Grateful Dead – Wake of the Flood sealed first issue 1973 U.S. LP


A sealed U.S. first pressing of the Grateful Dead’s 1973 LP Wake of the Flood.

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Offered for sale is a still sealed, original U.S> pressing of the Grateful Dead’s 1973 LP, Wake of the Flood.

About this copy: This particular copy of Wake of the Flood is a still sealed original 1973 pressing on the Grateful Dead Records label.

First pressings did not have song titles on the back cover, and some copies had a hype sticker listing the song titles attached to the shrink wrap.  Later pressings had printed titles on the cover.

This copy does not have the hype sticker with the song titles, but has a sticker on the back cover indicating that United Artists Records was responsible for the distribution of the LP.

As this copy is still sealed, and the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is largely intact, with a small missing piece on the back in the lower left-hand corner.  There’s a bit of wear on the cover there where the wrap is broken.

There is also a 6″ split in the shrink wrap at the mouth of the cover.  We’ve secured that with tape to prevent further splitting.

Unlike most copies, this copy does not have any cutout marks, such as a punch hole, cut corner, or saw mark.

A nice copy of an album that’s hard to find as a first pressing.

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.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Greateful Dead Records
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in