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  • Shady Grove (On Sale) Shady Grove (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    A Natural, Acoustic Portrait of American Folk, Country, and Bluegrass Standards by Two Virtuosos: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman's Shady Grove Filled with Endearing Joy and Spirited Playing


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g 2LP Set Sounds Incredibly Realistic, Features Deluxe Booklet in Gatefold Jacket


    Jerry Garcia began recording with longtime friend David Grisman at the beginning of the last decade of his life, the refreshing excursions marking a full-circle return to the roots fare the white-bearded virtuoso originally performed before co-founding the Grateful Dead. Garcia's dalliances with Grisman also served another equally important purpose given they provided a much-needed outlet from the demanding pressures, schedules, and business affairs associated with his main band. The endearing joy, contagious enthusiasm, and free-spirited playing on Shady Grove attest to the collection serving as not only the finest musical snapshot of Garcia's final years, but among the best of his storied career.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, available on vinyl for the first time, and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP set presents the 1996 collection in exquisite sound. Originally recorded at Dawg Studios between August 1990 and June 1993, Shady Grove bowed as the first release of Grisman-Garcia collaborations in the wake of the iconic guitarist's August 1995 death - and remains, by way of its genre-specific organization, a passionate albeit naturally relaxed portrait of folk, country, and bluegrass standards that provide the foundation of American songbook. To experience it all in such brilliant fidelity is to pull up a chair at the sessions themselves and enjoy a transparent view into lasting tradition and instrumental virtuosity.


    Entirely unplugged, the material emerges in three-dimensional detail on this very special audiophile pressing, the wooden tones and organic textures unfolding with wondrous openness, ease, and realism. Nothing is forced, brittle, or exaggerated. What you hear is on par with the acoustics you'd encounter at a world-class hall. Garcia and Grisman's clean, rustic picking on guitar, banjo, mandola, and mandolin harbors a rare intimacy mirrored by an equally uncommon chemistry evident by the seamless interplay.


    These traits remain in tact even when the soul mates are occasionally joined by pals such as Jim Kerwin (acoustic bass) and Joe Craven (fiddle and percussion). Garcia's singing, replete with the slight, graceful, dignified shakiness that forever defined his deliveries, comes across with utmost purity and transparency. Emotions and eagerness pour over every note. At the end of several tracks, Garcia and company exchange remarks and laughter - all indicative of the camaraderie, looseness, and spirit that carries through each tune here.


    Mobile Fidelity's audiophile edition of Shady Grove also features the kind of deluxe packaging only the best physical media can provide. Sixteen 12-inch x 12-inch pages bound to the gatefold jacket provide extraordinary insight into the songs, atmosphere, and history. Images of artifacts and telling photos serve as a visual guide. New Lost City Ramblers member John Cohen pens extensive liner notes that reveal the lasting importance and timelessness of the tunes herein. Among his observations:


    Jerry and David's performances of these traditional folk songs and ballads reconnect us all - folk singers, Deadheads, university students, hillbillies, country and western musicians - with the America [poet Kenneth] Rexroth wrote about; that [Carl] Sandburg wrote about; that the cynicism of American wars and politics, culture wars and culture politics just couldn't destroy.


    Indeed, the versions of barn-dance tunes (Shady Grove), jug-band standards (Stealin', also performed in the early days of the Grateful Dead), Delta ballads (Louis Collins), Civil War era fare (The Sweet Sunny South), and campfire songs (Down in the Valley) here astound with depth, soulfulness, and warmth. Deadheads will also find Garcia and Grisman putting a spin on two more tracks - Casey Jones and Jackaroo - long part of the iconic group's repertoire. In countless ways, Shady Grove is not to be missed, particularly on this unsurpassed pressing.



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    1. Shady Grove
    2. Stealin'
    3. Off to Sea Once More
    4. The Sweet Sunny South
    5. Louis Collins
    6. Fair Ellender
    7. Jackaroo
    8. The Ballad of Casey Jones
    9. Dreadful Wind and Rain
    10. I Truly Understand
    11. The Handsome Cabin Boy
    12. Whiskey in the Jar
    13. Down in the Valley
    14. Hesitation Blues
    Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
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    Cats Under The Stars (Colored) (Pre-Order)


    Colored Vinyl


    1978's Cats Under the Stars, the first album to officially acknowledge the Jerry Garcia Band by name, features original songs by JGB's John Kahn as well as a spate of Garcia-Hunter gems.

    1. Rubin And Cherise
    2. Love In The Afternoon
    3. Palm Sunday
    4. Cats Under The Stars
    5. Rhapsody In Red
    6. Rain
    7. Down Home
    8. Gomorrah
    Jerry Garcia Band
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    Garcia

    Originally released in 1972, Garcia is Jerry Garcia's first solo album and was recorded over a three-week period almost entirely by Jerry with assistance from Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and lyricist Robert Hunter. Six songs - Deal, Bird Song, Sugaree, Loser, To Lay Me Down, and The Wheel - contained on the album would become staples within the Grateful Dead catalog. Garcia reached #35 on the Billboard album charts, making it the top charting album of Jerry's solo career.
    1. Deal
    2. Bird Song
    3. Sugaree
    4. Loser
    5. Late For Supper
    6. Spidergawd
    7. Eep Hour
    8. To Lay Me Down
    9. An Odd Little Place
    10. The Wheel
    Jerry Garcia
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    Reflections

    1976's inspired Reflections was split between a handful of covers featuring the Jerry Garcia Band and a pack of Grate Dead-backed, Garcia/Hunter penned tunes including the masterful Comes A Time.
    1. Might As Well

