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Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their ... Read more in Amazon's Grateful Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Rhino
  • ASIN: B000E1ZBFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Estimated Prophet
2. Dancin' in the Streets
3. Passenger
4. Samson & Delilah
5. Sunrise
6. Terrapin Station
7. Peggy-O [Instrumental Studio Outtake][*][Take]
8. Ascent [Instrumental Studio Outtake][*][Take]
9. Catfish John [Studio Outtake][*]
10. Equinox [Studio Outtake][*]
11. Fire on the Mountain [Studio Outtake][*]
12. Dancin' in the Streets [Live][*]

Editorial Reviews

Their 1977 Arista debut hit #28 on the strength of tunes like Estimated Prophet ; the title song, and their take on Samson & Delilah . Bonus cuts: Peggy-O (instrumental); outtakes of Catfish John and Equinox , and an unissued version of Fire on the Mountain !

Customer Reviews

The second track is also short, but also excellent.
Kenneth M. Goodman
That being said, I really enjoy MOST of what is on this album.
Puckfreak
Well for me I love the driving percussion of Samson & Daliha.
Shell-Zee

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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on April 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ok, it's hold my hands up time.
I've had an absolute field day on these reviews pages at the expense of the Dead (and others!) in general, and 'hippy types' in particular.
I've penned reams about faded loons, floral shirts, 10 minute mellotron solos, and, my particular favourite, the enjoyably ubiquitous centre-parting.

I suppose it's my inadequate way of coming to terms with the fact that I've been immersed in an art form that's completely alien to me. I've sneered, scoffed and chortled my way round some strange, intoxicating music, which I've usually grudgingly acknowledged, while at the same time, sarcastically pointing out every fallibility I can find. In short, I've stretched a point to breaking, with no other justification than narky inexperience.
Well that ends here.

My latest stop is 'Terrapin Station' and it's MAGNIFICENT on every level. A devastating mix of funk, rock and reggae, from the steely opening chords of 'Estimated Prophet' to the jumping climax of the 16 minute 'Terrapin Station pt1,' we're on a winner in a big way.
There's lyrical and melodic strength that's joyous and delightful, there's serious cohesion (my favourite rock term), clarity, and huge swathes of justified confidence. Justified because The Dead are on some kind of creative summit here-and don't they know it. The swagger is unmistakable. Each exquisitely crafted hook, each spray of feisty brass, every huge orchestral sweep is definite indication of a group on fire.

Despite the dodgy labeling, this is almost pure pop. It has a funny kind of sisterhood with Captain Sensible's album 'Revolution Now', in that its surface sheen and pomp is (incredibly!) just the bait that draws you in, ultimately to discover the width and depth of what lies beneath.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Speaking strictly as a recent person recently introduced to the Grateful Dead,hearing their post 1972 studio albums (especially as I am by way of Grateful Dead: Beyond Description (1973-1989)) really brings to the forefront how there ended up being a whole lot more to the bands sound then a mere San Fransisco psychedelic jam band from the 60's.The 70's offered up a number of new musical forms for rock to draw from in general,everything from fusion to reggae to funk and soul.On a series of albums on the own self titled label all of these styles worked their way around the bands overall sound culminating in a masterpiece called Blues for Allah in 1975. A year or two later the Dead took their label to Arista and created an all new masterpiece.As if they were expected to they easily equalled (if not topped) the previous album in terms of innovation.Again the main thrust of the is funk,and hard funk for that."Estimated Prophet" has a hefty,kicking groove that for this point really knows where it's going.A similarly high octane "Dancin' In The Streets" has the same effect;it cannot beat the orginal of course (NO ONE can) but they create their own excellent interpretation."Passenger" and "Samson & Delilah) find a harder rock and lightly reggae/caribbean influence on a traditional arrangement.Donna Godchaux gets her own song here in the etheral,folksy "Sunrise",the one thing on this albums that assures the music's deep San Francisco "hippie" backround.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you are new to the Dead I would not recommendthat you buy this album(go for Workingmans Dead or American Beauty or Skull and Roses) but if your a huge Deadhead I highly recommend this album. This album has some of their best like Estimated Prophet and the hugh sixteen minute Terapin Station Suite. The bonus materials are only okay though. Sure it has Phils extremly rare song Equinox, but through out the whole song there is alot of static. The bonus track Fire on the Mountain is the standout bonus track because the lyrics are different from the one on Shakedown St., but sadly Jerrys voice at somepoints is unaudible. Buy this album for the original album not for the bonus tracks.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on December 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album has always presented certain problems for Deadheads and the band alike. It was the first in a decade to be produced by an outside producer Keith Olson. In fact, this was recorded at his studio in Van Nuys, California. He had just produced the album Fleetwood Mac which was that band's first big hit album. This was the Dead's first for new label Arista and it was clear everyone wanted a hit. The band had interviewed a number of outside producers before Keith Olsen. Keith produced audiophile albums unlike most of what had been put out by the Dead up to this point. The original recording sessions ran rather smooth. Unfortunately, when the band went out on tour in the early part of 1977, Keith decided to take matters in his own hands. Recording orchestras and singers without the band's involvement and actually erasing band member's parts from the recording sessions. What ended up happening was that the band ended up with a radio friendly album. Even a lot of the critics seemed to like it. One even referred to it as the Dead's Dark Side Of The Moon. Unfortunately it had the opposite effect on the band. Robert Hunter hated the way it turned out and said he would never write another involved song project for the band. As for fans themselves, is is the way it usually works - listen to Estimated Prophet and Terrapin Station and bypass the rest. I think that is a little harsh most of this album actually comes across pretty well. An interesting thing about the cd versions is that the studio Dancin' on here with horns is actually the single version. The original lp version didn't have horns. The new bonus tracks are REALLY good. Peggy-O while not having a vocal track is about the prettiest I've ever heard it. The Ascent is a short instrumental run thru that sound nice.Read more ›
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