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Grateful Dead — Althea
Album: Go To Heaven
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 2209









Released: 1980
Length: 6:41
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I told Althea I was feeling lost
Lacking in some direction
Althea told me upon scrutiny
That my back might need protection
I told Althea that treachery
Was tearing me limb from limb
Althea told me, now cool down boy
Settle back easy, Jim

You may be Saturday's child all grown
Moving with a pinch of grace
You may be a clown in the burial ground
Or just another pretty face
You may be the fate of Ophelia
Sleeping and perchance to dream
Honest to the point of recklessness
Self-centred to the extreme

Ain't nobody messin' with you but you
Your friends are getting most concerned
Loose with the truth, maybe its your fire
Baby I hope you don't get burned
When the smoke has cleared, she said
That's what she said to me
You're gonna want a bed to lay your head
And a little sympathy

There are things you can replace
And others you cannot
The time has come to weigh those things
This space is gettin' hot
You know this space is gettin' hot

I told Althea, I'm a roving sign
That I was born to be a bachelor
Althea told me, OK that's fine
So now I'm trying to catch her
Can't talk to you without talking to me
We're guilty of the same old things
Thinking a lot about less and less
And forgetting the love we bring
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That tune is a sacred one. It is being played in the heavens, too.
 run4more wrote:

Jerry's guitar doesn't give you goosebumps? Listen again.


Hives.  I believe those are hives.
 Shipp wrote:

This is one of the reasons The Dead are so revered


I think the word you intended to type is "reviled"...nice try though...
 jp33442 wrote:

IMHO no Grateful Dead song should be below a 8



Even if it is a Bobby song?  Well, OK then.
The only reason I don't rate this a 10 is it's not a live version.

Jerry at his best.  All heart; all joy.
 lizardking wrote:

Keep speaking the truth h8rhater....unless/until we find music that's used to kill people, well I don't see how anyone can 'Hate' music.  Long Live RP and NOT hating. 


I'm not sure if I'm fully appreciating the points that the two of you are making.  I believe I do but allow me say/add this. I totally understand why listeners are compelled to post praise or convey how they enjoy a particular song or band or even how a song has a special intimate meaning for them based on a past life experience. I also understand that everyone has their own taste and in many instances may even tell their friends that they "hate" that band or song. I know that I have. However, I will never understand why anyone would feel a need to express a dislike for music via an online forum. What's to be gained? I have been listening to RP since what must be going on 20 years now and in addition to hearing music that I have always loved, I've been introduced to more artists that I could ever count. Some I like, and some that just don't do it for this 66 year old rock, blues, folk and jazz fan (excuse me if I have omitted any other genres but my comments include those as well). PSD is a great option but even then, I wonder if that feature has made me impatient and how that may have limited my musical listening horizon. So yeah, I just don't get why one would be compelled to criticize musicians on a posting board when we would all be so much better off hearing what others enjoy and perhaps why.

Finally, as a parent of dedicated "starving musician" I have grown to respect all who choose to pursue this path, whether I enjoy their "voice" and what they are creating. or not. And when you do come across live performances in clubs or on the street that you enjoy, walk up to them and let them know (along with a big fat over-tip). It means a lot and that encouragement may even be what keeps their commitment to their love of music going. 

I started this rant when Althea was playing and now ending with Dire Wolf. Did I mention that I'm a Dead Head as Well. "Please don't murder me"
Best song played on RP in my opinion! 
Then again it may be my all time favorite song.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
 

With big influences of Dire Straits (1978 and 1979 album) and JJ Cale, too....
Perfect groove for a sunny Saturday noon in Bavaria, Germany. This song gives me wings. Feeling like Lebowski flying over L.A.
I hear some distinctive influences here on early Dire Straits.
Now there's a sendoff for 2020:

Can't talk to you without talking to me
We're guilty of the same old things
Thinking a lot about less and less
And forgetting the love we bring
 pigtail wrote:
This album cover belongs in the bad ones......lol  It's just sooooooooo not them!
 
