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The Dead's previous release, Live/Dead, was filled with winding and intense psychedelic jams, and it did nothing to prepare the world for Workingman's Dead's stunning,understated country rock. A closer look, however, reveals that the turn was not so surprising after all. For one, the Dead had strong roots in acoustic folk and bluegrass before they began to plug in and turn on. What's more, the country bug had already started to bite the rock world as artists recoiled from the excesses and chaos of the late '60s. Boasting beautiful harmonies, well-crafted songwriting, and a deep appreciation of country, blues, and folk, 1970's Workingman's Dead proved that the band was as adept with sharp-eyed acoustic roots music as it was with free-form rock odysseys. Most of these cuts--from twangy rockers like "Casey Jones" and "New Speedway Boogie" and sublime ballads like "Uncle John's Band" and "High Time" to country romps like "Dire Wolf" and "Cumberland Blues"--found a permanent home in the Dead repertoire for decades to come.

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A Classic

Focused, easy, and poetic: acoustic Dead at its finest. Every song is just a classic, a true beauty


I took this album from my dad and put it in my computer, imported it, and then listened. And it was great. I was delighted by the sound. It's a must-buy for all Dead Heads, regular Grateful Dead fans, Furthur fans, Phil Lesh and Friends fans, Ratdog fans, Shakedown fans, etc. Basically, if you like GD, get this


Very good album


Formed: 1965 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their numbers and devotion legendary in their own right -- they were the ultimate cult band, creating a self-styled universe all...
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