A stirring conclusion to the ’s three-decade career, music filled with adventure and possibility, big questions, big punchlines, and cosmic wisdom…

Maybe you were lucky enough and caught a glimpse of what might have been. You swayed to the unfamiliar, floating along with an unknown melody, joining in for a chorus when you felt confident you had it down. Maybe you jotted a fat question mark in your meticulous , certain you’d figure it out before the next show, anticipating a formal introduction in due time.

As if their repertoire wasn’t tall enough to reach the endless sky, the band began adding new tunes to their sets in 1992, working them into “quintessential romps,” with the intention of a new studio album. By the mid-90s, they set out recording with the wisdom of Willie ’s blues, ’s fuzzed-out guitar, newcomer ’s tried-and-true sketches, and Bobby reunited with on a duo that had quickly become fan-. Alas, it was not meant to be. Until now.

We proudly present READY OR NOT, nine unreleased live versions of late-period Grateful Dead songs that debuted in 1992 and 1993, a reflection of what could have been the band’s next official studio album.

grateful dead ready or not

Due November 22nd, READY OR NOT will be available on CD, as a 180-gram 2- set, limited to 10,000 copies, and of course, digitally as a download and for .

Looking for that Dead.net exclusive? We’ve got you covered with an exclusive colored vinyl version of the 2- set with one red and one blue LP, limited to just 2,000 copies. And we’ll hit you with that hi-res digital audio too. Pre-order here.

READY OR NOT TRACK-LIST

1. “Liberty” – , , NY (10/14/94)
2. “Eternity” – The Pyramid, Memphis, TN (4/2/95)
3. “Lazy River Road” – Dean Smith Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (3/25/93)
4. “Samba In The Rain” – The , , GA (3/30/95)
5. “So Many Roads” – Amphitheatre, Burgettstown, PA (6/23/92)
6. “Way To Go Home” – Center, Noblesville, IN (6/28/92)
7. “Corrina” – , , NY (10/14/94)
8. “Easy Answers” – Spectrum, , PA (9/13/93)
9. “Days Between” – -Alameda County Coliseum, , CA (12/11/94)

You can stream “Lazy River Road” below.


Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.