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From the Mars Hotel [Bonus Tracks]
     

From the Mars Hotel [Bonus Tracks]

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by Grateful Dead
 

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The Grateful Dead made their reputation on the road with their live shows, and they always struggled to capture that magic in the studio. From the Mars Hotel, while not a classic, represents one of their better studio albums. Jerry Garcia sounds engaged throughout and takes the vocal reigns for most of the songs on the album -- although he's not the most gifted

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The Grateful Dead made their reputation on the road with their live shows, and they always struggled to capture that magic in the studio. From the Mars Hotel, while not a classic, represents one of their better studio albums. Jerry Garcia sounds engaged throughout and takes the vocal reigns for most of the songs on the album -- although he's not the most gifted vocalist, he proves himself able and versatile. He sings the rollicking opener, "U.S. Blues," with a tongue-in-cheek seriousness that gives the political song an edge, and he lends emotional sincerity to the atmospheric ballad "China Doll." Garcia shines on guitar during the funk workout "Scarlet Begonias," but the ensemble work is best displayed on the album's centerpiece, "Unbroken Chain." During this song, all the musicians are allowed to shine: Phil Lesh, the bassist and songwriter, provides tender vocals over a piano-based arrangement while the bridge allows the guitars and drums to stretch out in classic Grateful Dead style. This album is highly recommended for fans, but casual listeners should start with American Beauty or Workingman's Dead. [In 2004, Rhino released a remastered, expanded edition of From the Mars Hotel as part of the exhaustive 12-disc box Beyond Description (1973-1989); in 2006, this expanded CD was released separately. The expanded disc contained seven bonus tracks: an alternate studio outtake of "Loose Lucy"; live versions of "Scarlet Begonias," "Money Money," "Wave That Flag," and Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock"; and studio acoustic demos of "Pride of Cucamonga" and "Unbroken Chain."]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2006
Label:
Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC:
0081227327729
catalogNumber:
73277
Rank:
4537

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Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ned Lagin   Synthesizer
Donna Jean Godchaux   Background Vocals,Group Member
Keith Godchaux   Harpsichord,Keyboards,Group Member
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums,Group Member
Phil Lesh   Vocals,Group Member
John McFee   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Grateful Dead   Producer
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
James Austin   Reissue Producer
John Perry Barlow   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer
Roy Segal   Engineer
Joel Selvin   Liner Notes
Mary Ann Mayer   Artwork
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Cameron Sears   Producer,Executive Producer
David Lemieux   Reissue Producer

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