Live/Dead - Grateful Dead (Warner Bros. 2WS 1830) Download MP3 (256kbps) or Download FLAC
The Dead: Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals Bob Weir - guitar, vocals Pigpen - vocals, congas, organ on "Death Don't Have No Mercy" Phil Lesh - bass Bill Kreutzmann - percussion Mickey Hart - percussion Tom Constanten (TC) - keyboards
Full album download includes Bonus Material: Dark Star (Single) Radio Promo
Released on November 10, 1969
"Dark Star" and "St. Stephen" are from February 27, 1969 at the Fillmore West
"The Eleven" and "Turn On Your Lovelight" are from January 26, 1969 at the Avalon; "Death Don't Have No Mercy", "Feedback", and "We Bid You Goodnight" are from March 2, 1969 at the Fillmore West
According to engineer Bob Matthews, the album was recorded and mixed to simulate the sound presence of the Avalon Ballroom. According to Bear, the tapes were recorded "on a sixteen track Ampex MM-1000 2-inch professional recorder, with a split of the on stage mics going directly into the preamps of the tape machine, not through any mixing desk. This was my idea to reduce the amount of amplifiers the signal went through before being placed on tape. We had special preamps made for the machine to allow enough gain. This was arranged by Ron Wickersham who had worked for the professional audio recorder division of Ampex before becoming involved with the band in mid '68."
Mickey Hart plays guiro, scrapers, and gongs, among other percussion instruments, on "Dark Star".
At the shows used to create this album, Jerry Garcia played a cherry bodied Gibson SG, at times using a Vox Crybaby wah-wah pedal.