Beyond Description (1973-1989)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Beyond Description 1973-1989 is a companion set to 2001's 12-disc box The Golden Road 1965-1973, which collected all of the Grateful Dead's albums for Warner Bros, adding bonus tracks to each album, along with a double-disc collection of early pre-Warner recordings called "Birth of the Dead" for good measure. Beyond Description picks up the story after the Dead started their own label with 1973's Wake of the Flood and runs all the way to 1989, when they released their last studio album, Built to Last. Like The Golden Road, each album here is enhanced with bonus tracks, running the gamut from as little as three on Built to Last to has many as 16 a full-length ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Beyond Description 1973-1989 is a companion set to 2001's 12-disc box The Golden Road 1965-1973, which collected all of the Grateful Dead's albums for Warner Bros, adding bonus tracks to each album, along with a double-disc collection of early pre-Warner recordings called "Birth of the Dead" for good measure. Beyond Description picks up the story after the Dead started their own label with 1973's Wake of the Flood and runs all the way to 1989, when they released their last studio album, Built to Last. Like The Golden Road, each album here is enhanced with bonus tracks, running the gamut from as little as three on Built to Last to has many as 16 a full-length bonus disc added to 1980's live acoustic Reckoning, but there's nothing quite as enticing as "Birth of the Dead." Indeed, "enticing" is not a word that's frequently associated with the albums in this collection. Even among Deadheads, these records, with a couple of noteworthy exceptions, aren't highly regarded, and the additional studio outtakes, demos, and live tracks don't necessarily help matters either; after all, if the foundation is shaky, it's hard to add an expansion. That's true here. It's certainly nice to have this material excavated, particularly for legions of dedicated fans, but none of the bonus tracks are revelatory. None of them offer a new perspective on the album, nor are there any lost gems here not even the version of "Good Lovin'" sung by producer/Little Feat leader Lowell George on Shakedown Street qualifies as a hidden treasure. Instead, the bonus material ranges from the merely pleasant the bonus discs on the live Reckoning and Dead Set, to the somewhat interesting an early take of "China Doll" on Wake of the Flood, to the forgettable most of the studio outtakes, to the actively irritating a long acoustic demo of "Weather Report Suite," tedious jams on Blues for Allah. It's material that fans will hear once and file away, next to their large collection of Dick's Picks discs. Conversely, the individual albums featured in Beyond Description do pack some surprises. Certain records live up to their reputations -- Wake of the Flood remains one of their strongest, moodiest affairs, From the Mars Hotel is an underrated record, In the Dark is an assured comeback -- but others sound both better and worse than they did in memory. In particular, Go to Heaven, while far from their best, sounds much better than its reputation suggests -- it may not be much of a Dead record, but it's warm and well-crafted, a good fusion of the Doobie Brothers and Little Feat. Built to Last, however, is an outright embarrassment, a rushed sequel to In the Dark constructed with overly slick synthesizers and cavernous drums that sounds even more dated than the disco cuts scattered throughout Terrapin Station and Shakedown Street neither of which sound inspired, but are fascinating in their tentative attempts to streamline the Dead. Ultimately, it matters little whether the albums themselves are all that strong or weak -- this is a package for the diehard, the one who will buy the bad albums just to complete his collection. In that regard, Beyond Description is every bit the equal of The Golden Road -- the remastering is good, the packaging has been assembled with loving care, the liner notes are solid. It's all enough to make this a necessary library piece for truly dedicated Deadheads.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • UPC: 081227649128
  • Catalog Number: 76491
  • Sales rank: 36,394

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (5:45)
  2. 2 Let Me Sing Your Blues Away (3:17)
  3. 3 Row Jimmy (7:14)
  4. 4 Stella Blue (6:26)
  5. 5 Here Comes the Sunshine (4:40)
  6. 6 Eyes of the World (5:19)
