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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.
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This album has the only songwriting or vocal contribution from Keith Godchaux, "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away". This song was only performed live a handful of times, 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.


  1. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:45
  2. "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" (Hunter, Godchaux) – 3:17
  3. "Row Jimmy" (Hunter, Garcia) – 7:14
  4. "Stella Blue" (Hunter, Garcia) – 6:26
  5. "Here Comes Sunshine" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:40
  6. "Eyes of the World" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:19
  7. "Weather Report Suite" – 12:53
  • "Prelude" (Weir)
  • "Part I" (Weir, Anderson)
  • "Part II (Let It Grow)" (Barlow, Weir)
  1. "Eyes of the World" (recorded on September 7, 1973 at Nassau Coliseum in New York) – 17:05
  2. "Weather Report Suite" (acoustic demo) – 12:39
  3. "China Doll" (outtake) – 4:02


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Additional performers:

Reissue production creditsEdit

  • David Lemieux, James Austin - reissue producers
  • Tom Anderson - engineer, liner notes
  • Reggie Collins - annotation
  • Peter Coyote - liner notes
  • Sheryl Farber - editorial supervision
  • Tom Flye - mixing
  • Dan Healy - engineer
  • Cameron Sears - executive producer
  • Jimmy Edwards, Robin Hurley, Hale Milfgrim, Scott Pascucci - associate producer
  • Joe Gastwirt - mastering, production consultant
  • Rick Griffin, Eileen Law - research
  • Ed Perlstein, Bruce Polonsky, Michael Putland - photography
  • Hugh Brown, Steve Vance - design, reissue art directors
  • Vanessa Atkins, Steven Chean, Bill Inglot, Jeffrey Norman, Randy Perry - project assistants