Saturday, March 5, 2016

Diga Rhythm Band - Diga (1976)

Grateful Dead week wraps up with a somewhat forgotten, out-of-print effort by one of drummer Mickey Hart's side projects, the Diga Rhythm Band. As you might expect, it features lots of percussion. On top of that, almost all of the songs are instrumental, so it's not for everyone. But one song that might be of interest to Deadheads is "Happiness Is Drumming," which became the basis for the song "Fire On the Mountain," which the Dead premiered in concert in March 1977, around a year after this album came out.

Just so Deadheads have this all in one place: The last five entries were all Dead-related, and this blog also has items on the Keith & Donna album, Brent Mydland's solo album, and the album Anthem of the Sun. To get a list of all the Dead stuff, just pop the words "Grateful Dead" in the search box at the top, left hand side of this page.

Related posts:
Keith & Donna - Keith & Donna (1975)
Brent Mydland - Unreleased Solo Album (1982)
Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions - Live at the Top of the Tangent (1964)
Robert Hunter - Jack O' Roses (1980)

Track list:
1. Sweet Sixteen
2. Magnificent Sevens
3. Happiness Is Drumming
4. Razooli
5. Tal Mala

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