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Live / Dead

Grateful Dead

1969

Live / Dead
Album Summary

Live/Dead is the first official live album (and fourth overall) released by the rock band Grateful Dead. Recorded over a series of concerts in early 1969 and released later the same year, it was the first live rock album to use 16-track recording. In 2005 the tracks "Dark Star", "St. Stephen", "Death Don't Have No Mercy", "Feedback" and "We Bid You Goodnight" were released, in their original sequence and with a new mix, on the respective February 27, 1969 and March 2, 1969 discs of the Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings box set (the first 1:34 of "Dark Star" can be found on the previous track, "Mountains of the Moon"). "Feedback" and "We Bid You Goodnight" were also released on the triple disc, highlights release Fillmore West 1969. The album was met with very positive reviews, with Village Voice critic Robert Christgau writing that it "contains the finest rock improvisation ever recorded" and Rolling Stone magazine's Lenny Kaye saying it foreshadows "where rock is likely to be in about five years". In his ballot for Jazz & Pop magazine's 1970 critics poll, Christgau ranked Live/Dead as the third best popular music album.

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Psychedelic Rock

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Wed Apr 26 2023
1

My inner dialogue… Upon seeing this as today’s album: oh no A minute into the first song: maybe I will like this, it’s kind of cool 9 hours later and the first song is still going: No.

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Wed Apr 19 2023
1

When I heard all those stories about people following these guys around for years, I really didn't think it would just be a bunch of blokes noodling on guitars and doing silly voices. Most of the material here either felt completely aimless or like a bad rip of other, better artists. Not free-form or experimental enough to be interesting, not structured or melodic enough to be engaging. One and a half. Fave track: Feedback

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Wed Apr 19 2023
1

Fuck me what a slog. I tried to imagine myself on a lawn at a music festival, with a little half tab deep inside me, and I decided I'd only hate it more. The one song that connected with me was 'Death Have No Mercy'. It's hard to imagine anyone in a Grateful Dead audience enjoying this more than the band themselves, who for the majority of this are off on their own tangents with sprawling guitar solos and out-of-time drums. I straight up don't understand how this can be referred to as psychedelic, it doesn't leave any space to go on your own journey. 1.5/5 for the sporadic moments on this album where it all comes together and does create a little piece of magic.

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Wed Apr 26 2023
1

I went into this with an open mind. I'm not a Dead fan, but they seem like cool guys, so I saw this as a chance to fully engage with their live music, and I hoped that I would finally appreciate this band that is beloved by so many. That did not happen. This is actively bad music. Everyone raves about their jamming, but they are a terrible jam band. First of all, no one is playing anything remotely interesting, there were clams all over the place—especially by the bassist, and worse still, none of these guys are listening to what anyone else is doing, so it's like everyone is playing a different song. (And not in a good way, like Ornette Coleman or Ascension-era John Coltrane.) What's more, there's no fire or passion. This is the limpest, blandest, hackey-sackiest music I've ever heard. The fact that these tracks were not taken from one concert, but were instead hand-selected from a few different shows blows my mind. Like seriously? These were the best takes? Good lord. Please, people. Do not listen to this music. If you want that jam-band spacey vibe, there are so many better live albums out there that will slake that thirst: Happy Trails by Quicksilver Messenger Service, At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers, or Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970) - It's About That Time by Miles Davis. Those are great albums. This one is just not good.

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Mon Apr 10 2023
1

i don’t give a shit, life’s too short to try the Grateful Dead again

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Wed Apr 26 2023
1

I turned this on with every intention of giving it a chance. Three minutes in, out of respect for myself and my sanity, I stopped. This band managed to seal the deal in that short amount of time. From the tones of the instruments to the meandering disjointed playing, I cannot abide.

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Wed Apr 12 2023
2

Can someone please inform the Grateful Dead that they don't have to be boring when they're playing music? I really feel bad for the audience, this must have been terrible to sit through.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
1

I did not enjoy this album. If I wanted to listen to good improvised blues rock I'd listen to Cream. This is over bloated, boring crap. 1/5

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Fri Apr 14 2023
5

Of course I have to give this a 5! This album shows the Dead at their wildest and while it's no Europe '72 it does have a few Glorious moments. The St. Stephen-Eleven-Lovelight suite is exceptional and made me jealous of anyone who got to see this lineup of the band in their prime. An entire album side of just "Dark Star"? Wow. I would totally understand if anyone takes off an entire star for "Feedback". This is probably a 4.5 because of that but what the heck.

