• Grateful Dead

    Terrapin Station

    July 27, 1977

    Arista
The first Grateful Dead album on the Arista label.


  • Jerry Garcia (lead guitar, vocals)
  • Bob Weir (guitar, vocals)
  • Phil Lesh (bass, vocals)
  • Keith Godchaux (keyboards, vocals)
  • Donna Jean Godchaux (vocals)
  • Bill Kreutzmann (drums)

(4) Additional Personnel

    • Paul Buckmaster (orchestral arrangments)
    • The Martyn Ford Orchestra (conducted by Martyn Ford) (orchestral score on track 6)
    • The English Choral (conducted by Robert Howes) (orchestral score on track 6)
    • Tom Scott (lyricon, saxophones on track 1)

Album Notes

The recording of Terrapin Station was the first time since the early recording stages of Anthem Of The Sun in 1967 that the Dead had used an outside producer to assist in the studio.

The selection of Keith Olsen can be seen as an attempt to produce a more commercial album. In an interview Garcia described working with him in a positive light: “He has a really excellent ear and he’s worked really well with us… The performances are really amazing, much better than we’re able to flog out of ourselves when we’re in there producing ourselves.”

The album was criticized, though, for overproduction, particularly the chorus and orchestra on the Terrapin Station side of the LP. In later years the group, themselves, joined in this criticism.


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