Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. 50th Anniversary remastered audio. American Beauty is the fifth studio album by rock band The Grateful Dead. Released November 1, 1970, by Warner Bros. Records, the album continued the folk rock and country music style of their previous album Workingman's Dead, issued earlier in the year. Though the Americana approach is still evident in the songwriting, comparatively the sound focused more on folk harmonies and major-key melodies, showing influence from Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.
In 1969, for their third album, theGrateful Deadeschewed outside producers and createdAoxomoxoathemselves, beginning a run of self-produced albums that would continue until 1977. Scrapping the first sessions, which were recorded to eight-track tape, the Dead now had 16 tracks with which to experiment on their psychedelic sound, with an album that included entirely Robert Hunter-penned lyrics for the first time. An enigmatic classic,Aoxomoxoais messy and murky, mysterious and majestic - a perfect time capsule that is still stubbornly resplendent over a half-century later. The album introduced Dead favorites like "St. Stephen," "Mountains On The Moon," and "China Cat Sunflower."180g vinyl LP.
St. Stephen (1971 Mix) [2019 Remaster]
Dupree's Diamond Blues (1971 Mix) [2019 Remaster]
Rosemary (1971 Mix) [2019 Remaster]
Doin' That Rag (1971 Mix) [2019 Remaster]
Mountains of the Moon (1971 Mix) [2019 Remaster]
China Cat Sunflower (1971 Mix) [2018 Remaster]
What's Become of the Baby (1971 Mix) [2019 Remaster]
Grateful Dead - Built to Last / The Grateful Dead's final studio album, released in October 1989, contains some of the strongest songs of the later-era Grateful Dead, including "Foolish Heart," "Standing On The Moon," and Brent Mydland's "Blow Away. " Brent had three songs on the LP, demonstrating his importance to the band with his strong vocal and musical contributions. Two of Bob Weir's more dynamic songs are also on the album, "Picasso Moon" and "Victim Or The Crime," showing off some of his deepest, most interesting song-craft. The Dead's Final Studio Album, Newly Remastered. 1LP, Black Vinyl. Mastered by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer David Glasser. Produced for release by David Lemieux.
The fourth night of the famed Fillmore West run that produced the bulk of Live/Dead is an exceptional example--going back more than 54 years—as to why you never miss a Sunday show. Opening (!!) with what would later be known as the Live/Dead suite, 3/2/69 demonstrates the Dead had not only NOT run out of steam after three magnificent shows, in many ways they surpassed the previous nights' wildly powerful music. When your first set is the entire Live/Dead suite, what do you for a second set? Simple! You play for more than an hour and half, making sure everyone goes home way too late, but unimaginably happy.
After the first set's Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Lovelight, the second set puts so much icing on the cake that it almost becomes a cake made of nothing but frosting: That's It For The Other One, Morning Dew, Alligator>Caution, and so much more.
We're thrilled to be completing the quartet of what is widely considered one of the greatest runs in Grateful Dead history, mixed from the 16-track master tapes by Jeffrey Norman, and mastered by Jeffrey along with tape restoration by Plangent Processes.
Side A 1. DARK STAR [21:24] (Garcia/Hart/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir/Hunter)
Side B 1. ST. STEPHEN> [8:28] (Garcia/Lesh/Hunter)
2. THE ELEVEN [12:51] (Lesh/Hunter)
Side C 1. TURN ON YOUR LOVELIGHT [15:36] (Scott/Malone) Universal Duchess Music/Floree Music Co. (BMI)
Side D 1. Bill Graham Intro [1:00] [USRH12301726]
2. DOIN’ THAT RAG [6:45] (Garcia/Hunter)
Side E 1. THAT’S IT FOR THE OTHER ONE [22:58] I. Cryptical Envelopment> (I) [2:19] (Garcia) II. The Other One> [9:44] (Weir/Kreutzmann) III. Cryptical Envelopment (II) [10:55] (Garcia)
Side F 1. DEATH DON’T HAVE NO MERCY [11:32] (Davis) Chandos Music/Hillgreen Music (ASCAP)
Complete, previously unreleased performance by the Grateful Dead on 180-Gram Vinyl with 10th Side Custom Etching, Limited Edition of 12,000. Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction, with mastering by Jeffrey Norman, Produced for release by David Lemieux.