    2. Mission In The Rain

    3. They Love Each Other
    4. I'll Take A Melody
    5. It Must Have Been The Roses
    6. Tore Up Over You
    7. Catfish John
    8. Comes A Time
    Jerry Garcia
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  • Jerry Garcia And David Grisman (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) Jerry Garcia And David Grisman (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Jerry Garcia And David Grisman (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale)


    Numbered Limited Edition 180g 2LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Contemporary Interest in Roots Music Kick-Started by Stellar Grammy-Nominated 1991 Collaboration


    Recording Now As Realistic, Natural, Close-Up, Intimate, and Enveloping as Any Acoustic Record Released: 1st Time-Ever on LP


    Garcia and Grisman Put on Virtuosic Performance, Make Way Through Pop Standards, Blues Classics, Folk Staples, Bluegrass Jaunts, and More


    Jerry Garcia achieved monumental accomplishments over a prolific career, yet the guitarist never sounded better than on his first official collaboration with longtime friend and fellow instrumental maestro David Grisman. Indeed, contemporary interest in roots music can be directly traced to this stellar Grammy-nominated 1991 collaboration. Putting distinctive rustic spins on pop standards, blues classics, and folk staples, the kindred musical spirits' earnest authenticity and relaxed intimacy are matched only by virtuosic playing and superb production. As realistic, warm, close-up, and immersive as any acoustic album, Mobile Fidelity's reissue raises the bar on the meaning of reference-standard.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP of Garcia/Grisman takes a record forever renowned for breathtaking sonics to another level. Originally released on Grisman's fabled Acoustic Disc label and recorded at his plush studios, the album now sounds even more realistic-with distinctive tones, palpable air, smooth vocals, three-dimensional soundstaging, balanced imaging, and timbral extension that mirror the feeling and experience of hearing live music in a small space.


    Unadorned with any post-production tricks or overdubs, Garcia/Grisman breathes with naturalism and presence. You will effortlessly detect the full body of the instruments, witness the woody grain textures, and get lost in the surprisingly velvety qualities of Garcia's lullaby-like singing. Mobile Fidelity's meticulous pressing also marks the first time this delightfully joyous affair has been issued in analog form. You will never hear a better-sounding Americana-styled recording.


    Pals since the mid-1960s, Garcia and Grisman bonded over their love for traditional folk and bluegrass. The two teamed up amidst what became a gold rush of top-notch productivity and creativity for Garcia. Partnering with bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist/fiddler Joe Craven, the pair approaches every passage with innate ease, as if either musician could finish the others sentence. The affable chemistry and soothing interplay wash over a selection of songs as notable for their diversity as the way Garcia and "Dawg" turn them into the equivalent of old friends you haven't seen in years.


    Exquisite melodies and jewel-shaped notes decorate the simple, convivial structures of tunes that hop, jump, skip, skitter, and bop. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the legendary gypsy-jazz exchanges between Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and equally sharp. Swirling with Middle Eastern modality, the closing 16-minute-plus rendition of Grisman's rippling "Arabia"-complete with a section based on a Cuban fold theme-is alone enough worth the price of admission to this sensational session. But there's so much more.


    The quartet delves into Celtic themes ("Two Soldiers"), jazz-grass ("Grateful Dawg"), old-world ballads ("Russian Lullaby"), and Appalachian flavors ("Walkin' Boss") with nonpareil skill and soulfulness. Garcia and Grisman's tandem picking throughout epitomize sublime. And for many listeners, the duo's revised version of the Grateful Dead staple "Friend of the Devil" ranks as the finest-ever recorded, the pace patient, the narrative vocals heartfelt, and the synchronous solos tailor-made for the enveloping progression. Better yet, it's all captured in astonishing fidelity.


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    1. The Thrill Is Gone
    2. Grateful Dawg
    3. Two Soldiers
    4. Friend of the Devil
    5. Russian Lullaby
    6. Dawg's Waltz
    7. Walkin' Boss
    8. Rockin' Chair
    9. Arabia
    Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
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    Compliments Of (Awaiting Repress)

    Originally released in 1974, Compliments features Jerry's takes on immortal songs by Van Morrison, Dr. John, the Stones, Chuck Berry, Smoky Robinson, and more.
    1. Let It Rock
    2. When The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
    3. That's What Love Will Make You Do

    4. Russian Lullaby
    5. Turn On The Bright Lights
    6. He Ain't Give You None
    7. What Goes Around
    8. Let's Spend The Night Together
    9. Mississippi Moon
    10. Midnight Town
    Jerry Garcia
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  • Zabriskie Point Zabriskie Point Quick View

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    Zabriskie Point

    Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Double LP Expanded Edition


    Long out of print soundtrack from the 1970 film by Italian director Michelangelo Anonioni, widely noted at the time for its setting in the late 1960s counter-culture of the United States. Some of the film's scenes were filmed on location at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. This expanded 2 LP version features four songs from both Jerry Garcia and Pink Floyd that did not appear on the original soundtrack release.

