Ranking the Discography: Grateful Dead Part 4: Workingman’s Dead

Workingman’s Dead reached #27 on the Billboard Albums. It was certified Platinum in 1986.


Jerry Garcia: lead vocals, lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo

Bob Weir: vocals, guitar

Phil Lesh: bass, vocals

Pigpen: keyboards, percussion, vocals

Bill Kreutzmann: drums, percussion

Mickey Hart: drums, percussion

The Tracks:

  1. “Uncle John’s Band”: I like the bluegrass style of this and its harmonies. The song has also been covered by the Indigo Girls and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
  2. ” High Time”: More great harmonies on this one too. It’s got a good country feel.
  3. “Dire Wolf “: A great concert staple with a good folksy feel. One of the best songs on the album.
  4. “New Speedway Boogie”: A great romp with a fun rhythm.
  5. “Cumberland Blues”: An excellent bluesy tune. Another one of my favorite songs.
  6. “Black Peter”: This is the song I like the least, but it’s still good.
  7. ” Easy Hunter”: Some good vocals from Pigpen here. This has some great instrumentation.
  8. “Casey Jones”: Another one of the most famous songs on the album. Robert Hunter has said that the song just popped into his head. One of my favorites.

Final Verdict: This album was excellent. I wish I could have been in the studio to watch it all happen.

Grade: A


Author: rocklobsterjwt

I am a Christian and an anime fan. My blog will cover anime reviews and maybe an occasional story

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