Vintage Dead

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Vintage Dead
A poster for a Grateful Dead concert on a psychedelic orange background with an open bottle
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 1970 (1970-10)
RecordedLate 1966
VenueAvalon Ballroom in San Francisco, California
GenrePsychedelic rock, blues rock
ProducerRobert Cohen
Grateful Dead chronology
Workingman's Dead
Vintage Dead
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]

Vintage Dead is a live album by the rock group the Grateful Dead. It was recorded at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, California, in late 1966 (thought to be 9/16/66), and released in October 1970.[3][4][5]

Vintage Dead was produced without the approval or cooperation of the Grateful Dead.[1] However, it is a legal recording, not a bootleg.[6] A label called Together Records assembled live recordings of various Bay Area bands for a planned anthology. When the imprint collapsed, MGM paid the remaining debt and assumed the tapes, releasing two albums of Grateful Dead material on their Sunflower Records subsidiary.[7] The first, Vintage Dead, reached number 127 on the Billboard 200.[8] Produced as a vinyl LP and long out of print, it has not been released as a Compact Disc.

Vintage Dead was then followed by Historic Dead, another Sunflower Records album recorded at the Avalon in 1966 and released under similar circumstances.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "I Know You Rider" (traditional) – 4:25 [a]
  2. "It Hurts Me Too" (Elmore James) – 4:17
  3. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Bob Dylan) – 4:50
  4. "Dancing in the Street" (Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, and William "Mickey" Stevenson) – 7:55
Side two
  1. "In the Midnight Hour" (Steve Cropper and Wilson Pickett) – 18:23


  1. ^ Later released on So Many Roads (1965–1995)


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  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Vintage Dead". AllMusic. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: G". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Trager, Oliver (1997). The American Book of the Dead. Fireside. p. 385. ISBN 0-684-81402-1. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  4. ^ Vintage Dead at the Grateful Dead Family Discography
  5. ^ Slabicky, Ihor W. The Compleat Grateful Dead Discography
  6. ^ Callahan, Mike, et al. Sunflower Album Discography at Both Sides Now Publications
  7. ^ Ben Fong-Torres; Rolling Stone magazine; October 28, 1971
  8. ^ Grateful Dead Billboard albums at Allmusic