Note: A re-mastered version
of Terrapin Station was released on Oct. 26, 2004, with bonus
material that was initially
only available in the box-set, Beyond
Description, The individual CD's are now available. The
re-mastered versions include loads of bonus material. Be sure to get
My review is on the
original album before the bonus material.
Terrapin Station is either
wonderful pop melodies or The Grateful Dead selling out. I think
it's somewhere in between. The opener, "Estimated Prophet"
is strong with a nice Weir delivery, but without a following
"Eyes of the World," it just doesn't pack as much punch.
The rare Lesh tune, "Passenger," is rocking, and is a nice
highlight. "Dancing In The Streets," however, is awful, as
were most renditions of it at this time; it was done much better in
the 1970 carnation of the band. "Sunrise," a Donna
Godchaux composition, is not necessarily bad, it just doesn't go
anywhere. The album is obviously famous for the title track, and
while it's very good, it's a tad boring, during Terrapin Transit and
At a Siding, so I'm glad they didn't perform this part in concert.
It would have been interesting to hear it without the orchestras, as
the Terrapin Flyer drum duel would be much more interesting. So Terrapin
Station isn't the worst the Grateful Dead could do, in fact
"Terrapin Station" and "Estimated Prophet" are
classics, it just doesn't have the bite of their live performances,
for some live treats try Dick's
Pick Volume 29 and Dick's
Pick Volume 18. by Zach
Grade - C +