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In the Dark [Vinyl]

Grateful DeadVinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl (October 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00008EOU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Touch of Greatness August 1, 2000
By Jim A
Format:Audio CD
The best thing about this record is the song you're least likely to have heard on the radio.

The last track, "Black Muddy River," is Jerry Garcia's response (put to words by Robert Hunter) to recovering from a diabetic coma that nearly killed him in 1986. When Garcia revived, his coordination was fried and he literally had to re-learn how to play guitar. His joy in doing so successfully was evident in exuberant performances over the next few years. This song captures both that joy and its terrible cost, without ever referring directly to these events. The tune is plaintive and affirming at the same time and, sadly, was the last number Garcia sang lead on, at what would be the Grateful Dead's final performance, July 9, 1995. It's well worth many listens.

As to the rest of the record, the Amazon review correctly points out that many of the songs were concert staples from the mid-to-late 80s. In fact, with the exception of "Black Muddy River," the best numbers -- Garcia/Hunter's "Touch of Grey" and "West L.A. Fadeaway;" Mydland/Hunter's "Tons of Steel;" Weir/Barlow's "Throwin' Stones," and "Hell in a Bucket" -- were live favorites for years BEFORE they were recorded. Small wonder, then, that the album (and the ensuing hit status of "Touch of Grey") felt anticlimactic to longtime fans.

The album's use of electronic gimmickry (motorcycle sounds on "Hell in a Bucket;" guitar processing on "Touch of Grey," etc.) to "enhance" the songs only underscores the futility of trying to capture their live energy. Nevertheless, the songs ARE strong, and this album stands among the Dead's best studio efforts, excepting the magnificent "American Beauty" and "Workingman's Dead."

For my money, THOSE records are the best overall introduction to the music of the Dead.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any music fan. February 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As many deadheads and other rock fans know, In The Dark was the Grateful Deads most commercially sucessful album, and for a good reason. Besides opening with Touch of Grey, the bands only top 10 hit, the whole album is classic. On Touch of Grey and Black Muddy River, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunters writing combined to make supurb rock songs that could be enjoyed by anyone. Bob Weirs Hell in a Bucket and Throwing stones stand out in this album as well, though for different artistic reasons. Brent Mydlands Tons of Steel shows an imaginative writer coming in to his own. Overall, this is a Grateful Dead album that can be enjoyed by anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last great studio album. August 4, 2004
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
I'd actually have to say that "In The Dark" isn't just one of their more popular albums, it's also one of their best. And though it's short, it's also sweet, and perfect for the casual listener. Their biggest hit ever "Touch Of Grey" is on here, and "Hell In A Bucket", "When Push Comes To Shove", and "Throwing Stones" are all great tracks as well. This may not be the album fanatics reach for, but anyone should find something they like on it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Dead's hit album October 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This one is probably easier for some to digest as it has a more accessible sound than some of the other albums by the band. This was the album that put the band on the map commercially speaking. Those of us who were already fans at the time found it a little hard to take due to the fact that it has such a radio friendly feel. This new version has bonus tracks but some of them are only so-so. One of the songs "My Brother Esau" was a bonus track on the cassette when the album was first released. The cassette had slightly different sequencing and was arranged better. I wish for this release that they would have gone with the cassette sequencing but then I wished that back in '87 too.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad record; no American Beauty July 26, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
"In the Dark" stands out from the vast array of Grateful Dead records for a few reasons: The first cut, "Touch of Grey" ("We Will Survive") is perhaps one of the most played (some will agree, over-played) radio songs of the Dead (I still like the song a lot despite this); I read once that it was the only song of theirs to become a number one hit in the U.S., though I can't back this up. "Throwing Stones" ("Ashes, ashes, all fall down...") also received a great deal of commercial recognition. Perhaps it is this aspect of "In the Dark" that causes me to less than love the record; the Dead were about as un-commercial and un-mainstream as an American band could be and still be widely recognized. It thus seems out of place how slick the mixing and production of this record are; there is something affected about the tone of the album; that's the reaction I had after listening to it for a few weeks. There is one s! ong, "Black Muddy River", that I thought was excellent. Though somewhat similar in tone and topic to "Brokedown Palace" from "American Beauty", "Black Muddy River" is a haunting, melancholy, beautiful cut that, on its own, deserves to be placed beside the band's greatest songs from earlier albums. This song was definitely responsible for at least one and maybe even two of the stars in the rating I submitted. Overall, "In the Dark" is not a bad record, but it is no "American Beauty".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful dead
My daughter said it is excellent .I am not a fan of the grateful dead .However,she is a dead head from way back.
Published 2 months ago by John J. Postiglione
3.0 out of 5 stars average for the Dead
average for the dead but stupendous for 1987. I mean, come on, parachute pants, big hair, pin striped jeans, leather pockets on your Guess jeans, Tom Cruise big part hairdo,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike Clifford
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Love this CD. Worth buying!!!! Nothing like a Grateful Dead tune to get up and going. Love it, Love it!
Published 11 months ago by Kim O Lendroth
5.0 out of 5 stars Its the Dead come on...
Every song on here is good. Throwing Stones and Black Muddy. Both Classics. Miss u Jerry G. "we will survive"
Published 15 months ago by Hendcnc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Disc!
All that I have to say is if you like the Dead, you will like this disc. Gotta love the Dead!
Published 17 months ago by CptProton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Sound quality is fantastic, better than the LP! I love all the extra tracks added. It doubles the play time!!
Published 18 months ago by A.E.Neuman
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Magnificent Comeback Hit!
After spending a five-year absence from the recording studio, The Grateful Dead made a
triumphant comeback in 1987 with this highly praised CD In The Dark, as it brought... Read more
Published 19 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars takes me back to them mid eighties mtv days
I first heard "In The Dark" because I checked out the cassette in the public library, along with Cream's Goodbye cassette. That was a fruitful library trip for me! Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by robb sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Dark review
Fantastic album, sounds just as good as the day I first heard it so many years ago. I highly recommend this for the people that have not heard the Grateful Dead Band !
Published on April 29, 2012 by Philip J. Schmierer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not classic Dead but pretty good
In The Dark would be the first studio album in 7 years for the Grateful Dead and would prove to be very successful. Read more
Published on November 16, 2011 by John Alapick
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