[News] Grateful Dead release “Bear’s Choice (50th Anniversary Edition)” On LP, CD & Digital

Hibernate on this one and it’ll be gone, gone, gone. Our “Bear’s Choice (50th Anniversary Edition)” Dead.net Exclusive LP is now shipping. Of course, there’s black vinyl and digital for the taking too.

The Grateful Dead‘s first true archival album, “Bear’s Choice,” was lovingly produced as a tribute to Pigpen shortly after he passed by none other than 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 on the second side. This has been re-mastered by David Glasser using Plangent Processes from the original analog 2-track tapes recorded live by Bear and has never sounded better.

Purchase Exclusive LP version (Only 5,000 Made) here: https://store.dead.net/en/grateful-dead/special-collections/bears-choice/bears-choice-50th-anniversary-edition-dead.net-exclusive-%5B1lp%5D/081227846879.html

Purchase Black LP version here: https://store.dead.net/en/grateful-dead/special-collections/bears-choice/bears-choice-50th-anniversary-edition-%5B1lp%5D/603497835492.html

Purchase Digital version here: https://store.dead.net/en/grateful-dead/special-collections/bears-choice/bears-choice-50th-anniversary-edition-%5Bdigital-download%5D/081227820787.html

01. Side I
02. Katie Mae
03. Dark Hallo
04. I’ve Been All Around This World
05. Wake Up Little Susie
06. Black Peter
07. Side II
08. Smokestack Lightnin’
09. Hard To Handle

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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