In the Dark [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
The Grateful Dead's last lineup returned intact for In the Dark, an album that ironically thrust the band back into the spotlight on the strength of the band's lone Top 40 single, "Touch of Grey." Fans had long mused that the Dead's studio albums lacked the easygoing energy and natural flow of their live performances, and In the Dark does come close to capturing that lightning in a bottle. Jerry Garcia, who apparently had to relearn the guitar after a near-fatal illness, approaches his instrument recharged, while his voice a beneficiary of the extended hiatus? shows some of its original smoothness. Of his four songwriting collaborations with long-standing lyricist Robert ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
The Grateful Dead's last lineup returned intact for In the Dark, an album that ironically thrust the band back into the spotlight on the strength of the band's lone Top 40 single, "Touch of Grey." Fans had long mused that the Dead's studio albums lacked the easygoing energy and natural flow of their live performances, and In the Dark does come close to capturing that lightning in a bottle. Jerry Garcia, who apparently had to relearn the guitar after a near-fatal illness, approaches his instrument recharged, while his voice a beneficiary of the extended hiatus? shows some of its original smoothness. Of his four songwriting collaborations with long-standing lyricist Robert Hunter, "Touch of Grey" is far and away the best. "When Push Comes to Shove" and "West L.A. Fadeaway" use familiar blues-based riffs that lack the pair's often-contagious chemistry, and "Black Muddy River" has one foot firmly stuck in mawkish MOR terrain although Garcia can be dealt a free pass here in light of the song's real-life implications as an attempt to make his peace with the world. What pushes In the Dark past the band's also-rans are two terrific songs from Bob Weir and John Barlow, the cheerfully cranky "Hell in a Bucket" co-written with Brent Mydland and the cautionary tale "Throwing Stones." Rarely have Weir's songs sounded so effortless; punctuated by Garcia's guitar, they have more in common with the upbeat, flavorful sound of past Garcia/Hunter compositions than the pair's own work this time out a rare case of role reversal. In the middle of it all is a country-rock song from Mydland, "Tons of Steel," that sounds oddly out of place. Although the album is unmistakable as the work of the Dead, much of it recalls the punchy, pungent production of Dire Straits' recent work. It's not the second coming of the Dead, but a more entertaining epilogue you couldn't ask for. [In 2004, Rhino released a remastered, expanded edition of In the Dark as part of the exhaustive 12-disc box Beyond Description 1973-1989; in 2006, this expanded CD was released separately. The expanded disc contained six bonus tracks: the non-LP B-side "My Brother Esau," an alternate version of "West L.A. Fadeaway" from 1984, a live version of "Throwing Stones," plus studio rehearsals of "Black Muddy River," "When Push Comes to Shove," and "Touch of Grey."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • UPC: 081227328429
  • Catalog Number: 73284
  • Sales rank: 3,764

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Group Member
Jerry Garcia Group Member
Bob Weir Group Member
Bob Bralove Spatialization
Bill Kreutzmann Group Member
Phil Lesh Group Member
Brent Mydland Group Member
Technical Credits
Jerry Garcia Composer, Producer, Original Album Producer
Bob Weir Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
James Austin Reissue Producer
John Perry Barlow Composer
Bob Bralove Programming
Guy Charbonneau Engineer
John Cutler Producer, Engineer, Original Album Producer
Joe Gastwirt Engineer, Mastering
Dan Healy Engineer
Brent Mydland Composer
Jeffrey Norman Engineer
Jeff Sterling Engineer
David Roberts Engineer
Herbie Green Art Direction
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Justin Kreutzmann Engineer
Randy Tuten Artwork, Cover Art
Margaret Fabrizio Contributor
Cameron Sears Executive Producer
David Lemieux Reissue Producer
Dennis McNally Liner Notes
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