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Live / Dead [CD]

Grateful DeadAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00007LTIJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dark Star
2. St. 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
8. Bonus Track 1
9. Bonus Track 2

Editorial Reviews

A hidden single (!) version of Dark Star caps off one of the "grate" live albums.

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Dead and A Great First Buy!!! May 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If there had to be only one Grateful Dead CD to run out and get, "Live/Dead" would have to be it. This album tops the list of many Deadheads as the bands best album overall. There's plenty of reason for it as well. This is the Dead in their prime and at their very best performance-wise and music-wise.
"Live/Dead" opens with the famed 23-minute version of "Dark Star". This is the ultimate Dead-jam track. The band plays off each other like seasoned pros. Jerry Garcia performs one of his greatest guitar leads here and his voice is in ship-shape throughout. This version of "Dark Star" still holds up even today.
After "Dark Star" runs its 23-minutes, it is followed directly by "Saint Stephen". The studio version of this track appears on "Aoxomoxoa" but the live version included here is much more agressive and stronger. This leads into another Dead jamfest entitled "The Eleven". The interplay between all the band members is clearly in evidence here. Bassist Phil Lesh pumps out a chordal bass structure in 11/8 while drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart lock everything into place. Jerry once again flys high on his lead guitar.
"The Eleven" leads directly into "Turn On Your Lovelight". Now, it's Pigpen's turn to steal the show. Over the course of 15-minutes, Pigpen leads the band and the audience in a swaggering sing-along. He really knew how to get the crowd going as it can clearly be heard here. Kreutzmann and Hart grab the spotlight as well performing their famed drum duet.
Next up is "Death Don't Have No Mercy", a somber piece in which you can almost feel the pain in Jerry's voice. Great musicianship here as well. Then there's the self-explanitory "Feedback", 8-minutes of it to be exact. This is another prime example of what the Dead shows were like at this time.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Let's make something clear here: I'm not a dope-smokin' hippie. In fact, I'm a button-down Sideshow Bob right-wing type. (Perish the thought!)

Why am I telling you this? Certainly not to antagonize you. Only to make clear that when I say that the surpassing glory of the Grateful Dead was their capacity to be the world's most roof-shaking JAM BAND, it ain't because I'm a '60s acid casualty - it's because this group has universal appeal.

That's right: universal appeal, at least for anyone who appreciates intellectually and emotionally compelling instrumental, vocal, and improvisational rock music. The Dead were actually far more versatile than their detractors ever give them credit for (they played CONVINCING country, blues, and folk music - no mean feat - as well as the hardest of hardcore psychedelia, rock, and jazz-rock), but still it has to be said that they were the only group in the world that could spend 30 minutes improvising around the pedal-point signature of "Dark Star" or the hammer-lock riff of "The Other One" while completely holding a sober man's attention. The drugs, the hippie culture associated with the group, and the clutch of febrile imitators that have sprung up in the Dead's wake (yet are unworthy of holding Keith Godchaux's jockstrap) have all unfortunately obscured the brilliance of their music.

Which is a shame, because Live/Dead, the FIRST (but it warn't the last!) live album the band ever released back in 1969, lets that jammin' freak flag FLY HIGH. The shortest song on this album is a blink-and-you-missed-it 6 minutes 32 seconds, but the length of the songs shouldn't be taken to indicate laziness or indulgence.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Rock-N-Rll Album Ever? May 10, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
You could make a case this is the greatest rock-n-roll album ever recorded.
Sure, it can't complete blow for blow with the songs of Abbey Road or Let It Bleed, but this was a great band at the very high point of its powers with 3 of the 4 original "sides" recorded as one long 60 minute jam on perhaps their crispest night ever. (A 20 minute "Other One" jam from their first set that night shows up on the "So Many Roads" compilation and is almost equally as good.)
The main thing that differentiates this album from any of their other live albums (or famous live albums from others of the same period like Allmans - Fillmore East, which it blows away) is that it is incredibly tight. That may seem odd when talking about a jam band, but in the entire 23 minute Dark Star (probably the highlight) I don't believe there is one wasted note, one repititious thought that would have been worth wiping out in the studio.
It's pretty clear that the Dead conceived of this album as a "song cycle." They had tried this, less successfully, on Anthem of the Sun, but here it works great, with the album starting out almost ethereally with a jam out of a song we never hear (Mountains of the Moon) and ending almost as eerily with a spooky "Feedback" jam which becomes a one verse gospel dirge. In between, Dark Star builds in intensity brilliantly through successive jams off the same basic riff, St. Stephen moves wildly through multiple chord and rhythm changes, The Eleven (the only place where there may be a few wasted notes) is just wild and weird.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
Great collection of dead music, a must have for all dead fans
Published 9 days ago by MagickRick
5.0 out of 5 stars c jam r there any better??
hahaha class!c jam r there any better???
Published 13 days ago by joe jacovino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yeah for Jerry and friends!
Published 2 months ago by David Tunison
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my "defines the Dead" album
I'm of a certain age and this album defines certain songs for me. I love Dark Star and St. Stephen from any time and era. This is my favorite.
Published 9 months ago by Steven Stern
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but...
Early Dead. Very spacey stuff but still very good, Not my favourite Dead album but one of the ones you need to track the band's development through the years. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVE/DEAD
Published 13 months ago by COSMO
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital is not the same as vinyl
This remix does not capture the electricity of the original vinyl. there have been some additions, but I would have preferred the original.........
Published 14 months ago by C.R.Esteban
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Live Album
This is my favorite live album of the Grateful Dead's. Every song is just amazing. Dark Star is my favorite; it's entrancing. :)
Published 14 months ago by Caleb
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and in some ways the best - jam on
Never underestimate the power of the Dark Star. Starting to be a phenom/legend by 66-67 the Dead were the original jam band but the studio records from this time (which I love,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Andrew Kahn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recording.
This is a sensational recording. The music is very original. Without topics, with one very virtuosistic work of the musics.
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