"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. However, it is highly recommended not only for Deadheads but for fans of experimental music, free-form improvisation and jazz. This is a great collection of some of the band's best experimental moments. Buy this album, turn up the stereo, turn out the lights and listen!!Read more ›
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.
It is what it is. A great collection of improv. You can't go wrong with this cd if you are a fan of the deads more free form, abstract moments. This may not be a cd you will play start to finish too much...but it's there when you need it. A must for any dead fan!
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.
This isn't exactly one of the greatest Dead albums ever, and to tell you the truth, I hated it. This album is mainly an instrumental piece. And granted, the Dead are great instrumentalists, I just believe that they are better off putting more lyrics into an album, rather than less.
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. "Silver apples of the moon" is an actual version pulled from the show of " 10-20-90 Internationales Congress Centrum, Berlin, Germany It was a small portion of Dark Star. It came out of space. So for those who wandered, simply had missed it. "Magnesium Night Light" is just crazy to begin with, It soon mellows out and settles down. After a few interchanges and telepathy, Jerry pulls out of his hat,the opening notes of the OTHER ONE. "Apollo at the ritz" is blended from space and squeezed with a live Birdsong JAM with Brandford Marsalis. So for those who are new to this CD, take the time, to play a Quiet game of chess. If you do, take notice on how the game will be controlled by the background of the music. It will lay it's "SOUNDSCAPES" while you laydown your piece moving. Have fun, and enjoy, you won't be dissapointed. Just keep an extremly OPEN mind. PEACE OUT!Read more ›