One of the great lost albums of Southern hard rock, ''Dead Man'' was the 1970 debut album of the Houston band, JOSEFUS. Formed in 1969, Josefus soon garnered a huge live following, opening for acts like ZZ Top and Grand Funk Railroad. Unfortunately, their debut album, a heavy mix of Zeppelin-inspired acid rock with a Southern twist, was destined to obscurity, due largely to the fact that it was not released on a proper label. (The album eventually was released on the band''s own label, Hookaah.) Just a few months prior to recording Dead Man, however, Josefus had actually recorded an album''s worth of material for a producer in Phoenix, but the album was never released. This is what prompted the band to go back into the studio with their own money to record ''Dead Man''. ''Dead Man'' was, therefore naturally, a mix of some of the songs from this earlier album (tentatively called: ''Get Off My Case'') along with some new ones.