FWIW I would get the Working Man's Dead on DVD-Audio, they did a great job remastering it if you have theat format.
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I have the Rhino remasters from the box set called "The Golden Road." I think it was from about 2001. It's the first eight records on something like 12 discs. And they are fabulous, all of 'em. In fact, I just happened to be playing a couple of them last night. Most highly recommended. Great sound and great extra tracks. Buy 'em and enjoy over and over and over. "Like I told ya, what I said ... "
I have both original vinyl pressings of Workingmans Dead and American Beauty. The remastered CDs come quite close to capturing the warmth and vitality of vinyl. Although I haven't heard the remasters of the Dead's later releases, ie., from Shakedown Street through their last release, I've been quite impressed with all of the remasters I have heard. You should also check out the reissues of Garcia's solo outings. I just put on Reflections the other day and was amazed at how good it sounded.
These remasters should be available just about any place you buy CDs. They have been available since 2003 and are put out by Rhino. I started this thread because I have older versions than the Rhinos. I have ordered the newer versions on the above recommendations. Thanks to everyone who responded!
Thanks. Thought they may only be avaiable through limited outlets. I also have the original vinyl, the early CD re-releases, and would love to hear some of the remasters to see if they take advantage of the newer technology. Off to BB tomorrow to see what they have. I am glad to see some of Garcias' side efforts are being redone. I have been looking for a copy of "Garcia" for a long time. Maybe I haven't been looking hard enough.
Relative to the older CDs the remasters replace a murky presentaion with real bass, more clarity and some air. In this case remastering has accomplished a huge improvement. Kudos to Rhino for doing justice to some fine music. Long live the Dead!
I remember when Time magazine declared The Band the greatest band in America. I remember thinking, wait a minute, how about the Dead. Now I always liked The Band but IMO they never produced an album as great as American Beauty or Workingman's Dead.
BTW: Rush Limbaughs statement "another dead junkie" in regard to Jerry Garcia really pissed me off. The Dead and Jerry Garcia have left a creative legacy of excellent music. What has Limbaugh created? Besides, who's the junkie?