The Grateful Dead detail 50th anniversary editions of Workingman’s Dead

The three-CD deluxe edition boasts an unreleased full concert from 1971.

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The Grateful Dead have announced 50th anniversary edition reissues of their 1970 album, Workingman’s Dead. The remastered releases will be available in a three-CD set – which boasts an unreleased full concert recording – and as limited edition picture disc or coloured vinyl.

In addition to featuring the Dead’s classic album with a “newly remastered sound”, the three-CD edition – known as Workingman’s Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition – boasts a previously unreleased concert recording from 1971 of the band’s show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The show was deemed to be “from an era that was truly pivotal in the Grateful Dead’s canon”, according to a Facebook post from the band.


Chances are, you saw this one coming and if you've done your Grateful Dead math, you know that this year's 50th anniversary releases will be nothing short of spectacular. And not just because we'll be offering upgrades on two of the band's most highly-acclaimed records, but because we're doubling down with unreleased and archived material from an era that was truly pivotal in the Grateful Dead's canon. Due July 10th, WORKINGMAN’S DEAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available as a three-CD set 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. If it's vinyl you're after, there will be a WORKINGMAN’S DEAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY VINYL PICTURE DISC, limited to 10K, and Dead.net exclusive colored vinyl with just 2000 copies available. Both feature the newly remastered version of the original album. Get ‘em while you can: https://lnk.to/WD50/deadnet

Posted by Grateful Dead on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The unreleased Capitol Theatre show was mixed at guitarist Bob Weir’s own Marin Country TRI Studios from 16-track analogue master tapes by Jeffrey Norman – the mix engineer behind-the-desk on most of the groups archival releases since 2000. Mastering was performed by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Glasser, with restoration and speed correction done by Plangent Processes.

For fans sticking to analogue formats for the Dead’s releases, there will be two editions of Workingman’s Dead: 50th Anniversary in vinyl – a picture disc edition, limited to 10,000 copies; and an exclusive coloured vinyl, limited to 2,000 copies only on the band’s website.

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