The Arista Years

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This well-chosen compilation makes the best of the eight albums five studio LPs and three live collections the Grateful Dead released on Arista Records between 1977 and 1990. The first three studio albums are not well regarded, but by focusing on the stronger compositions, such as "Estimated Prophet," "Terrapin Station," "Fire on the Mountain," "I Need a Miracle," and "Saint of Circumstance," the compilers have made them seem better than they did when they were released. It doesn't hurt that these are the songs that emerged as concert favorites, and if these performances often sound like distilled, sometimes stilted versions for those familiar with the live shows, they...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This well-chosen compilation makes the best of the eight albums five studio LPs and three live collections the Grateful Dead released on Arista Records between 1977 and 1990. The first three studio albums are not well regarded, but by focusing on the stronger compositions, such as "Estimated Prophet," "Terrapin Station," "Fire on the Mountain," "I Need a Miracle," and "Saint of Circumstance," the compilers have made them seem better than they did when they were released. It doesn't hurt that these are the songs that emerged as concert favorites, and if these performances often sound like distilled, sometimes stilted versions for those familiar with the live shows, they nevertheless serve as a kind of blueprint for the music the Dead played in the late '70s and '80s. A more confident band emerges in the later tracks, in part because the material is superior -- not only the hit "Touch of Grey," but also "Black Muddy River" and "Foolish Heart," among others -- but also because the performances are seasoned by frequent live playing of the songs. The album concludes with the group's 1990 live recording of "Eyes of the World" with Branford Marsalis sitting in from Without a Net. The Arista Years presents the sound of a band compromising with, but not capitulating to, the demands of the conventional record industry. Even the Dead themselves were never really able to capture lightning in a bottle, but, as one of their better songs here puts it, they managed to shine "Just a Little Light."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/1996
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221893442
  • Catalog Number: 18934

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Estimated Prophet (5:37)
  2. 2 Passenger (2:49)
  3. 3 Samson and Delilah (3:27)
  4. 4 Terrapin Station [Medley] (16:20)
  5. 5 Good Lovin' (4:48)
  6. 6 Shakedown Street (4:59)
  7. 7 Fire on the Mountain (3:46)
  8. 8 I Need a Miracle (3:33)
  9. 9 Alabama Getaway (3:35)
  10. 10 Far from Me (3:39)
  11. 11 Saint of Circumstance (5:40)
  12. 12 Dire Wolf (3:21)
  13. 13 Cassidy (4:33)
  14. 14 Feel Like a Stranger (5:47)
  15. 15 Franklin's Tower (5:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Touch of Grey (5:48)
  2. 2 Hell in a Bucket (5:36)
  3. 3 West L.A. Fadeaway (6:37)
  4. 4 Throwing Stones (7:19)
  5. 5 Black Muddy River (5:57)
  6. 6 Foolish Heart (5:10)
  7. 7 Built to Last (5:03)
  8. 8 Just a Little Light (4:41)
  9. 9 Picasso Moon (6:40)
  10. 10 Standing on the Moon (5:20)
  11. 11 Eyes of the World (16:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tom Scott Saxophone, Lyricon
Jordan Amarantha Percussion
Matthew Kelly Harmonica, Harp
Branford Marsalis Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Mickey Hart Contributor
Jerry Garcia Composer, Producer
Bob Weir Composer, Contributor
Robert Hunter Composer, Contributor
Lowell George Producer
John Perry Barlow Composer
Bob Bralove Programming
Betty Cantor-Jackson Producer, Engineer
Guy Charbonneau Engineer
John Cutler Producer, Engineer
David DeVore Engineer
Tom Flye Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Remastering
Donna Jean Godchaux Contributor
Keith Godchaux Contributor
Dan Healy Producer, Engineer
John Kahn Horn Arrangements
Bill Kreutzmann Composer, Contributor
Phil Lesh Composer, Producer
Gary Lyons Producer, Engineer
Bob Matthews Engineer
Brent Mydland Contributor
Jeffrey Norman Engineer
Keith Olsen Producer, Engineer
Jeff Sterling Engineer
Jim Welch Art Direction
David Roberts Engineer
Peter Miller Engineer
Pete Thea Engineer
Rick Griffin Illustrations
Amy Finkle Art Direction
Justin Kreutzmann Engineer
Rudy Clark Composer
Stanley Mouse Art Direction
Chris Wiskes Engineer
Gilbert Shelton Art Direction, Illustrations
Traditional Composer
Peter Monk Composer
Arthur Resnick Composer
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