Top Ten Best Grateful Dead Live Albums

The Grateful Dead are famous for their outstanding live performances, so these are the best of the best (that were released officially).

The Top Ten

1 Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings
2 Cornell: 5/8/77
3 Dick's Picks Volume Eight: Harpur College, Binghamton, Ny - 05/02/70
4 Europe '72: The Complete Recordings
5 Dick's Picks Volume Four: Fillmore East, 2/13-14/70
6 Ladies and Gentlemen... the Grateful Dead: Fillmore East New York City April 1971
7 Sunshine Daydream: 8/27/1972 Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Or
8 Dick's Picks Volume 36: 9/21/72 the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa
9 The Closing of Winterland
10 Live Dead

The Contenders

11 Dick's Picks Volume 12 - Providence, Ri - 06/26/74 Boston Garden - 06/28/74
12 The Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)
13 Pacific Northwest '73-'74: Believe It If You Need It
14 Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings
15 Steppin' Out With the Grateful Dead: England '72
16 Three from the Vault: 2/19/1971 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, Ny
17 Formerly the Warlocks: 10/8 - 9/1989 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Va
18 Academy of Music, New York City, March 1972

Shows in this week-long run can be found on Dick's Picks 30 and Dave's Picks 14, as well as a couple bonus cds out there. The shows have a raw but bluesy feel mixed with some of the refinement displayed later that summer in the Europe '72 tour. It's the best of all worlds.

19 Dick's Picks Volume 34: 11 - 5 - 77 Community War Memoeial, Rochester Ny
20 Red Rocks: 7/8/78

Admittedly, I am partial to the spring 1977 shows. I could never truly pick a favorite show from any era. But I had to comment on this '78 gem. Estimated > Other One (sick! ) > Eyes... just wow. It will change your life man!

21 Without a Net
22 Anthem of the Sun
23 Reckoning
24 History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice)
25 One from the Vault: 8/13/1975 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, Ca
26 Wake Up to Find Out: 3/29/1990 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Ny
27 Road Trips Volume 2 Number 2: 2/14/1968 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, Ca
28 Dozin' at the Knick: 3/24 - 26/1990: Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, Ny
29 Dave's Picks: Volume 1 5/25/1977 the Mosque, Richmond, VA
30 Go to Nassau: 5/15 - 16/1980
31 The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack - Winterland, SF, Ca: 10/16-20/1974
32 Dead Set

A great (dead set list) of song selection of up to date material and good recording quality.

33 Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 3, Fillmore East, 5/15/70

A more intimate version of the Harpur College experience. Mixed vocals forward. A++

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