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Beyond Description (1973-1989)

Grateful Dead

Initial release : Oct 2004

Rhino

12 CD box set reissue of all the Grateful Dead studio albums released between 1973 and 1989 plus the two live releases Reckoning and Dead Set. All albums include previously unreleased bonus material. In total the box set includes 65 previously unreleased tracks. The set is accompanied by two 90+ page booklets "The Band" and "The Albiums".

Tracks

The 12 CDs comprise the following material.

CD 1: Wake Of The Flood (1973) plus bonus material;

Wake Of The Flood;

  • Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Let Me Sing Your Blues Away (Hunter / K. Godchaux)
  • Row Jimmy (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Stella Blue (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Here Comes Sunshine (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Eyes Of The World (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Weather Report Suite
    - Prelude (Weir)
    - Part 1 (Weir / Andersen)
    - Part 2 - Let It Grow (Weir / Barlow)
Bonus tracks;
  • Eyes Of The World (Hunter / Garcia) - Live Uniondale, 9/7/73
  • Weather Report Suite - Studio acoustic demo, 8/4/73
    - Prelude (Weir)
    - Part 1 (Weir / Andersen)
    - Part 2 - Let It Grow (Weir / Barlow)
  • China Doll (Hunter / Garcia) - Studio outtake, 8/8/73
CD 2: From The Mars Hotel (1974) plus bonus material;

From The Mars Hotel;

  • U.S. Blues (Hunter / Garcia)
  • China Doll (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Unbroken Chain (Lesh / Petersen)
  • Loose Lucy (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Scarlet Begonias (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Pride Of Cucamonga (Lesh / Petersen)
  • Money Money (Weir / Barlow)
  • Ship Of Fools (Hunter / Garcia)
Bonus tracks;
  • Loose Lucy (Hunter / Garcia) - Studio outtake, 8/7/73
  • Scarlet Begonias (Hunter / Garcia) - Live, Winterland, 10/16/74
  • Money Money (Weir / Barlow) - Live, Vancouver, 5/17/74
  • Wave That Flag (Hunter / Garcia) - Live, Springfield, 3/28/73
  • Let It Rock (Berry) - Live, Miami, 6/23/74
  • Pride Of Cucamonga (Lesh / Petersen) - Studio acoustic demo, 8/4/73
  • Unbroken Chain (Lesh / Petersen) - Studio acoustic demo, 8/11/73
CD 3: Blues For Allah (1975) plus bonus material;

Blues For Allah;

  • Help On The Way (Hunter/Garcia)
  • Slipknot! (Garcia / K.Godchaux / Kreutzmann / Lesh / Weir)
  • Franklin's Tower (Hunter / Garcia)
  • King Solomon's Marbles Part I: Stronger Than Dirt (Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh)
  • Part II: Milkin' The Turkey (Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh)
  • The Music Never Stopped (Weir / Barlow)
  • Crazy Fingers (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Sage and Spirit (Weir)
  • Blues For Allah (Hunter / Garcia)
  • Sand Castles and Glass Camels (Garcia / K.Godchaux / D.Godchaux / Kreutzmann / Lesh / Weir)
  • Unusual Occurrences In The Desert (Hunter / Garcia)
Bonus tracks;
  • Groove #1 (Garcia / K.Godchaux / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / Weir) - Instrumental studio outtake, 2/27/75
  • Groove #2 (Garcia / K.Godchaux / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / Weir) - Instrumental studio outtake - 2/27/75
  • Distorto (Garcia) - Instrumental studio outtake, 2/28/75
  • A To E Flat Jam (Garcia / K.Godchaux / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / Weir) - Instrumental studio outtake, 2/27/75
  • Proto 18 Proper (Garcia / K.Godchaux / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / Weir) - Instrumental studio outtake, 2/27/75
  • Hollywood Cantata (Hunter / Weir) - Studio outtake, 5/7/75
CD 4: Terrapin Station (1977) plus bonus material;

Terrapin Station;

