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Reviews: The Grateful Dead: Workingman's Dead

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Review by aubullience December 20, 2014 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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My sense of the strengths of Mofi's SACD of this album pretty much matches what I wrote for the American Beauty disc on its page on this site, so generally I won't repeat myself here, except to say that (with the potential exception of the hi-res download or 45 rpm lp set, neither of which I've heard) it's a definitive version, with wonderful imaging, balance, micro-dynamics, timbre, and overall "presence" given the age and nature of the original recording. I was a smidgeon more impressed with the American Beauty disc, but I think that's attributable to my greater overall liking for both the musical content and production of that album. Still, this one is a stone-cold classic and the SACD does full justice to it- for example, I had never before noticed how just how much New Speedway Boogie swung, nor the full contribution of the banjo in Cumberland Blues, nor the full presence of Lesh's bass contribution in general (except on Hart's dvd-a, where it's actually a bit overdone). Sure, I'd heard them, but had never FELT them so well. If you like this album, and you're reading about it on this site, you won't regret owning it!

On a final, small but pleasing aesthetic note relevant to the vintage nature of this album, I particularly liked the packaging for this disc- a slightly rough-textured cardboard cover (like the original lp release, perhaps?) & the subdued but tasteful leaf pattern design inside of it- both just-right artistic touches and one of those fringe benefits of physical media...

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