GRATEFUL DEAD - ALTERNATIVE TERRAPIN [ROBERT HUNTER R.I.P. 1941 - 2019]

July 31, 2019 – 7:55 am

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ROBERT HUNTER R.I.P. 1941 - 2019

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter has died at the age of 78. The poet, writer and solo musician passed away at his home September 23. No cause of death has yet been revealed. “It is with great sadness we confirm our beloved Robert passed away yesterday night,” Hunter’s family announced in a statement (via Rolling Stone). “He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love. His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand. For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way his is never truly gone. In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music. Let there be songs to fill the air.” After joining the band in 1967, Hunter wrote the lyrics for Dead songs such as ‘Dark Star’, ‘Box of Rain’ and ‘Touch of Gray’. Hunter was already friends with the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia before he joined, with the two having met for the first time in 1961. Hunter was inducted along with the Grateful Dead into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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GRATEFUL DEAD
The Alternative Terrapin [Goody pitch fix, 1CD]
Terrapin Station and Mars Hotel studio outtakes. 1977? Very good soundboard.

Thanks to acetboy; and to goody for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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wikipedia:

Terrapin Station, 1977: Though the heavy sound production was of its time, it was unusual for a Grateful Dead album and a departure from their earlier, edgier psychedelic albums or their more recent americana or jazz-blues efforts. Jerry Garcia said [producer Keith] Olsen had “put the Grateful Dead in a dress”. Unhappy with the string sections and choirs on the title suite, he complained “It made me mad. He and Paul Buckmaster [orchestral arrangements] had an erroneous rhythmic sense; they changed it from a dotted shuffle to a marching 4-4 time.” Phil Lesh said “The orchestral and choral sweeteners added to the title sequence by Olsen and Buckmaster were a classic example of gilding the lily.” Reaction to the production from both fans and critics was similar, with a more positive response to the songs themselves.

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Notes:

Cleaned up the sound a bit. The Mars takes were louder than the rest. The Terrapin takes were louder in one channel than the other. Smoothed everything out and put them in this order. It’s all very nice now.

goody added:

Please bear in mind that I had to make choices in my pitch work, as not all the players’ instruments are in tune with one another or even themselves. These are demos and rehearsals.  Let’s just say that tuning wasn’t always a priority…

Some of you may enjoy the lack of overproduction here as much as I do. Witness, for example, ‘Sunrise’ in this iteration. It’s actually a decent tune with a beautiful memorable melody. It was presented horribly on ‘Terrapin’ with orchestration and an arrangement that was way out of character to this delicate song of Donna’s [Godchaux]. At least you can hear where it started in its early state. I found it to be surprisingly catchy and couldn’t get it out of my head as I worked on these tracks.

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Lineage:
SBD > Master Reel > DAT > CDR > SHN
DAE (EAC0.9 beta 4) > tracking (CDWAV) > SHN (MKWAct.96f) > FTP via Tripp
flac files from internet > xACT > WAV > Pro Tools LE > xACT > flac > back into the wild
Goody’s additional lineage:
dBpoweramp (WAV) > Audition (Pitch Bender, various amounts; edits to smooth transitions) > TLH (FLAC Level 8; Align sector boundaries; .ffp) > foobar2000 (tags)

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Track 01. Estimated Prophet 6:39
Track 02. Dancing in the Street 4:46
Track 03. Passenger 3:35
Track 04. Samson & Delilah 5:09
Track 05. Sunrise 3:11
Track 06. Terrapin Station 16:25
Track 07. Fire on the Mountain 9:09
Track 08. Equinox 5:12
Track 09. Pride of Cucamonga (three incomplete versions) 7:02
Track 10. Money Money 6:04
Track 11. Unbroken Chain (false start, full version) 8:10
76 mins

Equinox as shared here is completely different than the official released version.

