Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary ‘Workingman’s Dead’ Reissue Includes Limited Items Like a Hatchet(!), Pocketknife and Dog Jacket

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On July 10, the Grateful Dead will pay tribute to its landmark 1970 album Workingman’s Dead, the rootsy fourth studio release by Jerry Garcia and the band that flexed the band’s versatility.

The record is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020 — and the Dead have some very special plans in store. The reissue will be available as a 3-CD Deluxe Edition set, in addition to a limited 12″ picture disc vinyl and an exclusive vinyl only available at

There is also a variety of unexpected merchandise items available commemorating Workingman’s Dead. Like this, a Tarnaby Hatchet with the album title inscribed on its handle, available for $120: 

Or this fancy pocket knife gadget that features 18 different tools, for $128:

Do you have a dog? Here’s a Grateful Dead dog coat for your dog.

There’s a whole collection of themed limited-edition items geared around the album and its themes, so check that out at this link for a full idea of what’s available. 

But back to the music — the 50th anniversary 3-CD set of Workingman’s Dead features more archival material from the Dead vaults, including this live take of “Casey Jones”:

The above live track comes from a recording included in the reissue. Per the Dead site:

Due July 10th, WORKINGMAN’S DEAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available as a three-CD set and digital equivalents featuring the original album with newly remastered sound, plus an unreleased complete concert recorded on February 21, 1971 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The show was mixed from the 16-track analog master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir’s Marin County TRI Studios and mastered by Grammy® Award-winning engineer, David Glasser, along with restoration and speed correction by Plangent Processes. 2/21/71 delivers a plethora of songs from both Workingman’s Dead and the band’s follow-up album, American Beauty. Some highlights include Weir’s moving vocal take on “Me and Bobby McGee,” Pigpen’s whiskey-seasoned growl on “Easy Wind” and a stellar run through “Uncle John’s Band” to close out the show.

While on the topic of the Dead, be sure to read our piece on San Francisco Musicians recalling their first time experiencing the music of Jerry Garcia:

San Francisco Musicians (Marty Balin, Peter Albin, David Freiberg and David Nelson) Recall Their First Encounters with Jerry Garcia


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