50th-anniversary reissue of their 1967 debut will start proceedings
The Grateful Dead are set to reissue their entire discography in chronological order, starting with a 50th-anniversary reissue of their 1967 debut album.
Rather than releasing every album at once, the band will be re-releasing them as their own 50-year anniversaries come up.
Each album will be fully remastered and available in 2xCD and vinyl picture disc versions. The CD version will include a bonus disc of unreleased recordings. The band have also announced a 7-inch singles subscription that allows fans to order reissued singles in the order they were originally released. The series kicks off with the group’s debut, ‘Stealin’ b/w ‘Don’t Ease Me In,’ due out March 1st on white vinyl.
Last year the band played their final ever show, performing the last of three shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 5.
The legendary band teamed up with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio for the gigs, replacing frontman Jerry Garcia. Garcia died in August 1995 of a heart attack during his stay at a drug rehabilitation facility in California.
The venue, Soldier Field, was the setting of the band’s final show with Garcia, which took place in July 1995. The remainder of the band (Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann) have not performed live under the name since, instead touring as ‘The Dead’ or ‘The Other Ones’.
Drummer Mickey Hart closed the show by telling the crowd: “The feeling we have here – remember it, take it home and do some good with it. I’ll leave you with this: Please, be kind.”