Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead Japan red vinyl white label promotional LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original Japanese red vinyl white label promotional copy of The Workingman’s Dead by The Grateful Dead, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl white label promotional copy of Workingman’s Dead by The Grateful Dead, including the original obi.

The red vinyl pressings of this album were for promotional use only; all copies sold in stores were issued on black vinyl.

About this copy: This copy of Workingman’s Dead is an original 1970 pressing on the Warner Brothers label, pressed by Toshiba shortly before Warner Brothers established Warner-Pioneer to press their albums.

When this happened, the album was immediately reissued with a different obi and catalog number.  Toshiba pressed albums on red vinyl; Warner-Pioneer did not.

The album title appears as The Workingman’s Dead on both the labels and album cover.

The cover is VG++ with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is M-.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The four page lyric/liner note insert is M-.  The white, plastic-lined inner sleeve used only for promotional copies is VG+ with a few wrinkles and light foxing.

The red vinyl disc is M- and may be unplayed.  There’s quite a bit of foxing on the side two label, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A gorgeous copy of an ultra-rare Grateful Dead LP and the only copy we’ve ever seen, as the Grateful Dead’s albums sold quite poorly in Japan.

Background: Released in June 1970, The Workingman’s Dead was the fifth album by the Grateful Dead.

The album reached #27 on the U.. album chart. gave Workingman’s Dead a five star review:

For a group already established as exploratory free-form rockers of the highest acclaim, Workingman’s Dead’s eight tunes threw off almost all improvisatory tendencies in favor of spare, thoughtful looks at folk, country, and American roots music with more subdued sounds than the band had managed up until then. The songs also focused more than ever before on singing and vocal harmonies, influenced in no small way by a growing friendship with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The band embraced complex vocal arrangements with campfire-suited folk on “Uncle John’s Band” and the psychedelic cowboy blues of “High Time.”

The abrupt shift toward sublime acoustic sounds on Workingman’s Dead completely changed what the Grateful Dead meant to their listeners at large. The enormous risk they took in changing their sound entirely resulted in a heartbreakingly beautiful, unquestionably pure statement and one of the more important documents of its time. They’d continue this trend on the even more roots-minded American Beauty, recorded later the same year, but the limitlessness, fearlessness, and true power of the band began here.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in