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Rolling Thunder is the first solo album by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

Although Hart had temporarily left the Grateful Dead at the time he made Rolling Thunder, members of the Dead play on the album, along with a number of other well-known musicians from the San Francisco Bay Areamarker music scene. Also featured are classical tabla players Zakir Hussain and his father Alla Rakha. The album contains early versions of two songs co-written by Bob Weir that later became Grateful Dead concert staples, "Playing in the Band" and "Greatest Story Ever Told", which on this album is only known as "Pump Song."

The cover art for Rolling Thunder was created by Alton Kelly and Stanley Mouse's Kelly/Mouse Studios.

The album was named after the Shoshone medicine man, shaman, teacher, and activist Rolling Thunder, who was a friend of Mickey Hart and the Grateful Dead and whose voice is heard on the first track.

In 1986, Relix Records re-released the album on vinyl, using the original masters and color separations. In 1989, the album was released on CD on the Grateful Dead label. It was subsequently re-released by Relix.

Track listing

Side One

  1. "Rolling Thunder / Shoshone Invocation" (Rolling Thunder) – 0:46
  2. "The Main Ten (Playing in the Band)" (Hart, Weir, Hunter) – 7:04
  3. "Fletcher Carnaby" (Hart, Hunter) – 4:14
  4. "The Chase (Progress)" (Hart) – 4:04
  5. "Blind John" (Stetson, Monk) – 3:48

Side Two

  1. "Young Man" (Hart, Monk) – 2:41
  2. "Deep, Wide, and Frequent" (Hart) – 5:33
  3. "Pump Song" (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 4:42
  4. "Granma's Cookies" (Hart) – 3:00
  5. "Hangin' On" (Stetson, Monk; arranged by Mickey Hart) – 3:17


By track

Rolling Thunder Chant The Main Ten (Playing in the Band) Fletcher Carnaby The Chase (Progress) Blind John Young Man
  • Barry Melton — guitar
  • John Cippolina — guitar
  • Robbie Stokes — guitar
  • David Freiberg — bass, vocals
  • Mickey Hart — drums
  • Bob Weir — vocals (from The Grateful Dead)
  • Phil Lesh — vocals
  • Carmelo Garcia — timbales, conga
Deep, Wide and Frequent
  • Mickey Hart — drums
  • David Freiberg — bass
  • Robbie Stokes — guitar
  • Jerry Garcia — guitar
  • John Cippolina — guitar
  • Terry Haggerty — guitar (from Sons of Champlin)
  • Bill Champlinorgan (from Sons of Champlin)
  • Tower of Power — horn section
  • Carmelo Garcia — timbales, congas
Pump Song
  • Robbie Stokes — guitar
  • Bob Weir — guitar, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia — insect fear
  • Robbie Stokes — bass
  • Phil Lesh — bass
  • Tower of Power — horn section
  • Mickey Hart — drums, percussion
  • David Freiberg — piano, water pump
Granma's Cookies
  • Jerry Garcia — guitar
  • Mickey Hart — drums
  • Zakir Hussain — tabla
Hangin' On
  • Barry Melton — guitar
  • Robbie Stokes — guitar
  • John Cippolina — guitar
  • David Freiberg — bass, piano, viola, vocals
  • Mickey Hart — drums
  • Tower of Power — horn section




  1. "The PlowBoy Interview: Rolling Thunder", Mother Earth News, July/August 1981
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