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Grateful Dead – The Grateful Dead (1967/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grateful Dead – The Grateful Dead (1967/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:54:25 minutes | 4,23 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Rhino Entertainment

Has it really already been 50 years since The Grateful Dead released their debut album? My, my, those half-centuries certainly do fly by…
In commemoration of this momentous anniversary, we’re kicking off an equally-momentous, utterly epic album reissue series of the Dead’s back catalog, one which involves two-disc deluxe editions and limited-edition picture disc versions of all the group’s studio and live albums. The original albums will have newly remastered sound, the second disc of each will contain unreleased recordings, and the 12” picture discs will contain that same newly-remastered audio. Mind you, it’ll be a limited-edition situation with the vinyl reissues, so if you don’t rush to get one of the 10,000 copies we’re producing, you’ll be out of luck.
In the case of THE GRATEFUL DEAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION, the bonus disc features the band’s complete unreleased concert from July 29, 1966 and select cuts from July 30, 1966 at the P.N.E. Garden Auditorium in British Columbia. The band’s performances at the Vancouver Trips Festival are among only a handful of recordings that exist from the Dead’s first two years, so just know what a big deal this is.

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Grateful Dead – R.F.K. Stadium Washington D.C. 1989 (Live) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – R.F.K. Stadium Washington D.C. 1989 (Live) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 05:22:34 minutes | 6,61 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Rhino Entertainment

The Grateful Dead battled the elements in July 1989, enduring drenching rains and stifling humidity during back-to-back shows at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in the nation’s capital. In spite of the bleak weather, the band thrilled the massive crowds both nights with triumphant performances that rank among the very best of a busy year that included 74 shows and the release of the group’s final studio album, BUILT TO LAST.

ROBERT F. KENNEDY STADIUM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 12 & 13, 1989 includes two previously unreleased concerts taken from the band’s master 24-track analog recordings, which have been mixed by Jeffrey Norman at TRI Studios and mastered in HDCD by David Glasser. The collection’s colorful slip case features original artwork by Justin Helton and a perfect-bound book with in-depth liner notes written by Dean Budnick, editor-in-chief of Relix magazine. The set will also be available as a digital download in Apple Lossless and FLAC 192/24.

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Grateful Dead – Complete Studio Albums Collection: 1967-1989 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grateful Dead – Complete Studio Albums Collection (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 521:14 minutes | 19,4 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front covers
13 Studio albums: 1967-89 > Newest re-mastering from the Original master tapes

This new hi-res collection of the Grateful Dead’s studio work has been painstakingly produced from the original master tapes of each album, using their original mixes to produce a work that is truer to the original sound than any previous release. Included in this collection are the band’s 13 studio albums, spanning three decades and containing over 8 hours of music, lovingly rendered in hi-resolution…

The Complete Studio Albums Collection contains all 13 of Grateful Dead’s studio albums. Drawing from the 1960s, the bundle features the group’s gold-certified self-titled debut; Anthem of the Sun, which is the first with drummer Mickey Hart; and Aoxomoxoa, which boasts the live staple “St. Stephen.” Music from the 1970s includes: the back-to-back platinum releases Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty; Wake Of The Flood, the first with keyboardist Keith Godchaux who replaced founding member Ron “Pigpen” McKernan; From the Mars Hotel, which features the debut of “Scarlet Begonias”; Blues For Allah with the standout track “Franklin’s Tower”; and two gold albums in a row, Terrapin Station and Shakedown Street. The 1980s are represented by: Go To Heaven, the first with keyboardist Brent Mydland; the double-platinum In The Dark; and the group’s final studio album, Built To Last, which debuted on Halloween 1989.

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Grateful Dead – The Best Of The Grateful Dead (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – The Best Of The Grateful Dead (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 02:38:45 minutes | 3,31 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Rhino Entertainment
Recorded: 1967–1989

The Best of the Grateful Dead kicks off 2015 and the 50th anniversary of the Dead.This is the first time that there has been a 2 CD best of collection. The existing “The Very Best of the Grateful Dead” is a single disc of tracks selected based on the popularity/sales of the tracks. This new collection has been compiled to highlight classic favorites from a fan point of view.

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Grateful Dead – Red Rocks 7/8/78 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grateful Dead – Live at Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Morrison, CO 7/8/78 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 2:49:52 minutes | 5,45 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Pono Music | Front cover | © Grateful Dead/Rhino

In the history of Grateful Dead performances, 1978 is widely praised as one of the group’s finest years. This set marks the official debut of one of their first ever performances at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a show highly sought-after by Dead Heads, and the first official release of master recordings from the long lost “Betty Boards”. The complete July 8, 1978 show at Red Rocks is widely considered one of the greatest concerts in Grateful Dead history and now it’s available as a three-disc set.

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Grateful Dead – Fare Thee Well – Complete Box July 3, 4 & 5 2015 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grateful Dead – Fare Thee Well – Complete Box July 3, 4 & 5 2015 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 13:06:03 minutes | 12.9 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: dead.net | © Grateful Dead Productions | Rhino Entertainment
Recorded Live at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL, July 3, 4 & 5 2015

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the “core four” original members – Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir – reunited at Chicago’s Soldier Field on 4th of July weekend for one of the most anticipated concert events in recent history. Joined by Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby. Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead is the original members’ last-ever performance together nearly 20 years to the day of the last ever Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia, which took place at the same historic venue.

