This week, The Grateful Dead announced the 2018 edition of their annual free download series, “30 Days of Dead.” Beginning on November 1st, and running through the end of the month, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will offer up one high-quality live track per day from the Dead’s vault as a free download here. The tracks will be shared with their venues and dates omitted, and fans will get the chance to fill in the blanks in exchange for prizes.

As the announcement in’s new Grateful Dead Almanac notes,

Who needs a miracle everyday? We sure do and we bet you could use one too!

Consider this our gift to you for being so darn loyal… Each day in November we’re giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download. That’s 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by Dead archivist and producer David Lemieux! Intrigued? We’re also going to put your knowledge to the test and give you the chance to win some sweet swag from the Dead.

Most of you know the drill by now, but for those, that don’t, here’s the deal:

You know your Ables from your Bakers from your C’s, but can your finely tuned ears differentiate the cosmic “comeback” tour from a spacey 70’s show? Each day we’ll post a free download from one of the Dead’s coveted shows. Will it be from that magical night at Madison Square Garden in ’93 or from way back when they were just starting to warm it up at Winterland? Is that Pigpen’s harmonica we hear? Brent on keys? Step right up and try your hand all November long and win prizes while you’re at it. 

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You can listen to past years’ “30 Days of Dead” selections in the Spotify playlist below. For more information on the current state of the Grateful Dead, check out the full edition of the Grateful Dead Almanac newsletter here.

[H/T JamBase]