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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:Oct 23, 2014 - 01:48
Avg. Rating:6.3  (Total Ratings: 706)
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1 votes: 81 (11%)2 votes: 38 (5.4%)3 votes: 54 (7.6%)4 votes: 22 (3.1%)5 votes: 36 (5.1%)6 votes: 45 (6.4%)7 votes: 105 (15%)8 votes: 140 (20%)9 votes: 105 (15%)10 votes: 80 (11%)
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arnimf
Posted: Oct 23, 2014 - 02:11 

Guitarsolo analyzed: 26% on key. 42% off key. Rest undecided.
Shimmer
(Bethesda, MD)
Posted: Sep 21, 2014 - 20:32 

 k-man wrote:
The person who says thats Garcia is obviously noodling on this song never really listened to it.
 
That was me, and I stand by my comment. In fact, I just noticed it again while listening to the song, before realizing it was the same song that had bothered me before.

I'll add another criticism instead: Garcia's guitar tone is thin, dry, and without variation. It gets pretty boring listening to that same sound over a long piece like this.
cbazinet
(Central Masssachusetts)
Posted: Aug 21, 2014 - 14:31 

Bar few, one of the most repetitive songs ever recorded.  Color me ungrateful.  Ugh.  
SurfDoc
(San Diego)
Posted: Aug 21, 2014 - 14:26 

Thank you for playing this!!  How you can't get into this groove is beyond me.
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Aug 21, 2014 - 14:21 

Hah!  I knew The Master would get around to pairing GD with Blitzen Trapper.  {#Notworthy}
k-man
(SCruz, CA)
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 - 08:51 

 kingart wrote:
I've kvetched about this piece already.  

 
And I've already said how much I love these three tunes and how they're strung together.


I love the Dead as much now as much as I ever did, and man do I miss their shows. The trouble with the Dead is, though, they are a full-on active listening band--background music they are not. Usually, the only time I can listen to them now is when I'm driving alone in my car, where I can actively listen without distraction. And there the music can take me...

The yokels who continuously bash the Dead's music have never understood the sound our caught what the band is really all about. The person who says thats Garcia is obviously noodling on this song never really listened to it. And those who say it's just a bunch of stoners who listen to the music obviously never went to a show to see the cross-sectoin of folks who would attend--the diversity of the crowd always amazed me.
BigIslandBlues
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 - 08:45 

It may have one good ring, baby, you can't tell
One watch by night, one watch by day
If you get confused, listen to the music play

Some come to laugh their past away
Some come to make it just one more day
Whichever way your pleasure tends
If you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind

Roll away the dew...

I'm rollin' with it. Groovin' with Jerry and the crew.
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 - 08:35 

I've kvetched about this piece already. Totally one of the least inspiring RP plays. This is PAIN-FUL. One for the trash heap of musical history. Disharmonious unmelodic NOIZ. They should have given up on the Zappa Mothers clone.     
junebaby65
(Cleveland, OH)
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 - 08:34 

Not the biggest Dead fan, but this is pretty cool.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Jun 20, 2014 - 01:39 

Beautiful cover art.
akdavey
(Playa del Rey, CA baby)
Posted: May 19, 2014 - 16:17 

oh geez this just makes me dislike the Dead more and more.
Just painful. {#Beat} 
BBoyes
(Utah: Gateway to Nevada)
Posted: May 19, 2014 - 16:13 

 johkir wrote:
There's a great blues riff in here somewhere.  Where did I put that riff?

 
Yeah it does feel a bit lost now and then... which can happen to anyone, but makes me wonder why they didn't do a retake. Maybe they liked it as is. Or were just tired of working on it. Or it was a producer decision. Who knows? At this point who cares? Why did I bother commenting?
Biscobret
(Vashon, WA)
Posted: May 19, 2014 - 16:10 

 bitbanger wrote:
Dead always seemed pretty conservative to me. I must be missing something.
 
Absolutely -- LSD.  Take seven drops under the tounge about an hour before showtime, & see how conservative they seem.
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.


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