Wake of the Flood

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Wake of the Flood
A painting of a man wearing a robe harvesting grain
Studio album by Grateful Dead
Released October 15, 1973 (1973-10-15)
Recorded August 4 – September 7, 1973
Genre Jam, rock, folk rock, jazz fusion
Length 45:34
Label Grateful Dead
Producer Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead chronology
History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice)
Wake of the Flood
Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Rolling Stone (not rated) [3]

Wake of the Flood is the sixth studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded between August 4 and September 1, 1973, and originally released on October 15, 1973. It was the first release under the band's own label, Grateful Dead Records, after fulfilling their contract with Warner Bros. Records. It was their first full-length studio album in nearly three years, since 1970's American Beauty. It was also the first studio album without Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, who had recently died. His absence and new piano player Keith Godchaux's tendency towards jazz (rather than McKernan's tendency towards the blues) changed the band's sound.

This album has the only songwriting or vocal contribution from Keith Godchaux, "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away". This song was only performed live six times,[4] all in September 1973.

The album was released on CD first in 1995 by Grateful Dead Records and Arista before being remastered, expanded, and released as part of the Beyond Description (1973-1989) 12-CD box set in October 2004. The remastered version was then released separately on CD on March 7, 2006, by Rhino Records.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, except where noted.

  1. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo" – 5:45
  2. "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" (Keith Godchaux and Hunter) – 3:17
  3. "Row Jimmy" – 7:14
  4. "Stella Blue" – 6:26
  5. "Here Comes Sunshine" – 4:40
  6. "Eyes of the World" – 5:19
  7. "Weather Report Suite" – 12:53
Bonus tracks on 2004 reissue
  1. "Eyes of the World" (live) – 17:02 - Recorded at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on 1973-09-07
  2. "Weather Report Suite" (acoustic demo) (Weir / Anderson / Barlow) – 12:36
  3. "China Doll" (outtake) – 4:02


Grateful Dead
Additional musicians
Reissue personnel
  • Tom Anderson – engineering, liner notes
  • James Austin – production
  • Hugh Brown – design, art direction
  • Reggie Collins – annotation
  • Peter Coyote – liner notes
  • Jimmy Edwards – associate production
  • Sheryl Farber – editorial supervision
  • Tom Flye – mixing
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering, production consultancy
  • Dan Healy – engineering
  • Robin Hurley – associate production
  • David Lemieux – production
  • Hale Milfgrim – associate production
  • Scott Pascucci – associate production
  • Ed Perlstein – photography
  • Bruce Polonsky – photography
  • Michael Putland – photography
  • Cameron Sears – executive production
  • Steve Vance – design, art direction



Year Chart Position
1973 Pop Albums 18[citation needed]


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Wake of the Flood at AllMusic
  2. ^ Grateful Dead album ratings at RobertChristgau.com
  3. ^ Miller, Jim (January 3, 1974). Wake of the Flood, Rolling Stone
  4. ^ Deadlists.com. "Search Results". Deadlists.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012.