'Come hear Uncle John's Band, by the riverside ...'. 5CDs of the Grateful Dead. Not by the Grateful Dead. All cover versions. It could be a nightmare - happily it's soul-stirringly wonderful.
The Day of the Dead was a gift for a recent 'significant' birthday. How significant? Well, work it out for yourself. I saw the Grateful Dead twice (so I was truly doubly blessed). The first time, I was still at school. A friend and I stayed the night at a cheap hotel at Finsbury Park and saw the Dead at Alexandra Palace. That would have been 1973, or possibly the following year. Then I went with two college friends to see them at The Rainbow in, curiously, Finsbury Park. I think we had just finished at college - if so, that would date the gig to 1977.
There's a huge range of styles of misc across these 5 CDs (released to raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness). And the musicians include: the wonderful Orchestra Baobab; Mumford and Sons; The National; Bela Fleck ...
'I know you rider, going to miss me when I'm gone ...'
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