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  1. 20 Responses to “GRATEFUL DEAD - ALTERNATIVE TERRAPIN [ROBERT HUNTER R.I.P. 1941 - 2019]”

  2. Thanks for this. Estimated Prophet was likely one of the first Dead songs I heard. I liked the polish on this album.

    By Tony Pizza on Jul 31, 2019

  3. Rumor has it Jerry had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Jul 31, 2019

  4. Rumor has it the rest of the band gots Big Uns

    By U L E on Jul 31, 2019

  5. Given that the Dead’s strength was live performance, anything that strips away studio “enhancement” is generally a good idea. Fortunately we have live versions of numbers like Terrapin Station that allow us to hear them uncluttered, though “Sunrise” is song that never got its due.

    When you look back at the Dead’s line-up, its a long line of homely looking guys alongside movie-star handsome Bob Weir. Phil Lesh’s autobiography includes some funny stories about being in a band where one of the other guys was the target of every groupie.

    By songster1928 on Jul 31, 2019

  6. Jerry Garcia a had a micro penis. The smallest I ever saw . He couldn’t even get it in .

    By Pam Des Barris on Jul 31, 2019

  7. Bob Weir was hung like a horse . I almost passed out from the pain

    By Pam Des Barris on Jul 31, 2019

  8. Ohhhh Yessss - Thank you Big O Amigos, the only thing that could help me do a better Thompson unwind from this upcoming Saturday’s Centralia Fair demolition derby would be a cut of Dark Star. Thank you again, James

    By James Smith on Aug 1, 2019

  9. I had horrible experience with Jerry Garcia . The mans Coc was extremely small . I wouldn’t fuck him because of his lack of size . I also couldn’t quit laughing. Jerry would get pissed off and would start throwing tantrums. He would really get pissed off when he would find me fucking Bob Weir and Phil Lesh who were both huge .

    By Bebe on Aug 1, 2019

  10. Thank you for this!

    By BF on Aug 1, 2019

  11. thanks, big-O!!!

    By I-) on Aug 6, 2019

  12. Robert Hunter passed away Monday night 9/23/19 age 78.

    By sking on Sep 25, 2019

  13. Sad news. Another co-writer with Bob Dylan passes. RIP Robert Hunter.

    By Canute on Sep 25, 2019

  14. Hey Anti, ya gotta help me ‘man. I been worrying about my music - like ‘ shit I have played Lou Reed Rock n roll Animal for 40 years. Lou weren’t no Jew. And Robby Krieger tell me he wasn’t one neither. Marty Balin man I never got The Airplane except for Grace Slick.

    What has really fuckin shake me man is David Lee Roth. And Geddy Lee. Anti, tell me that ain’t no jews

    By Derrick on Sep 26, 2019

  15. Derrick, what about Irsay?

    Folks say he converted Johnny U on his deathbed.

    By The Patriot on Sep 26, 2019

  16. Van Halen’s David Lee Roth is half-Jewish on his father’s side, and was raised in the Jewish religion, apparently learning to sing by studying for his bar mitzvah.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 26, 2019

  17. Marty Balin was born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Catherine Eugenia “Jean” (née Talbot) and Joseph Buchwald. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Eastern Europe. His father was Jewish and his mother was Episcopalian

    Lou Reed was the son of Toby (née Futterman) (1920–2013) and Sidney Joseph Reed (1913–2005), an accountant. His family was Jewish; his father had changed his name from Rabinowitz to Reed. Reed said that although he was Jewish, his real god was rock ‘n’ roll.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 26, 2019

  18. Derrick, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it seems like all the musicians you like are of the Hebrew persuasion. There’s a reason why they changed their name so that people would buy their music.If Leslie Weinstein didnt change his name to Leslie West no one would buy his music

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 26, 2019

  19. Just enjoy the music Derrick. Fuck it if they are kikes.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 26, 2019

  20. shocking hate here :(

    Hunter was a gift to us all, thank you

    By good lord here on Sep 27, 2019

  21. hate is good here

    By walt on Sep 27, 2019

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