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The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead

Updated: 2017-02-13T10:47Z
The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead
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Cover art by Robert Crumb
Compilation album by Various Artists
ReleasedOctober 17, 1995
GenreCountry rock, Folk-rock, Rock, Blues
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The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead is a 1995 compilation album of songs, performed by the original artists, that the American rock group the Grateful Dead covered and performed live throughout their career. Several of the tracks on this album can be found on no other compact disc, including "Rain and Snow" as performed by Obray Ramsey and "Big Railroad Blues" by Cannon's Jug Stompers. The eclectic nature of the Grateful Dead's music is highlighted on this album with the inclusion of songs from such diverse genres as folk ("Morning Dew", "Goin' Down This Road Feelin' Bad"), the blues ("The Red Rooster", "Turn On Your Love Light"), country ("Mama Tried", "El Paso"), gospel ("Samson & Delilah"), and straight out rock and roll ("The Promised Land", "Not Fade Away").

Cover and title

The cover, drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, depicts some of the artists appearing on the album performing to skeletal Deadheads.

The title comes from the song "The Music Never Stopped" from the Grateful Dead album Blues for Allah.

Track listing

No.TitleOriginal artistLength
1."Rain and Snow"Obray Ramsey3:25
2."Mama Tried"Merle Haggard2:10
3."Iko Iko"Dixie Cups2:00
4."Samson & Delilah"Rev. Gary Davis4:03
5."Big Railroad Blues"Cannon's Jug Stompers3:18
6."El Paso"Marty Robbins4:20
7."It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"Bob Dylan4:13
8."Spoonful"Charlie Patton3:11
9."The Red Rooster"Howlin' Wolf2:23
10."Promised Land"Chuck Berry2:26
11."Don't Ease Me In"Henry Thomas2:59
12."Big Boss Man"Jimmy Reed2:49
13."Turn On Your Love Light"Bobby "Blue" Bland2:36
14."Morning Dew"Bonnie Dobson4:05
15."Not Fade Away"Buddy Holly2:20
16."Goin' Down This Road Feelin' Bad"Woody Guthrie2:47
17."I Bid You Good Night"The Pindar Family with Joseph Spence2:47



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