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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Grateful Dead - Early Morning Rain (11-3-65)

I had heard a few early Dead renditions of the Lightfoot song but never paid much attention til I heard this one recently. Recorded at the Golden Gate Studios in November of 1965. Obviously Phil on vocals. Honestly a pretty faithful and folky version that might be the most Kingston Trio-ish that I ever heard the Grateful Dead in rhythm and treatment. The organ is a bit ham handed and uninspired.

I like Phil's voice here, wasn't pushing his range, sounds good. No pretensions of psychedelia in the cut either. Doesn't come close to the original or Eva Cassidy but what does?

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