By Brent Thompson
Thanks to its members’ various touring ensembles (The Dead, Dead & Company, Furthur and Phil Lesh & Friends among others) – and a steady stream of live shows that continue to be released – no batch of songs has lived on like The Grateful Dead’s catalog. So, it would be understandable to overlook or even discard the latest addition to the fold, Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros. Live In Colorado Vol. 2 (Third Man Records). And while the song titles will ring familiar – “Terrapin Station Suite,” “Brokedown Palace” and “Ripple” among them – the arrangements are fresh and Weir’s backing band (Don Was, Jay Lane and Jeff Chimenti) breathes new life into these well-worn staples. With respect to covers, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” slides nicely into “Eyes Of The World” along with a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” If you aren’t a Deadhead, this album probably won’t change your mind. If you are an existing fan, this album is a very worthy addition to your (likely vast) Dead collection.