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''Live/Dead'' is the first official live album released by the San Francisco-based band Grateful Dead. It was recorded over a series of live concerts in early 1969 and released later in the year on November 10. At the time of its release, Robert Christgau wrote that parts of the album contained "the finest rock improvisation ever recorded." A landmark live album that captured the Grateful Dead's improvisations at their best – Allmusic would write that "Few recordings have ever represented the essence of an artist in performance as faithfully as ''Live/Dead''" – it is also the final album with keyboardist Tom Constanten.
The album was remastered and released with hidden bonus tracks as part of the 2001 box set ''The Golden Road (1965–1973)'', and subsequently as a stand-alone album in 2003.
The first 1:34 of "Dark Star" can be found on the previous track, "Mountains of the Moon", in the 2005 box set ''Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings''.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 244 on ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. - Wikipedia