Built to Last

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Built to Last
The Grateful Dead build a house of cards.
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 31, 1989
RecordedFebruary 1 – October 20, 1989
GenreRock
Length49:52
LabelArista (original release)
Rhino (2008 reissue)
ProducerJohn Cutler
Jerry Garcia
The Grateful Dead chronology
Dylan & The Dead
(1989)
Built to Last
(1989)
Without a Net
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[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, all of which are 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.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead SingerLength
1."Foolish Heart"Jerry Garcia5:10
2."Just a Little Light"Brent Mydland4:42
3."Built to Last"
  • Garcia
  • Hunter
Jerry Garcia5:03
4."Blow Away"
  • Barlow
  • Mydland
Brent Mydland6:09
5."Victim or the Crime"Bob Weir7:33
6."We Can Run"
  • Barlow
  • Mydland
Brent Mydland5:30
7."Standing on the Moon"
  • Garcia
  • Hunter
Jerry Garcia5:20
8."Picasso Moon"
Bob Weir6:40
9."I Will Take You Home"
  • Barlow
  • Mydland
Brent Mydland3:45
Total length:49:52

LP track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead SingerLength
1."Foolish Heart"Jerry Garcia5:10
2."Just a Little Light"Brent Mydland4:42
3."Victim or the Crime"Bob Weir7:33
4."Standing on the Moon"
  • Garcia
  • Hunter
Jerry Garcia5:20
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead SingerLength
5."Blow Away"
  • Barlow
  • Mydland
Brent Mydland6:09
6."Picasso Moon"
Bob Weir6:40
7."Built to Last"
  • Garcia
  • Hunter
Jerry Garcia5:03
8."I Will Take You Home"
  • Barlow
  • Mydland
Brent Mydland3:45
2004 reissue
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead SingerLength
1."Foolish Heart"Jerry Garcia5:10
2."Just a Little Light"Brent Mydland4:42
3."Built to Last"
  • Garcia
  • Hunter
Jerry Garcia5:03
4."Blow Away"
  • Barlow
  • Mydland
Brent Mydland6:09
5."Victim or the Crime"Bob Weir7:33
6."We Can Run"
  • Barlow
  • Mydland
Brent Mydland5:30
7."Standing on the Moon"
  • Garcia
  • Hunter
Jerry Garcia5:20
8."Picasso Moon"
Bob Weir6:40
9."I Will Take You Home"
  • Barlow
  • Mydland
Brent Mydland3:45
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]

Reissue production[edit]

  • David Lemieux – reissue producers
  • James Austin – reissue producers
  • Reggie Collins – liner notes
  • 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 – associate producer
  • Robin Hurley – associate producer
  • Hale Milfgrim – associate producer
  • Scott Pascucci – associate producer
  • Eileen Law – research
  • Vanessa Atkins – project assistant
  • Steven Chean – project assistant
  • Bill Inglot – project assistant
  • Jeffrey Norman – project assistant
  • Randy Perry – project assistant
  • John McEntire – coordination
  • Ken Friedman – photography
  • Herbert Greene – photography
  • Maude Gilman – artwork
  • Greg Gyuricsko – artwork
  • Dan Healy – concert sound
  • Alton Kelley – direction, cover art
  • John McEntire – coordination
  • Billy Candelario – crew
  • Steve Parish – crew
  • Harry Popick – crew
  • 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. ^ Ruhlman, William. "Built to Last". AllMusic. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Grateful Dead". www.robertchristgau.com.
  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.