Beyond Description (1973–1989)

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Beyond Description (1973-1989)
Box set by Grateful Dead
Released October 26, 2004
Recorded August 7, 1973 - October 20, 1989
Genre Country rock, Folk-rock, Rock
Label Rhino Records
Producer James Austin, David Lemieux
Grateful Dead chronology
Dick's Picks Volume 32
(2004)
Beyond Description (1973-1989)
(2004)
Dick's Picks Volume 33
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Music Box 4/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock 3/5 stars[3]

Beyond Description is the second twelve-CD boxed set retrospect of the Grateful Dead's studio and live albums. It covers their time with Grateful Dead Records and Arista Records from 1973 to 1989.

This compilation includes expanded and remastered versions of all the albums during the brief period with their own label (except for Steal Your Face), and during their time on contract with Arista Records (except for the last two live albums). Also included are numerous studio outtakes and live tracks. The albums included are Wake of the Flood, From the Mars Hotel, Blues for Allah, Terrapin Station, Shakedown Street, Go to Heaven, In the Dark and Built to Last as well as the two live albums Reckoning and Dead Set, both expanded to a 2 CD set. Promotional posters at the time advertised this set as "The Long-Anticipated Companion to The Golden Road (1965-1973) Boxed Set".

Track listing[edit]

Disc One[edit]

  1. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo" (Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia) – 5:43
  2. "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" (Hunter, Keith Godchaux) – 3:19
  3. "Row Jimmy" (Hunter, Garcia) – 7:15
  4. "Stella Blue" (Hunter, Garcia) – 6:27
  5. "Here Comes Sunshine" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:40
  6. "Eyes of the World" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:21
  7. "Weather Report Suite"
  8. "Eyes of the World" (live at NASSAU COLISEUM, Uniondale, NY 9/7/73) (Hunter, Garcia) – 17:02
  9. "Weather Report Suite" (studio acoustic demo 8/4/73)
    • "Prelude" (Weir) – 2:16
    • "Part I" (Andersen, Weir) – 3:18
    • "Part II: Let It Grow" (Barlow, Weir) – 7:02
  10. "China Doll" (studio outtake 8/8/73) (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:02

Disc Two[edit]

  1. "U.S. Blues" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:42
  2. "China Doll" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:11
  3. "Unbroken Chain" (Bobby Petersen, Phil Lesh) – 6:47
  4. "Loose Lucy" (Hunter, Garcia) – 3:22
  5. "Scarlet Begonias" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:19
  6. "Pride of Cucamonga" (Petersen, Lesh) – 4:18
  7. "Money Money" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:23
  8. "Ship of Fools" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:28
  9. "Loose Lucy" (studio outtake 8/7/73) (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:41
  10. "Scarlet Begonias" (live at WINTERLAND ARENA, San Francisco, CA 10/16/74) (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:09
  11. "Money Money" (live at PNE COLISEUM, Vancouver, BC 5/17/74) (Barlow, Weir) – 4:20
  12. "Wave That Flag" (live at SPRINGFIELD CIVIC CENTER ARENA, Springfield, MA 3/28/73) (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:34
  13. "Let It Rock" (live at JAI-ALAI FRONTON, Miami, FL 6/23/74) (Chuck Berry) – 3:19
  14. "Pride of Cucamonga" (studio acoustic demo 8/4/73) (Petersen, Lesh) – 4:24
  15. "Unbroken Chain" (studio acoustic demo 8/11/73) (Petersen, Lesh) – 6:21

Disc Three[edit]

