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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.Read more ›
to take a different, but somewhat unexpected path in their music by the time this rec-
ording came out that same year Released at a time when rock changed its dynamic
tune to a more realistic and commercialized sound without ever missing it’s powerful
beat, Terrapin Station was met with mixed results, where Unlike there classic albums
The Dead had recorded for Warner Bros’ and Atlantic (under their own private label),
they managed to add an occasional brief dash of disco as they have maintained their
original merit, which didn’t sit well with some Deadheads who have claimed the band
hit a sour note, while many fans and admirers alike thought it was overproduced and
did not keep up with The Dead’s more unpolished free form style, but The Dead had
openly stated that they would always stay true to their musical art no matter what the
odds were. As the title track set is featured in it’s extended suite format, it starts with
the reggae-funk backed opening track Estimated Prophet and it is well proceeded on
a disco-rock reindition on Dancing In The Streets and Samson And Delilah, while the
expanded edition include Catfish John, a Bob Dylan folk favourite titled Peggy-O and
the instrumental hit The Ascent where the extended edition give the CD (and MP3) a
better and almost satisfying sound. Terrapin Station had mark several milestones for
the band: it was their first studio album in two years, return to a major label and even
a new sound, even though The Grateful Dead denounced “selling out” as a naughty
word. Long obscure since it’s release, it deserves a second chance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always loved this band. A great album & it was exactly what I ordered & it got to me quick.Published 3 days ago by Max
Bought the album new back in '78 and it's as good as it ever was to this day. My favorite Dead Album, this is my time capsule to life in Jackson Wyoming during one of the deepest... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Groovy
I enjoyed "Estimated Prophet" and "Terrapin Station Medley", but the rest of the album doesn't appeal to me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joseph Rankin