    LP 1
    1. Heart Beat, Pig Meat - Pink Floyd
    2. Brother Mary - Kaleidoscope
    3. Dark Star (excerpt) - Grateful Dead
    4.Crumbling Land - Pink Floyd
    5. Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
    6. Sugar Babe - The Youngbloods
    7. Love Scene - Jerry Garcia
    8. I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again - Roscoe Holcomb
    9. Mickey's Tune - Kaleidoscope
    10. Dance of Death - John Fahey
    11. Come in Number 51, Your Time Is Up - Pink Floyd


    LP 2
    1. Love Scene Improvisations (Version 1) - Jerry Garcia
    2. Love Scene Improvisations (Version 2) - Jerry Garcia
    3. Love Scene Improvisations (Version 3) - Jerry Garcia
    4. Country Song - Pink Floyd
    5. Unknown Song - Pink Floyd
    6. Love Scene (Version 6) - Pink Floyd

    Various Artists
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  • Birth Of The Grateful Dead Volume One - The Studio Sides Birth Of The Grateful Dead Volume One - The Studio Sides Quick View

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    Birth Of The Grateful Dead Volume One - The Studio Sides


    First Time Limited Edition 2 LP 180 Gram Vinyl Presentation


    Exclusive Only To This LP Release: First Time Sitting Photos Of The Dead By The Legendary Herb Greene


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA With Ron Mcmaster


    The legendary Bay area rock superstars the Grateful Dead scored for over four decades a plethora of wonderful recordings
    throughout their incredible career. Spearheaded originally by the late great Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kruetzmann and the late
    Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, these five gentlemen set the world on fire with their magnificent artistry and musicianship which is unparaleled to this day.


    With their very first San Francisco gigs and studio recordings when they were locally known as The Warlocks, the historical importance of these debut sessions would soon become a blueprint for the music world as the Grateful Dead would become one of the band's
    and biggest concert attractions of all time.


    Over a decade ago, the Grateful Dead unearthed 17 super rare studio recordings from 1965 through 1967. Aside from an ultra rare
    45 on Scorpio Records and a collaborative effort with Jon Hendricks on Verve Records, none of these recordings were ever released.
    Ranging from the very first sessions at Autumn Records (Beau Brummels, Sly Stone) and then the Scorpio Records sides, these tracks
    simply became manna for the fans and were truly a find for any collector of fine rock and roll and early psych and garage rock fare.


    Gordon Lightfoot's Early Morning Rain kicks off the collection, and then the fireworks light up as future Dead classics like I Know
    You Rider, Don't Ease Me In and Cold Rain and Snow truly become a very important and interesting listen to any fan of the Dead or
    classic rock in general.


    Known for their jams in concert and in the studio setting, you will get to hear stellar takes on rare tracks like Tastebud, The Only
    Time Is Now, and of course the super rare Jon Hendricks (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) protest rocker Fire in the City.


    These amazing Dead recordings have never been released on the vinyl format that is until now


    Friday Music is very pleased to announce for the very first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl - The Grateful Dead's Birth Of The
    Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions. This deluxe 2 LP set not only has the original 17 studio sessions unearthed by the Dead themselves, but it also includes for the very first time anywhere, several unearthed photos from the lens of the legendary Herb Greene. These
    first time issued photos show the very first sittings of the Grateful Dead and will make your listening hours that much more enjoyable as
    you stare at the brilliant pictures of your favorite rockers in this very special era.


    As a further installment in the exclusive and authorized Grateful Dead Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this fine
    album is part of a historical two part audiophile vinyl series along with the Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides which will be
    released in early 2014.


    Mastered impeccably for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this
    limited edition audiophile version of Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions will truly be a welcome addition to your Dead
    collection.


    Grateful Dead Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions a historic album first time release in the audiophile
    domain only from your friends at Friday Music Don't Ease Me In

    LP 1
    The Autumn Sessions
    1. Early Morning Rain
    2. I Know You Rider
    3. Mindbender (Confusion's Prince)
    4. The Only Time Is Now
    5. Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
    6. Can't Come Down


    The Scorpio Sessions
    7. Stealin' (Instrumental)
    8. Stealin' (With Vocals)
    9. Don't Ease Me In (Instrumental)
    10. Don't Ease Me In (With Vocals)


    LP 2
    The Scorpio Sessions
    1. You Don't Have to Ask
    2. Tastebud (Instrumental)
    3. Tastebud (With Vocals)
    4. I Know You Rider
    5. Cold Rain and Snow (Instrumental)
    6. Cold Rain and Snow (With Vocals)


    The Hendricks Session
    7. Fire in the City

    Grateful Dead
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    Volunteers

    Ranked 370/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    In their late-60s heyday, Jefferson Airplane embodied the eras revolutionary attitude and experimental spirit like no other rock act. Their unique combination of adventurous musicianship, visionary lyrics and personal charisma defined San Francisco psychedelia and established the band as quintessential Aquarian-age messengers.


    1969s Volunteers coincided with Jefferson Airplanes performance at the Woodstock festival and is one of the groups most popular albums. Its also one of their most explicitly political efforts, calling for revolutionary action and counter-cultural unity on such memorable anthems as We Can Be Together, Wooden Ships, Eskimo Blue Day and the albums iconic title track, with the band members formidable musicianship augmented by guest players Jerry Garcia and Nicky Hopkins. Volunteers uncompromising stance originally made the album a source of controversy, but today its rightfully recognized as a rock landmark.


    As part of Sundazed's ongoing mission to present classic LPs in all their original sonic and visual glory, the first generation stereo masters were sourced and the cover art was meticulously reproduced.

    1. We Can Be Together
    2. Good Shepherd
    3. The Farm
    4. Hey Fredrick
    5. Turn My Life Down
    6. Wooden Ships
    7. Eskimo Blue Day
    8. A Song for All Seasons
    9. Meadowlands
    10. Volunteers
    Jefferson Airplane
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    Go To Heaven

    Limited Edition Grateful Dead Authorized Release of their Legendary Go To Heaven on 180 Gram Vinyl


    Mastered for Vinyl from the Original Arista Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray


    The iconic Grateful Dead recorded their brilliant rock classic Go To Heaven for Arista Records in 1980. Featuring the stellar line-up of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Billy Kreutzman, Mickey Hart and Brent Mydland, Go To Heaven was a very successful achievement for the much loved band, whose legacy continues to grow and attract new legions of fans every day.


