David Peel

Long Live the Grateful Dead

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David Peel was a kind of a kindred spirit with Jerry Garcia, even if he was never as close to him musically or personally as he was to John Lennon. It took a few years, but in Garcia's death, Peel found some of his most fruitful inspiration since the days of his association with Lennon and Apple Records. He's even put together a version of the Lower East Side band that sounds like the Dead, and for a lot of people, Long Live the Grateful Dead may be Peel's most accessible album since the '70s. It's certainly a lot of fun and more interesting to the uninitiated than many of Peel's other post-'80s albums.