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Wed Jul 05 2023
3

Very chill for a jam rock album, i appreciate that.

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Tue Jun 06 2023
2

Too unstructured for my liking, dragged on.

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Thu Jun 08 2023
2

(Granted this is a live album so it might not be as great as studio ones) But this was the first exposure I've ever had to Grateful Dead, and with the amount of hype, "dead heads" I know, and how much praise is heaped onto the band, I expected the music to be a bit... better? It's nothing terrible, but I feel like I've heard this exact style and musical ideas so many times in this list, nothing stood out whatsoever.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
2

Okay, the middle track, which has more singing and is 15 minutes long is enjoyable, but the rest of it is interminable jam band noodling. Never trust an album where the artists are enjoying it more than the fans.

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Mon Jun 12 2023
2

Maybe if my formative experiences with psychedelics were soundtracked by The Dead, I’d have more patience for their nonsensical noodling…but they weren’t…and I don’t.

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Sun Jul 02 2023
2

One of their weaker albums ..

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Sun Jul 09 2023
2

I just keeps going and going and going. Half the album is the band tuning.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
1

Meandering crap. Endless noodling. Make it stop.

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Wed Apr 19 2023
1

Annoying drugged out hippies!

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Fri Apr 21 2023
1

What the hell is this.23 minutes of mindless soloing followed by nonsense lyrics.I hate this the songs have no hooks,they’re too long and they’re not even musically interesting.I can’t believe this but I think it’s worse than GENESIS.At least those guys were weird with it.The drummers really good but he can’t save this wreck.THERES A 7 MINUTE LONG “SONG” OF FEEDBACK THIS ALBUMS A 0.

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Sun May 14 2023
1

Scant song-like moments and the late attempt to experiment can't save this recording as an official live document. Violent disagreement with the Dead.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
1

Last summer, as my friend and I left Boulder for Yellowstone, we were delayed by traffic outside the CU football stadium. Frustratedly craning my neck from the passenger seat, I spotted a sign: Dead and Company. We realized that neither of us had ever listened to any of the Grateful Dead. Aware of their massive following and contributions to American music history, I decided to remedy that by downloading a Grateful Dead playlist from Spotify. Leaving Jackson a day later, we lost service and Spotify switched to offline mode: downloaded music only. Cruising down the highway through the heart of the Wild West with nothing but open road ahead, Tetons clawing the sky to our left, Great Plains unfurling to our right, and roadtrip vibes immaculate, seemed the perfect time to indulge in some quintessential Americana. We made it through four Grateful Dead songs before turning on something else. If that wasn't the time to appreciate the Grateful Dead, when is? Not now either, apparently.

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Wed Apr 12 2023
4

I am a big fan of Grateful Dead, especially their music that feels so free and improvised yet somehow still so composed and premeditated. This album has elements of that, however I don't think it's the best live album that the Dead have to offer. Still enjoyable to listen to, but it has its ups and downs. I like the bluesy feel throughout, and the layered instruments (multiple guitars, drums, organ, bass, vocals) all working in unison. I experienced a few "get on with it" moments while listening to periods of songs that felt like they took forever to evolve - I believe the jam band genre gets this criticism quite frequently. Fave tracks: Dark Star, Death Don't Have No Mercy

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Wed Apr 26 2023
1

At one point I self classified as a Dead Head. This listening experience brought on an epiphany—what if it’s not the music I liked but the soft cotton skirts and the hippy boys? Indeed. If I’m being honest with myself there was always something unsettling with the devout Dead Heads. Yeah I love the songs Box of Rain and Terapin Station but those jams…ugh…meet me in the parking lot where I’m buying a flowy skirt and some mushrooms. Andre and I were recently at a bar with Dead Head friends and a Dead cover band was playing. It all came back when our friend got up to do that Dead dance… that uncomfortable feeling—-CRINGE. I looked around at the zombie dance groove these folks all partook in and ugh…Super cringe. And that’s how I felt listening to this live album…vocals are off, those “jams” make me feel like I’m drowning, flowy skirts and hippy boys ain’t my jam.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
1

