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Grateful Dead - Complete Studio Albums Collection [HD-tracks] (2013)

18-11-2013, 16:07
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Grateful Dead - Complete Studio Albums Collection [HD-tracks] (2013)

Artist: Grateful Dead
Title Of Album: Complete Studio Albums Collection
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Grateful Dead/Rhino
Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Folk
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Quality: 320kbps / Lossless / 192kHz/24bit
Total Size: 1.36 gb / 3.34 gb / 19.40 gb

This new hi-res collection of the Grateful Dead's studio work has been painstakingly produced from the original master tapes of each album, using their original mixes to produce a work that is truer to the original sound than any previous release.

Included in this collection are the band's 13 studio albums, spanning three decades and containing over 8 hours of music, lovingly rendered in hi-resolution:

The Complete Studio Albums Collection contains all 13 of Grateful Dead's studio albums. Drawing from the 1960s, the bundle features the group’s gold-certified self-titled debut; Anthem of the Sun, which is the first with drummer Mickey Hart; and Aoxomoxoa, which boasts the live staple “St. Stephen.” Music from the 1970s includes: the back-to-back platinum releases Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty; Wake Of The Flood, the first with keyboardist Keith Godchaux who replaced founding member Ron “Pigpen” McKernan; From the Mars Hotel, which features the debut of “Scarlet Begonias”; Blues For Allah with the standout track “Franklin’s Tower”; and two gold albums in a row, Terrapin Station and Shakedown Street. The 1980s are represented by: Go To Heaven, the first with keyboardist Brent Mydland; the double-platinum In The Dark; and the group’s final studio album, Built To Last, which debuted on Halloween 1989.

Notes on the re-mastering:

From David Glasser, Chief Grateful Dead Engineer, Airshow Mastering:
The Grateful Dead studio albums were mastered from the original master tapes in Airshow Studio C, Boulder, CO. Transfers were done at 192kHz / 24 Bit from an Ampex ATR with Plangent replay electronics to a Prism ADA-8XR A/D converter into a soundBlade workstation. The studio, designed by Sam Berkow, has Dunlavy SC-V loudspeakers driven by Ayre Acoustic amps.

For comparison I referenced the previous CD versions and original LPs. The goal was to remain faithful to the originals while at the same time extracting as much resolution and detail as possible using modern technology, and improving on the original releases, if possible. Some of the masters were transferred flat with no EQ or compression. (That is a testament to the mixing and production of the day; Terrapin Station, in particular, sounded spectacular right off the tape.) When needed, EQ was either a solid-state Prismsound MEA-2, API 5500, or newly manufactured Pultec EQM-1A3 tube equalizers. Very light compression from a Fairman TMC was used on 5 of the titles. No peak limiting was used on any of the masters with the exception of Built to Last, the only album that was originally mixed to a digital recorder (Sony 1630). All the dynamics of the master recordings have been retained. Several of the tape boxes contained the original LP EQ notes, and these were taken into consideration.

Plangent Processing, used so successfully on recent Grateful Dead live releases, was used on this project for speed correction and wow and flutter removal. (This made a huge difference, and I think should be considered for any archival release.) The ability to mitigate the mechanical shortcomings of the tape transports results in increased clarity and low-end solidity, stereo image stability, and a reduction of scrape-flutter induced distortion. You can hear this readily in the reverb of the a capella section toward the end of "Uncle John's Band" from Workingman's Dead, the amazing detail on the guitar and harpsichord on "Mountains of the Moon" from Aoxomoxoa, and the synthesizer section of "Unbroken Chain" from Mars Hotel. Plangent Processing uses the latent bias signal on the tape as a speed reference. Because this signal is very high frequency (90kHz up to 450kHz, depending on the make and model of the recorder), special analysis equipment and wide-bandwidth replay electronics and heads are used for transfers and the speed-correction processing is applied at Plangent's lab in Massachusetts.

I remember hearing Workingman's Dead when it was released in 1970 - my first real (and lasting) introduction to the band. Hearing these songs direct off the master tapes was a very special experience, and these 192k and 96k HD Tracks releases are really the closest thing to hearing the master tapes.

David Lemiuex, Grateful Dead Archivist on DVD-A versions and Remastered versions:
The newly re-mastered versions of all of the Grateful Dead's studio albums were all produced from the original analog master tapes in 2013, using the original album mixes. Unlike the recent HD Tracks releases of Workingman's Dead and American Beauty in 2012, which were taken from the 2001 Mickey Hart-produced remixes of those albums, these new HD Tracks re-masters are the original mixes of Workingman's Dead and American Beauty from 1970. Now, you'll be able to hear both the 1970 original mixes and the 2001 remixes in high resolution.

