Backbone (Backbone album)

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Backbone
Studio album by Backbone
Released January 13, 1998
Recorded 1997
Genre Blues-rock
Length 51:17
Label Grateful Dead
Producer Rick Barnett
Bill Kreutzmann chronology
The Apocalypse Now Sessions
(1980)
Backbone
(1998)
Trichromes
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Music Box 2/5 stars[2]

Backbone is an album by the American rock band Backbone, a trio led by former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann. Their only album, it was released by Grateful Dead Records on January 13, 1998. It contains ten original songs, plus a version of the Grateful Dead tune "New Speedway Boogie".[3]

In addition to Kreutzmann, the band Backbone included guitarist Rick Barnett and bassist Edd Cook.[4] Their music was heavily influenced by blues and R&B, and included substantial amounts of improvisational jamming.[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Preserve the Blues" (Rick Barnett) – 4:34
  2. "Sittin' Here Thinkin'" (Barnett, Philbrick) – 3:03
  3. "Make Me Laugh" (Barnett) – 6:27
  4. "Breathe Deeply" (Barnett) – 4:42
  5. "Nothing's Different" (Edd Cook) – 3:26
  6. "Fly Away" (Barnett, Bill Kreutzmann, Cook) – 4:10
  7. "Only Son" (Barnett, Kreutzmann, Brandon) – 5:51
  8. "New Speedway Boogie" (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 5:47
  9. "Stayed Away Too Long" (Barnett) – 4:12
  10. "Earthchild (Barnett, Kreutzmann) – 3:45
  11. "Ocean Laughter" (Barnett, Kreutzmann, Becker) – 4:52

Personnel[edit]

Backbone[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Janice Barnett – background vocals
  • Michael Ruff – Hammond organ, piano
  • Bruce Harris – Hammond organ
  • Nadia Deleye – background vocals on "New Speedway Boogie"

Production[edit]

  • Rick Barnett – producer, recording
  • Casey Jones – second engineer
  • John Cutler – mixing
  • Jeffrey Norman – mixing
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering
  • Steve Parish – crew
  • Billy Grillo – crew
  • Ken Friedman – photography
  • John Werner – photography
  • Todd Michael – photography
  • Amy Finkle – package design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Backbone at Allmusic
  2. ^ a b Metzger, John. Backbone, The Music Box, November 1998
  3. ^ Backbone at the Grateful Dead Family Discography
  4. ^ Stolder, Steven. "Pop Quiz -- Q&A with the Dead's Bill Kreutzmann", San Francisco Chronicle, January 11, 1998