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Superstitious Blues

Country Joe McDonald

Initial release : January 1991

RagBaby RAG 1028 (Rykodisc RCD 10201)

Solo Country Joe McDonald album that includes four tracks that feature Garcia.

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  • Standing at the Crossroads (McDonald)
  • Eunicita (McDonald)
  • Superstitious Blues (McDonald)
  • Tranquility (McDonald)
  • Starship Ride (McDonald)
  • Cocaine (Rock) (McDonald)
  • Blues for Breakfast (McDonald)
  • Clara Barton (McDonald)
  • Blues for Michael (McDonald)

On all songs;

  • Country Joe McDonald - guitar, harp, vocals
The other musicians on the tracks of this album are as follows.

Standing At The Crossroads;

  • Peter Frankel - electric guitar
  • Sandy Rothman - dobro
  • Stephen Barsotti - bass
  • Peter Frankel - electric guitar
  • Sandy Rothman - dobro
  • Stephen Barsotti - bass
Superstitious Blues;
  • Jerry Garcia - rhythm and slide electric guitar
  • Barry Flast - bass, piano
  • No additional musicians
Starship Ride;
  • Jerry Garcia - acoustic guitar
  • Barry Flast - bass, vocals
  • Kirk Felton - snare, hihat
Cocaine (Rock) are;
  • Country Joe - guitar, vocals
  • Barry Flast - piano
  • Stephen Barsotti - bass
  • Terry Adams - cello
Blues For Breakfast;
  • Peter Frankel - acoustic guitar
  • Sandy Rothman - dobro
  • Barry Flast - piano
  • Stephen Barsotti - bass
Clara Barton;
  • Country Joe
  • Jerry Garcia - acoustic guitar
Blues For Michael;
  • Country Joe
  • Jerry Garcia - acoustic guitar

  • Producer - Bill Belmont
  • Engineer - Danny Kopelson, David Luke, Michael Rosen, Michael Semanick
  • Engineering assistance - Andy Niedzwiecki,
  • Mixing - Michael Rosen
  • Remixing - Danny Kopelson
  • Design - Tom Weller
  • Cello arranger - Terry Adams
  • Photography - Herbert Greene
  • Liner notes - Country Joe McDonald from a profile by Chiori Santiago

  • Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley

Country Joe's notes give a brief piece of information about each song. Two of these include comments on Garcia's involvement.

Starship Ride is very Bay Area psychedelic rock and roll, and it's fun; it's about romance, a date, the future - a science fiction love song. It's a double entendre, a titillating song but it still has some Mom and Pop in there. It was a perfect vehicle for Jerry Garcia because it sounds so much like a Grateful Dead song, and the Grateful Dead don't do those songs anymore. It's the kind of song I like to write - a one chord, one rhythm, straight ahead rock and roll pop song with a little twist of the futuristic.

Blues For Michael is just a blues. I wanted to write the simplest, easiest song - when you're young, you want to write the most difficult forms because you want to prove you can do it. But sometimes doing the simple is really hard. This one goes back to Country Joe and the Fish stuff, the really slow simple stuff we did. The chords are simple, the lyrics are simple, it means exactly what it says. And I hoped Jerry would play this song with me because we both knew Michael Bloomfield, we both know how easy it is to disappear, to die. It's real sentimental - Jerry Garcia and Country Joe, singing about Michael Bloomfield, a very famous blues musician with a drug problem who died under mysterious circumstances about ten years ago. Sometimes a song has to be really personal, about your real life. This song is about me and how I feel about the fact that this friend of mine is gone.

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Starship Ride and Blues For Michael were included on;

Cocaine (Rock) was included on;