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In the Dark (Expanded) [Original recording remastered]

Grateful Dead Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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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
8. My Brother Esau (Single B-Side) (Bonus)
9. West L.A. Fadeaway (Alternate Version, 1984) (Bonus)
10. Black Muddy River (Studio Rehearsal) (Bonus)
11. When Push Comes To Shove (Studio Rehearsal) (Bonus)
12. Touch of Grey (Studio Rehearsal) (Bonus0
13. Throwing Stones (Live) (Bonus)

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Hardcore Deadheads always equate this 1987 comeback record with commercial acceptance and a watered-down fan base, but while those assertions are indeed accurate, step back and you'll hear an album full of strong material and equally solid, live-in-the-studio performances. It's more than coincidence that songs such as "Touch of Grey" (the band's only top 10 hit), "Hell in a Bucket," "West L.A. Fadeaway," and "Throwing Stones" all became staples of the Dead's last decade of touring. While longtime fans will probably have no use (or desire) for this release (especially since the CD version omits the brilliant "Brother Esau"), it remains one of the band's most successful studio forays and the quintessential icebreaker for newcomers. --Marc Greilsamer

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Touch of Grey did the unthinkable in '87: it lifted the Grateful Dead into the Top 10. Here's that surprise smash and the rest of this #6 album ( Hell in a Bucket; West L.A. Fadeaway , and more) plus bonus rare rehearsal takes of Black Muddy River; When Push Comes to Shove , and more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any music fan. Feb. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Overrated Feb. 9 2008
By Mark Nenadov TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I think Ton of Steel, My Brother Esau, Throwing Stones are great tracks, but overall I'd say this record is a bit overrated, especially when compared to American Beauty or Workingman's Dead. If you've already listened to those two masterpieces, then consider getting this, otherwise get them first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Last good Dead album....but NOT last Dead album Nov. 8 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
To all "In The Dark" reviewers out there who seem to think that "In The Dark" was the Dead's last album...you need to do alittle more homework. Check the year 1989 and an album titled "Built To Last". "Black Muddy River" is NOT the last song that Jerry Garcia sang lead on.....that again would be found on "Built To Last".
"In The Dark" is a good album, "Built To Last" is not. Neither are great. The last great Dead album was probably "Shakedown Street" in 1978...or the funky but sometimes odd "Go To Heaven" (1980)...but even those albums pale in comparison to a few others.
In the end, no Dead studio album can match a good Dead live show. "Workingmans Dead" and "American Beauty" are outstanding studio works......but watch and listen to "The Closing Of Winterland".....and you'll see that live Dead is the best Dead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a hit record June 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
The studio record that turned them into a stadium live act, grossing an enormous amount of money by playing very large venues for their last 8 years.
Although quite good produced, well recorded and performed, still more strile and flat than their live records. Were they insecure in the studio or what? Most songs sound better in live versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Grateful Dead gracefully evolve! May 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
As people have already mentioned, this record sometimes takes flak for having been so successful, and 'popular'. I think this is the most re-assuring dead album created. It totally validates the dead as creative and evolving artists. I would find it hard to justify their success and constantly increasing popularity for such a long time based only on a golden era of creation, and their ability to improvise on those original tunes.
This is obviously not the '72 Dead. But, its 100% The Grateful Dead; their sound and their attitudes. Especially during a time when glam-rock and ...pop were so big, this album stands out.
The album is very produced, such that it has the sound of the technical edge that the Dead have always loved to play with, and include in their improvisation.
Every song on this short album is great, and great to hear live. When I search for shows now, I usually search for stuff from 69-72, and anything with In The Dark material...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome record at the time. (Still is). Oct. 4 2002
Format:Audio CD
This to me was well, in reality the second to last dead record to come out of the studios, and one of the strongest and well crafted. Yeah, people might say, how can you compare this to 'Terrapin Station' or the older records, but at the time this band was up to interesting song writing. All the songs on this album later became key tunes in their live performances (A Touch of grey, Hell in a bucket, West L.A. ..). Aside from the excellent production that went into this record, it sounds beautiful every time I hear it on my stereo.
For some Heads who thought they were veering into a redundant sort of musical territory (were the fan would be bored w/ what the band would put out), I think this album only made even stronger the commitment one had as a fan to and for this band.
May you enjoy this classic Cd made by some of the best musicians the United States had and still has.
Thanks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Comeback Album Aug. 14 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album has had so much radio and commercial success that it is easy to overlook the songs that are on here. For starters, it was this first album they did in 7 years, which allowed the material to come off sounding road tested, rehearsed and fresh. Garcia had just come back from nearly joining the Dead, and that exuberance floods over into these songs. Lesh had resumed his role as a singer in the band, and lends his baritone voice to some of the harmonies too. Though Brent only has one song on the album, he had become a full part of the Dead's sound and is prominently featured.
Touch of Grey is infectious and it is easy to see why it charted in the top 5. Garcia plays a good solo, and it reminds everyone why this band attracted such a following. Hell In a Bucket is a strange Weir song (the video being even stranger) about a night out with a biker with S&M implications. Still it is a good rocker and moves the album forward. When Push Comes To Shove is a medium shuffle blues with a good beat, and good singing by the original trio of Lesh, Garcia and Weir. Tons Of Steel shows Brent improving in his singing and songwriting. Phil again lends his harmony singing (although he's somewhat buried by the mix). West L.A. Fadeway is a good song with interesting work by the rhythm section. More Dylan-esque than the usual Hunter material. Throwing Stones was Bob Weir's environmental call to arms, and also a pretty good song. One of the band's more political songs. And then to cap it off, one of the finest songs of their later years, Black Muddy River. I'd rank it up with Knockin' On Heavens Door as a great end of the road ballad. It is a perfect close to this solid late period album. It may not be the Dead at their peak, but is still a strong collection of songs by a band having survived a mid-life crisis, and was rejuvenated through it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come Again.
I just can't explain or describe what this has done to me. I'm now living in a place called Mt. Muirhead, and was reading the 1973 book, Hank Harrison, The Dead Book, about... Read more
Published on June 30 2003 by lubo ceric
4.0 out of 5 stars Why doesn't the CD edition have "My Brother Esau"?
Apart from the above complaint, I can't fault much on In the Dark. Sure, there are the usual natterings - that it's too mainstream, that they didn't copy American Beauty for the... Read more
Published on March 26 2001 by spiral_mind
4.0 out of 5 stars Esau's a nice bonus!
In the Dark is a superior Dead album to begin with. The best in "Dead" pop. For the most part, this version of In the Dark is no different than the other. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2000 by "talktome007"
3.0 out of 5 stars Touch of Greatness
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2000 by Jim A
4.0 out of 5 stars Consitently Strong Throughout
To take advantage of the bonus track, My Brother Esau, my review will be based on the casette version. Read more
Published on May 18 2000 by G. J Wiener
1.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Are Very Overrated!
I don't care what anyone says! I dislike this group! I usually love improvisation and innovation (Coltrane, Allmans, Davis, etc.). Read more
Published on Dec 6 1999 by Bill Felps (zstardust4@hotmail.com)
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