    Filled with nine compositions from Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Billy Kreutzman and Brent Mydland along with friends Robert Hunter and John Barlow, the Grateful Dead's Go To Heaven offers a stunning view of a very popular band's experimentation and wizardry in the studio setting. Produced by Gary Lyons, this masterpiece reached the upper rungs of the album charts that year, as the band trekked across the globe with their monumental concert tour which have made them the legends they are to this day. The original vinyl album has been out of print for over the past three decades, making this a highly collectable recording in their massive catalog. That is, until now.


    Brilliant tunes like the opening hit single Alabama Getaway and the rockin' Don't Ease Me In feature the warm and familiar voice and guitar of the late great Jerry Garcia. These two tunes were solid rock radio hits and gave the listener just a taste of the brilliant sounds they would be rockin' to from this classic album. The great Bob Weir delivers three of his most revered Dead classics with the funk rocker Feel Like A Stranger, the jazz rock vibe of Lost Sailor and his stellar Saint Of Circumstance. The multi-talented Brent Mydland contributes several more Dead classics like his Far From Me and the fan favorite Easy To Love You, making this one of the more intriguing albums in their arsenal of fine recordings.


    The Grateful Dead's Go To Heaven 180 Gram Audiophile album will be packaged in a poly bag to preserve the rich details of the legendary cover art as well as a poly lined inner sleeve to protect your vinyl purchase for years of enjoyment.

    1. Alabama Getaway
    2. Far From Me
    3. Althea
    4. Feel Like A Stranger
    5. Lost Sailor
    6. Saint Of Circumstance
    7. Antwerp's Placebo
    8. Easy To Love You
    9. Don't Ease Me In
    Grateful Dead
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    Live At Keystone

    Recorded live on July 10 and 11, 1973, at the Keystone club in Berkeley, California, this recording beautifully captures the magical musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarist Jerry Garcia. The sterling band featured Saunders on keyboards; Garcia, guitar and vocals; John Kahn, bass; and Bill Vitt, drums. Virtuoso David Grisman added mandolin to Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street. The mix of songs ranged from Saunders originals to covers of songs by Jimmy Cliff, Junior Parker, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Rodgers & Hart, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Lightnin' Hopkins, Don Nix and Dan Penn and Dylan.
    LP 1
    1. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
    2. Positively 4th Street
    3. The Harder They Come
    4. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
    5. Space
    6. It's No Use


    LP 2
    1. That's All Right, Mama
    2. My Funny Valentine
    3. Someday Baby
    4. Like A Road

    Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
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    The Adventures Of Panama Red

    Purple Colored Vinyl


    1000 Only Limited Edition


    f there was ever any doubt that the New Riders of the Purple Sage were the ultimate hippie country rock band-and having had Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead as early members meant that there wasn't much-The Adventures of Panama Red put them to rest. This 1973 album's loosely connected tall tales of drug culture, complete with the album's underground comic book graphics, ensured that this gatefold record was a long-time dorm room favorite for separating out those stems and seeds. But Panama Red (their only gold record) had a lot more going for it than just countercultural kicks-the band, by now consisting of John Dawson, David Nelson, Dave Torbert, pedal steel ace Buddy Cage and Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden-was much tighter than any outfit this stoned had a right to be, and with songwriting contributions from Peter Rowan (the hit "Panama Red" and "Lonesome L.A. Cowboy") and Robert Hunter ("Kick in the Head") as well as from the band's own fine tunesmiths in Dawson and Torbert, the songs were of a uniformly high quality. Production by multi-instrumentalist Norbert Putnam, charts by the Memphis Horns and vocal contributions by Buffy Sainte-Marie and Donna Godchaux helped enshrine this record as one of the finest country-rock outings of the '70s. Now, Real Gone Music is reissuing this classic album for the first time on vinyl, remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC and lacquer cut by Kevin Gray, with a limited edition pressing of 1000 in-what else?-purple vinyl, with the original gatefold album and inner sleeve graphics (with lyrics) intact. Time to add to your stash of essential '70s vinyl!

    1. Panama Red (Album Version)
    2. It's Alright with Me
    3. Lonesome L.A. Cowboy (Album Version)
    4. Important Exportin Man (Album Version)
    5. One Too Many Stories (Album Version)
    6. Kick In the Head
    7. You Should Have Seen Me Runnin (Album Version)
    8. Teardrops In My Eyes (Album Version)
    9. L.A. Lady (Album Version)
    10. Thank the Day
    11. Cement, Clay and Glass
    New Riders of the Purple Sage
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  • Bossa Nova and Blues Bossa Nova and Blues Quick View

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    Bossa Nova and Blues


    This Sundazed Mono Edition Reproduces The Original Artwork And Presents The Original 12-Song LP On 180 Gram Vinyl Mastered From The Original Analog Reels And Pressed At Record Technology Inc.


    One of the Three Kings of blues guitar along with B.B. and Albert, Texas-born Freddy (Freddie) King influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Peter Green in the UK to Jerry Garcia and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the States. But even his staying up all night playing poker with Grand Funk wasn't enough to prevent his seminal King/Federal albums from staying out of print on vinyl for decades - until Sundazed came to the rescue. The reissue campaign that began with meticulously mastered editions of King classics Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King, Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals, and Freddy King Goes Surfin' continues with his rare 1963 offering, Bossa Nova and Blues. In the tradition of his surfing album, which wasn't really surf, Bossa Nova and Blues had no bossa nova - but the advertising was at least half true, and hey, there were two cuts that had "bossa nova" in the title. Though King was best known for blues instrumentals, "Bossa Nova Blues" and "The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist" (dig the dance craze threesome) were actually the only two instrumentals on an album otherwise dedicated to bluesy ballads. But of course, Freddie made it work - churning out bonafide classics like the karmic "Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)" (later covered by John Mayall and the Blues Breakers on A Hard Road, also reissued on Sundazed mono LP), the emotive "The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)," the soulful "It Hurts to Be In Love," and the more uptempo, New Orleans-flavored "You're Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree."

