Grateful Dead Tribute Box Set Planned For Release

gratefuldeadAccording to The Future Heart, a Grateful Dead tribute box set entitled “Day of the Dead” will be released this April. The project is being overseen by The National and proceeds will benefit the Red Hot Organization’s fight against AIDS.

The National guitarist Aaron Dessner gave some statements to help clarify the project in the February 2016 issue of Uncut. Dessner says, “We were calling it ‘Day of the Dead,’ but now we might call it ‘Days of the Dead.’ The idea is to be very expansive, because I think for people who really know the Dead and know this music, even 70 songs feels light. I could name 20 off the top of my head that I’m disappointed we didn’t record. It’s about 70 tracks long now.”

Getting into the purpose behind the project, Dessner says, “That’s been the real joy of it, I think, bringing all these friends together to do something that can be wonderful for the [Red Hot] charity, but also shine a light on music that was very formative for a lot of us. Growing up, we were always fascinated by the Dead. It was the first music that my brother and I played with Brian, the drummer of The National.”

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Some of the tracks and the artists covering them can be seen below. The project will be released digitally. You can also order a specially crafted 10 or 11 album vinyl box set.

Among the other tracks confirmed for the collection:
The National – “Morning Dew” and “Peggy-O”
Members of Grizzly Bear and The National with Friends – “Terrapin Station Suite”
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon with Megafaun and Bruce Hornsby – “Black Muddy River”
Tallest Man on Earth and Friends – “Ship of Fools”
My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Friends – “Candyman”
Courtney Barnett – “New Speedway Boogie”
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “If I Had The World To Give” and “Bird Song”
Charles Bradley – “Cumberland Blues”
This Is The Kit and Friends – “Jack-A-Roe”
The War on Drugs – “Touch of Grey”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Shakedown Street”
Kurt Vile and J Mascis – “Box of Rain”
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider”
Phosphorescent – “Standing on the Moon”
Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Friends – “Wharf Rat”
Perfume Genius with Sharon Van Etten and Friends – “To Lay Me Down”
Tunde Adebimpe with Lee Ranaldo and Friends – “Playing in the Band”
The Walkmen – “Ripple”

(Photo: Grateful Dead in 1980 – By Chris Stone [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

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