Infrared Roses

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • UPC: 081227894122
  • Catalog Number: 78941

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
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
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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  • Posted November 18, 2014

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    I am not a fan of the Dead because of their less than stellar vo

    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.

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