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Live/Dead

Grateful Dead

Initial release : November 1969

Warner Bros. 2WS-1830

Double LP of live recordings from early 1969.

Tracks (LP)

LP 1 - side 1

  • Dark Star (Garcia / Lesh / McKernan / Weir / Hart / Kreutzmann / Hunter)
LP 1 - side 2
  • Saint Stephen (Hunter / Garcia / Lesh)
  • The Eleven (Hunter / Lesh)
LP 2 - side 1
  • Turn On Your Lovelight (Scott / Malone)
LP 2 - side 2
  • Death Don't Have No Mercy (Davis)
  • Feedback (McGannahan Skyjellyfetti)
  • And We Bid You Goodnight (Traditional)
Tracks (CD)

The CD release maintains the LP order of tracks and presents them as an unbroken sequence of music on one disc:

  • Dark Star (Garcia / Lesh / McKernan / Weir / Hart / Kreutzmann / Hunter)
  • Saint Stephen (Hunter / Garcia / Lesh)
  • The Eleven (Hunter / Lesh)
  • Turn On Your Lovelight (Scott / Malone)
  • Death Don't Have No Mercy (Davis)
  • Feedback (McGannahan Skyjellyfetti)
  • And We Bid You Goodnight (Traditional)
Improvements in CD technolgy allowed the addition of two short hidden bonus tracks on the 2003 expanded CD release;
  • Dark Star (single version)
  • Radio spot
Musicians

  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - percussion
  • Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
  • Tom Constanten - keyboard
  • Pigpen - vocals, congas, organ on Death Don't Have No Mercy
Credits

  • Producer - The Grateful Dead, Bob Matthews, Betty Cantor
  • Executive engineer - Bob Matthews
  • Engineer - Betty Cantor
  • Consulting engineer - Owsley, Ron Wickersham
  • Live recording - Alembic Recording Studios, Novato
  • Mixed at Muggles Gramophone, San Francisco
  • Sound - Bear
  • Kwipment Krew - Ramrod, John P. Hagen, Jackson, Kidd
  • Cover art - R.D. Thomas Liner photos - Herb Greene, Jim Marshall, Florence Nathan
  • Art direction - Ed Thrasher
  • Lyrics - Robert Hunter
  • Tunes - Jerry Garcia / Phil Lesh (note Dark Star is credited only to Garcia and Hunter on the original release)
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 Bothers 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.
Related releases

Released on a single CD in 1988 by Warner Brothers 1830-2

Live/Dead was included in the box set;

The expanded CD release that formed part of the Golden Road box set was released as an individual item in February 2003. This CD release was remastered in HDCD and included extra tracks, an expanded booklet, rare photos, and new liner notes.

Live/Dead was included in the 3 CD box set;

An edited version of Turn On Your Lovelight was included on; St. Stephen was included on the Grateful Dead compilation; Dark Star and St Stephen (from 2/27/1969 show) and Death Don't Have No Mercy, Feedback and We Bid You Goodnight (from 3/2/1969 show) were subsequently included on; An excerpt from the Dark Star on Live/Dead was included in the movie Zabriskie Point. This was subsequently issued on the soundtrack LP, the extended soundtrack CD and on two compilation albums; An edited version of Turn On Your Lovelight was included on; For information about other releases that include music from this period see the 1969 section of the Dead by Date page.

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