Two albums later, I've concluded that I do not like The Grateful Dead. Far too much of long, unstructured, dull songs which never resolve themselves. I also hate live albums, with very few exceptions, and the live factor is hugely influential in the love for this band. I can understand someone being able to like them, because I too enjoy listening to music under the influence of questionable substances. But I'm sober currently, and wishing I wasn't listening to this dreck. 17/01/24

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Tue Apr 11 2023
5

10/10 jazz rock is a flawless genre I think one of those songs was in 11/8? perfection!

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Mon Jun 26 2023
5

Masterfully made prog rock/acid rock tracks with range of impressive instrumentals, including an organ solo on "Death Don't Have No Mercy". 'feedback' the weakest track imo but still earns a 5/5 for me.

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Wed Aug 09 2023
5

Gotta give it a 5 to help counter all these 1s, yes it's weird early Dead but it still far superior to random 80s pop band

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Sat Sep 16 2023
5

Jam rock psicodélico, mayormente instrumental. Me ha gustado. Venga, vinilo.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
5

This is a great live album with the remarkable quality that it either works as something you listen to very closely or has the power to run in the background and spurs you on to do some great creative work.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
5

Favorite Songs: Dark Star St Stephen Holy moly, what an Album. The mixture of Kathy tunes and 60s rock is just mindblowingly good.

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Sun Dec 17 2023
5

A really good album, I'm a fan of instrumental music so this was a big hit for me.

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Sun Jan 07 2024
5

I spent a lot of years, mostly in my teens and early 20s, being really into the Dead, seeing tons of shows, etc. I still return to them from time to time and I'm usually reminded of just how remarkable they were as musicians and as a cultural...not sure what, anomaly? phenomenon? novelty? who knows... Amazing what they did and how they did it. I always admire their willingness to try things and given the absurd amount of touring they did for decades, and the heavy and nasty drug abuse that clouded the band on and off from the beginning, there are times when they just don't sound very good, but there are so many times when they reach new heights. I was fortunate enough to witness live some of those moments, and it's mind-boggling they amount of recorded concert material we can still access to this day. When this band is on, they are ON.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

One of my favorite St Stepen renditions.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

I’ve loved this album since I was a teenager, so objectivity is impossible. What I will say is that I could see the singing on this to be a deal breaker for new listeners. It’s rough. If you can get past it, though, I think this album does everything you want a live album to do. It’s high energy and acts as a time capsule. It’s considered a classic deservedly.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
4

I was never a deadhead for some reason, Not quite what I was expecting from a band that was once one of the loudest in the world. Reminded me of Man but more "mellow" if you know what I mean. Would I buy it - probably not, but I would definitely listen again.

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Fri Apr 14 2023
4

I’m not really a jam band person but the Grateful Dead are very good and the solos are great

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Sun Apr 16 2023
4

This album was hugely influential and remains one of the highest regarded live albums. However, the jam rock format is dated and many of the improvisation sections are overlong. There are moments of brilliance scattered throughout, but the listener definitely needs to be able to sit with moments that don't really go anywhere. Having said that, I am consistently amazed with the Grateful Dead's ability to to deconstruct a song, and send it to truly interesting places before bringing it all back together. They were certainly tapped into each other in a special way.

