Sometimes you just want to listen to an old favorite for no reason other than it’s a favorite. So today we’ve got Ramble On Rose on the docket. One of my favorite tunes from one of my favorite years. A match made in heaven!
Actually, this entire release is quite good and I highly recommend it. As this project has evolved over the past few months it’s becoming clearer to me that 1971 is probably my favorite single year for the Grateful Dead. Honestly, I would never have guessed that back in February. My ‘druthers tend to lean to the 72-74, 77, and 89-90 eras first and foremost, with ’69 in the mix as well. But I find that 1971, for me, combines some of the best of the late 60s rawness with the emerging songcraft of the early 70s. It’s still coming together in a lot of places, but by this point in the year they’re really hitting their stride, and that’s with a brand new piano player to boot!
I remember being in a band practice at one point, although I don’t remember which band this was, but when Ramble On Rose was suggested someone said they didn’t like songs that started with I II chord progressions (the first two chords of Ramble On Rose are D and E). It amazed me that someone would let one interval ruin the entire song for them, but I guess it takes all kinds.
Thoughts on Ramble On Rose? 1971? Anything else? Let me know in the comments.