  1. "Help on the Way" / "Slipknot!" (Hunter, Grateful Dead) – 7:20
  2. "Franklin's Tower" (Hunter, Garcia, Bill Kreutzman) – 4:37
  3. "King Solomon's Marbles: Pt. I) Stronger Than Dirt / Pt. II) Milkin' The Turkey" (Mickey Hart, Kreutzman, Lesh) – 5:13
  4. "The Music Never Stopped" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:35
  5. "Crazy Fingers" (Hunter, Garcia) – 6:41
  6. "Sage & Spirit" (Weir) – 3:07
  7. "Blues for Allah" / "Sand Castles & Glass Camels" / "Unusual Occurrences in the Desert" (Hunter, Grateful Dead) – 12:33
  8. "Groove #1" (instrumental studio outtake 2/27/75) (Grateful Dead) – 5:42
  9. "Groove #2" (instrumental studio outtake 2/27/75) (Grateful Dead) – 7:32
  10. "Distorto" (instrumental studio outtake 2/28/75) (Garcia) – 8:10
  11. "A to E Flat Jam" (instrumental studio outtake 2/27/75) (Grateful Dead) – 4:35
  12. "Proto 18 Proper" (instrumental studio outtake 2/27/75) (Grateful Dead) – 4:16
  13. "Hollywood Cantata" (early version of "The Music Never Stopped", studio outtake 5/7/75) (Hunter, Weir) – 4:14

Disc Four[edit]

  1. "Estimated Prophet" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:37
  2. "Dancin' in the Streets" (Marvin Gaye, Ivy Joe Hunter, William Stevenson) – 3:17
  3. "Passenger" (Peter Monk, Lesh) – 2:48
  4. "Samson and Delilah" (traditional, arr. Weir) – 3:39
  5. "Sunrise" (Donna Godchaux) – 4:04
  6. "Terrapin Station Part I"
    • "Lady with a Fan" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:38
    • "Terrapin Station" (Hunter, Garcia) – 1:55
    • "Terrapin" (Garcia) – 2:14
    • "Terrapin Transit" (Hart, Kreutzman) – 1:17
    • "At a Siding" (Hunter, Hart) – 1:01
    • "Terrapin Flyer" (Hart, Kreutzman) – 2:55
    • "Refrain" (Garcia) – 2:19
  7. "Peggy-O" (instrumental studio outtake 11/2/76) (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 4:42
  8. "The Ascent" (instrumental studio outtake 11/2/76) (Grateful Dead) – 1:58
  9. "Catfish John" (studio outtake Fall/76) (Bob McDill, Allen Reynolds) – 4:40
  10. "Equinox" (studio outtake 2/17/77) (Lesh) – 5:14
  11. "Fire on the Mountain" (studio outtake 2/77) (Hunter, Hart) – 6:25
  12. "Dancin' in the Streets" (live at CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Ithaca, NY 5/8/77) (Gaye, I. Hunter, Stevenson) – 16:17

Disc Five[edit]

  1. "Good Lovin'" (Artie Resnick, Rudy Clark) – 4:51
  2. "France" (Hunter, Hart, Weir) – 4:03
  3. "Shakedown Street" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:59
  4. "Serengetti" (Hart, Kreutzman) – 1:59
  5. "Fire on the Mountain" (Hunter, Hart) – 3:46
  6. "I Need a Miracle" (Barlow, Weir) – 3:36
  7. "From the Heart of Me" (D. Godchaux) – 3:23
  8. "Stagger Lee" (Hunter, Garcia) – 3:25
  9. "New Minglewood Blues" (trad., arr. Weir) – 4:14
  10. "If I Had the World to Give" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:50
  11. "Good Lovin'" (studio outtake featuring Lowell George 7/28/78) (Resnick, Clark) – 4:54
  12. "Ollin Arageed" (live at GIZAH SOUND & LIGHT THEATER, Cairo, Egypt 9/16/78) (Hamza El Din) – 6:30
  13. "Fire on the Mountain" (live at GIZAH SOUND & LIGHT THEATER, Cairo, Egypt 9/16/78) (Hunter, Hart) – 13:41
  14. "Stagger Lee" (live GIZAH SOUND & LIGHT THEATER, Cairo, Egypt 9/15/78) (Hunter, Garcia) – 6:36
  15. "All New Minglewood Blues" (live at CAPITOL THEATRE, Passaic, NJ 11/24/78) (trad., arr. Weir) – 4:34

Disc Six[edit]

