Infrared Roses

A Compilation of Live Material

Released: 1991


Crowd Sculpture [2:21]
Parallelogram [5:06]
Little Nemo in Nightland [6:16]
Riverside Rhapsody [3:55]
Post-Modern Highrise Table Top Stomp [4:23]
Infrared Roses [5:36]
Silver Apples of the Moon [5:41]
Speaking in Swords [3:29]
Magnesium Night Light [5:28]
Sparrow Hawk Row [3:23]
River of Nine Sorrows [4:25]
Apollo at the Ritz [8:15]


Liner Notes:

Somewhere in the middle of the second set of every Grateful Dead show the band turns a corner. They enter a musical environment without walls or structure. The song form is abandoned, and the very elements of music may be called into question. The only mandate is to explore new territory. It is an environment where rhythm, tone, color, melody, and harmony can be explored without rules or predetermination, a musical adventure where composition and performance are one. This album is about that adventure.

I have attempted to sift through these explorations, distilling moments where the Grateful Dead magic occurs in its highest form. All the material was performed live by the Grateful Dead in concert. But instead of presenting this material as it was performed in a show, I have focused on specific musical themes. Some pieces have been created from performances of the same night. Others have been created from multiple shows. I have tried to focus the energy of the selections while maintaining the integrity and nuance of each performer.

Join the magical voyage through the Grateful Dead's vastly different soundscapes. Tear up your set lists, sit back and listen!

-- Bob Bralove

Technical Notes:

This CD is an ADD recording. Multi-track analog tape was mixed to a digital format and then digitally mastered for the CD. The original multi-track recordings were all done on a twenty-four track analog machine using Dolby SR noice reduction. Two-track masters were used in Crowd Sculpture, Parallelogram, Speaking in Swords, Sparrow Hawk Row, and River of Nine Sorrows. These masters were transferred to the twenty-four-track machine, where they were combined with multi-track recordings, manipulated, and processed for the final result. Silver Apples of the Moon was recorded as MIDI data into a computer during several performances and was edited and orchestrated from the computer before being recorded as sound information on the multi-track tape.



Produced by: Bob Bralove
Mixing Engineer: Jeffrey Norman
Multi Track Recording Engineer: John Cutler
2-Track Recording: Dan Healy, Bob Bralove
Digital Mastering: Joe Gastwirt
Grateful Dead Crew: Ram Rod, Bill Candelario, Steve Parish, Billy Grillo, John "J.T." Thomas
Synthesizer Programming: Bob Bralove
Tour Management: Cameron Sears
Concert Sound: Dan Healy
Monitor Mix: Harry Popick
Production Manager: Robbie Taylor
Lighting Designer: Candace Brightman
Legal Counsel: Hal Kant
Tape Archivist: Dick Latvala
Trucking: Mike Fischer
Sage: Bill Legate
Publicity: Dennis McNally
Grateful Dead Office: Danny Rifkin, Eileen Law, Janet Knudsen, Sue Stephens, Mary Jo Meinoff, Maruska Nelson, Basia Raizene, Diane Geoppo, Nancy Mallonee, Jeanni Rasmussen, Cassidy Law, Jan Simmons
Cover Art: Jerry Garcia
Titles of the Music: Robert Hunter
Design: Bob Bralove
Image Processing: Lawrence and Lawrence Associates
Art Direction: Amy F.
Special Thanks: Peter Miller, Ultra Sound, Mike Brady, Glenn Carrier, Annette Flowers, Roy Lott, Jeff Sterling, S. Cooke

Willie Green III appears courtesy of A&M Records
Bruce Hornsby appears courtesy of RCA Records
Branford Marsalis appears courtesy of Columbia Records



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Infrared Roses was released in November 1991. It is an entirely experimental album put together by Bob Bralove to highlight exceptional space/drums sections from five years of concerts. "Silver Apples of the Moon" is a variation of "Dark Star" themes by Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick at the Wembley Arena in London on November 1, 1990. "Apollo at the Ritz" features Branford Marsalis and the Grateful Dead at the Nassau Coliseum on March 29, 1990.

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