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Terrapin Station (Remastered/Expanded) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 1 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000E1ZBFE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,216 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Estimated Prophet
2. Dancin' in the Streets
3. Passenger
4. Samson & Delilah
5. Sunrise
6. Terrapin Station
7. Peggy-O [Instrumental Studio Outtake][*][Take]
8. Ascent [Instrumental Studio Outtake][*][Take]
9. Catfish John [Studio Outtake][*]
10. Equinox [Studio Outtake][*]
11. Fire on the Mountain [Studio Outtake][*]
12. Dancin' in the Streets [Live][*]

Product Description

Their 1977 Arista debut hit #28 on the strength of tunes like Estimated Prophet ; the title song, and their take on Samson & Delilah . Bonus cuts: Peggy-O (instrumental); outtakes of Catfish John and Equinox , and an unissued version of Fire on the Mountain !

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Format: Audio CD
I had the original Terrapin Station Cd and I found myself listening only to the title track (for me it's the best Dead song ever). I gave this new digital edition a try along with the bonus tracks. First, the sound is unbelievable. Second, the bonus tracks are amazing. Peggy-O is a fantastic instrumental that I love hearing over and over. Love hearing Equinox and Fire on the mountain also.
Also included are liner notes about the album. The only downside is that the cd doesn't come in a jewel case but in card board style jacket.
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Format: Audio CD
its a fun album with some very good songs some of them are a litle too mutch 80's and i don't get wy every band uses dancing in the streets as a coversong,it's not a good song, in fact it sucks.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9debcc54) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcfe8dc) out of 5 stars First Class (!) April 29 2008
By Paul Ess. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ok, it's hold my hands up time.
I've had an absolute field day on these reviews pages at the expense of the Dead (and others!) in general, and 'hippy types' in particular.
I've penned reams about faded loons, floral shirts, 10 minute mellotron solos, and, my particular favourite, the enjoyably ubiquitous centre-parting.

I suppose it's my inadequate way of coming to terms with the fact that I've been immersed in an art form that's completely alien to me. I've sneered, scoffed and chortled my way round some strange, intoxicating music, which I've usually grudgingly acknowledged, while at the same time, sarcastically pointing out every fallibility I can find. In short, I've stretched a point to breaking, with no other justification than narky inexperience.
Well that ends here.

My latest stop is 'Terrapin Station' and it's MAGNIFICENT on every level. A devastating mix of funk, rock and reggae, from the steely opening chords of 'Estimated Prophet' to the jumping climax of the 16 minute 'Terrapin Station pt1,' we're on a winner in a big way.
There's lyrical and melodic strength that's joyous and delightful, there's serious cohesion (my favourite rock term), clarity, and huge swathes of justified confidence. Justified because The Dead are on some kind of creative summit here-and don't they know it. The swagger is unmistakable. Each exquisitely crafted hook, each spray of feisty brass, every huge orchestral sweep is definite indication of a group on fire.

Despite the dodgy labeling, this is almost pure pop. It has a funny kind of sisterhood with Captain Sensible's album 'Revolution Now', in that its surface sheen and pomp is (incredibly!) just the bait that draws you in, ultimately to discover the width and depth of what lies beneath. A clear sign of inner richness.

The scope and aspiration of 'Terrapin Station' is breathtaking and immense. It has subtleties and intricacies that other lesser, workmanlike musics can only dream of - and it's sustained. It applies pressure in the first 5 seconds and never let's up; relentless, whirling rock music which is appealing well beyond a delirious few listens, and has a resonance and resolve which is unshakeable.

As with all truly great music, it's profoundly influential, good and bad. The obvious offspring are the likes of Chic and the stomping Brothers Johnson. Unfortunately the lineage ends somewhere around those mortifying uglies, Level 42, but it does illustrate that even the most hopeless cruds can't be ALL bad, if they're trying to emulate 'Terrapin Station'.

