Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hey Mona - Grateful Dead Song Review

I forgot Hey Mona previously when I was working my way through the alphabet, and who can blame me? It's super rare.  It was played twice (once in 1972 and once in 1991).

It's rare but it's good. The song is often referred to as simply Mona and the youtube below captures the audio from the 1991 version.  It's a catchy song played over the famous "Bo Diddley Beat." Jerry sings "Hey Bo Diddley" when they first start singing.

Also, Santana and Gary Duncan (from Quicksilver Messenger Service) other guest is on this song.  Some pretty serious shredding ensues, but as always, I'd prefer just to hear Jerry and the boys playing.

Hey Mona Song Rating on a Scale of 1-10: 8.6

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(read my blog manifesto to understand my Grateful Dead background a little more).

Thanks to CraxyFingers76 for posting this on youtube.


bodhi heeren said...

the other guitarist is Gary Duncan of QMS fame. "Mona" ofc a stable of their live set as immortalized on "Happy Trails"

GDmike said...

Thanks Bodhi, I updated the article with that info.