Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead (50th Anniversary)

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Brand new and sealed Picture Disc.

On June 14, 1970, the Grateful Dead released Workingmans Dead, an album that was unlike anything they had ever done, one that showed the world a new side of the Dead. It was clearly the same band as before, but now with a distinctly different sound and approach to the music, pivoting from psychedelic improvisation to folk-rock storytelling for the everyman, as the albums title suggests. 

The 3CD set includes the original album with newly remastered sound, plus an unreleased concert recorded on February 21, 1971 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The show was mixed from the 16-track analog master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weirs Marin County TRI Studios and mastered by Grammy® Award-winning engineer, David Glasser.

While the Deads first three studio albums appealed to many, the group didnt yet have the mass breakthrough that would make the entire world take notice of this band of misfits from the Bay Area. Workingmans Deadchanged all that. With eight perfect songs like Casey Jones and High Time the album solidified the Jerry Garcia-Robert Hunter songwriting tandem as one of the best, and most-important, songwriting collaborations in music history.

Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron Pigpen McKernan, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart recorded the album in about 10 days at Pacific High Recording Studio in San Francisco with Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor the bands live-sound engineers as producers. Fifty years on, every song on Workingmans Dead sounds fresh, alive, and new.

Workingmans Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) includes the bands previously unreleased live performance from 1971 at the Capitol Theatre. The show featured a plethora of songs from both Workingmans Dead and the bands follow-up album, American Beauty, which was released in November 1970. Some highlights include Weirs moving vocal take on Me and Bobby McGee, Pigpens whiskey-seasoned growl on Easy Wind and a stellar run through Uncle Johns Band to close out the show.

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