  1. "Alabama Getaway" (Hunter, Garcia) – 3:36
  2. "Far From Me" (Brent Mydland) – 3:41
  3. "Althea" (Hunter, Garcia) – 6:54
  4. "Feel Like a Stranger" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:10
  5. "Lost Sailor" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:54
  6. "Saint of Circumstance" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:39
  7. "Antwerp's Placebo (The Plumber)" (Hart, Kreutzman) – 0:40
  8. "Easy to Love You" (Barlow, Mydland) – 3:41
  9. "Don't Ease Me In" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 3:16
  10. "Peggy-O" (studio outtake 7/16/79) (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 5:49
  11. "What'll You Raise" (studio outtake 7/16/79) (Hunter) – 4:08
  12. "Jack-A-Roe" (studio outtake 7/14/79) (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 4:51
  13. "Althea" (live at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/80) (Hunter, Garcia) – 8:17
  14. "Lost Sailor" (live at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/25/80) (Barlow, Weir) – 6:42
  15. "Saint of Circumstance" (live at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/25/80) (Barlow, Weir) – 6:35

Disc Seven[edit]

  1. "Dire Wolf" (Hunter, Garcia) – 3:20
  2. "The Race is On" (Don Rollins) – 2:58
  3. "Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie" (Elizabeth Cotten) – 6:28
  4. "It Must Have Been the Roses" (Hunter) – 6:56
  5. "Dark Hollow" (Bill Browning) – 3:49
  6. "China Doll" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:22
  7. "I've Been All Around This World" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 4:31
  8. "Monkey and the Engineer" (Jesse Fuller) – 2:37
  9. "Jack-A-Roe" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 4:05
  10. "Deep Elem Blues" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 4:51
  11. "Cassidy" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:38
  12. "To Lay Me Down" (Hunter, Garcia) – 8:59
  13. "Rosalie McFall" (Charlie Monroe) – 2:54
  14. "On the Road Again" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 3:15
  15. "Bird Song" (Hunter, Garcia) – 7:34
  16. "Ripple" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:38
  • Recorded live at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA (9/25/80-10/14/80) & Radio City Music Hall, New York City, NY (10/22/80-10/31/80)

Disc Eight[edit]

  1. "To Lay Me Down" (studio rehearsal 9/14/80) (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:12
  2. "Iko Iko" (live at the WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/7/80) (trad., Sugarboy Crawford) – 4:23
  3. "Heaven Help the Fool" (live at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/25/80) (Weir) – 6:18
  4. "El Paso" (live at the WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/13/80) (Marty Robbins) – 4:41
  5. "Sage & Spirit" (live at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/31/80) (Weir) – 3:14
  6. "Little Sadie" (live at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/31/80) (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 2:45
  7. "It Must Have Been the Roses" (alternate live version at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/23/80) (Hunter) – 7:01
  8. "Dark Hollow" (alternate live version at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/23/80) (Browning) – 4:30
  9. "Jack-A-Roe" (alternate live version at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/23/80) (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 5:08
  10. "Cassidy" (alternate live version at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/23/80) (Barlow, Weir) – 5:06
  11. "China Doll" (alternate live version at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/23/80) (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:52
  12. "Monkey and the Engineer" (alternate live version at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/23/80) (Fuller) – 2:37
  13. "Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie" (alternate live version at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/23/80) (Cotton) – 7:13
  14. "Ripple" (alternate live version at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/23/80) (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:37
  15. "Tom Dooley" (live at RAMBLER ROOM - LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, Chicago, IL 11/17/78) (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 3:33
  16. "Deep Elem Blues" (alternate live version at RAMBLER ROOM - LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, Chicago, IL 11/17/78) (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) – 3:42

Disc Nine[edit]

  1. "Samson and Delilah" (trad., arr. Weir) – 5:02
  2. "Friend of the Devil" (John Dawson, Hunter, Garcia) – 7:28
  3. "New Minglewood Blues" (trad., arr. Weir) – 4:41
  4. "Deal" (trad., arr. Hunter, Garcia) – 4:36
  5. "Candyman" (Hunter, Garcia) – 7:15
  6. "Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) – 4:31
  7. "Loser" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:45
  8. "Passenger" (Monk, Lesh) – 3:21
  9. "Feel Like a Stranger" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:41
  10. "Franklin's Tower" (Hunter, Garcia, Kreutzman) – 5:22
  11. "Rhythm Devils" (Hart, Kreutzman) – 4:02
  12. "Space" (Grateful Dead) – 2:29
  13. "Fire on the Mountain" (Hunter, Hart) – 6:30
  14. "Greatest Story Ever Told" (Hunter, Hart, Weir) – 4:04
  15. "Brokedown Palace" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:42
  • Recorded live at the WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA (9/25/80-10/14/80) & RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY (10/22/80-10/31/80)

