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Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) [50th Anniversary Expanded Edition] (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) [50th Anniversary Expanded Edition] (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 02:26:29 minutes | 6,12 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Grateful Dead – Rhino

“For the Grateful Dead’s second live album, released two years after its predecessor LIVE/DEAD, the band delivered an equally magnificent, but entirely different, Grateful Dead sound. Whereas LIVE/DEAD was a perfect sonic encapsulation of the band at the peak of their Primal Dead era, SKULL & ROSES captures the quintessential quintet, the original five piece band, playing some of their hardest hitting rock ‘n’ roll (‘Johnny B. Goode,’ ‘Not Fade Away’), showing off their authentic Bakersfield bona fides (‘Me & My Uncle,’ ‘Mama Tried,’ ‘Me & Bobby McGee’), and some originals that would be important parts of the Dead’s live repertoire for the next 24 years (‘Bertha,’ ‘Playing In The Band,’ ‘Wharf Rat’). Of course, the Dead were never defined by one specific ‘sound’ and amongst the aforementioned genres and styles the band brought to this album, they also delved deeply into their psychedelic, primal playbook with an entire side dedicated to their 1968 masterpiece ‘The Other One.’ This is one of the most deeply rich and satisfying tracks preserved on an official Grateful Dead album, up there with LIVE/DEAD’s ‘Dark Star’ and EUROPE ’72’s ‘Morning Dew.’ SKULL & ROSES sounds as fresh today as the first time I heard it in 1985, and as fresh as it was upon its spectacularly well-received release in 1971.” – David Lemieux

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Bob Dylan & Grateful Dead – Dylan & The Dead (1989/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Bob Dylan & Grateful Dead – Dylan & The Dead (1989/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:05 minutes | 485 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Quite possibly the worst album by either Bob Dylan or the Grateful Dead, the live Dylan & the Dead completely squanders its promise. Working from an intriguing selection of songs it includes staples like “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and more obscure gems like “Joey” the Dead and Dylan contribute listless, meandering versions that are simply boring. Both artists have done much better reportedly they have done better together, according to various bootleg fans but Dylan & the Dead is a sad, disheartening document.

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Grateful Dead – The Very Best of the Grateful Dead (2003) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – The Very Best of the Grateful Dead (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:17:34 minutes | 1,62 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Grateful Dead – Rhino

It only seems like there has been an endless stream of Grateful Dead compilations. In reality, there has only been a handful, and the most notable of those were released while the band was still an active recording and touring unit in the ’70s – and before they had belated chart success in the late ’80s, 20 years after their debut album. So, Warner/Rhino’s 2003 collection The Very Best of Grateful Dead marks the first attempt to do a thorough single-disc overview of the group’s career, encompassing not just their classic Warner albums but also the records they cut for their own Grateful Dead/UA and Arista. As always with the Dead, it’s hard to condense the band’s free-ranging, freewheeling output onto one disc, and there are some big songs and concert staples missing here, including the perennial “Dark Star,” “Jack Straw,” “Black Peter,” “Stella Blue,” “Brokedown Palace,” “Playing in the Band,” “Wharf Rat,” and “Terrapin Station.” They are missed, some more than others, but the 17 tracks here do present nearly all sides of the Dead while hitting their biggest songs: “Truckin’,” “Touch of Grey,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Casey Jones,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Box of Rain,” and “Ripple.” As that list proves, this is a set that leans heavily on the twin peaks of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, but there’s a reason why those two are beloved of Deadheads and casual fans alike: the classic songs are there. Also present here are staples like “The Golden Road,” “One More Saturday Night,” “Estimated Prophet,” “Eyes of the World,” and “U.S. Blues,” which may not be as well-known to the general populace but help fill in the picture and provide a good portrait of the band. The collection would have been better if sequenced a little more chronologically, but nevertheless it provides a first-class introduction to a band whose catalog can often seem a little unwieldy.

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Grateful Dead – Spring 1990: The Other One (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – Spring 1990: The Other One (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 20:24:19 minutes | 25,3 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino Entertainment

A limited edition 23 CD box set release of eight Grateful Dead shows from March and April 1990.

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Grateful Dead – American Beauty (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1970/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – American Beauty (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1970/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:04:13 minutes | 3,89 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Grateful Dead – Rhino

The crown jewel of the Dead’s studio output! The album’s original 10 tracks include many of the Dead’s best-known, most-loved, and most popular songs both on record and in concert for the next 25 years. An album that includes Box Of Rain, Friend Of The Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Candyman, Ripple, Brokedown Palace, Attics Of My Life,and Truckin’ looks more like a greatest-hits compilation than a second album of 1970, and yet American Beauty demonstrates a band unable to slow down in terms of the quality of its writing, recording, and performing.

This three-CD set includes the original album with newly remastered audio, plus an unreleased concert recorded on February 18, 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 Weir’s Marin County TRI Studios and mastered by Grammy® Award-winning engineer, David Glasser.

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Grateful Dead – American Beauty – The Angel’s Share (Remastered) (1970/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – American Beauty – The Angel’s Share (Remastered) (1970/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:34:11 minutes | 3,17 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Grateful Dead – Rhino

The musical distillers that recently uncorked Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s Share have finished another batch of unreleased session recordings by the Grateful Dead. This time, the heavenly sonic elixir will toast the 50th anniversary of American Beauty with over two hours of unreleased studio outtakes, demos, and alternate mixes.

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Grateful Dead – American Beauty – The Angel’s Share (Remastered Demos) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – American Beauty – The Angel’s Share (Remastered Demos) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:59 minutes | 841 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Grateful Dead – Rhino

The Grateful Dead have released Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s Share, a collection of candid studio outtakes from the recording of their seminal 1970 Americana album.

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Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1970/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96-192kHz]

Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1970/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96-192 kHz | Time – 03:07:08 minutes | 4,41 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Grateful Dead – Rhino

Due July 10th, Workingman’s Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be available as a three-CD set and digital equivalents featuring the original album with newly remastered sound, plus an unreleased complete 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 Weir’s Marin County TRI Studios and mastered by Grammy® Award-winning engineer, David Glasser, along with restoration and speed correction by Plangent Processes. 2/21/71 delivers a plethora of songs from both Workingman’s Dead and the band’s follow-up album, American Beauty. Some highlights include Weir’s moving vocal take on “Me and Bobby McGee,” Pigpen’s whiskey-seasoned growl on “Easy Wind” and a stellar run through “Uncle John’s Band” to close out the show.

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Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s Share (1970/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s Share (1970/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:31:31 minutes | 2,95 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Grateful Dead – Rhino

The Grateful Dead have released Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s Share, a collection of candid studio outtakes from the recording of their seminal 1970 Americana album.

While the Dead are known for leaving few stones unturned in terms of live audio, studio remastering, and all of the other content that diehard fans obsess over, little has been released in the way of the Dead’s interpersonal communication within the studio. Sure, fans can find live mixes of classic concerts that feature the band members speaking to each other with in-ear monitors. But The Angel’s Share shows the band isolated together, during a time when they were still far greater friends than business partners.

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Grateful Dead – June 1976 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grateful Dead – June 1976 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 14:10:57 minutes | 27,2 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Grateful Dead Productions / Warner Music

During the mid-1970s, the Grateful Dead saga was unfolding like a Greek classic. The Sisyphean Wall Of Sound had nearly broken the band. From it spawned a Medusa head of countless side projects, all deliciously fruitful but woefully not the same as the whole. The chorus lay in wait, pondering the reemergence of their heroes, and wondering if “THE LAST ONE” had really been it…

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