Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (1970/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:07 minutes | 817 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Grateful Dead – Rhino
“Workingman’s Dead” is the seminal masterpiece from psychedelic folk-rock band, the Grateful Dead. The group embodied the term jam band and developed one of the most loyal followings in rock history. “Workingman’s Dead” found the group returning to their traditional roots, blending together elements of country, folk, rock and blues. The album includes the band’s first radio hit and one of their definitive classics, “Uncle John’s Band”. “Workingman’s Dead” is included on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and was voted by its readers as one of the best albums of the 1970s.
The Grateful Dead were already established as paragons of the free-form, improvisational San Francisco psychedelic sound when they abruptly shifted gears for the acoustic Workingman’s Dead, a lovely exploration of American roots music illuminating the group’s country, blues, and folk influences. The lilting “Uncle John’s Band,” their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly. Despite its sharp contrast to the epic live space jams on which the group’s legend primarily rests, Workingman’s Dead nonetheless spotlights the Dead at their most engaging, stripped of all excess to reveal the true essence of their craft.
01 – Uncle John’s Band
02 – High Time
03 – Dire Wolf
04 – New Speedway Boogie
05 – Cumberland Blues
06 – Black Peter
07 – Easy Wind
08 – Casey Jones