One of the shortest-lived iterations of the Grateful Dead was the band that existed December 1971 through March 1972. Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill, Pigpen, and Keith formed a formidable version of the Dead that only played a few shows together before Donna Jean joined as vocalist, and before Pigpen would depart the stage for good in June 1972. What this sextet lacked in quantity of shows it made up for with creativeness, power, and inspiration. When Pigpen rejoined the Dead on December 1, 1971, after a few months off during which Keith had joined as piano player, the band was now an unstoppably powerful live juggernaut it hadn't been since the height of the Primal Dead era in late 1968-1969. Widely considered one of the best shows from the Pigpen-Keith era of the Grateful Dead, December 10, 1971 in St. Louis has it all: Pigpen singing lead on four songs including an 18 minute version of Good Lovin' and a very rare performance of Run Rudolph Run; a deep dive into the Dead's psychedelic recent past with a monster version of The Other One; plus plenty of the new material from earlier in 1971 like Bertha, Loser, Sugaree, and Playing In The Band. They also hit upon much of the music that would appear the following year on Europe '72, such as Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Mr. Charlie, and One More Saturday Night. And no Dead show of this vintage would be complete without the "hits": Truckin', Sugar Magnolia, and Casey Jones all make appearances. This is truly one of the deepest, most dynamic, exciting, and accessible live shows in the entire Grateful Dead canon.
Grateful Dead/Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO (12/10/71) [Live](5LP)
- Disc 1 -
1 Bertha (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
2 Me and My Uncle (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
3 Mr. Charlie (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
4 Loser (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
- Disc 2 -
1 Beat It on Down the Line (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
2 Sugaree (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
3 Jack Straw (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
4 Next Time You See Me (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
- Disc 3 -
1 Tennessee Jed (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
2 El Paso (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
3 Big Railroad Blues (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
4 Casey Jones (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
- Disc 4 -
1 Good Lovin' (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
- Disc 5 -
1 Brokedown Palace (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
2 Playing in the Band (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
3 Run Rudolph Run (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
4 Deal (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
- Disc 6 -
1 Sugar Magnolia (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
2 Comes a Time (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
- Disc 7 -
1 Truckin' (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
2 Drums (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
- Disc 8 -
1 The Other One (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
2 Sitting on Top of the World (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
3 The Other One, Pt. 2 (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
- Disc 9 -
1 Not Fade Away, Pt. 1 (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
2 Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
3 Not Fade Away, Pt. 2 (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
4 One More Saturday Night (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo 12/10/71)
David Lemieux-Produced 50th Anniversary 180g Vinyl 2LP Reissue with New 2021 Remaster by Grammy Award-Winning Engineer David Glasser and Tip-On Jacket Packaging!
"For theGrateful Dead'ssecond live album, released two years after its predecessorLive/Dead, the band delivered an equally magnificent, but entirely different sound. WhereasLive/Deadwas a perfect sonic encapsulation of the band at the peak of their primal Dead era,Skull & Rosescaptures 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 officialGrateful Deadalbum, up there withLive/Dead's"Dark Star" andEurope '72's"Morning Dew."Skull & Rosessounds 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
Not only didSkull & Rosesserve up supremely fine tunes, it was also the one that scored theGrateful Deadtheir very first Gold record, introduced the world to the iconic skeleton babe Bertha, and asked the questions - Who are you? Where are you? How are you? - giving birth to the first official generation of Dead Heads. Celebrating its50th anniversaryin 2021, the album has beennewly remastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer, David Glasser using Plangent Process speed correctionand comes pressed on180g vinyl 2LPwith Tip-On jacket packaging and sticker insert. Produced for release byDavid Lemieux.
Bertha (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 27, 1971)
Mama Tried (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 26, 1971)
Big Railroad Blues (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 5, 1971)
Playing in the Band (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 6, 1971)
The Other One (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 28, 1971)
Me & My Uncle (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 29, 1971)
Big Boss Man (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 26, 1971)
Me & Bobby McGee (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 27, 1971)
Johnny B. Goode (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, March 24, 1971)
Wharf Rat (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 26, 1971)
Not Fade Away / Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 5, 1971)
Grateful Dead History of the Grateful Dead Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice) [Live] [50th Anniversary Edition] - The Grateful Dead's first true archival album, Bear's Choice, was lovingly produced as atribute to Pigpen shortly after he passed by none other that the Dead's original soundman and benefactor, Owsley Stanley, aka Bear. Drawing from live shows recorded three years earlier by Bear at the Fillmore East in New York City, Bear's Choice captures the Dead at an essential moment of their history, as they were about to record Workingman's Dead (and shortly thereafter, American Beauty), and were transitioning into becoming Americana pioneers, while never losing touch with their psychedelic improvisational roots. Three of the eight songs on the album are sung by Pigpen, with Side 1 being the definitive example of early Acoustic Dead, and Side 2 being electric blues and rock & roll, with Pigpen leading the charge on both tracks on the second side. This has been re-mastered by David Glasser using Plangent Processes from the original analog 2-track tapes recorded live by Bear and has never sounded better.
