Best Songs From the Album "The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead"

Gg2000
"The Music Never Stopped" is a compilation album released on Grateful Dead Records that compiles the original versions of songs that the Grateful Dead covered in concert and in the studio. It's an interesting mixture of folk, bluegrass, country, blues, R&B, and early rock and roll. I'm self-moderating the list to make sure that spam items don't end up on the list; don't worry, I'll put all seventeen songs on the album here so you can vote. I also urge you to listen to all of the songs on the album; they're all worth listening to.
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The Top Ten

1 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue- Bob Dylan

One of Dylan's finest songs; it's a great way to say farewell to an era, as Dylan was in the process of becoming a full-fledged rock musician. The Dead covered a lot of Dylan songs in concert, and even once got to tour with Dylan in 1987. - Gg2000

2 Mama Tried - Merle Haggard

One of Haggard's finest tunes; nobody could sing a song like this with as much conviction and realism as Merle. The Dead did this one quite a few times; one of the more notable performances was at Woodstock. - Gg2000

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3 El Paso - Marty Robins

I love El Paso because it actually tells a story. Marty's voice is sublime, and so are the backing vocals. And at the end when he sings "One little kiss and Feleena goodbye"- I'm getting choked up just writing about it. - Gg2000

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4 Samson and Delilah- Rev. Gary Davis

A traditional gospel blues song that goes way back. When I first heard Rev. Gary Davis do it, I understood immediately why the Dead liked it. It's a great blues tune with a lot of conviction. - Gg2000

5 The Promised Land- Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry started writing this song while in prison. He was in the prison library, saw a road map, and immediately thought about writing a song about a guy taking a trip cross-country. It's one of my favorite Chuck songs from his post-prison era. - Gg2000

6 Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly

A rock and roll classic with a strong Bo Diddley beat. The Grateful Dead used to do this one in conjunction with "Going' Down the Road Feelin' Bad", which I'll put further down the list. - Gg2000

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7 Turn On Your Love Light- Bobby "Blue" Bland

One of my favorite R&B songs from the Sixties; the horns here are fantastic. I do have to say that the Grateful Dead took this song to a whole new level; just listen to the version on Live/Dead and you'll understand. - Gg2000

8 Morning Dew- Bonnie Dobson

This song is commonly interpreted as being about a young couple who go out after an atomic explosion to find that all of humanity has disappeared. The Grateful Dead did this one on their first album; it's one of my favorites from that album. - Gg2000

9 Big Railroad Blues- Cannon's Jug Stompers

Cannon's Jug Stompers were one of the premier jug bands in the Southern United States. Three members of the Dead actually met each other in a jug band called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions. - Gg2000

10 The Red Rooster- Howlin' Wolf

Better known by many as "Little Red Rooster". It's one of my favorites from the Wolf, particularly because I love the main slide guitar hook. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 I Bid You Good Night- The Pindar Family & Joseph Spence

Covered by the Dead as "And We Bid You Good Night"; the song is completely a cappela, and the Dead would use it frequently as their closing song during the late 60s and early 70s. - Gg2000

12 Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed

One of my favorite blues songs. Jimmy Reed's stuff is very laid-back and easy to groove along with. - Gg2000

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13 Iko Iko- The Dixie Cups

Based on a song by "Sugar Boy" Crawford called "Jock-a-Mo", Iko Iko features the Dixie Cups accompanying themselves by drumming on random objects. The result has a very primal feel to it. - Gg2000

14 Rain and Snow- Obray Ramsey

A traditional bluegrass staple that goes way back. The Grateful Dead recorded a rock version as "Cold Rain and Snow" on their first album. - Gg2000

15 Don't Ease Me In- Henry Thomas

Another traditional song, this tune was recorded by Henry Thomas in 1928. The Grateful Dead covered this on their album Go to Heaven, but I prefer the acoustic versions of this song they recorded in the early 70s (the version on Dick's Picks Vol. 8 is a great example). - Gg2000

16 Goin' Down This Road Feelin' Bad- Woody Guthrie

As I mentioned, the Dead this one in conjuction with "Not Fade Away". - Gg2000

17 Spoonful- Charlie Patton



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