King Solomon's Marbles

(Stronger Than Dirt/Milkin' The Turkey)

Lyrics: [none]
Music: Lesh, Hart, Kreutzmann

This is an instrumental on the "Blues For Allah" album. There are inconsistencies over titles and authorship of the various components.

The original "Blues For Allah" LP listed two tracks:

     -   King Solomon's Marbles (Lesh)
     -   Stronger Than Dirt Or Milkin' The Turkey (Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh)

The CD of "Blues For Allah" lists the tracks differently:

     -   King Solomon's Marbles
        -   Part 1: Stronger Than Dirt
        -   Part 2: Milkin' The Turkey

(the CD doesn't say who wrote the music, though the "Grateful Dead Anthology II" songbook lists both Part 1 and Part 2 as by "Lesh-Hart-Kreutzmann")

The "One From The Vault" CD just lists

     -   King Solomon's Marbles (Lesh)

(what is played is the full suite as on "Blues For Allah")

It seems simplest to regard it as one suite. But the components listed on the CD don't match up to what is played. "Stronger Than Dirt" is a quote from an old Ajax commercial, and the musical quote comes at the beginning of the second sub-track (as on the LP). I guess it really doesn't matter too much

Hank Harrison's "The Dead Book" reproduces a "handwriting sample" from Phil Lesh dating from 1962. It includes the words "Stronger Than Dirt" (in block capitals). The notes in the book say this "was an allusion to an Ajax scouring powder commercial of the day. Phil has mentioned that he often heard classical riffs in commercials and this is probably one of them."

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1975 Blues For Allah
     23 Mar 1975 Beyond Description: Bonus CD
     13 Aug 1975 One From The Vault
     28 Sep 1975 30 Trips Around The Sun
     16 Jul 1976 Dave's Picks Volume 18 (bonus disc)

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Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1996 Blues For Allah Project Joe Gallant & Illuminati
     1998 Blue Light Rain Jazz Is Dead

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