Disc 1 -
1 Katie Mae (Live at the Fillmore East, San Francisco, Ca 2/13/70)
2 Dark Hollow (Live at the Fillmore East, San Francisco, Ca 2/14/70)
3 I've Been All Around This World (Live at the Fillmore East, San Francisco, Ca 2/14/70)
4 Wake Up Little Susie (Live at the Fillmore East, San Francisco, Ca 2/13/70)
5 Black Peter (Live at the Fillmore East, San Francisco, Ca 2/13/70)
- Disc 2 -
1 Smokestack Lightnin' (Live at the Fillmore East, San Francisco, Ca 2/13/70)
2 Hard to Handle (Live at the Fillmore East, San Francisco, Ca 2/14/70)
Includes 2 untitled hidden tracks following "And We Bid You Goodnight." The Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan (vocals, organ, congas); Phil Lesh (vocals, bass); Tom Constanten (keyboards); Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann (drums, percussion). Producers: Grateful Dead, Bob Matthews, Betty Cantor. Recorded live at The Fillmore West and the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California in 1969. Originally released on November 10, 1969. LIVE DEAD was the first 16-track on-location recording. Among the finest of rock's live documents, LIVE DEAD is a snapshot of the Grateful Dead circa 1969, applying the free-jazz lessons of John Coltrane to their finely-tuned, manic, and flowing boogie. It was the first released piece of evidence that the live Dead were a wholly different, multi-headed animal than the one that recorded in the studio. LIVE DEAD was also the culmination of the group's evolution into what's now considered the vintage San Francisco sound--having perfected it, the Grateful Dead would soon leave it for fresher musical pastures. While each of LIVE DEAD's selections calls to mind a specific trick from up the band's sleeve, the opening four songs (later dubbed "the holy quartet" by Deadheads) best indicates the Dead's burning trajectory. "Dark Star" lays out a wide-open musical terrain, allowing the band to leap anywhere from its minimalist-riff launching pad and its two verses of T.S. Eliot-inspired psychedelic prose. Here, it is a dark-hued and majestic sea of ambience and intensity. "St. Stephen" explodes like a shiny metallic cloud-burst, Bob Weir's fervent vocals carrying it like a holy torch. "The Eleven," a thunderous fury of a composition based on "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" and played in 11/4 time, continues the rumbling. By the time Pigpen ends the continuous sermon with a raucous sci-fi-R&B take on Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Turn On Your Lovelight," the Dead have seemingly sailed every corner of their musical universe.
TheGrateful Dead rose out of their mid-'60s San Francisco roots as a hippie-blues-jam band to become one of the biggest acts on the planet. The group's free-form musical brew and free-spirited psychedelic vision are now legendary, as are their fans. Featuring eleven early classics like "Casey Jones," "Truckin'," "Friend Of The Devil," "Uncle John's Band," and "Sugar Magnolia," the band's 4x Platinum-certified 1974 hits collection Skeletons From The Closet: The Best Of The Grateful Dead remains a fine jumping off point and perennial bestseller!
50th Anniversary 180g Vinyl 2LP Pressing featuring Dead's Best Studio Work from 1967-1977!
The Grateful Dead’slong strange trip reached its golden anniversary in 2015 and the influential band celebrated the 50 year feat with a pressing of The Best of the Grateful Deadon180g double vinyl LP and a trio of final shows at Chicago's Soldier Field billed as “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead." An essential collection of the legendary group’s best studio work from 1967-1977, this compilation features 19 tracks and covers all the signature songs that made the band’s mystical musical journey so memorable.
Arranged chronologically, the tracks reflect the evolution of the group’s sound and its membership from 1967’s “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” to essential fan favorites like “St. Stephen,” “Casey Jones,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Friend of the Devil,” and “Scarlet Begonias.” The set also highlights original versions of songs that later became staples of the band’s transcendent concerts, such as “Truckin’,” “China Cat Sunflower,” “Uncle John’s Band,” and, of course “Dark Star.” Included here, the rare single version of "Dark Star" is only two-and-a-half minutes long. On stage, the Dead transformed it into an improvisational showcase that often stretched out for 30 minutes.
