Live/Dead [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The Grateful Dead's fourth title was likewise their first extended concert recording. Spread over two LPs, Live/Dead 1969 finally was able to relay the intrinsic sonic magnificence of a Dead show in real time. Additionally, it unleashed several key entries into their repertoire, including the side-long epic and Deadhead anthem "Dark Star" as well as wailing and otherwise electrified acidic covers of the Rev. Gary Davis blues standard "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and the R&B rave-up "Turn On Your Lovelight." Finally, the conundrum of how to bring a lengthy performance experience to the listener has been solved. The album's four sides provided the palette from which to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The Grateful Dead's fourth title was likewise their first extended concert recording. Spread over two LPs, Live/Dead 1969 finally was able to relay the intrinsic sonic magnificence of a Dead show in real time. Additionally, it unleashed several key entries into their repertoire, including the side-long epic and Deadhead anthem "Dark Star" as well as wailing and otherwise electrified acidic covers of the Rev. Gary Davis blues standard "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and the R&B rave-up "Turn On Your Lovelight." Finally, the conundrum of how to bring a lengthy performance experience to the listener has been solved. The album's four sides provided the palette from which to replicate the natural ebb and flow of a typical Dead set circa early 1969. Tomes have been written about the profound impact of "Dark Star" on the Dead and their audience. It also became a cultural touchstone signifying that rock music was becoming increasingly experimental by casting aside the once-accepted demands of the short, self-contained pop song. This version was recorded on February 27, 1969, at the Fillmore West and is presented pretty much the way it went down at the show. The same is true of the seven remaining titles on Live/Dead. The rousing rendition of "St. Stephen" reinvents the Aoxomoxoa 1968 prototype with rip-roaring thunder and an extended ending that slams into an instrumental rhythmic excursion titled "The Eleven" after the jam's tricky time signature. The second LP began with a marathon cover of "Turn On Your Lovelight," which had significant success for both Bobby "Blue" Bland and Gene Chandler earlier in the decade. With Ron "Pigpen" McKernan at the throttle, the Dead barrel their way through the work, appointing it with fiery solos from Jerry Garcia and lead vocal raps courtesy of McKernan. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" is a languid noir interpretation of Rev. Gary Davis' distinct Piedmont blues. Garcia's fretwork smolders as his solos sear through the melody. Likewise notable is the criminally underrated keyboard work of Tom Constanten, whose airy counterpoint rises like a departing spirit from within the soul of the song. The final pairing of "Feedback" -- which is what it sounds like it might be -- with the "lowering down" funeral dirge "And We Bid You Goodnight" is true to the way that the band concluded a majority of its performances circa 1968-1969. They all join in on an a cappella derivative of Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family's traditional Bahamian distillation. Few recordings have ever represented the essence of an artist in performance as faithfully as Live/Dead. It has become an aural snapshot of this zenith in the Grateful Dead's 30-year evolution and as such is highly recommended for all manner of enthusiasts. [The 2001 remastered edition that was included in the Golden Road 1965-1973 box set -- and is also available separately from the Rhino label -- tacks on the 45-rpm studio version of "Dark Star" as well as a vintage radio advert for the album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227439521
  • Catalog Number: 74395
  • Sales rank: 4,865

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dark Star (23:18)
  2. 2 St. Stephen (6:31)
  3. 3 The Eleven (9:18)
  4. 4 Turn on Your Love Light (15:05)
  5. 5 Death Don't Have No Mercy (10:28)
  6. 6 Feedback (7:49)
  7. 7 And We Bid You Goodnight (3:13)
  8. 8 Dark Star (2:44)
  9. 9 Radio Advertisement (1:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Percussion
Jerry Garcia Guitar, Vocals
Bob Weir Guitar, Vocals
Tom Constanten Keyboards
Bill Kreutzmann Percussion
Phil Lesh Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mickey Hart Arranger
Jerry Garcia Arranger, Contributor
Grateful Dead Composer, Producer
Bob Weir Arranger
Tom Constanten Arranger
Robert Hunter Lyricist
James Austin Reissue Producer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Bill Kreutzmann Arranger
Phil Lesh Arranger, Contributor
Bob Matthews Producer, Engineer
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan Arranger
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Betty Cantor Producer, Engineer
Lee Conklin Poster Design
Shawn Amos Liner Note Coordination
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Michael Wesley Johnson Research Coordination
David Lemieux Reissue Producer
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