In The Dark (Grateful Dead)
Numbered Edition 180-gram LP Sourced from Original Master Tapes
Thanks to undeniable hooks, sing-a-long refrains and shrug-it-off sentiments on the survivalist anthem ‚touch of grey’, the Dead is exposed to new generations of listeners and in the process became celebrity figures that packed football stadiums with fans. But: ‚in the dark’ remains significant for many other, more important reasons – Jerry Garcia’s stunning recovery from acoma, Garcia & Bob Weir’s compelling dynamic and an impeccable batch of tunes. It also stands bar-none as the sextet’s finest output since 1975.
Everything including the clip-cloü of cowbells, Mickey Hart & Billy Kreutzmann’s rhythm-devil grooves, Phil Lesh’s supple bass lines, Garcia’s sweetened timbre and entity. The music possesses tube-like warmth and glow and the Band’s renewed vigor and particularly Garcia’s mellifluous guitar tones and rippling passages, come across with ittesistibel immedicy, heft and vitality. Several effects – the revving of a motorcycle engine, which moves with precise imaging across an extremly wide soundstage and various synthesizer interjections among them – highlight lyrical turns and add winking humor. ‚In the dark’ is a late-80s anomaly: A great and great-sounding Rock albumthat isn’t the least bit dated.
Half-Speed Mastered form the Original Master Tapes, Mobile Fidelilty Numbered Limited Edition LP Edition of ‚in the dark’ presents the Dead’s long-overdue breakthrough in attention-grabbing fidelity.
Even in an era i which the mmost revered artists succumbed tot he day’s prevailing sound (namely slick textures and artificial keyboard-heavy production that evoke the feel of Saran-Wrap) the Band remained obstinate in ist onstage at Marin Civic Auditorium using the then-newly introduced Dolby SR – a technology that permitted astounding instrumental separation, even when playing live. The group’s inimitable bend now sounds better, more immediate and natural than ever.
Touch of grey
Hell in a bucket
When push comes to shove
West I.a. fadeaway
Tons of steel
Balck muddy river