In The Dark (studio album) by Grateful Dead

In The Dark by Grateful Dead
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 6,582nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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In The Dark is ranked 12th best out of 155 albums by Grateful Dead on

The best album by Grateful Dead is American Beauty which is ranked number 347 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,297.

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From 03/11/2020 00:29
The album most emblematic of the "80s Reagan" rock sound. Fans of the War on Drugs ought to take a listen to this one. Probably the best studio work by the Dead.
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From 10/07/2018 18:00
Stirring and moving late career rebirth for Americas greatest band. Touch Of Grey is fantastic Throwing Stones is powerful with a message still relevant today, and West La Fadeaway and it seedy tales of The Chateau (Marmont) is fantastic as well. Truly well performed collection of high quality songs. fleshed out over several years of live performing before ever being issued as a an album.
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From 08/13/2013 00:58
Touch of Gray was an amazing comeback... Why doesn't this get more credit?
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