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‘Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s Share’ Outtake Collection


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The Grateful Dead continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Workingman’s Dead studio album with the release of the Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s Share outtake compilation. The first such compilation in the band’s history contains 64 tracks spanning two hours and 32 minutes that displays the process which led to the making of Workingman’s Dead.

Recorded at Pacific High Recording in the band’s hometown of San Francisco, Workingman’s Dead marked a big transition in the Dead’s sound from psychedelic rock to Americana. The Angel’s Share finds the group hard at work developing the road tested songs into standout studio tracks. The new compilation contains at least one outtake featuring each of the eight songs that would appear on Workingman’s Dead ranging from a lone cut for “Cumberland Blues” to 15 “Easy Wind” tracks.

In addition to music, The Angel’s Share also includes a handful of tracks featuring banter from the studio. The new release from Rhino is available on digital services only for now and gets its name for a term used by whiskey distillers for alcohol lost in the distillation process. “Much like the whiskey-distillation process, there were also ingredients that were vital to the creation of Workingman’s Dead that were lost and did not end up on the final album, the band’s own version of the ‘angel’s share,” noted Rhino in a statement as per Rolling Stone.

The collection of outtakes comes in addition to a Workingman's Dead 50th Anniversary reissue due on July 10. Audio used in The Angel’s Share was found on unlabeled tapes in the Grateful Dead’s vault late in the process of creating the reissue. “The complete takes show the development,” Lemieux told Rolling Stone. “The Dead had been playing these songs for so long, in some cases nine months, so they had them down. But this is where the nuances developed.”


Stream Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s Share below:



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