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Well, putting aside that The National (who are the worst) put this together, it looks like it could be a pretty interesting listen.

From Exclaim.ca

Way back in 2011, members of the National started working on a tribute compilation honouring the music of the Grateful Dead, and now full details for the Day of the Dead box set have been revealed. The whopping 59-track, five-hour-plus box set is due out on May 20 via 4AD.

Originally rumoured to feature contributions from Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Steve Reich, additional collaborators like Stephen Malkmus, the War on Drugs, the Walkmen, Kurt Vile and J Mascis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Fucked Up were teased last year. Well, the full official tracklisting has now been unveiled, and it boasts all of the aforementioned artists and then some.

Jim James, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Mumford & Sons, Lucius, Lee Ranaldo, ANOHNI, Angel Olsen, Wilco, Charles Bradley, Tallest Man on Earth, Cass McCombs, Tim Hecker, Lucinda Williams, Local Natives, Bela Fleck, the Walkmen, Richard Reed Parry, Real Estate, the Flaming Lips and Bill Callahan are amongst the esteemed list of performers that covered Grateful Dead classics for the project.

The collection was produced by the National's Aaron Dessner, with Bryce Dessner and Josh Kaufman earning co-producer credits. All three also perform on a selection of the tracks as the house band alongside the National's Scott and Bryan Devendorf, Conrad Doucette, Sam Cohen and the Walkmen's Walter Martin.

You can find the extensive tracklisting in its entirety below. The songs will arrive as a five-CD set, as well as digitally and in a limited-edition vinyl box set, with proceeds benefitting the HIV/AIDS non-profit organization Red Hot. Full compilation details be found here.

Day of the Dead:

Thunder (Vol. 1):

1. The War on Drugs "Touch of Grey"
2. Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends "Sugaree"
3. Jim James & Friends "Candyman"
4. Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends "Cassidy"
5. Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison "Black Muddy River"
6. Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends "Loser"
7. The National "Peggy-O"
8. Kurt Vile and the Violators "Box of Rain" [ft. J Mascis]
9. Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Friends "Rubin and Cherise"
10. Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends "To Lay Me Down"
11. Courtney Barnett "New Speedway Boogie"
12. Mumford & Sons "Friend of the Devil"
13. Lucius "Uncle John's Band"
14. The Lone Bellow & Friends "Me and My Uncle"
15. Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends "Mountains of the Moon"
16. Anohni and yMusic "Black Peter"
17. Bryce Dessner "Garcia Counterpoint"
18. Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and the National "Terrapin Station (Suite)" [ft. Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion and Brooklyn Youth Chorus]
19. Angel Olsen: "Attics of My Life"
20. Wilco and Bob Weir "St. Stephen (Live)"

Lighting (Vol. 2):

1. Bonnie "Prince" Billy "If I Had the World to Give"
2. Phosphorescent & Friends "Standing on the Moon"
3. Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band "Cumberland Blues"
4. Tallest Man on Earth & Friends "Ship of Fools"
5. Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Friends "Bird Song"
6. The National "Morning Dew"
7. Marijuana Deathsquads "Truckin'"
8. Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends "Dark Star"
9. Nightfall of Diamonds "Nightfall of Diamonds"
10. Tim Hecker "Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald"
11. Lucinda Williams & Friends "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad"
12. Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends "Playing in the Band"
13. Local Natives "Stella Blue"
14. Tal National "Eyes of the World"
15. Bela Fleck "Help on the Way"
16. Orchestra Baobab "Franklin's Tower"
17. Luluc With Xylouris White "Till the Morning Comes"
18. The Walkmen "Ripple"
19. Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream "Brokedown Palace" [ft. Garth Hudson]

Sunshine (Vol. 3):

1. Real Estate "Here Comes Sunshine"
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra "Shakedown Street"
3. Hiss Golden Messenger "Brown Eyed Woman"
4. This Is the Kit "Jack-a-Roe"
5. Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear "High Time"
6. The Lone Bellow & Friends "Dire Wolf"
7. Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura "Althea"
8. Orchestra Baobab "Clementine Jam"
9. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks "China Cat Sunflower - I Know You Rider"
10. Bill Callahan "Easy Wind"
11. Ira Kaplan & Friends "Wharf Rat"
12. The Rileys (Terry and Gyan Riley) "Estimated Prophet"
13. Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida "Drums - Space"
14. Fucked Up "Cream Puff War"
15. The Flaming Lips "Dark Star"
16. s t a r g a z e "What's Become of the Baby"
17. Vijay Iyer "King Solomon's Marbles"
18. Mina Tindle & Friends "Rosemary"
19. Sam Amidon & Friends "And We Bid You Goodnight"
20. The National With Bob Weir "I Know You Rider (live)"VGrRCsUgt1E

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Looks cool. And I have to say that even though I've enjoyed Jambase's "Songs of Their Own" video series, I'm glad this project isn't just the usual suspects when it comes to Dead tributes. The likes of John Popper and Reid Genauer are great and all, but I'm all for Dead covers by artists that aren't a big part of "the scene" 

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I am pretty excited about this compilation to be honest. All the versions I have heard thus far are very true to the original songs, with no non-sequitur interpretations. This should be very good.

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Thanks a shitton NW.

Thus far I am enjoying this release as much as I had hoped to based on the early stuff they gave us. I just finished listening to FOTD and those fucking Mumford boys actually do a bang up job. I thought it would simply be a fluff piece, get in and get out sticking to the original as much as possible, but it has a cool little build to it that I didnt see coming....sure the style they employ seems to be all the rage these days but I thought they made it work for this cover. 

Rubin and Cherise is still a favorite thus far but I might be biased thanks to how much I have always loved that song and how it seems like it has always been deep vaulted when it come to Dead covers. I also loved Black Muddy River. Fucking loved it. Amiright DaveO ;)

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