    1. (I'd Love To) Make Love To You
    2. You're Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree
    3. Look Ma, I'm Cryin'
    4. It Hurts To Be In Love
    5. You Walked In
    6. The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist
    7. Is My Baby Mad At Me
    8. Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)
    9. One Hundred Years
    10. Bossa Nova Blues
    11. The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)
    12. Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile)
    Freddy King
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    Songs For Beginners (180 Gram)

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Singer/songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash first rose to fame with British Invasion hit-makers The Hollies. He went on to co-found the legendary rock supergroups Crosby, Stills & Nash and CSN&Y, and remains active with both configurations. Throughout it all, Nash has also pursued an acclaimed solo career, beginning with the 1971 gem Songs For Beginners.


    Guest performers on the eleven-song set include Rita Coolidge, David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Bobby Keys, Phil Lesh, David Lindley and Dave Mason among others. Features the classic tracks Military Madness, Simple Man, I Used To Be King and We Can Change The World.

    1. Military Madness
    2. Better Days
    3. Wounded Bird
    4. I Used To Be A King
    5. Be Yourself

    6. Simple Man
    7. Man In The Mirror
    8. Theres Only One
    9. Sleep Song
    10. Chicago
    11. We Can Change The World
    Graham Nash
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    Underneath The Underground

    The Anti-Heroes last album, American Pie, was an absolute classic. The kick to the head street punk was in full force along with songs that danced on the grave of Jerry Garcia. Just ignore the lyrical content that shifts in the direction of the right wing, and it's an instant party.



    This time around, with Underneath the Underground, The Anti-Heroes still maintain that grumpy old man attitude with the message of kill your radio, kill your TV, buy American, etc. Tough as nails and a lot of fun, but it's just not as explosive and in your face as their last album; at least they win the creative song title award for Rich People Don't Go to Jail.

    1. More Stupid Than Stupid
    2. Phoenix Program
    3. N.l.c.
    4. I'm True
    5. Matt And Me
    6. Red And White And Black And Blue
    7. Rich People Don't Go To Jail
    8. World War 1.3
    9. Sunset Limited
    10. Election Day
    11. Truckstop Toilet
    12. Underneath The Underground
    13. I'm True (radio Edit)
    Anti-Heros
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    Riverman's Daughter

    The Grahams, the creative union of lifelong romantic partners Alyssa and Doug Graham, combine soulful bluegrass with hints of earthy Americana, adding colors from traditional folk and country blues, into an infectious blend of storytelling that results in songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.


    While the duo first met in grade school -- a trait shared by previous musical trail-blazers, from Lennon/McCartney to Jagger/Richards - the Grahams' journey together began when they were teenagers in the shadow of New York City. There, Alyssa, the impassioned troubadour, and Doug, the guitarist extraordinaire, shared a mutual love for the music of the Woodstock era and the adventures of the great outdoors. Over the ensuing years many a campfire lit acoustic jam would include the best of roots renegades like Neil Young, The Band, Gram Parsons, Janis and Emmylou along with more than a few Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash nuggets. Later, spending much of their time in the secluded Adirondack Mountains at the Graham family fold, Alyssa and Doug learned the time-honored craft of songwriting. Here, their ongoing interests in traditional country, mountain bluegrass and folk legends such as The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt would blossom. Hoping to share their stories on a wider stage, the couple eventually settled in New York City, where they performed, collaborated and recorded a variety of acclaimed material before adopting The Grahams moniker.


    While the duo had written music together before, in the summer of 2012 new writing sessions yielded a different approach. Something magical was happening between Alyssa and Doug. A catalyst was born in the new song Riverman's Daughter, a tale of love, loss, and hardship on the river that showcases Alyssa's bountiful voice. Backed by her own rhythm guitar, along with the strong current of Doug's cascading accompaniment on the six string, and traditional vocal harmonies, the track came in a lightning bolt of inspiration. A vision and calling to write more songs of its kind took hold.


    Alyssa and Doug had an idea: What if they put their city lives on hold and, armed with just guitars and backpacks, traveled the 2,500 miles of highways and byways of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Light out for the territory, so to speak, like Huck and Jim. There, the duo could follow the Great River Road (GRR) that parallels the waterway, meet the people, and hear first-hand where European folk music, brought to these shores generations ago, took root alongside rhythms and chants from Africa, and how these polarizing sounds formed the backbone of our 20th Century American musical heritage. And so The Grahams did just that, and in the process created their debut album, Riverman's Daughter. Along the way The Grahams played gigs at the various gin and juke joints that dotted the GRR, and met a colorful cast of characters and genuine music makers with whom the duo shared and exchanged stories through the common bond of song.


    Eventually Alyssa and Doug ended up intentionally isolated on an old houseboat in rural Louisiana where the Mississippi spills into the Atchafalaya swamp. There, The Grahams prolifically stockpiled songs, enjoyed the simplicity of living off the grid, and for a spell, invited onboard friends and musicians including their longtime collaborator Bryan McCann, a wordsmith who aids with lyrical inspiration. Yet perhaps the biggest inspiration on Riverman's Daughter was Doug's own mother, Gigi, the matriarch of the Graham family clan, and a true fan of the duo who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier that year. As her condition worsened, the Grahams packed up their guitars and newly minted collection of songs to become Gigi's angel band, and played by her side until she passed away.


