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Live / Dead [Live]

Grateful DeadAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their ... Read more in Amazon's Grateful Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000002KB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dark Star
2. Saint Stephen
3. The Eleven
4. Turn On Your Love Light
5. Death Don't Have No Mercy
6. Feedback
7. And We Bid You Goodnight

Editorial Reviews

Improvisation had been the Grateful Dead's tie-dyed calling card since their beginnings as the house band for novelist Ken Kesey's mythic mid-60s "acid tests." So, after the fair-to-middling artistic results of their initial three studio-recorded albums, the band opted to release their first-ever concert collection--and irrevocably changed the course of their entire career. Propelled by the epic classic, "Dark Star," as well as folk-tinged "Death Don't Have No Mercy,' and the fusion-ish "The Eleven," Live Dead showcased the instinctual, probing interplay between Jerry Garcia, bassist Phil Lesh, and the rest of the band, and finally captured the Dead's special magic for all to hear. --Billy Altman

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadhead 101 November 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Dear God, please put this on Heaven's jukebox.
What is Dark Star? THE qunitessential acid-rock voyage. A band of hippies attempting to transcend reality. From the first few notes off Phil's bass to the monumental peak before the second verse (over twenty mintues later) this version of Dark Star is unmatched. Every member at their best, entwined in ecstasy. NAILING every twist and peak. Jerry Garcia loved this version. So far beyond the countless other versions I've heard. You'd swear there was a higher power at work on that stage.
You don't have to be on drugs to enjoy this disc. Just into improvisation. Followed by Saint Stephen and a rollicking, super-charged The Eleven, the Dead never sounded tighter, more direct. Plugged into your synapses. Toying with you. Ear candy.
Obviously beloved by Deadheads. I recommend this for any fan of live music. It simply cannot be done better.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Dead album you really need March 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
You need not buy into the entire Dead hippie bathos in order to enjoy this album. Any fans of improvisition will thoroughly enjoy this album. The Dark Star is arguably the Dead's finest moment. The immediacy of the playing captures the ear. The band seems genuinely excited to play the material unlike later material. The music is engaging on its own without the, uh, chemical adjuncts. Also we are spared of much of the faux-country fodder, that often leads me to press the fast forward button on other Dead releases. Obviously the Dead are best when they are playing live and their more classic pieces. The first three tracks here are beautiful. As odd as it may sound, I think Sonic Youth may have been listening to this album while producing A Thousand Leaves. Listen to the two albums back to back if you don't have exclusionary music tastes. The jamming styles are very alike.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can only bring one CD with you... July 10, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this is IT! This live performance demonstrates the transcendence of the Dead's improvisations at their best. You'll hear something new with every listen.
Dark Star defines the Dead's music and this is one of the finest examples on CD. Lesh's unique melodic bass playing drives the beast. Garcia and Weirs' guitars taunt each other to great heights. Hart and Kreutzmann's wonderfully open and then powerfully meshed drumming allow the dynamics of Dark Star to range from the beautifully poignant through chaos to the consumately powerful.
The first three songs are a continuous jam for around 40 minutes. After Dark Star, I love listening to the rhythm transition from the St. Stephen (in 4:4 time) to The Eleven (in 11:8 time).
There is magic here --- a spontaneous, synergistic symphony. This is what I listen to the Dead for. This is what I listen to music for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Best Live Album Ever! September 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge fan of live music by many different bands and as I close in on age 40, I have yet to hear a better, more perfect, more fluid live recording then the incredible "Live/Dead". It is simply perfection and a CD I have been listening to in one form or another since the late 1970's. The improvisational jamming is unmatched and nothing before or since can garb you, bring you in and hold you like this masterpiece. The band is flawless and mistake free during this show as the opening 4 song, hour plus jam can attest to. Starting with the incredible, powerful and spacey "Dark Star" into the exhuberant and fun "St. Stephen" continuing into the powerful and thumping "The Eleven" and closing out with the tightest version of "Turn On Your Lovelight" you will ever here! Master musicians at the top of their game and bringing it on home! One thing that stands out about this recording is that all the members of the band are obviously having so much fun and enjoying themselves that it comes through loud and clear and helps you enjoy it more too, if that is possible because it is simply the greates, most enjoyable live recording ever made. Grab "Live/Dead" you'll be very happy you did and will find yourself listening to it more then you ever imagined! As a side note, if you want an example of what an extended version of "Live/Dead" might be like then grab "Dick's Picks, Volume 16", recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium on 11/8/69. It showcases an incredible jam that starts on CD #2 and continues to CD #3 consisting of "Dark Star-The Other One-Dark Star-Uncle Johns Band Jam-Dark Star-St. Stephen-The Eleven-Caution-The Main Ten-Caution-Feedback". It's truly memorable and also contains a 25:30 version of "Turn On Your Lovelight". Awesome stuff but still a notch below "Live/Dead".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Were the Best of Bands and the Worst of Bands July 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
When these guys were on they were as good as it got back in the late '60's, early '70s. I saw them numerous times at the old Fillmore/Avalon Ballroom and at Winterland, Keyzar Stadium and numerous other venues. The Keyzar show would have been a complete bust, had Waylon Jennings not been on hand to rescue the show. The Dead had OD'ed and they couldn't combine for a note. Pure drivel.

