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albums ALBUMS OF THE WEEK THE GRATEFUL DEAD: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION (RHINO) Cult San Francisco band The Grateful Dead formed in 1966 and comprised Jerry Garcia on lead guitar and vocals, Bill Kreiutzmann on drums, Phil Lesh on bass and vocals, Ron Pigpen McKernass on harmonica and vocals and Bob Weir on rhythm guitar and vocals.

This beautifully packaged double-CD collection puts together The Grateful Dead's debut album from 1966 and a live album capturing the band's performance at the PNE Garden Auditorium in Vancouver in July 1966.

Highlights of the studio album include their stylised renditions of Tom Rose's Morning Dew and Sonny Boy Williamson's Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, whilst standouts on the live CD are Sitting On Top Of The World, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, Cream Puff War, Big Boss Man and the ten-minute long Viola Lee Blues.

STACKRIDGE: THE FINAL BOW, BRISTOL 2015 (ANGEL AIR) Stackridge are at the heart of Angel Air Records, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is now releasing their 500th album.

Stackridge, The Korgis, Andy Davis, James Warren, The Meanies and Mutter Slater Band have all over the past 20 years had releases on Angel Air and are part of the label's DNA, so it was only right that Stackridge's final concert should be the label's 500th release.

The Final Bow was recorded at a packed Fiddlers Club in Bristol on December 19, 2015 as Andy Davis, James Warren, Clare Lindley, Glenn Tommey and Eddie John were joined on stage by former member Mutter Slater.

This double-CD includes Over The Horizon, Long Dark River, Fish In A Glass, Slark, Lummy Days and Purple Spaceships Over Yatton.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 21, 2017
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