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item number: ZENG 32792
- Released: March 7, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Grateful Dead / WEA
- 1.Estimated Prophet
- 2.Dancin' In The Streets
- 4.Samson & Delilah
- 6.Terrapin Station Part 1
- 7.Peggy-O (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
- 8.The Ascent (Instrumental Studio Outtake)
- 9.Catfish John (Studio Outtake)
- 10.Equinox (Studio Outtake)
- 11.Fire On The Mountain (Studio Outtake)
- 12.Dancin' In The Streets (Live)
The Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Phil Lesh (vocals, bass); Donna Godchaux (vocals); Keith Godchaux (piano); Bill Kreutzmann (drums, percussion); Mickey Hart (percussion).
Additional personnel: The English Choral, Martyn Ford Orchestra, Tom Scott (lyricon, saxophone).
Recorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, California; Automated Sound Studios, New York; AIR London, Trident and Abbey Road, London, England.
Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Keith Godchaux (keyboards); Phil Lesh (bass guitar); Bill Kreutzmann (drums, percussion); Donna Jean Godchaux (background vocals).
Personnel: Tom Scott (saxophone, lyricon).
Additional personnel: Tom Scott.
Audio Mixer: Tom Flye.
Liner Note Author: David Gans.
Recording information: Air London, London, England (11/02/1976-05/08/1977); Automated Sound Studios, New York, NY (11/02/1976-05/08/1977); Club Front, San Rafael, CA (11/02/1976-05/08/1977); Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (11/02/1976-05/08/1977); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (11/02/1976-05/08/1977); Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA (11/02/1976-05/08/1977).
Photographers: Ed Perlstein; Robert Minkin; Peter Simon; Cornelius "Snookey" Flowers.
Arrangers: Bob Weir; Grateful Dead.
In the late '70s, the Grateful Dead strayed from their musical roots (blues, folk, country) in the interest of "progress." Opinions vary on the degree of success achieved by their fusion of jazz and art-rock with the trademark Dead sound during this period, but from a purely compositional perspective, it's plain that the band's songwriting was at its most expansive and sophisticated on albums like TERRAPIN STATION. Sure, the appearance of Tom Scott and an orchestra on a Grateful Dead record may give pause to the faithful, but the slinky, odd-metered glory of Bob Weir's "Estimated Prophet" and the melodic charms of the multi-part title suite make TERRAPIN STATION fully worth the trip. For those who prefer to rock in a less artful manner, there's Phil Lesh's percolating "Passenger" and even an ostensibly incongruous cover of "Dancin' in the Streets."