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Wed Apr 19 2023
4

Started off really slowly and experimental and I wasn’t sure what the heck I was listening to. But then it felt like it came to a nice place. Place of psych rock haha, so that works out. I’m still not super keen on live recordings though Saved songs: St. Stephen, Turn On Your Love Light, Death Don't Have No Mercy

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Thu Apr 20 2023
4

Effectivement parfait avec le pétard du matin

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Fri Apr 21 2023
4

This is it: the transition from jazz and blues and psychedelic rock to jam bands in recorded form. Utilizing the new 16 track recording, to capture a lot of the finer details of and emotion of a live show

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Sun Apr 30 2023
4

Much much better than American Beauty. World's greatest jammers (King Gizz will take the crown eventually but they need the context of history behind them more)

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Thu May 11 2023
4

Is this the best live album on the list? Best track: Turn On Your Love Light

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Thu May 18 2023
4

grateful dead man what can i say

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Fri May 26 2023
4

This is the one. This is what a Grateful Dead album is supposed to sound like. It's everything that the Dead are known and loved for. They've always been a musician's band and that's super evident here. It's so easy to get lost in the layers and transitions and the interplay between the instruments. I really enjoyed it.

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Mon May 29 2023
4

Eerste livealbum van de Grateful Dead, toentertijd opgenoment met state of the art opnameapparatuur. Tracklist bestaat uit lange versies van nummers zoals Grateful Dead dat wel vaker deed op concerten, waaronder enkele covers. Niet heel toegankelijk, maar zit wel erg goed in elkaar. leukste nummer: St. Stephen - Live at the Fillmore West Het nummer "Black Star" werd legendarisch door de lange solos live - tot wel drie kwartier lang - en het feit dat het niet vaak live gespeeld werd. Voor Deadheads werd het een heilige graal om bij een concert te zijn waarin het nummer werd gespeeld.

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Sun Jun 11 2023
4

Definetely a great live record, arguably one of the best ever made.

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Wed Jun 21 2023
4

"Live/Dead" is the first official live album (fourth overall) by American rock the Grateful Dead and a double album at that. It was recorded over a series of San Francisco concerts in early 1969 and to mitigate debt accrued from their previous album "Aoxomoxoa" and fulfill their record contract. They wanted a more representative version of their live performances. It also was the first live rock album to use 16 tracks. The album received positive reviews with critic Robert Christgau commenting that it "contains the finest rock improvisation ever recorded." High praise from a guy that I rarely see something completely positive from. Slow guitar, percussion and bass start their epic 23-minute "It" song "Dark Star." Honestly, this sounds like their tuning their instruments for a good long time. The song picks up and sort of gets a groove. Jerry Garcia in total jazzy improv mode. The vocals come in at the 6:00 mark. Is this an acid trip? About patterns of life? The start and end of life? Maybe all the above. The song continues with chaotic guitar, guitar interplay, improv and feedback. Yeah, what a journey. The second side kicks off with "St. Stephen." Hey, we have a melody here with the guitar. Prominent organ. This is more bluesy. St. Stephen was the first matyr of the New Testament and was stoned to death or is this about Stephen Gaskin, a 60's counterculture figure who formed a community. I'm saying both. The song transitions right into "The Eleven." This is fast pace. The rhythm and percussion stand out. Unique time signature. More blues-based guitar and even more trippy lyrics with fantasy and nature imagery. Imagine that. Side three begins with Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan on vocals on the Bobby Bland cover "Turn On Your Love Light." They do a great job fusing R&B and jam band. And, they do another unique cover with Blind Gary Davis' "Death Don't Have Mercy." This is their most bluesy song with organ. It adds a gospel vibe. Jerry bringing it on the vocals. And, why not end with nearly eight minutes of feedback on they do that with "Feedback." I'm of a fan of irritating noises but this takes right to the limit. The album actually ends with a 30-second a capella song "And We Bid You Goodnight." This album has incredible improvisation, pyschedelia, blues, jamming and guitar interplay. Each songs raises the intensity as the song progresses. I would have to give the slight live album edge to Europe 72' but this is really good. I wouldn't say this is for the casual music fan but any of the jam band and even jazz fans will appreciate most of this. And Deadheads? Well, you're already there with this.

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Sun Jun 25 2023
4

Not sure how this one made the list when "Europe '72" (or "Skull & Roses" for that matter) didn't. I doubt this album is going to win over any new fans. That being said, I really like licorice. 4/5

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Fri Jul 07 2023
4

listened to again truly great live jam album

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Tue Jul 11 2023
4

Not a huge Grateful Dead fan but this was enjoyable. Maybe I need to experience more of library.

