about the Dead and drugs. Back in the day when I smoked grass like there was no tomorrow, this would have been seriously excruciating to listen to when I was high. The thing about blow is that it magnifies your appreciation of physical sensation, particularly hearing, and the thought of the Dead ten times as ear-mangling is frightening. Maybe I should have been strapped down, made to smoke stiff spliffs, then had the Dead played at me for ten hours straight. That would have been some serious aversion therapy and would have kept me off blow for life.

I know, ya hadda be there, but I wasn't so don't get it at all. Kudos to RP for mixing up oldies with 'newies', but sometimes oldies just don't travel through time well, and the Dead are such a group. IMHO, naturally, and no offence intended to Deadheads, stoned or straight :*)

jerrieberrie
(Omaha)
Posted: Apr 14, 2011 - 07:17 

This is so good for me today.   I've been called worse than a "Deadhead."


parttime
(Kona Hawaii)
Posted: Mar 13, 2011 - 20:16 

Thr road take's one more off into the sunset...  RIP Bear
gatorade
(Ocean Park, WA)
Posted: Mar 13, 2011 - 20:08 

RIP "Bear".
LongGoneDaddy
Posted: Feb 10, 2011 - 11:31 

Granfaloons of the Dead.  Franklin Hoenikker.
netstv
(On the east side of the bay)
Posted: Feb 10, 2011 - 11:30 

Today is just strange.  I'm not really a Dead Head.  Growing up a love child I grew up listening to this and somehow I think I rebelled against this music.

But today... it's ok.

Maybe because I'm grown up now?  Who knows...

just saying.... 
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