Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:10 am Post subject: The Last Album
I was searching around archive and found some of the last studio sessions of The Grateful Dead. The tracks are raw and many not really finished. It is funny because I saw an Earthquake Country bootleg in a cd store the other day. It was all live tracks with the "new" songs on it. As I was looking around the store the guy who ran it was telling me about his bootlegs trying to impress me (I was wearing a GD shirt). That is when I simply replied I could listen to this on archive.org for free. I don't think he really liked my answer. Ha Ha
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From Rolling Stone, Apr 20, 1998
Although it's common knowledge that the Grateful Dead were in the midst of recording when Jerry Garcia died almost three
years ago, former keyboardist Vince Welnick shed more light on the unfinished album in a recent conversation with the Rolling
According to Welnick, the album was set to include such tour-tested songs as "Liberty," "So Many Roads," "Days Between,"
"Samba in the Rain," "Way To Go," "Corrina," and "Easy Answers," but Garcia passed away before the tracks could be
completed. "We had just about finished the basics when Jerry checked out," Welnick said. "It's a shame, because we spent
a lot of time in there."
Although the studio tapes from the Grateful Dead's would-be swan song are still around, Welnick doubts that the album can
be salvaged. "There weren't even working vocals on some of the songs. There was also very little guitar. If they wanted to make
something of it, they'd probably have to splice in something from one of the show tapes."
Grateful Dead spokesman Dennis McNally denied that anything will ever come of the album.
"Only [Grateful Dead guitarist] Bobby [Weir] ever thought that anything could be done, but it can't. Jerry didn't contribute to it.
Everyone else contributed to it, but Jerry just wasn't with it. There's not even a title, to my knowledge."
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