Thursday, December 5, 2019
The Grateful Dead - Ramble On Rose - Various Songs (1971-1972)
The other day, the Reconstructor blog (https://the-reconstructor.blogspot.com/) posted a similar album to this one. According to that blog, the Dead were planning on releasing a studio album in 1972 that would have been titled "Rambling Rose." But instead of going to the studio to record their new songs, they decided to release a live album instead, and "Europe '72" was the result. I'm not sure why they wanted to call the album "Rambling Rose" when they had a song with the title "Ramble On Rose," but the again, the song does include the lyric "Did you say your name is Rambling Rose?"
I went with the album title "Ramble On Rose" because I found a really great cover art picture at the "What If" blog (https://whatif-misc.blogspot.com/) a year ago, and I asked back then if I could use it too. So now here we finally are. That locked me in to using "Ramble On Rose" for the album title.
Anyway, regardless of title, this is another great album that should be a must-have for any fan of the band. As I did with the other albums from this era, I was careful to have a mix of songs sung by Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, with Garcia's songs dominating. For each album of these four, I'd include all original songs plus one cover. In this case, the cover is "Morning Dew."
Generally speaking, I've tried hard to avoid using the exact same versions of the songs that are on the 1972 solo albums by Garcia and Weir. Both those albums are so good that every Dead fan should own them and treat them just like Dead albums. (Actually, the Weir album, "Ace," is basically a Dead album of Weir songs, since the full band appears on every song.) But I had to make an exception this time for the song "Cassidy." The Dead didn't play the song for the first time until 1974, which is too late to fit into this album's time frame. Plus, the studio version from "Ace" is fantastic.
There are only seven songs here, but they're long, so the album is 48 and a half minutes long. That would have been unusually long for a single album in 1972, but it was doable. ("L.A. Woman" by the Doors from 1971 was a bit longer.)
01 Ramble On Rose (Grateful Dead)
02 Cassidy (Bob Weir)
03 The Stranger [Two Souls in Communion] (Grateful Dead)
04 Black-Throated Wind (Grateful Dead)
05 He's Gone (Grateful Dead)
06 Looks like Rain (Grateful Dead)
07 Morning Dew (Grateful Dead)
As mentioned above, thanks to the "What If" blog for the excellent cover art. I did change it slightly in that some parts of the text was darker than others, and I made it all equally dark.