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Grateful Dead discography

This is an annotated listing of the recordings of the American rock band Grateful Dead.

Studio and "current" live albums

Unconventionally, the Grateful Dead made the release of live albums a common occurrence throughout their career. Because many were recently recorded and included previously unreleased original material, they often filled the role of traditional studio albums. An integral part of the contemporaneous evolution of the band, such live albums are included in this section.

Date of Official Release
Title
Notes / RIAA certification
Billboard magazine peak position
March 17, 1967 The Grateful Dead Gold: November 11, 1971 Pop Albums: #37
July 18, 1968 Anthem of the Sun Pop Albums: #87
June 20, 1969 Aoxomoxoa Gold: March 13, 1997 Pop Albums: #73
November 10, 1969 Live/Dead Live
Recorded January-March 1969 at various locations
Gold: August 24, 2001
Pop Albums: #64
June 14, 1970 Workingman's Dead Gold: July 7, 1974
Platinum: October 13, 1986
Pop Albums: #27
November 1970 American Beauty Gold: July 7, 1974
Platinum: October 13, 1986
Double Platinum: August 24, 2001
Pop Albums: #30
October 1971 Grateful Dead
(also known as Skull & Roses)
Live
Recorded early 1971 at various locations
Pop Albums: #25
November 5, 1972 Europe '72 Live
Recorded April-May 1972 at various European locations
Gold: December 14, 1972
Platinum: August 24, 2001
Double Platinum: August 24, 2001
Pop Albums: #20
July 13, 1973 History of the Grateful Dead
Volume One (Bear's Choice)
Live
February 13 & 14, 1970
Fillmore East in New York City
Pop Albums: #60
October 15, 1973 Wake of the Flood Pop Albums: #18
June 27, 1974 Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel Pop Albums: #17
August, 1975 Blues for Allah Pop Albums: #12
June 1976 Steal Your Face Live
Recorded
October 16-20, 1974 at
Winterland Arena,
San Francisco
Pop Albums: #56
July 27, 1977 Terrapin Station Gold: September 4, 1987 Pop Albums: #28
November 15, 1978 Shakedown Street Gold: September 4, 1987 Pop Albums: #41
April 28, 1980 Go to Heaven Pop Albums: #23
April 1, 1981 Reckoning Live
Recorded September 25 - October 31, 1980
at the Warfield Theater, San Francisco and
Radio City Music Hall, New York
Pop Albums: #43
August 1981 Dead Set Live
Recorded at same shows as Reckoning
Pop Albums: #29
July 6, 1987 In the Dark Gold: September 4, 1987
Platinum: September 18 1987
Double Platinum: September 10, 1995
Billboard 200: #6
January 30, 1989 Dylan & the Dead Live
Recorded July 1987
Gold: August 3, 1989
Billboard 200: #37
October 31, 1989 Built to Last Gold: January 3, 1990 Billboard 200: #27
September 1990 Without a Net Live
Recorded October, 1989 - April, 1990 at various locations
Gold: November 27, 1990
Billboard 200: #29

Compilations and box sets

Date of Official Release
Title
Notes / RIAA certification
Billboard magazine peak position
1974 Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead Gold: March 14, 1980
Platinum: December 12, 1986
Double Platinum: June 27, 1994
Triple Platinum: January 1, 1995
Pop Albums: #75
1977 What a Long Strange Trip It's Been Gold: August 24, 2001
Platinum: August 24, 2001
Pop Albums: #121
1987 Dead Zone: The Grateful Dead CD Collection (1977-1987)
October 15, 1996 The Arista Years Billboard 200: #95
January 13, 1997 Selections From the Arista Years
November 9, 1999 So Many Roads (1965-1995) Gold: April 12, 2000 Billboard 200: #170
November 9, 1999 So Many Roads (1965-1995) Sampler
October 16, 2001 The Golden Road (1965-1973) Gold: November 14, 2001 Billboard 200: #191
September 16, 2003 The Very Best of the Grateful Dead Billboard 200: #69
October 26, 2004 Beyond Description (1973-1989) Top Internet Albums: #263

