Arista Years

The Arista Years

by Grateful Dead
     
 
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,"

Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/1996
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221893428
catalogNumber:
18934

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   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
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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