THE PERSUASIONS Might As Well… The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead (2000)

Might As Well…
The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead (2000)
Dead a cappella

With only their collective voices, The Persuasions can turn almost any musical composition into smooth, groovindoo-wop or gospel. They also have fun stretching the boundaries at the same time. It wasn’t all that surprising with Frankly a cappella – The Persuasions Sing Zappa (their Frank Zappa covers disc) because doo-wop was such a crucial building block in Frank’s early constructions. But the Grateful Dead? Those guys were into bluegrass and banjo music back when the Persuasions were first conceptualizing their stylistic blend of street corner harmonics and black-centric doo-wop. Since then, The Persuasions have transcended those root styles to encompass various musical genres, incorporating instrumentation when it serves their purpose (as in the gospel-tinged piano work in “Ship Of Fools”). You like The Dead? You like a cappella? You should like this, even if you never really listen that much to either. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Here Comes Sunshine (0:28)
Might As Well (3:30)
Lazy River Road (5:34)
Loose Lucy (4:23)
Ripple (3:11)
Brokedown Palace (4:25)
Liberty (5:18)
Sugaree (5:38)
Ship Of Fools (8:20)
He’s Gone (6:29)
It Must Have Been The Roses (4:51)
One More Saturday Night (5:34)
Bertha (5:37)
I Bid You Goodnight (2:05)
Black Muddy River (4:14)


  • Quark
    August 26, 2009 - 18:04 | Permalink

    WOW…Thanks Willard.
    I loved the Zappa album that you posted…but this one sounds even better. And great quality too.
    I believe they did a Beatles album…Hint, Hint.
    Now waiting for The Persuasions sing Amy Winehouse!

  • Johnny Vandal
    August 26, 2009 - 18:45 | Permalink

    I've enjoyed this platter & the one they did of Zappa's stuff. These guys really bring it each and every time.

  • Anonymous
    August 27, 2009 - 01:35 | Permalink

    Um… as a cappella music is vocal music or singing *without instrumental accompaniment* I can't imagine why you are using that term to describe music (at least on the sample you offer) featuring piano accompaniment.

    Just saying.

  • Art Ducko
    August 27, 2009 - 02:47 | Permalink

    The "Persuasions Sing U2" is also a tasty treat for discerning listeners. Just saying.

    • October 5, 2015 - 11:32 | Permalink

      That is not The Persuasions doing the U-2 album ( it is a combo of wannabees using the name The Persuasions and tainting the legacy of the original world renown A Cappella Kings

  • Capt. Willard
    August 27, 2009 - 02:42 | Permalink

    Um… perhaps you should read the ENTIRE text, and not just the tag line, to understand. Just saying.

  • Capt. Willard
    August 27, 2009 - 03:13 | Permalink

    We’ve got that one HERE. Just saying.

  • Keanu Reeves
    August 27, 2009 - 11:01 | Permalink

    Dude. Uh, what were we saying?

  • ge
    August 27, 2009 - 23:18 | Permalink

    well one time i heard Jimmy Dale Gimmour's voice singing RIPPLE in my head, dans ma tete, and i had never heard the album where he included that song but he did! i'm just sayin'…

  • Dave
    August 28, 2009 - 00:45 | Permalink

    I used to own the Persuasions Zappa CD and liked it. As stated in the description, performing Zappa made more sense than the Dead but these guys have talent and originality. Enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mona
    August 31, 2009 - 16:16 | Permalink

    I'm just sayin' "thanx for this one"
    Hope you dont mind that i am linking to this @ my blog and I will be restarting (son of) any day now…just sayin'

  • porco rosso
    September 1, 2009 - 17:37 | Permalink

    I like this.
    Ok, it's mainly a novelty thing and i don't expect to put this on to often, but it proves (if such proof was needed) how good (great, amazing, fantastic) the Garcia/Hunter songs are.
    Even songs i'd ususally skip when listening to live Dead (like OMSN) are fun.

    Thanks for this.

    September 21, 2009 - 02:28 | Permalink

    Man, thank you so much for avaliable this Cd, i am looking for that a long time. Peace there!

  • Capt. Willard
    November 11, 2009 - 18:21 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • buzzbabyjesus
    January 17, 2011 - 19:27 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard.
    My eleven year old daughter is going to love this. For instance, she doesn't care for the Who at all, but loves Petra Haden's "The Who Sell Out". (It's still a capella if the voices are over-dubbed, right?)

    just sayin…..

    ps I'm glad she hasn't asked any questions about Mingy Stingy.

  • Anonymous
    October 26, 2011 - 22:14 | Permalink

    Another fantastic treat. Thanks much!

  • Christoph
    April 21, 2015 - 20:04 | Permalink

    Always a pleasure to stroll around your blog. I’ve never heard of this one, and am very curious (my wife’s already getting into the Beatles one, she’s Beatles fan numero uno) – thanks a lot

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