To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s debut album, the Grateful Dead is re-released. The band recorded and mixed The Grateful Dead in five days before releasing it in March 1967. It captures the group’s early sound with a mix of electrified jug band stomps (Sitting On Top of the World), Chicago blues (Good Morning Little School Girl), crazed modal improv (Viola Lee Blues), and Dylan-y put-downs (Cream Puff War).
2CD- The 2CD version features new remastered audio from the original tapes by David Glasser - along with a bonus disc that features unreleased concert recordings from July 29 and 30, 1966 at the P.N.E. Garden Auditorium in British Columbia, mastered by Jeffrey Norman. This bonus disc unearths unreleased recordings from the band’s performances at the Vancouver Trips Festival in 1966. Only a few recordings from the Dead’s first two years exist, but each one reveals corners of the band’s repertoire not captured anywhere else. That’s especially true here, with three songs making their last appearance on any surviving Dead recording: Standing On The Corner, You Don’t Have To Ask Me, and Cardboard Cowboy.