  7. 7 Weather Report Suite: Prelude/Part 1/Part 2 (12:52)
  8. 8 Eyes of the World (17:05)
  9. 9 Weather Report Suite: Prelude/Part 1/Part 2/ (12:39)
  10. 10 China Doll (4:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 U.S. Blues (4:40)
  2. 2 China Doll (4:10)
  3. 3 Unbroken Chain (6:45)
  4. 4 Loose Lucy (3:21)
  5. 5 Scarlet Begonias (4:19)
  6. 6 Pride of Cucamonga (4:16)
  7. 7 Money Money (4:24)
  8. 8 Ship of Fools (5:38)
  9. 9 Loose Lucy (4:43)
  10. 10 Scarlet Begonias (9:09)
  11. 11 Money Money (4:19)
  12. 12 Wave That Flag (5:34)
  13. 13 Let It Rock (3:22)
  14. 14 Pride of Cucamonga (4:24)
  15. 15 Unbroken Chain (6:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Help on the Way/Slipknot! (7:21)
  2. 2 Franklin's Twoer (4:33)
  3. 3 King Solomon's Marbles, Pt. 1: Stronger Than Dirt/King Solomon's ... (5:16)
  4. 4 The Music Never Stopped (4:36)
  5. 5 Crazy Fingers (6:42)
  6. 6 Sage & Spirit (3:06)
  7. 7 Blue for Allah/Sand Castles & Glass Camels/Unusal Occurences in ... (12:44)
  8. 8 Groove #1 (5:45)
  9. 9 Groove #2 (7:35)
  10. 10 Distorto (8:14)
  11. 11 A to E Flat Jam (4:39)
  12. 12 Proto 18 Proper (4:18)
  13. 13 Hollywood Cantata (4:14)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Estimated Prophet (5:37)
  2. 2 Dancing in the Streets (3:18)
  3. 3 Passenger (2:48)
  4. 4 Samson & Delilah (3:29)
  5. 5 Sunrise (4:08)
  6. 6 Terrapin Station, Pt. 1: Lady With a Fan/Terrapin Station/Terrapin (16:29)
  7. 7 Peggy-O (4:41)
  8. 8 The Ascent (1:59)
  9. 9 Catfish John (4:43)
  10. 10 Equinox (5:15)
  11. 11 Fire on the Mountain (6:26)
  12. 12 Dancing in the Streets (16:17)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Good Lovin' (4:50)
  2. 2 France (4:04)
  3. 3 Shakedown Street (4:59)
  4. 4 Serengetti (2:02)
  5. 5 Fire on the Mountain (3:48)
  6. 6 I Need a Miracle (3:35)
  7. 7 From the Heart of Me (3:25)
  8. 8 Stagger Lee (3:28)
  9. 9 All New Minglewood Blues (4:16)
  10. 10 If I Had the World to Give (5:00)
  11. 11 Good Lovin' - Lowell George (4:56)
  12. 12 Ollin Arageed (6:30)
  13. 13 Fire on the Mountain (13:43)
  14. 14 Stagger Lee (6:39)
  15. 15 All New Minglewood Blues (4:34)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Alabama Getaway (3:37)
  2. 2 Far from Me (3:39)
  3. 3 Althea (6:52)
  4. 4 Feel Like a Stranger (5:08)
  5. 5 Lost Sailor (5:54)
  6. 6 Saint of Circumstance (5:39)
  7. 7 Antwerp's Placebo (The Plumber) (0:39)
  8. 8 Easy to Love You (3:38)
  9. 9 Don't Ease Me In (3:23)
  10. 10 Peggy-O (5:51)
  11. 11 What'll You Raise (4:10)
  12. 12 Jack-A-Roe (4:55)
  13. 13 Althea (8:17)
  14. 14 Lost Sailor (6:41)
  15. 15 Saint of Circumstance (6:35)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Dire Wolf (3:20)
  2. 2 The Race Is On (3:00)
  3. 3 Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie (6:27)
  4. 4 It Must Have Been the Roses (6:59)
  5. 5 Dark Hollow (3:51)
  6. 6 China Doll (5:21)
  7. 7 Been All Around This World (4:13)
  8. 8 Monkey and the Engineer (2:55)
  9. 9 Jack-A-Roe (4:13)
  10. 10 Deep Elem Blues (4:53)
  11. 11 Cassidy (4:34)
  12. 12 To Lay Me Down (9:02)
  13. 13 Rosalie McFall (2:53)
  14. 14 On the Road Again (3:13)
  15. 15 Bird Song (7:36)
  16. 16 Ripple (4:27)
Disc 8
  1. 1 To Lay Me Down (9:13)
  2. 2 Iko Iko (4:23)
  3. 3 Heaven Help the Fool (6:18)
  4. 4 El Paso (4:40)
  5. 5 Sage & Spirit (3:13)
  6. 6 Little Sadie (2:44)
  7. 7 It Must Have Been the Roses (7:00)
  8. 8 Dark Hollow (4:30)
  9. 9 Jack-A-Roe (5:07)
  10. 10 Cassidy (5:06)
  11. 11 China Doll (5:52)
  12. 12 Monkey and the Engineer (2:36)
  13. 13 Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie (7:12)
  14. 14 Ripple [Alternate Live Version (4:39)
  15. 15 Tom Dooley (3:32)
  16. 16 Deep Elem Blues (3:42)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Samson and Delilah (5:06)
  2. 2 Friend of the Devil (7:31)
  3. 3 New Minglewood Blues (4:44)
  4. 4 Deal (4:45)
  5. 5 Candyman (7:17)
  6. 6 Little Red Rooster (4:33)
  7. 7 Loser (5:55)
  8. 8 Passenger (3:22)
  9. 9 Feel Like a Stranger (5:43)
  10. 10 Franklin's Tower (5:25)
  11. 11 Rhythm Devils (4:01)
  12. 12 Space (2:28)
  13. 13 Fire on the Mountain (6:44)
  14. 14 Greatest Story Ever Told (4:04)
  15. 15 Brokedown Palace (5:47)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Let It Grow (9:38)
  2. 2 Sugaree [Live (9:51)
  3. 3 C.C. Rider (7:17)
  4. 4 Row Jimmy (10:14)
  5. 5 Lazy Lightnin' (3:24)
  6. 6 Supplication (5:49)
  7. 7 High Time (8:40)
  8. 8 Jack Straw (6:16)
  9. 9 Shakedown Street (10:41)
