November 10, 1969
- 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
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”.