ARCD 8452 In The Dark
Produced by Jerry Garcia & John Cutler
Released on July 6, 1987
US CHART POSITION #6 . . . 2x PLATINUM RECORD
. . . UK CHART POSITION #57
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K ronomyth 20.0: THE RETURN OF THE GREY WIZARDS. After six years, the Dead returned with a vengeance. In The Dark became their highest-charting US album, “Touch of Grey” their highest-charting single, and suddenly the Dead seemed ageless. Sure, it was their best studio album in years, backed by two terrific tracks from Bob Weir (“Hell In A Bucket,” “Throwing Stones”) and the kind of smooth and pungent playing the Dead usually reserved for the stage. But I suspect the band’s absence had a lot to do with the warm reception. Waiting in the wings were new acts like Edie Brickell and Phish, who demonstrated that the Dead’s influence had never disappeared, instead tunneling underground. So when the grey wizards came riding back tall in the saddle at the head of a new army, you couldn’t help but throw roses at their feet. In a rare role switch, it’s Weir who emerges as the stronger songwriter, while the Garcia/Hunter compositions are a little listless by comparison (the wonderful “Touch of Grey” notwithstanding). Brent Mydland, who kicked into Bucket, also takes a cameo on “Tons of Steel” without ill effect. Unlike the last few studio albums, which found the Dead eking out their legend in a creative holding pattern, In The Dark builds up the legend once more, as though the world needed to be reminded (and they did). Of course, it was right back to the bargain bins with Built To Last, but none of it diminished the achievement of Dark. This may be the last Dead album you need to own; it should also be one of the first. You can also read a review of this at All-Music Guide, in case seeeing the word "pungent" used in a sentence once isn't enough for you.

ARCD 8452 booklet picture sleeve
ARCD 8452 booklet picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. TOUCH OF GREY    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)    5:47
  2. HELL IN A BUCKET    (Bob Weir/John Barlow/Brent Mydland)    5:35
  3. WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)    4:05
  4. WEST L.A. FADEAWAY    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)    6:39
  5. TONS OF STEEL    (Brent Mydland)    5:15
  6. THROWING STONES    (Bob Weir/John Barlow)    7:18
  7. BLACK MUDDY RIVER    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)    5:58
  8. (CS bonus track:) MY BROTHER ESAU

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  9. WEST L.A. FADEAWAY (ALTERNATE VERSION)
  10. BLACK MUDDY RIVER (STUDIO OUTTAKE)
  11. WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE (STUDIO OUTTAKE)
  12. TOUCH OF GREY (STUDIO OUTTAKE)
  13. THROWING STONES (LIVE)

CREDITS

JERRY GARCIA --
MICKEY HART --
BILL KREUTZMANN --
PHIL LESH --
BRENT MYDLAND --
BOB WEIR --
Bob Bralove -- programming & spatial effects
John Cutler -- engineer
Guy Charbonneau -- engineer
Joe Gastwirt -- additional engineering
Dan Healy -- additional engineering
Justin Kreutzmann -- additional engineering
Jeffrey Norman -- additional engineering
David Roberts -- additional engineering
Jeff Sterling -- additional engineering
Herbie Greene -- art direction & photography
Randy Tuten -- cover art
Gail Grant, Tom Ingalls -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1987 Arista CSPRO AC-8452 promo w. unique cover
US/CAN July 6, 1987 Arista LP/CD/CSX AL/ARCD/AC-8452 gatefold cover, picture sleeve
UK/GER 1987 Arista LP 208 564 gatefold cover, picture sleeve
AUS'L 1987 Arista LP VPL1-7579 gatefold cover
JPN 1987 Arista LP A27L-10  
KOR 1987 Arista LP SAPR 058  
MEX 1987 Arista LP LAE.734 insert
VEN 1987 Arista LP 7850  
JPN 1996 BMG CD BVCA-7380  
JPN 2000 BMG Int'l CD BVCM-37142  
UK 2006 Rhino CDX 73284 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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