  • Estimated Prophet (Weir/Barlow)
  • Dancin' In The Streets (Stevenson/Gaye/I. Hunter)
  • Passenger (Lesh/Monk)
  • Samson and Delilah (Traditional arr. Bob Weir)
  • Sunrise (D. Godchaux)
  • Terrapin Station:
    - Lady With A Fan (Garcia/Hunter)
    - Terrapin Station (Garcia/Hunter)
    - Terrapin (Garcia/Hunter)
    - Terrapin Transit (Hart/Kreutzmann)
    - At A Siding (Hart/Hunter)
    - Terrapin Flyer (Hart/Kreutzmann)
    - Refrain (Garcia)
Bonus tracks;
  • Peggy-O (Traditional) - Instrumental studio outtake, 11/2/76
  • The Ascent (Grateful Dead) - Instrumental studio outtake, 11/2/76
  • Catfish John (McDill / Reynolds) - Studio outtake, Fall 1976
  • Equinox (Lesh) - Studio outtake, 2/17/77
  • Fire On The Mountain (Hart / Hunter) - Studio outtake, Feb 1977
  • Dancin' In The Streets (Stevenson / Gaye / I. Hunter) - Live, 5/8/77
CD 5: Shakedown Street (1978) plus bonus material;

Shakedown Street;

  • Good Lovin' (Resnick / Clark)
  • France (Hart / Weir / Hunter)
  • Shakedown Street (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Serengetti (Hart / Kreutzmann)
  • Fire On The Mountain (Hart / Hunter)
  • I Need A Miracle (Weir / Barlow)
  • From The Heart Of Me (D. Godchaux)
  • Stagger Lee (Garcia / Hunter)
  • All New Minglewood Blues (Tradition arr. Bob Weir)
  • If I Had The World To Give (Garcia / Hunter)
Bonus tracks;
  • Good Lovin' (Resnick / Clark) - Studio outtake featuring Lowell George, 7/28/78
  • Ollin Arageed (Hamza El Din) - Live, Egypt, 9/16/78
  • Fire On The Mountain (Hart / Hunter) - Live, Egypt, 9/16/78
  • Stagger Lee (Garcia / Hunter) - Live, Egypt, 9/15/78
  • All New Minglewood Blues (Traditional) - Live, Passaic, 11/24/78
CD 6: Go To Heaven (1980) plus bonus material;

Go To Heaven;

  • Alabama Getaway (Garcia/Hunter)
  • Far From Me (Mydland)
  • Althea (Garcia/Hunter)
  • Feel Like A Stranger (Weir/Barlow)
  • Lost Sailor (Weir/Barlow)
  • Saint Of Circumstance (Weir/Barlow)
  • Antwerp's Placebo (The Pumber) (Kreutzmann / Hart)
  • Easy To Love You (Mydland/Barlow)
  • Don't Ease Me In (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)
Bonus tracks;
  • Peggy-O (Traditional) - Studio outtake, 7/16/79
  • What'll You Raise (Hunter) - Studio outtake, 7/16/79
  • Jack-A-Roe (Traditional) - Studio outtake, 7/14/79
  • Althea (Garcia/Hunter) - Live, Oct 1980
  • Lost Sailor (Weir/Barlow) - Live, Oct 25, 1980
  • Saint Of Circumstance (Weir/Barlow) - Live, Oct 25, 1980
CD 7 and 8: Reckoning (1981) plus bonus material;

Reckoning (CD 7);

  • Dire Wolf (Garcia / Hunter)
  • The Race Is On (Rollins)
  • Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie (Cotton)
  • It Must Have Been The Roses (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Dark Hollow (Traditional)
  • China Doll (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Been All Around This World (Traditional)
  • Monkey And The Engineer (Fuller)
  • Jack-A-Roe (Traditional)
  • Deep Elem Blues (Traditional)
  • Cassidy (Weir / Barlow)
  • To Lay Me Down (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Rosa Lee McFall (Monroe)
  • On The Road Again (Traditional)
  • Bird Song (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Ripple (Garcia / Hunter)
Bonus tracks (CD 8);
  • To Lay Me Down (Traditional) - Studio rehearsal, 9/14/80
  • Iko Iko (Live) (Traditional / James Crawford) - Live, 10/7/80
  • Heaven Help The Fool (Weir / Barlow) - Live, 10/25/80
  • El Paso (Robbins) - Live, 10/13/80
  • Sage & Spirit (Weir) - Live, 10/31/80
  • Little Sadie (Traditional) - Live, 10/31/80
  • It Must Have Been The Roses (Hunter) - Alt live version, 10/23/80
  • Dark Hollow (Traditional) - Alt live version, 10/23/80
  • Jack-A-Roe (Traditional) - Alt live version, 10/23/80
  • Cassidy (Weir / Barlow) - Alt live version, 10/23/80
  • China Doll (Garcia / Hunter) - Alt live version, 10/23/80
  • Monkey And The Engineer (Fuller) - Alt live version, 10/23/80
  • Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie (Cotton) - Alt live version, 10/23/80
  • Ripple (Garcia / Hunter) - Alt live version, 10/23/80
  • Tom Dooley (Live, 1978) (Traditional) - Live, Chicago, 11/17/78
  • Deep Elem Blues (Traditional) - Live, Chicago, 11/17/78
CD 9 and 10: Dead Set (1981) plus bonus material;

