Workingman's Dead (album) by Grateful Dead

Workingman's Dead
Workingman's Dead by Grateful Dead (1970)
Overall rank: 818th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top albums of 1970 (28th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (196th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (818th)

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Grateful Dead bestography

Workingman's Dead is ranked 2nd best out of 154 albums by Grateful Dead on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Grateful Dead is American Beauty which is ranked number 258 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,074.

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From Medelsvensson 12/11/2017 09:57
New speedway boogie is very underrated. Uncle johns band is the best
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From garycottier 06/11/2016 15:05
In my opinion the slightly weaker of the two 'country' records the Grateful dead released in 1970. Workingman's dead, is still a fine record, but it just doesn't have a, ripple, on it. Still fine songs in, high time, new speedway boogie, and, Casey Jones. Good summertime sounds.
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From RoundTheBend 04/03/2016 03:37
Casey Jones is one of my favorites of theirs. I'm totally a song fan of them... the albums are ok.
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From O.T. 01/26/2016 13:06
It was scrosanct in my post punk upbringing, until the 60s revival of the 80s reached the imagined westcoast. This music turned my world upside down. I called my friends after having listened to it the first time, telling them, I just heard the best music I ever listened to. Maybe the "no" in the music, the tension and drama opened it for me. But no "Girl" was making you sigh, no Candy Darling was speaking about suicide, no change in a Caroline made the singer cry "No!" and there was not even an Alice to ask, only a crow, who had one story to tell, not a nice story yet. The music sounded like an experiment, the compositions were often unusual, if not adventurous, so that, what is often regarded as a step backwards seemed to me like experimental music. Not in the sense of improvised explorations, but as very strange constructions made of wood, very beautiful, stunning. Even the lightest note surrounds the idea of freedom with a sceptical glance, whispering: "be happy if it doesn't feel too easy", then you meet people dying in pain, working in the mine or for the great highway while drinking themselves to death. A speedo will cause a train crash and in the desert heat a man freezes, next to him, a bundle of golden trasures, robbed relics of the past, that his poor horse didn't want to carry anymore. Even stranger: the one question echoing from all that asks: "Are you kind?", in the voice of the crow as it feels to me. I haven't listened to that album for many years, but many songs appear frequently in the taped shows, though I hope one day I will be able to listen to it with the astonishment of those first moments.
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From Mez123 05/18/2015 03:53
Fav Tracks: Uncle Joh'sBand, Cumberland Blues, Easy Wind & Dire Wolf. Only track not fond of is Black Peter. Great album overall! A+ MEZ
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From swhaze 10/16/2014 20:07
It marked a bit of a change of direction for the iconic Bay Area jam band. This eight cut album was more of a studio product with arrangements closely akin to pop, rock and country songs.
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From setalpgninnpseki 10/18/2013 18:24
Excellent effort by the Dead! Could have been a double album with American Beauty.
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From sheep21 04/12/2013 04:01
Awesome album. Grateful Dead at their best.
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From VADERBREWING 11/27/2011 09:39
My favorite track is Easy wind. You should at least have that song in your libray. A nice slow tune with phycadelic atmoshpere,a nice prelude to Casey Jones.
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From Romanelli 03/06/2011 18:58
In 1970, the Dead released their 2 best studio albums: American Beauty and Workingman's Dead. Inspired by Music From Big Pink, this album is not about jams...it's about songs. All 8 tracks here are excellent, played and sung to perfection. "Uncle John's Band" and "Casey Jones" are the well known classics, but also "Dire Wolf" and the rest are just as excellent. This is a great blues and country rock album with top notch lyrics and harmonies.

The Dead started to slip in the studio after 1970, but they continued to play historic live shows. This album is a good reminder of what they were capable of doing early on, and of why the live shows had great material to rely on.
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Best Albums of 1970
1. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
2. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
4. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon
5. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
6. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
7. Moondance by Van Morrison
8. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
9. Fun House by The Stooges
10. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & The Dominos
11. Let It Be by The Beatles
12. Loaded by The Velvet Underground
13. Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
14. American Beauty by Grateful Dead
15. Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
16. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
17. Tea For The Tillerman by Cat Stevens
18. Deep Purple In Rock by Deep Purple
19. Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd
20. Abraxas by Santana


 
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