"Retrospective" live albums

Traditional releases

Date of Official Release
Title
Recording date & location
Notes / RIAA certification
Billboard magazine peak position
April 15, 1991 One From the Vault August 13, 1975
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Billboard 200: #106
November 1, 1991 Infrared Roses Various
Various
May 1992 Two from the Vault August 23 - 24, 1968
Shrine Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Billboard 200: #119
1994 Grayfolded
Sep 26, 1995 Hundred Year Hall Apr 26, 1972
Frankfurt, Germany
Gold: January 8, 1997 Billboard 200: #26
Oct 29, 1996 Dozin' at the Knick March 24 - 26, 1990
Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
Gold: March 28, 2000 Billboard 200: #74
June 17, 1997 Fallout from the Phil Zone Various
Various
Billboard 200: #83
September, 1997 Terrapin Station (Limited Edition) March 15, 1990
Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland
Unknown Unknown
October 28, 1997 Live at the Fillmore East 2-11-69 February 11, 1969
Fillmore East, New York, NY
Billboard 200: #77
October 10, 2000 Ladies and Gentlemen... the Grateful Dead April 1971
Fillmore East, New York, NY
Gold: January 16, 2002 Billboard 200: #165
2000 View from the Vault, Volume One July 6 & 8, 1990
Pittsburgh, PA
& Louisville, KY
June 8, 2001 View from the Vault, Volume Two June 14, 1991
R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, DC
September 25, 2001 Nightfall of Diamonds October 16, 1989
Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
Billboard 200: #196
March, 2002 Postcards of the Hanging
July 9, 2002 Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 April 7 - May 26, 1972
Various, Europe
Billboard 200: #160
July 15, 2002 View from the Vault, Volume Three June 16, 1990
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Oct 22, 2002 Go to Nassau May 15 - 16, 1980
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
March 25, 2003 Birth of the Dead
April 8, 2003 View from the Vault, Volume Four July 24, 1987
Oakland Stadium, and
July 26, 1987
Anaheim Stadium
November 11, 2003 The Closing of Winterland December 31, 1978
Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
May 25, 2004 Rockin' the Rhein with the Grateful Dead April 24, 1972
Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf, West Germany
Billboard 200: #74
Top Internet Albums: #74
March 15, 2005 The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack October 16 - 20, 1974
Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
March 25, 2005 Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966 1966
Various
July 12, 2005 Truckin' Up to Buffalo July 4, 1989
Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
Billboard 200: #137
Top Internet Albums: #137
November 25, 2005 Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings February 27 - March 2, 1969
Fillmore West,
San Francisco, California
Limited to 10,000
online orders only
November 25, 2005 Fillmore West 1969 February 27 - March 2, 1969
Fillmore West,
San Francisco, California
Top Internet Albums: #272
January 19, 2007 Live at the Cow Palace December 31, 1976
Cow Palace, Daly City, CA
June 26, 2007 Three from the Vault February 19, 1971
Capitol Theatre,
Port Chester, New York
November 5, 2007 Road Trips Volume 1 Number 1 Fall 1979
Various
February 4, 2008 Road Trips Volume 1 Number 2 October, 1977
Various
April, 2008 Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings November 9 – 11, 1973
Winterland Arena,
San Francisco, California
June 9, 2008 Road Trips Volume 1 Number 3 Summer 1971
Various
September 30, 2008 Road Trips Volume 1 Number 4 October 21 – 22, 1978
Winterland Arena,
San Francisco, California
September 30, 2008 Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978 September 15 – 16, 1978
Sound and Light Theater,
Giza, Egypt

Dick's Picks

In the 1990s and 2000s, the Grateful Dead released numerous live concert recordings from their archives in three concurrent series. The "From the Vault" series are remixes of multi-track recordings made at the time of the concerts. The "View from the Vault" series are also multi-track remixes, but are released simultaneously as albums on CD and as concert performance videos on DVD. (The first three volumes were also released on VHS videotape.) Both of these series are included in the "Retrospective" live albums list above.

The third series of concert releases is Dick's Picks, which are based on two-track concert recordings. Because the options for remixing two-track recordings are much more limited than for multi-track recordings, the sound quality of the Dick's Picks series, while generally very good, is not quite as high as that of the other official releases of live recordings, as explained in the various "caveat emptor" notices on the CD boxes.

The Dick's Picks series, which started in 1993, was named for Grateful Dead tape vault archivist Dick Latvala, who selected shows with the band's approval and oversaw production of the albums. After Latvala's death in 1999, David Lemieux became the Dead's tape archivist and took over responsibility for the Dick's Picks releases. Latvala and Lemieux worked with recording engineer Jeffrey Norman, who was in charge of mastering the CDs.

Volume 15 and later were released in HDCD format. This provides enhanced sound quality when played on CD players with HDCD capability, and is fully compatible with regular CD players.

