Beyond Description (1973-1989)

Beyond Description (1973-1989)

by Grateful Dead

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Beyond Description (1973-1989)

Beyond Description (1973-1989) is a companion set to 2001's 12-disc box The Golden Road (1965-1973), which collected all of the Grateful Dead's albums for Warner Bros, adding bonus tracks to each album, along with a double-disc collection of early pre-Warner recordings called "Birth of the Dead" for good measure. Beyond Description picks up the story after the Dead started their own label with 1973's Wake of the Flood and runs all the way to 1989, when they released their last studio album, Built to Last. Like The Golden Road, each album here is enhanced with bonus tracks, running the gamut from as little as three (on Built to Last) to has many as 16 (a full-length bonus disc added to 1980's live acoustic Reckoning), but there's nothing quite as enticing as "Birth of the Dead." Indeed, "enticing" is not a word that's frequently associated with the albums in this collection. Even among Deadheads, these records, with a couple of noteworthy exceptions, aren't highly regarded, and the additional studio outtakes, demos, and live tracks don't necessarily help matters either; after all, if the foundation is shaky, it's hard to add an expansion. That's true here. It's certainly nice to have this material excavated, particularly for legions of dedicated fans, but none of the bonus tracks are revelatory. None of them offer a new perspective on the album, nor are there any lost gems here (not even the version of "Good Lovin'" sung by producer/Little Feat leader Lowell George on Shakedown Street qualifies as a hidden treasure). Instead, the bonus material ranges from the merely pleasant (the bonus discs on the live Reckoning and Dead Set), to the somewhat interesting (an early take of "China Doll" on Wake of the Flood), to the forgettable (most of the studio outtakes), to the actively irritating (a long acoustic demo of "Weather Report Suite," tedious jams on Blues for Allah). It's material that fans will hear once and file away, next to their large collection of Dick's Picks discs. Conversely, the individual albums featured in Beyond Description do pack some surprises. Certain records live up to their reputations -- Wake of the Flood remains one of their strongest, moodiest affairs, From the Mars Hotel is an underrated record, In the Dark is an assured comeback -- but others sound both better and worse than they did in memory. In particular, Go to Heaven, while far from their best, sounds much better than its reputation suggests -- it may not be much of a Dead record, but it's warm and well-crafted, a good fusion of the Doobie Brothers and Little Feat. Built to Last, however, is an outright embarrassment, a rushed sequel to In the Dark constructed with overly slick synthesizers and cavernous drums that sounds even more dated than the disco cuts scattered throughout Terrapin Station and Shakedown Street (neither of which sound inspired, but are fascinating in their tentative attempts to streamline the Dead). Ultimately, it matters little whether the albums themselves are all that strong or weak -- this is a package for the diehard, the one who will buy the bad albums just to complete his collection. In that regard, Beyond Description is every bit the equal of The Golden Road -- the remastering is good, the packaging has been assembled with loving care, the liner notes are solid. It's all enough to make this a necessary library piece for truly dedicated Deadheads.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC: 0081227649128
catalogNumber: 76491


Disc 1

  1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
  2. Let Me Sing Your Blues Away
  3. Row Jimmy
  4. Stella Blue
  5. Here Comes the Sunshine
  6. Eyes of the World
  7. Weather Report Suite: Prelude/Part 1/Part 2
  8. Eyes of the World
  9. Weather Report Suite: Prelude/Part 1/Part 2/
  10. China Doll

Disc 2

  1. U.S. Blues
  2. China Doll
  3. Unbroken Chain
  4. Loose Lucy
  5. Scarlet Begonias
  6. Pride of Cucamonga
  7. Money Money
  8. Ship of Fools
  9. Loose Lucy
  10. Scarlet Begonias
  11. Money Money
  12. Wave That Flag
  13. Let It Rock
  14. Pride of Cucamonga
  15. Unbroken Chain