Disc Ten[edit]

  1. "Let It Grow" (live at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/26/80) (Barlow, Weir) – 9:38
  2. "Sugaree" (live at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City, NY 10/26/80) (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:51
  3. "C.C. Rider" (live at the WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/13/80) (trad., arr. Weir) – 7:17
  4. "Row Jimmy" (live at the WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/80) (Hunter, Garcia) – 10:14
  5. "Lazy Lightnin'" (live at the WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/13/80) (Barlow, Weir) – 2:53
  6. "Supplication" (live at WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/13/80) (Barlow, Weir) – 5:50
  7. "High Time" (live at WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/80) (Hunter, Garcia) – 8:40
  8. "Jack Straw" (live at the WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/10/80) (Hunter, Weir) – 6:17
  9. "Shakedown Street" (live at the WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/7/80) (Hunter, Garcia) – 10:42
  10. "Not Fade Away" (live at the WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA 10/4/80) (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 4:50

Disc Eleven[edit]

  1. "Touch of Grey" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:47
  2. "Hell in a Bucket" (Barlow, Mydland, Weir) – 5:35
  3. "When Push Comes to Shove" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:05
  4. "West L.A. Fadeaway" (Hunter, Garcia) – 6:39
  5. "Tons of Steel" (Mydland) – 5:15
  6. "Throwing Stones" (Barlow, Weir) – 7:18
  7. "Black Muddy River" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:58
  8. "My Brother Esau" (single b-side 6/16/87) (Barlow, Weir) – 4:17
  9. "West L.A. Fadeaway" (alternate version 3/84) (Hunter, Garcia) – 7:08
  10. "Black Muddy River" (studio rehearsal 12/5/86) (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:38
  11. "When Push Comes to shove" (studio rehearsal 12/5/86) (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:21
  12. "Touch of Grey" (studio rehearsal 8/82) (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:44
  13. "Throwing Stones" (live at SCHAEFER STADIUM, Foxboro, MA 7/4/87) (Barlow, Weir) – 9:36

Disc Twelve[edit]

  1. "Foolish Heart" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:11
  2. "Just a Little Light" (Barlow, Mydland) – 4:43
  3. "Built to Last" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:04
  4. "Blow Away" (Barlow, Mydland) – 6:11
  5. "Victim or the Crime" (Gerrit Graham, Weir) – 7:35
  6. "We Can Run" (Barlow, Mydland) – 5:32
  7. "Standing on the Moon" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:20
  8. "Picasso Moon" (Barlow, Bob Bralove, Weir) – 6:42
  9. "I Will Take You Home" (Barlow, Mydland) – 3:45
  10. "Foolish Heart" (live at ALPINE VALLEY MUSIC THEATER, East Troy, WI 7/19/89) (Hunter, Garcia) – 11:31
  11. "Blow Away" (live at JFK STADIUM, Philadelphia, PA 7/7/89) (Barlow, Mydland) – 12:02
  12. "California Earthquake (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On)" (live at THE SPECTRUM, Philadelphia, PA 10/20/89) (Rodney Crowell) – 5:59

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead[edit]

Additional performers[edit]

  • for a comprehensive listing, see individual album pages

Production[edit]

  • Producers – James Austin, David Lemieux
  • Executive producer – Cameron Sears
  • Associate producers – Jimmy Edwards, Robin Hurley, Hale Milgrim, Scott Pascucci
  • Archival research – Eileen Law
  • Mastering – Joe Gastwirt
  • Additional mixing – Tom Flye
  • Mixing assistant – Robert Gatley
  • Discographical annotation – Reggie Collines
  • Reissue art direction – Hugh Brown, Steve Vance
  • Design – Steve Vance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Grateful Dead Beyond Description (1973–1989) review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  2. ^ Metzger, John (November 2004). "Grateful Dead - Beyond Description (1973–1989)". The Music Box 11 (11). Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  3. ^ Fielder, Hugh (February 2005). "The Dead Zone". Classic Rock 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 103.