Grateful Dead has announced a 50th-anniversary vinyl reissue of History Of The Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice), set for release on May 5th.
The release will come as a 180-gram black vinyl and available from digital and streaming services. On the same day, the newly remastered album will be released exclusively from Dead.net on custom “Bear Tracks” vinyl. Limited to 5,000 copies, the album will be available with two different custom labels based on the artwork from the album’s back cover, which featured the debut of the now-iconic “Dancing Bears.” The newly remastered audio will also be available digitally.
As the Dig! site notes, in the wake of co-founder and first frontman Pigpen’s death in March 1973, Owsley “Bear” Stanley curated Bear’s Choice in collaboration with the band to pay tribute to their fallen friend. Released on 13 July 1973, the live album features Pigpen singing lead on three of the seven tracks. To celebrate the record’s upcoming 50th anniversary, Grammy Award-winning engineer David Glasser has remastered the album from the original analog two-track tapes using Plangent Processes.
In addition to the music, Dead.net is also introducing a new merchandise collection tied to the Bear’s Choice 50th Anniversary.