Shakedown Street

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Shakedown Street
A cartoon drawing of a busy intersection
Studio album by Grateful Dead
Released November 15, 1978 (1978-11-15)
Recorded July 31-August 18, 1978 at Club Le Front, except "Serengetti", recorded by MERT at Meta Tantay, Carlin, Nevada
Genre Jam rock, funk rock, disco
Length 39:04
Label Arista
Producer Lowell George
Grateful Dead chronology
What a Long Strange Trip It's Been
Shakedown Street
Go to Heaven
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C[2]
Rolling Stone Mixed[3]

Shakedown Street is the tenth studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was released on November 15, 1978 by Arista.[4]

The album was released for the first time on CD in 1987 by Arista Records[4] before being re-released in 2000 by BMG International.[4] It was then remastered, expanded, and released as part of the band's Beyond Description (1973–1989) box set in October 2004. The remastered version was later released on CD on March 7, 2006 by Rhino Records. This was the band's second album on the Arista label after releasing four albums on its own Grateful Dead Records. It is also the last album to feature spouses keyboardist Keith Godchaux and vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux. The record was produced by Lowell George, of Little Feat fame.

The album cover art was by underground comics artist Gilbert Shelton.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Good Lovin'" (Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick) – 4:51 (lead singer: Bob Weir)
  2. "France" (Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter, and Bob Weir) – 4:03 (lead singer: Bob Weir, Donna Godchaux)
  3. "Shakedown Street" (Jerry Garcia and Hunter) – 4:59 (lead singer: Jerry Garcia)
  4. "Serengetti" (instrumental) (Hart and Bill Kreutzmann) – 1:59
  5. "Fire on the Mountain" (Hart and Hunter) – 3:46 (lead singer: Jerry Garcia)
Side two
  1. "I Need a Miracle" (John Perry Barlow and Weir) – 3:36 (lead singer: Bob Weir)
  2. "From the Heart of Me" (Donna Jean Godchaux) – 3:23 (lead singer: Donna Godchaux)
  3. "Stagger Lee" (Garcia and Hunter) – 3:25 (lead singer: Jerry Garcia)
  4. "All New Minglewood Blues" (Noah Lewis) – 4:12 (lead singer: Bob Weir)
  5. "If I Had the World to Give" (Garcia and Hunter) – 4:50 (lead singer: Jerry Garcia)
2004 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Good Lovin'" (Alternative version) (Clark and Resnick) – 4:56
  2. "Ollin Arageed" (live at Gizah Sound and Light Theatre in Cairo, Egypt on September 16, 1978) (Hamza El Din) – 6:30
  3. "Fire on the Mountain" (live at Gizah Sound and Light Theatre in Cairo, Egypt on September 16, 1978) – 13:43
  4. "Stagger Lee" (live at Gizah Sound and Light Theatre in Cairo, Egypt on September 15, 1978) – 6:39
  5. "All New Minglewood Blues" (live at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on November 24, 1978) – 4:34


Grateful Dead
Additional musicians
Technical personnel
Reissue personnel
  • James Austin – production
  • Jeffrey Boden – mixing assistance
  • Hugh Brown – art coordination
  • Billy Candelario – mixing assistance
  • Reggie Collins – liner notes
  • Jimmy Edwards – associate production
  • Sheryl Farber – editorial supervision
  • Tom Flye – mixing
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering, production consultancy
  • Robert Gatley – mixing assistance
  • John Hagen – mixing assistance
  • Robin Hurley – associate production
  • John Kahn – associate production
  • Eileen Law – research
  • David Lemieux – production
  • Hale Milfgrim – associate production
  • Robert Minkin – photography
  • Steve Parish – mixing assistance
  • Scott Pascucci – associate production
  • Ed Perlstein – photography
  • Bruce Polonsky – photography
  • Ron Rakow – photography
  • Rip Rense – liner notes
  • Steven Schuster – horn
  • Cameron Sears – executive production
  • Gilbert Shelton – art coordination
  • Steve Vance – art coordination


Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 41[citation needed]

RIAA Certification

Certification Date
Gold[5] September 4, 1987


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Shakedown Street at AllMusic
  2. ^ Grateful Dead album ratings at
  3. ^ Von Tersch, Gary (March 8, 1979). Shakedown Street, Rolling Stone
  4. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Shakedown Street review". Allmusic. All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  5. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database-Shakedown Street". Retrieved February 28, 2009.