Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Blues for Allah by the Grateful Dead, complete with lyric insert and obi.
About this copy: This copy of Blues for Allah is a rare original Japanese pressing, complete with lyric insert and obi. The Grateful Dead were not particularly popular in Japan, and all of their albums are hard to find as high-quality Japanese pressings.
The cover is M-, with faint traces of wear at the corners. The disc is M- and is nearly perfect, aside from a couple of spindle marks on the label.
A beautiful copy of a nice Dead album, and the only Japanese pressing of this title we’ve ever seen.
Background: Blues for Allah, released in 1975, was the eighth studio album by the Grateful Dead, and the third one to be released on the band’s own Grateful Dead Records label. While it didn’t yield any hit singles, the album did reach #12 on the Billboard albums chart, making it the band’s highest charting album up until that time.
…Blues for Allah — more than any past or future studio album — captures the Dead at their most natural and inspired. The opening combo of “Help on the Way,” “Slipknot!,” and “Franklin’s Tower” is a multifaceted suite, owing as much to Miles Davis circa the E.S.P. album as to anything the Grateful Dead had been associated with. “Slipknot!” contains chord changes, progressions, and time signatures which become musical riddles for the band to solve — which they do in the form of “Franklin’s Tower.” Another highly evolved piece is the rarely performed “King Solomon’s Marbles,” an instrumental that spotlights, among other things, Keith Godchaux’s tastefully unrestrained Fender Rhodes finger work displaying more than just a tinge of Herbie Hancock inspiration.
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