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Anthem: We just went nuts. Pure and simple. We were in a studio with an 8 track, and we could do anything we wanted. It wasn't a matter of carefully layering and stacking. The recording process became more like Jackson Pollack than Raphel. It took way longer to make than our first record. We recorded a whole bunch of gigs and collaged them over studio performances. The mixing took forever as we had so many options. He was 19 at the time.
What the album lacked was that the songs did not have a well-defined thread. More of a found art piece.So much time was spent in the studio the inspiration became diluted.
No overdubbing. As playing together got them more skilled on their instruments they were able to take the songs to much different places. The record is a condensation of their live experience at the time. "Pigpen was our showman. At first Pigpen led the charge and we were more or less his sidemen. As we got sicker the rest of us had to step up. We kept his niche cosy because we knew he would not be with us for long".
Album was an effort to find common ground between anti-war hippie people and redneck community. The whole get back to the country decision was partly a gesture to meet the rednecks halfway. "OK we'll try your way of life. We will respect and even revere your musical hertigage. We'll try to get real good at it. And it worked for awhile and it had a lot to do with the melding of popular music and country music idioms. "Robert Hunter wrote lyrics for WD. He could use fewer words and say more than anyone. "Are you kind" (UJB) was I assumed a sci fi allusion. "Kind" meaning "my kind" "humankind", in the context of Workingman's Dead it meant "Are you simpatico.. in solidarity with other workingmen".
Large group of people on the tour but they had fun. Jack Straw was inspired by watching Of Mice and Men. of course their version had a bit of a different twist on the story.
Album was an experiment with using the studio techniques and the orch. Exchange rates made using UK orch very cheap so they did it. When they heard the results they had mixed feelings but release schedule had them locked into the mix. Acknowledged that fans would have preferred that the tunes on the first side remain "cowboy simple". Liked Keith Olsen. Were not trying to go mainstream but wanted a good recording.
In the Dark:
Band was doing well live and did not really wanto to go into the studio. Difference was that the songs have been played for awhile on the road and they were not in the process of discovering them. Song were "mature". "By the 90s we were creeping inexorably towards a situation where there was more of us dead than alive. Pig, KG, Brent, then Jerry. But still, to this day, there is a language that we speak that nobody else can fully comprehend. And we might even get around to mounting another tour in the future".