Disponibile dal 20 gennaio 2017 la versione Deluxe di “The Grateful Dead” si compone di due cd ed un picture disc. Il cd1 contiene l’audio rimasterizzato dell’album originale, mentre il cd2 contiene l’audio del concerto del 29 luglio 1966 avvenuto presso il P.N.E. Garden Auditorium di Vancouver, più 4 brani tratti dal live della serata successiva presso la stessa venue. Il vinyl picture disc è il primo supporto di tale tipo dedicato ai Dead.
Nel corso del 2017, Warner Music ripubblicherà in Edizione Speciale tutti gli album di studio ed i live della celebre band di Palo Alto.
THE GRATEFUL DEAD: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Disc One: Original Album, Newly Remastered 1. “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” 2. “Beat It On Down The Line” 3. “Good Morning Little School Girl” 4. “Cold Rain & Snow” 5. “Sitting On Top Of The World” 6. “Cream Puff War” 7. “Morning Dew” 8. “New, New Minglewood Blues” 9. “Viola Lee Blues”
Disc Two: P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Victoria, BC (Canada) July 29, 1966 1. “Standing On The Corner” 2. “I Know You Rider” 3. “Next Time You See Me” 4. “Sitting On Top of The World” 5. “You Don’t Have To Ask” 6. “Big Boss Man” 7. “Stealin’” 8. “Cardboard Cowboy” 9. “Baby Blue” 10. “Cream Puff War” 11. “Viola Lee Blues” 12. “Beat It On Down The Line” 13. “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” 7/30/66 14. “Cold, Rain and Snow” 15. “One Kind Favor” 16. “Hey Little One” 17. “New, New Minglewood Blues”
GRATEFUL DEAD 50TH Anniversary Album Reissue Series
Los Angeles – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s debut album, the Grateful Dead will launch a special album reissue series in January that will include two-disc deluxe editions and limited edition vinyl picture disc versions of all the group’s studio and live albums. Each will be timed for release around the individual album’s 50th anniversary. These two-disc deluxe editions will include the original album with newly remastered sound, plus a bonus disc of unreleased recordings. The same remastered audio from the original album will also be released as a 12-inch picture disc produced in a limited edition of 10,000 copies.
The celebration Begins With The January 20 Release Of The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. The set will be available for $19.98 and includes the original album — newly remastered from the original tapes by David Glasser — along with a bonus disc that features unreleased concert recordings from July 29 and 30, 1966 at the P.N.E. Garden Auditorium in British Columbia, mastered by Jeffrey Norman. On the same day, the newly remastered version of The Grateful Dead will also be available as a 12-inch picture disc, limited to 10,000 copies worldwide, for $21.98.
The band recorded and mixed “The Grateful Dead” in five days before releasing it in March 1967. 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”).
In the deluxe edition’s liner notes, Jesse Jarnow writes: “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.”
The deluxe edition’s bonus disc unearths unreleased recordings from the band’s performances at the Vancouver Trips Festival in 1966. Only a few recordings from the Dead’s first two years exist, but each one reveals corners of the band’s repertoire not captured anywhere else. That’s especially true here, with three songs making their last appearance on any surviving Dead recording: “Standing On The Corner,” “You Don’t Have To Ask Me,” and “Cardboard Cowboy.”