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Shakedown Street


Download links and information about Shakedown Street by The Grateful Dead. This album was released in 1978 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Disco, Pop genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 39:23 minutes.

Artist: The Grateful Dead
Release date: 1978
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Disco, Pop
Tracks: 10
Duration: 39:23
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No. Title Length
1. Good Lovin' 4:51
2. France 4:05
3. Shakedown Street 5:00
4. Serengetti 2:03
5. Fire On the Mountain 3:49
6. I Need a Miracle 3:35
7. From the Heart of Me 3:25
8. Stagger Lee 3:28
9. All New Minglewood Blues 4:16
10. If I Had the World to Give 4:51



Though The Grateful Dead had hardcore Deadhead fans who followed the band from town to town, in 1978 there were no guarantees that the Dead's fortunes wouldn't fall dramatically if they didn't keep up with the times. This was before classic rock had become a viable radio format and when punk, new wave, and disco were potential threats in the youth market (which popular wisdom said sustained a band's career). The group hired Little Feat's Lowell George to produce this album, and despite his sympathies, Shakedown Street doesn't sound much like the band people were coming to see in concert. This may have made commercial sense at the time, but it now leaves the album sounding dated. The title track adds funk grooves with a slap bass that moves into disco territory. Similarly, Donna Jean Godchaux's "From the Heart of Me" and "France"—written by Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter, and Bob Weir and sung by Godchaux—sound more like the Dead serving as her backing band for a potential solo album. But the Dead needn't have worried. Their fans continued to pack houses to hear the band deliver in concert.