Grateful Dead Release Four New Digital Collections On iTunes

The Grateful Dead are the latest legendary artist to have their studio and live album catalog mastered specifically for iTunes. Select studio and live albums, plus two special rarities collections, are available now exclusively through the iTunes store.

Grammy winning engineer David Glasser at Airshow Mastering remastered the original master tapes for iTunes. Fans can download individual songs, specific albums or any of the new collections the band has unleashed. There are four new collections: the Complete Studio Albums Collection, the Live Albums Collection, the Complete Studio Rarities Collection and the Complete Live Rarities Collection. The last two contain bonus tracks from career-spanning box sets 2001’s The Golden Road and 2004’s Beyond Description.

Also of note, a new digital book, The Golden Road and Beyond: A Grateful Dead Primer, is available now for free on iBooks. The tome features the essays from The Golden Road and Beyond Description, which were written by Dennis McNally, a Grammy-nominated author and the band’s longtime publicist.

Here’s a list of the four “new” collections:

Complete Studio Albums Collection
The Grateful Dead (1967)
Anthem Of The Sun (1968)
Aoxomoxoa (1969)
Workingman’s Dead (1970)
American Beauty (1970)
Wake Of The Flood (1973)
From The Mars Hotel (1974)
Blues For Allah (1975)
Terrapin Station (1977)
Shakedown Street (1978)
Go To Heaven (1980)
In The Dark (1987)
Built To Last (1989)

Live Albums Collection
Live/Dead (1969)
Grateful Dead (1971)
Europe ’72 (1972)
History Of The Dead Vol. 1 (Bear’s Choice) (1973)
Reckoning (1981)
Dead Set (1981)
Without A Net (1990)

Complete Studio Rarities Collection
Includes every bonus studio track featured on the expanded reissues from 2001 and 2004.

Complete Live Rarities Collection
Includes every bonus live track featured on the expanded reissues from 2001 and 2004.