Grateful Dead “Terrapin Station”

Posted 21 Aug 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1977, Albums of the 70s, Jam Band

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#126 in the Series) is Grateful Dead, Terrapin Station.

You hardly ever hear people mention this album when they talk about the Dead, well maybe a little but it doesn’t get it due.

What Terrapin Station is known for is the full sided title track that is side two.

The sixteen plus minute song, and one that was performed in it’s entirety many times by the band.

It’s broken into six parts:

–Lady With a Fan

–Terrapin Station


–Terrapin Transit

–At a Siding

–Terrapin Flyer


Two songs on side one did get some actual airplay. They were Bob Weir’s ‘Estimated Prophet’ and their take on the traditional favorite “Sampson and Delilah.”  “Dancin’ in the Streets” was co-written by Marvin Gaye.

The 1977 Arista release was produced by Keith Olsen. It was one of the few times that the Grateful Dead used an outside producer. Keith also produced bands like Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Scorpions and Ozzie Osbourne. So he was quite the interesting choice to say the least.

On an personal note regarding Terrapin Station. Sonor drums had just released a new drum line right before the recording sessions began. The first two kits were ordered by The Dead’s Mickey Hart and a good friend of mine, Shadowfax drummer, Stu Nevitt.

Stu’s kit arrived first. Mickey Hart wanted to use these drums on the album so he borrowed Stu’s to do the sessions. Well, at least I thought it was cool.

Terrapin Station peaked at #28 and was certified gold in 1987.

Track listing

Side one

  1. “Estimated Prophet” (John Perry Barlow, Bob Weir) – 5:37
  2. “Dancing in the Street” (Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, William “Mickey” Stevenson) – 3:16
  3. “Passenger” (Phil Lesh, Peter Monk) – 2:48
  4. “Samson and Delilah” (Traditional) – 3:29
  5. “Sunrise” (Donna Godchaux) – 4:03

Side two

  1. “Terrapin Station Part 1” – 16:17
  • “Lady With a Fan” (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter)
  • “Terrapin Station” (Garcia, Hunter)
  • “Terrapin” (Garcia, Hunter)
  • “Terrapin Transit” (Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann)
  • “At a Siding” (Hart, Hunter)
  • “Terrapin Flyer” (Hart, Kreutzmann)
  • “Refrain” (Garcia, Hunter)


  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Keith Godchaux – keyboards, vocals
  • Donna Jean Godchaux – vocals
  • Phil Lesh – bass
  • Bill Kreutzmann – drums
  • Mickey Hart – drums
Here’s a whole bunch of the album live, starting with the title cut.

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