Day Of The Dead: A Celebration Of The Grateful Dead's Music - Various Artists on Limited Edition Tie Die Colored 10LP Box Set
Epic New 59-Track, 5 Hour Tribute to the Grateful Dead Curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National!
Day of the Dead is an epic tribute to the music and artistry of the Grateful Dead, curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. They have brought together some of their favorite musicians to reinterpret the songs and sounds of the Dead for a new generation. 59 tracks and over 5 hours of music makes the album a landmark to get lost in, to discover hidden treasures and to make your own playlists for whatever mood you're in. The diversity in both material and performance on the tribute is astounding.
Special collaborations include Grateful Dead touring member Bruce Hornsby with DeYarmond Edison (featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and the band Megafaun) on "Black Muddy River," Perfume Genius and Sharon Van Etten on "To Lay Me Down," Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, the Band's Garth Hudson, Little Scream, and composer Caroline Adelaide Shaw's take on "Brokedown Palace," Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste and Little Joy's Binki Shapiro on "Loser," Lee Ranaldo and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe's "Playing in the Band," Jenny Lewis and Moses Sumney's "Cassidy," Charles Bradley's "Cumberland Blues," and perhaps most expansively, Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen and Chris Bear teaming up with members of the National, So Percussion, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus to recreate 1977's entire Terrapin Station medley.
There are fresh interpretations of classics, like The War On Drugs' "Touch of Grey," Jim James' "Candyman," Mumford and Sons' take on "Friend of the Devil," Phosphorescent / Matthew Houck's "Sugaree" and "Standing on the Moon," "Shakedown Street" recorded by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the Walkmen's "Ripple," and Lucius' version of "Uncle John's Band," as well as a perfectly cast Kurt Vile and J Mascis on "Box of Rain."
But the compilation also explores lesser known Dead material such as the psychedelic folk gem "Mountains of the Moon" (Lee Ranaldo), and "Rubin and Cherise," originally a Jerry Garcia song, later adopted by the Grateful Dead and recorded here by Will Oldham. Day of the Dead also features lively recordings from Senegalese collective Orchestra Baobob ("Clementine Jam"), composer Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley ("Estimated Prophet"), electronic artist Tim Hecker (channeling John Oswald's classic "Dark Star" exploration "Grayfolded"), jazz pianist Vijay Iyer ("King Solomon's Marbles"), and Bela Fleck with Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain, and Chris Wood ("Help on the Way / Slipknot"). Wilco also contributes here on a live version of "St. Stephen" with Bob Weir in tow!