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Grateful Dead Workingmans Dead on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP Set from Mobile Fidelity!
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Sublime, Stripped-Down 1970 Americana Classic Steeped in Country, Blues, and Folk
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Airy Harmonies, Simple Structures, Concise Arrangements, and Burnished Tones Anchor Songs
Workingmans Dead defies the erroneous belief that the Grateful Dead never attained brilliance in the recording studio. Forever prized for natural sonics, Workingmans 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 Fidelitys 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 balancestraits made possible by the formats wider grooves. Instrumental melds and refined accents, such as guest David Nelsons nimble fills on Cumberland Blues, are part of a larger whole that gives the impression you are witness to the worlds coziest campfire session. Frontier tales and refined performances further this feeling.
The first Grateful Dead album to eschew cosmic jams and complex signatures, Workingmans Dead stakes its existence to great songs, homespun warmth, and bare essentials. Its wistful, relaxed stateimmediately apparent via the innocent album-opening invitation Will you come with me? on Uncle Johns Bandowes 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 fromand reacting tothe tragic events of the Altamont Music Festival and symbolic end of the peace and love era.
As such, Workingmans 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 Garcias occasional pedal-steel underpinnings arrive as a bonus.
Of course, aside from the economical concision and thematic consistency, the genius of Workingmans Dead resides in the groups 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 Johns 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 ensembles communal vocal beds.
Mobile Fidelitys 45RPM edition renders these invigorating, refreshing, and engaging characteristics in three-dimensional sound that transports you to the event. Recordings dont get more lifelike. Workingmans Dead an iconic, ageless record that drew countless listeners to the bands unique style because of its accessibility and charm deserves nothing less. Neither do you.
Numbered, Limited Edition
45rpm Speed Edition
Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Pressed at RTI
LP1 - Side One:
1. Uncle Johns Band
2. High Time
LP1 - Side Two:
1. Dire Wolf
2. New Speedway Boogie
LP2 - Side Three:
1. Cumberland Blues
2. Black Peter
LP2 - Side Four:
1. Easy Wind
2. Casey Jones