    As recording of the new album began, The Grahams found a true kindred spirit in Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn, who brought a magical touch and inspired ideas into the studio. It was Burn's idea to record both Alyssa and Doug's parts live to tape without the assistance of headphones or isolation -- in the way they were written. This process gives the album a natural aura that harkens back to an era when this practice was commonplace. Along the same lines, The Grahams chose to record the album in Nashville, the longtime epicenter of country music. While the album's foundation is simple and acoustic, The Grahams are backed on a few tracks by stellar accompaniment including the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Along with the title song the album is highlighted by the 70's country rock flavored Carrying The Torch, the spirited traditional vibe of The Piney River, and the riveting upbeat barn dance playfulness of Revival Time.


    Ultimately, the album is a winning culmination of The Grahams' long journey into the heart of America, the inspiration they derived from immersion into classic American music, and the natural and honest talent they have for bringing forth a modern musical idiom steeped in tradition.

    1. Revival Time
    2. Riverman's Daughter
    3. Carrying the Torch
    4. You Made Me Love You
    5. Cathedral Pines
    6. If You're in New York
    7. The Piney River
    8. A Good Man
    9. Marnie Hawkins
    10. Heaven Forbid
    11. Lonesome Child
    12. Jericho
    13. Goodbye Babe (B.C.)
    14. Lay Down Delilah
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  • Keystone Companions: The Complete Fantasy Recordings Of Merl Saunders (Box Set) Keystone Companions: The Complete Fantasy Recordings Of Merl Saunders (Box Set) Quick View

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    Keystone Companions: The Complete Fantasy Recordings Of Merl Saunders (Box Set)

    The Legendary, Two-night Set In Chronological Order - Recorded Live At Berkeley, CA's Keystone Club In 1973,


    Presented In A Deluxe 6xLP 180-Gram Vinyl Box Set


    Includes A Booklet Featuring Never-Before Seen Photos By Annie Leibovitz


    Liner Notes By Grateful Dead Expert David Gans


    Includes A Collectible Poster


    Recorded live at Berkeley, CA's Keystone club in 1973, this deluxe, 180-gram vinyl collection captures the musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. 24 tracks - spanning blues, Motown, Rockabilly and more - cover the legendary, two-night set in chronological order, and are presented on 6 LPs. A booklet features never-before seen photos by Annie Leibovitz, plus liner notes by Grateful Dead expert David Gans.

    LP 1
    1. Hi-Heel Sneakers
    2. Keepers
    3. The Harder They Come
    4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
    5. It's Too Late (She's Gone)


    LP 2
    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. Mystery Train
    3. I Second That Emotion


    LP 3
    1. Someday Baby
    2. Merl's Tune
    3. It's No Use
    4. Positively 4th Street


    LP 4
    1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
    2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
    3. Keepers
    4. One Kind Favor
    5. That's All Right, Mama
    6. The Harder They Come


    LP 5
    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. Money Honey
    3. Someday Baby


    LP 6
    1. Merl's Tune
    2. Like a Road Leading Home
    3. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)

    Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
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    Songs For Beginners

    Singer/songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash first rose to fame with British Invasion hit-makers The Hollies. He went on to co-found the legendary rock supergroups Crosby, Stills & Nash and CSN&Y, and remains active with both configurations. Throughout it all, Nash has also pursued an acclaimed solo career, beginning with the 1971 gem Songs For Beginners. Guest performers on the eleven-song set include Rita Coolidge, David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Bobby Keys, Phil Lesh, David Lindley and Dave Mason among others. Features the classic tracks Military Madness, Simple Man, I Used To Be King and We Can Change The World.
    1. Military Madness
    2. Better Days
    3. Wounded Bird
    4. I Used To Be A King
    5. Be Yourself
    6. Simple Man
    7. Man In The Mirror
    8. Theres Only One
    9. Sleep Song
    10. Chicago
    11. We Can Change The World
    Graham Nash
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    Built To Last

    As a final studio effort, the iconic Grateful Dead's Built To Last offers a stunning view of a very popular band's experimentation and wizardry in the studio setting.Produced by Jerry Garcia and John Cutler, the original vinyl album was very scarce as the cd was the new medium of choice. With very few quantities of the vinyl album produced, Built To Last soon became a collector's item. Now for the first time ever on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Friday Music is very honored to announce the limited edition Grateful Dead authorized release of Built To Last. Mastered by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray.
    1. Foolish Heart
    2. Just A Little Light
    3. Victim Or The Crime
    4. Standing On The Moon
    5. Blow Away
    6. Picasso Moon
    7. Built To Last
    8. I Will Take You Home
    Grateful Dead
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    AOXOMOXOA

    The Grateful Dead's 1969 release Aoxomoxoa is the band's third overall and first foray into 16-track recording. The technological advancements and lack of record label encroachment allowed the band a freedom to explore and experiment in the studio as never before. That along with the blossoming Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter songwriting partnership made for artistically groundbreaking material that would serve as the band's last overtly psychedelic studio release.

