Grateful Dead Release 50th Anniversary Edition of Rootsy 1970 Album ‘Workingman’s Dead’ (Listen)

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Originally released in 1970, Workingman’s Dead was the fourth studio album from the Grateful Dead — then a still-perfecting-its-craft psychedelic rock/jam band, which set forth with the studio sessions to create a rootsy, Americana-tinged album of music.

50 years later, Workingman’s Dead is among the pinnacle of the Dead’s catalog, and it has been recognized as such with a lavish 50th anniversary reissue.

Released today, July 10, via Rhino, the Workingman’s Dead reissue is the real deal, available digitally and as a 3-CD Deluxe Edition set, in addition to a limited 12″ picture disc vinyl and an exclusive vinyl only available at

More on the reissue, per the Grateful Dead website:

Per the Dead site:

Due July 10th, WORKINGMAN’S DEAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available as a three-CD set and digital equivalents 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. 2/21/71 delivers a plethora of songs from both Workingman’s Dead and the band’s follow-up album, American Beauty. Some highlights include Weir’s moving vocal take on “Me and Bobby McGee,” Pigpen’s whiskey-seasoned growl on “Easy Wind” and a stellar run through “Uncle John’s Band” to close out the show.

Stream the Workingman’s Dead 50th anniversary edition below, via Spotify:


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