• Grateful Dead

    Live/Dead

    November 10, 1969

    Warner Bros.
Double LP of live recordings from early 1969.

Tracks

  1. Dark Star
  2. Saint Stephen
  3. The Eleven
  4. Turn On Your Lovelight
  5. Death Don't Have No Mercy
  6. Feedback


  • Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals)
  • Phil Lesh (bass, vocals)
  • Bob Weir (guitar, vocals)
  • Mickey Hart (percussion)
  • Bill Kreutzmann (percussion)
  • Tom Constanten (keyboard)
  • Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (vocals, congas, organ)

(0) Additional Personnel


Album Notes

The songs on Live/Dead are thought to be from the following shows:

– The Eleven and Turn On Your Lovelight – January 26, 1969
– Dark Star and St Stephen – February 27, 1969
– Death Don’t Have No Mercy, Feedback and We Bid You Goodnight – March 2, 1969

The tracks are sequenced to give the appearance of a single set. An appearance that is enhanced by the CD release that presents the whole, uninterrupted on a single disc. Garcia spoke of the sequence in an interview with Rolling Stone: “We’d only recorded a few gigs to get that album. We were after a certain sequence to the music. In the sense of it being a serious, long composition, musically and then a recording of it, it’s our music at one of it’s really good moments”.

This album was originally suggested as a means by which the band could extricate themselves from the large debt to Warner Brothers incurred during the recording of Aoxomoxoa.

Live/Dead was recorded at about the same time as Aoxomoxoa. The first Deadheads newsletter issued in 1971 also includes a quote from Garcia about the two albums: “If you take LIVE DEAD and AOXOMOXOA together, you have a picture of what we were doing then. We were playing LIVE DEAD and we were recording AOXOMOXOA”.


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