Grateful Dead Beyond Description (1973-1989) (12-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 12
  • Released: October 26, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Grateful Dead / WEA

Description by OLDIES.com:

Bringing together the albums released on Grateful Dead Records and later Arista, this monumental 12-disc box represents the second leg of the Dead's long, strange trip. Each title is expanded with rare and previously unreleased material from the vaults -- 65 bonus tracks in all.

The box contains the albums Wake Of The Flood (1973), From The Mars Hotel (1974), Blues For Allah (1975), Terrapin Station (1977), Shakedown Street (1978), Go To Heaven (1980), Reckoning (1981), Dead Set (1981), In The Dark (1987), and Built To Last (1989). Two 100-page books include a discography, rare photos, and essays by Dennis McNally, David Fricke, David Gans, Blair Jackson, David Lemieux, and many others.

Entertainment Reviews:

Uncut - p.138
5 stars out of 5 - "This box proves again that the Dead's career remains one of the most engrossing journeys in rock'n'roll."
Dirty Linen - pp.48-49
"[T]here is a lot of great material here..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.116
4 stars out of 5 - "BEYOND DESCRIPTION presents the entire post-Warners run, and like its predecessor, is stacked with outtakes, rehearsals, live versions and demos..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

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

Tracks on 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 Cookamonga
  • 15.Unbroken Chain

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Help On The Way / Slipknot!
  • 2.Franklin's Tower
  • 3.King Solomon's Marbles: Pt. I: Stronger Than Dirt / Pt. II: Milkin' The Turkey
  • 4.The Music Never Stopped
  • 5.Crazy Fingers
  • 6.Sage & Spirit
  • 7.Blues For Allah: Sand Castles & Glass Camels / Unusual Occurences In The Desert
  • 8.Groove #1
  • 9.Groove #2
  • 10.Distorto
  • 11.A To E Flat Jam
  • 12.Proto 18 Proper
  • 13.Hollywood Cantata

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Estimated Prophet
  • 2.Dancin' In The Streets
  • 3.Passenger
  • 4.Samson & Delilah
  • 5.Sunrise
  • 6.Terrapin Station Pt. I: Lady With A Fan / Terrapin Station / Terrapin / Terrapin Transit / At A Sidi
  • 7.Peggy-O
  • 8.The Ascent
  • 9.Catfish John
  • 10.Equinox
  • 11.Fire On The Mountain
  • 12.Dancin' In The Streets

Tracks on 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

Tracks on 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

Tracks on 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

Tracks on 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
  • 15.Tom Dooley
  • 16.Deep Elem Blues

Tracks on 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

Tracks on Disc 10:

  • 1.Let It Grow
  • 2.Sugaree
  • 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

Tracks on 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
  • 9.West L.A. Fadeaway
  • 10.Black Muddy River
  • 11.When Push Comes To Shove
  • 12.Touch Of Grey
  • 13.Throwing Stones

Tracks on Disc 12:

  • 1.Foolish Heart
  • 2.Just A Little Light
  • 3.Built To Last
  • 4.Blow Away
  • 5.Victim Of 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)

Product Description:

BEYOND DESCRIPTION contains: WAKE OF THE FLOOD (1973)/ GRATEFUL DEAD FROM THE MARS HOTEL (1974)/BLUES FOR ALLAH (1975)/TERRAPIN STATION (1977)/SHAKEDOWN STREET (1978)/GO TO HEAVEN (1980)/RECKONING (1981)/DEAD SET (1981)/IN THE DARK (1987)/BUILT TO LAST (1989) as well as extensive bonus material associated with each original release.
Lyricists: John Perry Barlow; Robert Hunter.
Grateful Dead: Phil Lesh (bass guitar); Donna Jean Godchaux, Jerry Garcia, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Brent Mydland.
Personnel: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Hamza el Din (vocals, oud, hand claps); Keith Godchaux, Brent Mydland (vocals, keyboards); Phil Lesh (vocals, electric bass); Nubian Youth Choir (vocals, hand claps); Donna Jean Godchaux, Lowell George, Sarah Fulcher (vocals); Doug Sahm (12-string guitar); Matthew Kelly (harp, harmonica); Vassar Clements (violin); Steven Schuster (flute, reeds, horns); Tom Scott (saxophone, lyricon); Martin Fierro (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Frank Morin (tenor saxophone); Joe Ellis , Bill Atwood (trumpet); Pat O'Hara (trombone); Ned Lagin (synthesizer); Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann (drums, percussion); Benny Velarde (timbales); Jordan Amarantha (percussion); Bob Bralove (programming).
Additional personnel: John McFee (pedal steel guitar); Hamza el Din (tar); Doug Sahm, Joe Ellis , Jordan Amarantha, Lowell George, Martin Fierro, Matthew Kelly , Ned Lagin, Paul Buckmaster, Steven Schuster, Tom Scott, Benny Velarde, Bill Atwood, Sarah Fulcher, Frank Morin, Pat O'Hara, The Nubian Youth Choir, The English Choral, Martin Ford Orchestra, Vassar Clements.
Audio Mixers: Grateful Dead; Don Healy; Tom Flye.
Liner Note Authors: David Lemieux; Andrew Clarke; David Gans; Ihor Slabicky; Andrew Clark ; Rip Rense; Dennis McNally; Joel Selvin; Peter Coyote; Tom Anderson ; David Fricke; Gary Lambert; Steve Silberman; Blair Jackson.
Recording information: Ace's, Mill Valley, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Air London, London, England (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Automated Sound Studios, New York, NY (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); CBS Studios, San Francisco, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Club Le Front, San Rafael, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Gizah Sound & Light Theater, Cairo, Egypt (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, FL (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Marin Veterans Auditorium, San Rafael, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Meta Tantay, Carlin, NV (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Rambler Room, Loyola University, Chicago, IL (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Record Plant, Sausalito, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Schaefer Stadium, Foxboro, MA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Springfield Civic Center Arena, Springfield, MA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Studio X, Petaluma, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Trident, London, England (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989); Winterland, San Francisco, CA (03/28/1973-10/20/1989).
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Illustrator: Stanley Mouse.
Photographers: Jim Marshall ; Richard Pechner; Ron Rakow; Ed Perlstein; Adrian Boot; Michael Putland; Susana Millman; Jay Blakesberg; Bob Seidemann; Janie Belson; John Werner ; Hugh Brown ; Bruce Polonsky; Richard McCaffrey; Larry Hulst; Mary Ann Mayer; Herbie Green; Robert Minkin; Kurt Mahoney; Peter Simon; Cornelius "Snookey" Flowers; Ken Friedman.
Unknown Contributor Role: Margaret Fabrizio.
Arrangers: Grateful Dead; Bob Weir.
In the first seven years of its existence, as chronicled on the GOLDEN ROAD box set, the Grateful Dead went from a garage R&B band to LSD-fueled experimentalists to acoustic country rockers. The stylistic expanses traversed during the subsequent phases of the group's lifetime were just as great. THE GOLDEN ROAD's companion piece, the dozen-disc box BEYOND DESCRIPTION, contains all of the Dead's post-Americana-period releases up to their final studio album, 1989's BUILT TO LAST. Each is buttressed with numerous outtakes, demos, live versions, etc. Most impressively, in the case of the back-to-basics acoustic live album RECKONING, there's an entire disc of bonus material.
Over the course of BEYOND DESCRIPTION, we witness changes on several levels; following organist/singer Pigpen's death, the arrival of keyboardist Keith Godchaux and his vocalist wife, Donna, helped edge the band beyond its blues/country roots toward such jazz-rock excursions as "Eyes of the World," while Bob Weir expanded his horizons as well with the ambitious contemporaneous piece "Weather Report Suite." By the mid-'70s, bold conceptual works were the group's stock in trade, from the prog-rock shadings of "Blues for Allah" to the side-long epic "Terrapin Station." After Keith's death, new arrival Brent Mydland at the turn of the decade helped revitalize the band with his more soulful approach, and the Dead moved back to the rich, rootsy sound it had embraced 10 years earlier. This approach eventually earned the band a whole new generation of fans via the 1987 hit "Touch of Grey." The whole journey is laid out here, and spiced with so many extras that even hardcore Deadheads will find themselves waylaid in wonderment.

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