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Rolling Thunder

Mickey Hart

Initial release : September 1972

Warner Brothers BS 2635

Mickey Hart's first solo recording. Garcia, Lesh and Weir played on the album. Two of the songs (The Main Ten and Pump Song) developed into songs that became part of the Grateful Dead repertoire.

Tracks

  • Rolling Thunder (Shoshone Invocation) (Rolling Thunder)
  • The Main Ten (Playing in the Band) (Hart / Hunter / Weir)
  • Fletcher Carnaby (Hart / Hunter)
  • The Chase (Progress) (Hart)
  • Blind John (Monk / Stetson)
  • Young Man (Hart / Monk)
  • Deep, Wide and Frequent (Hart)
  • Pump Song (Hart / Hunter / Weir)
  • Gran'ma's Cookies (Hart)
  • Hangin' On (Monk / Stetson / Hart)
Musicians

The original LP release included an inserted which provided musician information for each track.

Rolling Thunder (Shoshone Invocation);

  • Mike Hinton - marimbas
  • Nancy Hinton - marimbas
  • Alla Rakha - rain
  • Zakir Hussain - rain
The Main Ten (Playing in the Band);
  • John Cipollina - guitar
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
  • Tower of Power Horns
  • Stephen Stills - bass
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Carmelo Garcia - percussion
Fletcher Carnaby;
  • Sam Andrews - guitar
  • John Cipollina - guitar
  • Robbie Stokes - guitar
  • Mickey Hart - drums, percussion
  • David Freiberg - bass, piano, vocals
  • Tower of Power Horns
  • Steven Schuster - flute
The Chase (Progress);
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Zakir Hussain - tabla
Blind John;
  • Steven Schuster - flute
  • Grace Slick - piano, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - field drums, tympani
  • Greg Errico - drums
  • Tower of Power Horns
  • Barry Melton - guitar, vocals
  • David Freiberg - guitar, vocals
  • Paul Kantner - vocals
Young Man;
  • John Cipollina - guitar
  • Barry Melton - guitar
  • Robbie Stokes - guitar
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • David Freiberg - vocals
  • Bob Weir - vocals
  • Phil Lesh - vocals
  • Carmelo Garcia - timbales, congas
Deep, Wide and Frequent;
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • David Freiberg - bass
  • John Cipollina - guitar
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar
  • Terry Haggerty - guitar
  • Robbie Stokes - guitar
  • Bill Champlin - organ
  • Tower of Power Horns
  • Carmelo Garcia - timbales, congas
Pump Song;
  • Robbie Stokes - guitar, bass
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia - insect fear
  • Phil Lesh - bass
  • Tower of Power Horns
  • Mickey Hart - drums, percussion
  • David Freiberg - piano, water pump
Gran'ma's Cookies;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Zakir Hussain - tabla
Hangin' On;
  • John Cipollina - guitar
  • Barry Melton - guitar
  • Robbie Stokes - guitar
  • David Freiberg - bass, piano, viola, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Tower of Power Horns
Credits

  • Engineers - Mickey Hart, Dan Healy, John Wollman, Rick Davis, David Freiberg
  • Mixing - Mickey Hart, Jerry Garcia, Stephen Stills, Phil Lesh, David Freiberg, Dan Healy
  • Director - Rock Scully
  • Remastering - Joe Gastwirt
  • Cover art - Kelley/Mouse Studio
  • Art direction - Ed Thrasher
  • Photography - Ron Rakow, Bruce Baxter
  • Special thanks to Rock Scully, Johnny D., Bruce Baxter, Debbie Dooby, Jerilyn and Cookie
  • Recorded at Mickey's Barn, Marin Co., California
  • Mixed at Alembic Studios, San Francisco
Notes

Rolling Thunder was recorded at about the same time as Bob Weir's Ace and two songs appear on both LPs though with different names;

  • The Main Ten is partly a version of Playing In The Band.
  • Pump song developed into Greatest Story Ever Told. This song according to Bob Weir, "actually started out with a pump Mickey had - he recorded the pump and told me to write a song." - hence the Pump Song title.
The 3rd Deadheads newsletter issued in August 1972 announced the completion of this album as follows;
...Mickey Hart's album "ROLLING THUNDER" is finally finished after a year and a half's work and is due to be released in the first part of September. It features Mickey as well as at least thirty of the heaviest musicians around these days . . . really a fine album!
Reissues

  • Issued in the UK in 1972 on LP by Warner Brothers K 46182
  • Reissued in 1986 on LP (black and psychedelic vinyl) by Relix Records RRLP 2026
  • Reissued in 1989 on CD by Grateful Dead Records GDCD 4011
  • Reissued on CD by Relix
  • Reissued on CD by Arista
Related releases

Blind John was included on the loss leader sampler;

Young Man, Grandma's Cookies and Blind John were included on the promotional release; One single was released in conjunction with this LP;
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