Lotsa folks look back to pics from 1980 with something approaching shame...though I kinda dig it LLRP (and hi pigtail!) 
 pigtail wrote:
This album cover belongs in the bad ones......lol  It's just sooooooooo not them!
 
If you consider name of the album,then album cover makes more sense.
This album cover belongs in the bad ones......lol  It's just sooooooooo not them!
 ziakut wrote:
The older I become, the more I appreciate this band. Funny how that happens.
 

As long bill stays away from the songs that were played to death
The older I become, the more I appreciate this band. Funny how that happens.
 ForeverJerry wrote:

Dont be shy. Let's make it a solid TEN!
 
Your wish is my conmand 10 it is
 ForeverJerry wrote:
They were never as good in studio as they were on stage. But the song is a precious gem. 
 
Agreed.  Althea is in my top 5 Dead tunes but it's so much better live.
 k-man wrote:

I guess you never listed to The Shaggs.
But ain't it funny how the "worst band ever" had more than 3,000 sold-out shows. They'd have five night stints at Madison Square Garden, all sold out. I suppose your retort will be that none of the folks who bought tickets to those shows knew anything about music. That is, like you do.
 
The Shaggs! :)
So freakin good. 82 degrees Labor Day weekend. Thank you RP!!
 BillG wrote:

Pretty sure that's not the case here.
 

The Dead never used a drum machine on any record or live!
 jp33442 wrote:
IMHO no Grateful Dead song should be below a 8
 
Dont be shy. Let's make it a solid TEN!
They were never as good in studio as they were on stage. But the song is a precious gem. 
 lizardking wrote:

Keep speaking the truth h8rhater....unless/until we find music that's used to kill people, well I don't see how anyone can 'Hate' music.  Long Live RP and NOT hating. 
 
I mostly observe people criticizing those who express a dislike for certain music by labeling them as "haters". I am not sure there are many self-identifying as having "hate" for any music here. In fact, I would say most of the RP audience have a great love for music in general. For those who truly hate a song or band, that is fully their choice and doesn't hurt anyone. It's simply their opinion, to be taken as seriously as YOU choose. In my opinion, those who personally berate others on this comment board are the real "haters". 
 michael.wagner91 wrote:
This song just makes me chill the f--- out no matter how stressful my day. Don't need no Mary Jane if you got Althea.
From 8 to 9.
 
Yeah but doesn't the MJ make it even better?  
Love RP to death but my god, you are playing this one to death.  Aaaaaaahhhhh
This version might be better than the Dead version, IMO.
Not a big Dead fan but this is really  good 
Fuckingroovin'!
nothing left to do but smile...smile...smile....fuckingroovin'
This is one of the reasons The Dead are so revered
 k-man wrote:

I guess you never listed to The Shaggs.
But ain't it funny how the "worst band ever" had more than 3,000 sold-out shows. They'd have five night stints at Madison Square Garden, all sold out. I suppose your retort will be that none of the folks who bought tickets to those shows knew anything about music. That is, like you do.
 
Yes!
 lizardking wrote:

Keep speaking the truth h8rhater....unless/until we find music that's used to kill people, well I don't see how anyone can 'Hate' music.  Long Live RP and NOT hating. 
 
National anthems are used to kill people. I don't hate them; they just make me shake my head and wonder why people can't understand we're all just part of the same universe and we have to pull together.
 jahgirl8 wrote:

AMEN
 
Testify my sister
 jp33442 wrote:
IMHO no Grateful Dead song should be below a 8
 
AMEN
IMHO no Grateful Dead song should be below a 8
Oh so good ! Thank you so much Always have time to dance to a Dead tune
 newbolddrive wrote:
I love this cover, Jerry looks so young and healthy.
 Through the beard and sunglasses?

 k-man wrote:
But ain't it funny how the "worst band ever" had more than 3,000 sold-out shows. They'd have five night stints at Madison Square Garden, all sold out. I suppose your retort will be that none of the folks who bought tickets to those shows knew anything about music. That is, like you do.
 
