Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Why Don't We Do It In the Road - Grateful Dead Song Review

This song is a cool and funny jam that is kind of a novelty when you hear it on tapes. It was probably a really exciting surprise to see this song live at Grateful Dead shows in the 1980s.

It's not a favorite Beatles track of mine and isn't too notable musically when the Dead did it. There was no jamming, experimentation, or musical interpretation of the tune - it was played pretty much exactly as it appears on The White Album.  It's a little blues number that and Jerry would play the same rhythm figure that he would use in the JGB on Get Out of My Life Woman.

Phil and Brent sang this song in unison which is kind of interesting.  If anything, the fireworks for this song would be provided by Brent who would really "showboat" vocally as the song progressed. Hearing Brent belt out the final choruses is reason enough to listen to this song in its entirety when it comes up in on a tape.

For some reason, this song reminds me of Gloria and Louie Louie - cover songs that came around during the Brent era and aren't too polished or notable except that people at the shows probably had a heck of a great time hearing the familiar tunes.

Even if you aren't too knocked out by the song - it is so short (clocking in at less than 4:00), it's a pretty harmless addition to any set and a fun listen.

Do it In the Road Song Rating on a Scale of 1-10: 6.2

Disclaimer: This is part of my blog that reviews all things Grateful Dead for fun. 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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