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Mon Jul 17 2023
4

Read the negative reviews first and expected to hate it. Then I listened to it. This is an amazing album. Just goes to show you not to follow other but make your own mind up. It's pretty 'jammy' and really good for chillin- there's some fine musicianship on show here too: these guys were at the top of their game. One of the best 60's rock albums - certainly considering it's a live album too and not studio recorded.

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Wed Aug 16 2023
4

The first Grateful Dead live album, even before their two famous studio albums. It propelled them to fame and showcases their insane ability to improvise. A double album with just 6 songs, it's very easy to digest and leave in the background. Still very early in their career, and also dated by jam band standards, a lot of ideas don't work or tend to drag on too much. We start off with the jazzy groovy "Dark Star", one of their most iconic songs, and certainly mind blowing for a lot of first-time listeners. It's a fantastic introduction where they mess around with a lot of techniques, including abrasive distortion and atonality. You never know where the song is going, but you're excited to see what happens next. "St. Stephen" is our pop song, "short" and catchy with plenty of cool moments. Gets quiet, gets loud and explodes, has a satisfying coda that jumps straight into the next song. "The Eleven" is an acid rock instrumental (with some vocals for a minute), very groovy and entrancing. Love the consistent flow and high energy, good teamwork all around. Awesome transition to the next song. "Turn On Your Love Light" is a fun bluesy dance song. Good mix of loud and quiet moments. "Death Don't Have Mercy" is an ok song (a bit Beatlesesque) but doesn't offer much. "Feedback" shows has several psychedelic attributes and is a forerunner to space rock music, but it's pretty bland and not very satisfying. Pink Floyd was doing much better distortion work at the same time. Their later live albums show they could do better, but the first four tracks show they have so much to offer. The last two tracks do drag down the overall quality. But very enjoyable and a good introduction to the Dead, jam bands, and the power of live recordings in general.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
4

I am a definite fan if live concert albums and this is one if my favorites. I particularly enjoy them if the bands just hang out and jam for the crowd. Dark Star by itself is reason enough for this album to make the list.

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Thu Aug 24 2023
4

Cool guitars. Easy listening. Great background music. Those guitars were talking. Would revisit for vibes

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Mon Aug 28 2023
4

First time with Grateful Dead and very unimpressed at first listen but a few listens more and I started to get with the vibe - a fascinating rock jazz psychedelic fusion. Sure, a little meandering at times, but there’s a genuine buzz in the interaction between the musicians and between the band and the crowd.

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Sun Oct 01 2023
4

7/10. Yeah, the 8-minute track of feedback really cements this band as the greatest of all time... But really, the Grateful Dead are fine, and I liked this album in general because they didn't sing much, which is how I prefer them.

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Wed Oct 04 2023
4

I grew up with a deadhead for a dad (not a euphemism to be clear) so I've always had them around but rarely actively explored myself. I've been meaning to though so this was a great album to pop up here. I really dug it too. The jams are just awesome.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
4

Classic early dead. No Franklin's Tower or Uncle John's Band, but DarkStar/StStephen is a classic. Love the warm sound of them live, tight recording.

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Mon Oct 23 2023
4

the music is very good, the singing not so much

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Thu Oct 26 2023
4

First time listening to a Grateful Dead album. Pleasantly surprised

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Thu Oct 26 2023
4

Heard this a number of times growing up but always thought it was weird to open up the set with Dark Star. Imo that's a perfect song for the middle. Picks up strong with St. Stephen, although I could do without that weird western part at the end. The eleven is one that I think is a pretty good look at where the Dead end up in their career. Perfect transition from Eleven into Turn on Your Love Light, a classic sung by Pig Pen RIP. Bassline towards the end is tasty. Death Don't Have No Mercy is a long bluesy one with some eerie organ work towards the end. Allie would HATE Feedback. Could very well see people on psychedelics freaking out at this one. I personally love the controlled chaos of it all. Overall great live album that was revolutionary in its recording techniques, but there are also better live Dead (hehe) albums out there. 3.5 but I'm rounding up.