EXACTLY!  No way to explain burnt-out stoners' poor taste.  (Unless it matches up with my burnt-out stoner taste!)
Quite possibly my favorite song!  Thank you for playing!  I was at my daughters swim practice and the young coach was having fun with the kids and asking what their all time favorite sound was, they were all taking turns naming ridiculous things.  I knew my answer -  Jerry's guitar!  This is a great example...
 Asmith wrote:
Another Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia classic. One of my favorite dead songs!
 
RIP to both of them!  Hope they're in the great beyond writing MORE great songs!!  LLRP
Another Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia classic. One of my favorite dead songs!
Out of their entire cannon, this is the only Dead song I can tolerate.
 ick wrote:

Such the very late seventies, early eighties look to it.  Really at first glance, I kinda laughed a bit.  You might expect something like that on a (later version) Fleetwood Mac cover but not a Grateful Dead album and that was probably the point.
 

Was Bobby's idea.  He always wanted to be mainstream, like Fleetwood Mac.  Ha
I'm not a big fan of the Dead, but don't mind their music in a general way, this song being no exception. But the album cover is awful, a departure from their former style, which was at least interesting.
 newbolddrive wrote:
I love this cover, Jerry looks so young and healthy.
 
Such the very late seventies, early eighties look to it.  Really at first glance, I kinda laughed a bit.  You might expect something like that on a (later version) Fleetwood Mac cover but not a Grateful Dead album and that was probably the point.
Great to hear this on RP. Looking forward to seeing Dead & Company at their final 2 shows of the current tour in Boulder at Folsom Field. From the early reviews they are kicking ass, especially at Wrigley this past weekend. 
...and I was just going to walk out of the room to freshen my beverage. Made me sit right back down.
 below72 wrote:
The worst band ever is U2.  Thankfully Bill doesn't play that drivel as much as he used to!

 

 k-man wrote:

I guess you never listed to The Shaggs.
But ain't it funny how the "worst band ever" had more than 3,000 sold-out shows. They'd have five night stints at Madison Square Garden, all sold out. I suppose your retort will be that none of the folks who bought tickets to those shows knew anything about music. That is, like you do.
 

I love this cover, Jerry looks so young and healthy.
 h8rhater wrote:

His point: The Dead had (still have some might say) a 30 year run, were loved by millions of fans, and sold out a ridiculous number of shows.  Clearly they do not suck.

Your point: Lots of people h8. 
 
Keep speaking the truth h8rhater....unless/until we find music that's used to kill people, well I don't see how anyone can 'Hate' music.  Long Live RP and NOT hating. 
 Tim_Coletti wrote:
I just think this gets way way way too much play
 
I think this gets not enough play....spin it again, BillG!!  And I'm trying to re-re-rate to an 11....Long Live RP!!
I just think this gets way way way too much play
 junebaby65 wrote:


And there are millions of others who still think they suck ass, so what's your point?  Lots of people hate the Dead, lots of people hate music I like and vice versa.  
 
His point: The Dead had (still have some might say) a 30 year run, were loved by millions of fans, and sold out a ridiculous number of shows.  Clearly they do not suck.

Your point: Lots of people h8. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
 

 k-man wrote:

I guess you never listed to The Shaggs.
But ain't it funny how the "worst band ever" had more than 3,000 sold-out shows. They'd have five night stints at Madison Square Garden, all sold out. I suppose your retort will be that none of the folks who bought tickets to those shows knew anything about music. That is, like you do.
 