Dead Set (CD 9);

  • Samson And Delilah (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)
  • Friend Of The Devil (Garcia / Dawson / Hunter)
  • New Minglewood Blues (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)
  • Deal (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Candyman (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Little Red Rooster (Dixon)
  • Loser (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Passenger (Lesh / Monk)
  • Feel Like A Stranger (Weir / Barlow)
  • Franklin's Tower (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Hunter)
  • Rhythm Devils (Hart / Kreutzmann)
  • Space (Lesh / Mydland / Hart / Kreutzmann)
  • Fire On The Mountain (Hart / Hunter)
  • Greatest Story Ever Told (Weir / Hunter / Hart)
  • Brokedown Palace (Garcia / Hunter)
Bonus tracks (CD 10);
  • Let It Grow (Weir / Barlow) - Live, 10/26/80
  • Sugaree (Garcia / Hunter) - Live, 10/26/80
  • C.C. Rider (Rainey) - Live, 10/13/80
  • Row Jimmy (Garcia / Hunter) - Live, 10/80
  • Lazy Lightnin' (Weir / Barlow) - Live, 10/13/80
  • Supplication (Weir / Barlow) - Live, 10/13/80
  • High Time (Garcia / Hunter) - Live, 1080
  • Jack Straw (Weir / Hunter) - Live, 10/10/80
  • Shakedown Street (Garcia / Hunter) - Live, 10/7/80
  • Not Fade Away (Petty / Holly) - Live, 10/4/80
CD 11: In The Dark (1987) plus bonus material;

In The Dark;

  • Touch Of Grey (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Hell In A Bucket (Weir / Barlow / Mydland)
  • When Push Comes To Shove (Garcia / Hunter)
  • West L.A. Fadeaway (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Tons Of Steel (Mydland)
  • Throwing Stones (Weir / Barlow)
  • Black Muddy River (Garcia / Hunter)
Bonus tracks;
  • My Brother Esau (Weir / Barlow) - Single B-side, 1/15/87
  • West L.A. Fadeaway (Garcia / Hunter) - Alternate version, 3/84
  • Black Muddy River (Garcia / Hunter) - Studio rehearsal, 12/5/86
  • When Push Comes To Shove (Garcia / Hunter) - Studio rehearsal, 12/5/86
  • Touch Of Grey (Garcia / Hunter) - Studio rehearsal, 8/82
  • Throwing Stones (Weir / Barlow) - Live, 7/4/87
CD 12: Built To Last (1989) plus bonus material;

Built To Last;

  • Foolish Heart (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Just A Little Light (Mydland / Barlow)
  • Built To Last (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Blow Away (Mydland / Barlow)
  • Victim Or The Crime (Weir / Graham)
  • We Can Run (Mydland/Barlow)
  • Standing On The Moon (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Picasso Moon (Weir / Barlow / Bralove)
  • I Will Take You Home (Mydland / Barlow)
Bonus tracks;
  • Foolish Heart (Garcia / Hunter) - Live, 7/19/89
  • Blow Away (Mydland / Barlow) - Live, 7/7/89
  • California Earthquake (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On) (Crowell) - Live, 10/20/89
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Musicians

The musicians involved are as follows.

Wake Of The Flood;

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

  • Bill Atwood - trumpet
  • Vassar Clements - violin
  • Joe Ellis - trumpet
  • Martin Fierro - alto and tenor saxophones
  • Sarah Fulcher - vocals
  • Matthew Kelly - harmonica
  • Frank Morin - tenor saxophone
  • Pat O'Hara - trombone
  • Doug Sahm - 12-string guitar
  • Benny Velarde - timbales
From The Mars Hotel;
  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Keith Godchaux - keyboards
  • Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Ned Lagin - synthesizer (on Unbroken Chain)
  • John McFee - pedal steel (on Pride Of Cucamonga)
Blues For Allah;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Keith Godchaux - keyboards, vocals
  • Donna Godchaux - vocals
  • Mickey Hart - percussion, crickets
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums, percussion
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals

  • Steven Schuster - reeds, flute
Terrapin Station;
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Donna Godchaux - vocals
  • Keith Godchaux - keyboards
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Paul Buckmaster - orchestral arrangments
  • The Martyn Ford Orchestra (conducted by Martyn Ford)
  • The English Choral (conducted by Robert Howes)
  • Tom Scott - lyricon, saxophones (on Estimated Prophet)
Shakedown Street;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Donna Godchaux - vocals
  • Keith Godchaux - keyboards
  • Mickey Hart - drums, percussion
  • Robert Hunter - lyrics
  • Billy Kreutzmann - drums, percussion
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals

