Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions - Live at the Top of the Tangent (1964)

Well, it looks like it going to be Grateful Dead week on this blog. This CD represents another helping of obscure Dead-related music. In this case, it's like the Dead's version of the program "Before They Were Stars." This recording -- which was made in 1964 but not released until 1999 -- presents the unplugged jugband that featured three members of the Dead before they decided to plug in and become the Dead.

Dead members featured here include Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. They romp through a bunch of traditional tunes, plus some rock and blues. A couple of songs like "Beat It On Down the Line" and "Monkey and the Engineer" ended up in the Dead's repertoire.

This CD is long out-of-print and has actually become pretty rare, selling for very high prices online. For further details about the circumstances behind this recording and its eventual release, I'll again direct you to a comprehensive book of Dead history -- like I did with the last two posts.

Track list:
1. Overseas Stomp
2. Ain't It Crazy (The Rub)
3. Boo Break
4. Yes She Do, No She Don't
5. Memphis
6. Boodle Am Shake
7. Big Fat Woman
8. Borneo
9. My Gal
10. Shake That Thing
11. Beat It on Down the Line
12. Cocaine Habit Blues
13. Beedle Um Bum
14. On the Road Again
15. The Monkey and the Engineer
16. In the Jailhouse Now
17. Crazy Words, Crazy Tune
18. Band Interview



  2. Wow I had heard about this one but have never seen it. Thanks!.