#241: Live Dead by The Grateful Dead


Live Dead by The Grateful Dead (1969)

Favorite Track(s): "St. Stephen" and "The Eleven" and "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and the sung portion of "And We Bid You Goodnight"

Thoughts: First off: I love the album title.  So.  Clever.  (Simple pleasures for simple minds, I know.)  Second: I love the album cover.  It really stands out.

According to Wikipedia, this was recorded over a series of 5 concerts in early 1969, and at the time of its release, Robert Christgau wrote that side two of the double album "contains the finest rock improvisation ever recorded."  I agree.  The second side (of the four) was my favorite. Unless he meant sides three and four (the second half of the album as opposed to the second side).  Damn semantics!

Is This Better Than The River?: It's much more 'background music' than The River could ever be to me, but I assume it gets better listen by listen, so I'm going to say it's at least as good.

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