Disc 3

  1. Help on the Way/Slipknot!
  2. Franklin's Twoer
  3. King Solomon's Marbles, Pt. 1: Stronger Than Dirt/King Solomon's ...
  4. The Music Never Stopped
  5. Crazy Fingers
  6. Sage & Spirit
  7. Blue for Allah/Sand Castles & Glass Camels/Unusal Occurences in ...
  8. Groove #1
  9. Groove #2
  10. Distorto
  11. A to E Flat Jam
  12. Proto 18 Proper
  13. Hollywood Cantata

Disc 4

  1. Estimated Prophet
  2. Dancing in the Streets
  3. Passenger
  4. Samson & Delilah
  5. Sunrise
  6. Terrapin Station, Pt. 1: Lady With a Fan/Terrapin Station/Terrapin
  7. Peggy-O
  8. The Ascent
  9. Catfish John
  10. Equinox
  11. Fire on the Mountain
  12. Dancing in the Streets

Disc 5

  1. Good Lovin'
  2. France
  3. Shakedown Street
  4. Serengetti
  5. Fire on the Mountain
  6. I Need a Miracle
  7. From the Heart of Me
  8. Stagger Lee
  9. All New Minglewood Blues
  10. If I Had the World to Give
  11. Good Lovin'
  12. Ollin Arageed
  13. Fire on the Mountain
  14. Stagger Lee
  15. All New Minglewood Blues

Disc 6

  1. Alabama Getaway
  2. Far from Me
  3. Althea
  4. Feel Like a Stranger
  5. Lost Sailor
  6. Saint of Circumstance
  7. Antwerp's Placebo (The Plumber)
  8. Easy to Love You
  9. Don't Ease Me In
  10. Peggy-O
  11. What'll You Raise
  12. Jack-A-Roe
  13. Althea
  14. Lost Sailor
  15. Saint of Circumstance

Disc 7

  1. Dire Wolf
  2. The Race Is On
  3. Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
  4. It Must Have Been the Roses
  5. Dark Hollow
  6. China Doll
  7. Been All Around This World
  8. Monkey and the Engineer
  9. Jack-A-Roe
  10. Deep Elem Blues
  11. Cassidy
  12. To Lay Me Down
  13. Rosalie McFall
  14. On the Road Again
  15. Bird Song
  16. Ripple

Disc 8

  1. To Lay Me Down
  2. Iko Iko
  3. Heaven Help the Fool
  4. El Paso
  5. Sage & Spirit
  6. Little Sadie
  7. It Must Have Been the Roses
  8. Dark Hollow
  9. Jack-A-Roe
  10. Cassidy
  11. China Doll
  12. Monkey and the Engineer
  13. Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
  14. Ripple [Alternate Live Version
  15. Tom Dooley
  16. Deep Elem Blues

Disc 9

  1. Samson and Delilah
  2. Friend of the Devil
  3. New Minglewood Blues
  4. Deal
  5. Candyman
  6. Little Red Rooster
  7. Loser
  8. Passenger
  9. Feel Like a Stranger
  10. Franklin's Tower
  11. Rhythm Devils
  12. Space
  13. Fire on the Mountain
  14. Greatest Story Ever Told
  15. Brokedown Palace

Disc 10

  1. Let It Grow
  2. Sugaree [Live
  3. C.C. Rider
  4. Row Jimmy
  5. Lazy Lightnin'
  6. Supplication
  7. High Time
  8. Jack Straw
  9. Shakedown Street
  10. Not Fade Away

Disc 11

  1. Touch of Grey
  2. Hell in a Bucket
  3. When Push Comes to Shove
  4. West L.A. Fadeaway
  5. Tons of Steel
  6. Throwing Stones
  7. Black Muddy River
  8. My Brother Esau (Single B-Side)
  9. West L.A. Fadeaway
  10. Black Muddy River
  11. When Push Comes to Shove
  12. Touch of Grey
  13. Throwing Stones

