Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead [2LP] (180 Gram 45RPM Audiophile Vinyl, limited/numbered) (Mobile Fidelity)

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Grateful Dead Workingmans Dead on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP Set from Mobile Fidelity!

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Sublime StrippedDown 1970 Americana Classic Steeped in Country Blues and Folk

Youve Never Heard This RootsBased Marvel Sound Better: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Given ExtraWide Grooves on 45RPM LP

Airy Harmonies Simple Structures Concise Arrangements and Burnished Tones Anchor Songs


Workingmans Dead defies the erroneous belief that the Grateful Dead never attained brilliance in the recording studio Forever prized for natural sonics Workingmans Dead attains audiophile reference status courtesy of this firstever 45RPM version As flawless as any rustic album ever released the 1970 set now brims with soaring harmonies organic execution intertwined textures and uncomplicated structures that furnish the songs a transcendence associated with timeless American music Colorful relatable characters seemingly torn from workingclass histories and oldtime fables inhabit the narratives

Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LPs at RTI Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited edition of this perioddefining recording renders the strippeddown fare with immense detail rich airiness and reachoutandtouchit realism Longtime Deadheads and newcomers alike will hear significantly more information experience wider and deeper soundstages and become swept away by incredible tonal and vocal balancestraits made possible by the formats wider grooves Instrumental melds and refined accents such as guest David Nelsons nimble fills on Cumberland Blues are part of a larger whole that gives the impression you are witness to the worlds coziest campfire session Frontier tales and refined performances further this feeling

The first Grateful Dead album to eschew cosmic jams and complex signatures Workingmans Dead stakes its existence to great songs homespun warmth and bare essentials Its wistful relaxed stateimmediately apparent via the innocent albumopening invitation Will you come with me? on Uncle Johns Bandowes to the circumstances and conditions surrounding its creation At the time the Dead owed a considerable financial debt to Warner Bros and were hobbled by a recent drug bust and financial scandal Most significantly the band was recovering fromand reacting tothe tragic events of the Altamont Music Festival and symbolic end of the peace and love era

As such Workingmans Dead acts as a retreat from chaos and uncertainty its songs emblems of simpler times and pleas for compassion in the face of hardship Lyricist Robert Hunter said he aimed to capture the vintage elements of late 1940s countryandwestern jukebox singles as well as old blues classics In that vein fare such as the Bakersfieldleaning Cumberland Blues pastoral ballad Dire Wolf and bluesy Easy Wind hit the mark Leader Jerry Garcias occasional pedalsteel underpinnings arrive as a bonus

Of course aside from the economical concision and thematic consistency the genius of Workingmans Dead resides in the groups expressive harmonies Taught by Crosby Stills and Nash the Dead produce live air blends of multipart vocal harmonies that provide the foundations of nearly every track Uncle Johns Band High Time New Speedway Boogie (with the iconic refrain One way or another/This darkness has got to give referencing the ill wind that greeted the new decade) and the radio favorite Casey Jones practically float on the ensembles communal vocal beds

Mobile Fidelitys 45RPM edition renders these invigorating refreshing and engaging characteristics in threedimensional sound that transports you to the event Recordings dont get more lifelike Workingmans Dead an iconic ageless record that drew countless listeners to the bands unique style because of its accessibility and charm deserves nothing less Neither do you

Features:
bull; Numbered Limited Edition
bull; 45rpm Speed Edition
bull; Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
bull; Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
bull; Special Static Free Dust Free Inner Sleeve
bull; Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
bull; Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
bull; 1/4" / 15 IPS / Dolby A Analog Master Direct to Lathe
bull; Pressed at RTI

Selections:
LP1 Side One:
1 Uncle Johns Band
2 High Time
LP1 Side Two:
1 Dire Wolf
2 New Speedway Boogie
LP2 Side Three:
1 Cumberland Blues
2 Black Peter
LP2 Side Four:
1 Easy Wind
2 Casey Jones

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