DAY OF THE DEAD
A Grateful Dead Tribute
Benefiting The Red Hot Organization
‘Terrapin Station (Suite)’ Limited Vinyl
To Be Released 2nd August – Pre-Order Today
Featuring Members of Grizzly Bear, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo and Bryce Dessner of The National
Album Art Designed & Donated by Visual Artist Dustin Yellin
Day of the Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music was released last month via 4AD to great critical acclaim and is currently available through digital retailers. Now 4AD will release a special limited edition 12-inch vinyl of the four-song ‘Terrapin Station (Suite)’ on August 2nd. The record is available for pre-order today via the 4AD Store, and features members of Grizzly Bear, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tunde Adebumpe (TV On The Radio), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Bryce Dessner (The National). The stunning artwork was designed and donated by acclaimed visual artist and Pioneer Works founder, Dustin Yellin.
The Grateful Dead’s ‘Terrapin Station’, found on the album of the same name, was the first time the Dead unveiled a more symphonic and progressive sound. In addition to the featured artists, Aaron and Bryce Dessner recreated 1977’s entire ‘Terrapin Station’ with the help of Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, Sō Percussion, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. To compliment the full recreating of the ‘Terrapin Flyer’ section, Bryce Dessner expanded the piece with an additional two minutes of original composition. The full list of credits is below.
A1. Terrapin Station (Suite) – Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The National ft. Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, Sō Percussion and Brooklyn Youth Chorus
B1. If I Had the World to Give – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
B2. Playing in the Band – Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends
B3. Garcia Counterpoint – Bryce Dessner
HEAR ‘Terrapin Station (Suite)’
PRAISE FOR DAY OF THE DEAD
“Richly enjoyable.” The Guardian – Album of the Week ****
“Extraordinary range…fresh delights around every corner.” Evening Standard *****
“The sweetest love letter to the Grateful Dead imaginable. Deadheads will adore it; the uncoverted may find themselves a lot more Dead-curious.” Record Collector – Album of the Month ****
“This epic compilation produced by the National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner serves as both a fine showcase of the Dead’s iconic songs and a who’s-who of current indie rock.” Pitchfork
A Day of the Dead live performance will take place this summer at the second annual Eaux Claires Festival (August 12-13) featuring Jenny Lewis, Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent), Lucius, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Sam Amidon, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Matt Berninger, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Bruce Hornsby, Ruban Nielson (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and The National, who all appear on the record.
Day of the Dead is available for streaming here. It is a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music and the 59-track compilation was created and curated by brother Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National. The album is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record and features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds. All profits will help fight for AIDS/HIV and related issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization charity.
ABOUT RED HOT ORGANISATION:
Red Hot is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organisation dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS through pop culture. Its mission is to raise awareness and money around the AIDS crisis and related health issues. It was started in 1990 by Leigh Blake and John Carlin with the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, which raised millions of dollars, helped reduce the stigma around AIDS at the time and supported organisations and efforts such ACT UP and T.A.G., which took a stand and made the world pay attention and develop medication that let people with AIDS survive.
Over the past 25 years, over 500 artists, producers and directors have contributed to 20 compilation albums of original music, videos, events and media to keep people thinking about the implications of the AIDS epidemic as well as donate millions to organisations around the world.