Disc 12

  1. Foolish Heart
  2. Just a Little Light
  3. Built to Last
  4. Blow Away
  5. Victim or the Crime
  6. We Can Run
  7. Standing on the Moon
  8. Picasso Moon
  9. I Will Take You Home
  10. Foolish Heart
  11. Blow Away
  12. California Earthquake (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Ned Lagin   Synthesizer
Jerry Garcia   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bob Weir   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Phil Lesh   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Steven Schuster   Flute,Reeds,Horn,Musician
Mickey Hart   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Jordan Amarantha   Percussion,Musician
Bill Kreutzmann   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
John McFee   Pedal Steel Guitar
Pat O'Hara   Trombone,Musician
Bill Atwood   Trumpet,Musician
Joe Ellis   Trumpet,Musician
Vassar Clements   Violin,Musician
Martyn Ford   Conductor
Robert Howes   Conductor
Keith Godchaux   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Brent Mydland   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Lyricon
Martin Fierro   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Musician
Frank Morin   Tenor Saxophone,Musician
Benny Velarde   Timbales,Musician
Hamza el Din   Vocals,Oud,Hand Clapping,Taragat,Musician
Lowell George   Vocals,Musician
Sarah Fulcher   Vocals,Musician
Donna Jean Godchaux   Vocals,Group Member
Doug Sahm   12-string Guitar,Musician
Bob Bralove   Spatialization
Robert Hunter   Group Member
Matthew Kelly   Harmonica,Harp,Musician
Nubian Youth Choir   Vocals,Hand Clapping,Taragat,Musician
English Choral Choir   Choir, Chorus
Martyn Ford Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Grateful Dead   Arranger,Producer
Bob Weir   Arranger
Bob Bralove   Programming
Robert Hunter   Lyricist
John Perry Barlow   Lyricist
Jerry Garcia   Producer
Lowell George   Producer
Don Healy   Producer,Engineer,Concept Development,Concert Sound
Gary Lyons   Producer,Engineer
Keith Olsen   Producer,Engineer
Jim Welch   Producer,Art Direction,Jacket Design
Stanley Mouse   Producer,Art Direction,Illustrations
Tom Anderson   Engineer,Liner Notes
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
Brett Cohen   Engineer
Tom Flye   Engineer
Joe Gastwirt   Engineer
Bob Matthews   Engineer,System Engineer
Jeffrey Norman   Engineer
Jeff Sterling   Engineer
David Roberts   Engineer
Peter Miller   Engineer
Don Pearson   Engineer
Pete Thea   Engineer
Justin Kreutzmann   Engineer
Chris Wiskes   Engineer
Dave Devore   Engineer
Margaret Fabrizio   Contributor
David Gans   Liner Notes
Joel Selvin   Liner Notes
Gary Lambert   Liner Notes
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Andrew Clark   Liner Notes
Steve Silberman   Liner Notes
Peter Coyote   Liner Notes
Blair Jackson   Liner Notes
David Lemieux   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Dennis McNally   Liner Notes
Cameron Sears   Executive Producer
Maude Gilman   Artwork
Rick Griffin   Artwork,Logo,Cover Illustration
Mary Ann Mayer   Artwork,Diagrams
Peter Barsotti   Artwork
Philip Garris   Artwork,Cover Painting
Gilbert Shelton   Artwork
James Austin   Reissue Producer
John Kahn   Horn Arrangements
Herbie Green   Art Direction,Cover Photo
Paul Buckmaster   Orchestral Arrangements
Rock Scully   Direction
Alan Trist   Direction
Alton Kelley   Direction,Cover Art
Richard Loren   Direction,Concert Coordinator
Eric Schwartz   Memorabilia
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Randy Tuten   Cover Art
Susana Millman   Cover Photo
Ed Perlstein   Cover Photo
Sue Stephens   Concert Coordinator
Betty Cantor-Jackson   Producer,Engineer
John Cutler   Producer,Engineer
Dennis Leonard   Engineer
Rip Rense   Liner Notes
Ihor Slabicky   Liner Notes
Greg Gyuricsko   Artwork
C.D. Kelach   Artwork
Dennis Larkins   Artwork,Cover Illustration
Antonio Reonegro   Artwork,Cover Art
Frances Carr   Concert Coordinator
Tom Anderson   Engineer,Liner Notes

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