Yet when they had the right "chemistry" there was no finer band in the land. They could take a collective consciousness and pin it on its ear. In fact I lost part of my hearing in my right ear from sticking my head too close to one of those huge stadium speakers to try to find my way into the "source" of the sound one crazy night at Winterland. At least I lived to tell the tale.

To make a long review short, just take your nearest listening device, attach some headphones, and listen to "Turn on Your Lovelight" on this CD. I was listening while out walking the pooch this morning and ended up boogying for about half a mile or so. My neighbors probably thought I was having a grand mal seizure or was practicing my St Vitus' Dance or both, and they were probably right. If that cut isn't one of the best live recordings ever, I don't know what is, and if it doesn't get your tail to wagging, then Jack, you a Zombie! This CD ranks right up there with the Dead's Live in Europe double album as amongst their best. Buy it or download it and alarm your nighbors, too!

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2.0 out of 5 stars one face not cleary round

OK I have received the vinyl in a very good time ! Disc is in a good conditon exept on face unlistenable ; the furrow is not well round and arm on my... Read more
Published 4 months ago by VéVé le DeadHead
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH HAVING
After two expensive studio albums put them $100,000 in debt, this live set was more than cheap, it was pivotal. Read more
Published 8 months ago by socalbiga
5.0 out of 5 stars love ti
this was a gift and he loved it! He was grateful that I could find it and it was a great price!
Published 14 months ago by Donna Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars "if it doesn't get your tail to wagging, then Jack, you a Zombie! "
Yeah, I know it's not a complete concert but, for my money, i cannot think of a cheaper, concise, way of introducing yourself to this fine band. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels to me:
As if I've been trippin' on Acid and I haven't ever experienced that feeling at all because it's now illegal if it hasn't always been but then the feds and authority figures don't... Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Dead with Pigpen
I love the Dead,I love Jerry but the driving force in the begining was Pigpen. His Lovelight makes the album for me.
The best number is Dark Star. Read more
Published on September 30, 2009 by Genevieve R. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Live/Dead
Live/Dead is the first official live album from the Grateful Dead and we get extended versions of all the tracks. Some of them are extremely long, i.e. Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars aren't any of you experienced
Why do so many people seem to be bashing the Grateful Dead. There's a reason why they had such a huge following, and in my mind were almost a cult of sorts. Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by Michael Rallo
5.0 out of 5 stars Gateway Album for getting into the Live stuff
This album is powerfully packed with classic live performances, yet still concise and very sweet. If you want to bring someone into the Dead's live scene from their albums then... Read more
Published on May 17, 2007 by Erik
3.0 out of 5 stars Why must they sing?
First of all, I am not a Deadhead, but I am a fan of adventurous improvisatory music. There is some beautiful guitar/bass counterpoint on this disc (notably on "Dark Star"), and... Read more
Published on March 27, 2007 by Kenneth M. Osowski
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