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Grateful Dead – American Beauty (1970) [MFSL 2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Grateful Dead – American Beauty (1970) [MFSL ‘2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:44 minutes | Scans included | 1,72 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 848 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # 2138

With 1970’s Workingman’s Dead, the Grateful Dead went through an overnight metamorphosis, turning abruptly from tripped-out free-form rock toward sublime acoustic folk and Americana. Taking notes on vocal harmonies from friends Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Dead used the softer statements of their fourth studio album as a subtle but moving reflection on the turmoil, heaviness, and hope America’s youth was facing as the idealistic ’60s ended. American Beauty was recorded just a few months after its predecessor, both expanding and improving on the bluegrass, folk, and psychedelic country explorations of Workingman’s Dead with some of the band’s most brilliant compositions. The songs here have a noticeably more relaxed and joyous feel. Having dived headfirst into this new sound with the previous album, the bandmembers found the summit of their collaborative powers here, with lyricist Robert Hunter penning some of his most poetic work, Jerry Garcia focusing more on gliding pedal steel than his regular electric lead guitar work, and standout lead vocal performances coming from Bob Weir (on the anthem to hippie love “Sugar Magnolia”), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (on the husky blues of “Operator”), and Phil Lesh (on the near-perfect opening tune, “Box of Rain”). This album also marked the beginning of what would become a long musical friendship between Garcia and Dave Grisman, whose mandolin playing adds depth and flavor to tracks like the outlaw country-folk of “Friend of the Devil” and the gorgeously devotional “Ripple.” American Beauty eventually spawned the band’s highest charting single — “Truckin’,” the greasy blues-rock tribute to nomadic counterculture — but it also contained some of their most spiritual and open-hearted sentiments ever, their newfound love of intricate vocal arrangements finding pristine expression on the lamenting “Brokedown Palace” and the heavenly nostalgia and gratitude of “Attics of My Life.” While the Dead eventually amassed a following so devoted that following the band from city to city became the center of many people’s lives, the majority of the band’s magic came in the boundless heights it reached in its live sets but rarely managed to capture in the studio setting. American Beauty is a categorical exception to this, offering a look at the Dead transcending even their own exploratory heights and making some of their most powerful music by examining their most gentle and restrained impulses. It’s easily the masterwork of their studio output, and a strong contender for the best music the band ever made, even including the countless hours of live shows captured on tape in the decades that followed.

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Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (1970) [MFSL 2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (1970) [MFSL ‘2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:01 minutes | Scans included | 1,45 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 670 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # 2137

As the ’60s drew to a close, it was a heavy time for the quickly crumbling hippie movement that had reached its apex just a few years earlier in 1967’s Summer of Love. Death and violence were pervasive in the form of the Manson murders, fatalities at the Altamont concert, and the ongoing loss of young lives in Vietnam despite the best efforts of anti-war activists and peace-seeking protesters. Difficult times were also upon the Grateful Dead, unofficial house band of San Francisco’s Summer of Love festivities and outspoken advocates of psychedelic experimentation both musical and chemical. The excessive studio experimentation that resulted in their trippy but disorienting third album, Aoxomoxoa, had left the band in considerable debt to their record label, and their stress wasn’t helped at all by a drug bust that had members of the band facing jail time. The rough road the Dead were traveling down seemed congruent with the hard changes faced by the youth counterculture that birthed them. Fourth studio album Workingman’s Dead reflects both the looming darkness of its time, and the endless hope and openness to possibility that would become emblematic of the Dead as their legacy grew. For a group already established as exploratory free-form rockers of the highest acclaim, Workingman’s Dead’s eight tunes threw off almost all improvisatory tendencies in favor of spare, thoughtful looks at folk, country, and American roots music with more subdued sounds than the band had managed up until then. The songs also focused more than ever before on singing and vocal harmonies, influenced in no small way by a growing friendship with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The band embraced complex vocal arrangements with campfire-suited folk on “Uncle John’s Band” and the psychedelic cowboy blues of “High Time”.

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Grateful Dead – July 1978: The Complete Recordings (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grateful Dead – July 1978: The Complete Recordings (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 12h 25m 47s |  23,6 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Dead.net | Artwork: Front cover(s)

The Grateful Dead have opened the vault once again for a new box set. July 1978: The Complete Recordings featuring 12 CDs and five complete shows. All five shows that are collected in the box set were taped by Betty Cantor-Jackson and are the first official release from the long-lost “Betty Boards” that were recently returned to the band’s vault. Included within are recordings of the Grateful Dead’s visits to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (7/1/78), St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul (7/3/78), Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha (7/5/78) and the band’s debut at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado (7/7/78 and 7/8/78).

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Grateful Dead – 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Story 1965-1995 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grateful Dead – 30 Trips Around The Sun: The Definitive Live Story 1965-1995 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 277:06 minutes |  10,4 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | @ Grateful Dead/Rhino

30 year spanning collection of essential live tracks + an early “pre-Dead” Emergency Crew track featuring Pig Pen! 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Story (1965-1995) serves as an introductory sampler to the Dead’s live canon, including 30 unreleased performances — one from each concert in the boxed set – along with the 1965 recording of “Caution”.

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