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Infrared Roses
     

Infrared Roses

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by Grateful Dead
 
The nearly hour-long instrumental interplay on Infrared Roses (1991) came from a variety of concert performance excerpts circa 1989 and 1990. The audio was reconfigured and combined into four distinct multi-movement suites -- all of which were named by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Opening the disc is the

Overview

The nearly hour-long instrumental interplay on Infrared Roses (1991) came from a variety of concert performance excerpts circa 1989 and 1990. The audio was reconfigured and combined into four distinct multi-movement suites -- all of which were named by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Opening the disc is the audience-participating "Crowd Sculpture," setting the communal pre-show scene with a mélange of sonic experiences starring the typical Grateful Dead parking lot denizens doing their respective thing. The roar of the expectant audience then leads into "Parallelogram" the first of several rhythm-intensive selections with Mickey Hart (trap drums/timbales/electronic percussion/toms/synthesizer) and Bill Kreutzmann (trap drums/beast/beam/electronic percussion/talking drum) at the helm. These excursions typically occurred during the second set and were followed by a few minutes of free-form exchanges from the band's co-founders Jerry Garcia (guitar/electronic percussion/synthesizer), Phil Lesh (bass/synthesizer), and Bob Weir (guitar/midi guitar/synthesizer). Through July of 1990, Brent Mydland (keyboards/Midi keyboard/synthesizer) was the primary ivory tickler. After his untimely passing, Vince Welnick (synthesizer) and (for a brief time) Bruce Hornsby (piano/synthesizer) were Mydland's replacements. Additionally, Bob Bralove -- the CD's producer and one of the Grateful Dead's longtime audio engineers -- is credited with electronic drumming. There are also appearances by the Neville Brothers' Willie Green III (kick/snare/hi hat) who submits a well-placed beat or two to "Post-Modern Highrise Table Top Stomp" from his December 28, 1990 guest shot. Branford Marsalis (tenor sax/soprano sax) is heard blowing strong counterpoint during the closer "Apollo at the Ritz." His contributions come from a March 29, 1990 confab in which Marsalis sat in for most of the second set. Caveat Emptor as Infrared Roses isn't a typical live Grateful Dead recording and potential consumers should not expect such. However, there is plenty for the adventurous listener, Deadheads longing for a good ol' "Drums/Space" freak-out, and even parties curious about the remarkable stylistic breadth that became a motif of the Grateful Dead's concerts for three decades.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
Label:
Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC:
0081227894122
catalogNumber:
78941
Rank:
69707

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Mickey Hart   Percussion,Drums,talking drum,electronic percussion
Jerry Garcia   Synthesizer,Guitar,electronic percussion
Bruce Hornsby   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Vibes
Bob Weir   Synthesizer,Guitar,Marimbas,MIDI Guitar
Bob Bralove   Synthesizer
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums,Timbales,electronic percussion,Roto Toms
Phil Lesh   Synthesizer,Bass
Branford Marsalis   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Brent Mydland   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Tom-Tom,Shaker,Rattles,MIDI Keyboards
Vince Welnick   Synthesizer
Willie Green   Drums,Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Mickey Hart   Composer,beats
Jerry Garcia   Cover Art
Robert Hunter   Titles
Bob Bralove   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,drum machine,Sequencers
John Cutler   Engineer
Dan Healy   Composer,Engineer,Sound Advisor
Jeffrey Norman   Engineer
Amy Finkle   Art Direction
Amy F.   Art Direction
Dick Latvala   Tape Archivist
Harry Popick   Monitor Mix Engineer
Dennis McNally   Publicity

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Infrared Roses 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of the Dead because of their less than stellar vocals. This instrumental recording is much more interesting. The members of the band soon found out it was easier to release dozens of concerts for their devoted followers and never followed up this CD. In 1995 engineer John Oswald made a 2 CD set of spliced together snippets of Dark Star jams titled Grayfolded. I prefer that set to this, although Roses is not bad.