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Grateful Dead to Be Honored With Benefit Tribute Project

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Get set for a huge, multi-artist benefit tribute compilation devoted to the Grateful Dead. Titled Day of the Dead, the set was curated by members of the indie-rock band the National and features 59 classic Dead songs interpreted by a range of artists from rock to folk to jazz.

The project has been divided into three volumes: “Thunder,” “Lightning” and “Sunshine.” The War on Drugs, Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Mumford and Sons, Bela Fleck, the Flaming Lips, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and Lucinda Williams are just a few of the featured artists.

Among the special guests is the Grateful Dead’s own Bob Weir, who sits in with Wilco on their version of “St. Stephen” and with the National on “I Know You Rider.” Garth Hudson of the Band joins Arcade Fire‘s Richard Reed Parry and others on “Brokedown Palace.” Bruce Hornsby, a former Dead sideman, also appears. You can see a complete track listing below.

Day of the Dead, which clocks in at a staggering six hours, will be released on May 20 as a three-CD set, a limited-edition vinyl box and as digital downloads. Profits will go to the Red Hot Organization, which fights AIDS/HIV and related health issues.

‘Day of the Dead’ Track Listing
“Thunder” (Vol.1)
The War on Drugs, “Touch of Grey”
Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends, “Sugaree”
Jim James & Friends, “Candyman”
Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends, “Cassidy”
Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison, “Black Muddy River”
Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends, “Loser”
The National, “Peggy-O”
Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis), “Box of Rain”
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends, “Rubin and Cherise”
Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends, “To Lay Me Down”
Courtney Barnett, “New Speedway Boogie”
Mumford & Sons, “Friend of the Devil”
Lucius, “Uncle John’s Band”
The Lone Bellow & Friends, “Me and My Uncle”
Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends, “Mountains of the Moon”
Anohni and yMusic, “Black Peter”
Bryce Dessner, “Garcia Counterpoint”
Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The National (featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion and Brooklyn Youth Chorus), “Terrapin Station (Suite)”
Angel Olsen, “Attics of My Life”
Wilco with Bob Weir, “St Stephen (live)”

“Lightning” (Vol. 2)
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, “If I Had the World to Give”
Phosphorescent & Friends, “Standing on the Moon”
Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band, “Cumberland Blues”
The Tallest Man on Earth & Friends, “Ship of Fools”
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends, “Bird Song”
The National, “Morning Dew”
Marijuana Deathsquads, “Truckin'”
Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends, “Dark Star”
Nightfall of Diamonds, “Nightfall of Diamonds”
Tim Hecker, “Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald”
Lucinda Williams & Friends, “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad”
Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends, “Playing in the Band”
Local Natives, “Stella Blue”
Tal National, “Eyes of the World”
Bela Fleck, “Help on the Way”
Orchestra Baobab, “Franklin’s Tower”
Luluc with Xylouris White, “Till the Morning Comes”
The Walkmen, “Ripple”
Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream (featuring Garth Hudson), “Brokedown Palace”

“Sunshine” (Vol. 3)
Real Estate, “Here Comes Sunshine”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Shakedown Street”
Hiss Golden Messenger, “Brown-Eyed Women”
This Is the Kit, “Jack-A-Roe”
Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear, “High Time”
The Lone Bellow & Friends, “Dire Wolf”
Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura, “Althea”
Orchestra Baobab, “Clementine Jam”
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, “China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider”
Bill Callahan, “Easy Wind”
Ira Kaplan & Friends, “Wharf Rat”
The Rileys, “Estimated Prophet”
Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida, “Drums/Space”
F–ed Up, “Cream Puff War”
The Flaming Lips, “Dark Star”
Stargaze, “What’s Become of the Baby”
Vijay Iyer, “King Solomon’s Marbles”
Mina Tindle & Friends, “Rosemary”
Sam Amidon, “And We Bid You Goodnight”
The National with Bob Weir, “I Know You Rider (live)”

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