Grateful Dead are reissuing 'Workingman’s Dead' for 50th anniversary
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Grateful Dead are reissuing ‘Workingman’s Dead’ for 50th anniversary

On June 14, 1970, the Grateful Dead released Workingman’s Dead, an album that was unlike anything they’d ever done prior to that moment and one that showed the world a new side of the Dead.

Now, as Workingman’s Dead celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the band are revisiting the record with two new releases.

The Workingman’s Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be available on July 10. The release comes as a three-CD 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 analogue master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir’s Marin County TRI Studios and mastered by the award-winning engineer, David Glasser.

The second release, Workingman’s Dead: 50th Anniversary Vinyl Picture Disc, will be available the same day. Produced in a limited edition of 10,000 copies, it features the newly remastered version of the original album.

“Since we embarked on the series of Grateful Dead 50th anniversary releases, we’ve had a blast re-mastering the original albums and finding previously unreleased live material from the era for each. In 2020, we’re blessed to have two albums celebrating their 50th anniversaries, and we’re thrilled with how Workingman’s Dead has turned out,” says David Lemieux, Grateful Dead archivist and the set’s producer.

“For an album as important and great as Workingman’s Dead, it seemed appropriate to double the amount of bonus material. The show we’ve selected gives a definitive overview of what the band were up to six months after the release of the album and shows the Dead sound that would largely define the next couple of years. From Workingman’s Dead through Europe ’72, the Dead’s sound was Americana, and the live show included here is a workingman’s band playing authentically honest music.” 

CD Track Listing
Disc One: Original Album Remastered

  • ‘Uncle John’s Band’
  • ‘High Time’
  • ‘Dire Wolf’
  • ‘New Speedway Boogie’
  • ‘Cumberland Blues’
  • ‘Black Peter’
  • ‘Easy Wind’
  • ‘Casey Jones’

Disc Two: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (2/21/71)

  • ‘Cold Rain And Snow’
  • ‘Me And Bobby McGee’
  • ‘Loser’
  • ‘Easy Wind’
  • ‘Playing In The Band’
  • ‘Bertha’
  • ‘Me And My Uncle’
  • ‘Ripple’ (False Start)
  • ‘Ripple’
  • ‘Next Time You See Me’
  • ‘Sugar Magnolia’
  • ‘Greatest Story Ever Told’
  • ‘Johnny B. Goode’

Disc Three: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (2/21/71)

  • ‘China Cat Sunflower’
  • ‘I Know You Rider’
  • ‘Bird Song’
  • ‘Cumberland Blues’
  • ‘I’m A King Bee’
  • ‘Beat It On Down The Line’
  • ‘Wharf Rat’
  • ‘Truckin’’
  • ‘Casey Jones’
  • ‘Good Lovin’’
  • ‘Uncle John’s Band’

Workingman’s Dead: 50th Anniversary Vinyl Picture Disc

  • ‘Uncle John’s Band’
  • ‘High Time’
  • ‘Dire Wolf’
  • ‘New Speedway Boogie’
  • ‘Cumberland Blues’
  • ‘Black Peter’
  • ‘Easy Wind’
  • ‘Casey Jones’
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