Over the years, the Dead have shown a knack for turning even the most undistinguished material into something at least moderately interesting. No more. Both "Good Lovin'" and "All New Minglewood Blues" feature aimless ensemble work and vocals that Bob Weir should never have attempted. Similarly, "Fire on the Mountain" and "Shakedown Street" suffer from too much strain and not enough revving up musically. The disco tinges in the latter merely add to the catastrophe.
And the rest? "I Need a Miracle" sounds like an Englebert Humperdinck reject, Donna Godchaux' "From the Heart of Me" is as clumsy as its title and "If I Had the World to Give" and "Stagger Lee" don't even boast instrumental solos to offset their flaccid lyrics. Maybe the band's energy is still in Egypt, partial payment perhaps for sending King Tut to America.
(Posted: Mar 8, 1979)
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