• Grateful Dead

    Reckoning

    April 01, 1981

    Grateful Dead Records
Double LP of acoustic material recorded live in September and October of 1980.


  • Jerry Garcia (acoustic guitar, vocals)
  • Mickey Hart (percussion)
  • Bill Kreutzmann (percussion)
  • Phil Lesh (bass)
  • Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals)
  • Bob Weir (acoustic guitar, vocals)

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Album Notes

Some of the tracks are edited (shortened) versions of the live performances.

Otis, who gets a mention during Ripple, was Bob Weir’s dog.

The material recorded in 1980 was originally intended for release on one double-LP set. But the format of the music subsequently steered them towards the release of the two double-albums. Garcia commented on this in an interview: “We really ended up with so much good material that it was a struggle. The idea of just one acoustic and one electric record was sort of pathetic, since our electric tunes are seldom less than eight minutes long. And that meant our fat electric album would have two songs on a side. It was kind of silly.”

The performance dates of some of the songs on Reckoning have been determined by comparison with concert recordings;

– Dire Wolf – October 11, 1980
– The Race Is On – ?
– Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie – ?
– It Must Have Been The Roses – October 26, 1980
– Dark Hollow – ?
– China Doll – ?
– I’ve Been All Around This World – October 27, 1980
– Monkey And The Engineer – October 27, 1980
– Jack A Roe – October 10, 1980
– Deep Elem Blues – October 11, 1980
– Cassidy – ?
– To Lay Me Down – ?
– Rosalie McFall – September 25, 1980
– On The Road Again – October 22 or 27, 1980
– Bird Song – ?
– Ripple – September 26, 1980


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