The long-awaited release from former Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir's jam band Ratdog shouldn't disappoint hungry Deadheads. The bluesy/folky/country/jazz feel of the Dead's live sets have been reborn in this incarnation as well, accented by guest Mickey Hart's loose percussion on a couple of tracks (notably the cover of "Corinna"). Weir's friend and frequent collaborator, bassist Rob Wasserman, anchors the tracks and allows for plenty of bluesy jamming, and the band opens up to make room for gritty keyboard solos and even a bright horn section. After five years of touring without a single album for rabid fans to take home with them in their VW vans and BMW convertibles, the inevitable question is "When does the tour start?"
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AllMusic Review by Zac Johnson