Told through eight albums / 14 LPs (four classic studio & four legendary live albums), curated by VMP.
The Dead created a blueprint for how all types of sound could coexist harmoniously. Being true misfits themselves, the Grateful Dead offered a place for outsiders to gather, welcoming all comers that lived by a code that, simplified to its purest essence, seemed to translate to something like: Be real.”
...and the best stories are told in chapters. We're reinventing the box set experience as VMP and the Grateful Dead take listeners on a joyride through one of the deepest catalogs and richest legacies in rock history. This eight album, 14 LP collection connects the Dead's history, subculture and lore to modern relevance and mainstream music culture. While the box will ship with all eight albums inside, the exclusive podcast will guide you through opening the records at specific points on our four-week journey.
All eight titles in this VMP Anthology had lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA. All titles were cut 'AAA' from the original analog tapes, with the exception of Without a Net coming from the original master digital audio. Pressed at QRP on high quality 180g colored vinyl.
Hear from a cross-section of contemporary musical figures as they share stories of the Dead's influence on them and their music. Contributors include:
MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger • Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors • Jim James of My Morning Jacket • Avey Tare of Animal Collective • Hunter Brown of STS9 • Margo Price • Scott Devendorf of the National / LNZNDRF • John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats • Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists
The booklet also features an extensive collection of both iconic and rare photos taken throughout the different eras of these albums by some of the Dead's beloved photographers. Photography by:
Jim Marshall • Jim Anderson • Adrian Boot • Bob Minkin • Jay Blakesburg • Herbie Greene • © Rosie McGee (photo on right)