February 10, 2010

The Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station

Genre(s) - Psychedelic rock
Origin - San Francisco, California
Year of release - 1977
Bitrate - 128 kbps
Size - 31.89 MB

I'm a big fan of the Dead's expansive hallucinogenic jamscapes of the sixties, as well as their sudden turn to folk music in 1970. The material that followed American Beauty never caught much of my attention except for this one; Terrapin Station. It's a very organic rock album that is still nothing like what they did in their first five or so years. There's a psychedelic edge but it is not as consciously pushed, rather a pleasant side effect. It's very relaxing music. The album's raison d'être is of course to showcase the heavenly title track, a decent 16 minute course through all kinds of different moods. Plaintive verses, smooth and chilled-out, then a cautious preparation for the finale, and through a blistering drum solo (that will not bore even you) to the climax that sounds like the sky is breaking and a coked-up angel's chorus descends down to earth to herald the second coming of our estimated prophet.
  1. Estimated prophet
  2. Dancing in the streets
  3. Passenger
  4. Samson and Delilah
  5. Sunrise
  6. Terrapin Station, pt. 1
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  1. Is there a reason there's no Terrapin Station, pt. 2? Just curious.

  2. A part 2 was just never written... there doesn't seem to be any specific reason for this.

  3. Ah!! Did some research and stand corrected.

    Some parts of a part two WERE written by Robert Hunter, a ghost member of the Dead, he wrote a lot of their lyrics. It seems as if he vainly struggled to unify his ideas into a worthy follow-up, so instead it ended up as several separate tracks on a solo album by Robert, called Jack O'Roses.


    Decent investigation pays off. :)