Bob Weir never stopped making music but he did back away from his solo career after Heaven Help the Fool, a misbegotten 1978 effort that found the Grateful Dead guitarist attempting to dabble in the sun-splashed surfaces of SoCal soft rock. After that, he retreated to the boogying Bobby & the Midnites, a side project that was abandoned after the Dead scored a hit in 1987 with In the Dark, then after the death of Jerry Garcia, he wandered through several jam bands, settling on RatDog as a vehicle for whatever songs he had. All of this is to say that when 2016's Blue Mountain is called Weir's best album since his 1972 debut Ace – and it is, without question – there simply isn't much competition.
When the Dean of Blue Mountain State threatens to sell the Goat House, Alex throws Thad the party of his dreams in an effort to get him to buy it.
This amazing album was recorded in a single December 1969 session (with noted CSNY producer Bill Halverson) and released in February 1970 by Atco Records. All the musicians from that band had worked previously with drummer Dewey Martin in his New Buffalo Springﬁeld and the similarities with Stills/Young original group are very evident here. The LP features a stash of eclectic and very diverse material, impressive multiple vocal harmonies and the Springﬁeld's trademark three-guitar assault - with plenty of fuzz! This band can be ethereal and dreamy or genuinely heavy. In other words it’s an astonishing mixture of West Coast rock and heavier, UK-inﬂuenced riff-rock, in addition devoid of any weak tracks! This carefully remastered edition has been expanded with one track from rare single.