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Built to Last (Remastered/Expanded) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 5 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
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1. Foolish Heart
2. Just A Little Light
3. Built To Last
4. Blow Away
5. Victim or the Crime
6. We Can Run
7. Standing on the Moon
8. Picasso Moon
9. I Will Take You Home
10. Foolish Heart (Live) (Bonus)
11. Blow Away (Live) (Bonus)
12. California Earthquake (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On) (Live) (Bonus)

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The final studio album by the Dead features Garcia-Hunter gems like Built to Last and Standing on the Moon plus four songs by keyboardist Brent Mydland, who died the following year. Three bonus live rarities include epic versions of Foolish Heart and Blow Away !

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa084b528) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b736c) out of 5 stars A few songs you should not be without. Sept. 5 2012
By M. Kurtz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I realize this is one of the Grateful Dead's weak releases. However, the profundity and beauty of "Standing On the Moon," and "Built to Last" make this album worth while; it would have made a great EP. The two aforementioned songs are two of my favorites. If you choose not to buy this album then do yourself a favor and get these few brilliant tracks somewhere. Cheers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b75b8) out of 5 stars "There are times when I can help you out and times when you must fall." Aug. 2 2014
By Grateful Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Built To Last was first released on Halloween of 1989. To be honest, looking back it was pretty clear that there were going to be problems from the start. The wonderful Stanley Mouse cover art was rejected for this cover. The band also recorded most of the album in isolation from each other. The original recording sessions began at Marin Vets just as they had for their last album "In The Dark". Jerry and John Cutler were producing again. They quickly decided that the same approach wouldn't work and the recording sessions began getting moved around to various studios. The album was finally finished just a couple of hours before it was to be turned in. Unlike some, I like most of the songs but the problem for me here, as with Shakedown Street and Go To Heaven, is not the songs themselves but in the actual production. Jerry referred to it as "confined space" but to me it sounds more like "confined void". Despite this being a high end recording, the overall mix is actually very hollow and synthetic sounding.

The opening Foolish Heart is actually a very good song but it fades out before the beautiful closing jam which was usually great in concert. Just A Little Light is actually one of, if not, my favorite Brent songs. Unfortunately, here it doesn't have the cool synth introduction or the nice extra little jam near the end that the live versions have. Built To Last is another great song but here it's played so slow that it's plodding. Blow Away was a really good song until they decided to rearrange it in an over the top manner in typical late '80's style. Victim Or The Crime is actually one of the two songs that benefits from the albums production style. Musically, the song always had a Twilight Zone feel to it and that actually pays off here. I guess that there are some Dead Heads who didn't/don't like this song but I do. We Can Run is okay but once again, the keyboard isn't used starting instead with a very brief Jerry intro. The lyrics also sound a bit heavy handed as if they're trying to shove them into the song. Standing On The Moon is a Jerry ballad and it comes across very well here and is the only song to use an acoustic instrument (aside from drums) in the mix. Jerry's acoustic guitar give the album a very earthy feel missing elsewhere in the album. Bob's Picasso Moon is a nice rocking song and it's given a decent treatment here. I'm not a fan of I Will Take You Home and it's actually my least favorite Dead song. Some people find it sweet but it's just too much for me. Your mileage will vary. All in all, the album sounds very much like it was recorded in 1989 for 1989. It manages to capture a lot of what I didn't like about the late '80's production style.

This expanded cd version includes three extra live songs: Blow Away (which is from the show that would later be released as Crimson White & Indigo), an okay Foolish Heart (which was recorded during the run that would later be released as Downhill From Here although Foolish Heart isn't on Downhill), and the song California Earthquake which was played twice on the Fall tour after the San Francisco Earthquake of 1989.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b77f8) out of 5 stars Grateful Dead In The End? March 2 2009
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's more then apparent from the reviews of this album that this album is considered a low point in regards in the Grateful Dead's long career. Sadly it's also the end of their career but I really don't agree this was a bad way to go out.Now I'll start out by saying I am no "deadhead";I have never followed a group around live-never had the time or inclination to do so.And frankly from what I've heard I tend to go more for the bands funkier,jazzier 70's music such as Blues for Allah and my favorite Shakedown Street. So I came to this album with little to go on.And I wasn't disappointed.Considering how bland most late 80's-90's pop/rock could be this album actually seems to have plenty of heart in it. It's no mistake that the leadoff song and big single is called "Foolish Heart";funny that the Dead were always so openly anti-commercialism and in the end of their career they started getting hit singles. It's definately in the 80's rock genre-slick,mildly chilly in tone and with some,in this case tasteful synthesized backrounds.That is also the general tone your going to get on "Just A Little Light",the title song and "Standing On The Moon"."Blow Away","Standing On The Moon" and "Picasso Moon" turn out to be pretty touch rockers-the contemporary influence of Dire Straits and period Springsteen are in play but the presense of implied social commentary and moralizing on the latter two songs make it clear your firmly in Dead country with this music.I suppose most people who enjoy the Grateful Dead of the past will find what they're looking for on "Victim Or The Crime",a longish,slightly creepy piece of psychedelia that makes it clear that the band would never truly abandon the music that originally made them famous. The album ends with a a sweet lullaby in "I Will Take You Home".Even if this album finds Jerry Garcia's then mildly strainded singing near it's limit at times and the production is far from 100% organic in nature this is an album with a lot of strengh and a lot of treasures.The band could've actually lived off their tour revenues at this point and NEVER have to record again-and still give free performances occasionally. But at least they gave us one last album that was really good all things considered-featuring the strong writing and the jazzy,bluesy R&B heart at the core of the music. Even if the band has always been stereotyped as the original jam band before Dave Mathews and Blues Traveller the band could be excellent pop tunesmiths on their studio albums. And even at this very late date this finale to the bands career demonstrates that for all who hear.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b7a74) out of 5 stars Not For The Casual Fan Jan. 18 2008
By Socrates Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
BUILT TO LAST is the Grateful Dead's last album and they finish their recording career with a pretty boring album. The song, "Foolish Heart," got most of the radio attention and is the most often included song in their concert repetoire. However, that song alone is not worth the price of the album. There are plenty of other great Grateful Dead albums, AMERICAN BEAUTY, WORKINGMAN'S DEAD, MARS HOTEL, and IN THE DARK plus a number of fine live albums are much better choices.

This album is for completists and Deadheads only and for them, it will take up shelf space more than ever becoming a staple in the CD player.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b790c) out of 5 stars Ironic Title for this Disc June 17 2012
By Jimmy S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD because of the poignant and plaintive "Standing on the Moon." IMHO it's the best song on the disc. The Dead were definitely in what seems like a "winding down" period by the time this disc was released, so "Built to Last" is not their most enduring work. Kind of ironic.