The Grateful Dead Workingman's Dead Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Numbered, Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity! Mastered from the Original Master Tapes!
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Sublime, Stripped-Down 1970 Americana Classic Steeped in Country, Blues, and
You’ve Never Heard This Roots-Based Marvel Sound Better: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Filled With Resplendent Presence, Realism, and Balances
Airy Harmonies, Simple Structures, Concise Arrangements, and Burnished Tones
Workingman’s Dead defies the erroneous belief that the Grateful Dead never
attained brilliance in the recording studio. Forever prized for natural sonics,
Workingman’s Dead attains audiophile reference status courtesy of this
first-ever hybrid SACD 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 working-class histories and old-time fables inhabit the
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited
edition SACD of this period-defining recording renders the stripped-down fare
with immense detail, rich airiness, and reach-out-and-touch-it 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 balances. Instrumental melds and refined accents, such as guest
David Nelson’s nimble fills on “Cumberland Blues,” are part of a larger whole
that gives the impression you are witness to the world’s coziest campfire
session. Frontier tales and refined performances further this feeling.
The first Grateful Dead album to eschew cosmic jams and complex signatures,
Workingman’s Dead stakes its existence to great songs, homespun warmth, and bare
essentials. Its wistful, relaxed state—immediately apparent via the innocent
album-opening invitation “Will you come with me?” on “Uncle John’s Band”—owes 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
from—and reacting to—the tragic events of the Altamont Music Festival and
symbolic end of the peace and love era.
As such, Workingman’s 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 country-and-western jukebox singles as well as old blues classics. In that
vein, fare such as the Bakersfield-leaning “Cumberland Blues,” pastoral ballad
“Dire Wolf,” and bluesy “Easy Wind” hit the mark. Leader Jerry Garcia’s
occasional pedal-steel underpinnings arrive as a bonus.
Of course, aside from the economical concision and thematic consistency, the
genius of Workingman’s Dead resides in the group’s expressive harmonies. Taught
by Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Dead produce live “air blends” of multi-part
vocal harmonies that provide the foundations of nearly every track. “Uncle
John’s 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 ensemble’s communal vocal beds.
Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid SACD renders these invigorating, refreshing, and
engaging characteristics in three-dimensional sound that transports you to the
event. Recordings don’t get more lifelike. Workingman’s Dead—an iconic, ageless
record that drew countless listeners to the band’s unique style because of its
accessibility and charm—deserves nothing less. Neither do you.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Uncle John’s Band
2. High Time
3. Dire Wolf
4. New Speedway Boogie
5. Cumberland Blues
6. Black Peter
7. Easy Wind
8. Casey Jones