Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Format: 3CD – Vinyl
Label: Rhino
Release: 2020

3CD set • Remastered • Unreleased live show • Vinyl pic disc

The Grateful Deads 1970 album ‘Workingman’s Dead’ will be reissued as a three-CD deluxe edition in July.

The Dead’s fourth studio album left the psychedelia at the door, with Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter opting for a more classic folk-rock approach.

The album features songs  like ‘Casey Jones’, ‘High Time’ and ‘Uncle John’s Band’ and the reissue features newly remastered sound. The two bonus CDs offer an unreleased concert recorded on 21 February 1971 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The show features songs from Workingman’s Dead and the follow up album American Beauty which had been released by that point. It was mixed from the 16-track analog master tapes by Jeffrey Norman and mastered by David Glasser.

There are actually two versions of the 3CD reissue. One comes with an ‘O-card’ (which packaging-speak for a slipcase open at both ends) and one is a standard 3CD digipak. The former is more expensive and therefore clearly supposed to be the more ‘deluxe’ of the two. Any further details around packaging differences aren’t available.

A vinyl picture disc edition (limited to 10,000 units) is also being released alongside the triple-CD package.

Workingman’s Dead – 3CD deluxe edition

CD 1: Original Album Remastered
01. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND
02. HIGH TIME
03. DIRE WOLF
04. NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE
05. CUMBERLAND BLUES
06. BLACK PETER
07. EASY WIND
08. CASEY JONES

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

Set 1
0
1. COLD RAIN AND SNOW
02. ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
03. LOSER
04. EASY WIND
05. PLAYING IN THE BAND
06. BERTHA
07. ME AND MY UNCLE
08. RIPPLE (false start)
08. RIPPLE
09. NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME
10. SUGAR MAGNOLIA
11. GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
12. JOHNNY B. GOODE

CD 3: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (2/21/71)

Set 2
0
1. CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER
02. I KNOW YOU RIDER
03. BIRD SONG
04. CUMBERLAND BLUES [
05. I’M A KING BEE
06. BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE
07. WHARF RAT
08. TRUCKIN’
09. CASEY JONES
10. GOOD LOVIN’
11. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND

Workingman’s Dead – vinyl LP picture disc

Side 1
Uncle John’s Band
High Time
Dire Wolf
New Speedway Boogie

Side 2
Cumberland Blues
Black Peter
Easy Wind
Casey Jones

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