Workingman's Dead [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The Grateful Dead were already established as paragons of the free-form, improvisational San Francisco psychedelic sound when they abruptly shifted gears for the acoustic Workingman's Dead, a lovely exploration of American roots music illuminating the group's country, blues, and folk influences. The lilting "Uncle John's Band," their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly. Despite its sharp contrast to the epic live space jams on which the group's legend primarily rests, Workingman's Dead nonetheless spotlights the Dead at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The Grateful Dead were already established as paragons of the free-form, improvisational San Francisco psychedelic sound when they abruptly shifted gears for the acoustic Workingman's Dead, a lovely exploration of American roots music illuminating the group's country, blues, and folk influences. The lilting "Uncle John's Band," their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly. Despite its sharp contrast to the epic live space jams on which the group's legend primarily rests, Workingman's Dead nonetheless spotlights the Dead at their most engaging, stripped of all excess to reveal the true essence of their craft. [The 2003 reissue on Rhino contains expanded liner notes with lots of photos. It also includes a previously unissued alternate mix of "New Speedway Boogie" and six live tracks: "Dire Wolf" recorded at Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Hall on 6/27/1969, "Black Peter" recorded at Golden Hall Community Concourse in San Diego on 1/10/1970, "Easy Wind" recorded at Springer's Ballroom in Portland, OR, on 1/16/1970, "Cumberland Blues" recorded at the Oregon State University Gym on 1/17/1970, "Mason's Children" recorded at the Civic Auditorium in Honolulu on 1/24/1970, and "Uncle John's Band" recorded at Winterland on 12/23/1970.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227439620
  • Catalog Number: 74396
  • Sales rank: 22,202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Uncle John's Band (4:45)
  2. 2 High Time (5:14)
  3. 3 Dire Wolf (3:14)
  4. 4 New Speedway Boogie (4:06)
  5. 5 Cumberland Blues (3:16)
  6. 6 Black Peter (5:43)
  7. 7 Easy Wind (4:58)
  8. 8 Casey Jones (4:38)
  9. 9 New Speedway Boogie (4:10)
  10. 10 Dire Wolf (2:31)
  11. 11 Black Peter (9:07)
  12. 12 Easy Wind (8:09)
  13. 13 Cumberland Blues (4:52)
  14. 14 Mason's Children (6:32)
  15. 15 Uncle John's Band (7:57)
  16. 16 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Drums
Jerry Garcia Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Bob Weir Guitar, Vocals
Tom Constanten Keyboards
Bill Kreutzmann Drums
Phil Lesh Bass, Vocals
David Nelson Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Jerry Garcia Composer
Grateful Dead Composer, Producer
Robert Hunter Lyricist
James Austin Reissue Producer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Phil Lesh Composer
Bob Matthews Producer
Gary Peterson Liner Note Coordination
Betty Cantor Producer
Steve Silberman Liner Notes
David Singer Poster Design
Alembic Engineer
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
David Lemieux Reissue Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Workingman's Dead

    This is my favorite Grateful Dead album. This is pretty much all country tunes. The best songs are Uncle John's Band, High Time and Black Peter. The first chords of Uncle John's Band really fired me up when I first heard them. It made me anxious to listen to the rest of the LP. This is just a solid collection of songs.

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