The Grateful Dead earned a well deserved reputation for playing thousands of very long and very boring shows for their army of obsessed fans. Because they did. To be honest, I never “got” the whole Deadhead thing. I mean, their music in the seventies just wasn’t good enough. But for a brief spell (well, 1970 to be exact) The Grateful Dead were firing on all cylinders and released two very good albums, Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty. The following song, “Cumberland Blues” features some great harmonies by Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir -a staple of those two fine albums. Why they moved away from this sound I’ll never know.