The Dead's forth studio album it followed 'Live Dead', the landmark live recording that features in so many collections and underpinned the fealing that they had an extra 'something' live that was hard to convey in the studio. Workingman's Dead was in a simpler style to its studio predecessors, acknowledged as symptomatic of the then influences of and relationship with Crosby, Stills and Nash, and with Gerry Garcia's connections with New Riders of the Purple Sage.
It was recorded in just nine days in February 1970 at the Pacific High Recording Studio in San Francisco, and originally released on June 14, 1970. The band was in debt from recording the complex Aoxomoxoa, and Garcia was heard to say "let's do it all in three weeks and get it the hell out of the way".
An excellent album with wide critical acclaim at the time (voted Rolling Stone's best album of 1970), and has stood the test of time (in 2003, ranked 262 in the same magazine's 500 greatest albums of all times). Tighter, simpler, it was part of a period of highly productive songwriting, also contemporary with Workingman's follow up, American Beauty, that would provide the backbone of many of concerts by a band that many consider as the best live outfit ever.
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
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