The Grateful Dead Terrapin Station on 200g LP from Analogue Productions
1977 Major-Label Effort Rife With Rock, Funk, Soul, and DIsco(!) Flavors
Includes Hit Cover of "Dancin' in the Streets"
Lighting the Songs With a Strong Sense of Color: LP Cut from the Original Analog Masters and Pressed on 200g Vinyl at Quality Record Pressings
Iconic Cover Art Deserves to Be Seen, Appreciated on Vinyl
Reckoning Also Available on 200g 2LP from Analogue Productions
"Inspiration, move me brightly. Light the song with sense and color/Hold away despair, more than this I will not ask/Faced with mysteries dark and vast, statements just seem vain at last/Some rise, some fall, some climb, to get to Terrapin."
Must get to Terrapin, indeed.
Terrapin Station, originally released in 1977, marked the Grateful Dead's and its return to a major label. The band hired an outside producer for just the second time, using Keith Olsen, a former member of the '60s garage rock band Music Machine. Highlights abound, and include the title suite that extends to cover the album's flip side, as well as the disco-like reworking of the Martha & The Vandellas hit "Dancin' In The Streets," the Rev. Gary Davis cover "Samson and Delilah," and classic Bob Weir tune "Estimated Prophet."
The album, like the band, is a beautiful amalgamation of styles. Rock, funk, disco, and reggae sidle up to the Dead's hallmark jazzy sensibilities and roots flavors. Terrapin Station has a decidedly tighter and more cohesive feel than the live material for which the band is legendary. All the same, it's classic Dead, with more than half of the record's songs becoming concert staples.
Mastered from the original analog masters and pressed on 200g LP at Quality Record Pressings, this studio marvel has never sounded better. Everything from Phil Lesh's nimble albeit anchor-weighted bass lines to Jerry Garcia's web-like guitar patterns suface with tremendous detail. Don't pass up your invitation to dance in the streets!
The Grateful Dead Terrapin Station Track Listing:
1. Estimated Prophet
2. Dancin' In The Streets
4. Samson And Delilah
6. Terrapin Station Medley