Day of the Dead — a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music — is out today on 4AD. The 59 track compilation was created and curated by brothers 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, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds. All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)3.
The album is available for streaming here. The vinyl version of the compilation will become available September 9th and can be pre-ordered via the 4AD store beginning June 9th. The National performed “Morning Dew” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week and tomorrow the band and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy will perform additional songs from the compilation on CBS This Morning’s “Saturday Sessions.”