A truer album you won't hear. It's full, across the board solid. Alert, soulful and downright FUN.
I'm not even gonna whine about the awful (again!) cover art (I can still smell nappies when I think of 'Blues for Allah'), because for once, the ludicrous details which I normally cheekily celebrate, are unimportant.
And I've even jettisoned a slew of train jokes in favour of breathless positivism, such is the chill-inducing, magical beauty of 'Terrapin Station'.
I'm glad I'm alive.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcfedec) out of 5 stars A Passenger At Terrapin Station June 13 2009
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Speaking strictly as a recent person recently introduced to the Grateful Dead,hearing their post 1972 studio albums (especially as I am by way of Grateful Dead: Beyond Description (1973-1989)) really brings to the forefront how there ended up being a whole lot more to the bands sound then a mere San Fransisco psychedelic jam band from the 60's.The 70's offered up a number of new musical forms for rock to draw from in general,everything from fusion to reggae to funk and soul.On a series of albums on the own self titled label all of these styles worked their way around the bands overall sound culminating in a masterpiece called Blues for Allah in 1975. A year or two later the Dead took their label to Arista and created an all new masterpiece.As if they were expected to they easily equalled (if not topped) the previous album in terms of innovation.Again the main thrust of the is funk,and hard funk for that."Estimated Prophet" has a hefty,kicking groove that for this point really knows where it's going.A similarly high octane "Dancin' In The Streets" has the same effect;it cannot beat the orginal of course (NO ONE can) but they create their own excellent interpretation."Passenger" and "Samson & Delilah) find a harder rock and lightly reggae/caribbean influence on a traditional arrangement.Donna Godchaux gets her own song here in the etheral,folksy "Sunrise",the one thing on this albums that assures the music's deep San Francisco "hippie" backround. The 16+ minute title suite is a masterpiece of itself,not so much a jam but a series of flowing compositions (not quite a rock opera) that include the Martyn Ford Orchestra and the English Choral adding a surreal kind of backround to the songs which explore this heavy funk/rock/fusion kind of groove all the way through. The bonus tracks,again a series of groove oriented outtakes are very good but all pale in comparasin to the superb album you get here in the first place. For all their accomplishments musically throughout their career the Greatful Dead got little more then a musical write off for their trouble:that being they become the poster children for the stoner jam band. But much as with bands like the Dave Matthews Band today (whose new CD Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King owes an awful lot to albums like this one) they have created a unique musical legacy all their own and despite the assersion of Dead Heads that they are better live their studio recordings should (and now probably do) stand in a much higher place in the relm of popular music.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcfee64) out of 5 stars Back in Terrapin. March 27 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are new to the Dead I would not recommendthat you buy this album(go for Workingmans Dead or American Beauty or Skull and Roses) but if your a huge Deadhead I highly recommend this album. This album has some of their best like Estimated Prophet and the hugh sixteen minute Terapin Station Suite. The bonus materials are only okay though. Sure it has Phils extremly rare song Equinox, but through out the whole song there is alot of static. The bonus track Fire on the Mountain is the standout bonus track because the lyrics are different from the one on Shakedown St., but sadly Jerrys voice at somepoints is unaudible. Buy this album for the original album not for the bonus tracks.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd0b0c0) out of 5 stars In the shadow of the moon Dec 2 2006
By Grateful Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album has always presented certain problems for Deadheads and the band alike. It was the first in a decade to be produced by an outside producer Keith Olson. In fact, this was recorded at his studio in Van Nuys, California. He had just produced the album Fleetwood Mac which was that band's first big hit album. This was the Dead's first for new label Arista and it was clear everyone wanted a hit. The band had interviewed a number of outside producers before Keith Olsen. Keith produced audiophile albums unlike most of what had been put out by the Dead up to this point. The original recording sessions ran rather smooth. Unfortunately, when the band went out on tour in the early part of 1977, Keith decided to take matters in his own hands. Recording orchestras and singers without the band's involvement and actually erasing band member's parts from the recording sessions. What ended up happening was that the band ended up with a radio friendly album. Even a lot of the critics seemed to like it. One even referred to it as the Dead's Dark Side Of The Moon. Unfortunately it had the opposite effect on the band. Robert Hunter hated the way it turned out and said he would never write another involved song project for the band. As for fans themselves, is is the way it usually works - listen to Estimated Prophet and Terrapin Station and bypass the rest. I think that is a little harsh most of this album actually comes across pretty well. An interesting thing about the cd versions is that the studio Dancin' on here with horns is actually the single version. The original lp version didn't have horns. The new bonus tracks are REALLY good. Peggy-O while not having a vocal track is about the prettiest I've ever heard it. The Ascent is a short instrumental run thru that sound nice. Catfish John comes across better than any of the Jerry Garcia version I've heard. Equinox is a Phil Lesh tune that has been circulating for many years and it's great to have a great sounding copy. Fire On The Mountain has slightly different lyrics than later versions and is much more enjoyable the the Shakedown Street version. The live Dancin' is from 5-8-77 which is a favorite among many, but not me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd0b348) out of 5 stars An Ordinarily Different Album Just Got Better Dec 5 2012
By RH - Published on Amazon.com
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When The Grateful Dead switched to Arista Records in 1977, the band had decide
to take a different, but somewhat unexpected path in their music by the time this rec-
ording came out that same year Released at a time when rock changed its dynamic
tune to a more realistic and commercialized sound without ever missing it’s powerful
beat, Terrapin Station was met with mixed results, where Unlike there classic albums
The Dead had recorded for Warner Bros’ and Atlantic (under their own private label),
they managed to add an occasional brief dash of disco as they have maintained their
original merit, which didn’t sit well with some Deadheads who have claimed the band
hit a sour note, while many fans and admirers alike thought it was overproduced and
did not keep up with The Dead’s more unpolished free form style, but The Dead had
openly stated that they would always stay true to their musical art no matter what the
odds were. As the title track set is featured in it’s extended suite format, it starts with
the reggae-funk backed opening track Estimated Prophet and it is well proceeded on
a disco-rock reindition on Dancing In The Streets and Samson And Delilah, while the
expanded edition include Catfish John, a Bob Dylan folk favourite titled Peggy-O and
the instrumental hit The Ascent where the extended edition give the CD (and MP3) a
better and almost satisfying sound. Terrapin Station had mark several milestones for
the band: it was their first studio album in two years, return to a major label and even
a new sound, even though The Grateful Dead denounced “selling out” as a naughty
word. Long obscure since it’s release, it deserves a second chance.