Date of Official Release
Title
Recording date & location
December 1993 Volume 1 December 19, 1973
Tampa, Florida
March 1995 Volume 2 October 31, 1971
Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio
November 1995 Volume 3 May 22, 1977
Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida
February 1996 Volume 4 February 13 - 14, 1970
Fillmore East, New York City
May 1996 Volume 5 December 26, 1979
Oakland Arena, Oakland, California
October 1996 Volume 6 October 14, 1983
Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut
March 1997 Volume 7 September 9 - 11, 1974
Alexandra Palace, London, England
mid-1997 Volume 8 May 2, 1970
Harpur College, Binghamton, New York
October, 1997 Volume 9 September 16, 1990
Madison Square Garden, New York City
February, 1998 Volume 10 December 29-30, 1977
Winterland, San Francisco, California
June, 1998 Volume 11 September 27, 1972
Stanley Theater, Jersey City, New Jersey
October, 1998 Volume 12 June 26, 1974
Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
June 28, 1974
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
March 11, 1999 Volume 13 May 6, 1981
Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York
June, 1999 Volume 14 November 30-December 2, 1973
Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
October 19, 1999 Volume 15 September 3, 1977
Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey
February, 2000 Volume 16 November 8, 1969
The Fillmore, San Francisco, California
April 28, 2000 Volume 17 September 25, 1991
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
March 31, 1991
June, 2000 Volume 18 February 3, 1978
Dane County Coliseum, Madison, WI
February 5, 1978
Uni-Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa
October 2000 Volume 19 October 19, 1973
Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
January 2001 Volume 20 September 25, 1976
Capital Center, Landover, Maryland
September 28, 1976
Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, NY
March 2001 Volume 21 November 1, 1985
Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia
September 2, 1980
June 2001 Volume 22 February 23 and 24, 1968
Kings Beach Bowl, Lake Tahoe, California
October 16, 2001 Volume 23 September 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland
February 10, 2002 Volume 24 March 23, 1974
Cow Palace, Daly City, California
July 20, 2002 Volume 25 May 10, 1978
Veterans Memorial Coliseum,
New Haven, Connecticut
May 11, 1978
Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, Mass.
October 1, 2002 Volume 26 April 26, 1969
Electric Theater, Chicago, Illinois
April 27, 1969
Labor Temple, Minneapolis, Minnesota
January 23, 2003 Volume 27 December 16, 1992
Oakland Coliseum Arena,
Oakland, California
April 20, 2003 Volume 28 February 26, 1973
Pershing Municipal Auditorium,
Lincoln, Nebraska
February 28, 1973
Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
July 22, 2003 Volume 29 May 19, 1977
Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
May 21, 1977
Lakeland Civic Arena, Lakeland, Florida
October 30, 2003 Volume 30 March 25, 1972
March 28, 1972
Academy of Music, New York City
March 16, 2004 Volume 31 August 4-5, 1974
Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA
August 6, 1974
Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ
July 20, 2004 Volume 32 August 7, 1982
Alpine Valley, East Troy, Wisconsin
November 15, 2004 Volume 33 October 9 and 10, 1976
Oakland Stadium, Oakland, California
February 14, 2005 Volume 34 November 5, 1977
Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY
November 2, 1977
Seneca College Field House, Toronto, ON
June 17, 2005 Volume 35 August 7, 1971
San Diego, California
August 24, 1971
Chicago, Illinois
August 6, 1971
Palladium, Hollywood, California
October 2005 Volume 36 September 21, 1972
The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Digital Download series

In the summer of 2005 the Dead began offering download versions of both their existing live releases, and a new Internet-only series, The Grateful Dead Download Series, that is available exclusively through both their own deadnetstore.com (which offers the albums in both 256 kbit/s mp3 files and FLAC files -- a preferred audio standard for those who archive Dead and other fan-made live recordings on the Internet) and the iTunes Music Store (which offers them in their 128 kbit/s AAC format). Not surprisingly, these Internet-only albums have met with the same success as their CD-based brethren.

Release date
Title
Recording date & location
May 3, 2005 Volume 1 April 30, 1977
Palladium, New York City, New York
June 7, 2005 Volume 2 January 18, 1970
Springer's Inn, Portland, Oregon
July 5, 2005 Volume 3 October 26, 1971
The Palestra, Rochester, New York
August 2, 2005 Volume 4 June 18, 1976
Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey
September 6, 2005 Volume 5 March 27, 1988
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia
October 4, 2005 Volume 6 March 13, 1968
Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California
November 1, 2005 Volume 7 September 3, 1980
Springfield, Massachusetts
September 4, 1980
Providence, Rhode Island
December 6, 2005 Volume 8 December 10, 1973
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
December 6, 2005 Family Dog at the Great Highway February 4, 1970
Great Highway, San Francisco, California
January 3, 2006 Volume 9 April 2 - 3, 1989
Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 7, 2006 Volume 10 July 21, 1972
Paramount Northwest Theatre, Seattle, Washington
March 7, 2006 Volume 11 June 20, 1991
Pine Knob Music Theater, Clarkston, Michigan
April 4, 2006 Volume 12 April 17, 1969
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Videos

