1. Grateful Dead History Of The Grateful Dead: Vol. 1 (Bear’s Choice)
  2. Grateful Dead History Of The Grateful Dead: Vol. 1 (Bear’s Choice)

Grateful Dead — History Of The Grateful Dead: Vol. 1 (Bear’s Choice)

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50th Anniversary Edition Live Black Vinyl LP

The Dead’s first true archival album, Bear’s Choice, was lovingly produced as a tribute to Pigpen shortly after he passed by The Dead’s original soundman and benefactor, Owsley Stanley (aka Bear). Drawing from live shows recorded three years earlier by Bear at the Fillmore East in New York City, Bear’s Choice captures The Dead at an essential moment of their history, as they were about to record Workingman’s Dead (and shortly thereafter, American Beauty), and were transitioning into becoming Americana pioneers, while never losing touch with their psychedelic improvisational roots. Three of the eight songs on the album are sung by Pigpen, with Side 1 being the definitive example of early acoustic Dead, and Side 2 being electric blues and rock & roll, with Pigpen leading the charge on both tracks. This edition was remastered by David Glasser using Plangent Processes from the original analog 2-track tapes recorded live by Bear and has never sounded better.

Released: 5/5/23

Label: Grateful Dead / WEA

Variant: Black

Format: LP Reissue
Remastered

Tracklist
  1. Katie Mae
  2. Dark Hollow
  3. I’ve Been All Around This World
  4. Wake Up Little Susie
  5. Black Peter
  6. Smokestack Lightnin’
  7. Hard To Handle