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Terrapin Station [Bonus Tracks]
     

Terrapin Station [Bonus Tracks]

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by Grateful Dead
 

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It is generally agreed that the Grateful Dead's late-'70s studio releases left even the most enthusiastic Deadheads longing for something more. The theory is that the band's momentum is best experienced during the ebb and flow of a live performance rather than the somewhat clinical tedium of a recording studio. Terrapin Station marks several milestones for the

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It is generally agreed that the Grateful Dead's late-'70s studio releases left even the most enthusiastic Deadheads longing for something more. The theory is that the band's momentum is best experienced during the ebb and flow of a live performance rather than the somewhat clinical tedium of a recording studio. Terrapin Station marks several milestones for the Grateful Dead: it was the band's first studio album in two years, as well as their return to a major label -- in this case Arista Records. More significant however is the use of an outside (read: non-Grateful Dead) producer. This was only the second time in which the Dead did not seize complete control. And the first time in a decade that they would relinquish their production reigns. They chose Keith Olsen -- a former member of the '60s garage rock band Music Machine -- whose production roster also included other Bay Area notables including the Sons of Champlin and Santana. Musically, Terrapin Station offers a few choice glimpses of the band doing what it does best. While the most prominent example is the album's extended title suite, there are a few others such as the cover of the Rev. Gary Davis gospel-blues "Samson and Delilah" and a resurrection of the Martha & the Vandellas hit "Dancin' in the Streets." The latter tune was originally performed by the Dead in their mid-'60s repertoire. What was once a garage rock and psychedelic reading has evolved into a 4/4-time, brass-influenced disco arrangement. Luckily, their extended versions during concert performances were infinitely more tolerable. Parties interested in examining the contrast between the studio and live performance versions of Terrapin Station material should seek the archival concert release Dick's Picks, Vol. 3. This two-disc set not only captures the band exactly two months and two days prior to the release of Terrapin Station, it also features stellar performances of every track from the album sans the up-tempo rocker "Passenger." [In 2004, Rhino released a remastered, expanded edition of Terrapin Station 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: instrumental studio outtakes of "Peggy-O" and "The Ascent"; studio outtakes of "Catfish John," "Equinox," and "Fire on the Mountain," the latter of which would be revived for the Dead's next album, Shakedown Street; and a live version of "Dancin' in the Streets" recorded live at Cornell University in May 1977.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2006
Label:
Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC:
0081227327927
catalogNumber:
73279
Rank:
10267

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Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Mickey Hart   Group Member
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Lyricon
Martyn Ford   Conductor
Donna Jean Godchaux   Background Vocals,Group Member
Keith Godchaux   Keyboards,Group Member
Bill Kreutzmann   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Phil Lesh   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Robert Howes   Conductor
English Choral Choir   Track Performer
Martyn Ford Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Mickey Hart   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Grateful Dead   Arranger,Composer
Bob Weir   Arranger,Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
James Austin   Reissue Producer
John Perry Barlow   Composer
Paul Buckmaster   Orchestral Arrangements
David Gans   Liner Notes
Donna Jean Godchaux   Composer
Bill Kreutzmann   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer
Bob McDill   Composer
Keith Olsen   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Allen Reynolds   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Dave Devore   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Cameron Sears   Executive Producer
David Lemieux   Reissue Producer
Peter Monk   Composer

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Terrapin Station 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnEBGood More than 1 year ago
Great album. Hey Lindsay, What about Donna?