Built to Last

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Built to Last
Studio album by The Grateful Dead
Released October 31, 1989
Recorded February 1, 1989 to October 20, 1989
Genre Rock
Length 49:52
Label Arista (original release)
Rhino (2008 reissue)
Producer John Cutler
Jerry Garcia
The Grateful Dead chronology
Dylan & The Dead
(1989)
Built to Last
(1989)
Without a Net
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Built to Last is the thirteenth and final studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded between February 1 and October 20, 1989 and originally released on October 31, 1989.

The album was released on CD in 1989 by Arista Records before being rereleased in 2000 by BMG International. It was then remastered, expanded, and released as part of the Beyond Description (1973-1989) 12-CD box set in October 2004. The remastered version was later released separately on CD on April 11, 2006 by Rhino Records.

This album features the most songs by keyboard player Brent Mydland, who has four song credits in collaboration with Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow. This mirrored accurately Mydland's increasing vocal presence in the band over the decade he spent with the Dead. His death less than a year later would prove to end the Dead's studio album tenure.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

  1. "Foolish Heart" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:10
  2. "Just a Little Light" (Barlow, Mydland) – 4:42
  3. "Built to Last" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:03
  4. "Blow Away" (Barlow, Mydland) – 6:09
  5. "Victim or the Crime" (Graham, Weir) – 7:33
  6. "We Can Run" (Barlow, Mydland) – 5:30*
  7. "Standing on the Moon" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:20
  8. "Picasso Moon" (Barlow, Bralove, Weir) – 6:40
  9. "I Will Take You Home" (Barlow, Mydland) – 3:45

LP Track Listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Foolish Heart" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:10
  2. "Just a Little Light" (Barlow, Mydland) – 4:42
  3. "Victim or the Crime" (Graham, Weir) – 7:33
  4. "Standing on the Moon" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:20

Side 2

  1. "Blow Away" (Barlow, Mydland) – 6:09
  2. "Picasso Moon" (Barlow, Bralove, Weir) – 6:40
  3. "Built to Last" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:03
  4. "I Will Take You Home" (Barlow, Mydland) – 3:45

2004 reissue[edit]

  1. "Foolish Heart" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:12
  2. "Just a Little Light" (Barlow, Mydland) – 4:43
  3. "Built to Last" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:05
  4. "Blow Away" (Barlow, Mydland) – 6:11
  5. "Victim or the Crime" (Graham, Weir) – 7:37
  6. "We Can Run" (Barlow, Mydland) – 5:33
  7. "Standing on the Moon" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:22
  8. "Picasso Moon" (Barlow, Bralove, Weir) – 6:43
  9. "I Will Take You Home" (Barlow, Mydland) – 3:55
  10. "Foolish Heart" (live) – 11:30
  11. "Blow Away" (live) – 12:02
  12. "California Earthquake (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On)" (live) (Rodney Crowell) – 5:59

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead:

Production:

  • John Cutler – producer, engineer
  • Tom Flye, Justin Kreutzmann, Peter Miller, David Roberts, Jeff Sterling, Chris Wiskes – engineers

Bonus tracks production details[edit]

Reissue production credits[edit]

  • David Lemieux, James Austin – reissue producers
  • Reggie Collins, Blair Jackson – liner notes
  • Sheryl Farber – editorial supervision
  • Cameron Sears – executive producer
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering, production consultant
  • Tom Flye – mixing
  • Robert Gatley – mixing assistant
  • Hugh Brown, Steve Vance – art coordinator
  • Jimmy Edwards, Robin Hurley, Hale Milfgrim, Scott Pascucci – associate producer
  • Eileen Law – research
  • Vanessa Atkins, Steven Chean, Bill Inglot, Jeffrey Norman, Randy Perry – project assistants
  • John McEntire – coordination
  • Ken Friedman, Herbert Greene – photography
  • Maude Gilman, Greg Gyuricsko – artwork
  • Dan Healy – concert sound
  • Alton Kelley – direction, cover art
  • John McEntire – coordination
  • Billy Candelario, Steve Parish, Harry Popick, Robbie Taylor – crew

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 27[3]

SinglesBillboard

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Foolish Heart" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8[4]

RIAA Certification

Certification Date
Gold[5] January 3, 1990

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Grateful Dead". Retrieved March 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Billboard singles chart history-Grateful Dead". Retrieved March 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database-Built to Last". Retrieved February 28, 2009.