  • Jordan Amarantha - percussion
  • Matthew Kelly - harp
  • Steve Schuster - horn on From The Heart Of Me
  • John Kahn - horn arrangements, possibly keyboards
Additional musicians on CD bonus tracks;
  • Lowell George - lead vocals (on Good Lovin' studio outtake)
  • Hamza El Din - oud, tar, hand clapping, vocals (on Ollin Arageed)
  • The Nubian Youth Choir - hand clapping, tar, vocals (on Ollin Arageed)
Go To Heaven;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals
  • Billy Kreutzmann - drums
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
  • Phil Lesh - bass
  • Mickey Hart - drums
Reckoning;
  • Jerry Garcia - acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - percussion
  • Billy Kreutzmann - percussion
  • Phil Lesh - bass
  • Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals
  • Bob Weir - acoustic guitar, vocals
Dead Set;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Billy Kreutzmann - drums
  • Phil Lesh - bass
  • Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
In The Dark;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Phil Lesh - bass
  • Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Built To Last;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Phil Lesh - bass
  • Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals

Credits / track sources

Credits for the box set.
  • Boxed set produced for release by - James Austin, David Lemieux
  • Executive producer/Grateful Dead Productions - Cameron Sears
  • Associate producers - Jimmy Edwards, Robin Hurley, Hale Milgrim, Scott Pascucci
  • Archival research/Grateful Dead arichives - Eileen Law
  • Mastering/Production consultant - Joe Gastwirt
  • Additional mixing - Tom Flye assisted by Robert Gatley
  • Discographical annotation - Reggie Collins
  • Editorial supervision - Sheryl Farber
  • Reissue art direction - Hugh Brown, Steve Vance
  • Design - Steve Vance at Modern Art & Design
  • Photos - Janice Belson, Jay Blakesberg, Adrain Boot, Hugh Brown, Snooky Flowers, Ken Friedman, Herb Greene, Larry Hulst, Kurt Mahoney, Jim Marshall, Richard McCaffrey, Mary Ann Mayer, Susana Millman, Robert Minkin, Richard Pechner, Ed Perlstein, Bruce Polonsky, Michael Putland, Ron Rakow, Bob Seidemann, Peter Simon, John Werner
  • Artwork - Marry Ann Mayer, Rick Griffin, Robert D. Thomas, Crest Craft/Maude Gilman/Greg Gyuricsko/C.D. Kelach, Philip Garris, Kelley/Mouse Studios, Denis Larkins, Peter Barsotti, Antonio Reonegro, Gilbert Shelton, Randy Tuten
  • Memorabilia courtesy of Eric Schwartz
  • Business affairs/Grateful Dead productions - John Frankenheimer
  • Business affairs/Warner Strategic Marketing - Malia Doss
  • Project assistance - Bill Inglot, Jeffrey Norman, Andy J. Lemieux, Rob Eaton, Randy Perry, Steve Chean & Vanessa Atkins
  • Rhino wishes to thank Alan Trist, Mark Pinkus, Susana Millman, Steve Woolard, the vast universe of Dead Heads & everyone at Grateful Dead Productions

  • The Grateful Dead was never five or six guys on a stage; it was everybody in the room. This collection is dedicated to all Dead Heads everywhere.

    "The Band" booklet
  • A Band Beyond (long essay about the band) - Dennis McNally
  • The (Even More) Compleat Grateful Dead Discography - Ihor Slabicky, David Lemieux

    "The Albums" booklet
  • No One's Noticed, But The Band's All Packed And Gone (Box set introduction) - David Lemieux
  • Wake Of The Flood - Peter Coyote
  • Notes on Recording Wake Of The Flood - Tom Anderson
  • Grateful Dead From The Mars Hotel - Joel Selvin
  • Blues For Allah - David Fricke
  • Terrapin Station - David Gans
  • Shakedown Street - Rip Rense
  • Go To Heaven - Andrew Clarke
  • Reckoning - Gary Lambert
  • Dead Set - Steve Silberman
  • In The Dark - Dennis McNally
  • Built To Last - Blair Jackson
  • The Tracks
See individual album pages for relevant album credits.

Related releases

The original releases that comprise the main section of each of the CD in the set are; A bonus disc was included with copies of Beyond Description that were pre-ordered from the Grateful Dead Store;

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