Rolling Thunder (album)

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Rolling Thunder
Studio album by Mickey Hart
Released September 1972
Genre Rock
Length 39:06
Label Warner Bros.
Mickey Hart chronology
Rolling Thunder
(1972)
Diga
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Rolling Thunder is the first solo album by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

Although Hart had temporarily left the Grateful Dead at the time he made Rolling Thunder, members of the Dead play on the album, along with a number of other well-known musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Also featured are classical tabla players Zakir Hussain and his father Alla Rakha. The album contains early versions of two songs co-written by Bob Weir that later became Grateful Dead concert staples — "Playing in the Band", and "Greatest Story Ever Told" (called "Pump Song" on this album).

The cover art for Rolling Thunder was created by Alton Kelly and Stanley Mouse's Kelly/Mouse Studios.

The album was named after the Shoshone medicine man, shaman, teacher, and activist Rolling Thunder,[3] who was a friend of Mickey Hart and the Grateful Dead and whose voice is heard on the first track.

In 1986, Relix Records re-released the album on vinyl, using the original masters and color separations. In 1989, the album was released on CD on the Grateful Dead label. It was subsequently re-released by Relix.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Rolling Thunder/Shoshone Invocation" (Rolling Thunder) – 0:46
  2. "The Main Ten (Playing in the Band)" (Hart, Weir, Hunter) – 7:04
  3. "Fletcher Carnaby" (Hart, Hunter) – 4:14
  4. "The Chase (Progress)" (Hart) – 4:04
  5. "Blind John" (C.J. Stetson, Peter Monk) – 3:48

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Young Man" (Hart, Monk) – 2:41
  2. "Deep, Wide, and Frequent" (Hart) – 5:33
  3. "Pump Song" (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 4:42
  4. "Granma's Cookies" (Hart) – 3:00
  5. "Hangin' On" (Stetson, Monk; arranged by Mickey Hart) – 3:17

Personnel[edit]

By track[edit]

Rolling Thunder Chant

The Main Ten (Playing in the Band)

Fletcher Carnaby

The Chase (Progress)

Blind John

Young Man

  • Barry Melton — guitar
  • John Cippolina — guitar
  • Robbie Stokes — guitar
  • David Freiberg — bass, vocals
  • Mickey Hart — drums
  • Bob Weir — vocals (from The Grateful Dead)
  • Phil Lesh — vocals
  • Carmelo Garcia — timbales, conga

Deep, Wide and Frequent

  • Mickey Hart — drums
  • David Freiberg — bass
  • Robbie Stokes — guitar
  • Jerry Garcia — guitar
  • John Cippolina — guitar
  • Terry Haggerty — guitar (from Sons of Champlin)
  • Bill Champlinorgan (from Sons of Champlin)
  • Tower of Power — horn section
  • Carmelo Garcia — timbales, congas

Pump Song

  • Robbie Stokes — guitar
  • Bob Weir — guitar, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia — insect fear
  • Robbie Stokes — bass
  • Phil Lesh — bass
  • Tower of Power — horn section
  • Mickey Hart — drums, percussion
  • David Freiberg — piano, water pump

Granma's Cookies

  • Jerry Garcia — guitar
  • Mickey Hart — drums
  • Zakir Hussain — tabla

Hangin' On

  • Barry Melton — guitar
  • Robbie Stokes — guitar
  • John Cippolina — guitar
  • David Freiberg — bass, piano, viola, vocals
  • Mickey Hart — drums
  • Tower of Power — horn section

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