And there are millions of others who still think they suck ass, so what's your point?  Lots of people hate the Dead, lots of people hate music I like and vice versa.  
 lizardking wrote:
Yes, me too. Started out 7-8. then upped it to 8-9..! Love it, so relaxing..!
Great groove on this track, which sounds kinda like Sugaree which is my favorite "GD" song.
My rating on this one went from an initial 7, to an 8 midway through, and the outro guitar solo solidified a final 9 rating from me. 
 

 alanrh wrote:
The band has not one, but two drummers and they use a drum machine?
 
No
This song just makes me chill the f--- out no matter how stressful my day. Don't need no Mary Jane if you got Althea.
From 8 to 9.
 CamLwalk wrote:
Play the Al Franken version!  (It is a tasty one - Nassau 5/16/80)
 
Can't be any worse than this.
Play the Al Franken version!  (It is a tasty one - Nassau 5/16/80)
well son of a bitch....I had to bump my 9 to a 10 on this one after reading the following "article" on this song.
http://www.dead.net/features/greatest-stories-ever-told/greatest-stories-ever-told-althea

Long Live RP!!


   A GD song I like...WOW
Jerry! Jerry! Where ya been? Taking Saint peters place? DNCE Jerry with me!
 alanrh wrote:
The band has not one, but two drummers and they use a drum machine?
 
Pretty sure that's not the case here.
Well I'll be damned. A Grateful Dead song that really made me stop and listen to the guitar. I've liked plenty of their songs, but never got that Jerry was supposed to be mentioned with other 'guitar gods'. He was hittin' it pretty good on this one though.
The band has not one, but two drummers and they use a drum machine?
i don't even like any other greatful dead song than "touch of gray" and well, i like this even better... first listen (Excellent)
Amazing song, one of the greatest of all time in my opinion.
Such a great song, and the guitar work!  The last great thing Jerry put down on wax?  
As for the cover, Phil still looks like a nerd.  
 kingart wrote:
Musical Seconal. 
 
ya
Musical Seconal. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

. . . looks better suited a Bee Gees record.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iE3uB6YBQdY/R0YLx589uwI/AAAAAAAABvo/yUhC_yfUV0c/s320/beegees.jpg

 
Yeah, Jerry in a leisure suit.  Glad that was an exception!
 inbagt wrote:

And that one reminds me of this Jem. Weird times.

Image result for orleans album cover
 

Thanks so much for this!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

. . . looks better suited a Bee Gees record.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iE3uB6YBQdY/R0YLx589uwI/AAAAAAAABvo/yUhC_yfUV0c/s320/beegees.jpg

 
Looks like the Grateful Dead were Stayin' Alive!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

. . . looks better suited a Bee Gees record.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iE3uB6YBQdY/R0YLx589uwI/AAAAAAAABvo/yUhC_yfUV0c/s320/beegees.jpg

 
And that one reminds me of this Jem. Weird times.

Image result for orleans album cover

 Lonestar wrote:
That album cover.....
 
. . . looks better suited a Bee Gees record.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iE3uB6YBQdY/R0YLx589uwI/AAAAAAAABvo/yUhC_yfUV0c/s320/beegees.jpg
That album cover..... 
Great groove on this track, which sounds kinda like Sugaree which is my favorite "GD" song.
My rating on this one went from an initial 7, to an 8 midway through, and the outro guitar solo solidified a final 9 rating from me. 
 k-man wrote:

I guess you never listed to The Shaggs.
But ain't it funny how the "worst band ever" had more than 3,000 sold-out shows. They'd have five night stints at Madison Square Garden, all sold out. I suppose your retort will be that none of the folks who bought tickets to those shows knew anything about music. That is, like you do.

 
You tell him!

M2B

Susie B - love this one


 h8rhater wrote:

Please don't pass your cluelessness on to another generation.  Let it end here.
 
Lol {#Clap}
What a bore ...
Very jj cale on the guitar and Very George harrison in the singing
My favorite Dead song!

Here's a really interesting cover of it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eFIZJ1KH6M
 pbouchar wrote:
Worst band ever.
 
