9 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The reputation that the Dead would eventually acquire as mellow roots-rockers is nowhere in sight on their 1967 debut album. They emerged as a frenetic, visceral garage band, with early tunes from their jug-band days like "Beat It On Down the Line" getting a jumpy jolt, replete with peppy organ and fuzzy lead guitar. But a foreshadowing change of pace arrives with the folky "Morning Dew," which sees the band digging into the kind of slow-burning jam that would come to define their sound.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The reputation that the Dead would eventually acquire as mellow roots-rockers is nowhere in sight on their 1967 debut album. They emerged as a frenetic, visceral garage band, with early tunes from their jug-band days like "Beat It On Down the Line" getting a jumpy jolt, replete with peppy organ and fuzzy lead guitar. But a foreshadowing change of pace arrives with the folky "Morning Dew," which sees the band digging into the kind of slow-burning jam that would come to define their sound.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

l3gutierrez ,

Oh man!

So I haven't really focused much on the Dead (other than a compilation I own) and figured, why not start with this one? Oh man! It was worth the download! High recommendation!

ejbesq ,

A vastly underrated debut

I bought this album upon its release many years ago and instantly thought it was fantastic - I've been a fan ever since. A 10 plus minute tune back in 1967 was pretty rare. My only criticism, and it is minimal, is that the tempos are all a bit rushed. Morning Dew really took on a new feel by slowing it down. I read somewhere (it may have been in Rock Scully's book) that it was the result of the band's use of Ritalin at the time of the recording sessions. I believe the entire album was completed in four days. But it really is a great record and unfortunately like most of the Dead's studio output, unfairly maligned.

Wheaties9 ,

Great Album!

This was my first Dead album i purchesed recently and i absolutly love it! every song on it is great, all have a great beat and feel to them:) Deffiantly recommended!

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