Ranking the Discography: Grateful Dead Part IX: Terrapin Station (1977)

Terrapin Station was the first Grateful Dead album released on Arista Records, after a two-year hiatus. It reached #28 on the Album Charts, and received Gold in 1987. Clive Davis had been interested in signing them after having acquired their colleagues, the New Riders of the Purple Sage.


Jerry Garcia: guitar, vocals

Bob Weir: guitar, vocals

Phil Lesh: bass

Keith Godchaux: keyboards, piano, synthesizers, vocals

Mickey Hart: drums

Bill Kreutzmann: drums

Donna Jean Godchaux: vocals

Additional Musicians:

Paul Buckmaster: orchestral arrangements

The English Choral

The Martyn Ford Orchestra

Tom Scott: lyricon, saxophone on “Estimated Prophet”

The Tracks:

  1. “Estimated Prophet”: Great way to start the album! I like the unique time signature, 7/4 with a half-time. One of my favorite songs on the album. Love the saxophone on this.
  2. ” Dancing in the Streets “: I’m sorry, but you can’t touch the original version of this song. It’s slightly better than that abomination that David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded, though. I can’t say it’s terrible, but I didn’t like it.
  3. ” Passenger”: Weir and Donna Jean sound great together. It’s got a great bass line.
  4. “Samson and Delilah “: Bob Weir does a great job on this arrangement.
  5. ” Sunrise “: Donna Jean sounds angelic on this one! Beautiful song!
  6. “Terrapin Medley”: The only song where Garcia sings lead on the album. This 7-part suite is excellent, and the album’s best feature! I love long songs like this one, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Final Verdict: This is a great album, for sure, with some great standout performances. I won’t call it a masterpiece, but I certainly enjoyed it!

Grade: B+


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