Thursday, January 15, 2009

Big Railroad Blues - Grateful Dead Song Reviews

Big Railroad Blues

Continuing yet again on the theme of the songs that start with B’s – largely 1st set blues/rockers that aren’t exactly the tunes that get my heart pumping, we arrive at Big Railroad Blues.

Big Railroad Blues is an energetic blues song that Jerry sings - so it has that going for it.
It has a really catchy melody and of course being a blues is a reliable vehicle for Jerry et al to rip and deliver a good consistent song. Just like the last song reviewed (Big River) it also was performed throughout the entire Grateful Dead band’s history.

Big Railroad Blues is a bit “ho hum” but to me distinguishes itself because Jerry sings it and the tempo is upbeat enough to be noteworthy (what Dead songs are played at a higher tempo than Big Railroad Blues? I can’t think of any).

Big Railroad Blues Song Rating on a Scale of 1-10: 6.4

Disclaimer: This is part of my review of every Grateful Dead song from A-Z. Music is a beautiful thing because it is so personal and subjective, so keep in mind that this is one man's opinion (and be sure to read my blog manifesto to understand a little more about where I'm coming from).

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