Grateful Dead – Live Dead Japan 2 LP set with obi

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A Japanese pressing of the Grateful Dead’s 1969 double album, Live Dead, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of the double album Live Dead by the Grateful Dead, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Live Dead is a 1973 Japanese pressing of an album that was originally released in 1969.  This album features the “Burbank” Warner Brothers label.
The cover is VG++, with trace corner wear.  The obi is VG++, with slight foxing on the back, but no tears.  The insert is VG++, with slight foxing.

The two discs are M- and look like they may have been played once.

A nice and great-sounding pressing of an iconic album and a hard one to find, as Grateful Dead LPs sold very poorly in Japan.

Background: Live Dead was the first live album by the Grateful Dead, and most listeners agree that this was how the band was meant to sound on vinyl – live. In addition to being the band’s first official live album, it also marks the first live appearance of their classic, Dark Star, on vinyl.

The album reached #64 on the U.S. album charts. gave the album four and a half stars:

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 sidelong 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. … 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.


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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 22 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in