Terrapin Station (Expanded + Remastered) Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
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 but narky inexperience.
Well that ends here.
My latest stop is 'Terrapin Station' and it's MAGNIFICENT on every level. It's 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.Read more ›
The title track alone is worth the entrance fee.Remarkable lyrics from Robert Hunter complement some of the most beautiful music the Dead ever recorded.About halfway through,where live versions of "Terrapin" commence Garcia's soloing,the studio version goes into a percussion wigout,followed by strings and an choir("TERR-A-PIN")before returning to the original theme.Truly remarkable and unique in the Dead's studio output.
The rest is pretty good too,especially "Estimated Prophet" and "Samson and Delilah".Even the disco-Dead of "Dancin'In The Streets" makes me smile.Buy now,but be cautious as to the rest of the Dead's studio output.