AL 7001 Terrapin Station
Produced by Keith Olsen
Released on July 27, 1977
US CHART POSITION #28 . . . GOLD RECORD
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I f you suspect the title track isn’t about turtles, you may be on(to) something. Terrapin, terrippin, trrippin, trippin. That’s how it was explained to me. Twenty years later, it still takes me places. The side-long “Terrapin Part I” is the proggiest passage I’ve encountered in the Dead’s catacombs. When I heard it, the whole Dead “thing” finally clicked with me. American Beauty confirmed it, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Albums are doors, after all, that lead to encounters. What attracts me to prog is that the whole thing is a great Narnian closet. You could argue that the Dead aren’t a prog band, and I wouldn’t disagree, merely point you to Blues For Allah, Terrapin Station, Aoxomoxoa, American Beauty and ask you where you’ve been lately. I’ll admit that the first half of Station is a little bumpy. For example, this line from “Sunrise” is laughably bad: I remember breezes from winds inside your body. Which would ordinarily win the prize for most disgusting thought of the day, but this morning’s paper had an article with the headline “Whale corpse violated.” Turned out the whale had been hit with a hammer after it was dead by someone who lacked the caption editor’s imagination. A cover of “Dancin’ in the Street” isn’t exactly a revelation either, although it is awfully catchy. The Dead at this stage had discovered a funky, organic vibe that created a colorful mosaic of music. In short form, it sounded trite (Shakedown Street), but in long form (Blues For Allah) it blossomed. These days, I come back to Terrapin Station for the title track and “Estimated Prophet.” In between it’s average, no better or worse than the studio albums that followed (Shakedown, Heaven). But the second side is a terrap I’d encourage prog fans to take if they really want to dig the Dead.

AL 7001 back cover AL 7001 picture sleeve
AL 7001 back cover AL 7001 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. ESTIMATED PROPHET    (Bob Weir/John Barlow)    5:35
  2. DANCIN' IN THE STREETS    (William Stevenson/Marvin Gaye/Ivy Jo Hunter)    3:30
  3. PASSENGER    (Phil Lesh/Peter Monk)    2:48
  4. SAMSON & DELILAH    (Traditional arr. by Bob Weir)    3:30
  5. SUNRISE    (Donna Godchaux)    4:05
  6. TERRAPIN PART 1    16:10
    Lady With A Fan    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)
    Terrapin Station    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)
    Terrapin    (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)
    Terrapin Transit    (Mickey Hart/Bill Kreutzmann)
    At A Siding    (Mickey Hart/Robert Hunter)
    Terrapin Flyer    (Mickey Hart/Bill Kreutzmann)
    Refrain    (Jerry Garcia)

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  7. PEGGY-O
  8. THE ASCENT
  9. CATFISH JOHN
  10. EQUINOX
  11. FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
  12. DANCIN' IN THE STREET (LIVE)

CREDITS

JERRY GARCIA --
DONNA GODCHAUX --
KEITH GODCHAUX --
MICKEY HART --
BILL KREUTZMANN --
PHIL LESH --
BOB WEIR --
Paul Buckmaster -- orchestral arrangement
The English Choral -- choir
Martyn Ford -- conductor
Martyn Ford Orchestra --
Robert Howes -- choir conductor
Tom Scott -- lyricon and saxophones (1)
David DeVore -- engineer
Keith Olsen -- engineer
Kelley/Mouse Studio -- cover art
Mary Ann Mayer -- art coordination

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US July 27, 1977 Arista LP/8T AL 7001 picture sleeve
UK 1977 Arista LP SPARTY 1016 picture sleeve
GER 1977 Arista LP 1C 064 99306  
JPN 1977 Arista LP IES-80892  
YUG 1977 Jugoton LP LSAR-73064  
  January 1987 Arista LP/CS ALB6/ALC6-8329  
US   Arista CD ARCD-8065  
EUR   BMG CD 260175  
JPN 2000 BMG Int'l CD BVCM-37135 K2 remaster
US March 7, 2006 Rhino CDX 73279 w. bonus tracks

 

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