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Thu Oct 26 2023
4

Listened Before? No Album Art: 4 / 5 - not enough orange albums in this world; plus titties. I'll take any excuse to listen to some live Dead. Surprisingly I haven't listened to this particular album before. I mostly focus on early 70s Dead when listening to archived shows as I'm a sucker for American Beauty and Workingman's Dead. This one appears to be a collection of cuts from SF shows in '69, just before they established commercial success with those two releases I just mentioned. Album opens with Dark Star, a storied jam from the Dead's catalog, known for stretching its original <3 minute playtime upwards of 40 minutes. This one weighs in at a modest 23 minutes, for which the first several minutes are intro noodling. I contend that no one records live shows better than the Dead. Their micing is (generally) fantastic and they strike a perfect balance of cleanliness and live aroma in the recording. For a late 60s recording (remastered in 2001) this is super clean with great mixing. Sure there is some crust on the overall guitar tone, but that's more a feature than a bug to all Dead recordings. As far as Dark Star's go, this one is a bit more spacious through its midsection, with a jam that almost sounds self destructive around the 13 minute mark. Kind of peters out towards the end -- not my favorite DS, but honestly its never bad. Transitions over to St. Stephen, which is a more traditionally formatted folk-rock jam. I'll never not love this song. IMO songs like these are what separate GD from many other jam bands; they could actually write solid songs and put together compelling studio recordings. Segues seamlessly into one of the more blistering renditions of The Eleven that I have heard. Not the tightest I've heard them play (they go out of sync a bit around the 5 minute mark), but they make up for it with soul. Death Don't Have No Mercy is a wonderful blues jam with IMO the best / most coherent jam on here. Jerry brings straight fire with solid accompaniment from Pigpen on the organ. I have a soft spot for their bluesier numbers and this is no exception. Feedback is just what it says it is. Amazing that they went for nearly 8 minutes of this over, I dunno, a song. Even so, it certainly captures a mood that I'm sure soured many a long strange trip. While this is not the best live Dead recording I have heard by any stretch of the imagination, I imagine this was a very important album to its time. Apparently this is the first official live release from the band, that allowed the masses to appreciate their live magic from their living rooms. High quality recording that captured several of the Dead's staples in their fullest form. On a Dead curve this is a low 3 show, but on a global scale I give it a solid 4 / 5. Added to Library? Yes Songs Added to Playlists:

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Sat Oct 28 2023
4

A pretty good live album, almost a 3 but you can just tell this would be killer live.

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Sat Oct 28 2023
4

I feel an unfortunate amount of this gets lost in translation from the live sound to the grooves in wax. It is still excellent, but my goodness do I wish I could have been there in the moment.

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Fri Nov 03 2023
4

Groovy funky jazzy hippie rock at its finest. 4 stars.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
4

As a Deadhead , kind of a disappointment that they chose this live album to be on this list. This does not show how a much of a powerhouse live band they were, like their further live albums such as Europe 72 and Cornell 77 would. If you're a Deadhead, this album is going to be enjoyable, but everyone else is going to hate it. This album is not going to convert anyone to be a Grateful Dead fan anytime soon.

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Wed Nov 15 2023
4

all you haters are lucky they didn't put triple LP Europe 72 on the list instead :P

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

I'm still not convinced live albums belong on the list, but if they do, this is a good one. Proto prog, still with masses of psychedelic influence, with extended (to an average of over 10 minutes a song) versions and jams. Good background music, but doesn't really grab my attention much. I really liked it, but would have preferred to see the show as well (or to have been there!)

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Sat Nov 18 2023
4

I love The Dead, but I’m not into live albums as I’ve mentioned. But this one is a bit more than just some live recording of some concert some time ago. It is a beautiful time capsule of a bygone era. I understand it was a quasi-religious experience to see The Dead live or even give up a conventional life altogether to follow them on the road. That is so fucking cool, and I would have loved to be a carefree Deadhead hippie had I been born in the right decade to do so. Instead I’ll have to settle for lighting some incense at home so I can vibe to Jerry and the boys from the confines of my inflexible normcore life while considering what is and what might have been.

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Tue Dec 05 2023
4

The only GD album I own. I find the studio albums a bit underwhelming but this (especially the first disc!) Is joyous. A band that feels each other in performance.

