About the albumEdit
Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel is the seventh studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was mostly recorded in April 1974 and originally released on June 27, 1974. It was the second release under the band's own label, Grateful Dead Records, after fulfilling their contract with Warner Bros. Records.
This was the final album before the band's hiatus from touring in October 1974 during which time the band would finish up the film editing of The Grateful Dead Movie.
Two songs from this album were rarely played live ("Unbroken Chain" was played 10 times in 1995; "Money Money" was played three times in May 1974) and one was never played live ("Pride of Cucamonga"). "Pride of Cucamonga" and "Unbroken Chain" are both songs sung by bassist Phil Lesh, making these Lesh's final lead vocal work for the Dead for over ten years.
When held upside down in front of a mirror, the graphic on the front of the album cover appears to say "Ugly Rumors". This inspired the name of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's band, Ugly Rumours.
The album was released in a variety of ways after its original run:
- It was released again on LP in 1980 by Mobile Fidelity Records (MFSL 1-172).
- It was released for the first time on CD in 1985 by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFCD830).
- It was released on CD and cassette in 1989 on its original Grateful Dead Records label.
- It was remastered, expanded, and released as part of the Beyond Description (1973–1989) 12-CD box set in October 2004.
- The remastered version was then released separately on CD on March 7, 2006 by Rhino Records.
- "U.S. Blues" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:40
- "China Doll" (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:10
- "Unbroken Chain" (Lesh, Peterson) – 6:45
- "Loose Lucy" (Garcia, Hunter) – 3:21
- "Scarlet Begonias" (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:19
- "Pride of Cucamonga" (Lesh, Peterson) – 4:16
- "Money Money" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:24
- "Ship of Fools" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:38
- "Loose Lucy" (alternate take, studio outtake, recorded August 7, 1973 during Wake Of the Flood sessions) – 4:43
- "Scarlet Begonias" (live at Winterland, San Francisco, CA, October 16, 1974) – 9:09
- "Money Money" (live at PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, May 17, 1974) – 4:19
- "Wave That Flag" (Garcia, Hunter) (live at Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, MA, March 28, 1973) – 5:34
- "Let It Rock" (Berry) (live at Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, FL, June 23, 1974 ( First and only time ever played in the bands history)) – 3:22
- "Pride of Cucamonga" (acoustic demo, studio acoustic demo, recorded August 4, 1973 recorded during Wake Of The Flood sessions) – 4:24
- "Unbroken Chain" (acoustic demo, studio acoustic demo, recorded August 11, 1973 recorded during Wake Of The Flood sessions) – 6:20
- Jerry Garcia – lead guitar, vocals
- Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
- Keith Godchaux – keyboards, vocals
- Donna Jean Godchaux – vocals
- Phil Lesh – bass, vocals
- Bill Kreutzmann – drums
- George Horn – mastering
- Mary Ann Mayer – illustrations, creation
Reissue production creditsEdit
- David Lemieux, James Austin – reissue producers
- Reggie Collins – annotation
- Joel Selvin – liner notes
- Sheryl Farber – editorial supervision
- Tom Flye – mixing
- Roy Segal – engineer
- Cameron Sears – executive producer
- Jimmy Edwards, Robin Hurley, Hale Milfgrim, Scott Pascucci – associate producers
- Joe Gastwirt – mastering, production consultant
- Eileen Law – research
- Ed Perlstein, Bruce Polonsky, Richard Pechner – photography
- Hugh Brown, Steve Vance – design, reissue art directors
- Steven Chean, Bill Inglot, Jeffrey Norman, Randy Perry – project assistants
- Robert Gatley – mixing assistant
- Ned Lagin – synthesizer
- Mary Ann Mayer – artwork