As a teenager, my daily music cycle consisted of the Grateful Dead. I had the Grateful Dead tube tops, and tanks. I also had the Grateful Dead bear on the back of my car. I recall being turned on to the Grateful Dead originally at 12 years old after hearing the song, “China Cat Sunflower” I believe that once you become a Dead Head, you’re forever a Dead Head! After so many road trips through the deserts with the Dead in the background, I learned to appreciate and truly take in the vibe from Jerry and company.
People tend to generalize that the Dead are one of those bands that have a certain following. Yeah, it seems like you’re either a “Dead Head” or you’re not. There is a certain vibe and slang between fans. With that being said though, I tend to look at it from the opposite spectrum. You either enjoy the music or you don’t. A jam band is just that, a JAM band. Expect to jam out to some righteous music. If there were a soundtrack to my life, the happiest moments would probably have a Grateful Dead song mixed in there somewhere. There isn’t a specific album I would say immediately go too. Every one is something of magic. Some I can think off the top of my head are:
Winterland 71, 73, and 77
Fillmore East and West 1969
So, if you’re thinking, “What could I listen to that is different, and that I might actually dig?” Try some Grateful Dead! You might actually enjoy what you hear ;)