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Terrapin Station

Grateful Dead Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Nov 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000024RMJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll always be grateful 20 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
I had always thought The Dead were a band for self-ingulgent tuneless noodlings and so I owned none of their albums. One night in the summer of 1977 John Peel played two tracks from this album, Estimated Prophet (geddit?) and Passenger. Next day I bought this album.
The first side of the old vinyl version is patchy, hence the four stars (could've been three), with only the two tracks JP played being any good. They are both fine songs though, Estimated Prophet being a great way to start an album, walking its way politely but melodically into your presence rather than slapping you round the ears. Passenger is much more upbeat with great lead guitar and vocals working together. We'll draw a veil over the tracks around it though, but that's what cd players are for, they have a skip button.
The remainder of this (quite short) album is the long title track, Terrapin Station. Just brilliant, from the beautifully played and sung opening section, through the manically percussion-driven middle section, to the orchestral/choral (tongue in cheek?) closing section, its all good.
This convinced me to buy more Grateful Dead. The bad news is that this is the last of their good albums, the good news is that the albums that preceded it vary from good to the miraculous. Most people who like rock have something to thank John Peel for. This is mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN 24 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album although a break from what many deadheads had grown fond of, is in my opinion the best grateful dead album. The whole of side one stands up against any so called classical masterpiece. The grateful dead are best appreciated live because you never know where the songs will lead. One minute they might be playing truckin and the next they may incorporate something completely different. You really get this sense of wandering music with this album as one track runs seemlessly into another. The more you listen to this great album the more you will apreciate it. It is an acquired taste but one that will remain with you always
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful Dead concept album 19 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
The whole of side 1 is a lyrical and soothing change for the Grateful Dead. Yes the folksy roots are there but this is close to jazz with extemporisation on a lyrical theme. This is a classic and is my favourite Grateful Dead composition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrapin Station 9 Dec 2003
By James Choma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I remember browsing through the records at the local library back in 1978 -- I was all of eight years old -- and I came across this album. I was so taken by the dancing turtles on the cover that I begged my dad to let me take it home and give it a listen. He saw that it was by the Grateful Dead and told me that it probably wasn't my style of music. He eventually gave in, but made sure I realized how delicate records were and to be very, very careful with it during the week I had it out.
I couldn't wait to hear the music the turtles were dancing to, so I put it on my little portable turntable (with Mom's help) and gave it a listen. Quite honestly, I wasn't all that impressed with the first side. Chalk one up for Dad on this one. I turned the record over to side two and heard the song that has come to define everything I've come to love about the Grateful Dead, "Terrapin Station." There was just something about this long, beautifully orchestrated song that captivated me. I didn't care about the rest of the album -- this was great!
Fast forward eleven years -- this was the first CD I decided to buy to start my CD collection. I still fondly recalled "Terrapin Station" after all those years and it's become a staple in my collection. I've even come to appreciate the rest of the songs on the album, especially the great "Estimated Prophet" and "Passenger."
It's not everybody's idea of the ideal Grateful Dead album; many folks feel it was too over orchestrated. I guess that's what I like most about it -- I think the orchestration, especially on the title piece, is excellent. It really makes for a great listening experience, whether that's in the car, working in the garage, or whatever, it's great music for any occasion.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last album to capture the essence of the Dead experience 10 Jan 2000
By "ripzepplin" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had already been introduced to The Grateful Dead a few years before this release, so I knew what made them tick. When "Terrapin" came out, I was anxiously awaiting. It came out at my most musically impressionable age (16) and didn't disappoint. The Dead's albums seemed to be produced better with each release and "Terrapin" peaked in that category at that time. Don't be deceived by the fact there's only a handful of songs. The title track is a marathon performance that epitomizes the Dead experience. Arguably, more than any other Dead tune the song "Terrapin Station" shows the many sides of the Dead that garnered their cult following. The song is full of sounds and, yes, visions that only the Dead could produce. No other band can get those sounds from the same instruments. And Garcia's voice and guitar are at their melodic best, both with the classic silkiness that made it impossible to sit while listening - be it under a brightly lit moon on the lawn seats of your favorite outdoor concert venue, or in your home next to your stereo. For a special treat pop the headphones on for a musical experience that is why headphones were made in the first place. Most testimonials to this album seem to acknowledge only the tunes that garnered radio play, and that's not entirely fair. "Estimated Prophet" and "Passenger" are such tunes and are deserved of such praise, but that's shortchanging this CD. There's a nice version of "Dancing in the Streets" that were it not already written would have been written by the Dead - it's what this band in concert is all about. "Samson and Delilah", featuring Bob Weir's vocals, is another concert staple (of course which Dead tunes weren't?) but doesn't reap the praise that Garcia sung tunes do from the more casual Dead fans. Perhaps they're too wordy for those who like to zone out and get lost in the Dead Dimension. But in this case those words are vital to a nice story - plus