The Arista Years

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The Arista Years
Compilation album by Grateful Dead
Released October 15, 1996
Recorded 1977–1990
Genre Rock, jam, folk rock
Length 152:07
Label Arista
Producer Jerry Garcia, Lowell George
Grateful Dead chronology
Dick's Picks Volume 6
(1996)
The Arista Years
(1996)
Selections From the Arista Years
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Arista Years is a compilation album that chronicles the Grateful Dead's studio and live albums during their time with Arista Records. The album was released on two-CD and two cassette tapes on October 15, 1996. It contains tracks from Terrapin Station, Shakedown Street, Go to Heaven, Reckoning, Dead Set, In the Dark, Built to Last, and Without a Net. The set does not contain any new or expanded recordings. A media outlet sampler, Selections from the Arista Years, was released by Arista in January 1997.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
  1. "Estimated Prophet" (Barlow, Weir)  – 5:37
  2. "Passenger" (Lesh, Monk)  – 2:49
  3. "Samson and Delilah" (traditional)  – 3:27
  4. "Terrapin Station [medley]" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 16:20
  5. "Good Lovin'" (Resnick, Clark)  – 4:48
  6. "Shakedown Street" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 4:59
  7. "Fire on the Mountain" (Hart, Hunter)  – 3:46
  8. "I Need a Miracle" (Barlow, Weir)  – 3:33
  9. "Alabama Getaway" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 3:35
  10. "Far From Me" (Mydland)  – 3:39
  11. "Saint of Circumstance" (Barlow, Weir)  – 5:40
    • Tracks 9-11 originally released on the album Go to Heaven.
  12. "Dire Wolf" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 3:21
  13. "Cassidy" (Barlow, Weir)  – 4:33
    • Tracks 12–13 originally released on the album Reckoning.
  14. "Feel Like a Stranger" (Barlow, Weir)  – 5:47
  15. "Franklin's Tower" (Garcia, Hunter, Kreutzmann)  – 5:37
    • Tracks 14–15 originally released on the album Dead Set.
Disc two
  1. "Touch of Grey" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 5:48
  2. "Hell in a Bucket" (Barlow, Weir)  – 5:36
  3. "West L.A. Fadeaway" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 6:37
  4. "Throwing Stones" (Barlow, Weir)  – 7:19
  5. "Black Muddy River" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 5:57
    • Tracks 1–5 originally released on the album In the Dark.
  6. "Foolish Heart" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 5:10
  7. "Built to Last" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 5:03
  8. "Just a Little Light" (Barlow, Mydland)  – 4:41
  9. "Picasso Moon" (Barlow, Bralove, Weir)  – 6:40
  10. "Standing on the Moon" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 5:20
  11. "Eyes of the World" (Garcia, Hunter)  – 16:25

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead
Additional performers
  • Jordan Amarantha – percussion
  • Branford Marsalis – saxophone (soprano, tenor)
  • Matthew Kelly – harmonica, harp
  • Tom Scott – saxophone, lyricon
Production
  • Jerry Garcia, Lowell George – producers
  • Bob Bralove – programming, associate producer
  • Betty Cantor-Jackson, John Cutler, Dan Healy, Gary Lyons, Keith Olsen – producers, engineers
  • Guy Charbonneau, David DeVore, Tom Flye, Justin Kreutzmann, Bob Matthews, Peter Miller, Jeffrey Norman, David Roberts, Jeff Sterling, Pete Thea, Chris Wiskes – engineers
  • Amy Finkle, Stanley Mouse, Gilbert Shelton, Jim Welch – art directors
  • Joe Gastwirt – remastering, digital remastering
  • Rick Griffin – illustrations
  • John Kahn – associate producer, horn arrangements
  • Cameron Sears – coordination
  • Bob Seidemann – photography
  • Christopher Stern – design
  • Robbie Taylor – production manager

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard

Year Chart Position
1996 Billboard 200 95[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. The Arista Years at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Grateful Dead". Retrieved March 1, 2009.