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Infrared Roses Import


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  • Audio CD (Aug. 31 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0002SPPVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
"Infrared Roses" is an amazing collection of live recordings from The Grateful Dead recorded between 1987 and 1991. Unlike other live albums by the Dead, "Infrared Roses" focuses on the free-form experimental moments that were performed during the second set of every live show. These sections were commonly known as "Drums" and "Space".
Producer and GD soundman Bob Bralove compiled and processed these improvisations into four symphonic-style suites consisting of three movements each. While most of the music is presented untouched, there are several sections that are compiled and mixed from multiple improvisations. The style of these improvisations range from ambient ("Little Nemo in Nightland") to easy listening ("Silver Apples of the Moon" which features pianist Bruce Hornsby performing variations on the Dead classic "Dark Star") to avant-garde (the title track and "Magnesium Nightlight") to jazz ("Apollo at the Ritz" which features saxophone extraordinaire Branford Marsalis) to world music ("Speaking in Swords" and "River of Nine Sorrows").
Also prevailent in this CD is the band's extensive use of Midi technology. On nearly every track, the band uses Midi to trigger the sounds of trumpets, choirs, flutes, voices and various sound effects from their traditional instruments of guitars, bass, keyboards and drums.
As mentioned above "Infrared Roses" is a different kind of Grateful Dead album. The focus is on improvisation and experimentation instead of actual songs (the closing of "Uncle John's Band" can be heard at the beginning of "Riverside Rhapsody" though). This is not recommendend for someone just discovering the Dead.
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By A Customer on June 6 2001
Format: Audio CD
I mentioned Chess. Reason being, this CD rocks! I swear, It is by far the very best recording made to capture the spirit of a Grateful Dead show. Reading the above reviews, I feel bad for those who sat out, or walked around aimlessly during the (drums/space segment of the show) There are remarkable pieces of raw material that is truly a gem. I take crowd sculpture to begin. That is, by far what a show in the "Parking lot" is about. The people and surrounding area, is the feeling before the "Main Event". Opening to drums, you could eaisly tell that they had came out of "women are smarter"into drums, that is called "Parallelogram", Mickey hart uses his beam very collectivly. Check out "DAFOS" one of his CD's, and hear psyhcopomp. Moving on, "Riverside Rhapsody" is one of the highlights on this disk. It is truly a remarkable piece that captures the "unknown" out of the second verse from "Uncle John's Band". Jerry has some sharp, needle point notes that ring truer than any bell every rung. Myland has done some real awesome sound FX during his years with the band. I say sound fx, because for those who stay the FULL LENGTH, understand, that the DRUMS transport your MIND and BODY into another DEMENSION. That's the whole concept at a show. Myland has add some aewsome flavor SOUNSCAPES for the band during his time period, "infared roses" is an exellent example. Jerry and Brent do real well with the colors while Bob weir and Phil lesh lays down the ground work. When the band turns the corner, it's when the music has reach a new height. The first side of the CD if it's to be described as FEELING, then it is somewhat LIGHT, and cheery. Where as the second side is by far, the DARK SIDE.Read more ›
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This album is pieced together from different abstract moments from many live live shows. Its all stuck together to form one coherent (or else incoherent) kind of unified mood masterpiece. Some are saying in their reviews that these are like the places in the show where they might go to the restroom or sit down and blaze a bowl. There are no moments at a dead show worth missing. They just aim at diversity. Achieving a sort of mystic and spiritual level is the goal usually somewhere in the beginning of second set. If you like that free and mystic or cryptical kind of sound this is your album. If you want the first set kind of bouncy happy afternoon music then just keep on listening to American Beauty. This one is more for sleeping by.
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By A Customer on July 26 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is IT folks. Did you feel like '90s Grateful Dead was too heavy on the Promised Land's and U.S. Blues' and too light on the excursions into interplanetary tribal weirdness? I did. Thank God for DRUMS > SPACE. If you like to have your mind melted by music that isn't afraid to leave the realm of what many people consider "music" then this is THE Grateful Dead cd to buy. You'll experience everything from electronic insects scurrying through your synapses to primordial psycho-rhythm's that will lull you into a trance state. This is NOT rock and roll.
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By A Customer on Oct. 30 2002
Format: Audio CD
Reading some of the past reviews i can t help but try and inform some these 'dead heads' that the band also went off on these free form type of music explorations live at shows. And i think they are great. Try and hear other musicians of this genre (i.e Manuel Gottsching, Klaus Schulze, robert Rich). Listen to them, and compare. The dead do fine. B Weir and the rest of the band. I say Bobby, because on Magnesium night light, he pulls off some gnarly distorted delay guitar, that reminds me of some great moments in the space segments.
Enjoy = )
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