    1. St. Stephen
    2. Duprees Diamond Blues
    3. Rosemary
    4. Doin That Rag
    5. Mountains Of The Moon
    6. China Cat Sunflower
    7. Whats Become Of The Baby
    8. Cosmic Charlie

    Grateful Dead
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  • Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides Quick View

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    Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides

    Exclusive Only To This LP Release: First Time Sitting Photos Of The Dead By The Legendary Herb Greene


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA With Ron McMaster


    The legendary Bay area rock superstars the Grateful Dead scored for over four decades a plethora of wonderful recordings throughout their incredible career. Spearheaded originally by the late great Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kruetzmann and the late Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, these five gentlemen set the world on fire with their magnificent artistry and musicianship unparalleled to this day.


    With their very first San Francisco live gigs and when they were locally known as The Warlocks, the historical importance of these debut concert recordings would soon become a blueprint for the music world as the Grateful Dead would become one of the biggest concert attractions of all time.


    Over a decade ago, the Grateful Dead unearthed 14 super rare live recordings from the mid-sixties. None of these recordings were ever previously released at the time. Recorded in San Francisco from a July 1966 performance, when they were signed to the Scorpio Records label, this ultra rare concert tape simply became manna for the fans and was truly a find for any collector of fine rock and roll and
    early psych and garage rock fare.


    Dead fan favorite Viola Lee Blues kicks off the rare collection, and then the fireworks light up as future Grateful Dead classics like Don't Ease Me In and the stellar Jimmy Reed classic Big Boss Man truly become a very important and interesting listen to any fan of the Dead or classic rock in general.
    Known for their jams in concert, you will get to hear stellar takes on rare blues tracks like One Kind Favor, Next Time You See Me and
    of course their super rare Bob Dylan interpretation of It's All Over Now Baby Blue, which would be an interesting choice not knowing there
    would be future collaborations with Dylan in both of their important later careers.


    Even superlative covers of Otis Redding's Pain In My Heart and the Slim Harpo blues champion I'm A King Bee are included in this amazingly important and historic rock release from this much loved band.
    These Grateful Dead recordings have never been released on the vinyl format that is until now
    Friday Music is very pleased to announce for the very first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl - The Grateful Dead's Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides. This deluxe 2 LP set not only has the original 14 live performances unearthed by the Dead themselves, but it also includes for the very first time anywhere several unearthed photos from the lens of the legendary Herb Greene. These first time issued photos show the very first sittings of the Grateful Dead and will make your listening hours that much more enjoyable as you stare at the
    brilliant pictures of your favorite rockers in this very special era.


    As a further installment in the exclusive and authorized Grateful Dead Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this fine album
    is part of a historical two part audiophile vinyl series along with the Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions which was released
    in late 2013.


    Mastered impeccably for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this
    limited edition audiophile version of Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides will truly be a welcome addition to your Dead collection.
    Grateful Dead Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides a historic album first time release in the audiophile domain only from your friends at Friday Music Don't Ease Me In

    LP1
    1. Viola Lee Blues
    2. Don't Ease Me In
    3. Pain In My Heart
    4. Sitting on Top of the World
    5. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
    6. I'm a King Bee


    LP2
    1. Big Boss Man
    2. Standing on the Corner
    3. In the Pines
    4. Nobody's Fault But Mine
    5. Next Time You See Me
    6. One Kind Favor
    7. He Was a Friend of Mine
    8. Keep Rolling By

    Grateful Dead
    $44.99
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    Surrealistic Pillow MONO (On Sale)

    Ranked 146/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time


    Jefferson Airplane's 1967 Psychedelic Breakthrough First Record to Put Countercultural San Francisco Scene on Mainstream Music Map: Includes Top 10 Hits Someone to Love and White Rabbit


    Acid-Rock Experimentalism and Folk-Based Arrangements Yield Mysteriousness, Darkness, and Beauty: Grace Slick's Clarion-Call Singing Matches Virtuosic Playing of Band Members and Guest Jerry Garcia


    They were the best of times for Jefferson Airplane, and the good vibes are heard throughout the band's iconic Surrealistic Pillow. The group's first album with vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden, the 1967 effort bowed as the first psychedelic-rock breakout from the potent San Francisco scene, climbing to #3 and boasting two Top 10 singles. By bringing the then-unpolluted counterculture to the attention of the mainstream, the effort ranked by Rolling Stone #146 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time eradicated boundaries and opened up creative vistas for a parade of likeminded artists that followed. Mobile Fidelity's analog reissue honors this legacy with an edition that presents the groundbreaking music with incredible realism.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM mono 2LP set grants Surrealistic Pillow audiophile-grade sound remarkable for its sense of balance, clarity, and tonality. While fans have always preferred the original mono version of the LP, it went out of print soon after its release, causing prices to soar.


    Offering wider, deeper grooves for better information retrieval and superior pacing, this deluxe set gives listeners the chance to enjoy Jefferson Airplane's blockbuster set in faithful-to-the-original mono without having to pay a premium. Along with immersive detail and dynamics, the level of instrumental and vocal separation allows the sensory-altering songs' complexities to emerge with full-bloom color and renewed perspective. Mobile Fidelity puts the surrealism back into Surrealistic Pillow.


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    1. She Has Funny Cars
    2. Somebody to Love
    3. My Best Friend
    4. Today
    5. Comin' Back to Me
    6. 3/5 of a Mile In 10 Seconds
    7. D.C.B.A.-25
    8. How Do You Feel
    9. Embryonic Journey
    10. White Rabbit
    11. Plastic Fantastic Lover
    Jefferson Airplane
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    This Record Belongs To:

    Pressed On Christmas Season Red / Green Split Colored Vinyl


    Featuring Songs Compiled and Sequenced by Zach Cowie from Woody Guthrie, Nina Simone, Kermit The Frog, Carole King and many more!