Disc 1: The Grateful Dead (1967)
Disc 2: Anthem Of The Sun (1968)
Disc 3: Aoxomoxoa (1969)
Disc 4: American Beauty (1970)
Disc 5: Workingman’s Dead (1970)
Disc 6: Wake Of The Flood (1973)
Disc 7: From The Mars Hotel (1974)
Disc 8: Blues For Allah (1975)
Disc 9: Terrapin Station (1977)
Disc 10: Shakedown Street (1978)
Disc 11: Go To Heaven (1980)
Disc 12: In The Dark (1987)
Disc 13: Built To Last (1989)


Disc 1: The Grateful Dead (1967)
1 The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) 2:12
2 Beat It On Down The Line 2:33
3 Good Morning Little School Girl 5:50
4 Cold Rain And Snow 2:31
5 Sitting On Top Of The World 2:08
6 Cream Puff War 2:31
7 Morning Dew 5:09
8 New New Minglewood Blues 2:37
9 Viola Lee Blues 10:15

Disc 2: Anthem Of The Sun (1968)
1 That's It For The Other One (Parts I-IV) 7:40
2 New Potato Caboose 8:27
3 Born Cross-Eyed 2:26
4 Alligator 11:24
5 Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks) 8:57

Disc 3: Aoxomoxoa (1969)
1 St. Stephen 4:27
2 Dupree's Diamond Blues 3:34
3 Rosemary 2:00
4 Doin' That Rag 4:44
5 Mountains Of The Moon 4:05
6 China Cat Sunflower 3:42
7 What's Become Of The Baby 8:13
8 Cosmic Charlie 5:29

Disc 4: American Beauty (1970)
1 Box Of Rain (Remastered Version) 5:18
2 Friend Of The Devil (Remastered Version) 3:24
3 Sugar Magnolia (Remastered Version) 3:19
4 Operator (Remastered Version) 2:25
5 Candyman (Remastered Version) 6:13
6 Ripple (Remastered Version) 4:09
7 Brokedown Palace (Remastered Version) 4:09
8 Till The Morning Comes (Remastered Version) 3:08
9 Attics Of My Life (Remastered Version) 5:14
10 Truckin' (Remastered Version) 5:06

Disc 5: Workingman's Dead (1970)
1 Uncle John's Band 4:44
2 High Time 5:15
3 Dire Wolf 3:14
4 New Speedway Boogie 4:06
5 Cumberland Blues 3:17
6 Black Peter 5:43
7 Easy Wind 4:59
8 Casey Jones 4:25

Disc 6: Wake Of The Flood (1973)
1 Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo 5:44
2 Let Me Sing Your Blues Away 3:18
3 Row Jimmy 7:14
4 Stella Blue 6:23
5 Here Comes Sunshine 4:40
6 Eyes Of The World 5:20
7 Weather Report Suite 12:42

Disc 7: From The Mars Hotel (1974)
1 U.S. Blues 4:40
2 China Doll 4:11
3 Unbroken Chain 6:45
4 Loose Lucy 3:25
5 Scarlet Begonias 4:19
6 Pride Of Cucamonga 4:17
7 Money Money 4:24
8 Ship Of Fools 5:28

Disc 8: Blues For Allah (1975)
1 Help On The Way / Slipknot! 7:21
2 Franklin's Tower 4:34
3 King Solomon's Marbles 5:16
4 The Music Never Stopped 4:36
5 Crazy Fingers 6:42
6 Sage & Spirit 3:07
7 Blues For Allah: Sand Castles And Glass Camels / Unusual Occurrences In The Desert 12:33

Disc 9: Terrapin Station (1977)
1 Estimated Prophet 5:36
2 Dancin' In The Streets 3:17
3 Passenger 2:48
4 Samson And Delilah 3:27
5 Sunrise 4:07
6 Terrapin Station Medley 16:21

Disc 10: Shakedown Street (1978)
1 Good Lovin' 4:51
2 France 4:05
3 Shakedown Street 5:00
4 Serengetti 2:03
5 Fire On The Mountain 3:49
6 I Need A Miracle 3:35
7 From The Heart Of Me 3:25
8 Stagger Lee 3:28
9 All New Minglewood Blues 4:16
10 If I Had The World To Give 4:51

Disc 11: Go To Heaven (1980)
1 Alabama Getaway 3:36
2 Far From Me 3:39
3 Althea 6:52
4 Feel Like A Stranger 5:09
5 Lost Sailor 5:54
6 Saint Of Circumstance 5:40
7 Antwerp's Placebo (The Plumber) 0:39
8 Easy To Love You 3:38
9 Don't Ease Me In 3:15

Disc 12: In The Dark (1987)
1 Touch Of Grey 5:50
2 Hell In A Bucket 5:37
3 When Push Comes To Shove 4:08
4 West L.A. Fadeaway 6:38
5 Tons Of Steel 5:19
6 Throwing Stones 7:21
7 Black Muddy River 5:57

Disc 13: Built To Last (1989)
1 Foolish Heart 5:11
2 Just A Little Light 4:43
3 Built To Last 5:05
4 Blow Away 6:11
5 Victim Or The Crime 7:37
6 We Can Run 5:33
7 Standing On The Moon 5:23
8 Picasso Moon 6:43
9 I Will Take You Home 3:44

Please note: All tracks on Disc 13 were in 44kHz/16bit.


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