This section does not include the "View from the Vault" videos, which were also released as audio CDs and are listed in "Retrospective live albums" above:

  • View from the Vault, Volume One
  • View from the Vault, Volume Two
  • View from the Vault, Volume Three
  • View from the Vault, Volume Four
  • The Closing of Winterland
  • Truckin' Up to Buffalo

Release Date
Title
Recording Date and Location
June 1, 1977 The Grateful Dead Movie October 16-20, 1974
Winterland Ballroom
San Francisco, California
1981 Dead Ahead October 30-31, 1980
Radio City Music Hall
New York, New York
1987 So Far 1985
various locations
September 1, 1987 Dead Ringers: The Making of Touch of Grey May 9, 1987
Laguna Seca Recreation Area
Monterey, California
1992 Backstage Pass various dates
various locations
1992 Infrared Sightings various dates
various locations
October 1, 1996 Ticket to New Year's December 31, 1987
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
1997 Downhill from Here July 17-19, 1989
Alpine Valley Music Theatre
East Troy, Wisconsin
1997 Anthem to Beauty (The making of
Anthem of the Sun
and American Beauty)

Singles

Year A-Side B-Side Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Main- stream Rock Adult Contemporary
1966 "Stealin'" "Don't Ease Me In" - - - non-album
1967 "The Golden Road (To The Unlimited Devotion)" "Cream Puff War" - - - The Grateful Dead
1967 "Viola Lee Blues" - - - - The Grateful Dead
1968 "Dark Star" "Born Cross Eyed" - - - non-album
1969 "Dupree's Diamond Blues" "Cosmic Charlie" - - - Aoxomoxoa
1969 "China Cat Sunflower" - - - - Aoxomoxoa
1970 "Uncle John's Band" "New Speedway Boogie" 69 - - Workingman's Dead
1970 "Casey Jones" - - - - Workingman's Dead
1970 "Truckin'" "Ripple" 64 - - American Beauty
1972 "One More Saturday Night" "Bertha" - - - Europe '72
1972 "Johnny B. Goode" "Truckin'" - - - Europe '72
1973 "Sugar Magnolia" "Mr. Charlie" 91 - - Europe '72
1973 "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" "Here Comes Sunshine" - - - Wake Of The Flood
1973 "Eyes Of The World" "Weather Report Suite, Pt. 1" - - - Wake Of The Flood
1974 "U.S. Blues" "Loose Lucy" - - - Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel
1975 "The Music Never Stopped" "Help On the Way" 81 - - Blues For Allah
1975 "Franklin's Tower" "Help On The Way" - - - Blues For Allah
1977 "Dancin' in the Streets" "Terrapin Station" - - - Terrapin Station
1977 "Passenger" "Terrapin Station" - - - Terrapin Station
1978 "Good Lovin'" "Stagger Lee" - - - Shakedown Street
1979 "Shakedown Street" "France" - - - Shakedown Street
1980 "Alabama Getaway" "Far From Me" 68 - - Go To Heaven
1980 "Don't Ease Me In" "Far From Me" - - - Go To Heaven
1981 "Dire Wolf" - - 37 - Reckoning
1987 "Touch Of Grey" "My Brother Esau" 9 1 15 In The Dark
1987 "Hell In A Bucket" "West L.A. Fadeaway" - 3 - In The Dark
1987 "Throwing Stones" "When Push Comes To Shove" - 15 - In The Dark
1989 "Foolish Heart" "We Can Run" - 8 - Built To Last

Conflict with Internet Archive

In November 2005, the Dead's management outraged fans by asking the operators of the popular Internet Archive (archive.org) to stop making concerts available for download, and to offer only streamcast recordings instead. The band's spokesman, Dennis McNally, claimed such a repository "doesn't represent Grateful Dead values" because it doesn't foster one-to-one connections between fans. However, David Gans, host of a syndicated radio program, "The Grateful Dead Hour," speculates that the band is motivated by money, noting "when they were making $50 million a year on the road, there wasn't a lot of pressure to monetize their archives."

The removal of the Dead's concerts from Archive.org created a storm of protest, in addition to a rapidly spreading boycott of the band's remaining commercial products. [citation needed] Several days after the announcement that the concerts had been removed, Brewster Kahle of Archive.Org made a cryptic announcement that audience tapes of the concerts would again become available, though so-called board tapes would only be available as streaming audio. Kahle claimed that the whole affair had been a "misunderstanding," but John Perry Barlow, one of the band's lyricists, claimed that concerts had been restored after several members of the band had backed away from their earlier opposition after realizing they had created a public relations "catastrophe."

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