ARCD 8228 Shakedown Street
Produced by Lowell George and Dan Healy
Released on November 15, 1978
US CHART POSITION #41 . . . GOLD RECORD (9/4/87)
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D own the road apiece from Terrapin Station, for all intents the first side of that journey done twice. Some critics (e.g., the mossy minds of Rolling Stone) pack the Arista output into a single brown box and store it in the basement. I’ll grant you that Arista in the late ‘70s did little but drain the blood from its artists (Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, The Kinks), but the Dead continued to release vital music despite it. The disco amalgam of “Shakedown Street” (like “Estimated Prophet” earlier) isn’t a case of selling out but buying in. Shakedown Street never got a fair shake on radio, as Arista again trotted out a cover tune (“Good Lovin’”) for the single plus the discofied title track. To unfamiliar ears, it sounded like the Dead were reduced to disco and cover songs, so no wonder some thought their days were numbered. What they missed were the exotic shops that line this street, from the mantric reggae/pop of “Fire on the Mountain” (the same mountain where “Franklin’s Tower” resides apparently) to Donna Godchaux’ tropic “From The Heart of Me.” You can make a case that individual personalities pull the Dead in too many different directions and diffuse their energy, but a lack of ideas or talent is not their problem. If you enjoy them, Weir’s contributions this time include “I Need A Miracle” and “All New Minglewood Blues,” while Garcia and Hunter add the tale of “Stagger Lee.” I wouldn’t point you toward Shakedown Street if your travels with the Dead are still green, but in time it’ll prove an interesting avenue.

TRACK LISTING

  1. GOOD LOVIN'    (A.Resnick/R.Clark)    4:51
  2. FRANCE    (Mickey Hart/Bob Weir/Robert Hunter)    4:03
  3. SHAKEDOWN STREET    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)    4:59
  4. SERENGETTI    (Mickey Hart/Billy Kreutzmann)    1:59
  5. FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN    (Mickey Hart/Robert Hunter)    3:46
  6. I NEED A MIRACLE    (Bob Weir/John Barlow)    3:36
  7. FROM THE HEART OF ME    (Donna Godchaux)    3:23
  8. STAGGER LEE    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)    3:25
  9. ALL NEW MINGLEWOOD BLUES    (trad. arr. by Bob Weir)    4:12
  10. IF I HAD THE WORLD TO GIVE    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)    4:50

CREDITS

JERRY GARCIA --
DONNA GODCHAUX --
KEITH GODCHAUX --
MICKEY HART --
ROBERT HUNTER --
BILLY KREUTZMANN --
PHIL LESH --
BOB WEIR --
Jordan Amarantha -- percussion
John Kahn -- associate producer, horn arrangements
Matthew Kelly -- harp
Steven Schuster -- horn (7)
Bob Matthews -- engineer
Brett Cohen -- engineer (4)
Gilbert Shelton -- artwork

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US November 15, 1978 Arista LP/8T AB 4198  
UK November 15, 1978 Arista LP/CS ARTY 159  
GER 1978 Arista LP 201.133.270  
NET 1978 Arista LP 5C 062 62101  
US January 1987 Arista LP/CS ALB6/ALC6-8321 black & blue label
EUR/AUS'L 1990 BMG CD 25113  
US June 1991 Arista CD/CS ARCD 8228  
JPN 2000 Arista/BMG Int'l CDLE BVCM-37136 Ltd. Ed. K2 digital remaster

 

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