In the Dark (Expanded) Original recording remastered
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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)|
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!
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Expectations aside, this is a fine album. Some rock, some country, some jazz influence, all filtered through the Dead's sunny blend of rainbows and grassy hills and underlying hopefulness even in melancholy. You've likely heard "Touch of Grey," "Hell in a Bucket" and "Throwing Stones" whether you realize it or not, but it's the overlooked gems that really shine; especially Black Muddy River. ... it remains a favorite of mine to this day.
This being a studio album, it still can't quite - quite - match up to the magic that came through on stage, but it's a worthy addition nonetheless. Newcomers, go for American Beauty, Without a Net or One From the Vault first. Pick up In The Dark if your interest goes further.
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 with the Grateful Dead. 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.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2008 by Mark Nenadov
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003
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 morePublished on June 30 2003 by lubo ceric
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. Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by R. Bruynesteyn
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. Read morePublished on May 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2002 by Keys to the Rain
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 morePublished on Nov. 23 2000
To take advantage of the bonus track, My Brother Esau, my review will be based on the casette version. Read morePublished on May 18 2000 by G. J Wiener
As many deadheads and other rock fans know, In The Dark was the Grateful Deads most commercially sucessful album, and for a good reason. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2000 by Thomas R Robertson