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Early 1969

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Live Dead - Review

Live Dead - Review

What style of music is this, blues, psychedelic, exploratory, rock, improvisational, or experimental?  Perhaps it is a combination of all the above.  Live Dead is a perfect representation of the band in early 1969. The songs from Live Dead are from Jan 26, Feb. 27, and Mar. 2, 1969.  While taken from different concerts, the songs are sequenced to make it seem like it is all from one show; it certainly sounds like it. 

The "Dark Star" is quite intense, and is one of the best early versions of it, and arguably the finest. It segues into “St. Stephen” and it really builds up energy showing the bands raw power. Another high moment of the release is "The Eleven" where they continue playing with brute force intertwined with lots of heavy improvisation.  

After the intensity of the first three songs I sure needed something easier and friendly. Just what the doctor ordered, a rhythm and blues standard "Turn on Your Lovelight." Typical of the times, this rendition gets the Pig Pen rap showcase.  Still to come is another blues song Reverend Gary Davis’, "Death Don't Have No Mercy," that is sung by Jerry Garcia and features lightning fast lead guitar playing.    Live Dead is rounded out with "Feedback", and an early immature rendition of "We Bid You Good Night"  

 Certainly both the sound quality and performances on Live Dead is top notch. If you like the Grateful Dead you need this CD. by Barry Small © 
Original Album - A +
Bonus Material - n/a
Final Grade -
A +
The remastered version of Live Dead  is available in the box set The Golden Road.

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Live Dead - Track List
Track List

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 1. Dark Star 
   (Garcia/Hart/Hunter/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir) - 23:18

2/27/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 
  2. St. Stephen (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 6:31

2/27/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 
  3. The Eleven (Hunter/Lesh) - 9:18

1/26/69

Avalon Ballroom, S.F., CA
  4. Turn on Your Love Light (Malone/Scott) - 15:05

1/26/69

Avalon Ballroom, S.F., CA
  5. Death Don't Have No Mercy (Rev. Gary Davis) - 10:28

3/2/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 
  6. Feedback
   (Constanten/Garcia/Hart/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir) - 7:49

3/2/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 
  7. And We Bid You Goodnight (Traditional) 

3/2/69

Fillmore West, S.F., CA 

Hidden Tracks 
8. Dark Star (single version)
9. Radio spot

Live Dead - Musicians
Musicians:       

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - keyboard, vocals, harmonica
Tom Constanten - Keyboards
Merl Saunders - Keyboards
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Mickey Hart - percussion

Live Dead - Notes
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Released 1969
From sixteen track multi source master tape.
Label - Warner Brothers
This CD was reissued on the box set The Golden Road with bonus tracks.
Article - A great interview with David Lemieux where he discusses The Golden Road

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