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Terrapin Limited Dick's_Picks_ Volume_21_Grateful_Dead

March 15, 1990

Landover, MD 

 

 
 
 
Order:  GDM
 

Terrapin Limited review 

Terrapin Station (Limited Edition) is a release that is part of the Terrapin Station Project that never got off the ground. This release is a limited edition three CD set packaged in a die-cut and sequentially numbered slip case. The package includes a 9 1/2" x 14" poster by the legendary Mouse and Kelley, creators of the classic 1977 Terrapin Station album cover.  Because it is part of the special project it cost significantly more than the Dick's Picks series. 

Terrapin Limited includes a full concert performance from Capital Centre, Landover, MD, recorded March 15, 1990. The sound quality of the recording is excellent, and the bottom line is that the performance is very tight as result of the whole bands contributions. 

Disc one is the complete first set that including three of my favorite Grateful Dead songs, "Jack Straw," "Sugaree," and "Cassidy"; all three respectable versions. The Brent track "Easy To Love You" sounding fresh, perhaps only because I haven't heard it in so long. The strongest part of the set is an excellent rendering of “Althea,” and Bob Dylan’s “Tom Thumb Blues” that is sung by Phil. Following that, "Tennessee Jed" has a good instrumental section with everyone throwing in their two cents yielding a tightly executed shift back to verses.

The second sets opener, "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider," is superb. While "China Cat Sunflower" and transition jam is excellent, "I Know You Rider" edges it out slightly. Perhaps even better is a perfect "Terrapin Station" that leads to a jam entitled the "Mock Turtle Jam." Jerry basically sets the foundation, but everyone joins in, beginning with a MIDI tone that is shed to yield a cool bluegrass / rock jam.

The third disc is the end of the show that is typical material. Jerry's ballad "Wharf Rat" has Phil hitting some excellent passages, especially leading into the refrain. Phil's brilliance continues throughout the high energy closer of "Throwing Stones" > "Not Fade Away," which surely got this crowd off their feet.

Terrapin Limited is expensive, but it is real good. Overall a solid first set and great second set. Disc two is fantastic. Barry Small © 
Grade  A -

Track List

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Disc 1
 
1. Jack Straw (Weir/Hunter) - 6:20
 2. Sugaree (Garcia/Hunter) - 11:33
 3. Easy To Love You (Mydland/Barlow) - 6:32
 4. Walkin' Blues (Robert Johnson, arr. Weir) - 6:12
 5. Althea (Garcia/Hunter) - 8:32
 6. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Bob Dylan) - 6:57
 7. Tennessee Jed (Garcia/Hunter) - 9:17
 8. Cassidy (Weir/Barlow) - 6:11
 9. Don't Ease Me In (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead) - 4:04

Disc 2
 1. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia/Hunter) - 6:27
 2. I Know You Rider (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead) - 6:50
 3. Samson And Delilah (Traditional arr. Weir) - 7:07
 4. Terrapin Station (Garcia/Hunter) - 14:23
 5. Mock Turtle Jam (Garcia/Hart/Kreutzmann/Lesh/Mydland/Weir) 8:23
 6. Drums (Kreutzmann/Hart) - 6:16

Disc 3
 1. And (Kreutzmann/Hart/Bralove) - 3:43
 2. Space (Garcia/Lesh/Weir/Mydland) - 10:06
 3. I Will Take You Home (Mydland/Barlow) - 4:20
 4. Wharf Rat (Garcia/Hunter) - 10:59
 5. Throwing Stones (Weir/Barlow) - 8:59
 6. Not Fade Away (Petty/Hardin) - 9:22
 7. Revolution (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) - 5:07

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Brent Mydland - keyboards vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums

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Released - September 1997
Label - Grateful Dead Records

According to Deadbase, the last "Easy to Love You" 9/30/80, 673 shows ago. Last "Revolution" 11/8/85, 298 shows ago.