The creators of the previously announced Grateful Dead graphic novel Grateful Dead Origins revealed that a soundtrack package will be made available alongside the comic book.
Curated by Dead archivist and legacy manager David Lemieux, the book includes 13 recordings from the band's early career, while a collectors edition will come with a four-track vinyl recording containing previously unreleased live recordings from the Fillmore West in San Francisco in 1968.
"Grateful Dead Origins tells the story of the band's transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and cultural movement through their music and community," publishers Z2 comics said in a statement that also revealed the first look at interior artwork (in the image above). "Artist Noah Van Sciver illustrates an original history created by writer Chris Miskiewicz. The graphic novel will be available in two editions: a standard edition and a limited run collectors deluxe edition."
The vinyl record features a previously unreleased show that includes the first known West Coast live version of 'St. Stephen'. The concert was originally recorded on eight-track analog tape and mastered for this release.
"We've seen many archival releases that offer magnificent audio representations of the Grateful Dead's history, and several filmed interpretations of the Dead's story. To these, we're thrilled to add to the Dead's narrative canon this beautiful portrayal of the Dead's origin story in the form of this wonderful new comic," Lemieux said when the publication was announced.
'Grateful Dead Origins' Soundtrack Track Listing
1. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) – from Grateful Dead
2. Cream Puff War – from Rare Cuts
3. Walking The Dog – from Rare Cuts
4. Viola Lee Blues – from Road Trips 2/2/68
5. Hey Little One – from Rare Cuts
6. That’s It For The Other One – from Anthem Of The Sun
7. Midnight Hour – from 1966 30 Trips
8. Standing On The Corner – from Rare Cuts
9. China Cat Sunflower – from Aoxomoxoa
10. Big Railroad Blues – from Rare Cuts
11. Morning Dew – from Grateful Dead
12. Keep Rolling By – from 1966 30 Trips
13. Cosmic Charlie – from Aoxomoxoa
Collectors Edition Vinyl Track Listing
1. Dark Star
2. St. Stephen
1. The Eleven
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy