Grateful Dead – Wake of the Flood Japan LP with obi

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A rare Japanese pressing of Wake of the Flood by the Grateful Dead, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Wake of the Flood by the Grateful Dead, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Wake of the Flood is an original Japanese issue on the Grateful Dead Records label, issued in 1973.

The cover is M-, with a small corner dent.  The obi is VG++, with a small fold on the back.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.  The insert is included and is M-.

The disc is M- and may be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of an ultra-rare Grateful Dead LP and the only Japanese copy of this album we’ve ever seen.

Background: After fulfilling their contract with Warner Brothers, the Grateful Dead started their own record company – Grateful Dead Records.  Their first release was Wake of the Flood, released in 1973, and that was their first studio release in three years.

Wake of the Flood didn’t disappoint, reaching #18 on the Billboard charts. gave Wake of the Flood four stars:

It had been nearly three years since American Beauty — their previous and most successful studio album to date — and, as always, the Dead had been honing the material in concert. A majority of the tracks had been incorporated into their live sets — some for nearly six months — prior to entering the recording studio. This gave the band a unique perspective on the material, much of which remained for the next 20-plus years as staples of their concert performances. “Eyes of the World” contains some brilliant ensemble playing — although the time limitations inherent in the playback medium result in the track fading out just as the Dead start to really cook. Another highlight is Bob Weir’s “Weather Report Suite,” which foreshadows the epic proportions that the song would ultimately reach. In later years, the band dropped the opening instrumental “Prelude,” as well as “Part One,” choosing to pick it up for the extended “Let It Grow” section. The lilting Jerry Garcia ballad “Stella Blue” is another track that works well in this incarnation and remained in the Dead’s rotating set list for the remainder of their touring careers.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Grateful Dead
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in