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Grateful Dead “Terrapin Station”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#126 in the Series) is Grateful Dead, Terrapin Station.

You hardly ever hear people mention this album when they talk about the Dead, well maybe a little but it doesn’t get it due.

Side one of Terrapin Station five songs.  The most known songs being Estimated Prophet and two cover tunes, Dancing in the Streets, and Samson and Delilah.

What Terrapin Station is known for is the full sided title track that is side two.

The sixteen plus minute song, and one that was performed in it’s entirety many times by the band.

It’s broken into six parts.

  • Lady With a Fan

  • Terrapin Station

  • Terrapin

  • Terrapin Transit

  • At a Siding

  • Terrapin Flyer

  • Refrain

The 1977 Arista release was produced by Keith Olsen.  It was one of the few times that the Grateful Dead used an outside producer.  Keith also produced bands like Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Scorpions and Ozzie Osbourne.  So he was quite the interesting choice to say the least.

On an personal note regarding Terrapin Station. Sonor drums had just released a new drum line right before the recording sessions began.  The first two kits were ordered by The Dead’s Mickey Hart and a good friend of mine, Shadowfax drummer, Stuart Nevitt.

Stu’s kit arrived first.  Mickey Hart wanted to use these drums on the album so he borrowed Stu’s to do the sessions.  Well, at least I thought it was cool.

Terrapin Station peaked at #28 and was certified gold in 1987.

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