    Includes Original Storybook with Illustrations by Artist Jess Rotter


    What if your favorite children s book were not only a timeless story but came with a soundtrack of tunes that kids and grown-ups alike would love? Hold onto your boots... it s here! This Record Belongs To: is the antidote to your standard kids compilations. You won t find boy bands, princesses, or purple dinosaurs here. Instead the record consists of two halves an upbeat side for daytime dancin and a mellow side for bedtime lullabies. Among the many gems featured include songs from Carole King, Woody Guthrie, Donovan, Harry Nilsson, Jerry Garcia, Nina Simone, Kermit The Frog and more. Inspired by the classic Little Golden Books Series and Sesame Street s In Harmony albums, This Record Belongs To: stems from a love of music, reading, and a passion for teaching future generations the interactive experience of holding an album in your hands, putting needle to groove, and immersing yourself in the pages of a record s sleeve as the music plays. The compilation was compiled and sequenced by DJ and friend, Zach Cowie, who is as dear to our hearts as this collection of songs (previously passed around as a gift between friends) and is the soundtrack for many LITA & TMR offspring. These kiddos now all have undeniably excellent taste in tunes. The record is accompanied by an original, full-color storybook illustrated by acclaimed artist, Jess Rotter, which tells the tale of five forest pals who find a mysterious object a round, flat disc that they proceed to investigate. The animal friends finally solve the mystery and learn how to play a record and let their bodies move to the groove (within the grooves).

    1. Invitation - Shel Silverstein
    2. Occapella - Van Dyke Parks
    3. One Was Johnny - Carole King
    4. The Town - Harry Nilsson
    5. Me And My Arrow - Harry Nilsson
    6. Pinball Number Count - The Pointer Sisters
    7. Dance Around - Woody Guthrie
    8. Jenny Jenkins - Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
    9. Oo-De-Lally - Roger Miller
    10. Daddy What If - Bobby Bare
    11. Pretty Trees Around The World - Ella Jenkins
    12. You Can Sing A Rainbow - Nina Simone
    13. Diamond Day - Vashti Bunyan
    14. The Mandolin Man And His Secret - Donovan
    15. Running In The Garden - Miss Abrams & The Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class
    16. Rainbow Connection - Kermit The Frog
    Various Artists
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    Workingman's Dead (On Sale)

    Sublime, Stripped-Down 1970 Americana Classic Steeped in Country, Blues, and Folk


    You've Never Heard This Roots-Based Marvel Sound Better: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Given Extra-Wide Grooves on 45RPM LP


    Ranked #264 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Airy Harmonies, Simple Structures, Concise Arrangements, and Burnished Tones Anchor Songs


    Workingman's Dead defies the erroneous belief that the Grateful Dead never attained brilliance in the recording studio. Forever prized for natural sonics, Workingman's Dead attains audiophile reference status courtesy of this first-ever 45RPM version. As flawless as any rustic album ever released, the 1970 set now brims with soaring harmonies, organic execution, intertwined textures, and uncomplicated structures that furnish the songs a transcendence associated with timeless American music. Colorful, relatable characters seemingly torn from working-class histories and old-time fables inhabit the narratives.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LPs at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition of this period-defining recording renders the stripped-down fare with immense detail, rich airiness, and reach-out-and-touch-it realism. Longtime Deadheads and newcomers alike will hear significantly more information, experience wider and deeper soundstages, and become swept away by incredible tonal and vocal balances-traits made possible by the format's wider grooves. Instrumental melds and refined accents, such as guest David Nelson's nimble fills on "Cumberland Blues," are part of a larger whole that gives the impression you are witness to the world's coziest campfire session. Frontier tales and refined performances further this feeling.


    The first Grateful Dead album to eschew cosmic jams and complex signatures, Workingman's Dead stakes its existence to great songs, homespun warmth, and bare essentials. Its wistful, relaxed state-immediately apparent via the innocent album-opening invitation "Will you come with me?" on "Uncle John's Band"-owes to the circumstances and conditions surrounding its creation. At the time, the Dead owed a considerable financial debt to Warner Bros. and were hobbled by a recent drug bust and financial scandal. Most significantly, the band was recovering from-and reacting to-the tragic events of the Altamont Music Festival and symbolic end of the peace and love era.


    As such, Workingman's Dead acts as a retreat from chaos and uncertainty, its songs emblems of simpler times and pleas for compassion in the face of hardship. Lyricist Robert Hunter said he aimed to capture the vintage elements of late 1940s country-and-western jukebox singles as well as old blues classics. In that vein, fare such as the Bakersfield-leaning "Cumberland Blues," pastoral ballad "Dire Wolf," and bluesy "Easy Wind" hit the mark. Leader Jerry Garcia's occasional pedal-steel underpinnings arrive as a bonus.


    Of course, aside from the economical concision and thematic consistency, the genius of Workingman's Dead resides in the group's expressive harmonies. Taught by Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Dead produce live "air blends" of multi-part vocal harmonies that provide the foundations of nearly every track. "Uncle John's Band," "High Time," "New Speedway Boogie" (with the iconic refrain "One way or another/This darkness has got to give" referencing the ill wind that greeted the new decade), and the radio favorite "Casey Jones" practically float on the ensemble's communal vocal beds.


    Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM edition renders these invigorating, refreshing, and engaging characteristics in three-dimensional sound that transports you to the event. Recordings don't get more lifelike. Workingman's Dead-an iconic, ageless record that drew countless listeners to the band's unique style because of its accessibility and charm-deserves nothing less. Neither do you.


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    1. Uncle John's Band
    2. High Time
    3. Dire Wolf
    4. New Speedway
    5. Cumberland Blues
    6. Black Peter
    7. Easy Wind
    8. Casey Jones
    Grateful Dead
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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