Give your hippest loved one a long-strange trip down memory lane this holiday season with a collectible tee- or sweatshirt commemorating The Grateful Dead’s 1974 “Wall of Sound” concert audio system, from the alchemists at McIntosh.

The group and the high-performance Hi-Fi components manufacturer have teamed up once again to keep their partnership “Truckin” on through this McIntosh “capsule collection” Tee or sweatshirt.

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The iconic rock band has been working with McIntosh since the launch of the group’s famously massive “Wall of Sound” concert speaker tower that went on the road in 1974 (“Mars Hotel” tour).

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The unique traveling concert sound system assembled by the genius of the band’s equally legendary “technical” wizard Augustus Owsley “Bear” Stanley III, was over 100 feet wide and three stories tall. It was driven by 48 McIntosh MC2300 amplifiers delivering 28,800 Watts of power, and emitted some of the clearest, cleanest amplified sound available for arena rock to that point. Trust us, we were there and we remember. Kinda.

The Dead’s Wall of Sound was also one of the most logistically complex sound setups in rock & roll history, and continues to inspire modern concert amplification to this day.

To preserve the achievement, McIntosh commissioned its new “official capsule collection” consisting of tee and sweatshirts available in time for the holidays. Targeted at McIntosh and Deadheads, alike, the garments feature the official Grateful Dead logo along with a photo of the famous Wall of Sound taken by longtime band photographer Richard Pechner.

The authentic collection is available now exclusively from McIntosh and available on

“We are proud of our history working with musicians to bring sound to the masses,” said McIntosh President Charlie Randall. “We have stayed in touch with many artists, and I am proud to call Bob Weir a friend. We were very excited to celebrate the Wall of Sound and allow music and McIntosh lovers to join us as we toast that epic sound system.”

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Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound” T-shirt ($40) is made of 100% soft combed ring-spun cotton.

Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound” Sweatshirt ($70) features comfortable heavyweight pre-shrunk 80/20 fabric. Both items are screen printed in the USA.

McIntosh continues to build high-performance amplifiers at its factory in Binghamton, N.Y., where the band laid down some of its more acclaimed live performances. The MC2300 is no longer in production but Jerry Garcia’s personal McIntosh MC2300 amplifier from the Wall of Sound was auctioned off last year for over $375,000.

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By Greg Tarr

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