Garcia's guitar sizzles on cue. And the Godchauxs - Keith and Donna have never been completely embraced by Dead purists in spite of their contributions to this CD and their next CD, "Shakedown Street". While "Sunrise" doesn't typify the Dead many grew up with, it nevertheless is a strong performance by Donna and rounds off a nice offering by the Dead - perhaps their last completely satisfying CD recorded. "Shakedown Street" would also be a great recording, but not as strong. And subsequent CDs too would see the Dead tailing off in a different direction - which is not to say entirely untrue to their roots. But let's face it. The era that breed the Dead would no longer be there for them to derive the same sounds and themes that gave us their early CDs. So future CDs would just have a little more difficulty in concocting the formula that created the mood of those recordings. For that reason alone this album is a must for anyone wanting to know what made this band so great. Those who say this CD isn't a great album by comparing it to their earlier recordings miss the point. Each Dead CD had something different to offer and can only be judged with that in mind. Given that, this is truly a 5 star performance.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conceptually Brilliant 7 Dec 2004
By J. Birchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Asa a trained musician myself, I find Terrapin Station one of teh Grateful Dead's most intriguing albums. The opening track, Estimated Prophet, employing as it does a reggae-styled compound 7/4 meter, is miraculously rhythmic. Generally, 7/4 music does not have the capacity to sound so dance-able. The double-meaning of this track's title reflects the witty quality of its lyrics. The closing track, the six-song suite "Terrapin Station" is also brilliant. The poetic lyrics by Robert Hunter combine some elements of great litereary storytelling ("Lady With a Fan") with more poetic, image-creating diction ("Terrapin Station"). The music of the opening song, "Lady With a Fan" by Jerry Garcia, demonstrates some of the more extreme syncopations possible within a 4/4 framework. The music of "Terrapin" is quite brilliant, combining as it does the pulsating, simple 4/4 melody, with the brief transitions (9/4) all of which are intriguingly orchestrated. "Terrapin Flyer" is also a rhythmic experiment, vascillating between the high-flying music in 3/4 and the much heavier, deeper 7/4 music. Garcia's guitar solo in this song is jaw-dropping, and the orchestration continues to be of interest. Highly recommended, unless you're one of those deadheads who hates the refined "studio" quality of this album.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrapin Station review 25 April 2000
By James Wax - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album's centerpiece is the title song. This is one of the few songs by the Dead that is actually better in the studio, although there are many live versions that really shine (I love the energy of 6-9-77) This studio version is definantly ornate and takes full advantage of studio effects. It is still a masterpiece and should not be passed up. The other tracks on this CD are mostly worthwhile. Estimated is good, although the signature Jerry solo in all the live versions is basically nonexistant. Dancin' has great vocals but lacks a jam of any kind. For a great Dancin', pick up Dicks Picks 8 (5-2-70) for the early version or find the one from Cornell 5-8-77 (or just about any 1977 version for that matter) for the later version. Sampson and Delilah is pretty good and Passenger is fun (the Dead Set version is better) Sunrise is sung by Donna (the dead's short lived female vocalist) It is very nicely sung. Overall this album is a must for fans of the Dead who don't have the studio version of Terrapin Station. The other songs complement it well, but keep in mind you're buying the album for the title song (which by the way begins with Lady With a Fan and concludes the CD)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last great studio Dead album 24 Feb 2003
By kireviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the Grateful Dead's last great studio album. But, they only put out 4 studio albums after this (5 if you include the wild Infared Roses). The next year's follow up, Shakedown Street, is a lot of fun, but it isn't a masterpiece. Another good release from late in their career is In The Dark, from 1987. Go To Heaven from 1981 is one of the worst Dead albums, and 1989's Built To Last, which was the last studio album is so-so.
The funny thing about this album is that it was a major come back for the Dead. After all, they hadn't released a studio album for over two years, since Blues for Allah. Back in the sixties and seventies, groups would release one or two ablums a year. If a group went more than a year without releasing a album, it was a shock and it was assumed the group had disbanded. Now, groups go 4 to 7 years between albums.
Some people don't like Terrapin Station, saying something is lacking. At 36 minutes, it is relatively short for a Dead album. Even though it is short, it is strong throughout. There isn't a weak track on the album. Maybe people don't like it because there is only one Garcia track (Terrapin Station) on the whole ablum, and this album features more of Bob Weir. But, this is Weir's best performance outside of Wake of The Flood.
The opening track, Estimated Profit, is one of the best and most powerful songs the Dead have ever performed. There is also an extremely good song from Phil Lesh, Passenger.
In the later years of the Dead (after 1975), they would revisit old classics. On this album they update Dancing In the Streets, and it comes off successfully. Bob Weir also does a very nice job on a traditional song, Samson and Delihah. Probably the best Donna Godcheaux song is featured on this album, Sunrise.
The title track, Terrapin Station, is a throw back to the English progressive rock movement. It is most reminiscent of Uriah Heep's Salisbury. It is a 16 minute track of tales told by traveling minstrels. There is a lot of synthesizer in the background, and an orchetra back up. It is the one song by the Grateful Dead that is longer on the studio album than it is in any live version. Most live versions are between 8 to 11 minutes. I haven't heard a live version of Terrapin Station yet that does the song any justice. Terrapin Station, is actually one of the most boring things the Dead ever does in concert. Note that Bruce Hornsby also does this song on his live album, but it just sounds like an excerpt, yanked out of the middle of the song. All these live versions are quite a contrast from this excellent studio track.
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