In 1973, following the recent passing of founding member Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and the temporary exit of drummer Mickey Hart, Grateful Dead released WAKE OF THE FLOOD. As the debut album from their own record label, Grateful Dead Records, the studio LP marked a period of transition, growth, endurance and optimism for the band, introducing a fresh lineup that included new members Keith and Donna Godchaux on keys and vocals. While songs like “Eyes Of The World,” “Stella Blue,” and “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” were largely road-tested for more than half a year beforehand, and have remained staples of live sets by any number of Dead-related bands ever since, the album and record label delivered both a profound artistic statement and proof of concept for the community, ideals and future the band were building.
All pressings of WAKE OF THE FLOOD (50TH ANNIVERSARY REMASTER) feature Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction and are newly mastered by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, David Glasser and produced for release by Grateful Dead Legacy Manager and Audio Archivist, David Lemieux.
Very excited about this 50th anniversary release for Wake of the Flood. The 50th anniversary releases I think I look forward to almost as much if not more sometimes than the record store day releases. I am bummed to see there are not any other offerings for this one as there always are for all the 5oth anniv. Releases. No art prints, no shirts, no other exciting offerings to commemorate this one. Which would've been pretty epic considering how pivotal 73 was and being their 1st release at the time on their own label. Oh well, looking forward to the vinyl, and hope they kick it up a notch again for the next anniversary release, which I think would be Mars Hotel? Here's hoping..
Agree with THESHERIFF, would have loved a 50th anniversary T-shirt of this one! Odd for just this release to be so light on commemorative merch. I mean come on, we got Cosmic Camping and United States of Dead for all 50 states, but no Wake of the Flood? Weird
One day after I post complaining about no Wake of the Flood 50th anniversary T-shirts, and there they are! Nice work dead.net keeping us custies happy.
BOBALEW finally!! Was hoping there was a chance they'd sneak something in later on, so here we go finally!! Just ordered my print, gotta snatch the ltd ed of 200 before that sells out.. definitely getting a shirt too. Always loved that poster ad for the original release of WOTF, and seems pretty tough to come by an original, at least without breaking the bank. so happy they recreated this original art for the print. been not so excited about some the other recent print designs, and love when they revive original vintage artwork like this one. I'm not rolling in cash or anything, but I'll definitely shell out some of my hard earned $$ for stuff like this.