Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead 1971 Japan 2 LP set with obi


An original Japanese pressing of the 1971 LP Grateful Dead (Skull and Roses) by the Grateful Dead, complete with original obi.

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Offered for sale is a rare Japanese pressing of Grateful Dead by the Grateful Dead, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Grateful Dead is an original 1971 Japanese issue on the green Warner Brothers label.

The cover is VG++, with slight wear at the edges and some foxing on the inside.  The obi is VG+, with a fold near the top, but no tears.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The insert is VG+, with some foxing.

The two discs are M- and appear to have only been played once or twice.

A beautiful copy of a very rare Grateful Dead LP, as the Japanese are not Deadheads and the band’s albums sold quite poorly in Japan.

Background: Released in 1971, Grateful Dead, also known as the “Skull and Roses” album, was the band’s second live album and the album reached #25 on the U.S. charts. gave Grateful Dead a 4 star review:

The Grateful Dead’s second live release was an eponymously titled double LP whose cover bears the striking skull-and-roses visual motif that would become instantly recognizable and an indelibly linked trademark of the band. As opposed to their debut concert recording, Live/Dead (1969), this hour and ten minutes concentrates on newer material, which consisted of shorter self-contained originals and covers. Coming off of the quantum-leap success of the studio country-rock efforts Workingman’s Dead (1969) and American Beauty, Grateful Dead offers up a pair of new Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter compositions — “Bertha” and “Wharf Rat” — both of which garnered a permanent place within the band’s live catalog. However, “The Other One” — joined in progress just as Billy Kreutzmann fires up a blazing percussion solo — sprawls as the album’s centerpiece.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 22 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in