The Grateful Dead occupy a special place in the hearts of many of today’s performers, and an absolute stack of them have stepped up to pay tribute for this compilation. Day Of The Dead has 59 tracks over 3 CDs, with the cream of American independent music: Bill Callahan, Grizzly Bear, Oneida… And the proceeds go to the charitable Red Hot Organization.
Deluxe LP box set £135.99 RAD3624
Coloured/ marbled vinyl 10LP box set on 4AD inc. Wilco, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Mumford & Sons, The War on Drugs, The Flaming Lips, Bill Callahan, Anhon, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen etc. * CONTACT FOR NON-UK SHIPPING COST *.
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CD box set £22.99 RAD3624CD
A Grateful Dead Tribute - benefiting The Red Hot Organization. 5CD box set on 4AD inc. Wilco, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Mumford & Sons, The War on Drugs, The Flaming Lips, Bill Callahan, Anhon, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen etc.
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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 20th May 2016
I didn’t realise when buying this that ‘trustfund Wurzels’ (copyright Charlie Brooker) Mumford & Sons were on here…..imagine my horror when perusing Norman Records Weekly Update and I realised what I’d done (that isn’t sarcasm, I was horrified). Fortunately there are plenty of other decent bands and artists on here which is what attracted me in the first place. I’m not a Deadhead by any stretch of the imagination. I own three Grateful Dead albums, but what I’ve got, I like a lot.
Most of this album is faithful, reverential covers – I like My Morning Jacket a lot, but you can pretty much guess what Jim James’ version of “Candyman” is going to be like before you hear it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well done and nice to listen to but….unsurprising, I guess is the word I’d use. They are suited to this material. Ditto The National’s version of “Morning Dew”, it suits their brooding style. There are a few standouts that make this worthwhile. Firstly, “Lay Me Down” by Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends is superb. “Box of Rain” by Kurt Vile and the Violators and Courtney Barnett’s “New Speedway Boogie” are good. Lucius take a different approach completely removing the original country vibe from “Uncle John’s Band” which is okay, saved by the girl’s great voices perhaps.
What I found most magnetic about this was the appearance of my old faves such as Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Flaming Lips, Ira Kaplan and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy who all do decent jobs. As do more recent favourites such as Real Estate and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Putting this whole thing on and letting it play is an enjoyable experience but the source material is good, so that should be a surprise. Ultimately though, it is a collection of covers.
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