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GRATEFUL DEAD - THE WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO ALBUMS VINYL BOX SET (180G 5LP BOX SET)

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Grateful Dead The Warner Brothers Studio Albums 180g 5LP Box Set

Lacquers Cut from the Original Analog Masters and Pressed on 180g Vinyl at RTI

Features the Original Mixes for Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa for the First Time in Nearly 40 Years

Limited Edition Hard-Shell Box Contains 12" x 12" Book with New, Insightful Liner Notes

Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Song-Based, Era-Defining Roots Landmarks Workingman's Dead and American Beauty

At last. One of the most sorely neglected catalogs in music history has finally received the sonic upgrade it's long deserved, and the results are as heavenly as Jerry Garcia's mellifluous guitar tones. The analog refurbishment involves two of the most beloved rustic classics ever made, a high-flying debut, and a pair of experimental mind-benders.

Between 1967 and 1970, the Grateful Dead recorded five studio albums for Warner Bros. Records that formed the psychedelic and folk-rock canon on which the band’s live legend was built. The albums spotlighted the early core lineup of Garcia, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart.  Grateful Dead and Rhino are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the soulful roots masterpieces Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty with The Warner Bros. Studio Albums, a five-LP boxed set that also contains The Grateful Dead (1967) plus the original mixes for the adventurous Anthem Of The Sun (1968) and Aoxomoxoa (1969), available on vinyl for the first time in nearly 40 years. 

Meticulously produced, the attractive set offers detailed replicas of the original albums housed in a hard-shell case that protects and stores the music with an accompanying 12" x 12" book including unpublished photos and new liner notes by band expert Blair Jackson. To ensure the highest degree of quality, the albums were pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI using lacquers cut from the original analog masters by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Always sticklers for sonic quality, these pressings match the band's exacting standards by presenting the Dead's unique miasma of rock, psychedelia, folk, country, jug-band, jazz, bluegrass, and blues music on a tremendous soundstage replete with previously unheard transparency, dynamics, warmth, balance, presence, and tonality. The amounts of newfound detail and information are positively mind-blowing (the stripped-back Workingman's Dead and American Beauty now radiate with acoustic woodiness, defined body, harmonic truth, and you-are-there realism), as are the full-scale restorations of Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa.

The original mixes for Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa, featured here for the first time since they were released, went out of circulation in 1972 and 1971 respectively. Garcia and Lesh revisited Aoxomoxoa two years after its release in an effort to cut through the dense mix, a result of the band’s extensive experimenting in the studio with one of the first 16-track recorders. The overhaul changed the album’s sound significantly, including the end of “Doin’ That Rag,” which originally closed with an a cappella vocal coda that was later removed. Longtime fans and newbies alike will relish what they hear.

Don't pass up on this incredible set. Music lovers will be talking about this one for a long time. Discover why those in the know realize that the Dead's talents weren't just limited to the stage and why their early studio recording are closet audiophile classics. 

"Pressed at RTI and featuring the original mixes of Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa, both unavailable for decades, the set puts the country, folk, roots, and bluegrass accents back into the acoustic-based material and vivid, three-dimensional colors into the previously congested, muddily layered hallucinogenic fare. …Rhino’s effort [is] one of the finest reissues (digital or analog) in recent memory, and plenty good enough to forever change the mistaken belief that the Dead never created a studio masterpiece."
--Bob Gendron, TONE Audio, Issue 33

The Grateful Dead The Warner Brothers Studio Albums Contents

The Grateful Dead
Side One
1.   The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
2.   Beat It On Down The Line
3.   Good Morning Little School Girl
4.   Cold Rain And Snow
5.   Sitting On Top Of The World
6.   Cream Puff War
Side Two
1.   Morning Dew
2.   New, New Minglewood Blues
3.   Viola Lee Blues
 
Anthem Of The Sun
Side One
1.   That’s It For The Other One
I.   Cryptical Envelopment
II.  Quadlibet For Tender Feet
III. The Faster We Go, The Rounder We Get
IV.  We Leave The Castle
2.   New Potato Caboose
3.   Born Cross-Eyed”
Side Two
1.   Alligator
2.   Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
 
Aoxomoxoa
Side One
1.    St. Stephen
2.    Dupree’s Diamond Blues
3.    Rosemary
4.    Doin’ That Rag
5.    Mountains Of The Moon
Side Two
1.    China Cat Sunflower
2.    What’s Become Of The Baby
3.    Cosmic Charlie
 
Workingman’s Dead
Side One
1.    Uncle John's Band
2.    High Time
3.    Dire Wolf
4.    New Speedway Boogie
Side Two
1.    Cumberland Blues
2.    Black Peter
3.    Easy Wind
4.    Casey Jones
 
American Beauty
Side One
1.    Box Of Rain
2.    Friend Of The Devil
3.    Sugar Magnolia
4.    Operator
5.    Candyman
Side Two
1.     Ripple
2.     Brokedown Palace
3.     Till The Morning Comes
4.     Attics Of My Life
5.     Truckin’

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