  10. 10 Not Fade Away (4:49)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Touch of Grey (5:50)
  2. 2 Hell in a Bucket (5:37)
  3. 3 When Push Comes to Shove (4:08)
  4. 4 West L.A. Fadeaway (6:38)
  5. 5 Tons of Steel (5:18)
  6. 6 Throwing Stones (7:20)
  7. 7 Black Muddy River (6:07)
  8. 8 My Brother Esau (Single B-Side) (4:20)
  9. 9 West L.A. Fadeaway (7:09)
  10. 10 Black Muddy River (5:41)
  11. 11 When Push Comes to Shove (4:22)
  12. 12 Touch of Grey (5:47)
  13. 13 Throwing Stones (9:36)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Foolish Heart (5:12)
  2. 2 Just a Little Light (4:43)
  3. 3 Built to Last (5:05)
  4. 4 Blow Away (6:11)
  5. 5 Victim or the Crime (7:37)
  6. 6 We Can Run (5:33)
  7. 7 Standing on the Moon (5:22)
  8. 8 Picasso Moon (6:43)
  9. 9 I Will Take You Home (3:55)
  10. 10 Foolish Heart (11:30)
  11. 11 Blow Away (12:02)
  12. 12 California Earthquake (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On) (5:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Ned Lagin Synthesizer
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Bob Weir Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Phil Lesh Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Steven Schuster Flute, Reeds, Horn, Musician
Mickey Hart Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Jordan Amarantha Percussion, Musician
Bill Kreutzmann Percussion, Drums, Group Member
John McFee Pedal Steel Guitar
Pat O'Hara Trombone, Musician
Bill Atwood Trumpet, Musician
Joe Ellis Trumpet, Musician
Vassar Clements Violin, Musician
Martyn Ford Conductor
Robert Howes Conductor
Keith Godchaux Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Brent Mydland Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Tom Scott Saxophone, Lyricon
Martin Fierro Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Musician
Frank Morin Tenor Saxophone, Musician
Benny Velarde Timbales, Musician
Hamza el Din Vocals, Oud, Hand Clapping, Taragat, Musician
Lowell George Vocals, Musician
Sarah Fulcher Vocals, Musician
Donna Jean Godchaux Vocals, Group Member
Doug Sahm 12-string Guitar, Musician
Bob Bralove Spatialization
Robert Hunter Group Member
Matthew Kelly Harmonica, Harp, Musician
Nubian Youth Choir Vocals, Hand Clapping, Taragat, Musician
English Choral Choir Choir, Chorus
Martyn Ford Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Grateful Dead Arranger, Producer
Bob Weir Arranger
Bob Bralove Programming
Robert Hunter Lyricist
John Perry Barlow Lyricist
Jerry Garcia Producer
Lowell George Producer
Don Healy Producer, Engineer, Concept Development, Concert Sound
Gary Lyons Producer, Engineer
Keith Olsen Producer, Engineer
Jim Welch Producer, Art Direction, Jacket Design
Stanley Mouse Producer, Art Direction, Illustrations
Tom Anderson Engineer, Liner Notes
Guy Charbonneau Engineer
Brett Cohen Engineer
Tom Flye Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Engineer, Mastering
Bob Matthews Engineer, System Engineer
Jeffrey Norman Engineer
Jeff Sterling Engineer
David Roberts Engineer
Peter Miller Engineer
Don Pearson Engineer
Pete Thea Engineer
Justin Kreutzmann Engineer
Chris Wiskes Engineer
Dave Devore Engineer
Margaret Fabrizio Contributor
David Gans Liner Notes
Joel Selvin Liner Notes
Gary Lambert Liner Notes
David Fricke Liner Notes
Andrew Clark Liner Notes
Steve Silberman Liner Notes
Peter Coyote Liner Notes
Blair Jackson Liner Notes
David Lemieux Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Dennis McNally Liner Notes
Cameron Sears Executive Producer
Maude Gilman Artwork
Rick Griffin Artwork, Logo, Cover Illustration
Mary Ann Mayer Artwork, Diagrams
Peter Barsotti Artwork
Philip Garris Artwork, Cover Painting
Gilbert Shelton Artwork
James Austin Reissue Producer
John Kahn Horn Arrangements
Herbie Green Art Direction, Cover Photo
Paul Buckmaster Orchestral Arrangements
Rock Scully Direction
Alan Trist Direction
Alton Kelley Direction, Cover Art
Richard Loren Direction, Concert Coordinator
Eric Schwartz Memorabilia
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Randy Tuten Cover Art
Susana Millman Cover Photo
Ed Perlstein Cover Photo
Sue Stephens Concert Coordinator
Betty Cantor-Jackson Producer, Engineer
John Cutler Producer, Engineer
Dennis Leonard Engineer
Rip Rense Liner Notes
Ihor Slabicky Liner Notes
Greg Gyuricsko Artwork
C.D. Kelach Artwork
Dennis Larkins Artwork, Cover Illustration
Antonio Reonegro Artwork, Cover Art
Frances Carr Concert Coordinator
Tom Anderson Engineer, Liner Notes
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