In the Dark [Bonus Tracks]

In the Dark [Bonus Tracks]

by Grateful Dead

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks / Digi-Pak)

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The Grateful Dead's last lineup returned intact for In the Dark, an album that ironically thrust the band back into the spotlight on the strength of the band's lone Top 40 single, "Touch of Grey." Fans had long mused that the Dead's studio albums lacked the easygoing energy and natural flow of their live performances, and In the Dark does come close to capturing that lightning in a bottle. Jerry Garcia, who apparently had to relearn the guitar after a near-fatal illness, approaches his instrument recharged, while his voice (a beneficiary of the extended hiatus?) shows some of its original smoothness. Of his four songwriting collaborations with long-standing lyricist Robert Hunter, "Touch of Grey" is far and away the best. "When Push Comes to Shove" and "West L.A. Fadeaway" use familiar blues-based riffs that lack the pair's often-contagious chemistry, and "Black Muddy River" has one foot firmly stuck in mawkish MOR terrain (although Garcia can be dealt a free pass here in light of the song's real-life implications as an attempt to make his peace with the world). What pushes In the Dark past the band's also-rans are two terrific songs from Bob Weir and John Barlow, the cheerfully cranky "Hell in a Bucket" (co-written with Brent Mydland) and the cautionary tale "Throwing Stones." Rarely have Weir's songs sounded so effortless; punctuated by Garcia's guitar, they have more in common with the upbeat, flavorful sound of past Garcia/Hunter compositions than the pair's own work this time out (a rare case of role reversal). In the middle of it all is a country-rock song from Mydland, "Tons of Steel," that sounds oddly out of place. Although the album is unmistakable as the work of the Dead, much of it recalls the punchy, pungent production of Dire Straits' recent work. It's not the second coming of the Dead, but a more entertaining epilogue you couldn't ask for. [In 2004, Rhino released a remastered, expanded edition of In the Dark as part of the exhaustive 12-disc box Beyond Description (1973-1989); in 2006, this expanded CD was released separately. The expanded disc contained six bonus tracks: the non-LP B-side "My Brother Esau," an alternate version of "West L.A. Fadeaway" from 1984, a live version of "Throwing Stones," plus studio rehearsals of "Black Muddy River," "When Push Comes to Shove," and "Touch of Grey."]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2006
Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC: 0081227328429
catalogNumber: 73284

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Mickey Hart   Group Member
Jerry Garcia   Group Member
Bob Weir   Group Member
Bob Bralove   Spatialization
Bill Kreutzmann   Group Member
Phil Lesh   Group Member
Brent Mydland   Group Member

Technical Credits

Jerry Garcia   Composer,Producer,Original Album Producer
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
James Austin   Reissue Producer
John Perry Barlow   Composer
Bob Bralove   Programming
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
John Cutler   Producer,Engineer,Original Album Producer
Joe Gastwirt   Engineer
Dan Healy   Engineer
Brent Mydland   Composer
Jeffrey Norman   Engineer
Jeff Sterling   Engineer
David Roberts   Engineer
Herbie Green   Art Direction
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Justin Kreutzmann   Engineer
Randy Tuten   Artwork,Cover Art
Margaret Fabrizio   Contributor
Cameron Sears   Executive Producer
David Lemieux   Reissue Producer
Dennis McNally   Liner Notes

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