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Mon Jan 01 2024
4

good background music but i dont think i would seek it out bc the tracks are so long and rambling

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Mon Jan 15 2024
4

A little weird at times, but overall very groovy and chill

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Mon Jan 22 2024
4

Much less challenging and enjoyable than expected, besides "Feedback".

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Fri Feb 02 2024
4

I enjoyed all but one of the tracks. I think I want to listen to a studio version of the Grateful Dead, as I found the live very distorted. Maybe that is why people like their sound though. I would listen to a non-live version of some of the songs.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
4

Favourite song - Turn on your love light

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Tue Apr 11 2023
3

amo la musica de abuelo que tomaba lsd en su juventud

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Wed Apr 12 2023
3

The Dead are always best experienced live. Pretty neat that they apparently got someone to invent the microphone splitter required to record them while playing a live show, to the benefit of all live recording since. I'm not the type of person to give up my job and follow the dead around while they're on tour, but I will jam out to these tracks any day. Fav Tracks: Dark Star, The Eleven, Death Don't Have No Mercy

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Wed Apr 12 2023
3

Time has not been this album's friend.  It was leading recording technology at the time but over 50 years later it's hard not to think "Could've fooled me"   Dylan and the Mothers kicked off rock and roll double albums a couple of years before this and by 1969 a double LP seemed to be the thing to do.  Zappa's double also had a side with only one song although this practice didn't hit its stride on studio albums until the prog rockers. The Dead decided to have two songs that each took a full side on this album. This hasn't aged well. The Allman Brothers did the same on their live at the Fillmore East album a couple of years later but the Allmans had Duane and Dickey trading licks so were better equipped to pull this off; even with the two of them, those sides of that Allman Brothers' album sound a bit tired these days. This album shows us that Gerry can play and validates the Deadheads complaints about how far down he is on the various lists of greatest guitar players. Regardless, time has made sides with just one song tedious. Experimenting with noise was what the cool kids were doing in the late 60s but the experimentation with nearly 8 minutes of noise on "Feedback" is terrible even when compared to other late 1960s experiments like  "Revolution 9" or VU's "White Light / White Heat."  At least there's not a 5+ minute drum solo. 

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Fri Apr 14 2023
3

This is the best and worst of the Grateful Dead. A lot of discordant sounds like people playing difftsongs at the same time. The feedback track was completely unnecessary. That said both St Stephen and Love Light we’re fantastic!

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Fri Apr 14 2023
3

I don’t think it’s out of line to give this a 3. I respect the musicianship and there’s a lot to like in this (dark star and the eleven were highlights), but jamming loses a lot of its charm when it’s recorded, and the dead lose a lot of their charm when you’re sober. Is an 8 minute song if feedback really necessary? I’m sure this would wonderful to see live but as an album listening experience it left a lot to be desired.

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Fri Apr 14 2023
3

To Marty's chagrin I've never been a huge deadhead but I do appreciate them! That being said I feel like a different live album would have been better suited for this list. Nothing to dislike, just nothing exactly blew me away? Eminently listenable just not as memorable as others I've heard from them!

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Sun Apr 16 2023
3

Átti ekki von á miklu, og þetta var svo sem ekki mikið. Langar djammsessionir og lög sem renna saman í eitt, en þetta var samt ekki leiðinlegt. Allt í lagi. Næsta plata.

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Wed Apr 19 2023
3

I would describe myself as a fan of the Grateful Dead generally. They have some flawless albums, but they also have some duds - for me this one sits somewhere in the middle. Plenty of appealing musicianship throughout and good vocals, but even I have my limits with their jams. Listening to this did prompt me to go back and revisit to some of my other favourite live stuff they recorded. Fave track: St Stephen

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Thu Apr 20 2023
3

PREFS : Saint Stephen, The Eleven, Turn on Your Love Light MOINS PREF : Feedback

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Thu Apr 20 2023
3

Pop-rock sesentero con abundancia de instrumentalización. Guitarrero y en ocasiones psicodélico

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Sun Apr 30 2023
3

Tocan una masa, cantan muy poco. Se vuelve eterno por partes, pero hay calidad.

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