LP1 1. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) 2. Cream Puff War 3. Born Cross-Eyed 4. Dark Star 5. St. Stephen 6. China Cat Sunflower 7. Uncle John's Band 8. Easy Wind 9. Casey Jones 10. Truckin'
LP2 1. Box of Rain 2. Sugar Magnolia 3. Friend of The Devil 4. Ripple 5. Eyes of The World 6. Unbroken Chain 7. Scarlet Begonias 8. The Music Never Stopped 9. Estimated Prophet
In 2016 Rhino kicked-off Rocktober, a highly successful campaign that celebrated some of the biggest names in Rock N' Roll. In 2017, Rhino returned with another riveting Rocktobercampaign featuring seventeen more not-to-miss releases. The second and final volume of the Grateful Dead's 2015 compilation, The Best Of The Grateful Dead, covering the years 1977-1989 is available here as a 180g 2LP-set. Arranged chronologically, the tracks reflect the evolution of the group's sound and its membership from 1977's album side long "Terrapin Station" to 1989's "Standing on the Moon." In between, listeners will find the essential tracks that made the band such a cultural phenomenon, including such fan favorites as "Shakedown Street," "I Need A Miracle," "Fire On The Mountain," "Touch Of Grey," and "Hell In a Bucket."
Originally released in March of 1967 on Warner Bros. Records courtesy of a line-up of Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (guitar, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (organ, vocals) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums, percussion), theGrateful Dead'sself-titled debut album features seven folk/blues standards from the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson and Jessie Fuller along with a pair of originals in "The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)" and "Cream Puff War." It captures the group's early sound with a mix of electrified jug band stomps ("Sitting On Top of the World"), Chicago blues ("Good Morning Little School Girl"), crazed modal improv ("Viola Lee Blues"), and Dylan-y put-downs ("Cream Puff War"). The set unabashedly flaunts the Dead's musical roots and influences while simultaneously showcasing the promising songwriting that would subsequently help define an entire genre.
Music scribe Jesse Jarnow noted, "The Grateful Dead is the Grateful Dead as they existed, a slice of their fast-changing live repertoire circa 1967. Nothing would ever be the same, but nothing had ever been the same with the Dead from the time of their second show onward."
50th Anniversary Remaster of the debut album from the band's own label, Grateful Dead RECORDS. With the recent passing of founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and temporary exit of drummer, Mickey Hart, this 1973 release introduces a fresh lineup that includes newest members Keith and Donna Godchaux on keys and vocals. Features"Eyes Of The World," "Stella Blue," and "Mississippi Half-Step." 50th Anniversary Remaster by David Glasser, with Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction. Produced for Release by David Lemieux. 180-Gram, black Vinyl.
In the Summer of 1989, word was out that The Grateful Dead were recording their summer tour for an upcoming live album. Thankfully, word later spread that they were also recording the magnificent Fall Tour of 1989. And then the equally great Spring Tour of 1990. Just before the Dead split for Europe in the Fall of 1990, they surprised their fans with the release of the long-awaited live album, showing off their late-Brent era excellence. Mixed from the 24-track analog master tapes, the album was a sonic wonder, filled with some of the best material played by the Dead on the last tours featuring Brent Mydland, who would pass away before the album was completed. Included on the album is a beautiful rendition of Dear Mr. Fantasy, a late addition to the track list, as a tribute to Brent, to whom the album is dedicated. Also of note is the famous "Eyes Of The World" from Nassau Coliseum with Branford Marsalis, a ripping "China Cat Sunflower" "I Know You Rider," and classic first set material from the era, including "Althea," "Cassidy," and "Let It Grow." A sonic masterpiece and energetic tour de force. - 3LPs of live Dead! Over two hours of historic performances from October 1989-April 1990. Newly Mastered by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer David Glasser. Produced for release by David Lemieux.
- Disc 1 -
1 Feel Like a Stranger (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
2 Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
3 Walkin' Blues (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
- Disc 2 -
1 Althea (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
2 Cassidy (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
3 Let It Grow (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
- Disc 3 -
1 China Cat Sunflower / I Know You Rider (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
2 Looks Like Rain (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
- Disc 4 -
1 Eyes of the World (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
2 Victim or the Crime (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
- Disc 5 -
1 Help on the Way / Slipknot! / Franklin's Tower (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
- Disc 6 -
1 Bird Song (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
2 One More Saturday Night (Live October 1989 - April 1990)
3 Dear Mr. Fantasy (Live October 1989 - April 1990)