Live/Dead – The Grateful Dead (1969)

Album no. 166/1001

The Grateful Dead are one of America’s most beloved bands, and have been considered to be the ‘godfathers of the jam band world’. So if you like meandering guitar solos, GET READY FOR THIS.

Starting out by calling themselves the Warlocks, The Grateful Dead have released over 20 studio albums, and a stack of live albums. This is the first album of theirs to appear on this list, and was recorded at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. It was also the first live rock album to use 16 track recording – which can only be a good thing.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: I have tried throughout my short life to avoid The Grateful Dead at all times. So no, I haven’t.

NK: Life is too short.

Standout track

CL: Look. If you didn’t like Quicksilver Messenger Service, don’t even bother with this. At least QMS had some pace and excitement to it – this is just pure drivel.

NK: Tripe. The first ‘song’ goes for twenty three minutes

CL: This is the epitome of guitar noodling. Get some rice with those noodles and heat ‘em up. THEN THROW THEM AWAY BECAUSE THIS IS DREADFUL.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: I really cannot recommend this in good conscience.

NK: Don’t. Awful.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: It certainly wins an award for length. I only managed to listen to the first 3 songs, yet I’d listened for close to an hour. Make of that what you will.

NK: I listened to the whole thing. What a waste of time. Why is it here? I don’t know. Hopefully the acid people were taking in 1969 was strong, because it would take a lot to make this interesting.

Will you be listening again?  

CL: There are more Grateful Dead albums on this list and it’s going to be a struggle. So, that’d be a no.

NK: Ahahahahahahahahahahaha good one.

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Live/Dead on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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