I guess you never listed to The Shaggs.
But ain't it funny how the "worst band ever" had more than 3,000 sold-out shows. They'd have five night stints at Madison Square Garden, all sold out. I suppose your retort will be that none of the folks who bought tickets to those shows knew anything about music. That is, like you do.
Santa Clara. One week. First of the last five Grateful Dead shows…
this isn't studio version and I prefer this one - where can it be found?
thanks {#Smile} 
Super good grove 
oh come on…still, inspired lyrics….
Groovy!!!
that was dang swell. 
 treatment_bound wrote:
Is Jerry singing from heaven right now?
 
His voice is coming from the white light of the void.
 luv4music wrote:
Amazing how little some folks know about music.  "Disco Dead?"  Hardly disco.  It's reggae based, as confirmed by a nice segue from No Woman No Cry.

 

 luv4music wrote:
Amazing how little some folks know about music.  "Disco Dead?"  Hardly disco.  It's reggae based, as confirmed by a nice segue from No Woman No Cry.

 
That was a nice segue
Is Jerry singing from heaven right now?
Amazing how little some folks know about music.  "Disco Dead?"  Hardly disco.  It's reggae based, as confirmed by a nice segue from No Woman No Cry.
 scraig wrote:

"Touch of Grey" is a horrible song. This is incredibly mellow, but at least I can listen to it without screaming and pulling my hair out.

 
This is actually pretty good, but the cartoon gets me every time. 

Disco Dead. Just great.


Beautiful.

Bring me the smokeables, now... 
Bob Weir once said, when someone complained about the album cover design and name, "don't worry, the next album's gonna be called the Grateful Dead Go To Hell".
Ashes to Ashes on qualudes. Or they were. 
Snoring now.
 
Sometimes, noodling is all you need.
Great lyrics, great groove...
 Toke wrote:
Only my second 10 in about 5 years... I had to go to youtube and watch a live performance simply mind blowing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQFeuAbLHro

 
Thanks, man! This is one of those songs that was much more alive when they did it in concert.
People, don't hate them; respect them. These guys are/were geniuses. They figured out how to make money off of stoned hippies. 
Everyone hit the PSD-button now!! Bill will get the message. 

Bonus is The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin! 
An audio cure for insomnia. 'Scuse me while I have a snorgasm.  No amusement of the muse with this music. 
 Xstar wrote:
This is AWESOME! {#Roflol}

 
karljonasson wrote:


Maybe obnoxious to keep posting this comic every time the Dead come on, but it's so damn funny, I can't help it.
 



 
"Touch of Grey" is a horrible song. This is incredibly mellow, but at least I can listen to it without screaming and pulling my hair out.
 Xstar wrote:
This is AWESOME! {#Roflol}

 
karljonasson wrote:


Maybe obnoxious to keep posting this comic every time the Dead come on, but it's so damn funny, I can't help it.
 
LOL, ROFL

 


So far...some of the members of GD have followed suit with the album title. At least I think they went upward.
Good Stuff!!!
Good memories from back in the day. Had a couple of 'special' plants Althea and Bertha named after Grateful Dead songs. They definitely enhanced some of the road trips to see the Dead!
This is AWESOME! {#Roflol}

 
karljonasson wrote:


Maybe obnoxious to keep posting this comic every time the Dead come on, but it's so damn funny, I can't help it.
 




Maybe obnoxious to keep posting this comic every time the Dead come on, but it's so damn funny, I can't help it.


Great song!!! If it said Clapton played everyone would love it. I love it that the haters can't see a joke when it smacks them in the face! Seriously,is it so hard to understand the joke when a "psychedelic" band puts out an album with disco themed cover art ?

...and, duh, "the Dead" Go to Heaven....uh, get it?   

Go RP! 


 h8rhater wrote:

Please don't pass your cluelessness on to another generation.  Let it end here.

 
I think it's more important to not let the mindless, drug induced acceptance of this band continue any further.