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In the Dark (Expanded) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (May 5 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000EOTFEY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,270 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
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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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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By Mark Nenadov TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 9 2008
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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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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By R. Bruynesteyn on 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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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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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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By Tom Andrews on 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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